The physical form of South Africa’s cities and towns is profoundly bad on economic, social and ecological grounds. Spatial transformation is therefore an essential requirement for creating a more productive, healthier and equitable society. Over the past quarter century steps towards transforming apartheid city forms have frequently been overshadowed by development patterns that serve to reinforce them. Over a slightly longer period from the mid 198os the centres of South Africa’s principal cities have undergone significant decline and partial revival. What is unfolding in the inner-city (each one quite distinct) is a living study of actually existing spatial transformation showing its complexity, obstacles and successes.
This dialogue, the 50th since the Infrastructure Dialogue partnership was launched in 2009, will focus on inner-city housing as an important component of spatial transformation. It will explore problems and opportunities faced by residents, job seekers, property owners and developers, financiers and government at the local provincial and national spheres. As always the dialogue will seek to draw out lesson for how role-players in the infrastructure sector can improve performance against the larger backdrop of pursing inclusive economic growth.
The Infrastructure Dialogues are hosted jointly by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the South African Cities Network, the National Business Initiative, the Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Department in the Presidency, and the Department of Economic Development, with the Engineering News as Media Sponsor. This will be the 50th Dialogue held since 2009.
To view the agenda please click here: 20190411 Inner City Housing Draft Concept Note
To view the full report please click here: 20190411 ID_50_inner city housing_report_final
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