Future Cape Town recently attended a workshop in the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) where we learned about its aquifer and the role its farmers play in providing food security for the City of Cape Town.
The Philippi Horticultural Area is a unique opportunity to pave a better future for greater Cape Town in regards to job security, education, food production, innovative farming methods, and environmental sustainability.
Academics from the University of Cape Town unite in their disapproval of plans by the Mayor to build housing on the Philippi Horticultural Area. The argument has been further supported by Kevin James of GCX Africa recently.
Standing on a hill overlooking the farmlands of Phillipi, Rashiq Fataar got thinking about the importance of field trips and site visits as a key part of the ‘new school’ of learning.
The proposal to turn some of Cape Town’s last remaining farmland over to urban development would be an irreversible loss of agricultural assets and a threat to the food security of the city’s economically vulnerable population, as Tamsin Faragher warns.
If there’s one good thing to come out of the recent controversy around the Philippi Horticultural Area, it is that more people now know that it exists. Whether the redrawing of the urban edge and subsequent development goes ahead or not, it’s worth considering the tremendous opportunities that lie in this hidden gem of Cape Town.
Bold Idea: The Phillippi Horticultural Area is vital for Cape Town’s food and water security. The aim is topreserve this unique agricultural area while allowing for sustainable development through democratic processes. This is a bold idea because the City wants to develop the land without properly considering the impact this will have on the city’s food and water security, and presents a community vision for the future of Cape Town’s breadbasket.
In Cape Town, the Philippi Horticultural Area, a major source of employment and food security is under threat from encroaching development. Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer analyses the city’s about-face on supporting development in the area.
The Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) has been in the spotlight of later as the Mayor of Cape Town pushes through a recommendation which could see housing being developed on this land. In anticipation of the decision, the Phillippi community and Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance have shared their facts on the matter.
Future Cape Town is concerned to hear of the recommendation by the Mayoral Committee to be presented at Council on 31 July 2013, which will rescind the decision of May 2012 to postpone the release of land within the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA), pending a Food Systems Study.