The City of Cape Town is compiling a Hout Bay dune maintenance tender which will seek to appoint a contractor to maintain the Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project for the next three years.This comes after the City’s Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, visited the dunes at the Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project on Friday 7 September.During his visit he expressed satisfaction with the project and planted a milkwood tree in the hopes that it would contribute to the species diversity of the vegetation that has already been planted on the back-dune.The dune comprises three areas – the fore-dune, buffer-dune and back-dune. The Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project has reportedly re-profiled, netted and planted dunes, which has significantly reduced the accumulation of sand on City infrastructure and private properties.Herron says this progress is likely to improve the lives of residents and ensure the accessibility of the City’s infrastructure. “The Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project is a very fascinating initiative that looks at how we can manage the movement and migration of dunes. The profiling, wind-netting and planting of dune-specific vegetation has assisted in restricting the movement of sand, which has been a problem in this area for many years.“During the first three-year maintenance period, the City’s Coastal Management Branch will assess and plan the maintenance requirements moving forward in perpetuity, and how this can be best undertaken. If the maintenance is discontinued, the project will fail and the City’s infrastructure will once again be impacted by wind-blown sand from the mobile dune system. The project has made great progress and therefore we need to ensure that the good work continues on site and that local employment opportunities are available,” says Herron.