City of Cape Town presents Social Charter on the spatial vision for District Six

The City of Cape Town recently presented its Social
Charter to attendees at its second online workshop on the local spatial
development framework for Cape Town’s District Six.

The Social Charter represents the guiding principles on working
with all residents and stakeholders in finalizing a spatial vision for the

The City previously hosted its introductory meeting about the
local spatial development framework (LSDF) or, local neighbourhood plan for
District Six on the 22nd of September 2020 with the first workshop
on the 22nd of October 2020.

We presented
the City’s Social Charter at the start of today’s meeting. The purpose of the
charter is to make the City’s intentions clear with the process, our guiding
principles, as well as our commitment to the beneficiaries and other residents
in realising one of the most important redress projects we will see in Cape
Town in coming years
” commented the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for
Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

The City is
working closely with residents. We want to include everybody, and I am
encouraging residents and all interested groups to please contribute to this
process and to fully participate. There should be no doubt that the City is
committed to following an engagement process that is extensive, inclusive,
thorough, and transparent

The City’s Social
Charter stipulates:

  • The
    City is committed to re-establishing the once vibrant neighbourhood of District
    Six in collaboration with the District Six community and other residents.
  • Central to this redress project, is the
    finalisation of a spatial vision that will see the return of beneficiaries to a
    community that is diverse, inclusive, safe, and caring; sustained by a strong
    local economy; and where there is a sense of belonging and opportunity.
  • The City is currently refining the overall spatial
    development framework, or local neighbourhood plan, for District Six. The City
    is doing so in collaboration with the District Six community and other
    residents and they call on all interest groups and stakeholders to be part of
    this process.
  • The
    City wants as many residents as possible to participate in refining the spatial
    vision for District Six and to share their views, and information. They are
    committed to a process that is thorough, transparent, inclusive, extensive and
    within the legal framework
  • The City will not, and has no intention, to sell City-owned land in District Six. The
    land the City owns will be used and developed to the benefit of the District
    Six community.
  • The City is committed to working together with the
    Western Cape Government, and the National Government who is taking the lead for
    the redevelopment of District Six and the restitution process.
  • The spatial vision will enhance the investment
    programmes for District Six beyond those of the housing projects and focuses on
    the public realm because a community also exists outside of homes, in public
    spaces and shared facilities.
  • Housing and restitution are fundamental, but the
    local neighbourhood plan addresses the bigger picture: how District Six will
    link and connect with the CBD and neighbouring suburbs.
  • The return of the people to District
    Six is long overdue. The City is focused, and they are working with intent and
    urgency to avoid further delays to this redress project.

The 2012 District
Six Spatial Development Framework forms the basis of the workshops and it is
available on the City’s website.

Similar to the District Six process, the City is also working on local spatial development frameworks for other areas and we will communicate about these in due course” said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

Download the summary and presentation of the recent District Six workshop:

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