About: Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana

The Bertha Centre, MTN Solution Space and UCT Graduate School of Business welcomes, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana: 

The former CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa is a town planner with extensive experience in managing and coordinating public-private partnerships for area based management. An urban revivalist at heart, she has spent the last twelve years with the Cape Town Partnership managing, developing and promoting Cape Town’s Central City as an economically thriving, creative and valued public and private space in which to live, work and play.

Prior to joining the Cape Town Partnership Bulelwa Ngewana was the Senior Manager for Africa programs at the Centre for Conflict resolution. In this role she led teams of conflict resolution and mediation practitioners contracted to assist with peace building efforts in key African countries.

As the CEO of the Cape Town Partnership Bulelwa Ngewana was a key role player in developing Cape Town’s Central City Development Strategy (CCDS) in 2008, which puts forward a shared vision to guide future developments in Cape Town until 2018. She also led the Cape Town Partnership strategy – Cities are for people- which saw the growth of an economically vibrant arts, culture and creative sector in downtown Cape Town. She also led the team that bid and secured the designation of Cape Town as World Design Capital in 2014 bid.

As a practising urbanist Bulelwa subscribes to the idea of building cities and communities around places which leads inspired citizens to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart and soul of every community. Thus strengthening the connection between people and the places they share resulting in a collaborative process through which communities can shape their public realm in order to maximize shared value.

Bulelwa is a member of the board of a number of national and international bodies. These include – Pragma Holdings and she is currently a chair of Pragma Africa board. She is also a board member of the International Downtown Association (IDA- USA), Placemaking Leadership Council (USA) an ambassador for the Cape Town International Convention Centre, member of the World Design Capital 2016 International Advisory Committee for Taipei and a World Cities Summit Young Leader.

Bulelwa is a member of the UCT council, Chairs the University Buildings and Development committee and represent UCT Council on the Baxter Theatre Board.

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