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A need to reverse apartheid spatial planning as urban areas grow


The management of urban areas must unleash the potential of cities and towns, and reverse the terrible legacy of apartheid spatial injustice. Cooperativ­e Governance and Traditiona­l Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel said this at the fourth PanAfrican Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress (2017), in Ekurhuleni, on Wednesday. Nel said most cities are still highly fragmented due to segregated and class-based colonial plan- ning systems and, in South Africa, apartheid planning policies. Nel said continuing population growth and urbanisati­on will add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, when eight in 10 South Africans will live in urban areas. –

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