From township to town : Why plans for Cape Town’s Metro South East could improve city life for millions | FUTURE CAPE TOWN
South African cities can no longer afford isolated and disengaged interventions. How will the investments in the Metro South East build a greater town to township link and improve city life for millions in Cape Town.
National Government and City of Cape Town are collaborating to spatially transform the Voortrekker Road Corridor, an area which has all the ingredients and potential to influence the greater future of Cape Town.
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.
On Friday 15th of November, The Greater Tygerberg Partnership closed the Design the City series of seminars with a session mostly focused on the Eastern and Southern area, that is; Bellville central and the UWC/ CPUT “Mega-campus”.
Bold Idea: Shahid Solomon presented on the Voortrekker Corridor Project, which seeks to engaged the public in a vision process to improve the economic attractiveness and residential conditions of the area around Voortrekker Road Corridor and the Bellville node. It is a bold idea because it requires considerable investor buy in and support from the community and plans to be one of Cape Town’s most extensive and imaginative public engagement processes ever.