‘Elation’ at upgrades

2015-10-13 06:00
The Hanover Park Public Investment Framework was shared with the community on Thursday last week. Executive mayor Patricia de Lille says the upgrades to take place in the area was a plan that was committed to during 2011. 

Chevon Booysen

The Hanover Park Public Investment Framework was shared with the community on Thursday last week. Executive mayor Patricia de Lille says the upgrades to take place in the area was a plan that was committed to during 2011. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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“Hanover Park se skip het ingekom” (Hanover Park has hit the jackpot.)

These are the words of Ridwaan Anthony, chairperson of the Hanover Park project steering committee, after mayor Patricia de Lille announced upgrade plans for the Hanover Park area.

During a briefing on Thursday morning last week the plans were outlined to residents, ward councillors and steering committee members.

De Lille explained the plans for Hanover Park started almost four years ago.

“We made the pledge to upgrade the neighbourhood through the mayoral urban regeneration programme and to work towards bringing down the level of violence in this gang-infested area.

“Today I am excited to report back on our progress, and even more eager to share the way forward which we have designed in consultation with representatives of the community,” De Lille said.

She added that Hanover Park and Manenberg were prioritised to be recipients of upgrades by the City of Cape Town, adding that parts of the upgrades had already been implemented.

“We have already made numerous interventions into the Hanover Park area. The City invested R18.2m into safety and stabilisation initiatives during the last two financial years. These interventions include the ‘Ceasefire’ training and programme, ‘Shot Spotter’ technology, CCTV cameras and school resource officers. We also conducted an outreach programme for over 400 youngsters at risk and took them through a rehabilitation programme to protect them from the lure of gangsterism,” De Lille said.

Business training to the value of R200 000 was provided for 30 start-ups and small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMME) development training was given to 23 people.

Upgrades in the area have amounted to R60.5m and included upgrading of Surran Park, Hanover Park Centre electricity connections, canal clearing, concrete roads, council rental flats and local parks.

In her speech De Lille added that it was important for the community to know about the plans and to educate themselves about what would happen.
“When people do not get information about what is happening in their area, that is when they think that nothing is happening. Then they take to the streets in frustration, so we are here to let people know what is happening in Hanover Park,” she says.

The Hanover Park steering committee worked on a community action plan (CAP) that was presented to De Lille. It outlines the needs and desires of the community in regard to the upgrades.

“(The CAP) represents their understanding of the nature of the problems that they face,” De Lille explained.

These needs are prioritised based on the resources the City has available.
The steering committee identified six areas that needed intervention:
. Schools and the youth,
. Employment and economic development,
. Spatial planning,
. Community safety,
. Research and development and

. Public safety and facilities.

Anthony said he was “elated” to finally have the upgrades come to Hanover.
“As the steering committee we endorse this framework and eagerly await progress. We want generations to come to be proud of their community,” Anthony said.

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