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  • 2020 Open or Close

    Christina Culwick was interviewed about the May Map of the Month 'De-densifying Gauteng' on Kaya FM (29 May 2020) and Voice of Wits (2 June 2020).

    GCRO's analysis on income vulnerability in relation to COVID-19 was mentioned in an article 'Olievenhoutbosch's most vulnerable hit hard by Covid-19 lockdown' by Belinda Pheto in the Sunday Times, 10 May 2020.

    The analysis on the elderly in Gauteng was featured in an article '"They can’t survive if I die": Stalwart gogos fear for their families', in the Sunday Times, by Graeme Hosken on 10 May 2020.

    Julia de Kadt published an op-ed on data during the COVID-19 pandemic titled 'COVID-19 highlights South Africa’s need for local level social data', The Conversation Africa, on 11 May 2020.

    Alexandra Parker and Julia de Kadt published an op-ed on Gauteng's elderly with The Conversation Africa titled 'Our research shows why it’s vital to protect older South Africans from coronavirus' on 26 April 202 which led to other republications and an interview with Azania Mosaka on 702 Talk Radio on 27 April 2020, available here.

    GCRO's Gauteng Water Perspective was featured in the March/April 2020 edition of The Water Wheel, produced by the Water Research Commission.

    GCRO's insight on 'Households vulnerable to income disruption' related to COVID-19 was featured in 'Income cuts pose serious threat to lockdown' by Sheree Bega, published on 13 April 2020 in the Saturday Star.

    Analysis on COVID-19, initially published in GCRO's March 2020 Map of the Month, Mapping vulnerability to COVID-19 in Gauteng, is featured in several publications including the front page of The Saturday Star; Eyewitness News and the Daily Maverick. Related to this work Graeme Gotz was interviewed on NewzroomAfrika with Stephen Grootes and Gillian Maree was interviewed on SABC radio news, both on 25 March 2020.

    GCRO's Quality of Life data is cited in article about the SAHRC's 'State of Human Rights' report, 'Gauteng's poor continue to be left behind', by Greg Nicolson, the Daily Maverick, 23 March 2020.

    The GCRO's work on the water security perspective was highlighted in an article titled "Makhura seeks alternative energy sources to ease Gauteng's load shedding headache" by Lizeka Tandwa for News24 following the State of the Province address on 25 February 2020.

  • 2019 Open or Close

    The GCR Water Security Perspective, edited by GCRO's Gillian Maree has received extensive coverage by the media: In the Saturday Star: Gauteng urged to ensure that water consumption is kept at sustainable limits, 12 November 2019 by Sheree Bega; Gauteng must avoid any “Day Zero” scenario, 19 November 2019, by Sheree Bega; Reservoirs throttled as water supply plummets in Tshwane, by Kgaugelo Masweneng, 13 November 2019. Gillian Maree was interviewed by the following: the Voice of Wits, 21 November 2019, 8pm; On-air interview with Newzroom Afrika, 28 October 2019; and an interview with Yolandi Groenewald of Vrye Weekblad.

    GCRO's collaboration with Gauteng Provincial Government on water planning is mentioned in an article 'No need to panic over water crisis but use it responsibly - Maile' by Mia Lindeque for EyeWitness News, 29 October 2019.

    GCRO researcher, Samkelisiwe Khanyile and joint research on graffiti is featured in the Wits research publication Curiosity called 'Code', published in October 2019.

    Prof. Ivan Turok cites GCRO data in an article on backyard dwellings "They don't know how to cope with this' by Tshidi Madia, for News24, 12 October 2019.

    GCRO data on migrants from the Quality of Life Survey V 2017/8 is used to disprove claims made in a viral video in an article by AfricaCheck "Unproven that Hillbrow, nearby areas are ‘80% foreign national’ as claimed in much-shared video" by Naphtali Khumalo, also published by ZimEye, 4 September 2019.

    GCRO's data on vulnerability is cited in an article by Sarah Wild and Sipho Kings "Africa: South Africa's Survival Guide to Climate Change" for AllAfrica also featured in New Frame, 27 August 2019.

    An article in The Times about Alexandra township showcases GCRO data "Down jobless street: Alex residents share struggles of finding employment" by Belinda Pheto, 11 August 2019.

    DA's spokesperson, Solly Malatsi uses GCRO's Quality of Life Survey V 2017/8 data in a press release on "DA is turning local govts around" for PoliticsWeb, 7 August 2019.

