keyboard_arrow_upDeutsche Bank Urban Age Award Cape Town winner
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The winner of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (DBUAA) Cape Town 2012 is Mothers Unite from Lavender Hill. Chosen by an independent jury from a pool of 254 entries and a shortlist of eight finalists, the project will receive a prize of R750 000.  The winning project – selected as that which most benefitted local residents through an improved urban environment – was founded in 2007 in a mother’s home. Mothers Unite provides a safe haven from the gangsterism, drugs and violence that are part and parcel of street and home life in the area. Three afternoons a week, in a ‘village’ in the grounds of the City’s Seawinds multipurpose hall, 120 children between the ages of 3 and 15 are provided with alternative activities such as storytelling, computer literacy, food garden training, art therapy, sports and play. Built with donated shipping containers, the village is made up of a library, kitchen, office, sheltered area, playground and food garden. The Mothers Unite project addresses the family unit and encourages family participation and a shared commitment to community development, providing a support base for the family and a safe place for children to play, explore and develop.

keyboard_arrow_upFinalists for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2012
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Cape Town, home to almost 4 million people, is a highly differentiated city, filled with almost endless promise but also undermined by various constraints and pressures. The Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which is located in Cape Town this year, has attracted 254 entries, the highest number since the award was initiated five years ago in Mumbai, India, and through its subsequent travels to Sao Paolo in Brazil, Istanbul in Turkey, and Mexico City.  The Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award recognises and celebrates creative solutions to the problems – and opportunities – that city dwellers face. It offers a prize of R750 000 for the winning project.

keyboard_arrow_upDeutsche Bank Urban Age Award Cape Town entries
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The fifth Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (DBUAA) – in Cape Town this year – has received the highest number of submissions – 254 – since the award programme was established in 2007.  The submissions reflect the vibrancy and creativity of Cape Town’s citizens in tackling the social and urban challenges of their city. From a range of social and geographical backgrounds, the projects indicate that strong and diverse alliances are being built to improve the urban environment and quality of life. The support of universities, local authorities and government programmes and the cooperation of different community organisations have been important factors in the success of the projects.  The Cape Town projects are generally of a high quality and range across categories such as education, culture, environment, sanitation, public space, local economies and social integration.