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City redirects funding for new housing around Dunoon<p>​​</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/dunoon%20housing%20developement1.jpg" style="width:507px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span>Picture 1 and 2: An artist impression of the proposed upgrades at the Dunoon minibus-taxi facility.<p>The City shared its vision for the development of a new neighbourhood opposite from Dunoon, as well as the details about the upgrade of the minibus-taxi facility in Dumani Road, with the Dunoon leadership during a workshop that was hosted at the Civic Centre yesterday, 19 May 2018. </p><p>‘I believe that these two infrastructure projects have the potential to turn Dunoon into well-developed neighbourhood, and that residents from Dunoon will reap the fruits of our investment for years to come,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.</p><p>The City will commence with the upgrade of the minibus-taxi facility within the next two months, if all goes as planned.</p><p>‘We expect that the new public transport hub will be fully operational within the next two years. Once completed, residents from Dunoon will have access to a first-class facility which will make their commuting experience more convenient. </p><p>‘As for the new neighbourhood which we intend to establish across from Dunoon, work is under way to prepare the land for an integrated human settlement development. We are extremely excited about these projects. I am also looking forward to further engagements with the local community once the planning process for the new neighbourhood has been finalised,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The TDA will spend over R42 million on the upgrade of the Dunoon minibus-taxi facility located on the corner of Potsdam and Dumani Roads.</p><p>‘Nearly 8 000 commuters make use of the minibus-taxi facility on weekdays from where they travel to destinations such as Bellville, Nyanga, Centre Point, Witsand and Wolwerivier. The taxis operate from an open piece of land with no public transport infrastructure and facilities. During the winter months the area turns into a mud bath, and commuters have to queue in wind, rain and sun with no protection against the elements,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The purpose of the project is to convert the minibus-taxi facility into a public transport interchange with covered walkways for commuters, a covered area from where the taxis will operate, an office building for meetings, shops, waiting areas, ablution facilities, and refuse storage.</p><p>‘We will host open days at the Dunoon Community Hall next month to inform the local community about the project. They will be able to see the detailed design and layout, and officials from the TDA will be present to answer their questions,’ said Councillor Herron. </p><p>The TDA has recently acquired the open land situated on the other side of the N7 highway across from Dunoon and north of Richwood.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/dunoon%20housing%20development2.jpg" style="width:369px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>‘On this land we intend to create a new neighbourhood complete with housing opportunities, supported by a range of community facilities and amenities. The development will include State-subsidised Breaking New Ground houses, and sites for retail- and light industrial uses will be considered during the planning process so that those living in the area will have access to job opportunities. </p><p>‘Thus, as the City we will be making the first investment in the installation of bulk infrastructure for services such as water, sanitation, and electricity, and the roads needed to lure further investment from the private sector in turning this into a viable neighbourhood in the long term,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The City has secured the funding and budget for a professional team to design and plan the proposed development. If all goes as planned, the professional team should be appointed within the next four months.</p><p>‘We were able to confirm funding and accelerate the initiation of this project by redirecting funds that were intended for the expansion of Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation area close to Melkbosstrand, to this newly acquired site near Dunoon. The new neighbourhood is far better located. It is closer to transport and job opportunities, and opposite from the already established Dunoon neighbourhood. This shift in focus to better located housing and development is aligned with the City’s recently approved Municipal Spatial Development Framework which aims to bringing people closer to jobs and jobs closer to people. In so doing we are inhibiting urban sprawl and promoting the development of a more integrated, inclusive and efficient city,’ said Councillor Herron.</p><p>The City will engage with the local residents and host public participation processes once the detailed planning for the new neighbourhood has been finalised.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>​​</span><p> </p>2018-05-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#eea2ec5e-e535-4764-9094-bb6325d8d145;L0|#0eea2ec5e-e535-4764-9094-bb6325d8d145|Dunoon;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#7e4c0868-d8c1-418f-b054-e83fb97f2301;L0|#07e4c0868-d8c1-418f-b054-e83fb97f2301|housing development;GP0|#b815101f-a9cd-4c6f-a58f-169ee4d32d03;L0|#0b815101f-a9cd-4c6f-a58f-169ee4d32d03|services1

 

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