A Bold Vision for Philippi Horticulture Area

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Bold Idea: The Phillippi Horticultural Area is vital for Cape Town's food and water security. The aim is to preserve this unique agricultural area while allowing for sustainable development through …

Bold Idea: The Phillippi Horticultural Area is vital for Cape Town's food and water security. The aim is to preserve this unique agricultural area while allowing for sustainable development through democratic processes. This is a bold idea because the City wants to develop the land without properly considering the impact this will have on the city's food and water security, and presents a community vision for the future of Cape Town's breadbasket.

Speaker: Nazeer Ahmed Sonday.

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  • 1. Where does your food come from?
  • 2. Philippi Horticultural Area Then Now Feeding Cape Town since the 1600’s
  • 3. Cape Town what can we do for you? Feeling hungry? PHA produces 48 vegetable types including herbs and flowers totalling 50% of fresh vegetables consumed in Cape Town.
  • 4. Feeling hungry? PHA farmers employ 3000 workers- vulnerable groups including illiterate women, youth, unskilled workers
  • 5. Feeling hungry? PHA offers exciting opportunity for growing more food for a growing city while also stabilising the price of food. Agriculture in the PHA is healthy and needs land to expand
  • 6. Food security is the No 1 challenge for cities Source: AFSUN_ African Urban Food Security Network_ Battersby Food security is achieved when all members of a household have enough food to eat at all times. 80% of our fellow Cape Townians are food insecure because of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
  • 7. Growing population- growing food need Population Projection 2001 to 2021 The population in Cape Town is expected to grow by nearly 17% over the 20-year projection period Source: Strategic Information, Strategic Development Information and GIS Department, updated - 2008/09/29
  • 8. The value of the PHA • If we lose the PHA food will need to be trucked in from outside Cape Town at high cost. • The PHA is Cape Town‟s insurance policy against high food prices. Local is lekker!
  • 9. • ½ of Beijing‟s vegetables come from the city‟s urban market gardens • Hanoi‟s (Vietnam) urban market gardens produce over 150 000 tons of vegetables • Urban market gardens in Cuba produce 60% of the cities vegetables needs. • Kinshasa (DRC) urban market gardens produce over 80 000 tons (65%) of cities vegetables. • Cape Town‟s market garden (PHA) produce 50% of the city‟s vegetables. Only 30% reaches the poor. The value of the PHA Increase production= cheaper prices & better access
  • 10. • Access to Cape Flats Aquifer • Critical for food security • Land reform for black farmers • Potential to develop new farm to plate model • Unique space • Unique agricultural tradition • Unique tourist potential • Potential agri & enviro education and awareness hub • Promote better nutrition through increased vegetable consumption (an estimated 2.7m lives can be saved every year through increased vegetable consumption-FAO) The value of the PHA
  • 11. Cape Town what can we do for you? Feeling thirsty? • South Africa is one of the driest countries in the world. • WWF estimates SA water demand will outstrip supply by 2015.
  • 12. Feeling thirsty? • PHA farmers tap into aquifer for all year production • UNEPA study in 2006 concluded Cape Flats Aquifer can supply Cape Town 2/3 drinking water supply
  • 13. The PHA ecology • 7 reptilian species • 4 amphibian species • 95 plants species • 98 bird species
  • 14. The PHA ecology Seasonal wetlands recharge Cape Flats Aquifer.
  • 15. The PHA ecology Opportunities for environmental education and awareness
  • 16. The PHA ecology Opportunities for agricultural awareness and education
  • 17. The PHA ecology Opportunities for a new tourism route…
  • 18. The PHA Vision Plan A bold community- driven spatial design plan! We want win- win solutions!
  • 19. The PHA Vision Plan Local stakeholders: 1. Schaapkraal Civic and Environmental Association 2. Developing farmers Association 3. Highlands Estate ratepayer Association 4. PHA Sector Crime Forum 5. Commercial farmers 6. Philippi Horticulture Housing Committee 7. Farmworkers Developing a shared vision for the future
