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Medium-sized towns like Mossel Bay have a key role to play in South Africa’s development. Photo by Hoberman Collection/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Municipalities can play a key role in South Africa’s economic development. Here’s how

The important developmental role that intermediate city municipalities can play in creating employment and stimulating growth suggests they should be prioritised.
COVID changed the face of the high street, shuttering non-essential shops and emptying pavements. Parallax Visual Media / Alamy Stock Photo

High-street strategy: recovery will take more than street parties and more bins

Since the 2010s boosting retail has been the government’s primary remedy for better high street health. Without centering the community these street serve, though, plans are likely to fail.
Venice is among the cities that have had public protests against soaring numbers of tourists – including this protest banner on the Rialto bridge. Andrea Merola/EPA/AAP

Rethinking tourism so the locals actually benefit from hosting visitors

The future of tourism depends on ensuring visitors do not wear out their welcome. Giving locals more of a say in tourism can help ensure they share in the benefits and minimise the costs.

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