South Africa is Urbanising at an exponential rate. About 63% citizens of 50 million population, currently live in urban areas. This statistics is expected to increase to about 71% by 2030 and  eight in every ten people, postulated to live in urban areas by 2050 (PMG, 2020). In Africa, South Africa is believed to have the largest and most industrialised economy, and 28th-largest economy in the world (Turok, 2012). It is one of the most urbanised countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the main source of national population growth attributed to international migration (Turok, 2012). The increasing demand on basic infrastructural needs, will only get worse if the current challenges, are not ultimately addressed drastically. 

Subsequently, the South African government has developed programs like; integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), the capital subsidy for housing, and informal settlement intervention among others for strategic planning, and policy realignment. While these are considered necessary, it is pertinent to pay particular attention to the Peri-urban South African areas which are characterized typically as being spatially unzone, socially excluded poor households residing sometimes close to city centres (Mbiba and Huchzermeyer, 2002). The workshop will engage and examine spatial challenges; spatial injustice, sustainability, resilience, inclusivity, equity and efficiency in the peri-urban areas of South Africa.


Prof Alison Todes is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She was previously Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council, and a Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Housing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (previously Natal), Durban, South Africa. She has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Planning from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. She has researched and published extensively in the field of urban and regional development and planning, and has produced over 100 books, journal articles, book chapters and reports. Alison has co-authored or co-edited books on urban densification in Johannesburg and internationally; spatial change in Johannesburg; planning in post-apartheid South Africa; and on regional development and settlement policy. She was part of the major York University, Toronto, research project on Global Suburbanisms, and was co-principal investigator of the ‘Living the Urban Peripheries project: Investment, Infrastructure and Economic Change in African City-Regions’ (University of the Witwatersrand and University of Sheffield). She has also been involved in with several policy development processes in local, national and international arenas.


9.15 AM – 2.30 PM UK TIME


UK TimeSouth Africa TimeProgrammePresentations topics
9.15-9.30 AM10.15-10.30 AMRegistration
9.30-9.45 AM10.30-10.45 AMPart 1 Introduction
9.45-10.15 AM10.45-11.15 AMKeynote by Prof Alison Todes, University of Witwatersand, South AfricaThe Diversity of Urban Peripheries in South Africa
10.15-10.45 AM11.15-11.45 AMKeynote by Prof Ibidun O. Adelekan, University of Ibadan Ibadan, NigeriaPeri-urban development and urban resilience in Nigeria
10.45-10.55 AM11.45-11.55 AM Q & A
10.55-11.05 AM11.55 AM-12.05 PMPresentation 1 by Popoola Kehinde Olayinka,  Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, NigeriaBorder migration, security and perception of safety in rural border communities of south-western Nigeria
11.05-11.15 AM12.05-12.15 PMPresentation 2 by Ossai Onyinyechi Gift, Department of Geography, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu StateLand use dynamics and quality of life of residents in Nsukka Peri-urban area, Enugu’
11.15-11.25 AM12.15-12.25 PMPresentation 3 by Dr. Funmilayo Mokunfayo Adedire, Department of Architecture, Lead City University, IbadanThe nexus between community and spatial resilience in Lagos-Ogun periphery
11.25-11.35 AM12.25-12.35 PMBREAK
11.35-11.45 AM12.35-12.45 PMPresentation 4 by Dr. Victor Udemezue Onyebueke, Department of Urban & Regional Planning , University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
Peri-urban governance and challenges: prospects of planning the unplannable in Nigeria
11.45-11.55 AM12.45-12.55 PMPresentation 5 by Adaku Echendu, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, CanadaFlooding and urban planning in Nigeria: insights from Planners in Port Harcourt
11.55 AM-12.05 PM12.55-1.05 PMQ & A
12.05-12.50 PM1.05-1.50 PMLUNCH BREAK
12.50-1.00 PM1.50-2.00 PMPart 2 Introduction
1.00-1.30 PM2.00-2.30 PMBreakout Room Activity 1
1.30-1.40 PM2.30-2.40 PMDiscussion
1.40-2.10 PM2.40-3.10 PMBreakout Room Activity 2
2.10-2.30 PM3.10-3.30 PMDiscussion and Conclusion

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