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Come see the future of District Six <p>​</p><span><p>‘District Six is far more than a place of restitution and redress. The neighbourhood has a rich heritage. It is a unique and special part of the city that must be embraced by and integrated with its surroundings. The purpose of the work the City is currently doing with the help of the District Six community and interested parties, is to restore the legacy and vibrancy of the former neighbourhood. In fact, we want to revive the life of District Six by focusing on the public open spaces where the community used to live, interact, and socialise. Communities are formed over time, and much of this happens in public spaces where we often find a sense of belonging. The importance of this project and the collaboration with the community and caretakers of District Six cannot be overstated. I encourage all to join us – be it through the online meeting, or else, at one of the Open Days at the City Hall to see the work that has been done so far,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/D6_1.jpg" alt="" style="width:933px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>To date, the work on the Public Realm Study has focused on the vision and strategies for the public spaces and streets of District Six and how these tie together as a whole. </p><p>The public is invited to an update on the progress and can do so via an online meeting, or by attending the Open House days. Those wanting to attend the Open Days are reminded to follow the Covid-19 health and safety protocols by wearing a mask to cover the nose and mouth, to practice social distancing, and wash or sanitise hands often.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/D6_2.jpg" alt="" style="width:893px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span><p><strong>Online meeting:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Wednesday, 8 December 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 – this is the third virtual meeting where the City will share feedback with the public. Those who want to join can use the following link: <a href="https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_YTE3YmYyMmUtODA3Ni00MjU0LWJjYzMtZTBjZjgxOGY4YWM5%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22:%2218b6867f-6556-4963-9a0b-4ec91d8f1d83%22%2c%22Oid%22:%22f318198a-10eb-4c14-8263-1fb533c2e87f%22%7d" target="_blank">https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YTE3YmYyMmUtODA3Ni00MjU0LWJjYzMtZTBjZjgxOGY4YWM5%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2218b6867f-6556-4963-9a0b-4ec91d8f1d83%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22f318198a-10eb-4c14-8263-1fb533c2e87f%22%7d</a></div></li></ul><p>Open House days at the City Hall, Parade Street entrance, will take place as follows:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Thursday, 9 December 2021, from 14:00 to 20:00 </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Friday, 10 December 2021, from 09:00 to 15:00 </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Saturday, 11 December 2021, from 09:00 to 15:00</div></li></ul><p>Caretakers nominated by the community have participated in four of the six face-to-face co-design workshops since mid-September 2021, with the last two to follow in the new year. </p><p>The co-design workshops have been recorded and shared with the wider community to get their input as well. The District Six community has an inherent knowledge and experience of the public open spaces, and we want to draw on this wisdom. The City encourages residents to participate as all of the comment will feed into design guidelines – the look and feel – of the public open spaces in District Six.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/D6_3.jpg" alt="" style="width:882px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The City would have wanted to involve more people at the co-design workshops, but unfortunately, numbers have to be limited due to Covid-19. </p><p>‘Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we are doing all we can to create conditions for a meaningful, vibrant, dynamic, honest, transparent and authentic process. I encourage those who are interested to visit the City’s website. We are updating the content with videos and documents as the process unfolds,’ said Alderman Andrews.</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">The link to the content is as follows: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/planning-portal/Spatial-Plans-and-Frameworks/district-six-neighbourhood-plan" target="_blank">https://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/planning-portal/Spatial-Plans-and-Frameworks/district-six-neighbourhood-plan</a></div></li></ul><p>The Public Realm Study will also inform the draft Local Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) for District Six that is currently available for public participation and comment until 15 December 2021. The plan is available on the City’s website at <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay</a>. </p><p>The LSDF and related Public Realm Study are aspects that the City can implement. They are separate from, but will enhance the housing project of the National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development that is currently under way as part of the restitution process.</p><p> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-12-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#df7359f0-0d0f-46e0-b90f-d487358df9bb;L0|#0df7359f0-0d0f-46e0-b90f-d487358df9bb|district six;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3474d056-9f62-4a08-96a9-9932e10eb9b4;L0|#03474d056-9f62-4a08-96a9-9932e10eb9b4|land restitution10

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