Work has started on the upgrade of the centre island section of Voortrekker Road, Parow. This is one of the projects highlighted in the City of Cape Town’s 2017/2018 budget presented to residents at a meeting at Parow civic centre in April (“Residents air complaints at budget meeting”, Northern News, April 12). The R2 million project includes relaying pavements and channelling along the middle islands, installing brick paving on the middle islands, and creating plant beds.
In a statement issued last week, the City said the existing ficus trees would be replaced with a water-wise alternative
“The Voortrekker Road Corridor is one of the 12 nodes of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP).
This vital corridor contributes significantly to the economic growth of the city and provides employment opportunities for thousands of residents in the formal and informal sectors. The MURP’s overall objective is to uplift formerly neglected and dysfunctional areas and to improve safety, quality of life, and socio-economic conditions with a particular focus on the public and shared environment,” said mayoral committee member for area central, Siyabulela Mamkeli.
The ugrade is funded through the Integrated City Development Grant (ICDG) Fund, which gives the eight participating metropolitan municipalities incentives to improve spatial development.