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In celebration of Arbor Month, Councillor Brett Herron, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, has planted a Milkwood tree, which forms part of the successful Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project.

The Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project is managed by the City’s Coastal Management Branch and covers approximately 70 000m2 of re-profiled, netted and planted dune, which has significantly reduced the accumulation of sand on City infrastructure and private properties.

The re-profiled dune comprises three areas, namely the fore-dune, buffer-dune and back-dune. Suitable dune vegetation has been planted according to the requirements for each dune area.

Today Councillor Brett Herron, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, visited the project and planted a Milkwood tree, which will contribute to the species diversity of the vegetation that has already been planted on the back-dune.

‘The Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project is a very fascinating initiative that looks at how we can manage the movement and migration of dunes. The profiling, wind netting and planting  of dune-specific vegetation has assisted in restricting the movement of sand, which has been a problem in this area for many years.

‘I am very pleased to see and hear about the success of this project; we are making progress possible to improve the lives of our residents and ensure the accessibility to the City’s infrastructure.

‘Another exciting aspect of this project is that it has also created employment opportunities for 10 workers, who were selected from the local subcouncil’s jobseekers database. Through this project, local residents have been upskilled and have learned about plant propagation and maintenance, sand management, wind net installation and maintenance, watering and team work,’ said Councillor Herron.  

Now that the project has been established, the City is currently compiling a Hout Bay Dune Maintenance Tender which will seek to appoint a contractor to maintain the Hout Bay Dune Rehabilitation Project for the next three years, i.e. to the end of June 2021. 

‘During the first three-year maintenance period, the City’s Coastal Management Branch will assess and plan the maintenance requirements moving forward in perpetuity, and how this is best undertaken. If the maintenance is discontinued, the project will fail and the City’s infrastructure will once again be impacted by wind-blown sand from the mobile dune system. The project has made great progress and therefore we need to ensure that the good work continues on site and that local employment opportunities are available.

‘Finally, I want to thank our staff and the team on site for all their hard work in making this project the success that it has become. We appreciate all your effort. I also want to thank the community for their patience during this time,’ said Councillor Herron.