    Lebogang Maile draws on GCRO's Quality of Life Survey V 2017/8 data in an article "ANC delivering 1.2m houses in Gauteng just a start" for IOL, 29 July 2019.

    GCRO's Map of the Month 'Backyard and informal dwellings: 2001-2016', February 2018, is featured in an article titled "Backyard not backward: Intentional living, the rise of imikhukhu and urban densification for dignity" by Buhle Zuma for Phys Org, 25 July 2019.

    The Gauteng City-Region Observatory is showcased in an article on careers at the University of the Witwatersrand, in an article called 'Futureproof your career at the University of Witwatersrand,' in Study International News, 2 July 2019.

    GCRO research on migration is quoted in a detailed letter, 'South Africa cannot house illegal immigrants' in the Alberton Record, 23 June 2019.

    Quality of Life Survey V 2017/18 data is cited and illustrated in article about the Rea Vaya transport system: 'A decade on, Rea Vaya remains more dream than reality' by Dennis Webster published in the New Frame, 28 May 2019.

    GCRO's Gillian Maree participated in a mediated conversation about water in Gauteng on SAFM on 28 May 2019.

    GCRO is mentioned in 'LETTER: ANC lifts support in Gauteng metros at DA’s expense' by Dr Rabelani Dagada on 15 May 2019.

    GCRO's Urban Gaze documentary photography competition featured in 'Gauteng in the Spotlight at Documentary Photography Exhibition' by Garreth van Niekerk in House and Leisure online on 10 May 2019.

    Julia de Kadt was in conversation with Iman Rapedi discussing the Quality of Life survey as part of Gauteng Provincial initiatives on PowerFM, 29 April 2019, 10:00-11:00.

    An article written by Julia de Kadt, Alexandra Parker and Christina Culwick 'Life in Gauteng is improving – but big challenges remain' was republished by News 24 on 26 April 2019.

    GCRO research on government responsibilities featured in a couple of fora: 'Whose responsibility is it anyway?' by Jacques Coetzee in the Mail and Guardian on 18 April 2019; and Julia de Kadt was interviewed by Karima Brown on 702 Talk Radio on 23 April 2019, 21:00.

    GCRO is mentioned by ANC regional deputy chair Jongizizwe Dlabathi in a panel discussion about housing: 'Housing at the centre of issues raised by Katlehong residents' on 702 Talk Radio on 17 April 2019.

    GCRO research on voting behaviour cited in 'IEC banks on 70% voter turnout at elections' by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni, published in The Citizen on 12 April 2019.

    GCRO research is cited in 'Liveable cities rankings: how a global enterprise is influencing urban change' by Jenny McArthur and Tim Moonen in The Conversation on 11 April 2019.

    Samkelisiwe Khanyile and Alexandra Parker wrote an article for The Conversation Africa, 'Graffiti is an eye-catching way to create lively spaces in cities' published on 8 April 2019, and republished on

    GCRO Quality of Life survey V (2017/18) results are cited in an article: "State of the City Address to take place in Germiston next week", in Germiston City News, 22 March 2019.

    GCRO research on voting patterns is cited in an article by Neo Goba: "Ramaphosa woos Soweto to win Gauteng province", in Sowetan Live, 15 March 2019.

    Thembani Mkhize's research on Hillbrow and the Ekhaya neighbourhood was featured on the mediated conversation on rural and urban spaces on SAfm Sunrise with Stephen Grootes on 13 March 2019. Podcast is available here.

    GCRO's Quality of Life V 2017/18 survey results are mentioned in an opinion article 'Democratic Alliance governance in shambles' by Lebogang Maile, in the Daily Maverick, 25 February 2019.

    GCRO's January 2019 Map of the Month on shifting day and night populations was featured in an article 'This is how many people travel into Sandton, Centurion and Midrand every day', Business Tech, 31 January 2019.

    GCRO's Quality of Life V 2017/18 survey is mentioned in an opinion article 'The way to improve SA throughput and quality' by Rabelani Dagada, in Business Day Live, 16 January 2019

  • 2018 Open or Close

    The Quality of Life V 2017/18 survey continues to be featured in the media: 10 things we didn’t learn at Africa Check this year, by Lee Mwiti, Africa Check, 31 December 2018; and Today is better than yesterday in Gauteng, Dr. Rabelani Dagada, News 24, 22 January 2019.

    Quality of Life V 2017/18 survey data featured in an article about drugs, 'SA nation worries about drugs', Shaun Smillie, Saturday Star, 4 December 2018.

