Cape Town ‘not yet resilient’

2018-09-25 06:00
Mayor Patricia de Lille addressing City partners during the launch of the first Preliminary Resilience Assessment on Friday 21 September. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Mayor Patricia de Lille addressing City partners during the launch of the first Preliminary Resilience Assessment on Friday 21 September. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says while the City has shown resilient characteristics during the drought, it is not yet truly resilient.

“I can see Cape Town emerging out of this drought as the most water-resilient city in the world, but we are not there yet. We must ensure we learn from this drought and build a stronger future with more certainty,” De Lille said.

She was addressing a network of local and international City partners during the launch of the first Preliminary Resilience Assessment on Friday 21 September­.

The launch took place at the offices of Slum Dwellers International in Albert Road, Woodstock.

In May 2016, Cape Town was selected by 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, to join a global network of cities committed to building urban resilience in the 21st century­.

The City joins several other African cities in this community of member cities, including Accra, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Durban, Kigali, Lagos, Nairobi and Paynesville.

Working with its partners in the network, the City is looking to develop its first City Resilience Strategy.

The 100RC defines resilience as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience”.

Climate change, traffic congestion, crime and violence, rapid urbanisation, poverty, lack of social cohesion, food insecurity, racism and unemployment are just some of the stresses prioritised in the City’s resilience strategy. Shocks include infrastructure failure, fire, heatwave, nuclear incident, the drought and financial/economic crisis.

According to 100RC, Cape Town’s resilience vision is to be a connected, climate-adaptive city; a compassionate, holistically healthy city; a capable job-creating city and a collectively shock-ready city.

The plan for Cape Town’s strategy is opportunity assessment in October to November, followed by the identification and validation of Cape Town’s key resilience goals and initiatives in December to March 2019 before implementation from April 2019 onwards.

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