Beachfront projects to be ready by end November

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Development Agency (BCMDA) hosted a stakeholder’s meeting on October 13 to provide feedback on progress made in the Court Crescent project at the Esplanade, as well as the revamp of Waterworld.

BCMDA executive property development officer, Thuli Hlangana, said both projects would be complete by November 30 to avoid delays presented by the festive season.

Further delays could see the projects launch only in February next year.

The two projects are part of the integrated beachfront programme aimed at developing the coastline, upgrading infrastructure and securing blue flag status for local beaches.

The projects are 90% complete, despite work having started in 2019.

Hlangana said challenges such as “inclement weather” had held up work.

Court Crescent will be paved, with features such as an amphitheatre, hawker stalls, and an electrical substation for the stalls, an information centre, ablution facilities, outdoor gym equipment and art displays.

Upon completion, BCMDA will issue a tender for a service provider to maintain and run the facilities at both Court Crescent and Waterworld.

Local market organisers, Kelvin Buss and Wendy Zuidema said earlier the city was in need of a centralised venue for market traders. Stakeholders at the meeting raised concerns about maintenance of the new infrastructure, security, waste management and noise.

Hotel representatives and landlords in the Quigney area expressed concern regarding loud music and litter when events would be held at Court Crescent.

BCMDA spokesperson Oyama Makalima said 20 additional waste management personnel had been hired, however, solutions regarding noise during events would be considered in time.

The upgrades at the Waterworld theme park will include a tidal pool, swimming pools, a sand pit, bike track, an outdoor gym, artwork and sculptures.

Border Kei Chamber of Business executive director Lizelle Maurice said: “The progress made so far is way overdue as timelines were constantly moved, but we are hoping that by the end of November as promised, everything will be completed.”

UPGRADE EFFORTS: Striking sculptures at Court Crescent on the Esplanade in Quigney. The work is almost complete. Picture: SUPPLIED

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