    Gauteng Premier David Makhura wrote a column about the Quality of Life V 2017/18 survey 'Gauteng province is improving people's lives - premier', Sowetan Live, 3 December 2018.

    GCRO prepared a Water Security Plan for Gauteng for Gauteng government and this was featured in a number of articles in late 2018: Troops battle Vaal sewage 'invasion', by Graeme Hosken, Sunday Times, 2 December 2018; Gauteng is facing a water crisis, My Broadband, 2 December 2018; Gauteng, you’re overdue for a water wake-up call, by Graeme Hosken, Times Select, 5 December 2018; Gauteng facing ‘day zero’ water crisis, Business Tech, 2 December 2018.

    GCRO’s October 2018 Map of the Month on residential building change was written up in several articles: “Here’s how many more shacks and security estate homes have been built in Gauteng over the last 17 years” in Business Tech, 1 November 2018; “How the backyard boom is leaving Gauteng squashed” in Times Select, 5 November 2018; “Gauteng separates into shacks and gated estates” in New Frame, 12 November 2018; republished on Mail and Guardian as "Gautengers move to shacks and gated estates", 12 November 2018.

    The June 2018 Map of the Month on multidimensional poverty is featured in TimesLive article 'Misery by numbers: Gauteng's dimensions of poverty', written by Graeme Hosken, 7 November 2018.

    GCRO's research on a framework for a green infrastructure planning approach in the Gauteng City-Region is highlighted in an article about the '14 Projects Shortlisted for AfriSam-SAIA Award 2017/2018' in Creamer's Media Engineering News, 2 October 2018.

    GCRO data and the April 2018 Map of the month on influx control is cited in an article in Business Tech 'Concerns raised over mass migration to Johannesburg – here’s how many South Africans are moving', 24 September 2018.

    GCRO's August 2018 Map of the month was featured in Business Tech online, 'This incredible map shows where the highest levels of unemployment are in Gauteng', 23 September 2018.

    Gillian Maree is cited on the Gauteng Water Security Plan in an article by Sheree Bega, 'How to head off Day Zero', originally published in The Saturday Star, 22 September 2018.

    GCRO's Thambani Mkhize participated in the Open Streets Indaba which was profiled in the Cape Argus by Sukaina Ishmail 'Open Streets Indaba gives voice to kids', 20 September 2018.

    Dr Julia de Kadt and the research on Gauteng's geography of education is cited in 'Boats, donkeys and their own two feet: How kids around the world get to school' by Jacqueline Howard on, 7 August 2018.

    GCRO's June Map of the Month, 'Multidimensional poverty mapping of the Gauteng City-Region,' was republished by PositionIT on 10 July 2018.

    Alexandra Parker discussed the June 2018 Map of the Month 'The long and short of school commutes' on Radio 702 with Azania Mosaka on 2 July 2018 and SAfm with Bongi Gwala on 3 July 2018.

    Alexandra Parker, Julia de Kadt & Christian Hamann wrote an article for The Conversation Africa 'The long and short of South African school commutes: a case study' published on 1 July 2018 and republished by eNCA on 2 July.

    Christina Culwick and the March 2018 map of the month on Mapping vulnerability in Gauteng is cited in 'Climate change report: SA’s cities urged to prepare for heat waves and floods' by Shaun Smillie in Business Day, 25 June 2018.

    Culwick, C. (2018). Enhancing knowledge for thinking differently about future African cities. Akanani: Urban development magazine. South African Local Government Association (SALGA). pp14-16

    Katumba, S. and Coetzee, S. (2018). Making geospatial data discoverable online. PositionIT, April/May 2018.

    Richard Ballard and Margot Rubin wrote an article for The Conversation, titled 'Why megaprojects to deliver houses in South Africa might not work', published on 23 May 2018 and republished in the Mail and Guardian.

    Christina Culwick was interviewed on Kaya FM about the QoL IV data presented in Vignette #35 regarding 'Best rated services per municipality' 15 May 2018.

    Richard Ballard was interviewed on Radio Islam on Thursday 10 May 2018 regarding the April Map of the month on influx control.

    Graeme Gotz was interviewed on Stephen Grootes' Sunrise Breakfast show on SAfm in connection with the April 2018 Map of the Month on attitudes to bringing back influx control, 8 May 2018

    GCRO's April 2018 Map of the Month was written up in several articles: "Apartheid lite?: Gautengers say yes to influx control" in The Times, 7 May 2018; "‘Too many people are coming to Gauteng’ – and a lot of residents want influx-control back" in Business Tech, 7 May 2018.

