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The City of Cape Town has commenced with a public participation process for the naming of five unnamed suburbs in Delft. Residents and interested parties are invited to make proposals that will commemorate the people and events that are inherent to Delft. Read more below:

Delft was established in 1989 on a farm situated next to the Cape Town International Airport. Even though some of the suburbs in Delft are named after Dutch towns such as The Hague, Roosendal, Eindhoven, Voorbrug and Leiden, up to nine precincts are still only known by a number to this day.

‘It is 27 years down the line since Delft was established and high time that we embark on a process to name the precincts of greater Delft. According to the 2011 Census, nearly 18 600 households or 64 500 people live in Delft and, given Cape Town’s population growth, we can safely assume that Delft is home to even more people today. To these residents their precincts are much more than a number – it is the place they call home, where they work, play, socialise, celebrate and have their roots. Names can have a powerful emotional effect and this naming process is part of our efforts to bring dignity to the people residing in these precincts, and to build an inclusive space where all of us feel at home,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming Committee, Councillor Brett Herron.The naming of the nine unnamed precincts in Delft will be done in two phases and the first phase commenced on Wednesday, 1 June 2016. The first phase entails the naming of Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Residents and interested and affected parties will have the opportunity to submit name proposals, comments and recommendations until 30 June 2016.

The proposals can be submitted at the local libraries, subcouncil offices, via e-mail, fax, or post.

‘In addition, the City’s Public Participation Unit will host four open days in each one of the five precincts where members of the community will have the opportunity to air their views and to make proposals. I am urging the residents of Delft to please participate in this process with vigour and enthusiasm. We want the residents to be the driving force behind naming process, to take ownership of their suburbs, and to tell us how they want their suburbs to be named. This is also a fitting opportunity for residents to unite behind a process that has the potential to instil a great sense of pride in their community,’ said Councillor Herron.

The open days will be hosted as follows:
On Saturday 4 June 2016 from 09:00 until 17:00
On Saturday 11 June 2016 from 09:00 until 17:00
On Saturday 18 June 2016 from 09:00 until 17:00
On Saturday 25 June 2016 from 09:00 until 17:00

The venues are as follows:
Precincts 1 and 2: the local park in Bagzane Street
Precinct 3: at the open space next to the Symphony Clinic on the corner of Openiqui Road
Precinct 4: Ahaggar Park on the corner of Ahaggar and Drakensberg Streets
Precinct 5: Blessing Educare on the corner of Kouga and Selungwe Streets

‘The naming of suburbs, public spaces, bridges and roads is pivotal in building a shared community across different cultural, social and economic groups. We want to create a city where residents feel acknowledged, heard and valued. I once again urge the residents of Delft to come forward with names that portray their shared heritage, culture and history,’ said Councillor Herron.

Once this process has been concluded, the City’s Public Participation Unit will compile a report, listing the proposed names, comments and presentations. The report will be submitted to the City’s Naming Committee who will discuss the naming proposals with the intention of compiling a shortlist of those names that comply with the City’s Naming Policy. The list will be submitted for a second round of public participation to provide residents with another opportunity to air their views.

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