Quality of Life & Walkability measures for South Africa
Project Announcement The University of KwaZulu Natal’s School of Built Environments and Development Studies, Discipline of
This article is a summary of the guest speaker presentation by Dr. Yashaen Luckan at the SARChI Chair for Inclusive Cities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Seminar Series titled Layers of Urban Complexity: Towards a Humanistic Approach to Inclusive Cities on the 25th of June 2020.
The seminar on ‘COVID-19 and Migration’ organised by The World Economic Forum titled ‘Strategic Intelligence Briefing: The Impact of COVID-19 on Migration’ extensively portrayed the
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Lecturer, Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu (35), was recently appointed as the first SARChI Chair in Inclusive Cities in South Africa. The Chair is co-funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and South African Cities Network.
In essence, women are the ones who are most responsible for holding communities together. With such proximity to the communities, they are well located to emphatically and positively influence the design and implementation of prevention activities and community engagement. This is because women play a critical role; as household managers and frontline economic and health workers, thus they face a higher risk of exposure
There is a well established nexus between uncontrolled urbanisation, rapid population growth, spatial inequality and the state of African vulnerability to health related crises. The prepositions have mentioned that urban Africa remains a breeding ground for infectious disease, while its residents have found ways to spread such diseases to neighboring towns during outbreaks. The beat-up position is that critical factors that influence health outcomes in Africa cities include socio-economic inequalities, global environmental change and urbanization, exacerbated by weak urban planning practices.
This domain rests on the premises that spatial development in South African urban areas is largely polarised by class and race
Instability of urban spaces to migrants largely arising out of anti-foreigner sentiments deepens marginalization and social exclusion among migrants.
Falls under the cluster of the minority arises out of the lack of responsiveness of cities to the needs of the blind, handicapped and elderly city dwellers.
Issues at stake under this domain relate to safety, protection and access to services for women and children.