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An Overview of South Africa's Metropolitan Areas - Dualistic, Dynamic and under Threat…

Elsona van Huyssteen
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/ Cathy Meiklejohn
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/ Maria Coetzee
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/ Helga Goss
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Published Online: 2010-11-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s10105-010-0008-2

An Overview of South Africa's Metropolitan Areas - Dualistic, Dynamic and under Threat…

The article explores the threats posed to metropolitan viability and resilience in South Africa which is faced by continued spatial and economic concentration and duality - a trend also evident in a number of Central European countries. Examples are provided of trends and challenges impacting the resilience of South Africa's metropolitan regions, as identified in recent empirical studies conducted by the authors.1 The paper argues that the agglomeration challenges facing South Africa's metropolitan regions and complications brought about by intra-metropolitan inequality are key aspects underlying the resilience of these regions. The article also suggests that there might be value in greater collaboration in research and knowledge-production and sharing in metropolitan planning, development and governance, between South African metropolitan regions and those in Central European countries.

Keywords: South Africa; metropolitan regions; metropolitan inequality; urban resilience

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Published Online: 2010-11-19

Published in Print: 2010-10-01


Citation Information: European Spatial Research and Policy, ISSN (Online) 1896-1525, ISSN (Print) 1231-1952, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s10105-010-0008-2.

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