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This paper focuses on the disconnect between, on the one hand, the neoliberal aspirations to make Lagos a model megacity for the twenty-first century and, on the other hand, the precarious temporality of the present in which many informal workers weave their routine existence. In particular, the...
Informality is the order of the day in most cities in the Global South. This paper explored the puzzle whereby informal activities result in legally binding real estate transactions in the city of Kitwe in Zambia. The paper conceptualises the “market” from an institutional economics perspective...
In the Gauteng City Region, a substantial number of workers reside far from their place of work, translating into long travel distances and high travel costs and time costs. This study examines the relationship between job-employed ratio, i.e. the percentage of residents that work in the same...
Since 2012, there has been a significant growth in tourism in inner city Johannesburg. Some of this tourism materialises as walking tours in disadvantaged and relatively poor inner city neighbourhoods, some of which were until recently considered no-go areas. In a paper published in Urban Forum...
This paper explores how the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2014 World Design Capital events feed into the disjunctive experience of time in Cape Town. It demonstrates, via a timeline, how a set of contemporary global discourses around soccer and design comes to rest in this very particular local...
UN-Habitat projects Sub-Saharan Africa’s global share of the urban population to increase from 11.3% in 2010 to 20.2% by 2050. Yet little is documented about the underlying urbanization processes, particularly of emergence of small towns. This article uses household interviews, focus groups,...
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