Contemporary South African urbanization dynamics

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dc.description.abstract The paper provides an overview of urbanization patterns and trends in the current era in South Africa, focusing in particular on the key dynamics and driving forces underlying migration and urbanization. It considers overall demographic trends with regard to migration and urbanization, and points to some of the difficulties with data, and with the analysis of trends and patterns. The paper explores the changing rural context and dynamics, and some of the significant processes in this context: large-scale displacement of black people off farms, the impact of land reform, and conditions in the former homeland areas. Circular migration continues to be an important way in which households in rural areas survive, but some are unable to move, and are falling out of these networks. International migration - the consequence of both conditions in the home country and the draw of the South African economy - is another significant process fueling mainly urban growth. The paper demonstrates the importance of cities in terms of economic growth and employment, and thus their attractiveness to migrants. Continuing migration to cities is of course a challenge for city management, but important trends towards declining household size and the splitting up of households are also driving the physical growth of cities and demands for housing, services, and infrastructure. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject URBANISATION en
dc.subject MIGRATION en
dc.subject MIGRANTS en
dc.subject DEMOGRAPHICS en
dc.title Contemporary South African urbanization dynamics en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TBBBBB en
dc.Volume 21(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2010/11 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.ResearchGroup Economic Perfomance and Development en
dc.SourceTitle Urban Forum en
dc.ArchiveNumber 6441 en
dc.PageNumber 331-348 en
dc.outputnumber 5091 en
dc.bibliographictitle Todes, A., Kok, P., Wentzel, M., Van Zyl, J. & Cross, C. (2010) Contemporary South African urbanization dynamics. Urban Forum. 21(3):331-348. en
dc.publicationyear 2010 en
dc.contributor.author1 Todes, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Kok, P. en
dc.contributor.author3 Wentzel, M. en
dc.contributor.author4 Van Zyl, J. en
dc.contributor.author5 Cross, C. en

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