The development of Wescape, a new city located on the outskirts of the Cape Town CBD, is finally in place and plans are now being actioned. Development is said to start in three years and the city aims for Wescape to be a major economic development project that will create 300 000 jobs in the province, as stated on BusinessTech.
Wescape is an integrated and holistic development based on the communiTgrow approach to the urban environment which will enable people to learn, live and grow in a healthy, self-sustaining community. Wescape will consist of 200 000 homes and will provide all necessary educational and healthcare facilities, employment opportunities, and community facilities and services. Wescape is the flagship project of communiTgrow.
With the increased growth of population within Cape Town, it is difficult to keep up with housing, service and infrastructure demands. There is very little development opportunity within the CBD for the city to expand, so the West Coast Growth Corridor along the urban edge has been identified as a targeted development area, thus the perfect location for the Wescape development.
Wescape will comprise of life-long learning with healthcare, employment opportunities and social sustenance. The Wescape community development model incorporates industry, technology, food security, infrastructure, waste processing, energy reduction and production with a focus on minimising environmental harm.
The project will be rolled out in phases in order to incorporate the community during all levels as well as infrastructure and transport needs.
According to BusinessTech, no set budget has been confirmed upon, but reports in 2014 put the costing at R140 billion. Construction is aiming to commence in 2019/2020, if not earlier.
Check out the concept video for Wescape, do you think Cape Town needs a new city?