The role secondary cities play in the global space economy and national urban hierarchies is increasingly receiving attention from scholars and international agencies, most notably the Cities Alliance.

Secondary Cities and Development considers the role of secondary cities through the lens of South Africa, a middle-income country with characteristics of both the developed and developing worlds. This book brings together a broad overview of international literature on secondary cities in South Africa and mirrors them against global experience. Chapters emphasize the importance of secondary cities as regional services areas, their potential roles in rural development, the vulnerabilities to which they are prone and their signifcant potential. By means of review, six South African case studies, and an assessment of contemporary policy approaches towards these cities, this unique volume provides insight into a spectrum of globally significant challenges.

This book would be of interest to academics and policy makers working in urban studies or regional development.

chapter 1|26 pages

Secondary cities in South Africa

National settlement patterns and urban research
ByLochner Marais, Etienne Nel, Ronnie Donaldson

chapter 2|22 pages

The international literature and context

ByEtienne Nel, Lochner Marais, Ronnie Donaldson

chapter 3|14 pages

The City of Matlosana

ByDeidre van Rooyen, Molefi Lenka

chapter 4|20 pages


ByMalène Campbell, Verna Nel, Thulisile Mphambukeli

chapter 5|18 pages


ByLochner Marais, Molefi Lenka, Jan Cloete, Wynand Grobler

chapter 6|24 pages


ByDaan Toerien, Ronnie Donaldson

chapter 7|16 pages


ByJohn Ntema, Anita Venter

chapter 8|18 pages


ByJohannes Wessels, Kholisa Rani

chapter 9|20 pages

The role of secondary cities in South Africa's development

ByLochner Marais, Etienne Nel, Ronnie Donaldson