Turning the Tide: The Johannesburg Development Agency and its Role in Revitalising the Inner City

Driving economic growth: As a mid-level government official, how do you make progress in difficult political environments? Johannesburg was in a deep slump at the transition to democracy, and urban degradation is hard to reverse. Moreover, beyond the challenge of stabilising and rebuilding the CBD, the ruling party in the city were committed to transforming Soweto from a dusty dormitory settlement into a liveable urban centre. How they addressed that challenge with limited resources is the story we follow.