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Ferries, shops, nightclubs to 'transform False Bay coast'
TUESDAY JUL 10, 2012

A seafront development to link Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and Gordon's Bay is part of a bold new plan launched yesterday by provincial government.

The plan includes cruises, ferry trips, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and taverns along the False Bay coast between Gordon's Bay and Cape Point, to draw in residents of Lwandle, Macassar, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Strandfontein, Vrygrond, Steenberg, Retreat, Grassy Park, Ocean View and Masiphumelele.

Tourism MEC Alan Winde announced the plan to develop the route between Gordon's Bay and Cape Point at the annual Western Cape government's Tourism, Arts and Entertainment Plenary Session yesterday.

He said the seaside development could "inject new life and generate greater returns" for the tourism sector.

The cost of the development will be determined once an agreement between the provincial government, the City of Cape Town and the National Department of Tourism has been reached.

Winde said communities close to the coast like Macassar, Mitchells Plain, Ocean View and Masiphumelele would benefit from upgrades to tourism, retail and entertainment services.

The further development of shark and whale watching, scuba diving and trek fishing was also on the cards. Plans include:

Revitalisation of Kalk Bay Main Road, bringing in the descendants of people expelled from the area under the Group Areas Act;

Improvement of the Muizenberg shopping and restaurant precinct;

A "more tourist-friendly" Fish Hoek with inputs from Ocean View and Masiphumelele residents;

Erection of art and craft studios along the beachfront.


"The project will give communities that were previously not given the opportunity to have a say the chance to become part of decision-making about what becomes of their surroundings," Winde said, adding that similar projects were under way at Cape Agulhas, Lambert's Bay and the False Bay Ecology Park.

Mayco member for tourism, events and marketing Grant Pascoe said the city was already upgrading facilities at Monwabisi. A "substantial" amount would be invested,

Cape Town Tourism's Skye Grove welcomed the plan as a way to "unlock opportunities".

"The development in the Peninsula is going to be great. The city centre (CBD) has been significantly upgraded due to the World Cup, but it is good to see extensive development taking place beyond the CBD.

"I think that the new plans by government will enable people from across the Peninsula to visit tourist destinations. Local residents must experience the city, feeling just as the tourist from overseas would."

Winde announced plans to improve baggage control at Cape Town International Airport and to increase staff.

The department is also determined to secure more direct flights to Cape Town, with new direct flights from Munich to Cape Town to start on October 28.

The tourism sector grew by five percent in 2011.

It contributed 10 percent to the province's gross domestic product (GDP) and created 70 000 jobs in five years.

"We need to encourage our locals to travel more within our cities. We need to reinvent our tourism sector and rethink the way we are doing things," Winde said.

"Our job is to keep growing the number of visitors to the province.

"We will support partnerships with all local municipalities and encourage them to come up with marketing strategies using social media and other forms of media."

The National Department of Tourism also plans to improve the rural tourism sector.

Leonore Beukes, chief director of the department's southern region, said the plans included "improving infrastructure at holiday sites, improving local services such as roads at these camps, creating bigger partnerships with municipalities and events strategies".

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Optimistic, but having returned from Rio de Janeiro recently and given that we can hardly get rezoning right, to get a proper Copacabana, will need lots of work.
 

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Well, this is good news. Let's hope they can get it right, and open this area up to all Capetonians. Having said that, I hope they don't do away with the quaintness of these coastal "villages".
 

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Zeekoevlei upgrade to benefit community
WEDNESDAY AUG 01, 2012

A multimillion-rand development in Zeekoevlei is to include formal braai areas, eco-friendly toilets and even a 150- x 150-metre lawn similar to that used for concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.


A view over Zeekoeivlei.

The huge development at Zeekoevlei - which is part of the False Bay Ecology Park on the south-western corner of the Cape Flats - is set to enhance the area's status as a tourist destination.

It is also employing 160 people who - except for supervisors and a few specialists required to operate heavy machinery - are from the surrounding communities.

The national Department of Tourism contributed R25 million to the development, and the Western Cape government R1m for the core project.

"It's great to see everyone working together to put this together," said Assief Khan, the False Bay Ecology Park's area manager.

Zeekoevlei is an expanse of water that is home to a range of plants and wildlife.

Rondevlei, which borders Zeekoevlei and is also part of the False Bay Ecology Park, is the only reserve in Cape Town that has hippos.

Khan said the park attracted 130 000 visitors a year and that the development was intended to meet the demand for better facilities and encourage more people to visit the reserve.

The project is moving ahead steadily, with three months logged of the two years it is expected to take to complete.

Project co-ordinator Craig Heyburgh said most of the workers from the surrounding communities were unskilled and were being taught on site. The skills they gained would make them employable.

"We give everyone a chance to prove themselves in a particular position and if they do well they earn a promotion," he added.

