6 June 2012
Future Cape Town welcomes the City of Cape Town’s decision to review the zoning of the Cape Town Stadium and the surrounding environs. Many global cities have had to grapple with the sustainability of sports precincts constructed for specific events and it has been proven time and again that isolating these precincts results in white elephant monuments to the global spectacle that was. The City’s latest manoeuvre aims to prevent just that.
We strongly condemn the escalating, ill-informed paranoia gripping Cape Town with regards to the rational use of a modern stadium. “The aim of these rezoning changes should be to promote economic sustainability and to reduce reliance on taxpayer money,” says Rashiq Fataar, MD of Future Cape Town, “we have already paid a high price for the development of the stadium and the surrounding area, and income-generating opportunities should be available- especially given that the stadium was designed for various mixed-use activities.”
It is imperative that the Fan Walk and Granger Bay Boulevard become vibrant pedestrian links between the CBD and areas beyond. This area is the weak link in an otherwise increasingly connected inner-city and Atlantic Seaboard; it leaves the local pedestrian and visitor in a district devoid of activity and as such, a recipe for an unsafe precinct.
As always, Future Cape Town looks forward to engaging with Cape Town’s citizens, and continuing to build an alternative and progressive urban voice of the next generation which will stand contrary to the continued narrow, non-economic and NIMBY views of particular ratepayer associations. It is imperative that surrounding land- and property owners come together with the city, province and citizens from across Cape Town to develop a broader vision for the city, of which the Cape Town Stadium is just one piece.
The zoning review is a positive, long overdue step by the City, and Future Cape Town is in full support of the City of Cape Town in this process.
Media Office, Future Cape Town