Ad hoc support to government
On an ad hoc basis GCRO provides strategic support to various Gauteng Provincial Government departments or to municipalities. Below is a listing of some of the work done over the years.
- Gauteng eTolls Review Panel - socio-economic impact assessment. On special request from the Premier of Gauteng, GCRO provided technical research support to a panel of experts responsible for assessing the socio-economic impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme and associated e-tolling. GCRO prepared the background socio-economic study (an input into the Panel's final report) and submitted this at the end of November 2014. GCRO also supported the Panel's work by contracting research experts for specific inputs (environmental modelling, financial options modelling, focus groups, and so on).
- 20-year Review for the Gauteng Provincial Government. The Gauteng Planning Commission asked GCRO to contribute a section to its review of progress in the 20 years since democracy and the 2009-14 term of office. In September and October 2013 GCRO staff worked together on a synthesis of socio-economic trends over the last two decades. The 20 000 word section covered 14 topics, including demographic changes and spatial development, poverty and inequality, health, ecoomy and employment, human settlements, governance, and social cohesion.
- Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF). Over a number of years national government has sought to develop an Urban Development Framework for the country. The release of the 2012 National Development Plan gave new impetus to and space for the initiative. A Panel of Experts, reporting to the Department of Cooperative Government and an Interministerial Committee, was convened to guide the process. GCRO's Research Director, Graeme Gotz, was asked to serve on the Panel, which met and oversaw work towards the IUDF throughout 2013 and the first half of 2014.
- Gauteng 2009-2014 Mid-Term Review. GCRO was asked by the Gauteng Planning Commission (GPC) to assist with a Mid-Term Review of the 2009-2014 Gauteng Provincial Government term of office. Starting in September 2011 and ending February 2012, GCRO helped GPC find and contract a principal author for the Mid-Term Review and wrote an Overview of the GCR section to introduce the Review. GCRO also assisted with commissioning external evaluators of key initiatives that GPG wanted to assess as part of the Review.
- City of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy (GDS). As an input into the City of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) process, Graeme Gotz wrote a brief note on how the City should strategically think about and approach the building of a GCR in late 2011.
- September 2011 Gauteng Advisory Council. GCRO arranged for Prof Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director of the LSE: Cities Programme, to do a presentation of his work – Living in the Endless City – to a meeting of the Advisory Council of the Gauteng Planning Commission, on 20 September 2011.
- Sustainable Human Development Strategy for Gauteng. In May 2011 GCRO assisted the Department of Housing and Local Government in clarifying expectations of a service provider responsible for producing a Sustainable Human Development Strategy for Gauteng.
- Support to the Department of Roads and Transport. Early in 2011, GCRO was approached by the MEC for Roads & Transport with a view to assisting in the development of a 25-year integrated transport strategy for Gauteng. GCRO expanded the transport questions in the 2011 Quality of Life survey, to provide a richer, more detailed, geo-coded dataset for analysis. GCRO also commissioned additional analysis of the 2011 QoL survey data from Prof Christo Venter at UP, one of Gauteng’s leading transport academics. GCRO also became involved in trying to ensure that three imminent city-level transport surveys (in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane) all use the same sample frame and the same questions, thus ensuring comparability.
- Sports facilities audit. In February 2011, GCRO met with the HoD and senior staff of the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation to discuss an audit (including a spatial geo-coding) of all sport and recreation facilities in Gauteng. A brief review of an audit conducted in 2002 of GPG sports facilities revealed that the existing data was outdated, duplicated, of varying quality and required a significant amount of work to update to a current map all the facilities. Gaps in coverage were also identified in the north eastern and south western areas of the province. The results of the review, together with a proposal for using a new source of GIS data to ascertain the location of sports facilities (which data was purchased by GCRO for the project), were presented to the provincial sports HoD and MEC in July and August 2011. GCRO recommended that the department issue a tender to obtain an updated comprehensive geocoded database of sports facilities. GCRO also proposed draft tender specifications for use by the department to commission in survey expertise.
- Potential inputs into low carbon projects. In early 2011 Maryna Storie provided BlueIQ with comments and inputs into assessments for potential low carbon projects.
- FIFA World Cup Close-out Report. GCRO sourced a consultant to undertake a ‘Close-out report on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup’ for the GPG Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation. GCRO commissioned the consultant on the Department’s behalf. The project ran from late 2010 to early March 2011 when a final draft report was delivered.
- DED ICT development strategy. In 2011, GCRO agreed to act as a conduit for contracting the LINK centre at the Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM) by the Department of Economic Development. LINK prepared an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Strategy for the Department.
- Moringa Oleifera. In late 2010 and early 2011, GCRO assisted The Innovation Hub with maps to support the selection of potential sites for a food security project (Moringa Oleifera) in the northern areas of Tshwane.
- 'Researcher mobility'. In November 2010, GCRO provided information to the Department of Economic Development on various higher education questions for a project on ‘researcher mobility’.
- Gauteng Growth Employment and Development Strategy (GEGDS). In April 2010, GCRO assisted the Department of Economic Development and the Advisor to the MEC to finalise the Gauteng Employment Growth and Development Strategy (GEGDS). This involved giving strategic advice on possible content and edits on drafts of the document.