• Review: “Who built Jozi? – Discovering memory at Wits Junction”

    Luli Callinicos takes us on an intimate tour of a contemporary development built on historic land, digging below the surface to explore the rich underlying veins of the city. And the outcome is a tapestry set to music writes Neil Fraser in his review of Who Built Jozi? The last decade has witnessed a plethora […]

  • Globalization and social exclusion in cities: framing the debate with lessons from Africa and Asia

    This paper considers the contradictory roles demanded of city governments as they seek to keep their cities competitive in an increasingly globalized world economy while also having increasing responsibilities for addressing social problems, and making local economic development less exclusionary. After reviewing debates on globalization, social exclusion and their interconnections, the paper discusses the impact of globalization on the sweepers in Faisalabad (Pakistan) and on livelihoods in Johannesburg…

  • The power of mining: the fall of gold and rise of Johannesburg.

    The City of Johannesburg has developed through the entire life-cycle of the mining industry. In its early years, its development was tied to the varying, but generally upward, fortunes of the mining industry. During this time, gold mining in Johannesburg, and along the Witwatersrand, propelled the growth of South Africa’s national economy into a phase of self-sustained development, and created an integrated labour market across southern Africa. It also played a key role in shaping the racial oligarchy that dominated South Africa until the fall of apartheid in the 1990s. However, gold was eventually to decline, first in the areas around Johannesburg, and then elsewhere. The growth of Johannesburg…