Plans to spruce up area around station

2017-09-12 06:00
Heideveld station.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Heideveld station.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Plans are afoot to transform the area surrounding Heideveld station.

The joint initiative, headed by Prasa and the provincial department of public works, will include input from a number of other stakeholders.

Ward councillor Anthony Moses says the redevelopment will address issues left over from apartheid city planning.

“If you look at the issues of the spatial apartheid framework, how it has divided our communities and building relationships with other close neighbours – it has affected our communities in a huge way. When we look at the city, we look at the transport-orientated development, meaning how do certain transport nodes and the commuters who are there feed the system,” he says.

Moses says the plans, which include building 182 homes for beneficiaries, will include 2293m2 of retail space which will be made available to locals.

“If we look at the informal trading alongside Heideveld station and the number of challenges there, then you find out that there are also illegal activities happening.

“Our people have to travel from Heide­veld station to take a taxi to Vangate Mall, which means it’s a challenge for someone who does not even have taxi fare. This means that the initiative and the project that is coming are going to relieve our community of a lot of problems. They will have a shopping mall close by where they can shop on their doorstep,” explains Moses.

The issue of adequate and affordable housing will also be addressed.

“We cater for an affordable market in terms of housing (lower than R3500), but we are also looking at other ways and partnerships to address other housing models, such as looking at the market between R3500 and R7000 and up to R15000.

“This Heideveld station precinct upgrade brings value to our community; we will now have a system where people will be accommodated with social housing. It also brings economic value to our community.

“It will bring an infrastructure change in terms of the old apartheid spatial planning and change the whole scenery over there.”

Contractors are expected to come onto site within the next two months.

“People will be raising a number of questions regarding labour, local enterprise and other socioeconomic opportunities for our communities, as well as the beneficiaries who will be accommodated in the project,” he says.

Moses has already started briefing residents on the Gugulethu side of the tracks. He plans to host more presentations there before doing the same for residents of ­Heideveld.

“It will mostly be the affected people in that surrounding area, although the project is going to impact the greater ward. I hope that this will explain this project to the people. They will also be able to contact me if they need clarity on the project.

“I am really thankful to the department of trade and industry, Prasa and other City of Cape Town stakeholders who are willing to work with the community and see how we can make this project a reality.

“It will be a first in South Africa, so we are quite fortunate in having this project and I would like to ask the community for their support in making the opportunities of housing available for the community.”

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