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Talking Transformation

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An open conversation addressing contemporary city building and spatial transformation issues in South Africa.

50 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Bonus Episode: Cape Town Future Energy Festival - In conversation with Jodi Allemeier

November 30th, 2020


In this episode of the talking transformation podcast our content is taken from the 2020 Cape Town Future Energy Festival.

To date, this is the only episode where I am wearing my City of Cape Town hat! The conversation …

Episode 30: Micro-finance and city building: the future for Africa’s housing market?

November 27th, 2020


Adding to the rich content of housing conversations – in particular Episodes 14, 22 and 27 – in today’s episode we take a closer look at the private …

Episode 29: #Legacy? 2010 World Cup – Assessing Transformation a Decade On

October 29th, 2020


Just over ten years ago, the final whistle blew on the highly anticipated FIFA 2010 World Cup held here in South Africa. Expectations were high and …

Episode 28: "One Year On" - Reflecting on and celebrating a year of Talking Transformation

October 8th, 2020


It’s been over a year since the launch of the Talking Transformation Podcast, and to celebrate the first anniversary, we’ve taken a moment to reflect on how far we have come and where we want to go!

In this episode …

TTPod Bulletin - Sept 2020 Showcasing Urban Festival 2020

September 30th, 2020


A quiet month of September from the Talking Transformation Podcast ends with a bulletin communicating the Urban Festival 2020 event and program with …

Episode 27: "Masterclass!": Reflections on global approaches to urbanisation and settlement upgrading - Claudio Acioly Jr.

September 3rd, 2020


In this Talking Transformation Podcast episode we hear from renowned architect and urban planner, Claudio Acioly Jr.: the latest in our "We've GOT to …

Episode 26: "New Arrivals and New Horizons" Insights and reflections from founder of Women in Planning South Africa (WiPSA): Gugu Ngobese

August 25th, 2020


As Women’s Month draws to a close, we thought it fitting to hear from the newest voice and professional organisation in the planning collective - …

Episode 25: The Future of Planning (in South Africa) - reflections and aspirations from recent online survey

July 31st, 2020


In July, after four months of lockdown here in South Africa - the podcast ran a survey to canvass opinion an feedback form planners across the …

Episode 24: #PlantheWorldWeNeed - Learning from the Royal Town Planning Institute’s response and value add during the pandemic

July 17th, 2020


The Royal Town Planning Institute – RTPI - formed in 1914 – has over 100 years of history serving its members and the interests of planning and built environment community. Based in the UK and Ireland it is an …

Episode 23: Talking 'bout the next generation...2020 SACN Young Planner and Designer Competition

June 22nd, 2020


It’s Youth Month here in South Africa and to celebrate, the Talking Transformation Podcast sits with three young planners: the winner, the runners-up and co-ordinator of the South African Cities Network’s Young Planner …

TTPod COVID Diary 11: “When the Streets Have No Names” The importance of addressing as the basis for responsive service delivery and governance

June 6th, 2020


The ability to track and trace movement of citizens to assist with monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19 has been one of the main responses of governments health authorities globally. Mapping where new infections are …

TTPod COVID Diary 10: Driving to Florida! [Road - KZN] - Adapting our streets in the time of COVID

June 3rd, 2020


Increasingly, the conventional role and design of our streets is being rethought and challenged. Longer running initiatives such as Open Streets here …

TTPod COVID Diary 9: Gearing up for the "New Normal” – town planners’ perspectives on the road ahead for South Africa’s development industry

May 18th, 2020


In recent weeks, the Talking Transformation Podcast has considered the impact of COVID-19 on different cities around the world: how it has impacted on daily activities, impaired movement and forced a rethink on built …

TTPod COVID Diary 8: “Deciphering De-densification” Spatial and socio-economic implications of urban density and accelerated informal settlement relocations

May 1st, 2020


Since the advent of COVID-19 here in SA our post-apartheid housing themed episodes have taken a back seat to the conversations locally and around the world with our COVID dairies. This episode bridges directly and …

TTPod COVID Diary 7: “On your marks, (re)set, GO!?” Considering the structural and institutional opportunities for socio-economic and spatial change Post-COVID

April 16th, 2020


In these troubling times, the Talking Transformation Podcast team remains committed to bringing you conversations from South Africa and beyond. We continue to speak with professionals working around the globe and ask …

