We had an excellent meeting with the mayor and her team yesterday. We got a very positive response and we left them with solid recommendations that directly address the challenge we were given at the onset of the project. We are putting the finishing touches on our supporting documentation that we will deliver to the city within the next few weeks. Overall, we are incredibly excited about what lies ahead for Cape Town and we believe that the knowledge and passion of the Cape Town team and the citizens will yield amazing results.
The mayor was kind enough to take photos with us all before we left Cape Town and she tweeted one of the photos:
We are now in Johannesburg doing the final wrap-up with the IBM team and most of us are heading back home tonight. It is been an absolutely incredible experience for all of us. We all loved working in partnership with the city government, learning about how city government works, offering our expertise to recommend ways to improve service delivery of social assets, experiencing the incredible culture of Cape Town, seeing the beautiful sites, tasting the fantastic local cuisine, and making life-long friendships. This was truly an experience of a lifetime for all of us.
Today is our last prep day before our final presentation to the city tomorrow. We are meeting with the major tonight for a pre-read. The presentation is really in good shape and our core recommendation is how to “institutionalise integrated, citizen-centric design of social service delivery through the use of organisation, data, asset lifecycle management, analytics, design thinking, and change management tools and systems.” Sounds like a mouthful, but we have broken it down into sections with more details and specific recommended actions.
Final day prep
We visited a community health clinic on Friday. We were impressed by the commitment and compassion of the staff who are doing as much as they can with their extremely limited resources. We visited late in the afternoon, when it wasn’t very busy, but they told us that every day, patients line up outside to wait for an opportunity to see a doctor. There is only one doctor on staff during the day when the clinic is open.
Front door of the clinic
Back of clinic
Side windows of clinic
One of the staff nurses in a standard patient room
Some of the Smarter Cities team talking with staff members of the clinic
Meetings today with the leaders of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade program. Really important initiative that plays into one of the core values that Cape Town is driving. Very impressed with what they are doing and how they are approaching this with a perspective on involving the communities in their efforts.
Also great meetings with the Senior Professional Officer for Spatial Planning and Urban Design, the Chief Financial Officer, and several Whips and councilors from the various political parties.
I had a chance to peel off and meet with the CIO of Cape Town. We shared stories about driving transformation of IT, including mobile adoption, social, BYOD. Always interesting to hear how other CIOs are approaching their business.
We’re continuing to work on our recommendations and now have a structure for our final presentation, which is a week from tomorrow.
Met with the City Manager this morning to review our proposal structure. Got some great feedback and overall validation that we are on the right track. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re feeling good that we are headed in the right direction. The biggest challenge with this project so far is the broad scope and the short amount of time we have to come up with the right recommendations for our proposal.
After meeting with the City Manager, we drove to the IBM facility in Cape Town and spent the afternoon there working. We’re at the stage now where we have broken apart the recommendations into major categories and have each taken a category to flesh out. We made good progress today and enjoyed the fast network bandwidth that gave us quick access to research materials back at IBM.
Tomorrow we are back at the city offices for a day filled with more interviews with city officials.
As promised, photos of the team from our face-painting experience at Moyo in Stellenbosch.
After a long week of interviews with the city of Cape Town, we enjoyed ourselves by taking a tour through the wine country of South Africa. We visited three wineries between Stellenbosch and Franschoek and were all amazed at how expansive it is. We could have easily spent several days touring through the beautiful countryside that was surrounded by incredible picturesque mountains. We stopped for a bit to stroll around downtown Stellenbosch and Franschoek, take pictures and shop for souvenirs. We ended the day with a fantastic African-style dinner, where we had our faces painted, had terrific African food, and listened to a great African band. (Face painting pictures to be posted soon.)
Some pictures from throughout the day and evening:
Rob enjoyed the day!
Dave capturing another great shot!
Jeff with the magnificent view in the background
The team all capturing the view
Rows of young grapes
More rows of grapes
Grapes grows better with that kind of view!
I love the face on this vineyard cow
What a cute face!
The last, but most elegant winery we toured. I took many shots, but loved this one the most.