"These will go a long way to integrating the community and if everyone sees change as something that will contribute to us working together for the whole area's upliftment, there can only be a positive outcome," he says.
The large Hout Bay Gateway Project has been given the go-ahead. The project will improve the entrance to Hout Bay at the Imizamo Yethu (IY) circle, that includes greening the area, terracing the slope of the land on the northern side to prevent further soil erosion, as well as a building stairways and ramps at the circle. It will improve the area for pedestrians who walk from the taxi stops and the MyCiti bus stops and the south side of the circle's lighting will be improved and benches will be installed.
There have been many other additions such as the MyCiti depot, which is nearing completion, the extra pedestrian lighting and walkways added along the route between the cemetery and the IY circle, the upgrade of the common which will be used in the near future by the Lion's market that is held every Sunday, the street and traffic lights on Victoria Road from Suikerbossie all the way into Hout Bay, all of which have added to the feel of upgrading throughout the area.
"Hout Bay is thriving and while rural charm is welcome and was always what made Hout Bay attractive to those living here, with the new International School premises, the new Pick n Pay centre, the planned upgrading of the Checkers centre and the general cleaning up of many areas, this image is now changing rapidly with those living and moving here, and many international tourists choose this area as their planned destination and not just a stopover. There is also a large percentage of foreign buyers choosing to settle here in their retirement over many other areas of Cape Town," says Mercer.