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During the City of Cape Town’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme awards ceremony which was held on Friday 29 January 2016 at the Two Oceans Aquarium, six interns were honoured for their outstanding contributions. Read more below:

The City’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme offers interns the opportunity to enhance, reinforce and strengthen their academic knowledge and practical skills, making them more marketable for job opportunities because of their work experience.

‘The past 10 years of investment is testament to the City’s commitment to creating opportunities for young professionals and empowering them, through skills development, to promote and contribute to our environmental sustainability. The programme has proven its success and effectiveness in producing exceptional young professionals over the past decade.‘Furthermore, the City wants to encourage the private sector and other spheres of government to invest in the lives of students by making internships available so that together we can make progress possible in empowering our younger generation and providing them with the much-needed platform to contribute to their relevant industries,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

Since the programme’s inception in 2005, over 50 interns from a total group of 291 interns have been employed by the City, which illustrates the City’s commitment to creating opportunities for younger people and equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience they need to guide their future.

The following candidates received certificates of commendation in recognition of their excellent standard of work and outstanding contribution to the success of the 2015 programme:
· Courtney Hill from Rondebosch

· Dave van Beuningen from Onrus

· Kaamilah Allie from the Bo-Kaap

· Kay Williams from Mitchells Plain

· Lourens Booysen from Worcester

· Sive Fana: from Nyanga East (commendation for outstanding personal and professional development)

Today, 1 February 2016, 42 new interns will start work within the City’s departments of Environmental Resource Management, Planning and Building Development Management, Spatial Planning and Urban Design, Economic Development, Trade and Investment, and Development Information and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

These interns will work in areas such as biodiversity management; coastal and heritage resource management; environmental compliance; nature conservation; environmental communications and education; urban design; landscape architecture; sustainable livelihoods; economic development; trade and investment; planning and building development; quality public spaces; knowledge management; and GIS.

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