On 11 April, an op-ed by Lauren Royston and Michael Clark was published in the Mail and Guardian looking at the state's failure to satisfactorily respond to the pressing challenges of urbanisation and the dire need for low-income accommodation in the City of Johanneburg.

The op-ed argues that a shift in the discourse about urbanisation and proactive public sector responses to manage urbanisation in a way that maximises public welfare must be the first step to addressing the challenges posed by urbanisation. The housing crisis in the City of Johannesburg is highlighted as one manifestation of the state's failure to plan for urbanisation. In failing to develop a coherent, formal plan for the provision of cheaper low-cost accommodation by either the private sector or the City itself, the City is exacerbating the pressures of urbanisation.