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Cape Town webinar about sites for carbon-neutral development


On Tuesday, 19 May 2020, the City will be hosting a webinar about the four underutilised City-owned sites that have been made available for carbon-neutral, mixed-use development. 

The four sites are available to interested parties for development as part of the C40 Reinventing Cities programme – a global architecture and urban design competition. The C40 competition requires multi-disciplinary teams of architects, planners, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, start-ups, neighbourhood collectives, innovators, and artists to team up and submit proposals, which deliver carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration.

The webinar offers interested parties and professional teams the opportunity to engage with the City and the C40 Reinventing Cities team before the closing date for submissions.

The webinar is taking place as follows:

  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020, at 14:00
  • Participants must register in advance here 
  • Questions can be submitted in advance, also at the above website

‘I encourage interested parties to participate in this webinar. It is an ideal opportunity to get clarity and to have your questions answered by those who are intricately involved in this process. COVID-19 is challenging us like we have never been challenged before, and in the aftermath of this virus we will, more than ever, need investment to save jobs and to create new jobs, and to build sustainable urban environments,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

The four underused City sites are located in Athlone, Mitchells Plain, Diep River, and Tygerdal.

All of these precincts have access to public transport services, and align with City policies that pursue inward growth and investment that will support dense, diverse, and transit-oriented land uses. Development proposals for the sites must pursue carbon-neutrality, enhance the City’s resilience capacity and sustainability performance, enhance the urban environment, and improve local residents’ quality of life.

  • The first phase of the competition closes on 12 June 2020, by which time interested parties must submit their proposals and development concepts for the sites.
  • Up to three finalists for each site will be shortlisted later this year, followed by the announcement of successful project proposals in 2021 after a second bidding round.