Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and the country's most important metropolitan economy. However, years of Apartheid have left the city scarred by social and racial divides that perpetuate inequality and division, evidenced by the spatial distribution of wealth and settlement within the community and a continued uneven access to opportunity for its population.
Eric Yankson analyses the city's rapid growth, in particular the planning and rebranding of the city as a destination for investment and capital, as well as how it has succeeded in attracting new talent, essential for stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship and jobs growth. The author interrogates the performance of successive attempts to promote growth strategies for the city and in its development post-Apartheid. By tapping into the knowledge economy, Johannesburg has put South Africa on the global map for high-tech industry, renewable energy, mining and finance.
Yankson explores the unique characteristics of the emergent mega-city, how it has been shaped by its past and analyses the likely future outcomes for South Africa’s most populous and globally networked city.
Eric Yankson is a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning at Namibia University of Science and Technology. He obtained his PhD in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.