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World Mayor 2008 - Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town

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  • Eric Britton
    Dear Reader Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town, has been awarded the 2008 World Mayor Prize. Following an 18-month nomination and consultation process, Mayor
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      World Mayor 2008

      Dear Reader

      Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town, has been awarded the 2008 World Mayor Prize. Following an 18-month nomination and consultation process, Mayor Zille was the unanimous choice of the judging panel, made up of the editors of City Mayors, the international urban affairs think tank. Commentators supporting her nomination said that in a country devoid of present-day role models, this ‘amazing lady’ was making a difference and giving people hope: “Her only equals in South Africa are Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.”
       
      Tann vom Hove, Editor of City Mayors said Helen Zille was the judging panel’s unanimous choice for the 2008 World Mayor Prize. “The Mayor of Cape Town has dedicated all her professional life to further the well-being of all sections of South African society. She has done so with courage, tenacity and, above all, a deep-felt love for Cape Town, her  country and its people,” Tann vom Hove added.
       
      Runner-up is Elmar Ledergerber, Mayor of Zurich. He will receive the World Mayor Commendation. The Swiss mayor deserves this honour because of his ability to build bridges between the wealthy and the less well off of his city. “The Mayor believes everyone, Swiss or non-Swiss, living in Zurich should feel the city is their home,” Tann vom Hove said.
       
      The World Mayor Project has been organised since 2004 by City Mayors, the international think tank on urban affairs. It recognises the achievements of outstanding mayors from all world regions.
       
      The top 11 mayors of World Mayor 2008
      1) Helen Zille, Mayor Cape Town, South Africa
      2) Elmar Ledergerber, Mayor of Zurich, Switzerland
      3) Leopoldo Eduardo López, Mayor of Chacao, Venezuela
      4) Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, USA
      5) Ulrich Maly, Mayor of Nuremberg, Germany
      6) Jaime Nebot, Mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador
      7) Marides Fernando, Mayor of Marikina City, Philippines
      8) Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, Mayor of Tehran, Iran
      9) Göran Johansson, Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden
      10) Salvador Gandara, Mayor of Villa Nueva, Guatemala
      11) José Fogaça, Mayor of Porto Alegre, Brazil

       
      Best wishes
      Tann vom Hove
      Editor
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