State Of The Cities Report

South African cities as effective drivers of local and national development” is the theme of the fourth edition of the SoCR. It is the product of the accumulated wisdom of five years of knowledge generation and engagement by the SACN and the broader fraternity of urban development practitioners, scholars and analysts. The report’s aim is to improve our understanding of the role of cities and what is required to ensure their success.


The full report including city profiles and annexures.

A supplementary product to the SoCR 2016 Main Report, aimed at disseminating the main messages to a broader audience.

  • Forematter

Acknowledgements, contents, forewords, city timeline, and SoCR overview and main messages.

The key trends, dynamics and concepts related to the theme “South African cities as effective drivers of local and national development”.

The imperative for spatial transformation, and the practical role of space and the built environment in urban development.

How cities can deliver effectively on both growth and economic inclusion (supporting livelihoods).

How cities can better enhance local resilience and reduce inequality.

How cities can develop in a way that is in balance with natural resource realities and planetary limits.

Whether city governance systems are – or could be – capable, effective and accountable.

How sustainable municipal financing can be achieved in a context where there is not enough money to go around.

A call for action to all urban actors whose commitments will be necessary to ensure innovative, dynamic city economies and livelihoods.

  • City Profiles: brief individual city reports that highlight headline indicators and a flagship programme for each city.

Data Almanac: explains where and how the report data can be found and used.