Cape Town – The City of Cape Town’s Land and Environmental Planning Branch has set aside R7 million for Sea Point Promenade upgrades as part of its main spending for the new fiscal year .
This is a portion of the 137.7 million rand for upgrades and improvements to several waterfronts along the False Bay and Atlantic coasts that management will spend money on.
Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayco’s member for land use planning and environment, said they have prioritized improvements as part of management’s capital budget for the new fiscal year starting July 1, 2021.
“Cape Town’s coastline and nature reserves are unspoiled destinations. Thousands of visitors take advantage of these natural spaces that have become even more popular during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They provide us with a safe space to connect with the outdoors and nature, and contribute to the city’s reputation as a world-class destination,” said Nieuwoudt.
“Some coastal facilities and structures, however, are in need of renovation and that is why a large part of our investment budget will be invested in improving waterfronts and nature reserves in the new fiscal year.”
Nieuwoudt said the top spending priorities will be:
- Improvements to Fisherman’s Lane in Strandfontein – this will be tendered and the cost will be known once the offer is awarded
- Seaforth coastal area improvements on Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town – this will be tendered and cost determined during the tendering process
- R3 million allocated for detailed design and planning for the upgrade of the entire Monwabisi beach enclosure
- R3.1 million for improvements to the Glencairn beach precinct. These are already underway and will be completed by October 2021, if all goes according to plan.
- R 1 million for improvements on Muizenberg waterfront
- Table View Beachside Improvements – this will be in the bidding, adjudication and award phase
- Milnerton Waterfront Improvements – this will be done in the bidding, adjudication and award phase.
- Small Bay seawall upgrade – this will be in the bidding, award and award phase
- R7 million for improvements to Sea Point promenade
- R 5.8 million for improvements to Helderberg nature reserve
- R400,000 for improvements in Table Bay and Tygerberg nature reserves
- R4 million for reserve upgrades in the metro-southeast
- Rand 2.2 million for improvements to Bracken Visitor Education Center
- R3 million for improvements to Harmoney Flats visitor education center
- Rand 3.2 million for improvements to Zandvlei Visitor Education Center
- R18.8 million for the rehabilitation of the wetland in the village of Asanda
- R 700,000 for the Edith Stephens Wetland Park upgrade
“We want to expand the visitor education centers in the Bracken, Harmony Flats and Zandvlei nature reserves so that they can serve the wider community.
“These centers play an important role in educating young people about the environment,” Nieuwoudt said.
The management is also involved in neighborhood planning and works closely with other city departments to carry out Local Priority Initiatives (LAPIs) to improve neighborhoods that suffer from degeneration, crime and filth.
Some of these projects include:
- 7 million rand for Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis LAPI
- Improvements to pedestrian facilities at Parow station (R 1 million); Salt River Station (R 1 million) and Kruskal Avenue (R 2 million)
“Our urban catalytic investment department focuses on neighborhoods where transit-oriented development can aid large-scale spatial transformation.
“The aim is to create environments conducive to investment and public-private partnerships which can lead to more economic opportunities and jobs for local residents,” Nieuwoudt said.
“Up to R 6.8 million are budgeted for the renovation of the Philippi Fresh Produce Market. In addition, neighborhood plans for catalytic projects are being developed for the Bellville CBD, the Philippi Opportunity Zone and the Gateway neighborhood in the CBD.
The upgrading of Fisherman’s Lane on the False Bay coast and the Seaforth coastal area near Simon’s Town in the Far South are two important investment projects that management is undertaking in the medium term.