stepSA is aimed at supporting practitioners within municipal planning processes, as well as decision-makers in sector departments concerned with long term infrastructure investment implications and prioritisation. The website is geared towards easy dissemination of research outputs and findings for this purpose. For the past years, stepSA has become a game changer in exploring cutting edge technology and capability development to provide the latest on spatial trends impacting on development in cities, towns and settlements. Read more about stepSA...
The use of a fine-grained uniform spatial resolution to depict economic and population change enabled the CSIR team to create population and economic production change indicators for the nine largest cities in South Africa. The July version of this newsletter reported on the latest State of the Cities Report (SOCR) 2016 release and the assistance provided by the CSIR in developing a number of spatial indicators to measure spatial change, and report on levels of growth and spatial transformation at the sub-city level. The urgency for spatial transformation and need for indicators to track spatial outcomes is clearly highlighted by the SOCR (2016) and the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013. Read more >>
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform recently launched the first web-based toolkit to support a differentiated application of social facility provision standards in non-metropolitan areas. The toolkit provides users with profile information on all non-metropolitan areas in South Africa and enables users to calculate the required social facility provision targets for each service region, based on a set of differentiated standards. Read more >>
The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM) and the CSIR have been collaborating on a project sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology to establish an Urban Simulation Model for the NMBM since December 2009. The project set out to harness information and communication technology to establish an Urban Simulation Model for South Africa to support integrated planning, development and service delivery. Read more >>
Building on what Makgetla & Levin (2016) have put forward in a comprehensive new working paper from TIPS on the housing/ migration question on the platinum mines, stepSA’s work can perhaps contribute some tentative initial findings. Findings so far, from the project's on-going research into migration and housing in Rustenburg, Madibeng and Lephalale, may give grounds for looking again at the role of housing and services in framing the options for the platinum mining workforce, in terms of the Presidential Initiative for the distressed mining towns (2013). Read more >>
The South African Cities Network reports on the state of South African (largest) cities every five years through the publication of the State of the Cities Report. The latest report released recently highlights the progress made by the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities since 2012. The report monitors city development and service delivery performance against local benchmarks and strategies, national urban development priorities and international development targets. The report sets out to influence national policy and strategy through messages about what is required to achieve the desired urban development outcomes. It is also used to advise and inform the plans and strategies of cities by generating specialised and technical evidence and insights. Read more >>
Research and spatial trend analyses (conducted as part of the stepSA initiative) highlights the dynamics of an increasingly youthful population, a growth in households living in poverty, and the fluidity of people-movement between cities, towns and rural settlements. The outputs of this research was recently used to inform the Department of Cooperative Governance’s draft Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF). It also provided the basis for an innovative multi-media opening of the South African Cities' Network Urban Conference (2015). Read more >>
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South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
In a recent letter to DST and the stepSA team, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) explicitly stated their intention to participate as a collaborator on the further development of the StepSa portal, stating that: “The current range of spatial indicators, town profiles and advanced spatial analyses data available on the StepSA portal has been identified as a key input to economic development and settlement development strategies for municipalities.” ...
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SACN State of the Cities Report
Urbanisation has become a powerful force in the world and we now live in an era where more people live in towns and cities than ever before. Cities in the South (including South Africa) have also grown rapidly, not only due to the obvious economic opportunities and employment prospects, but also as people view cities as potential places where livelihoods can be improved as people also seek better access to services. To assess the progress made by South African cities in the last 20 years in relation to development outcomes as well as to identify strategic problems and opportunities facing cities, the South African Cities Network is producing the latest State of the Cities Report...
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World Sustainability Forum 2017
27 - 28 Jan, Cape Town
Resilient Cities Conference 2017
4 - 6 May, Germany
ERLN Conference 2016
14 - 15 Nov, Gauteng
12 - 13 Jan, Durban
It is with sadness that the stepSA team has to announce the passing of colleague and friend Dumisani Ndaba towards the end of 2016. Dumisani was a valued member of the StepSA initiative and was responsible for the StepSA newsletter and website management. Through his enthusiasm for planning Dumisani made numerous contributions within the initiative. His energetic spirit and constant optimism will be missed.