SACN presents #DigitalDash an activation of the inclusive cities program aimed at co-creating our cities

SACN presents #DigitalDash
an activation of the inclusive cities program
aimed at co-creating our cities

About #DigitalDash

A Young Planners & Designers Digital Publication

In 2020 the South African Cities Network (SACN) held the Young Planners and Designers Competition as part of their Inclusion and Wellbeing programme. #DigitalDash is a sprint across some fresh perspectives from the top nine entrants of the competition who examine what possibilities lie ahead for South African cities.


Co-creating our cities

This initiative was aimed at encouraging the youth of South Africa (age 18 to 35) to share their ideas and participate in creating better South African cities.



Entrants examined the current challenges present in city planning and possible solutions to create more sustainable cities.



#DigitalDash explores how to restructure cities in order to increase integration and inclusivity among communities.


Winner Zubeida Lowton reimagines Fox street, Johannesburg

In her winning essay Zubeida Lowton uses Fox street, an inner-city street which is part of Maboneng Precinct, as a case study to evaluate the current condition of Johannesburg’s public spaces. Her suggestions include:

  • Adding significant greenery
  • Multiple use of spaces
  • Enhancing the use of public transportation
  • Converting abandoned buildings
  • Creating a variety of communal spaces

The Top 8

The #DigitalDash publication synthesises additional contributions received in the 2020 Young Planners and Designers Essay Competition.  These top 8 entries provide insights  to deepen inclusive, participatory and co-creative city governance.

Lean Thinking

First runner up, Tshepo Tsotetsi introduces the concept of lean thinking, an efficient model of strategic planning that minimises wasteful use of resources and promotes economic growth.


Architect Lufuno Mthombeni encourages the youth of South Africa to dream big and proposes that designing “smarter” cities is a way to inspire the younger generation.

Delft, Cape Town

Sean Meyer is an architect graduate who examines how to create social transformation in low-income urban spaces, focusing on Delft, Cape Town as the area for his research.

More than ticking a box

Patrick Hope-Bailie proposes a holistic approach for implementing the policies, adding that there has to be greater participation in the involvement of the people.

The Future of Durban

Yavir and Mabandla provide insights into what possibilities lie for eThekwini, stating the need to make the metropolitan more inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Steering Change

Thlologello Sesana and Mienkie Knipe end the #DigitalDash by encouraging the youth of South Africa to create the cities that reflect their culture and pride.

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