Why Joburg Is A Better City To Live And Work In Than Cape Town

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A new report pits South Africa’s two biggest cities against each other using a number of metrics which show how the cities looks after their citizens, and their economic health.

The report was compiled for design and consultancy firm, Arcadis, by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) and explores the three pillars of sustainability – social (people), environmental (planet) and economic (profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s leading cities.

The overall index is informed through an analysis of 32 different indicators and is broken down into an overall index and three sub-indices across each pillar.

Both Johannesburg (90) and Cape Town (95) ranked in the bottom 10 of the overall index; however BusinessTech used the following two sub-indexes to determine which is best.

  • The People sub-index rates health (life expectancy and obesity), education (literacy and universities), income inequality, work-life balance, the dependency ratio, crime, green space within cities and housing and living costs. These indicators can be broadly thought of as capturing “quality of life”.

In the People sub-index, Johannesburg is rated 99th, with Cape Town 100th, scoring 32.2% and 27.2% out of 100%.

Category Johannesburg Cape Town
Demographics 5.2% 5.2%
Education 4.1% 4.9%
Income Equality
Work-life balance 8.8% 3.4%
Health 2.8% 2.8%
Affordability 11.3% 10.9%
Overall 32.2% 27.2%
  • The Profit sub-index examines performance from a business perspective, combining measures of transport infrastructure (rail, air and traffic congestion), ease of doing business, tourism, GDP per capita, the city’s importance in global economic networks, connectivity in terms of mobile and broadband access and employment rates.  These indicators can broadly be thought of as capturing “economic health”.

In the Profit sub-index, Johannesburg is ranked a respectable 73rd (38.8%), while Cape Town is 80th (33.4%).

Category Johannesburg Cape Town
Transport infrastructure 9.6% 11.1%
Economic development 2.8% 2.3%
Ease of doing business 5.1% 5.1%
Tourism 7.0% 2.2%
Connectivity 10.0% 9.5%
Employment 4.4% 3.3%
Overall 38.8% 33.4%

The city of Cape Town is run by the Democratic Alliance, while the opposing party unseated the ANC from power in Johannesburg in the recent municipal elections in August, following a coalition agreement with several smaller parties.

Delivering his inaugural speech on Tuesday, after 22 days in office, DA mayor Herman Mashaba said he would to take a broom to corruption, while he also promised better service delivery and job creation.

The full Index can be found here






Source: Business Tech

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