Who will benefit from the Wynberg MyCiti route?

The maps below are from the City’s Tender No. 59C/2014/15: Provision Of Professional Services In Respect of The Design & Construction Of Phase 2A Infrastructure: Trunk & Feeder Support Infrastructure (East & West). This clearly shows the BRT running along the road, which we were still being told was “being conceptualised”.  The WRRA obtained a copy of the tender document on the 8 October 2014, after some intensive detective work. This tender was advertised in the Cape Times on the 5 September 2014, although the City tells us that the conceptual design is not complete.

What we want to know is … who will benefit from this road?

  • The residents of Wynberg will either lose their houses (if council tenants) or see their property values drop (if private owners).
  • The Wynberg community will disintegrate, as apartheid-era planning will again divide and separate, turning settled and close-knit neighbourhoods into islands of houses surrounded by trunk roads.
  • The businesses along Main Road and Ottery Road will lose customers, especially from the south/east, where the bulk of their customers come from, and parking areas behind Main Road.
  • The MyCiti passengers won’t be able to access any other public transport mode (e.g. train or taxi at the transport interchanges). In fact they will have to walk further.
  • The shoppers/visitors to Wynberg will have to cross two ‘highways’ to get to shops, the transport interchange, the library, magistrates court, police station, military base, Victoria Hospital, schools, churches, mosques, Maynardville Park etc.
  • Cape Town will lose an important part of the city’s history dating back 200 years, to the early 1800s.

Can anyone answer this question?

Maps of Phase 2A infrastructure (click to enlarge). These maps are from the tender documents and have been amended to include a heritage overlay (based on information from the City of Cape Town) and to show properties that are likely to be demolished (based on Sub-Council minutes and conversations with tenants/owners).

Road scheme map_East Road scheme map_West

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2 Comments

  1. One consideration is that our land values will drop due to market pressure – in that the pressure will be to densify and demolish, not to retain existing freestanding homes. For example, a family home in Orient Road reportedly sold for around R1.5million was demolished (rather meticulously – every roof-tile and truss was saved for the builder’s yard), and the considerably smaller ‘townhouses’ erected on the site are now reported to be on the market for around R3.5million each. So the ‘value’ is embedded in the transaction for the developer – not in the resale value for the average ‘Joe.’ Luckily the High Court has recognised the completely inadequate procedure followed by the City and has ordered the complete revision of the process.

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