Action researcher and ethnographer Evan Blake spoke recently at one of the City of Cape Town’s social development events, about World Homeless Day, and his experience working with rough sleepers in the east of the city. This is what he had to say.
A wave of citizen activation is quietly but persistently transforming the urban spaces of Cape Town, writes Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, in an article for the Cape Argus.
The City of Cape Town will host a Rail Summit, with a view to developing a Rail Action Plan to be included in the five-year Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan.
The City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille; the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Councillor Brett Herron; and the Executive Director for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Melissa Whitehead will deliver addresses at the summit.
The media are invited to attend the morning session of the summit.
Date: Friday 24 February 2012
Time: 08h00 – 13h00
Venue: Council Chamber, 6th floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard
The summit seeks to:
Elicit views and perspectives from leading role-players on the immediate action agenda;
- Establish the climate for partnerships at the inter-governmental and stakeholder level;
- Facilitate the establishment of a single point of authority for integrated transport systems and operations across the city;
- Develop an Action Plan for the next five years;
- Agree upon the mandate to the City and protocols for the integration of rail- and road-based scheduled public transport.
Linking infrastructure development to social cohesion is central to city’s vision, says Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, managing director of the Cape Town Partnership. Photos courtesy of Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town
The recent successful launch of the new phases of the MyCiTi transport system is a further significant milestone in the development of Cape Town as a liveable city. On Monday, 9 May 2011, the West Coast sector of the MyCiTi/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network on the R27 between the Table View and Civic Centre bus stations (or the Table View red trunk route) commenced in a pilot phase between 09h00 and 15h00 daily. On Saturday 14 May 2011, the full trunk service started operating with the buses stopping at all stations along the trunk route.
Monday 28 March 2011 sees the introduction of an extended commuter train service between Cape Town and Simon’s Town. The existing afternoon services have been supplemented with three additional trains departing from Cape Town Station.
City partners were privileged to host Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and Amanda Burden, director of the New York City Department of City Planning this week to discuss issues of public transport, NMT, public space and city planning.
When the fans begin to stream towards Cape Town Stadium for the much-anticipated U2 360° Tour Concert at Cape Town Stadium on February 18th, the 2.4km Fan Walk will be again activated with entertainment – this time as an integral part of the City’s rock music experience.