This is Isandla Institute's comment on the draft Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Bill of 2011. The spatial structure and functioning of South African cities have largely continued the patterns of exclusion and inequality that were embedded during Apartheid. This Bill is an opportunity to equip local officials and structure of the processes of local government to increase the livability, productivity, integration and sustainability of South African cities. It is also an opportunity to begin to recognise the complex diversity of uses and functions land has in enabling citizens to claim their right to their city. Unfortunately, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform's current draft contains a number of deep conceptual weaknesses and silences that undermine its potential to be substantively transformational.