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April 2019

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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From platform to plotform: Artistic thinking in spaces of flux

From platform to plotform: Artistic thinking in spaces of flux is a public talk in which ACC research associate Kim Gurney shares work in progress on her project called Platform/ Plotform to help forward future work and interdisciplinary outputs. The project explores working principles identified in participant independent art spaces in five African cities (Nairobi, Accra, Cairo, Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam), and how the predominant forms and strategies of these selected spaces correspond to the urban fabric. The session,…

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June 2019

Hacking the Future – New ideas for an urban era

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Old Granary,
Cnr of Longmarket Street and Harrington Street
Cape Town , South Africa

ACC and Cityscapes Collective presents experts from the worlds of architecture, public health, education, culture and technology to discuss the key ideas driving their work in a series of provocations moderated by award-winning filmmaker, community organiser and urbanist Michael Uwemedimo of CMAP.

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SDG Seminar Series: Financing the SDGs in African cities?

June 19 @ 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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The fourth instalment of the ACC SDG Seminar is presented by Liza Rose Cirolia on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 12:30 to 14:00 in the Davies Room, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT. Entitled Financing the SDGs in African cities?, her seminar will explore the fiscal constraints and opportunities for local government to participation in global agendas. WHEN: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 TIME: 12:30 to 14:00 VENUE: Davies Room, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT.

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July 2019

Governing Cape Town’s Informal Economy

July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Studio 5,
Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus
Cape Town, South Africa
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ACC invites you to a special Brownbag lecture by Dr Graeme Young entitled Governing Cape Town Informal Economy, on Friday 26 July at 13:00 to 14:00 in Studio 5, EGS Building, Upper Campus, UCT. Young, a visiting QES Scholar, has been working with the Office of the Premier of the Western Cape as part of the wider provincial food system strategy. This presentation will outline initial perspectives on research carried out to understand the institutional and policy landscape in which…

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August 2019

MPhil ‘pumflets’ exhibition

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wolff Architects,
136 Buitenkant Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town
Cape Town , South Africa
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You are invited to attend the one-night only exhibition of pumflets produced by the students of the MPhil Southern Urbanism. The exhibition is the product of the third iteration of the City Research Studio, which forms the cornerstone of the MPhil Southern Urbanism curriculum. The City Research Studio functions as a laboratory space where students learn to walk, see, smell, touch, embrace, explore and reimagine the city through intimate engagements. City Research Studio 3 was convened by Ilze Wolff of Wolff…

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