The hyphotetical South African City


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