A range of exciting developments in the Philippi area in Cape Town are set to trigger a seismic shift in the fortunes of Philippi.
PEDI CEO Thomas Swana calls the unfolding big projects the catalysts that will bring other transformation. For a start and certainly most visible, there are several multi-million rand projects under way in the Transport sector.
A new focus on Agriculture is set to be catalyst for job creation and skills training, as well as having wider economic impact through the development of an agriprocessing industry.
Industry per se is set to take off with concerted efforts to cluster value chains in the area, taking best advantage of the availability and good prices for land, and impending massively improved access to markets from Philippi.
Philippi's proximity to the airport becomes catalytic when it is considered in the context of efforts to position Cape Town as an Aerotropolis city. The idea is gaining traction and much discussion is under way on how to leverage the expanding airport economy to benefit the people of Philippi.
The Waste sector is a value chain that has enormous potential to catalyse an economic sector for the area. Already several very successful concerns have been set up in Philippi and as these are taken to scale, the opportunities for job creation and skills training will grow exponentially.
The Construction industry is a further catalyst for economic transformation and PEDI sees this coming into its own as a consequence of the other catalysts taking shape.
Finally, PEDI itself is functioning as a major catalyst for transformation, engaging with a range of government departments and agencies to negotiate ways to bring jobs to the area while upgrading facilities and ensuring that people have a clean and welcoming environment to live in.