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State of South African Cities Report 2016

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Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina, Stacey-Leigh Joseph, Geoffrey Bickford, Peter Magni, Shirley Robinson, Nisa Mammon, Sandiswa Tshaka, Gillian Maree, Dr. Ann McLennan, William Gumede, Frank Meintjies, Pundy Pillay, Sharon Lewis, Wendy Ovens, Angel Bolosha, Dr. Felicity Kitchin

01 September 2016


SACN Librarian


SA Cities Network

South Africa

Over the years, the State of Cities reports have presented a five-year perspective on the performance and conditions of South Africa's largest cities, with a focus on the member cities of the South African Cities Network (SACN). Specifically the report has evolved into:

  1. A barometer. compiling evidence about the progress made by South African cities over time in relation to key development roles, targets and outcomes.
  2. An analytical tool, reviewing the strategic problems and opportunities facing cities.
  3. An agenda-setter, communicating essential messages about the planning, development and management of cities to the next generation of civic leaders, councillors and officials who would be the incumbents following the municipal elections.

Since its first edition in 2004, the State of South African Cities Report (SoCR) has evolved into a regular publication that deliberately coincides with the electoral cycle for local government. This allows the report to align its retrospective and prospective ambitions with the transitions from end-of-terms to the reflective agenda-setting that characterises new political terms of office. Simply put, the report is ideally placed to help South African cities, and their electorate, to take stock and to plan forward.


The 2011 SoCR, which was themed "Towards Resilient Cities", laid the foundation for the guiding theme for SACN's 2011-2016 five-year strategy: "South African cities as effective drivers of local and nationa development".


Download the 2016 report or visit the State of Cities reports page that includes all the previous reports.


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