Technical Assistance to Promote Sustainable Transport in Tshwane - Complementary Summary

Technical Assistance to Promote Sustainable Transport in Tshwane - Complementary Summary


As part of the Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) under the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (UK FCO’s) Prosperity Fund, UN-Habitat, the UK FCO, and City of Tshwane (CoT) have partnered to better prepare guidelines for the improvement of the mobility system in Tshwane / Pretoria, with a particular emphasis on public transport and non-motorised transport (NMT).

The City of Tshwane has engaged in various initiatives to promote smart and sustainable cities, as well as improvement of the transport sector, by exploring opportunities to move towards a sustainable mobility approach including a more efficient and effective public transport system. However, the City has not been following a coordinated approach between transport and urban planning, urban plans (on different urban scales) and the issuing of building permits. The lack of coordination hampers economic growth, increases negative health and environmental impacts, and increases urban sprawl. In this regard, the City of Tshwane is currently exploring modalities to transform the current mobility hierarchy in the city, where the following would be the desirable order of priority:

  • NMT (walking, cycling)
  • Public Transport systems (various modalities e.g. train, bus, taxi etc.);
  • Private vehicles

Beginning in November 2019 and concluding in March 2020, UN-Habitat provided technical assistance for this partnership.

A full report report tracks the activities, outcomes, and recommendations resulting from this project. This complementary summary and way forward is intended to simplify the report conclusions, present a way of formulating possible future collaboration, and continuing opportunities.

This report complements the main report. Access it here.



Republic of South Africa




21 October 2020