South Africa

  • Fabio Todeschini
  • David Dewar
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


The chapter argues that the two primary influences on the structure and form of South African cities since the 1940’s—the planning and design ideology of modernism and the political ideology of apartheid or separate development—have resulted in cities characterized by low density sprawl, fragmentation, separation and a car-dominated movement system with strong radial tendencies. These spatial patterns, in combination, result in a wide range of social, economic, environmental and urban efficiency problems.

The chapter then reviews trends in transport use and mobility before identifying a number of pressing transport problems. Finally, it focuses on two essential solutions: promoting urban corridors as a unit of urban planning attention; and the establishment of an integrated urban transport authority.


Rail System Urban Fabric Urban Transport South African City Taxi Industry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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