The Downtown Association (IDA) has awarded the Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award to the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) for its work and initiatives related to the Sha'p Left healthcare hub in Bellville, which provides quality, affordable, accessible healthcare to commuters and residents in the area. Located opposite the Bellville public transport interchange, the healthcare hub is sponsored by the Cipla Foundation and was enabled by the City of Cape Town.
The Downtown Achievement Award is bestowed annually upon projects which identify improvements to urban centres by dedicated organisations around the globe. The industry's highest recognition, the Pinnacle Award, represents the most creative and inspiring innovations in urban place management. Projects were awarded in the following categories: leadership development; organisational management; economic development; marketing, communications and events; planning, design and infrastructure; policy and advocacy; and public space management and operations. The GTP won in the category of public space management and Operations.
GTP Chief Executive Officer, Warren Hewitt, said: "This project is an example of how the public sector can partner with the private sector to achieve shared goals. By delivering the Sha'p Left Nursing Hub in partnership with the City of Cape Town, we were able to put Cape Town, and Bellville, on the map in terms of global best practice in urban management. We are very pleased with this award and will continue to strive for the same levels of excellence, in partnership with the City and other stakeholders in the future."
Constructed from three repurposed shipping containers, the centre is run by Sister Mandiswa Swart, a nurse who has taken up the challenge of managing the hub and keep operating even during the Covid-19 pandemic. The centre offers primary health care, diagnostic testing, and an eye care unit. The healthcare hub was opened formally in November 2019 by Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato.
"We are delighted with this international recognition of the City of Cape Town's work to bring primary healthcare to the people of Bellville. This is an acknowledgement that our commitment to finding innovative ways to improve lives for all Capetonians is on the right track. We will continue in our quest to enhance the urban environment to achieve that goal. We all have a role to play for the love of our people," said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.
CEO of Cipla South Africa, Paul Miller, said: "This international award is a clear demonstration that healthcare and urban development go hand in hand. The Sha'p Left healthcare hub in Bellville is an example of how innovative thinking and partnerships can help to ensure that people have convenient access to affordable, accessible healthcare."
"The Greater Tygerberg Partnership's innovative project received the IDA Pinnacle Award for setting the new standard for improving cities worldwide," said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. "The Sha'p Left healthcare hub in Bellville has made an impact on the environment and the people who live, work and play in the community, and also demonstrates the continued commitment to champion livable, vital and thriving urban centres."
The 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards are sponsored by Grow with Google. Additional information on the Pinnacle award winners can be found online at downtown.org