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Ald. Purchase is the political head of the City of Cape Town’s transport portfolio which includes the development and maintenance of roads and stormwater infrastructure, the management of the roads network and the MyCiTi public transport service, developing the integrated public transport network and the integrated transport plan.
Ald. Purchase’s vison for this portfolio is the delivery of a safe, efficient, reliable and affordable public transport system for the benefit of all residents, including the historically disadvantaged, through transit-orientated development that reduces travel time and costs and improves quality of life.
Alderman Felicity Purchase was born in Cape Town’s South Peninsula and matriculated from Fish Hoek High School in 1975. She studied through UNISA and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Economics, Accounting, Law). She also holds certificates in Conflict Management, Problem Solving and Economic Consideration in Spatial Planning and Travel Management.
She started her political career in 1995 at the Fish Hoek Transitional Municipal Council and was Deputy Mayor from 1996 to 2000. The establishment of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality in 2000 incorporated all the previous administrations and she was awarded Aldermanship.
She has also served as a member of the City’s Mayoral Committee in various roles since 2008, including economic development, tourism and property management and as chairperson of the South Peninsula Sub-Council.
Among the highlights of her career have been her considerable involvement in the City of Cape Town’s planning and hosting of the highly successful 2010 Football World Cup. Among the projects in which she was involved included the building of the iconic new stadium in Cape Town to host the event. A further highlight was as the City’s representative to establish the 5 Gateways Cities to Antarctica initiative. She must be one of the few local councillors in the world to have flown to the frozen continent on official business.


  • June 10: Urban transport policies for more liveable and competitive cities

  • June 10: Building healthy cities with transport policies

    Building Healthy Cities with Transport Policies

    Summary of the speech for Summit website (max. 900 characters incl. spaces)

    “A heathy city is one that is continually creating and improving physical and social environments and expanding community resources to enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.” This World Health Organisation definition of a healthy city aligns with Cape Town’s approach to public transport and supporting people to make transport choices that contribute to their personal health and the public health of the city as a whole.
    It also implies that a healthy city has a healthy economy. In a country like South Africa where unemployment impacts more than a quarter of the labour market, infrastructure that grows employment and opportunities is essential. Although South Africa became a democratic country 25 years ago the imprint of apartheid remains with us, presenting complex transport challenges that all Sou