Earlier this week, the panellists at the South African Urban Conference 2018 -- set up to debate the Integrated Urban Development Framework -- advised government, NGOs and business to break the cycle of making urban spatial planning for the poor, without involving the poor.
Development is happening in cities, not in the places where most people are suffering. Conferences always include the "haves" and exclude people who are protesting for land, said Rose Molokoane, co-ordinator of SA Federation of the Urban Poor (Fedup).
Molokoane spoke after the Deputy Minister of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel, introduced the theme of the South African Urban Conference 2018 as "Activating an all-of-society approach to implementing the urban agenda".
The Johannesburg conference was hosted by the South African Cities Network in partnership with the department.
The inaugural conference in 2017 introduced the Integrated Urban Development Framework as...