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January 2019

BROWNBAG SEMINAR: How Cities Respond to Climate Change: Ambition and Reality of European and African Cities

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Studio 5,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus
Cape Town, South Africa
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Join ACC and ACDI for a lunchtime brownbag seminar by Diana Reckien, Associate Professor, University of Twente, Netherlands entitled How Cities Respond to Climate Change: Ambition and Reality of European and African Cities. WHERE: Studio 5, Level 5, Environmental & Geographical Sciences Building (EGS) UCT Upper Campus, Rondebosch WHEN: 12.30 – 1.30pm, Monday 28 January 2019 Diana Reckien will present some of her latest research on local climate planning in European cities, that builds on a network of 30 collaborators across the…

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February 2019

SDGs Seminar Series: Localizing the SDGs in South Africa

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Environmental and Geographical Science Building,
South Lane, Upper Campus, UCT
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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Over the course of the next semester African Centre for Cities will be curating and hosting a series of seminars and discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals. The series kicks-off with Dr Sylvia Croese with a seminar on Localizing the SDGs in South Africa on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, at 12:30 to 14:00 in the Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. The inclusion of a standalone urban goal as part of the 17 SDGs adopted…

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Bad Health in a Good Retreat: Life and Death in the ‘Worst’ Neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil

February 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Studio 1,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Cape Town, South Africa
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Prof Jeffrey Lesser will be presenting a seminar entitled Bad Health in a Good Retreat: Life and Death in the 'Worst' Neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil, on Monday, 25 February 2019, 12:30 to 14:00, in the Studio 1, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. ABSTRACT Bom Retiro was (and is) a small neighborhood in the huge megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil.  The mainly working class neighborhood has been populated since the end of the 19th century by immigrants,…

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March 2019

Launch of ‘The Walk’

March 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Studio 5,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus
Cape Town, South Africa
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African Centre for Cities invites  you to the launch of a new publication entitled The Walk. This publication, which is based on a research study entitled The Prospects for Socio-Spatial Transformation in the Voortrekker Road Corridor by Mercy Brown-Luthango, was supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) and focuses on Maitland, Kensington and Factreton. The main concern of this study was to understand the vision of city officials and politicians, as outlined in major policy documents, and how this compares…

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April 2019

Whose Heritage Matters? Mapping, Making and Mobilising Heritage Values for Sustainable Livelihoods in Cape Town and Kisumu

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Studio 1,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town and Kisumu are two secondary African cities with high levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality. There is much interest in developing sustainable approaches to harnessing tangible and intangible heritage to address these challenges. However, cultural heritage is a value-laden concept, particularly in the context of colonial histories and urban futures. Whose heritage matters? How can we negotiate competing and plural values? How can cultural heritage be mobilised to support sustainable livelihoods? Funded by the British Academy, this co-produced…

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SDG Seminar: Unpacking SDG implementation in eThekwini

April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Studio 3,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Cape Town, South Africa
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Puvendra Akkiah, IDP Manager of eThekwini Municipality and Technical Chair of the United Cities and Local Governments Committee on Urban Strategic Planning, will present a talk entitled Unpacking SDG implementation in eThekwini on Wednesday, 17 April, at 14:00 to 15:30 in Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. Akkiah will be talking about the City of eThekwini's bottom-up approach to aligning its Integrated Development Plan to the SDGs as part of its strategic approach to sustainability and the advocacy and training activities that the City has…

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BOXES

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Studio 5,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus
Cape Town, South Africa
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BOXES is a social-justice theatre project devised by award-winning theatre makers Neil Coppen and Ameera Conrad, Journalist Daneel Knoetze and performers Quanita Adams and Mark Elderkin. The project draws from a range of research-based, verbatim and documentary theatre methodologies to explore a myriad of perspectives and insights into urban land justice issues occurring across city of Cape Town. The plays central narrative focuses around a young Cape Town couple: Kaye (Quanita Adams) and Lawrence (Mark Elderkin) who have recently moved…

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May 2019

POWER TALKS

May 7 @ 6:30 pm
Ramolao Makhene Theatre at The Market Theatre Laboratory,
138 Lilian Ngoyi Street Newtown
Johannesburg, South Africa
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The POWER TALKS discussion series, curated and co-hosted by African Centre for Cities and the Goethe-Institut, considers the various practices of European cultural institutions that are active on the African continent. Working in post-apartheid or post-colonial contexts means, for these institutions, a need to situate themselves carefully as well as to be mindful of, and willing to review their working methods. For the first iteration of POWER TALKS, happening at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre at The Market Theatre Laboratory, we…

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GDI Lecture Series: Ambitious and ambiguous public investments in African cities with Edgar Pieterse

May 8 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Global Development Institute is pleased to host Edgar Pieterse as part of the GDI Lecture Series, talking about: Ambitious and ambiguous public investments in African cities Urban governance in most African cities is marked by weak regulatory enablement by national governments, limited autonomous fiscal resources, limited managerial capacity, overlaid by distortionary politics—read a combination of clientelism, patronage, corruption, etcetera. At least, this is the conclusion one arrives at by reading most of the academic literature on the topic. However,…

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How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress?

May 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Davies Reading Room,
Room 2.27, Environmental and Geographical Science, UCT
Cape Town, Western Cape 8000 South Africa
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UCT Datafirst Manager Lynn Woolfrey presents How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? Zambia and Zimbabwe reviews on Wednesday, 15 May at 12:30 to 14:00 in Davies Library, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. ABSTRACT It is clear from the development literature that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) plans must include the building of efficient development data ecosystems (OECD, 2015, p. 16). Such systems can provide governments with country-level indicators for SDG planning and monitoring. For example, the UN Economic…

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