On Thursday we were invited to the Major's event to launch the Growth Development Strategy 2040 of Joburg (GDS 2040). It's a development plan to make 'Joburg a World Class African City'.
It was a unique experience in the Soccer Stadium that was built for the Worldcup 2010!
In the work we are doing for the Mayor in the Smarter City project on Safety, I do feel we are part of this and contribute to the execution. We met so many Officials and Council members in these 2 weeks that we would never meet without doing this project. During the open bar reception in the City Soccer Stadium the CIO, some Council members and the Mayor himself approached us. It's maybe odd but it feels as if we are part of this city community.
The event was a big celebration and the beginning of a new journey for Joburg!
On the highway a truck in front of us and about 10 people were just hanging out of it... It's normal in Joburg...
It was very overwhelming to be in that huge new city soccer stadium.
When the Mayor enters the Stadium suddenly evenryone goes quiet. Hierarchy is clearly respected in South Africa.
It stroke me that the reserved seats were mostly occupied by very young native Africans.....
not by more experienced people you would expect in governmental positions.
At the end there was an impressive firework and the mayor had to score a goal with the youngsters. It was touching how he reached out to those teenagers.
This is Susannah who took great care of us during the reception after the event... and we mingled between the local people totally accepted in their community
We could not help it but to rate the poster on Smarter Cities too and for sure it's worth a 3!!!
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