Cape Town youth get hands-on hospitality training

Twenty young Capetonians will be placed in the hospitality industry for on-the-job training and work experience as part of a pilot project between the City of Cape Town and FEDHASA Cape.  FEDHASA Cape will initiate and implement the project, the aim of which is to improve the participants’ skills and their chances of permanent employment. The City will pay the participants a stipend from Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) funding. ‘This project is the realisation of a vision we have been building on for several years now – to extend the EPWP through partnerships with the private sector. The programme has been very successful to […]

Cape Town makes it to the 2016 C40 Cities Awards finals

The City of Cape Town has once again been shortlisted as  finalists for the C40 Awards, the fourth annual awards meant to give global recognition to cities that are taking the lead in climate change action.  The awards selection committee has selected two of the City’s projects as finalists: Energy and Climate Change Programme – Energy2040 Programme and Energy and Climate Action Plan, in the Climate Action Plans and Inventories category Transit-Orientated Development Strategic Framework, March 2016, in the Sustainable Communities category Tackling energy and climate change The City has been a leading city in South Africa and globally through the achievements of […]

Common responsible tourism issues & their solutions

On 18 July the four businesses participating in the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Challenge met at the Cape Town Tourism head office for a workshop to discuss common issues facing all the businesses. By this point we’d gone on a site visit to each of the businesses, interviewed each manager and used the information gathered to create a responsible tourism scorecard – simply put a list of what each business was doing well and where there was room for improvement. At the time of the workshop, all of the businesses were already practicing responsible tourism in some way, even though […]

Cape Town gets its first blind-friendly children’s playground

The City of Cape Town unveiled its first blind-friendly park in Bellville on 23 August 2016. The park is situated between Berol Street and Beroma Crescent, within walking distance of the Athlone School for the Blind. Over the past five months Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, has used approximately R1,1 million from its budget for non-motorised transport to transform this square of sandy land into an inviting playground. ‘Learners from the school have visited the park over the past few days to give the new play equipment and features a test-run. Some of the local residents even came […]

Tourism Month 2016 takes a look at universal accessibility

Thursday 1 September 2016 marks the start of Tourism Month, an month set aside to reflect on the most pressing tourism challenges that countries are faced with, and ends with a global commemoration of World Tourism Day on 27 September. The theme for this year is ‘Tourism for all: Promoting universal accessibility (UA)’.  ‘There is a misconception that universal access implies accessibility only for people who are wheelchair-bound. This is not so. Universal accessibility at our tourist facilities is about creating an environment that caters for the needs of a broad spectrum of visitors, such as families with toddlers, mothers with babies in prams, […]