The State of the Cities Report for 2011 was launched on March 20, 2011 in Newtown, Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Development Association (JDA) and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) jointly convened a breakaway session, under the theme “Development Facilitation in Area Based Management."

Collin Pillay, a MILE representative was invited to make a presentation, drawing from the area-based experiences in eThekwini Municipality. He also used the opportunity to provide a brief overview of the MILE Programme – to an enthused audience. The process of sharing information is a key objective of the MILE programme and pleasingly, this theme was successfully accomplished during the State of the Cities Report Launch for 2011.