Technical Assistance to Promote Sustainable Transport in Tshwane

Technical Assistance to Promote Sustainable Transport in Tshwane


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 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.

This report tracks the activities, outcomes, and recommendations resulting from this project. Additional documentation (previewed in the Appendix included here) is also supplied in digital, non-text form as a supplement to this report.

The overall objective of the project was to further build capacity within the City of Tshwane, raise awareness and to promote a coherent approach to promote sustainable urban development, and urban mobility in particular. The sub-objectives of the project included:

  • to identify the main capacity needs, as well as barriers and enablers related to pursuing a more coherent approach to sustainable urban mobility in the City of Tshwane;
  • to improve coordination and discuss complementary actions among different stakeholders that have a role to further enhance NMT and public transport provisions in the city from an integrated approach (i.e. linkages and synergies between urban mobility and other urban development sectors); and
  • to share international best practices and further identify appropriate actions and potential partnerships to support the City of Tshwane in its efforts to create a more sustainable and connected urban environment.

This report has a complementary summary. Access it here.



Republic of South Africa




21 October 2020