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Secondary Cities and Development

1st Edition

Edited by Lochner Marais, Etienne Nel, Ronnie Donaldson


188 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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The role secondary cities play in the global space economy and national urban hierarchies is increasingly receiving attention from scholars and international agencies, most notably the Cities Alliance.

Secondary Cities and Development considers the role of secondary cities through the lens of South Africa, a middle-income country with characteristics of both the developed and developing worlds. This book brings together a broad overview of international literature on secondary cities in South Africa and mirrors them against global experience. Chapters emphasize the importance of secondary cities as regional services areas, their potential roles in rural development, the vulnerabilities to which they are prone and their signifcant potential. By means of review, six South African case studies, and an assessment of contemporary policy approaches towards these cities, this unique volume provides insight into a spectrum of globally significant challenges.

This book would be of interest to academics and policy makers working in urban studies or regional development.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Secondary cities in South Africa: national settlement patterns and urban research

Lochner Marais, Etienne Nel and Ronnie Donaldson

Chapter 2: The international literature and context

Lochner Marais, Etienne Nel and Ronnie Donaldson

Chapter 3: City of Matlosana

Deidre van Rooyen and Molefi Lenka

Chapter 4: Emalahleni

Malène Campbell, Verna Nel and Thulisile Mphambukeli

Chapter 5: Emfuleni

Lochner Marais, Molefi Lenka, Jan Cloete and Wynand Myburgh

Chapter 6: George

Ronnie Donaldson and Daan Toerien

Chapter 7: Polokwane

Lejone Ntema and Anita Venter

Chapter 8: Umhlathuze

Johannes Wessels and Kolisa Rani

Chapter 9: The role of secondary cities in South Africa’s development

Lochner Marais, Etienne Nel and Ronnie Donaldson

About the Editors

Lochner Marais is Professor in Development Studies at the Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Etienne Nel is Professor of Geography at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Visiting Professor, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Ronnie Donaldson is Professor of Geography at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development