South African Cities Network

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Description of what the network is about

Established in 2002 as a non-profit company (NPC) registered in South Africa, the South African Cities Network (SACN) was founded by the mayors of South Africa’s largest cities and key strategic partners to encourage the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and city governance.

Societal problem they want to address

Poor urban governance, exclusionary city economies, spatial inequality and lack of access to the urban dividend, unsustainable development and data deficiency.

Societal domain

See web page

Basic aim of network

Building better cities by transforming policy into practice through knowledge co-creation, learning and innovation, partnerships and convening of the voices of all urban actors.


To promote high-performing and innovative cities that are well-governed, productive, inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

For more information

SA-Cities web page

Research question about translocal networking

What are the institutional and governance shifts required to accelerate the transition to sustainable cities?

Entry done by

Liteboho Makhele at the Wikithon event 15.11.2022.