Johannesburg is considered a ‘slipping world city’ as its future as an African success story and an attractive and competitive location for business is not assured.
Johannesburg will only be rescued from its current malaise, and made to deliver its full potential, if the country and its residents stop taking it for granted.
During the past two decades, the role of cities has changed profoundly; they now function in a global rather than a national economic context. This is as true of Johannesburg as it is of any other major city in the world.
Johannesburg must become an ideal place in which to do business; it must attract the entrepreneurs, skilled managers, professionals, technicians, and all the other talented and energetic people essential to running a ‘world city’.
South African decision-makers need to reconceptualise Johannesburg. It is no longer a mining town, but a post-industrial metropolis, which must take its place on the global grid of competitive world cities.