Why Bellville? What others are saying

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Sep 6, 2018

The GTP is focused on building an inclusive, vibrant and prosperous Bellville city centre.
Find out what others are saying about Bellville. Where are the opportunities? Why are they important? And how does Bellville fit into a greater vision for the Cape Town Metropole.

Here are ten take-outs from the ‘Why Bellville?’ 2018 GTP conference and soundbites to guide a successful urban transition in Bellville:
  1. “If Bellville works, the city of Cape Town works. Bellville is an enormous opportunity for the city,” said Frank Cumming, Director: Catalytic Projects, at the City of Cape Town, reinforcing the City’s vision for Bellville.
  2. “We are focused on creating an urban estate in Parow. …If you invest in something, and you provide the facilities the community needs, the community will respond.” – George Georgiou, developer, Evolution Property Management
  3. Expansion into the CBD is a logical step for us, as an anchor institution in the city. We’re realising what we need to give back and our buildings and presence in Bellville is part of that multi-campus strategy,” – Lois Dippenaar, Director: Institutional Planning, University of the Western Cape
  4. “Corporates need to be invested in their surrounding social and environmental issues.” Ian Erlank, Senior Facilities Manager, Sanlam
  5. “An urban transition is about innovation and testing new technologies and systems to replace those that no longer work in and for our society.” – Dr Pieter van Heyningen, Founding Partner, Sustnet
  6. “People are the most important part of a city.” – Aurelia Albert, CEO, Innovate Durban
  7. “First, define what you do, acknowledge what others do and seek those whose work is aligned with your objectives.” – Ellen Fischat, founder, Innocircle and Story Room
  8. “If you come from one particular environment, you’ll look at problems in the same way.” – Abbas Jamie, Director of Innovation and Transformation, Aurecon
  9. “Connected communities are created not by building new cities but by reimagining existing cities.” – Mokena Makeka, Managing director, Makeka Design Lab
  10. “Change is a process. You have to stay engaged in it, fighting for the change you want to see.” – David Grier, extreme adventurer

Read a full account of the day’s proceedings along with photographs from the 2018 GTP conference.

The full-day programme featured presentations from various individuals in the private and public sector, as well as innovators and leaders in their field, whose contributions helped to stimulate a discussion about the future of Bellville.