CITIES07 Apr 2016, by
Cities produce more than 80 per cent of global economic output. No country has grown to middle-income status without urbanising, and none has grown to high income status without vibrant cities. Cities, therefore, are key platforms for national, regional and global growth.
The centrality of cities is not, however, evident in South African policy documents and economic analyses. Even the National Development Plan devotes only a few pages to cities in its chapter on transforming human settlements. However, if the South African economy is to grow more rapidly, and if it is to do so in a way that creates mass employment, this can only happen in our cities.
This study makes the case for resetting South Africa’s national priorities to focus on its cities, embracing urbanisation, and harnessing the productivity gains that could be achieved in larger, better-run cities. This would put more people in work, create more wealth, and improve social, economic and political inclusion.DOWNLOAD CITIES