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Integration and Spatial Transformation of South African Cities

Paper 1: Realising social and economic integration in South Africa's residential property markets

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Leila McKenna

26 April 2019


Alison Tshangana


Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa

South Africa

This paper is the first in a series of four papers that together look at how to use public property to realise value towards the integration and spatial transformation of South African cities. In this paper, an overall approach is set out, focusing on the relationship between realisation of value, integration, and the creation of functional urban systems. The paper establishes a framework where value realisation is defined in economic, social and financial terms. Section two scopes the city, highlighting the integration needs and opportunities in relation to different settlement types. Section three then posits the overall approach against the different settlement types, considering how each form of settlement can be made more ‘valuable’ through targeted strategic interventions. The three annexures to this report provide a review of the urban systems in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Cape Town.


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Cape Town




Poverty & inequality

South Africa

Spatial transformation



Value capture

Value creation

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