    Alexandra Parker wrote an article 'Mothers in motion: mums navigate cities with their kids’ needs in mind', The Conversation Africa, 17 April 2018. She also spoke to Kwena Moabelo on PowerFM about the research project on 19 April 2018. The article was republished on a number of online news platforms including Huffington Post.

    Alexandra Parker wrote an article, 'City streets: why South Africa should design more people-friendly spaces', for The Conversation Africa, 25 March 2018.

    GCRO research was cited in "Traffic Management of the future through Internet Of Things" by Teddy Daka, opinion piece in IT News Africa, 13 February 2018.

    Gillian Maree was quoted in "WaterCrisis: Gauteng forewarned of its own drought risks" by Sheree Bega in the Saturday Star, 4 February 2018.

  • 2017 Open or Close

    GCRO's 'Gauteng as a Village of 100 People' featured in Naked Data's newsletter #167 - Millennials, music, machine learning and the media, December 2017.

    GCRO's exhibition 'Shifting borders and building bridges' for the 2017 Seoul biennale on architecture and urbanism featured online with UrbanNext, November 2017.

    GCRO Quality of Life Survey data was cited in 'A Matter of Fact with Africa Check' on the Azania Mosaka show, 20 November 2017.

    Jesse Harber was quoted in Times Live article 'Malls are forced to think out of the box to survive' by Ufrieda Ho, 15 November 2017.

    GCRO's vignette on the 1% was featured in an article in Business Day by Claudi Mailovich: 'Bottom half of Gauteng's richest 1% earn 32 times more', 13 November 2017.

    GCRO Quality of Life survey data cited in Times Live article 'Gauteng is becoming vulnerable to floods as development booms', 19 October 2017.

    GCRO Quality of Life survey data cited in online article 'Gauteng "kan nie byhou met dienste" ', 18 October 2017.

    GCRO Quality of Life survey data cited in SABC News online article 'Gauteng might be out of water by 2025', 18 October 2017.

    GCRO QoL survey data cited by Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga in Pretoria News in an article titled 'We treat all in the city fairly, equally', 16 October 2017.

    GCRO QoL Survey data cited in The Daily Vox in an article titled 'LGBT Folks Share Their Coming Out Stories' published on 12 October 2017.

    GCRO's exhibition 'Shifting borders and building bridges' for the 2017 Seoul biennale on architecture and urbanism featured online with ee publishers, 4 October 2017.

    Rob Moore was interviewed for online television Joburg Today discussing GCRO's Quality of Life survey (4 October 2017).

    GCRO research was cited in an article in Southern Courier on debt published 13 September 2017.

    Rob Moore and Christian Hamann were cited in an article on Africa Check on undocumented foreigners in Johannesburg's CBD published on 7 September 2017.

    The GCRO's Shifting borders and building bridges (Cities exhibition at Seoul Biennale) was featured in the Wits news; on Biz Community and on Architect Africa in August 2017.

    Jesse Harber was interviewed on PowerFM with Ayabonga Cawe, talking about alternative financing for public transport (14 August 2017).

    Jesse Harber was interviewed on PowerFM with Ayabonga Cawe, talking about transit-oriented development and spatial justice (7 June 2017).

    GCRO's Mothers in the City research project was featured in the Wits Curiosity magazine (24 May 2017).

    Alexandra Parker was cited in The Atlantic by Ryan Leonora Brown in an article discussing Ponte and its recent representation in film (21 February 2017).

  • 2016 Open or Close

    The Quality of Life IV (2015/16) survey data featured in over 50 articles subsequent to the survey's launch in June 2016.

    GCRO staff and the Quality of Life IV (2015/16) survey data featured in over 15 broadcast media appearaces subsequent to the survey's launch in June 2016.

    Rob Moore wrote an article, 'How a deep dive into people’s lives helps to separate fact from fiction', for The Conversation Africa, 27 June 2016.

    Khanyile, N. (2016). 'Digital platform for mining activity data'. PositionIT, July 2016, 46–47.

    Aidan Mosselson was part of a talk show on Kaya FM about gated communities, 1 June 2016.

    Sally Peberdy wrote ‘How informal cross border trade extends the reach of Johannesburg’s retail and wholesale sectors’ for, 30 May 2016

    The Quality of Life III (2014/15) survey was featured in an article by Mogomotsi Magome: "Growing unhappiness with local government could swing poll", in IOL online, 10 April 2016.

