The Urban Renewal Programme (URP) is part of a national urban renewal strategy announced by former President Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation address in February 2001. The URP, which focuses on areas of greatest deprivation, includes investment in economic and social infrastructure, human resource development, enterprise development, the enhancement of the development capacity of local government, poverty alleviation and the strengthening of the criminal justice system. The national Urban Renewal Strategy is co-ordinated and monitored by the National Department of Provincial and Local Government.In the Western Cape, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have been identified as urban renewal focus areas. Because both are located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cape Town, the Urban Renewal Strategy is implemented and monitored by the City’s Urban Renewal Programme Department. National Ministers are deployed as URP national political champions. Premier Helen Zille is the provincial political champion, and the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille, is the local political champion.
The overall objectives of the URP are to enable systematic and sustained interventions to alleviate poverty and significantly address under-development and socio-economic exclusion in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.
The URP’s specific objectives are to:
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