The first phase of the Pampoenkraal Heritage Square was officially opened last Friday, June 30.
Deputy mayor Ian Neilson used the opportunity to encourage the Durbanville community to build on the area’s rich heritage and tourism offerings.
The opening of the heritage square coincided with the celebration of the Durbanville En Route Festival, which seeks to promote local tourism and businesses.
Mr Neilson said the area provided a unique offering with its wine valley, rich heritage and modern character and that the festival would attract many to Durbanville.
He said progress was being made in the heritage square upgrades, which have been struck by delays.
“We want to create a quality recreational precinct to be enjoyed by all,” he said.
Member of Parliament, James Vos said there are exciting developments in the tourism sector with many opportunities for Durbanville to promote itself.
Mr Vos said the “I Do Tourism” campaign seeks to promote tourism internationally and locally.
“It is important for every South African to embrace tourism,” he said.
He said the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) would play a big role in promoting tourism, with 33 conferences booked for next year and 15000 guests expected to attend.
Mr Vos said this would provide an opportunity for Durbanville to attract visitors to come explore the area.
Ward 112 councillor Theresa Uys said the idea for the festival came after ward committee meetings where residents said they wanted “something” to promote the area.
The committee started small last year with a mini festival but decided to
go bigger this year with the en route concept.
Ms Uys, who allocated R50000 of her ward allocation budget to the project, said she was amazed by the wealth of talent in the area.
The festival officially opened with a parade on Saturday June 24 with members of various neighbourhood watches, schools and organisations taking part.
The councillor thanked local businesses along Pampoenkraal Lane for their patience and understanding during the upgrades to the heritage square.