Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO)

Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO)

 

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) was established in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), with local government in Gauteng also represented on the GCRO Board. Behind the motivation for setting up the GCRO is a vision for South Africa's economic heartland as a region that is competitive, spatially integrated, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GCRO is charged with helping to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and citizens all need to make this vision a reality. GCRO collects data and benchmarks the city-region, provides policy analysis and support, undertakes applied research, and publishes critically reflective academic work.

Visit the GCRO home page at www.gcro.ac.za

For information on accessing Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) content please contact Bongi Mphuti via email : bongi.mphuti@wits.ac.za or Tel (W) : 011 717 1978

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  • Mosiane, Ngaka; Murray, Jennifer (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2021-08-31)
    The location of population in relation to economic activity in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) has been a subject of considerable interest from a number of researchers and institutions. This Map of the Month contributes to ...
  • Ballard, Richard; Namponya, Alfred; Tshangana, Alison (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2021-06-30)
    In June 1991, the South African parliament repealed the Group Areas Act, the legislation that the apartheid state had used to drive urban segregation. To mark the three decade anniversary of this moment, this month’s map ...
  • de Kadt, Julia; Hamann, Christian; Mkhize, Sthembiso Pollen (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2021-02-26)
    Data collection for our forthcoming Quality of Life 2020/21 Survey (QoL 2020/21) is now over two thirds complete. Along with the regular difficulties of data collection, such as ensuring everyone’s safety and negotiating ...
  • Mushongera, Darlington; Kwenda, Prudence; Ntuli, Miracle (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2020-12-08)
    The purpose of this occasional paper is to analyse well-being in Gauteng province from a capability perspective. We adopt a standard ‘capability approach’ consistent with Amartya Sen’s concept of capabilities (1985; 1993; ...
  • Parker, Alexandra; Maree, Gillian; Götz, Graeme; Khanyile, Samkelisiwe (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2020-08-31)
    This August 2020 Map of the Month is presented as a story map and draws on the infection data from the Gauteng Department of Health (6 March - 7 August 2020) and GCRO’s March 2020 COVID-19 vulnerability indices based on ...
  • Maree, Gillian; Khanyile, Samkelisiwe (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2020-10-01)
    For those who live in long term care facilities the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly devastating. For the September Map of the Month we explore the impacts on long term care facilities in Gauteng by ...
  • Naidoo, Yashena; Maree, Gillian (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2020-07-21)
    The COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa has had far reaching impacts on society and the economy. A national disaster was declared on 15 March 2020 and by 26 March 2020 strong restrictive measures were put in place to manage ...
  • Camargo Nino, Eliana; Lane, Sam; Okano, Kanako; Rahman, Irvanu; Peng, Bo; Benn, Hannah; Culwick Fatti, Christina; Maree, Gillian; Khanyile, Samkelisiwe; Washbourne, Dr Carla (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2020-07)
    As cities in developing countries contend with the challenges of urbanisation, they need to rethink the traditional modes of urban planning and development. Part of this logic is to cater for growing populations without ...
  • Hamann, Christian; Joseph, Kate (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2020-07)
    In the Quality of Life (QoL) V (2017/18) survey, respondents from all population groups were represented in the student sample. However, a higher percentage of all Indian/Asian respondents (17%) and white respondents ...
  • de Kadt, Julia; Gotz, Graeme; Hamann, Christian; Maree, Gillian; Parker, Alexandra (Gauteng City-Region Observatory: Map of the Month, March 2020, 2020-03-20)
    The world is reeling as COVID-19 infections spread. This Map of the Month aids an understanding of the localised risk factors that might contribute to transmission of COVID-19, or amplify its health and socio-economic ...
  • Coetzee, Serena; Cooper, Antony K; Katumba, Samy (Gauteng City-Region Obervatory, 2020-05-25)
    coordination and an information-driven approach that can unlock the value of geospatial data. This Provocation reviews the current state of affairs regarding address data in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) and explores ...
  • Culwick, Christina; Khanyile, Samkelisiwe; Bobbins, Kerry; Dunsmore, Stuart; Fitchett, Anne; Monama, Lerato; Naidu, Raishan; Sykes, Gillian; van den Bussche, Jennifer; Vieira, Marco (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2019-12)
    The Gauteng City-Region (GCR) regularly experiences heatwaves, raising renewed concerns over water security, as well as heavy and persistent rains, leading to severe flooding in some areas. In this context of heightened ...
  • Culwick, Christina (Gauteng City Region Observatory, 2018-09)
    South Africa’s post-apartheid government has been successful in raising the standard of living for millions of people. It has provided them with access to housing and basic services, improved health and education, and ...
  • Harber, Jesse; Parker, Alexandra; Joseph, Kate; Maree, Gillian (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2018-02)
    In many parts of Gauteng, streets are congested with cars, trucks, minibus taxis, pedestrians, and informal traders. In other parts, streets are quiet, underutilised and frequently underserviced. The surface quality of the ...
  • Bobbins, Kerry; Trangos, Guy (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2018-01)
    The extraction of gold along the Witwatersrand mining belt has fundamentally shaped the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) over more than a century. Mining in the region occurred across a vast area. The Witwatersrand basin is made ...
  • Parker, Alexandra; Rubin, Margot (2017-11)
    South African cities were designed and legislated to enforce spatial marginalisation of Africans, coloureds and Indians to peripheral urban settlements. The legacy of this intentionally constructed racially segregated space ...
  • Bobbins, Kerry; Culwick, Christina (2016-09)
    As the population, economy and urban built environment in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) expand, government is increasingly under pressure to provide urban infrastructure to support growth. It is increasingly important that ...
  • Abrahams, Caryn (2017-07)
    There is an apparent resurgence of racism, xenophobia, and discrimination on the basis of ethnicity in South Africa. In this context careful policy-focused analytical work is critical to advance the constitutional values ...
  • Peberdy, Sally; Harrison, Philip; Dinath, Yasmeen (2017-08)
    Peripheral areas of the Gauteng City-Region – like small towns on the edge, large peri-urban and commercial farming areas, sprawling dormitory townships, huge swathes of displaced urbanisation in ex-Bantustans, and remote ...
  • Bobbins, Kerry (2015-05)
    Acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) has been described in the media as a ticking time bomb after it was officially reported to have begun surfacing from old mining works on the West Rand in 2002 ...

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