Several exciting developments in Philippi in Cape Town are set to trigger a seismic shift in the fortunes of the area. PEDI CEO Thomas Swana describes the unfolding big projects as the catalysts that will bring other transformation.
- Several multi-million rand projects are under way in the TRANSPORT sector. The N2 realignment at Borcherd’s Quarry and the MyCiti road upgrades will fundamentally transform access to the area.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.