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19 OCT SEMINAR 1 & 2: Cape Town as a Democratic Common

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 - 18:00



See Programme and booking details further below. 

We believe it important to recognize the City as a Commons. The principal function of the City is to be the common house of the people who live there, the place where social life is built, where the varying needs and interests of different people and groups are discussed and compared and where conflicts are managed – a process that is integral to the social life of a city.

The City’s principal function is to assure that all citizens, residents, communities and social groups have a structure where contestation over resources and decision-making between different social groups is done in a common space and in a more inclusive way. We must have a system at municipal level that allows participation to inform decision-making in a way consistent with this constitutional imperative. This is because the service delivery function of the Municipality will be a reflection and consequence of how confrontation over resources and decision-making within the city is conducted. Depending on how these processes are structured, these may lead to greater social cohesion and inclusiveness, or to perpetuation of social injustice and separation with increased frustration.

Citizens participation is a structured participation of people, because only in a context of variously organized citizens through a network of local residents associations, educational organizations, NPO, sportive and faith-based organizations and local business, it is possible to realize social and economical innovation that make possible to increase the citizen participation and the assumption of direct responsibility by the communities. We cannot only exist as individuals but must work within social relationships if we are to ensure inclusive, equitable and positive development. As the principle of Ubuntu makes it clear, we are who we are through our relationships and engagements with others.


SEMINAR ONE: How local legislation can support and nourish public participation

10:00 – 13.05  RSVP to civics.capetown@gmail.com)


People’s By-law proposal for Civic Participation in Cape Town Andrea Couvert, Civic Action for Public Participation

  • Public participation By-law in Italy: Daniela Ciaffi, Professor of Urban Sociology in the Politecnico di Torino
  • Woodstock – Salt River Neighbourhood Development Process: Nigel Titus, City of Cape Town
  • Heritage legal framework a tool to to mobilise the community: Jacky Poking, Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association
  • Social Housing, Affordable housing… Common housing? Bevil Lucas, Reclaim the City
  • What alternatives against the privatisation of public space? Tauriq Jenkins, Observatory Civic Association
  • Philippi Horticulture Area: build a local food economy: Susanna Coleman, PHA Food & Farming Campaign


SEMINAR TWO: Community land trust, community co-operative… innovative legal entities for managing commons good and community asset.

14.30 – 18.00 (Registration: 14:00) RSVP to civics.capetown@gmail.com)

  • Business model canvas for social economy and social enterprise: Silvia Remotti, PACO Design Collaborative, Milan
  • Princess Vlei Forum: between advocacy and social enterprise: Bridget Pitt, Princess Vlei Forum
  • Community Heritage: Helen Robinson, Cape Town Historical Society
  • Neighbourhood Planning and Heritage: Shabodien Roomanay, Salt River Heritage Society
  • Non-commercialised alternatives in the health sector: Leslie London, School of Public Health and Family Medicine
  • Shared Administration: Daniela Ciaffi, Professor of Urban Sociology in the Politecnico di Torino



  • ODA Family Makers Weekend on 19 – 20 Oct: While you are participating in the seminar your family and friends can enjoy all the many experiences offered on the 19th – More details HERE
  • ODA Wetopia Inspiration Day on 21 Oct – book your seats HERE
  • ODA Wetopia Master Classes on 23 Oct – book your seats HERE
  • Wetopia Seminar on 23 Oct – RSVP HERE





Castle of Good Hope
Cnr. of Castle and Darling Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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Castle of Good Hope
Cnr. of Castle and Darling Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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