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City All Sessions in Green Market Square, photo by Steve Gordon

How do cities make people, and how do people make change? Cape Town Partnership programme manager Jodi Allemeier explores some ways to become a more active citizen in the February 2014 editorial of Molo.


February 6, 2014

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Public space reimagined as the Company’s Gardens gets free WiFi


Cape Town’s oldest heritage site, the Company’s Garden, dates back to the 1650s, but is now being brought firmly into the future with the introduction of free wireless internet access.

July 29, 2013

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Stop waiting, start making: Lessons in liveability from Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Based in Rotterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates situations in public places to provoke interactions between members of the public. These provocations include talking to trees, arranging fashion marches and baking bread, but all are aimed at setting up opportunities for new encounters and dialogue – in a way is finely tuned to the subtlety of needs, desires and ambitions of a local people and place. Jeanne presented some of her work at Design Indaba 2013. Here she shares more of her thoughts on public engagement, gentrification and the value of co-production:


April 2, 2013

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Scrabbling the city: a City Views cover story

Guto Bussab_Scrabbling the City

On the cover of the March issue of City Views we give you a taste of what is to come during the free public arts festival Infecting the City from 11 to 16 March. The featured work, Scrabbling, is based on the popular word game Scrabble and invites audience and passersby to express themselves and collectively create a temporary artwork. Creator Guto Bussab is the founder and owner of MUTI, a parent brand for Muti Films (film production), Muti Photography (commercial photography) and TheMutiGallery art gallery). City Views traded letters with the artist.


March 7, 2013

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Twilight Team Run 2012: Thirty years of team work

A team enjoy themselves at the 2011 Twilight Run, photo by Bruce Sutherland

The Twilight Team Run, an event which has seen Capetonians come out in their thousands, is celebrating 30 years of bringing communities together for a good cause. Continued…

November 20, 2012

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Owning the stories in between – Capetonians envision their public spaces

Public space, photo by Jacques Marais Media

Twenty years ago, New York’s Times Square was an ill-lit, dangerous, no-go zone. Today it has been dubbed ‘The Crossroads of the World’, receiving 360 000 – 500 000 visitors per day. It is an iconic public space that is a globally recognised tourism attraction. Continued…

September 18, 2012

Posted in CCID, Experience Town, Featured, News, Public Places, Safety & Security, Social Development, Spaces, Stories, Success Stories, Urban management.

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Accessing the city: An exploration of Cape Town’s public spaces

The public enjoying the public space of St George's Mall

An anticipated 800 students and 400 practitioners and academics will be converging on City Hall from 13 to 16 September for the second Architecture ZA Biennial Festival (AZA 2012). How does this affect you?


September 7, 2012

Posted in Community, Developments, Events, Experience, Featured, News, Public Places, Safety & Security, Social Development, Spaces, Stories, Success Stories, Transport, Urban management, Walking Tours.

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Creating vibrant public space in Cape Town

Tim Tompkins at the Fugard by Bruce Sutherland

How can we create a more liveable city through the effective design, development and management of our public spaces? This was the question posed at the 2012 Central City Partners Forum, held at the Fugard Theatre on 24 July. Continued…

July 27, 2012

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Business partner to setup and manage coffee shop


Located in a prime site within the museum district, the St. George Cathedral Crypt Memory and Witness Centre, is looking for a partner to help establish and manage an espresso/fresh juice bar Continued…

November 17, 2009

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