Community-generated data crucial for implementing New Urban Agenda

Good urban planning can’t happen without a better understanding of informal settlements, advocates say.

Green spaces in cities good for mental health

The importance of safe green spaces in cities should not be underestimated, especially for mental health.

Spatial transformation: Achilles’ heel for SA’s cities

Progress lagging in making South African cities more inclusive say experts at launch of the State of South African Cities 2016 report.

Window into political perceptions in Gauteng

Just because citizens are satisfied with service delivery doesn’t mean they’re singing local governments’ praises. This and other insights from the Gauteng-City Region Observatory’s Quality of Life Index.

Long road to spatial transformation of SA’s cities

Spatial transformation is critical for the growth and development of South Africa’s cities. But in 2016, spatial transformation is still a long way off.

South Africa — key to putting informal settlements on the Habitat III agenda

For the African National Congress, the ruling party that came to power in 1994 after the fall of apartheid, informal settlements have been a continuous problem, one compounded by the rapid influx of people to urban areas in search of better opportunities.

New Urban Agenda mustn’t leave secondary African cities out in the cold

To deal with the challenges of rapid urbanisation happening in secondary African cities, slum dwellers are organising themselves and creating local plans based on data they have collected to inform partnerships with local government.

Slums — top priority for the New Urban Agenda

With 1 billion people living in slums, affordable housing needs to be put at the centre of the New Urban Agenda.

Big beats: a look at SA’s electronic music scene

Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba’s ‘Future Sound of Mzansi’ is a documentary film that covers the emerging genres, personalities and sounds defining South Africa’s urban electronic music landscape.

What does a smart African city look like?

With over 1.3 billion people projected to be living in African cities by 2050, planning and designing smart, low-carbon African cities is key for a sustainable urban future.