The ACC has partnered with Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society and LSE Cities to present the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2012 (and R750 000 in prize money) to a project in Cape Town. The annual award will be presented on April 19th to a project that has "contributed towards improving the quality of life in cities." Cape Town is the 5th city from which the winner of the award will be selected after previous winners of the award were chosen in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai and Istanbul since 2007. Chaired by ACC Director Edgar Pieterse, an international jury recently completed the finalist selection process with 8 projects out of a record 254 entries in Cape Town. Other members of the jury include LSE Cities and Urban Age Director, Ricky Burdett; Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington DC; Cape Town poet and playwright Malika Ndlovu; TEN Arquitectos founder and architect Enrique Norten; Desmond Tutu Peace Centre CEO Nomfundo Walaza and Andrew Boraine, CEO of the Cape Town Partnership.
The eight finalists are Mothers Unite in Lavender Hill; Bicycle Empowerment Network, which operates throughout Cape Town; Masiphumelele Public Library; Regeneration of City and Soul in Retreat; Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre in Mitchell's Plain; The Social Justice Coalition in Khayelitsha; Thrive Recycling in Hout Bay and Violence prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) in Khayelitsha. The winner will be announced at a special presentation ceremony on April 19th.