By all accounts, South Africa is an extremely wealthy nation. The same is true of the African continent. Yet this rich diverse nation remains bedevilled by endemic poverty, racial economic inequality, and high levels of unemployment, all of which support numerous social ills.
This book locates the legacy of spatial injustices inherited from apartheid’s social, political and economic engineering as the central cause of the challenges which are holding the country back. Its proposed solution is total national spatial reconstruction, to be spawned by the creation of many new mega-city regions that will germinate new economies for South Africa and the continent.
The author Tshilidzi Ratshitanga writes;
‘The racial-spatial-inequality nexus makes it possible to understand the link between racial exclusion and spatial formation, since this is the major defining characteristic of the legacy of apartheid colonialism in South Africa.’ Similarly, ‘what unites the majority of African cities is that they exist as post-colonial legacies and thus commonly battle to transform and redefine themselves according to new visions.’
The New Cities New Economies vision that this book proposes is meant to define a Pan-African economic revolution anchored upon massive urbanisation, modernisation and industrialisation across the whole of Africa. This is foreseen as nothing less than an African Grand Plan.
Millions of black people continue to be on the receiving end of the injustices of the neo-apartheid and neo-colonial states of South Africa and Africa respectively. The success of the implementation of the vision espoused in this book will result in untold prosperity for them.