In spite of the amount of investment in formal affordable housing schemes by governments, private financial institutions and development finance institutions across Africa, there are still millions of citizens who do not have access to affordable formal housing …
"The purpose of this report is to assess the extent to which South Africa is meeting its commitments to fighting corruption by applying and implementing the principles and actions set out in the G20 Principles...National Treasury's Municipal Money is evidence of one government department’s commitment to transparency, of how open data can be used as a tool for greater transparency and of a successful partnership between government and a civic tech organisation that shares the department’s commitment." Source: Open Data and the fight against corruption in South Africa
The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa commissioned this case study, which considered various examples of how infrastructure for housing projects is financed across Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to contribute to the growing track record of novel solutions and initiatives, pioneered by policy makers, financiers, developers and households themselves that suggest that there are new opportunities for making the housing finance sector work for the poor in Africa... read more
According to Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University "Cities are the spaces where those without power get to make a history and a culture, thereby making their powerlessness complex. If the current large-scale buying continues, we will lose this type of making that has given our cities their cosmopolitanism"... read more
The World Cities Report provides analysis of urban development for the past 20 years According to the report current forms of urbanisation are unsustainable and reflects on '' new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change."... read more
Ivan Turok: "The single-minded focus on boosting the quantity of housing necessitates large amounts of cheap land that is easy to assemble and quick to build upon. […] This will weaken the fundamental basis on which successful cities are built, namely proximity. Above all, cities are economic entities that generate jobs, which is why people migrate to them. Urban prosperity depends on intense interactions between people and firms."
Making of Cities: "South Africa’s National Treasury has been developing new funding instruments to make “spatially targeted” investments into under-developed neighborhoods. In a sense, Treasury has been a leading voice for spatial transformation of South Africa’s highly segregated cities. Treasury and Government partners are now reaching out to private sector more than ever."
BBC.com By Timothy Carter
Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams.
News24.com By Bev Mortimer
Renewable projects globally and locally are showing nuclear the door. A project, which is shrouded in controversy, however still has the backing of government and parastatals like Eskom, despite the costs, risks and timelines. Some argue it could even bankrupt the country. Yet, renewables silently show the way.
By Anna Swanson, The Washington Post, 10/08/2015:If you’ve ever lived in New York, San Francisco, or another major, bustling city, you know that one of the most valuable things in an urban area is space...The images in the article show what 200 people look like, first in 177 cars, then without cars, then on three buses, and finally on bikes... read more
“We have to rethink concepts of planning,”.For a planner, a simple problem is a traffic jam. You build a new bridge to alleviate the congestion, and do some follow-up observations to see if it worked. Urbanization today is so much more complicated... read more