Cape Town


Unpacking the Cape Town drought: Lessons learned

Gina Ziervogel

African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The report was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform other municipalities when […]

In the press: Open Book: the gridlock ghoema

Now there’s talk of a traffic day zero in Cape Town. The day the city becomes completely gridlocked and we end up sleeping in our cars, taxis, and buses. It wouldn’t take much, Cape Town is apparently already the 48th most congested city in the world, according to the TomTom traffic index. And with only three […]

In the press: More needed to achieve transformation

Edgar Pieterse

This article by Athina May, related to the work of the Integration Syndicate for Southern Suburbs Tatler, first appeared on 26 October 2017. The spatial layout of Cape Town has not changed much since 1994 and the exclusivity of the City Bowl has received much attention in the media when the Bromwell residents in Woodstock were […]

CityLab Symposium

The African Centre for Cities’ CityLab programme facilitates the co-production of policy-relevant knowledge to reduce urban poverty through the engagement of researchers, government officials and civil society. Started in 2008, the CityLab programme created a platform for interaction between practitioners and researchers and has generated a wide range of different kinds of knowledge on Cape […]

Ghetto Trekk!

Ghetto Trekk! is one of the seven projects ACC is supporting as part of Public Art and the Power of Place project. According to the project coordinator: ‘GHETTO TREKK! is a touring platform that is designed for visual art, music, film-making, fashion, design, curatorship and theatre, while providing a podium for individuals from a wide […]

Artfricraft Studios

Artfricraft Studios is one of the seven projects being supported by ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. Artfricraft Studios will be hosting a series of events as part of their project. According to project director, Fwamba Mukole: ‘Artfricraft Studios is an all-inclusive socio-cultural enterprise aimed at serving as a platform of creative […]

Chronicling the history of a forgotten struggle

How did Koni Benson turn her PhD thesis on an untold chapter of local history into something accessible to the public? She collaborated with writer/illustrator duo the Trantraal Brothers to create a six-part comic book series. Crossroads: I Live Where I Like is the latest edition to the series.

Harare Academy of Inspiration

The Harare Academy of Inspiration, one of the seven projects ACC is supporting as part of Public Art and the Power of Place, is running a daily programme of events at the Moholo Live House in Harare, Khayelitsha. Please see the programme for details or contact the curators Brenda Skelenge 073-9401556 trendingkhalture@gmail.com Valeria Geselev 071-5501427 yallashoola@gmail.com […]

State/Society Synergy in Philippi, Cape Town

Mercy Brown-Luthango

ACC’s newest book from its CityLab programme is the climax of the three-year-long Philippi CityLab led by Mercy Brown-Luthango. The book features essays by various experts working in/on the Phillipi area  as well as interviews with members of the Philippi community that include a land developer, a ward councillor, a farmer, a community leader and an activist […]

Stepping Stone Part 2 – Ceasefire

Mercy Brown-Luthango

In 2014, the Urban Violence CityLab collaborated with the Tafelsig People’s Association (TPA), First Community Research Centre (FCRC), UCT TV Studio and the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies on an initiative that equipped four young people with basic film-making and media skills.

Stepping Stone Part 1 – Tafelsig

Mercy Brown-Luthango

In 2014, the Urban Violence CityLab collaborated with the Tafelsig People’s Association (TPA), First Community Research Centre (FCRC), UCT TV Studio and the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies on an initiative that equipped four young people with basic film-making and media skills.

The Cape Town Civil Society Conference

Henrik Ernstson

The Cape Town Civil Society Conference, to be held at UCT on June 6, 2015; invites civil society organisations from across the city to reflect and share their experiences in mobilizing and influencing the urban environment.

