With an unemployment rate above its historical average, born disproportionately by youth, Cape Town has clear resilience priorities. Unemployment is a key driver of poverty, and continues to exacerbate existing socio-economic inequality. Unemployment also undermines the tax and income base of the government and increases the cost of basic and social services, forcing the government to do more with fewer resources.

Unemployment is directly linked to Cape Town’s greatest shock: civil unrest that could disrupt economic activity, strain social cohesion and political stability, and divert already limited government resources from critical service delivery. After a series of attacks in 2008, the city responded by providing food, basic services, and securing temporary living quarters for the displaced.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Economic Inequality
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Riot / Civil Unrest

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Cape Town's CRO

Craig Kesson is the City of Cape Town Executive Director for the Directorate of the Mayor as well as the Chief Resilience Officer, in partnership with the 100 Resilient Cities Programme. He has worked in several senior roles in city management and has advised a number of metro governments. He previously served as the National Director of Research for South Africa’s Official Opposition. He is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu Natal, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His specialisations are in public policy and strategy; project portfolios, and operations modelling. He is the co-author with Mayor Patricia De Lille of an upcoming book on the nature of city leadership and management planned for publication in August 2017.

Snapshot of Cape Town

  • 3,740,026

    population as of 2011

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