Cape Town Partnership

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The Cape Town Partnership is a Cape Town-based collaborative public-private partnership organisation that exists to develop, promote and manage areas of the Cape Town central business district as a place for all citizens. The Cape Town Partnership is an independent non-profit organisation (Section 21 company) governed by a Board of Directors. Andrew Boraine was the Chief Executive of the Partnership from 2003 until 2013. Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana succeeded Boraine as CEO in 2013.


The Partnership was created in 1999 when the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders came together to address the impact of urban decay, capital flight and the wicked problems present in Cape Town's City Bowl/Central Business District (CBD) area.[1]

It was decided that a Business Improvement District model would be best suited and so the Central City Improvement District was created in November 2000 in partnership with property owners[2] within the central city area to provide complementary municipal services over and above what the City of Cape Town provided. Safety, cleaning and social development are focus areas of the Central City Improvement District.

What it does[edit]

The noted[3] urban renewal of the CBD area has been built upon the strength of successful private-public partnerships at both operational and strategic levels.

The Partnership promotes investment within the CBD, advances sound urban planning principals and aids property developers and investors in Cape Town CBD projects. In doing so, it also seeks to balance the negative impact market forces bring to urban environments such as gentrification and development-induced displacement.[4]

Notable placemaking projects that the Partnership has contributed towards have been the City of Cape Town’s Bus Rapid Transit system,[5] the revitalisation of Cape Town’s central square, Grand Parade[6] (which served as a successful FIFA Fan Fest area during the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup), the successful bid for Cape Town to be designated World Design Capital 2014,[7] and the redesign and implementation of the upgrade of Cape Town's Church Square[8] among others.

The Cape Town Partnership is also involved in street-level activations such as the facilitating and co-sponsoring the first smart bench in Cape Town,[9] performances of famous musicians in public spaces,[10] and in making public spaces in Cape Town’s central business district more convenient as places of cultural expression, as seen by the #100AfricanReads project[11] during City Walk Saturdays.[12]


  1. ^ "Partners". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  2. ^ "History of the Cape Town Partnership" (PDF). Cape Town Partnership. 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cape Town continues to lure investment report". Fin24. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  4. ^ Pieterse, Edgar A. (2010-01-01). Counter-currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region. Jacana Media. ISBN 9781770097957. 
  5. ^ "Integrated Rapid Transit System update". Cape Town Partnership. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  6. ^ "City and Cape Town Partnership to Collaborate on Revitalisation of Grand Parade". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  7. ^ "City of Cape Town wins World Design Capital 2014". The Media Online. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  8. ^ "Church Square in Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, Western Cape". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  9. ^ "Hotspot in city a good stop". News24. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  10. ^ "Instagram photo by Future Cape Town • Jan 13, 2016 at 9:26am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  11. ^ "City Walk Saturday Returns with a Playful Programme for All". Cape Town Green Map. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  12. ^ "CITY WALK SATURDAYS". CapeTown ETC | CITY WALK SATURDAYS. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 

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