Urban deve­lo­p­ment in con­tem­po­ra­ry South Afri­ca gene­ra­tes oppor­tu­ni­ties for the repro­duc­tion of ine­qua­li­ty, as well as chan­ces to increase the social jus­ti­ce of the urban land­scape. In this artic­le, Lind­say jux­ta­po­ses two cur­rent deve­lo­p­ments in grea­ter Johan­nes­burg to illus­tra­te the con­trast bet­ween ‘insur­gent’ bot­tom-up plan­ning approa­ches and top-down ‘con­trol’ poli­ci­es cha­rac­te­ristic of deve­lo­p­ment in Afri­ca today. The nar­ra­ti­ve of con­trol and insur­gen­cy explo­red in Johan­nes­burg high­lights the diver­si­ty of approa­ches the under­pri­vi­le­ged employ to ensu­re claims to space and oppor­tu­ni­ty. It also empha­si­s­es the need for inno­va­ti­ve approa­ches attu­n­ed to this urban majo­ri­ty rather than ‘grand visi­ons’ that exclude them from the pro­cess of city-making.
Published in Inter­na­tio­nal Deve­lo­p­ment Plan­ning Review 40(4).