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 […]