Pampoenkraal shakes its Cinderella complex

Construction at Pampoenkraal Lane in Durbanville.

The City of Cape Town says the upgrades to Pampoenkraal Lane are going ahead as scheduled with contractors finishing most of the earthworks and excavation at the site.

Mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan Van der Merwe said some delays had been caused by inclement weather and excavation by hand of existing underground electrical cables. However, the project was still on track.

“Currently, concrete structures are being cast to create seating walls, planters and pathways,” he said.

The contractor was now laying a water pipe along Church Street to pump water from the original Durbanville fountain to the site.

“This water will be used in the interactive water feature for which the tanks and a pumping system have been installed,” said Mr Van der Merwe.

New paving had also been laid along the edge of the site along Main Road. The City approved the renaming of some 225m of Voortrekker Road between Wellington Road and Church Street to Pampoenkraal, following a Sub-council 7 proposal seeking to complement the R10million Pampoenkraal Heritage Site project.

Voortrekker Road is an access road to one of the oldest areas in Durbanville, with the Pampoenkraal project being one of the biggest heritage developments in the city.

This comes after a public participation process in October last year backed the name change. Pampoenkraal was founded around a spring and was, primarily, a watering station for travellers.

The City hopes Pampoenkraal Lane with its historical elements, including a feeding trough and water fountain, will once again be the historical heart of Durbanville.