Social Development

Open Streets gains momentum in Cape Town

Open Streets Walk and Talk down Woodstock. Photo by Marcela Guerrero Casas

Open Streets Cape Town recently held its second walk-and-talk along Albert Road in Woodstock. Over 30 members of the community, city officials, cyclists and street activists came together to walk along a portion of this important thoroughfare and discuss ways in which it could become a more people-friendly space. Continued…

March 22, 2013

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Housing: temporary intervention vs permanent solution

Green Shack prototype at Design Indaba 2013

Informal settlements are a common reality in Cape Town and South Africa’s urban landscape. Dire living conditions are the backdrop to the lack of services like proper sanitation and refuse removal, clean water, public health initiatives, adequate safety and access to economic opportunity. Shack fires regularly rip through these informal settlements, taking lives, ravaging homes and destroying earthly possessions. During the rainy season families are flooded out of their homes into temporary housing, in conditions exacerbated by Cape Town’s icy winters. These familiar experiences have become a regular feature in a country that has collectively failed to address the issue of dignified housing for all.

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March 13, 2013

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What museums can mean to us and Cape Town

Rooksana Omar

Iziko Museums of South Africa’s CEO Rooksana Omar – who has been in her position just over two years – tells why museums matter and which spaces inspire her in Cape Town. City Views‘ Ambre Nicolson spoke to her. Continued…

March 6, 2013

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A lesson in lasting relationships in Cape Town

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His t-shirt says it all: “I am M24”. For the past 12 years Nicolas, the client liaison working in the lobby of the building, has been synonymous with a visit to Naspers and Media24.  Continued…

February 7, 2013

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Mother City manners: Urban resolutions for the new year

Bodies in Light by Victorine Muller, photo by Sydelle Willow Smith

Manners do matter. In a world in which more and more people are moving to the city, it is increasingly important to be a considerate city dweller. So this year, when you’re thinking about your new year’s resolutions, why not factor in some urban etiquette too. Here are just 10 things you can do – as a commuter, community member and consumer – to make Cape Town a more liveable city. Go on, make someone’s day. Continued…

December 19, 2012

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Cape Town city views from Gareth Pearson

Gareth Pearson on his bike (c) Lisa Burnell

Gareth Pearson is a full-time connector of dots in Cape Town – he helps make the connection between citizens and their city, old spaces and fresh ideas, people and causes they can be passionate about. City Views writer Alma Viviers tries to find out why. Continued…

December 7, 2012

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Living in the Central City: Alan Storey

Alan Storey from Central Methodist on Greenmarket (c) Lisa Burnell

Alan Storey, minister at the Central Methodist Mission on Greenmarket Square, lives, works and gardens in the Central City. He shares some of his urban passions with City Views’ writer Alma Viviers over “heavenly coffee and wicked cupcakes”.

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December 4, 2012

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MyCiTi hours extended for the festive season

MyCiti hours extend for holiday season

MyCiTi buses will run one hour later on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the festive season, starting on 1 December 2012. There will be a special after-midnight service on 31 December to accommodate new year’s eve celebrations. Continued…

November 29, 2012

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Stop, collaborate and listen: A City Views cover story

Cover image November City Views

Have you been wondering what the eye-catching yellow and black symbols, featured on the November cover of City Views, stand for? Wonder no more. These symbols, and the sign to which they belong, were spotted on the Portside building site in Bree Street, and refer to building contractor Murray & Robert’s “stop and think” safety campaign. Continued…

November 26, 2012

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