The South African Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), has developed a ‘hypothetical’ South African city based on the major characteristics shared by South African cities:
- Settlements characterized by low-cost housing on the periphery, informal settlements on small parcels around the city, racially segregated communities
- Spatial growth is informed by similar drivers e.g. apartheid planning policies, housing subsidy structure); and
- South Africa’s 3 largest cities have similar populations, areas and socio-economic profiles.
Despite being hypothetical, the city model developed by the FFC uses real data from all of three largest metropolitan municipalities (metros), Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini.
Note: The number of zones is fairly arbitrary, but was selected to match the transport data used in the model.
Submission for the Division of Revenue, Technical Report, 2012-13
Chapter 10: Economic and Fiscal Costs of Inefficient Land-use Patterns PDG, Stephen Berrisford Consulting and the African Centre for Cities
Financial and Fiscal Commission