TTPod COVID Diary 6: “Freetown and Land of the Free” Contrasts, commonalities and leadership in the time of Coronavirus (Sierra Leone and USA)

April 14th, 2020


In these troubling times, the Talking Transformation Podcast team remains committed to bringing you conversations from South Africa and beyond. We continue to speak with professionals working around the globe and ask …

TTPod COVID Diary 5: “Ground Zero” – A visitor’s guide to Wuhan: China

April 5th, 2020


Today we hear from the City of Cape Town’s Tim Hadingham (Investment Facilitation) who reflects on his recent month-long busman’s holiday to China …

TTPod COVID Diary 4: "East meets West…North and South” New York Enters the Conversation

March 29th, 2020


In these troubling times, the Talking Transformation Podcast team remains committed to bringing you conversations from South Africa and beyond. We continue to speak with professionals working around the globe and ask …

TTPod COVID Diary 3: “End of Days or New Horizons?” – During and after COVID 19 – what can we expect from SA’s property market

March 28th, 2020


In these troubling times, the Talking Transformation Podcast team remains committed to bringing you conversations from South Africa and beyond. We continue to speak with professionals working around the globe and ask …

TTPod COVID Diary 2: “View from the Balcony” - Hong Kong from on High

March 25th, 2020


In these troubling times, the Talking Transformation Podcast team remains committed to bringing you conversations from South Africa and beyond. In what we anticipate will become an ongoing and dynamic initiative we …

Episode 22: Incremental Densification - The rise and rise of backyard and micro units in our cities

March 25th, 2020


In this episode of the TTPod we look at the growth of backyarding and so-called, “micro" units within many urban areas of South Africa and the economic and accommodation opportunities they afford. Our research journey …

TTPod COVID Diary Entry Number 1: Nairobi and Bucharest Calling [March 22nd 2020] - Global conversations on the COVID 19 pandemic

March 22nd, 2020


In these troubling times, the Talking Transformation Podcast team remains committed to bringing you conversations from South Africa and beyond. In what we anticipate will become an ongoing and dynamic initiative we …

Episode 21: “The Road to Ficksburg” The B(uilt) E(nvironment) I(ntegration) T(ask) T(eam) journey - reflections on governance and transformation in democratic South Africa

March 19th, 2020


There are many spatially transformative proposals in the plans and programmes of local government. National, provincial and local government are all committed - on paper at least - to “Spatial Transformation”. But what …

Episode 20: "Dignity, Love and Respect" - Homelessness and the search for connection on our cities' streets

March 9th, 2020


Today we are looking at issues of homelessness in our cities. This is the third episode of our "deep-dive" series: "We've GOT to talk about housing!" - 26 years and counting...

We consider the challenges faced by the …

Episode 19: Growing Pains of Integration and Community Building: The Cosmo City Story

February 29th, 2020


In 2004, to the north of the Johannesburg’s urban fringe - a “peri-urban area” in old planning terms - the City of Johannesburg broke ground on the …

Episode 18: The Heart of the Matter [Setting the Scene for "We've GOT to talk about Housing"]

February 28th, 2020


The Talking Transformation Podcast conversations planned in the coming weeks are being scheduled as a “deep-dive” series of conversations with a wide …

Talking Transformation Podcast: Bulletin February 2020

February 27th, 2020


It’s been a busy month of planning for the Talking Transformation Podcast. 

We’ve taken a recording breather after the successful FutureCast panel …

Episode 17: "TTPod FutureCast": Panel discussion - Review of 2019 and what lies in store for 2020 and beyond...

January 25th, 2020


Our most ambitious project yet! After four months of planning, the Talking Transformation Podcast, in collaboration with APES+ Society, brings you …

Episode 16: Conversations From Down Under

January 17th, 2020


In this first TTPod episode of 2020 - and the new decade - we take a journey "Down Under" and discuss challenges - new and old - facing two built …

Episode 15: “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”: Dr. Anele Horn - Efficacy of urban edges / growth boundaries in post-1994 South Africa

December 13th, 2019


It’s estimated that between 1990 and 2015 South Africa’s population grew from 37 million to 54 million. 

