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Title:The Gauteng city-region: private and public power in the shaping of the city
Author:Greenberg, StephenISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 0258-9346)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:urban development
urban planning
global economy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589346.2010.492152
Abstract:The city-region is a relatively new concept for South Africa, although the model has been growing in other parts of the world for more than a decade. The concept cannot be separated from scalar restructuring in the context of neoliberalizing globalization. This generates economic, social and governance contradictions which throw open new spaces for contestation. The logic of the Gauteng city-region is strongly shaped by the National Spatial Development Framework, which emphasizes economic agglomeration and concentrated investment in high potential nodes. While the model remains open to contestation from below, the lack of organized formations at the grassroots level means that it is taking the direction of bipartite arrangements between State and capital. As a result, its implementation threatens to reinforce inherited spatial patterns and inequalities. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]