Improvements to the Sea Point promenade have been prioritised by the City of Cape Town’s spatial planning and environment directorate, with R7 million set aside towards upgrades.
According to IOL, this total is part of the R137.7 million which will be used to upgrade and improve several beachfronts along the False Bay and Atlantic coastlines, and forms part of the main spending for the new financial year that starts on 1 July 2021.
“Cape Town’s coastline and nature reserves are pristine destinations. Thousands of visitors enjoy these natural spaces that have become even more popular during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They provide a safe space for us to connect outdoors and with nature, and contribute to the city’s reputation as a world-class destination.
“Some of the amenities and coastal structures are, however, in need of refurbishment and this is why a large portion of our capital budget will be invested on improvements to beachfronts and nature reserves in the new financial year,” Mayco Member for Spatial Planning and Environment Marian Nieuwoudt said.
Nieuwoudt outlined the main spending priorities, which IOL listed as:
- Upgrades at Fisherman’s Lane in Strandfontein – this will be out on tender and the cost will be known once the bid has been awarded
- Upgrades to the Seaforth coastal precinct at Boulders beach in Simon’s Town – this will be out on tender and the cost will be determined through the bidding process
- R3 million allocated for the detailed design and planning of the upgrade for the entire Monwabisi beach precinct
- R3.1 million for upgrades at Glencairn beach precinct. These are underway already and will be completed by October 2021, if all goes as planned
- R1 million for upgrades at the Muizenberg beachfront
- Upgrades at the Table View beachfront – this will be in the tender advertising, adjudication and award phase
- Upgrades to the Milnerton beachfront – this will be in the tender advertising, adjudication and award phase.
- Upgrade of the Small Bay sea wall – this will be in the tender advertising, adjudication and award phase
- R7 million for upgrades at the Sea Point promenade
- R5.8 million for improvements at the Helderberg Nature Reserve
- R400 000 for upgrades at the Table Bay and Tygerberg nature reserves
- R4 million for upgrades at the reserve in the Metro-south east
- R2.2 million for improvements at the Bracken Visitor Education Centre
- R3 million for improvements at the Harmoney Flats Visitor Education Centre
- R3.2 million for improvements at the Zandvlei Visitor Education Centre
- R18.8 million for the rehabilitation of the Asanda Village wetland
- R700 000 for the upgrade of the Edith Stephens Wetland Park
The directorate also works very closely with other City departments to realise local area priority initiatives (LAPIs) and improve precincts that are affected by crime. A number of projects listed under this category include:
- R7 million for the Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis LAPI
- Upgrades to pedestrian facilities at the Parow station (R1 million); Salt River station (R1 million) and Kruskal Avenue (R2 million)
The directorate aims to work on the upgrade of Fisherman’s Lane on the False Bay coastline and the Seaforth coastal precinct near Simon’s Town in the medium term.