Solutions for area being set out in plan

2016-02-02 06:00

The first draft of a development framework for Masiphumelele is expected to be completed by mid-month.

The Masiphumelele development framework is set to reflect a shared vision for the area and provide solutions to improve the wellbeing of residents.

Public meetings have been held for surrounding communities to provide input and the City of Cape Town recently completed a house-to-house survey to get a better understanding of who lives in Masiphumelele, how they move around and the potential trends of the community, says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

The survey had been delayed since last year, largely due “to the unrest and protest action in the Masiphumelele area over the past six months”, she says.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase previously told People’s Post that there was pressure to find more space for housing in Masiphumelele, but the quality of the wetlands and other infrastructure needed to be considered first (“Residents have say in area’s future”, 26 May 2015).

The framework attempts to get a handle on how to improve the quality of life of residents, not just in terms of housing, but also schools and job opportunities, she says.

The framework will focus on infrastructure around transport, economic and social issues and the water ecosystem.

Preliminary findings have shown a need for more schools in Masiphumelele, as there are currently one high and three primary schools. This sees pupils forced to hitchhike over Ou Kaapse Weg to attend schools in areas such as Westlake.

It is estimated that another high school and three primary schools are needed, based on the number of shacks and houses in Masiphumelele.

Additional healthcare facilities are also needed, as the clinic in Masiphumelele only cares for children. Adults are forced to travel to the Ocean View clinic, officials have found.

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