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BLOG: Between Dreams and Living Life: What the Everyday unveils…

The first semester of the MPhil in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities , University of Cape Town swept away cobwebs of old stale ways of thinking about life in the city and pushed every necessary “refresh” button. My internal adventures, both of the mental and spirit kind carefully choreographed and facilitated by […]

BLOG: Walking in the city – inquiries into the everyday

Walking is an important practice to access the ordinary life of a city. It offers a slow-paced, ground level and direct approach to urban environments. It allows one to experience the surrounding on an affectual plane. Each and every space has a smell, a feel, an intangible history, hidden meanings and is made up of […]

New ACC paper argues for strengthening integrity within the planning profession to combat corruption in urban development

by Christian Alexander The scourge of corruption in urban development has corrosive and far-reaching effects that can hardwire injustice into the fabric of cities and undermine social cohesion and trust within communities. Staggering figures reflecting the prevalence and impact of corruption in urban development demonstrate that tackling this issue is a key policy challenge of […]

Financing the SDGs in African cities?

Sylvia Croese, Liza Rose Cirolia

On the Wednesday, 19 June, Liza Rose Cirolia, researcher at the African Centre for Cities, presented a talk entitled Financing the SDGs in African cities?. The seminar was attended by 21 people, representing different research departments at UCT, civil society, provincial government, as well as a large contingent of Cape Town City officials. (more…)

How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG Progress?

Sylvia Croese

On 15 May 2019, Lynn Woolfrey, Manager of Datafirst, a UCT-based unit that supports data-intensive Africa-focused research, presented a talk entitled: How Data-ready are African Governments to Monitor SDG Progress?. The seminar was attended by 15 people, hailing from different departments of UCT, as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society and the […]

Challenging the formal/informal dichotomy

Ntombini Marrengane

The African Urban Research Initiative (AURI) is co-hosting a methods workshop from 6 to 10 May 2019, in Lusaka, Zambia, focused on the formal/informal interface at the city scale. The Formal-Informal Interface Workshop emerges from ongoing comparative research conducted under the umbrella of AURI which, aims at challenging the dichotomy between informal and formal areas, […]

IN THE PRESS: How to achieve low carbon service delivery

Anton Cartwright

The number of people living in African cities is expected to triple between 2010 and 2050, totalling more than the number of people living in cities in North America, Europe and Latin America combined. Elsewhere in the world, urbanisation has driven industrialisation and rapid economic and developmental gain, writes Anton Cartwright in this article for […]

Unpacking SDG implementation in eThekwini

Sylvia Croese

On the 17 April 2019, Puvendra Akkiah, IDP Manager of eThekwini Municipality and Technical Chair of the United Cities and Local Governments Committee on Urban Strategic Planning, presented a talk entitled Unpacking SDG implementation in eThekwini. The seminar, which forms part of African Centre for Cities year-long SDG seminar series, was held back-to-back with a session at the […]

LIRA Annual Research Forum

Sylvia Croese

The annual LIRA Research Forum took place from 25 to 28 March 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. During the forum ACC’s Sylvia Croese, principal investigator of the project Co-producing urban knowledge in Angola and Mozambique through community-led data collection: towards meeting SDG 11, presented a project update along with project members Massamba Dominique of the Development Workshop, Luanda, […]

IN THE PRESS: Cape Town drought a lesson for SA

Gina Ziervogel

During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities. (more…)

Cape Town drought delivers powerful lessons to cities on climate adaptation

Gina Ziervogel

African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The research was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from the Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform […]

Grounding stats and the SDGs in co-produced local data

Sylvia Croese

City planners and local governments are increasingly expected to deliver on sustainable development policies such as Agenda 2030, but in many cases the data needed to assess and track progress are lacking. We found out how a team of early-career researchers funded through the LIRA 2030 Africa programme are looking to local communities to change […]

Localising the SDGs in South Africa

Sylvia Croese

Dr Sylvia Croese, research officer at ACC, kicked off the 2019 special year-long seminar series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. Over 20 people attended representing different departments and research centers at UCT, as well as private sector, civil society and local government. Croese’s presentation built on on-going research in […]

IN THE PRESS: Bloated bodies and barren lands

Warren Smit

What does obesity have to do with climate change? Quite a lot, according to an influential commission, which says the big food companies that make the junk food fuelling our expanding bodies are also destroying our environment — and need to be stopped. Humans have been getting steadily fatter over the past 30 years and […]

IN THE PRESS: Romantic visions of pastoral Africa won’t solve urban food insecurity

One of the greatest challenges facing Africa’s rapidly growing urban population is how to access sufficient, affordable and nutritious food. A pervasive rural bias that focuses on rural hunger and increased support of smallholder agriculture persists as the dominant feature of current thinking about food security policies. (more…)

IN THE PRESS: Encouraging debate

#FREESPACE is an initiative that encourages the use of public spaces to engage in public discussions, talks and showcases. This initiative is a project of Instinct, undertaken for the V&A Waterfront, in partnership with Zeitz MOCAA and the African Centre for Cities at UCT, with additional support from various donors. In the Silo Arena, an industrial […]

REVIEW: Building a Capable State

Written by long-standing research practitioners Ian Palmer and Nishendra Moodley, as well as one of South Africa’s leading academic urbanists, Professor Sue Parnell, Building a Capable State tackles the hard question of whether the post-apartheid state is up to delivering rights-based, sustainable development, and more specifically the task of providing local services like water, electricity, […]