Calling for much needed town planning reform in Johannesburg

In South Africa the long awaited Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) of 2013 came into effect last year. But the City of Johannesburg has not finalised its municipal planning bylaws that would make this new legal framework applicable.

Urban Places- Public Spaces (Joburg)

Who has access to culture and public space? Some commentary from Urban Joburg’s Julie-Ann Tyler on the Johannesburg edition of the global debate on ‘life in the city.’

Johannesburg: Transient City

Although a great deal of time has been spent focussing on why the city has fallen to ruin and analysing the causes of the secular failure of Johannesburg’s heart, effort must and is being directed to understanding the city’s contemporary context and the modelling of its future.

7th Street Melville: Joburg at Play

For decades one of Jozi’s most social arteries, 7th street in Melville remains abuzz with an eclectic mix of establishments. It boasts some famous staples of Joburg’s restaurant scene and nightlife (with several of its bars and restaurants having lasted a decade or more in their current locations, which is no mean feat) and can always be counted upon to provide an interesting browse, a very good night out, and the richest of pickings for people watching.

Thoughts on a world class African city

On 8 July 2013 the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that an advertisement of the City of Johannesburg in which it referred to itself as a “world class African city” was “misleading”. According to ASA, the city had made various misleading claims in the advertisement, namely that it was financially secure, environmentally friendly and had […]