The winner of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Cape Town 2012 is Mothers Unite from Lavender Hill. Chosen by an independent jury from a pool of 254 entries and a shortlist of eight finalists, the project will receive a prize of R750 000.
Mothers Unite was founded in 2007 in a mother’s home and provides a safe haven from gang pressures, drugs and violence that affect parts of the street and home life in the area. Three afternoons a week, in grounds framed by cargo container infrastructure, and in the grounds of the City’s Seawinds Multipurpose Hall, 120 children between the ages of three and 15 engage in storytelling, computer literacy, food garden training, art therapy, sports and play. Built with donated shipping containers, the village is made up of a library, kitchen, office, sheltered area, playground and food garden.
In an earlier statement, the Chair of the jury, Edgar Pieterse wrote, ‘Cape Town is home to almost four million inhabitants. One quarter of those live incredibly comfortable and enviable lives in one of the most alluring cities in the world. Another quarter face routine struggles amid living conditions that are as difficult and dispiriting as one gets: limited sanitation, precarious shelter, intermittent access to basic services, grave threats to personal safety, and the constant indignity of grinding poverty associated with unemployment… Cape Town is thus a highly differentiated and malleable city, filled with almost endless promise but also continuously undermined by a variety of constraints and pressures.’ Read the full statement here.
Read the full press release here | For a full list of the finalists, read here | Visit the official site
Video of the award
Photos of Mothers Unite and the ceremony