Local Government Profile
Cape Town - South Africa
Alderman Patricia De Lille
The City is implementing various strategies to target some of the challenges our natural resources are facing, such as energy, water, waste and biodiversity conservation.
Website of the city : www.capetown.gov.za
Size : 2454.72 km2 sq km
Population : 2007 - 3,497,097
Hazards : Wild Fire, Storm Surge, Heat Wave, Flood, Epidemic & Pandemic, Earthquake, Drought
ROLE MODEL CITY
Informal Settlement Upgrading and Ecosystem Protection
HAZARD AND VULNERABILITY PROFILE
Structural fires (Informal / formal areas): Burgeoning informal settlements and informal "backyard" dwellers in formal settlement areas, driven by an increasing rate of urbanisation, result in high density areas, for which development planning was not approved. These are mostly located in high risk marginal areas where open land is "available". These areas often don't have access to basic municipal services, such as electricity, water, and sanitation, which results in both a high flood and fire risk. The rate of urbanisation and the lack of available land frustrates efforts to eradicate informal settlements. Wild fires also constitute a significant hazard to Cape Town, exacerbated by invasive alien vegetation. Coastal inundation due to storm surges is already a feature of some of our coastal areas. This is often the result of inappropriate development, but is expected to increase due to climate change, as with all of the above.
DISASTER AND RISK REDUCTION ACTIVITIES
Comprehensive multi-hazard Disaster Risk Assessment; Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment and Coastal Protection Zone; Climate Adaptation Plan of Action; Flooding Task Team to reduce flood risk, particularly in informal settlements; etc.