Financial reports won’t save local government crisis, warns town and regional planners

All the major media and even some political parties in the country published the dire findings of Ratings Afrika’s latest Municipal Financial Sustainability Index covering the financial year ended June 2021. Over the past few years, it has become an annual ritual to bemoan the financial position of local government. This process repeats itself with …

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No shortage of spatial planning data

Data is an integral part of all planning and decision making. All planning starts with building a picture of what is and then assessing and analysing to get indications of the expected future outcomes. Spatial planning, specifically the drive toward more integrated planning, requires data on demographics, the environment, service delivery, and many more features …

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Economic index (5/6)

The index assesses people’s ability to reach areas of employment or specific commercial and industrial activities. An intense concentration of activities is evident within the CBD of Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark. It shows its economic dominance in the area. The impact of mining activities in the northern parts of the municipality is also evident. URL/Link:

Urban Morphology (2/6)

The urban morphology index considers some of the most significant physical and human-made structuring elements that impact development. Two main aspects are analysed. The first includes the accessibility, hierarchy and impact of existing towns and the second aspect consists of the effects of access and mobility features. The road network, its hierarchy and walkability are …

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