Roundabouts and four-way stops

Driving in Johannesburg can be challenging. The every day conversation at work is about how bad traffic this morning was. And seriously, traffic can get really tough here. In Amsterdam we knew that you had to leave before 7.30 in the morning to avoid traffic. But we can’t figure out such a ground rule here in Johannesburg. This is not the main point of this blog, though. This blog is not about the taxis either, although they do drive like crazy. It is about how South Africans use the roundabouts. Continue reading

Vision, Apartheid and Gentrification

This week I have attended the conference “Spatial Tranformation of Cities Conference” in Johannesburg. It was about the city and its challenges such as public transport, housing, diversity, inclusive neighbourhoods etc. Besides local professionals, several professors were flown in from Brazil, Thailand, India, Belgium and the UK. In general it was a mixed audience (academic/practitioners/government/private) that attended the conference.

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