22 Jun 2016
27 Jun 2016
Downloads & Links resources
- State of South African Cities Report 2016 – (Report/Study)
- People's Guide to the State of South African Cities Report 2016 – (Report/Study)
The 2011 SoCR, which was themed “Towards Resilient Cities”, laid the foundation for the guiding theme for SACN’s 2011–2016 five-year strategy: “South African cities as effective drivers of local and national development”.
This aspirational statement was intended to frame the questions for knowledge generation and reflection in both micro (local) and macro (national) terms. In other words, how could cities be relevant and developmental for their local populace, while also play the macro-economic role required of them? Indeed, the theme proved to be either prescient or self-fulfilling because “cities as the engines of growth” emerged during this period as the mantra for national development in South Africa and, indeed, globally.
This theme is the subject of the fourth edition of the SoCR, which seeks to answer the core question: Are our cities being effective drivers of local and national development?