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Spatial transformation

Are intermediate cities different?

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Lochner Marais , Danie Du Plessis, Ronnie Donaldson, Esethu Ndzamela , Anton De Wit , Kgosi Mocwagae , Stuart Denoon-Stevens, Verna Nel, James Drummond , Maléne Campbell , Thuli Mphambukeli, Gemey Abrahams, John Ntema , Thomas Stewart , Danie Du Plessis

03 July 2017


SACN Librarian, Lochner Marais

Research report

Centre for Development Support, SA Cities Network

South Africa

South Africa’s colonial and apartheid past has left the country’s urban areas with a distinctive spatial legacy of racial segregation, low densities, sprawling suburbs and the location of most urban poor on the periphery of cities. Despite a range of legislation and instruments introduced since 1994 with the aim of spatial transformation, this spatial reality remains. Most research has focused on spatial transformation in South Africa’s large urban centres, rather than in the smaller (secondary or intermediate) cities, whose importance are recognised globally. The South African Cities Network (SACN) has spearheaded the development of a knowledge base associated with intermediate cities and to date has published three policy documents. This latest publication focuses on 11 intermediate city case studies: King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD, Eastern Cape), Matjhabeng (Free State), Msunduzi (KwaZulu-Natal), Lephalale and Polokwane (Limpopo), Mbombela (Mpumalanga), Mahikeng and Rustenburg (North West), Sol Plaatje (Northern Cape), and Drakenstein and Stellenbosch (Western Cape).


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Poverty & inequality

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South Africa

Spatial transformation


Urban areas

Urban development

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