Why the Philippi Horticultural Area matters : securing Cape Town’s water, food and economic security | FUTURE CAPE TOWN
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.
Recently, the future of Cape Town was officially compromised when the seemingly concrete decision of resisting urban sprawl by retaining the integrity of Cape Town’s urban edge was reversed by Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The edge of Cape Town has now officially been pushed out to encompass lands on the Cape Farms area.
The City of Cape Town recently approved an application to move the approved urban edge to accommodate a 200,000-home residential and commercial development called “Wescape”. The application, and the City’s approval, has generated enormous debate and numerous parties have opposed the proposal on various planning and economic-related grounds.