Who we are

At the Cape Town Partnership we constantly seek answers to questions such as: What drives and grows a dynamic, resilient city? What gives it life? What makes it move? What gives it soul and heart?

What we have realised is that, more than the infrastructure, the built environment, the beautiful natural resources or skyline, a city comes to life every day because of its people – as they come together in a commonly shared space to work, to live, to learn and play.

The Cape Town Partnership was formed in 1999 as a non-profit (Section 21) organisation to mobilise and align public, private and social resources towards the urban regeneration of Cape Town’s Central City. It was initiated by the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among others.

Governed by a voluntary, cross-sector board of directors who pool their expertise for the benefit of the city, the Partnership recognises the vital role of the Central City to the social and economic future of Cape Town as a whole.

We are also committed to using the successes and lessons learned in the Central City to facilitate positive change in the wider metro-region area of Cape Town and the Western Cape. In the words of Professor Njabulo Ndebele, chairman of the board for the Cape Town Partnership: “Cape Town’s CBD is no island, but is fundamentally connected to the lives and livelihoods of surrounding communities – and vice versa.”

Read a message from our current Board Chairperson, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, here.