By Nadine Ford-Kritzinger |
Cape Town yesterday welcomed a delegation from Hawassa municipality, Ethiopia, to discuss possible formal relations between the two cities.
Mayor De Lille met the visitors led by the Mayor of Hawassa, Yonas Yosef Sanbe.
The delegation from Hawassa will be conducting various site visits during their stay in Cape Town.
This includes a tour of MyCiTi transport network, Cape Town stadium, Green Point Urban Park and the Goodwood Traffic Management Centre.
Cape Town, South Africa (PHOTO: Damien du Toit)
The aim of these visits will be to share knowledge and best practice with respect to transport infrastructure, hosting of big events, environmental sustainability and traffic management practices. Possible cooperation between the cities of Cape Town and Hawassa could be in the areas of solid waste management, transport, infrastructure, housing and the environment.
“As a city located in a developing continent, we recognise the need to engage with other African cities, in particular those that are experiencing the same challenges we do, to learn from and share solutions and examples of best practice.
“I believe that Africa has much to contribute to the global village, and that it is our time to show the international market that Africa is a place of immense possibilities,” De Lille said.
She said it was not just a place of possibility for social advancement and economic growth that would benefit its people but also a place of possibility for businesses and investors to contribute to and benefit from that growth.
“I believe the successes achieved so far are but the beginning, and there are still greater things in store.”
With the African Union’s (AU) secretariat, the African Union Commission based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cape Town believes exploring possible relations would strengthen cooperation between the two cities.
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