The reality of homelessness in Cape Town is more complicated than the deficiency narrative reproduced so often by wealthy city residents and city officials, writes James Clacherty.
Tubercolosis is the top killer in South Africa. Building better houses could help reduce the spread of the disease, writes Stuart Denoon-Stevens.
Over the past few years the use of whoonga – a form of low-grade heroin – has spiked in Durban. A researcher shares her experiences working with users on the streets.
Shop-keepers in Delft South, an area with one of the highest crime rates in South Africa, are fortifying their stores with cages to protect themselves from criminals.
As Africa continues to urbanize at an unprecedented rate, the continent’s cities grow hungrier and hungrier. Emma Broadway reports on the Hungry Cities Partnership Conference.
Voices from Africities: A campaigner for the rights of slum dwellers speaks about the need to show policy makers the reality of life in the slums.
This post is drawn from an interview by IIED’s David Satterthwaite ahead of World Habitat Day about what the Sustainable Development Goals could mean for slum dwellers.
Researchers have typically analysed conflict dynamics in Eastern D.R. Congo from a dominant rural perspective. But cities are equally crucial sites of action and change. It is crucial to address the link between conflict and urbanisation in Eastern Congo as part of an integrated approach of post-conflict reconstruction, writes Karen Büscher.
Crossroads: I Live Where I Like is a graphic novel history series on women’s organized resistance to slum clearance in Crossroads South Africa, 1975-2014.
Mercy Brown-Luthango from the African Centre for Cities shares preliminary findings from a research project that looks at the effectiveness of different urban upgrading approaches in Cape Town’s informal settlements with regards to safety.