    GCRO's State of Green Infrastructure report was cited in an article by Sipho Kings: "Beyond the inferno: How SA cities must green up or burn out", in Mail & Guardian, 15 January 2016.

  • 2015 Open or Close

    Guy Trangoš was interviewed by SABC and Joburg TV on the interim results of the GCRO’s online EcoMobility survey (30 October 2015).

    Christina Culwick was interviewed by on Transport in Johannesburg (5 October 2015).

    Caryn Abrahams was part of a radio panel discussion alongside Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi entitled ‘Racial Trends in Workplace’ on The Leadership Platform hosted by Arian Groenewald, Cliff Central Radio (27 July 2015).

    Kerry Bobbins was interviewed by SAfm on the Green Talents programme (13 June 2015)

    Kerry Bobbins was interviewed by Science Year 2015 on the Green Talents programme (14 April 2015)

    Christina Culwick wrote ‘Access Denied’ for (6 April 2015)

    David Everatt wrote an opinion piece entitled ‘Era of coalition in South Africa’s politics looms’ for The Business Day (March 23 2015)

    Kerry Bobbins wrote ‘Green assets as an infrastructure alternative’ for (25 February 2015)

    Graeme Gotz, Chris Wray and Samy Katumba, wrote ‘Mapping job seekers’ movements’ for PositionIT (January/February 2015)

    Sally Peberdy wrote ‘Foreigners create more jobs in SA’ for City Press, 25 (January 2015)

    Sally Peberdy appeared on a number of radio and television programmes to discuss the findings of the GCRO research on foreign migrant and South African entrepreneurs in the informal sector in light of attacks on foreign traders in Soweto and elsewhere in Gauteng in January-April 2015. These included CCTV; CNBC Africa; Cape Talk; eNCA; Power FM (3 shows); Radio/Jozi Today; Radio 702; SAFM and VOW.

    Christina Culwick and Kerry Bobbins wrote ‘Green infrastructure: a way to support development in Africa’ for

    Chris Wray wrote ‘An open data revolution for the Gauteng City-Region?’ for

  • 2014 Open or Close

    Kerry Bobbins was interviewed by Classic FM on the Green Talents programme (3 December 2014)

    Kerry Bobbins was interviewed by North Eastern Tribune on the Green Talents programme (2 December 2014)

    Kerry Bobbins was interviewed by Earthworks for a feature on the Green Talents programme and the GCRO project on Green Assets (2 December 2014)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘Batting for Rwanda’ for Earthworks Magazine (December/January 2014)

    Kerry Bobbins was interviewed by Rhodes Music Radio on the Green Talents programme (30 November 2014)

    Sally Peberdy was interviewed by ECNA on medical tourism and migration statistics (30 October 2014)

    Sally Peberdy was interviewed by Good Morning Africa (ECNA) on migration and development (3 October 2014)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘Respected. Responsible. Rooted’ for Earthworks Magazine (August/September 2014)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘Not so rigid, please’ for Financial Mail (29 August 2013)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘ARCHITECTURE: Women are building a presence’ for The Financial Mail (14 August 2014)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘ARCHITECTURE: More natural space’ for The Financial Mail (14 August 2014)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘New perspectives on architecture’ for The Business Day (31 July 2014)

  • 2013 Open or Close

    Kerry Bobbins contributed to ‘Acid mine drainage under the spotlight’ for the Northcliff & Melville Times written by Zakiya Mckenzie (November 2013)

    Kerry Bobbins contributed to ‘acid water problem “neglected by government”’ for The Business Day written by Sue Blaine (November 2013)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘B(l)oom time for Jacaranda City’ for Earthworks Magazine (October/November 2013) with Thomas Coggin

    Kerry Bobbins contributed to ‘IsiZulu, English Gauteng’s most spoken languages’ for Gauteng News written by Vuyo Sabani (September 2013)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘Soweto Striker’ for Canadian Architect (1 July 2013)

    Guy Trangoš wrote ‘What is Design’ for City Press (29 April 2013) with Zahira Asmal

    Christina Culwick and Kerry Bobbins contributed to a published article in the October edition of Urban Green File entitled, ‘Gearing up for Gauteng going green’

  • 2012 Open or Close

    Wray C. (2012). ‘Promoting g-government in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR).‘, PositionIT, March 2012

  • 2010 Open or Close

    Wray C. (2010). ‘Working towards a successful Gauteng City-Region, PositionIT, Jan/Feb 2010, pp. 38-43.


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