Tag: Helen Zille

  • 10 statistics that will leave the rest of South Africa green with envy

    Buried in Premier Helen Zille’s state of the province speech‚ delivered on Friday in the Western Cape legislature‚ were 10 statistics that will leave the rest of South Africa green with envy. Unemployment is 13.8 percentage points lower than the national average‚ and rural unemployment (14%) is the lowest since records began. 56% of mortgage […]

  • Why Cape Town is surfing the crest of a wave

    In 1990, while I was part of the V&A Waterfront team, I bought an international travel magazine. There was a story on Barcelona’s renaissance after the end of Spain’s dictatorship. With events then starting to unfold in South Africa, I wondered if the same could happen in Cape Town. Although there have been scores of…

  • Nothing demonstrates the need for a strong & free media better

    It’s only when one starts exploring South Africa’s northern provinces – Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West – that one realises that a strong and free media is the one thing which can save South Africa. What do these provinces share in common? Local government incompetency and mismanagement on a grand sale; corruption and nepotism beyond…

  • Tourism representatives must be accountable

    Two dates in the Western Cape raise the need for the public to hold its tourism representatives to greater accountability. September 30 is the deadline for your comments on tourism MEC Alan Winde’s plan for restructuring tourism marketing in the Western Cape. Now CapeInfo’s readers have already voted – only 10 out of 170 votes…

  • Open letters to Helen Zille & Dan Plato

    Arriving back in the Western Cape after 15 months away was a shock… and a very pleasant surprise.  It was like arriving in another country — clean, well-maintained roads, great signage, intelligent & visible policing, and spaces that citizens use and enjoy with pride. The Western Cape is a world-class destination but, obviously, it can…

  • Cape Town has the world’s best mayor

    HELEN ZILLE, Executive Mayor of Cape Town and leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance, has been awarded the 2008 World Mayor Prize by City Mayors, the international urban affairs think tank. Commentators supporting her nomination said that in a country devoid of present day role models, this “amazing lady” was making a difference and…

  • Another reason for Greatness?

    Cape Town could also soon be recognised globally as the city with the best mayor in the world. And so could Johannesburg, but Cape Town seems to be ahead. Both Cape Town’s Helen Zille and Joburg’s Amos Masondo have made it into the shortlist of 50 top mayors in the world. Now if Cape Town’s…