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The City of Cape Town’s Hout Bay Gateway Precinct Project is well under way and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2016. The upgrade of the Imizamo Yethu entrance, in particular, forms part of the City’s broader commitment to this community.

The R5 million Hout Bay Gateway Precinct Project comprises the upgrading of the pedestrian environment along Hout Bay Main Road and Victoria/NR Mandela Roads to provide the community with safer paved walkways to schools, taxis, the MyCiTi stations and the clinic.

The upgrading of the intersection is part of a series of interventions in this area such as the construction of the MyCiTi station and the upgrading of the sports complex.

Further improvements to the area include: paving walkways and larger public spaces; creating retaining walls to stabilise soil embankments; providing low seating walls, lighting and playground equipment; and planting trees.‘Our greatest motivation for this project was to create a quality public space area for the community, and the upgrade of the Imizamo Yethu entrance provided us with the ideal opportunity to do just that.

‘The extension of the walkway along Hout Bay Main Road also plays an important role in linking pedestrians from Imizamo Yethu to their transport nodes for their daily commutes,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The City has appointed a mosaic artist to work with local artists from the Imizamo Yethu community to create mosaic art on some of the walls that are being constructed as part of the project.

‘Involving the artists from the local community in this creative-expression element of the project has worked really well. We are happy to support artists with an opportunity to express their unique talents in an enduring quality public space that reflects the strength and potential of the community. It is our hope that this sort of project involvement will act as a source of pride for the community.

‘It is our deep desire for the community to take ownership of the upgraded public space,’ said Councillor Van der Merwe.

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