A look at life after Covid-19

2020-04-28 17:30
Mikhail Manuel.

Mikhail Manuel.

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While most Capetonians are only now beginning to accept our new normal following five weeks of lockdown, some are already looking ahead to what life will look like post-Covid-19. 

Forward-thinker Mikhail Manuel has launched an online talk show on Facebook Live called "The Future of Local Government Post-Covid19" conversation series.

Manuel, who describes himself as an active Rondebosch resident, says the world and the way we do things, both on a business and a social level, will involve quite a bit of change. 

“We will need people to be creative and, as residents, it is important that we not only participate in finding solutions but also help drive them,” he says. 

Manuel says the seven-series talk show aims to encourage the public to think about how we can solve complex issues in our communities.  

“Hopefully, the discussions will invigorate residents’ thinking and inspire them to develop ideas that can solve Cape Town’s complex problems,” he says. 

Manuel’s first guest was Fabian Ah-Sing, the councillor for ward 55, who spoke on the future of debating and developing bylaws in City Council.

Last week, Rob Quintas, the councillor for ward 74, shared his view on how we will communicate on service delivery going ahead. This week, Manuel will sit down, albeit remotely, with Rowen Rovera to discuss the homelessness crisis in the city.

Rovera is from Uturn, a Christian non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on the rehabilitation of the homeless.

Next will be a talk on “Will future generations cycle to school in the southern suburbs?” with Gail Jennings, a sustainable urban mobility expert.  

  • Join Manuel every Wednesday at 18:00 on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/mikhail.manuel.50. Questions can be asked during the live session or can be emailed to futlocalgov@gmail.com. 

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