Thys Witbooi, one of the team leaders, has been with the project since the work began.

"I was unemployed and then I applied to the City of Cape Town and I got the job," he said yesterday.

"I want the city to provide more of these projects to create more jobs."

Baderoen Cupido, who refers to himself as an semi-skilled labourer, said he had learnt a lot from the experience.

He thought he had gained a range of useful skills in the three months he had been working on the Zeekoevlei project.

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For lack of a better thread...

Upgrades and a city improvement initiative are transforming Muizenberg
Published: August 28, 2012


Muizenberg Railway Station is being upgraded.

Muizenberg, once the most fashionable of all False Bay suburbs, is shrugging off the unfortunate images and reputation that were attached to it in the 1960s to 1980s, when the suburb went through its least successful phase, according to Rawson Properties’ agent Derek Evans.

“The first of these unfortunate perceptions was that the entire precinct was rundown, but this is no longer the case. Extensive upgrading of many of the homes, especially those in the central village area, have been complemented by a number of new developments, which are reviving the charm and appeal of the area,” says Evans.

“Among the improvements being undertaken is the wholesale upgrade of the railway station which will give Muizenberg the glamour that it enjoyed in its 1920s to 1930s heyday. Also now being developed is a network of pedestrian walkways that allow easier access to the beachfront and Muizenberg village precinct. In addition, a variety of green spaces for art and play purposes are being brought on-stream and a recent Cape Metro initiative will give many of the streets attractive borders of shrubs.”

He says Fair Cape Properties Developers will be erecting a new retail and restaurant complex opposite the Knead Bistro, and the ground floor flats in the Empire building are being converted into retail outlets. A little closer to the centre of town, the Cape Provincial Organisation for the Aged will be converting the Sacks butchery into an attractive retirement complex suitable for middle-class people.

Another unfortunate reputation that has been acquired by Muizenberg is that of being a minor crime capital in the Peninsula. This too, he says, is becoming a thing of the past because residents in the central village and Uitsig on the eastern side of Prince George Drive opposite Marina da Gama have rallied around and got behind the new Muizenberg District improvement initiative. The central district now has 24 hour guards on patrol and Uitsig will be protected by an electrified fence and a monitored entrance.

“Muizenberg is becoming one of the safest places in the entire Cape Peninsula and evidence of this can be seen in the number of people walking around at all hours of the night. The area still offers exceptionally good value. Although homes in Muizenberg are beginning to appreciate, you can buy a house for R750 000 to R1.4m and in the new developments in the east, such as Capricorn Beach Security Estates, prices can be as low as R600 000 and rise to only R900 000.

“Lakeside has become increasingly popular but even there it is possible to find a three or four bedroomed home for between R1.3m and R2.5m. One house on Rawsons’ books at the moment is priced at around R2.995m. The traditional mountainside homes seldom come on to the market but when they do they are sold for R1.5m to R3.5m.

“Rentals continue to be buoyant in Muizenberg, mostly because of the area’s affordability and its proximity to the sea, vlei, mountains and two railway stations – False Bay and Muizenberg – serving the area. It is not unusual for people living in other parts of the Peninsula to have a holiday home in Muizenberg. Many holiday makers continue to visit every festive season as they have done for the last 40 to 50 years,” says Evans.

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Great news. I grew up just outside the village (lived in Muizenberg from 1988 to 2004) and saw the town literally fall apart before my eyes. In the 90s you wouldn’t even walk in the village during the day, never mind at night. The beachfront was super dodgy too. There were new developments (for better or worse) – Shoprite, the conversion of Bay View retirement home into flats etc, but there was always a sense of stagnation.
 

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Nice. Always thought the place was not living up to its potential. Would love to see some photos of the refurbishments if anyone has any
 

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Great investment area, and cool to live in to...it is quite populated with the arty set, and with the beachfront upgrade, families have returned to complement the surfer population and the cafes on the beachfront are usually have queues now.

With the road upgrades and walkway to Kalk Bay and St James, and Kalk bays own revival, this area is on the rise big time.
One thing I love about it, apart from being able to have a morning surf...it is actually surprisingly close to the Constantia vineyards, which is a huge draw card in my books!
 

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What, the promenade thingy! No, it is cool...just needs new shops underneath it. It is a throwback to the old days when couples would take a leisurely walk along the beach...but not in the sand!

It is actually quite amazing how much more of a view and aspect of the beach you get when you walk along it.

Tell you what would be epic, is if the renovated it and put a bar and restuarant up there!

By the way, has anyone seen Free Willy 2? It was shot in Muizenberg, and that waterpark plays a bit part...
 

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Can't say I'm a fan hey. It totally blocks off the beach from the suburb. And it's fugly as hell as well :/ Shops etc. would be great, but lower-rise modern structures in its place would look great. For me at least :)
 
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