The Mandela Bay Development Agency held a Stakeholders Dialogue to discuss the Korsten Schauderville Master Plan at Dorothea Jansen Hall on the 21st of April. Over 150 community members representing different sectors which include Sports Clubs, SMME`s, Disabled, ECDC, Churches, NPO`s, Youth Organisations, Community Police Forum, and the South African Police Services were present.
MBDA Operations Executive, Debbie Hendricks addressing the meeting. said, “The MBDA is committed to public participation, openness, and consultation with all interested stakeholders. We are always in communication with NMB residents, as this ensures ownership from community members and results to less possibility for project stoppages and vandalism.”
Currently, the Korsten-Schauderville area is challenged with gangsterism, unemployment, waste, and dumping, overcrowding just to mention a few. The Master plan produced by the MBDA seeks to promote access to information regarding development projects, increase social cohesion, promote skill development, and endorse health and safety through hygienic waste management.
NMBM Council Speaker, Gary Van Niekerk said, “In 3-5 years, this Master Plan will be a reality because of the progress made today. I am here today to find out how we can solve our challenges, so I can communicate with those with the necessary authority to make the changes. I want to encourage you to make the success of the Moore Dyke project, to ensure that the next generation can also benefit from the precinct.”
Pending the Constitutional Court case of the PPPFA regulations 2017, the Agency has ensured to provide 30% of the construction works value to the SMMEs. The MBDA has received PPPSG Funding to identify future social development projects that can implemented through infrastructure development.
The MBDA is currently working on the Moore Dyke, part implementation of the broader Master plan, the project to upgrade the facility by improving the exiting with an upgrade of a cricket pitch and building of a multipurpose club house pavilion with better playing fields, larger cloak rooms for home and away teams, pavilion for seating and improved lighting with irrigation. The R 41 000 000 facility includes a cricket pitch with a new multipurpose club-house podium.
In 2019, The MBDA built an R8.5 million multi-purpose and recreational park is part of the greater Schauderville/Korsten master plan which was informed by a rigorous public participation. The community requested the need for the park which will create a safe place and promote sports in the community. It includes a relaxing, sitting areas, urban gym areas, amphitheatre, kids play area and wall climbing area. It is centrally located, with two schools nearby. A total of 8 SMME’s earned over R2 million worth of contracts.
Also in attendance at the community dialogue were MBDA Board members, Phil Goduka, Vuyani Dyantyi, Glenda Perumal, and Chief Executive Officer, Ashraf Adam.