Spatial development initiatives in South Africa: Elements, evolution and evaluation

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This article examines the issue of spatial planning in the developing world using the South Africa case. During 1995-96 the Spatial Development Initiatives (SDI) programme was conceived and launched in South Africa as an important component for restructuring the post-apartheid space economy. The article gives an overview of shifting policy debates and research surrounding the SDI programme in South Africa. First, an examination is provided of the origins and key elements of the SDI programme. Second, the evolution of the SDI programme is described and evaluations offered relating to the progress and problems of the programme. Overall, it is contended that South Africa's SDI programme has reached a phase of maturity so that in future the most active SDI potentially will be those operating outside South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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