The Umvoto Foundation (TUF) submitted an entry and poster design for the #cocreate Blue-Green Cities Design Awards 2022 (as part of the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2022), for the Indawo, Abantu, Injongo e Khayelitsha initiative with initiative leader Busiswa Nomyayi. The initiative was shortlisted as one of the finalists in the category for Best Community-Based Project for water sensitive designs.

TUF, along with the other nominated finalists, were invited to attend a workshop with representatives from the City of Cape Town’s Future Water Institute of the University of Cape Town, the Craft and Design Institute, the Institute of Landscape Architects, as well as the Dutch Consulate for Cape Town. The purpose of the workshop was to reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities with the process of creating blue-green African cities and to provide a space for learning from one another during the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2022.

Once the workshop was completed, the finalists moved over to the awards ceremony. The awards were to acknowledge people and institutions who have played a significant role in the shaping and design of blue-green cities in South Africa. It was a celebration of all those who have contributed designs that aim to uplift communities and who strive to develop sustainable innovations and inclusive systems within our city.

At the awards, all finalists were asked to present their project as an “elevator pitch” of 3-5 minutes in length. In addition, all finalists had to submit an A1 sized poster of their project which was on display at the venue for the audience to vote on which one they thought was the best poster.

To ours and Busiswa’s delight, Indawo, Abantu, Injongo e Khayelitsha and TUF won the Best Community-Based Project, Best Poster Design and last but not least, the Most Valued Water Sensitive Innovation awards. These awards are testament to the hard work and passion of Busiswa and her team in their efforts to beautify their street in Khayelitsha. They have turned it into a liveable space that is supported and protected by the community. TUF is looking forward to working with the Indawo, Abantu, Injongo e Khayelitsha team in continuing and expanding the clean-up work in Griffiths Mxenge. The initiative hopefully offers a blueprint for other streets and communities in the Cape Flats and other parts of Cape Town, the Western Cape and South Africa.