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Secondary Cities Symposium for KZN Municipalities

As the world is experiencing rapid urbanization. Secondary cities are being redefined. In pursuit of supporting secondary cities, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) together with the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) hosted a Secondary Cities Symposium on 29 November 2018 at the Riverside Hotel in Durban.

The purpose of the symposium was to unpack significant advancements that could assist secondary cities develop further, creating more economic opportunities, becoming more resilient in being able to provide good quality living and recreational spaces, with the ability to build lasting infrastructure.

South African Cities Network, Professor Amira Osman shared insights what an Urban Future entails. During her presentation Prof Osman mentioned pertinent aspects of urbanisation and challenged participants to take action. 

“75% of the world's population live in rural areas. There are more than 4000 cities in the world with populations exceeding 100 000 people. Around 2400 of these have populations less than 750 000. More than 60% of these are located in developing regions and countries. Many of these cities are struggling with problems of rapid urbanisation, poverty and job creation. We have the tools to achieve change in the built environment. We can make major change in policies and strategies based on our professional expertise as planners,” said Prof Osman.

Prashina Mohangi from SALGA spoke about the Flux Tribes report. Flux Tribe is a trend analysis company which aims to share insights that will help people gear up for future change and provide them with an opportunity to align themselves with the tribes that make up their target market. “A group only needs two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate, said Mohangi. Amongst the trends outlined in the report is Adventure Tourism which is a space that local government needs to venture upon. Mohangi encouraged participants to internalise the report and utilise it in the betterment of their planning initiatives. 

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal, General Manager, Business Retention​ and Expansion, Donny Pethan presented on making municipal spaces investor friendly to stimulate economic growth in the Province. One stop shops have been cited as effective methods of moving municipal spaces towards being investor friendly.

Ernest Galelekile from MTN South Africa explained the role SMME’s play in the growth of secondary cities mentioning the importance of supporting SMMEs. 
He emphasised the need to encourage innovation and run a municipality like a business. He called upon local government to evaluate the role of the informal sector & foreign traders within the promotion of the SMME agenda. " Local government need to derive strategies to organise the informal sector as it forms an integral part of the township economy, said Galelekile.

Methembe​ Mdlalose from UKZN shared an academic perspective on urbanism, challenging local government policy makers to promote and align Special Economic Zones and Industrial Development Zones. “We need a more coordinated approach to planning for Special Economic Zones, urged Mdlalose.​ 

With group work and discussion sessions facilitated by MILE. Officials left the symposium motivated to build on municipal assets for economic growth​.

Download presentations below:

 Presentations: Secondary Cities Symposium

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Secondary  Cities Symposium Learning note.pdf
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UKZN- Methembe.pdf
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Urban Future-Tshwane University of Technology.pdf
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