Resilient Cities is one of the key focus areas for cooperation between South Africa (SA) and the Netherlands (NL). It is an umbrella theme under which multiple sectors can be explored and showcased within the NL mission network in SA (the Embassy in Pretoria and the Consulate General in Cape Town).
As a result of the above, and with more global focus being on the “city state”, the NL mission network in SA has introduced a flagship event focusing on opportunities to collaborate with specific South African cities. Cape Town is this year’s city of choice to explore potential opportunities in co-creating solutions for local challenges.
These opportunities will be explored by the NL mission network in South Africa in five key event pillars during the course of November 2019:
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A trade mission from the Netherlands will visit the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town between 19-21 November 2019 seeking partnerships within the water, agriculture, transport and energy sectors.
Dutch and SA experts and mentors will engage with South African start-ups active in the resilience cities space during the course of a five-day private sector capacitation programme from 18-22 November 2019.
Tertiary institutes from NL and SA will collaborate during a 2 week programme on building solutions to challenges identified by the City of Cape Town in the areas of water, energy, health, food security and transport.
Local and NL stakeholders will collaborate through workshops on how to create a permanent living lab platform (to facilitate local applied research) through which NL and SA can work together on co-creating solutions for local challenges.The workshops will use the triple helix approach which focuses on knowledge institutions, government and private sector.
On 21 November 2019 all of the above activations will come together in a day of workshops, plenaries and roundtables to showcase opportunities realized during the #cocreateMYCITY activations as well as the broader NL mission programme within South Africa.