Metropolis is a global network of major cities and metropolitan areas that serve as a platform for metropolises to connect, share experiences and mobilise on a wide range of local and global issues.
In August 2018, the Gauteng Provincial Government will host leaders from across the world at the Metropolis Annual Meeting 2018. Mayors from 137 cities across the world will convene to discuss the elements, policies, processes and practices necessary to build inclusive cities at the Sandton Convention Centre 26-28 August 2018 under the theme “Inclusive Metropolitan Cities and City Regions”. In addition, African mayors representing UCLGA, will meet to launch the Forum of African Metropolises and discuss the role of African cities in the World Association of Major Metropolises.
The 2018 Metropolis Annual Meeting takes as a starting point the following definitions to develop the contents of its programme:
Metropolitan city: understood as a territory consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industries, infrastructure and housing
City region: a term used since about 1950 by urbanists, economists and urban planners to mean a metropolitan area and hinterland, often having a shared administration
Metropolitan cities and city regions across the world experience challenges such as:
Unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment
Lack of planning, alignment and integration across spheres
Translating economic growth into employment growth
Strengthening institutional capacity across all spheres to ensure improved service delivery and reduced inequalities
Ongoing divide between the first and second economy
Forging stronger links with the region and continent
The 2018 Metropolis Annual Meeting proposes to generate answers in the resolution of these challenges, promoting debates of how metropolises can stimulate investments, build networks, develop and implement initiatives that create an advanced economy for all to benefit from.
Spatial & Environmental Justice
Insofar as is possible, sessions will be balanced in terms of gender representation, regional and political-technical diversity.
Gauteng is a Sesotho word meaning, “place of gold”. It is the smallest of province of South Africa and the most populous and urbanised with a population of approximately 14,200,000 people per estimates. Gauteng is divided into 5 regions: Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Sedibeng, Tshwane and the West Rand.
Gauteng diversified economy contributes over 35% of the GDP.
Its key industries include banking and finance, manufacturing, transport, technology, and telecommunications. Here, Johannesburg being the financial and business capital of Southern Africa, and Tshwane, the administrative capital of the country, draw much of the world’s attention to the tip of the continent.
Gauteng is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the largest stock exchange in Africa. Some of the largest companies in Africa and abroad are based in Gauteng, or have offices and branches there, such as Vodacom, MTN, Neotel, Microsoft South Africa and the largest Porsche Centre in the world.