Co-producing urban knowledge: experimenting with alternatives to ‘best practice’ for Cape Town, South Africa

Zarina Patel, Saskia Greyling, Susan Parnell, Gordon Pirie

Patel, Z., Greyling, S. Parnell, S. and Pirie, G. (2015) Co-producing urban knowledge: experimenting with alternatives to ‘best practice’ for Cape Town, South Africa. International Development Planning Review, 37(2): 187-203. (Knowledge Transfer Programme) Abstract As an alternative to ‘best practice’, a City–University partnership in Cape Town has been influencing the development trajectory of the city through […]

Co-producing knowledge on urban sustainability through local government-university interactions: A case study of Mistra Urban Futures in Cape Town

Zarina Patel, Anna Taylor

Lawhon, M., Taylor, A., and Patel, Z. (2012) Co-producing knowledge on urban sustainability through local government-university interactions: A case study of Mistra Urban Futures in Cape Town, ICLEI State of African Cities Report. Abstract The City of Cape Town and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town have established a […]

CTLIP Governance and Policy for Sustainability Report: Stakeholder Analysis

Saskia Greyling, Zarina Patel, Anton Cartwright, Rob McGaffin, Anna Taylor

Greyling, S., Patel, Z., Cartwright, A., Davison, A., McGaffin, R., Roux, S. & Taylor, A. (2014) CTLIP Governance and Policy for Sustainability Report: Stakeholder Analysis. Abstract In a context of rich biodiversity and extreme inequalities, the City of Cape Town is tasked with providing services to all its inhabitants – from seeking appropriate and equitable land […]

International Pilot Project Phase 1 Output: Baseline Report

Lawhon, M. 2013. Mistra Urban Futures International Pilot Project Phase 1 Output: Baseline Report. (Governance and Policy for Sustainability Project, formerly International Pilot Project) Abstract This report provides a reflection on and assessment of governance, policy and knowledge in urban sustainability in Cape Town. The aim is to inform a comparative review of the governance […]

‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel’

Zarina Patel

‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel’: The role of social capital and partnership building in sustainable community development. By W. Arendse and Z. Patel (2014) Abstract This article focuses on a community-development programme (case study) in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats, viz. ‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel.’ In a period of just over a decade, this community has […]

Enhancing Safety through Upgrading – Experiences from Cape Town

Mercy Brown-Luthango

Improving safety is a key outcome of the South African policy on upgrading informal settlements. Yet little is known about the impact urban upgrading has on improving safety and reducing violence in these settlements. In this article, Dr Mercy Brown-Luthango from the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town shares preliminary findings from a research project […]

Integrated Participatory Upgrading

Mercy Brown-Luthango

The ACC hosted the third meeting of the Urban Violence, Safety and Governance CityLab on June 26, 2014. The meeting focussed on the theme, ‘Integrated, Participatory Upgrading – Knowledge, Policy and Practice.’

The Cape Town Civil Society Conference, 6 June 2015

Henrik Ernstson

The Cape Town Civil Society Conference invites Cape Town’s civil society organisations to reflect on and share their experiences in mobilizing and influencing the urban environment, from struggles around housing and service delivery, to the protection of habitat and biodiversity.

Launch of City Officials Exchange Programme: Round 3

Anna Taylor, Zarina Patel

As part of Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town‘s Knowledge Transfer Programme, and emerging out of the Climate Change Think Tank, a third round of city/university collaboration is currently underway. City officials who have undertaken climate change innovations in their sectors were invited to apply for two month practitioner fellowship at the University of Cape Town, hosted by the ACC. […]

Cityscapes #6: Cape Town: A City Desired

Tau Tavengwa

One city, eleven people, ten ideas. This, in a nutshell, is what this issue is about. In a departure from past issues of this magazine, we pause to look at one city in detail. The city: Cape Town, home to nearly 4 million inhabitants

City officials exchange showing results

Zarina Patel, Saskia Greyling, Rob McGaffin

City of Cape Town officials work with University of Cape Town counterparts to generate and write up new insights into public policy making, planning and service provision. A stimulating and engaging workshop took place on the 24th November where seven city officials presented their research on specific issues facing the City of Cape Town, which […]