Gauteng City-Region Observatory
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), with local government in Gauteng also represented on the GCRO Board.
The GCRO is charged with helping to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and residents all need to make the Gauteng City-Region competitive, spatially integrated, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. The GCRO collects data and benchmarks the city-region, provides policy analysis and support, undertakes applied research, and publishes critically reflective academic work.
Gauteng Province (GP) is South Africa’s smallest but most densely populated province. Gauteng includes the cities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Tshwane, and the district municipalities of West Rand, and Sedibeng. Once a mining and industiral centre, Gauteng is now South Africa’s financial capital, generating close to 34% of the nation’s GDP.
According to the 2011 South African Census, Gauteng is home to 12,2 million people. 2015 population estimates indicate a population growth to 13.2 million people. The province hosts a dynamic mix of languages and cultures, but is beset by high levels of inequality. Overcoming past injustices is a primary challenge for local and provincial government. Due to the alignment of data and research to political boundaries, Gauteng Province is a major area of study for the GCRO.
The Gauteng City-Region (GCR) includes those towns and cities that fall outside of Gauteng’s borders but are tied to Gauteng through various infrustructure, movement, and economic networks. These include places such as Rustenburg, Emalahleni, Potchefstroom, Sasolburg, and Secunda in addition to those already included in Gauteng Province.
Removing political boundaries from an urban landcover map clearly demonstrates the interconnected GCR conurbation. A useful deliniation of the GCR is a 175km radius drawn from the centre of Gauteng. This line includes close to 17 million people. The GCRO is committed to sparking city-region wide debate, discussion, and planning that can ensure a more cohesive approach to developing South Africa’s urban core.
GCRO releases a quarterly newsletter to update its stakeholders with the latest key happenings & projects.