State of South African Cities Report 2021

SA Cities Network’s (SACN) latest State of Cities report strongly points to the need for a “whole-of-government and all-of-society approach” to address rampant urban governance issues. The report is a five-year analysis of nine key cities and their performance, and includes trends, insights, inclusivity, productivity and governance. The report found that many governance issues have been affected by recent emergencies in the financial, health, corruption and climate environments.The 2021 report applies a governance lens to diagnose progress made towards achieving productive, inclusive, sustainable and spatially transformed cities — while demonstrating how civil society, business, government and citizens need to work together to address ongoing issues at the city level.