The development of the Johannesburg Inner City is guided by the Inner City Transformation Roadmap. This is a framework that recognises the central role of the Inner City as an entry point and a place of opportunity for many, including the poor.

The Inner City continues to be a meeting point for diverse cultures, as scores of individuals aspire to create a livelihood and find a foothold in the heart of Johannesburg. The roadmap is the framework through which the City and multiple stakeholders can collectively pursue the vision of the Inner City as a place of opportunity. A well-governed, transformed, safe, clean and sustainable Inner City of Johannesburg, which offers high quality, sustainable services; supports vibrant economic activity; and provides a welcoming place for all.