Unfinished Business

June 4, 2019
Top floor
       Arts Foundation / Projects


Unfinished Business: The panel discussion re-imagines the use of the Foreshore Freeway in Cape Town.

In 2016, the City of Cape Town launched a two-stage competition which called for ideas and projects to transform eleven hectares of Cape Town CBD blight that is the result of a series of uncompleted elevated highway viaducts.

Several ambitious, radical and innovative proposals were submitted, and a shortlist of six consortia entered a final round of submissions, interviews and financial analysis.

Despite a winner being announced, and against a backdrop of City of Cape Town maladministration and corruption, the entire tender process was cancelled. A significant opportunity to enable a private sector gamechanger through relieving significant traffic congestion, providing real social transformation through affordable housing had been lost.

The moderated panel discussion asks questions about structure and public sector governance. What can be learnt about how to devise, create and deliver practical initiatives and projects in a volatile climate?

The discussion brings together representatives from Foreshore Freeway consortia and shortlisted proposals, with surrounding landowners. Evidence based examples of projects that have been delivered (despite political and economic constraints and limitations in governance) are presented from practitioners/academics in the Global South.

The event is free, but booking and entrance via Eventbrite ticket is required.


Guy Briggs
Bidder on Foreshore Freeway City of Cape Town tender
dhk: Principal

Caroline Sohie
University of KULeuven: Faculty of Architecture

Dave Southwood

Robert Silke
Preferred Bidder on Foreshore Freeway City of Cape Town tender
Robert Silke&Partners: Director

Mark Noble
Neighbouring Landowner
V&A Waterfront: Development Director

Dr. Lisa Kane
Academic researcher and writer
University of Cape Town: Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Transport Studies

Leszek Dobrovolsky
Infrastructure specialist
INSTINCT: Director