- Johannesburg is South Africa’s greatest asset; however, this city has been neglected by national and other policy-makers, and is slipping down the world city rankings. What can be done to turn its fortunes around
- This report, the fifth in CDE’s series on South African cities and globalisation, focuses on Johannesburg, the most important city in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Success for Africa’s leading city will have a dramatic impact on South Africa’s image and potential. If Johannesburg fails, the consequences for the country and the region will be dire indeed.
- The key theme of this series of path-breaking reports has been to focus stakeholders’ attention on the enormous impact of globalisation and the associated challenges facing South African cities. After decades of insular attention to race and apartheid, South African cities needed to refocus on economic issues, and the relationship between local development and international trends.
- This report challenges the nation and the city to face a stark choice. If Johannesburg continues on its current path it could slip off the list of ‘world cities’, leaving Africa with no plausible location point for globally successful enterprises that produce and provide the world-class skills, technology, and services the continent so badly needs