The report explains that the purpose of the analysis was to facilitate the decisions and actions of both investors and policymakers.
PWC structured the report, as much as possible, around the critical issues of the business community, as well as those of the officeholders and other public authorities who are responsible for improving the collective life of each city examined.
PWC only selected one city per country and this excluded some obvious candidates, such as Cape Town.
There were 29 variables classified into four categories (Infrastructure, Economics, Human Capital, Society and Demographics). Ranking was a result of city-specific and country factors, with some expected and some very surprising results.
Johannesburg ranked first for airport connectivity, GDP/capital, financial services’ strength, power, literacy and numeracy, and political environment.
Some things considered to be major problems in South Africa (e.g. our poor education system and Eskom) are considered strengths in an overall African context. South Africa’s pessimistic view of itself is evidently not shared by third parties.