Much of this growth located within towns and …

Talking Transformation Podcast: (Late!) Bulletin November 2019

November 30th, 2019


We're headed towards the year-end and festive season as at a rapid rate and this November month has been light on content and episodes after a generally busy first four months of the Talking Transformation Podcast. We …

Episode 14: Blockchains and Housing Ladders

November 9th, 2019


For most of us a house is the most significant asset we can own. This is amplified for low income property-owning urban households where the …

Episode 13: "It's the [food] economy stupid!"

October 30th, 2019


“If planners are not conscious [of food issues], then their impact is negative, not just neutral”

(Pothukuchi & Kaufman, 2000).

With over 50% of …

Episode 12: 4IR - Decoding the Jargon and Embracing the Future

October 10th, 2019


In this episode of the Talking Transformation Podcast we revisit a theme we've touched on in previous episodes: smart / digital cities and the …

Talking Transformation Podcast: Bulletin October 2019

October 3rd, 2019


In this bulletin we celebrate 1100+ listens over our starting 11 episodes - all in less than three "live months"! We reflect on September's three …

Episode 11: The Integration Syndicate: Conversations and provocations designed to confront and progr

September 24th, 2019


In this episode of Talking Transformation we consider the work and findings of the Integration Syndicate, an initiative that took place in Cape Town under the auspices of the African Centre for Cities (ACC). 

Our guest,

Episode 10: #money4meerkats: Co-ordinating Complexity and Spatial Priorities

September 23rd, 2019


How the public sector spends its money is increasingly being scrutinised by the public and private sectors alike.  Limited funds, flatlined economy, austerity: increasingly there’s a need to do more with less and …

Episode 9: “Trying to stop a tsunami.” Public transport and the role of technology in advancing mobility in cities.

September 8th, 2019


In this episode, we consider issues of mobility,  public transport and the role that technology can play in meeting the increasing challenges of …

Talking Transformation Podcast: Bulletin September 2019

September 2nd, 2019


The Talking Transformation Podcast has been live for just short of two months. In that time we've published eight in-depth interviews with guests with a story to tell and lessons to be learnt.

Listeners and interest …

Episode 8: “The Original Sin”: Presidential Land Reform Panel Report - Unpacking the origins and findings

August 23rd, 2019


The issue of land reform in South Africa is arguably the most politically charged issue facing the country, its citizens and politicians charged with …

Episode 7: "Here to Stay": Enhancing Informal Settlement - Insight, reflection and lessons learnt from SERI's research

August 13th, 2019


In July 2019 the Socio-Economic Research Institute (SERI) published a series of research reports reflecting on three informal settlements: Ratanang …

Episode 6: “Here Be Dragons...”: The case for evidence based decision making (and how to go about it…)

August 3rd, 2019


In today’s Talking Transformation Podcast we hear from three very different planning personalities (in order of appearance), Claus Rabe, Jaco Petzer and Eloise Rousseau.

All share at least three things in common…

Episode 5: #DreamingOfWakanda: (A "New" SA City) Noble Aspiration or Pure Folly?

July 26th, 2019


A month ago State President Ramaphosa announced his ambition of a new city, connected to other cities by a bullet train and led, by the 4th …

Talking Transformation Podcast: Bulletin July 2019

July 22nd, 2019


The Talking Transformation Podcast has been live for two weeks now... 

Since then I’ve had an overwhelming positive response to the episodes and personalities we’ve presented via the podcast platform. 

Many thanks to …

Episode 4: A tour of duty...and of service: Peacemaking and healing in communities affected by trauma and violence

July 17th, 2019


Our special guest this episode takes us on a very different and compellingly tour of duty and service.  Jana El Horr - who was visiting South Africa and the Western Cape - recounts her own story from war torn Lebanon …

Episode 3: “Pushing the Boundaries” – the remarkable story of Port Elizabeth’s infill housing successes

July 9th, 2019


Beyond the theory, beyond the rhetoric... 

This episode finds us in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth. Our guest Lance del Monte recounts his …

Episode 2: Revisiting Jozi City’s Corridors of Freedom Initiative “Leveraging value from colours on the map”

July 8th, 2019


In this second episode, we are privileged to talk with former City of Johannesburg Executive Director, Yondela Silimela about her experience implementing the Corridors of Freedom spatial restructuring initiative.

Episode 1: “The Buffalo in the Room” - Revisiting the National Development Plan (NDP)

July 8th, 2019


In this, our first episode, we talk to former National Planning Commissioner Professor Philip Harrison.

Presently the Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (Wits University), Phil reflects on the exciting …

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