The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP), a not-for-profit company, which was established in 2012 as a public-private partnership between the City of Cape Town, business, civil society and academia, has been awarded the International Downtown Association (IDA), Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award for its work and initiatives related to the Sha’p Left Nursing Hub in Bellville.

The GTP works closely with the City of Cape Town in the Voortrekker Road Corridor and the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme, to spearhead the regeneration of the Tygerberg area.

The Sha’p Left Nursing Hub is located opposite the Bellville public transport interchange and is sponsored by the Cipla Foundation and was enabled by the City of Cape Town.

The Hub, constructed from three repurposed shipping containers, was opened formally in November 2019 by the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato.

The Hub provides affordable and accessible primary healthcare to commuters and residents in Bellville.

The IDA is the premier organisation for urban place professionals, who are shaping and activating dynamic city centre districts based in Washington, DC.

Each year, IDA recognises outstanding projects as winners of the Downtown Achievement Awards, which identifies improvements to urban centres by dedicated organisations around the globe.

The Pinnacle Award is the industry’s highest recognition, and represents the most creative and inspiring innovations in urban place management.

During a comprehensive review, this year’s projects were awarded by a jury of IDA members in the following categories:

  • Leadership development
  • Organisational management
  • Economic development
  • Marketing
  • Communications and events
  • Planning, design and infrastructure
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Public space management and operations.

The GTP won in the category of Public Space Management and Operations.

‘We are delighted with this international recognition of the City of Cape Town’s work to bring primary healthcare to the people of Bellville. This is an acknowledgement that our commitment to finding innovative ways to improving the lives for all Capetonians is on the right track. We will continue in our quest to enhance the urban environment to achieve that goal. We all have a role to play for the love of our people’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

Warren Hewitt, GTP Chief Executive Officer said: ‘This project is an example of how the public sector can partner with the private sector to achieve shared goals. By delivering the Sha’p Left Nursing Hub in partnership with the City of Cape Town, we were able to put Cape Town, and Bellville, on the map in terms of global best practice in urban management. We are very pleased with this award and will continue to strive for the same levels of excellence, in partnership with the City and other stakeholders in the future.’

The centre is run by Sister Mandisa Swart, a nursing sister who has taken up the challenge of ensuring it remains open and operational even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The centre offers primary health care, diagnostic testing, eye care and a chronic medicine dispensary.

CEO of Cipla South Africa, Paul Miller, said: ‘This international award is a clear demonstration that healthcare and urban development go hand in hand. The Sha’p Left healthcare hub in Bellville is an example of how innovative thinking and partnerships can help to ensure that people have convenient access to affordable, accessible healthcare.’

‘The Greater Tygerberg Partnership’s innovative project received the IDA Pinnacle Award for setting the new standard for improving cities worldwide,’ said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. ‘The Sha’p Left Nursing Hub in Bellville has made an impact on its city and the people who live, work and play in the community, and demonstrates the continued commitment to champion liveable, vital and thriving urban centres.’

IDA’s members have a proven track record of creating collaborative public-private partnerships to tackle weighty issues. More than 2 500 downtown management districts exist in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Place management organisations affect significant change in every major metropolitan area throughout North America in an industry that is growing rapidly around the globe.

Place management work touches every discipline of city building, including economic development, leadership, marketing, events, public space management, policy, planning and infrastructure.

The 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards are sponsored by Grow with Google. Additional information on the Pinnacle Award winners can be found online at https://downtown.org/

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