BoKaap in Cape Town is the heart of a unique project that celebrates the living heritage of the local community. Storytelling Day, set for March 2024, aims to capture the memories and experiences of residents and create a rich portrait of the community’s history. The initiative informs the redevelopment of Strand Street Quarry into a vibrant community and sports facility and incorporates feedback from the public. BoKaap’s living heritage is a crucial component of community identity and is thriving through this project.
Planned water supply disruptions are happening in some areas of the city to improve the water supply infrastructure. Citizens are encouraged to store adequate water in clean, sealed containers and keep their taps closed during the disruption phase. The City is managing water pressure more efficiently to reduce potential pipe bursts and unnecessary water wastage. Follow @CityofCTAlerts on Twitter for realtime updates.
In February 2024, a construction site in Cape Town was attacked, leaving a security officer and K9 patrol hound injured. The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas, condemned the attack and called for the community’s help in bringing the culprits to justice. The incident highlights the need for citizens to come together against lawlessness and safeguard the welfare and sustainability of Cape Town’s development.
Cape Town has announced a massive R120 billion infrastructure project pipeline that includes investments of R43 billion over the next three years. The investment plans are expected to create 135,000 jobs and uplift lowincome households and those residing in informal settlements. The city is committed to sustainability and inclusivity, with significant investments in water and sanitation, transportation, waste management, and affordable housing. Cape Town’s infrastructure investments herald a new era of prosperity for the city’s inhabitants and solidify its status as a hub of national economic growth.
Cape Town has launched a universal phone number, 021 401 4702, for all urban development inquiries, replacing a confusing array of numbers for eight planning district offices. The contact hub, with skilled agents, operates from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00, and acts as a link between residents and officials, escalating issues requiring specialist attention. The initiative, which transcends geographical boundaries, signifies the city’s commitment to enhancing citizen experiences, creating a collaborative atmosphere between the city and residents, and setting new standards in urban management.
Urbanites play a crucial role in driving the development of their cities through their civic payments. This mutually beneficial partnership is based on trust, with every penny paid towards city services infusing vitality into the city and allowing it to continue to grow. City officials are constantly working to make payment processes more userfriendly, with technological advancements like QR codes on municipal bills and online booking systems for services. This dedication to progress and innovation is reciprocated by the residents’ readiness to invest in their city.
The Philippi Opportunity Area LSDF is a plan endorsed by the local council to guide local planning and investment in public infrastructure. The plan envisions a transformed POA that includes mixeduse and transitoriented development, safe neighborhoods, and community involvement. The LSDF promotes economic development, emerging economic activities, aesthetics, and community participation. With the plan approved, the POA is ready to be a catalyst for development and change in the metrosouth east, promising sustainable development and community engagement.
Cape Town has launched a revolutionary ‘Zero Expense Transfer’ program to help tenants become property owners without any financial burden. The initiative aims to promote inclusivity within communities through property ownership and has been earmarked for an estimated R40 million over a threeyear period. The initiative also covers attorney transfer fees and insurance costs for rental units, making the journey to homeownership easier for beneficiaries.
Kalksteenfontein, a previously highrisk area in Cape Town, has undergone an incredible transformation with the redevelopment of its outdated road system. The rejuvenated roads are adorned with new concrete and asphalt surfaces, speed bumps, road markings, and engraved road names on kerbs, leading to a promising, safer, and flourishing future for Kalksteenfontein residents. This project serves as a model for other communities to follow, illustrating the transformative abilities of urban development through concerted effort, community cooperation, and prudent planning.
On a memorable day, December 13, 2023, in the midst of Pretoria, a significant event transpired against the historical setting of the Freedom Park Heritage Site and Museum. This site, steeped in past battles and triumphs, symbolized a nation and a continent rising from hardships. It resonated with themes of human resilience, liberty, and the indefatigable spirit of the African populace. Here, beneath this iconic backdrop, South Africa and Kenya, guided by their respective authorities, collaborated for a united objective: the welfare of their citizens through enhanced housing and urban development.
PRASA, South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency, is revolutionizing the country’s railways by launching two major development projects aimed at enhancing living conditions and providing affordable housing. The Goodwood Station Social Housing initiative aims to deliver over a thousand affordable rental units by October 2023, while the Cape Town Station development will offer 3,200 beds for students and a revamped retail precinct. PRASA’s diversified portfolio includes real estate investment and development to offset the cost of operating passenger rail services. These projects signify a collaborative commitment to improving transportation and infrastructure in South Africa.
A trailblazing alliance between the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Eris Property Group is ushering in a fresh chapter in public transportation and student lodging in Cape Town. Set to benefit more than 3,000 students, the R1.4 billion joint investment development of Cape Town Station will offer a muchneeded enhancement to the city’s student accommodation options and invigorate the surrounding area with upgraded retail spaces.
Minister Thembi Nkadimeng, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), is set to attend the Brussels Urban Summit 2023. The summit is a prestigious event that will bring together political leaders and representatives of cities and metropolitan areas from 61 countries.