Together we can move mountains campaign wins award at WSSD

07 October 2002
A STAND designed by a team at the Montebello Design Centre won the City of Cape Town the award for best large exhibit at the Ubuntu Village at the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Titled Together we can move mountains, the stand was inspired by a Nicolaas Maritz painting of Table Mountain, but organised around the themes of Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture and Biodiversity (WEHAB), proposed by UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

According to Montebello Design Centre Director, Tessa Graaff, the stand's intention was to narrate a tale of two cities dominated by Table Mountain. “The stand tried to show both sides of Cape Town's story. A city of great beauty and good living that also has a dark side with a third of Capetonians living below the poverty line and a third just above it,” explained Graaf.

City officials are looking to re-erect the stand at the V&A Waterfront or Civic Centre towards the end of the year for the general public to view. Cape Town Tourism head Sheryl Ozinsky says that the award is a “feather in the cap” for Cape Town and “just shows that we [Cape Town] are right up there with the rest of the world”.

In addition to the facility's involvement with the Together we can move mountains stand, the Centre has been selected to be part of a new tourism route launched as a legacy to the summit.

Montebello Design Centre was established by Montello Trust and UCT.

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