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The Cape Coast Chapter precinct stretches from the town of Atlantis in the north to the well-established Industrial area of Paarden Eiland on its Southern border which abuts the N1 Freeway.
The population demographics of the area is diverse and all levels of economic development from informal to semiformal to formal have to be catered for.
The Chamber's supports local area with development by providing support for:
1. Enterprise development - increasing awareness of opportunities for learning, development and links to expertise.
2. Networking events - enabling members to connect with new customers, suppliers, experts and decision-makers.
3. Business retention and expansion programmes - for firms to express their concerns about issues affecting business in the area, and to steer systematic improvement of their local business environment.
4. Participation in regional sector and value chain development programmes.
Useful City of Cape Town Information relevant to the Cape Coast Chapter
The City has produced a number of publications that focus on the industrial areas in Cape Town. The publications cover 26 industrial areas in the city and highlight key facts and figures on the locations, economic activity trends, business’ economic activity, as well as vacant land and buildings.
- CoCT Comparative Advantage
- City of Cape Town Industrial Survey
- District Plans by city e.g zoning and service provision
There are eight integrated district spatial development plans/ environmental management frameworks that seek to translate the Cape Town Municipal Spatial Development Framework at a sub-metropolitan scale. One plan has been compiled for each of the planning districts of the City of Cape Town.
Explore the city information about various detailed places in Cape Town through a GIS viewer. For instance suburb or property specific information.
The area also includes several other formal industrial areas such as, inter alia, Montague Gardens, Killarney Gardens, Racing Park as well as informal business areas in Marconi Beam and Du Noon.
In addition, there are the residential areas of Milnerton, Bloubergstrand, Table View, Melkbosstrand and the burgeoning new developments of Parklands and Sunningdale. Towards the south-east, we have the residential areas of Edgemead, Bothasig and the newer Burgundy Estate.
The prestigious Century City commercial and residential development also forms part of this precinct. One of the largest shopping centres in Cape Town Canal Walk Shopping Centre is situated here.
Given the above, it is clear that this area forms part of an important economic development node in the Western Cape.
The bigger formalized industrial and commercial parks have their own member associations which attend to issues within their respective borders. Examples of these are the Montague Gardens Business Forum, Racing Park Property Owners Association and the Century City Property Owners Association, to name but a few. Collaborative partnerships with these associations are important in order for the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry at large, and the Cape Coast Chapter, in particular, to play a catalytic role in the development of the area.
Atlantis needs a special mention as it has been declared a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for the promotion of the Green Economy. This is a City of Cape Town initiative and special benefits and incentives are accorded to new businesses who wish to start-up in this area. Close collaboration with the City is going to be vital to ensure sustained economic development in the area.
In addition to the aforementioned, there is also the Atlantis Industrial Initiative (A.I.I.) with which we have formed an alliance.
Apart from the economic activity being created by the Commercial and Industrial Sectors, the area also allows for economic growth in the Tourism Sector based on Historical, Cultural and Sporting events.
The historic battle of Blaauwberg which took place in January 1806 comes to mind as does the prestigious Red Bull King of the Air Kitesurfing competition which is held annually.
The precinct covered by the Cape Coast Chapter is also home to a large number of High and Primary schools as well as Technical Colleges which makes it an important hub for youth development as well as skills development.
With this diversity of activity and development in our precinct, there is a need to enlarge the membership of our committee. This will help to fully develop, exploit and unlock great economic opportunities.