Garreth Bloor is an elected public representative in the City of Cape Town and a member of the Mayor’s cabinet for Economic, Environment and Spatial Planning. He was first elected at age 23, appointed a policy chair at 24 and made a cabinet member for the city-region government at age 25. Under his watch the value of building plans completed for this period was R3.8 billion, a year-on-year growth rate of 47.8 percent, with underscore by a strong commercial development component.
Cllr Bloor has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Cape Town, where he is currently a member of the university council. He has participated in programs at Princeton and Oxford and is a faculty member and speaker at several academic and economic policy symposia.
Bloor has focused on legislative reform for economic growth through repealing just under 300 old policies and by-laws, transitioning to the online space for applications and interactions with the local government, the first financial incentives scheme in a South African local government, open data and fostering the growth of local and international venture capital for city companies and start-ups.
He serves as a board member of the Western Cape Trade and Investment Agency, and a range of public and private sector bodies. Bloor is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, with involvements in the Africa Commission on SADC Competitiveness. St Gallen University in Switzerland has named him of the Top 100 global Leaders of Tomorrow. He was one of 20 participants invited to the Bonn Experts Forum on the Green Urban Economy in 2012 to develop a position paper on the issue of green economic growth for the Rio+20 convention climate change and has driven the establishment of Cape Town’s green economic cluster and the city’s transition from coal-based energy to solar water heaters for residential households and commercial buildings.