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Presenting Urban Governance in Post-apartheid Cities, Edited by Marie Huchzermeyer and Christoph Haferburg

Urban Governance in Post-apartheid CitiesNew from UKZN Press, Urban Governance in Post-apartheid Cities: Modes of Engagement in South Africa’s Metropoles edited by Marie Huchzermeyer and Christoph Haferburg:

Urban governance as a term captures the complex interaction between stakeholders or groupings that influence urban development. In South Africa, this complexity emerged with the transition from apartheid over two decades ago. Today, governance influences priorities in a wide range of urban domains, from public transport to policing; from engagements at the neighbourhood level to city-wide strategies. In different configurations, urban governance shapes innercity districts and gated estates on the urban periphery.

The contributors to this volume cover urban governance in contemporary South Africa across three spheres, the state, the community and the private sector, through a variety of lenses. Spatial concerns are central to many of the analyses and case studies, in which the authors highlight different modes that influence the steering of South Africa’s largest cities.

This book illuminates post-apartheid tensions and urban dynamics in a way that will be of value to scholars, practitioners, decision-makers, politicians and activists alike.

“This is the most important work yet on cities in post-apartheid South Africa. It does not reduce them to technical problems and their residents to recipients of “service delivery”. Rather, it sees cities as what they are – political spaces in which some fight for inclusion while others work to exclude them. Its chapters produce detailed accounts of the alliances and conflicts that are generated daily in our cities – they are essential reading for an understanding of urban South Africa today.” — Professor Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg

About the authors

Christoph Haferburg is an academic at the Institute for Geography, University of Hamburg, and visiting associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand. His publications include books on mega-events in the global South and on urban dynamics in Cape Town, Midrand and Botswana. He is co-editor of Ambiguous Restructurings of Post-Apartheid Cape Town.

Marie Huchzermeyer teaches at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. Among her publications are three books: Unlawful Occupation: Informal Settlements and Urban Policy in South Africa and Brazil; Tenement Cities: From 19th Century Berlin to 21st Century Nairobi and Cities with ‘Slums’: From Informal Settlement Eradication to a Right To The City In Africa.

Contents

Part I: Urban governance in post-apartheid cities in context
1 An introduction to the governing of post-apartheid cities

Christoph Haferburg and Marie Huchzermeyer

2 The external and internal context for post-apartheid urban governance

Alison Todes

Part II: City visions and urban interventions: engagements of the state
3 A critical overview of the instruments for urban transformation in South Africa

Mfaniseni F. Sihlongonyane

4 The agonistic state: metropolitan government responses to city strife post-1994

Li Pernegger

5 Transforming the post-apartheid city through Bus Rapid Transit

Astrid Wood

Part III: The fragile base of the city: currents and dynamics at community level
6 Contours of urban community politics: learning from Johannesburg

Obvious Katsaura

7 Reconceptualising xenophobia, urban governance and inclusion: the case of Khutsong

Joshua Kirshner

8 Undoing the silencing of the present: the imperative to recognise the shack settlement as a site of politics

Richard Pithous

9 Entangled or empowered? Networks of grassroots organisations and NGOs in housing and human settlement processes

Astrid Ley

Part IV: Private sector: gaining weight
10 City of layers: the making and shaping of affluent Johannesburg after apartheid

Martin J Murray

11 The private security industry in urban management

Tessa Diphoorn

12 Johannesburg’s Bad Buildings Programme: the World Class City hegemony at work?

Margot Rubin

13 Social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility in Johannesburg’s inner city housing and revitalisation strategies

Elisabeth Peyroux

14 The local governance dynamics of international accolades: Cape Town’s designation as World Design Capital 2014

Laura Wenz

Part V: Governing through place and space
15 Post-World Cup effects and local regeneration strategies in Johannesburg and eThekwini

Christoph Haferburg, Matthias Fleischer, Maximilian Fuhrmann and Fred Krüger

16 The sugarcane frontier: governing the productionof gated space in KwaZulu-Natal

Richard Ballard and Gareth A Jones

17 Women and urban governance: the disjuncture between policy and everyday experiences in intimate spaces

Kira Erwin, Orli Bass and Jennifer Houghton

Contributors

Richard Ballard teaches on the Development Studies programme in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

Orli Bass is senior project officer at the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Tessa Diphoorn is post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Urban Studies and the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Kira Erwin is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Matthias Fleischer is a lecturer at the Institute of Geography, University of Mainz.

Maximilian Fuhrmann is a PhD candidate at the University of Bremen.

Christoph Haferburg is an interim professor at the Institute for Geography, University of Hamburg, and visiting associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Jennifer Houghton is the project manager and academic leader of the Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative in the Graduate School of Business and Leadership at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Marie Huchzermeyer is a professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Gareth A. Jones is Professor of Urban Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Obvious Katsaura teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Joshua Kirshner is a researcher in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham.

Fred Krüger is Professor of Geography at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Astrid Ley is a professor for international urbanism at the Institute for Urban Planning and Design, University of Stuttgart and visiting senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.

Martin J. Murray is Professor of Urban Planning at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, and Adjunct Professor of African Studies in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

Li Pernegger is a doctoral student at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Elisabeth Peyroux is a senior researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research, based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Urban Studies (UMR LISST), University of Toulouse II.

Richard Pithouse teaches politics at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Margot Rubin is an urban geographer, with a sessional lecturing post in the School of Architecture and Planning and research associateships at the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies and the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Mfaniseni F. Sihlongonyane is an associate professor and Director of the Planning Programme in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Alison Todes is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Laura Wenz is an urban political geographer and doctoral candidate at the Institute of Geography, University of Münster, and a visiting scholar at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.

Astrid Wood is a doctoral candidate at University College London.

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