The Cape Town – Aachen Local Agenda 21 partnership is quite unique in the sense that the role players include participation from Council and civil society. Both in the south and in the north there are steering committees that guide the activities and exchanges of the partnership.

Another important aspect is the political support. In Cape Town the political patron of the partnership is the former Executive Councillor for Planning and Environment, former Cllr Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, and in Aachen the patron is Cllr Sabine Verheyen, member of the European Parliament.