WEEK 1: 10 - 13 AUGUST
THE Amazing Race concept is being used for participants in the Liveable Cities week to experience the essence of Johannesburg, taking them into spaces they do not know.
Six teams made up of six members from various walks of life will set off through the city, using clues to move from one place to the next. This exciting race and the participants' experiences will be documented for display on the final day of the Liveable Cities week, running from 8 to 12 August.
It is the fun and creative part of the week, and the teams' actual experiences of city life and how our city works for different people will be collated for discussion.
Liveable Cities focuses on the key areas of city planning and human settlements - how well the spatial planning of a city supports its population and how future planning affects urban lifestyles.
Urban experts Peter Ahmad and Rory Gallocher will test the Growth and Development Strategy with their presentations on liveable cities, growth trends and housing, which will kick off the breakaway discussions around this theme.
"The City of Johannesburg has achieved high levels of service infrastructure coverage with over 90 percent of its residents [having] access to basic service infrastructure. However, the challenge is to transform our apartheid city, build liveable communities and create a city that functions for all its citizens," explains Ruby Mathang, the member of the mayoral committee for development planning and urban management.
"The focus is on changing our built environment so that we may improve the lives of our citizens."
Primary areas that will be highlighted in the Liveable Cities week are movement of people, social amenities, infrastructure and sustainable human development.
Building sustainable human settlements is an important part of increasing Joburg's worth and wealth. Apartheid created disparities in livability of settlements. It is important that we plan and rebuild our city to ensure that all residents enjoy healthy and quality environments, and economic opportunities.