Chris Plano, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has won an award for his paper exploring the willingness of minibus-taxi owners and drivers to integrate into a hybridised public transport network in Cape Town.
There are signs of a fundamental shift in the South African government’s attitude towards the minibus-taxi sector and its role in urban transport. Since its origins in the 1920s in the form of independently owned sedan vehicles, the minibus-taxi sector has been both a reviled and welcomed part of society. Reviled because the sector has continued to defy the state’s attempts historically to suppress or more recently to replace it, yet tacitly welcomed since without it millions of people would be stranded.
I am writing in response to the article “Out on a rib”, written by the CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Manglin Pillay, and published in the July 2018 issue of the SAICE’s Civil Engineering magazine. Mr Pillay questions the wisdom of investing heavily into attracting women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
My Just City is Black and White: Race, Space and Design is a Lecture that was delivered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation by Prof Toni L Griffin. The Lecture was put together with the aim of opening up public discourses on urban justice, access to the city and segregation and displacement. Respondents were @EdgarPieterse from the African Centre for Cities & @DyantyiMandisa of @sjcoalition on the concept of "just cities."
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