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City’s Resilience Strategy helps navigate challenging times<p>​Resilience means the ability of systems and institutions to adapt, survive and thrive no matter what shocks or stresses are experienced. Since 2019, the vast majority of the actions in the Resilience Strategy are either implemented and ongoing, or are in the early stages of implementation. The strategy, developed in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, was the outcome of significant engagement with stakeholders across Cape Town and followed an extensive resilience evaluation that attempted to identify the most critical vulnerabilities and the most relevant shocks. </p><p>‘We have learnt that embracing resilience-building measures is a journey and not a destination. The implementation of the Cape Town Resilience Strategy essentially provides the municipality with building capabilities to respond to a wide range of shocks and stresses. The sort of preparatory work that goes into the various action items within the strategy is so critical during the times we are living in, especially while navigating our way through the uncertainties we have been faced with during the Covid-19 pandemic. It assists an organisation of this size to pull its resources; service delivery strategies and capabilities together in a way that would not be possible without the direction of this strategy and the oversight which the City’s Resilience Department has provided the municipality with over the past 24 months,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.</p><p>Since 2019, up to 43 of the 75 actions in the Strategy have been implemented and are ongoing, four actions are implemented and concluded, and 12 actions are in the early stages of implementation.</p><p>Some notable actions taken forward to date include:</p><ul><li>The development of a range of data products for evaluating the impacts of the pandemic and for the purpose of guiding decision-making on responses.</li><li>The public mental health campaign in March 2021, which encouraged Capetonians to reach out to each other after a year of the pandemic to ask: “How are you?” The campaign promoted resources that are available to support mental health.</li><li>The development of a pilot Food Systems programme that maps City food mandates; improves scenario planning for food-related shocks and enhances networking among stakeholders.</li><li>The deployment of the City Water Resilience Approach, the first City in the world to deploy this evaluation, to determine, along with water stakeholders, a comprehensive assessment of the city’s water resilience to a wide range of water-related shocks and stresses.</li><li>Multi-year funding for the Cape Town Water Fund towards partnering with regional stakeholders to remove alien invasive species from high mountain catchment areas.</li><li>The development of material flow analyses in three industrial areas for the purpose of conceptualising opportunities available for industrial symbiosis under an eco-industrial park model.</li></ul><p>Resilience is a guiding principle of the Integrated Development Plan (2017 to 2022), and the Resilience Strategy is the primary vehicle of embedding resilience concepts and principles in a wide range of City processes. In this regard, efforts have been in the following areas:</p><ul><li>training in adaptive management processes for City staff, including the simulation of shock events for the purpose of practising new adaptive management skills;</li><li>integration of resilience considerations into capital management for the purpose of understanding the resilience benefits and gaps over the long-term capital portfolio; and</li><li>use of reflective learning methodologies to capture learnings from the drought and the pandemic for the purpose of informing future plans and shock responses.</li></ul><p><br>End</p>2021-09-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a25dbcce-0f86-46f4-98bd-204411a5c083;L0|#0a25dbcce-0f86-46f4-98bd-204411a5c083|Council;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#791496e2-aaf6-42bc-9bf3-b23a4eddc266;L0|#0791496e2-aaf6-42bc-9bf3-b23a4eddc266|IDP;GP0|#b58c5574-3860-4d04-b707-12c4db37f507;L0|#0b58c5574-3860-4d04-b707-12c4db37f507|Portfolio Committee10

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