  • 20. • Soil for Life • Abhalimi Bezekaya • Makassa Food Growers • LOGRA Civic • Coalition for Environmental Justice • The Khayelitsha Development Forum • The Mitchell‟s Plain Education Forum • The Ottery Ratepayers Association • Centre for African Studies • African Food Security Urban Network • Philippi East Development Initiative • African Centre for Cities • False Bay Ecology Park • WESSA • Future Cape Town • The Cape Bird Club • The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance • Greenpop • Springfield High School • Mount View High School • South Peninsula High School • And growing… Social mobilisation
  • 21. Read it and get with it… 1. PHA Rapid Review Study, 2009 _______ save the PHA! 2. Rooftops Report, 2012 _____________ save the PHA! 3. PHA Synthesis Report, 2013 __________ save the PHA! The reports and studies…………………………its unanimous!
  • 22. Doing the democracy thing… • Strong and proactive community based organisations ____ check! • Input on IDP‟s _________ check! • On-going ward councillors engagements __________check! • Input in CoCT Spatial development framework, 2011 _____________________ check! Schaapkraal Civic and Environmental Association- SCEA- meeting
  • 23. Doing the democracy thing… • One day Subcouncil workshop on PHA issues, 18 February 2012 __ ______________________ check! • Subcouncil activity day, September 2012 _________________ check! Councillors and council officials on a walk-about in the PHA
  • 24. Doing the democracy thing… • Meeting MEC Anton Bredell, September 2012 _____________ ____________check! 1. Escalation of PHA illegal dumping issues 2. Escalation of development planning issues 3. Prof Battersby presenting AFSUN PHA Report.
  • 25. Doing the democracy thing… 1. Presenting PHA Vision Plan 2. Escalating PHA illegal dumping issues. 3. Raising Housing issues for informal settlement community. Meeting the Executive Mayor Patricia De Lille _8 November 2012 ___ _____________ check!
  • 26. But the threat remains… Rapicorp122 472ha Landgrab with the help of a friend • 16 October 2008 Rapicorp (marked in blue) makes an application to the city for the amendment of the Urban Structure Plan to allow a housing development. • 12 May 2009 CoCT commission on “to plan for and manage the PHA into the future” recommends that the area be retained for farming. • 26 November 2009 a full Council Meeting resolves not to amend the Urban Structure Plan as requested by Rapicorp and confirmed the “current and potential significant value of the PHA to the city‟s food and water security” and for land reform.
  • 27. But the threat remains… • 4. In May 2011 the Cape Town Special Development Framework (SDF) was approved by Council in terms of the Municipal Systems Act, within which the „Rapicorp‟ land was retained as part of the PHA. • 5. March 2011 the MEC Anton Bredell approves the Cape Town SDF in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (LUPO) but he unilaterally redraws the urban edge to exclude the future food growing capacity of the PHA- the „Rapicorp‟ land. • 16 July 2013 MAYCO announces it will support 300ha for urban development on farmlands where veggies are growing. • 31 July 2013 council voted to redraw the urban edge and starts an avalanche of protest.
  • 28. PHA in Khayelitsha Food Security Summit Declarations 1. To protect all agricultural-zoned land within the City of Cape Town and on the urban edge from opportunistic attempts to rezone and/or sell such land; 2. To support the objections to all attempts to rezone the Philippi Horticultural Area, including the consideration of legal steps to secure this land for urban agriculture. In particular, the Summit agreed to organise a special presentation to the leadership of KDF and MPEF as well as the steering committee concerning the 475 hectares Rapicorp 122 land; (25 May 2013)
  • 29. Farm to Plate food model Putting small scale farmers, the people who distribute and consume food at the centre of the food system. • Turning growing food into a profitable small business. • Improving livelihoods, creating jobs and improving food security. But this is another story for another day….
  • 30. How can you become an activist for change? • Talk to your friends & family and help spread the word • Invite us to do a PHA food security presentation to your organisation, school or club. • Sign and share our AVAAZ petition “Cape Towns breadbasket and vital aquifer under serious threat” • Talk to your retailer and ask them to support our campaign. Its in your interest. • Like our facebook page; • Food & Farming for the Cape Flats • Write to: • Premier Helen Zille • premier@pgwc.gov.za • Dear editor; • arglet@inl.co.za (The Argus) • ctletters@inl.co.za (Cape Times) • Contact us on: • phaletters@gmail.com • nasonday@gmail.com • Look out for our website coming soon…