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PROJECTS

PEDI has driven several significant research projects to inform and guide infrastructure interventions that will create the enabling environment for economic development to thrive in the area. First PEDI commissioned research to assess the economic potential of the area, in particular the job creation potential in Philippi (http://pedi.org.za/demacon-reports/).

This research was followed by an assessment of the social infrastructure such as clinics, ECD centres and faith institutions, required for the area. The body of knowledge collected through both processes has become a powerful tool for decision-making.  (http://pedi.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Demacon-Philippi-Social-Facilities-Report-January-2014.pdf)
 
Additionally, starting from the premise that the success of project interventions depends on minimum infrastructure (such as power, sanitation, water, roads access), PEDI set about assessing what infrastructures exists in the area, and what is required. (http://pedi.org.za/planners-focus-on-philippi/ ; http://pedi.org.za/hho-infrastructure-demand-report/)

 

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Further information-building has been undertaken with local businesses in the formal sector, as well as among informal traders. In both sectors PEDI is well-positioned to facilitate engagement with decision-makers in local government. 

 

 

 

 


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PEDI drove the successful implementation of a pilot rent-a-cop programme for the area to address safety and security concerns of businesses. This project functioned extremely well while it was funded by the City of Cape Town but has since been suspended due to the non-allocation of funds from the City. (http://pedi.org.za/peace-officer-project-launch/)

 

 

 

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PEDI has been working to drive catalytic interventions that can function as game changers for the area. Several multi-million rand projects are under way in the TRANSPORT sector; a new focus on AGRICULTURE is set to be catalyst for job creation and skills training; INDUSTRY per se is set to take off with concerted efforts to cluster value chains in the area; Philippi’s proximity to the airport becomes catalytic when it is considered in the context of efforts to position Cape Town as an AEROTROPOLIS city; the WASTE sector is a value chain that has enormous potential to catalyse an economic sector for the area; the CONSTRUCTION industry is a further catalyst for economic transformation; PEDI itself is functioning as a major CATALYST for transformation. (http://pedi.org.za/game-changers/)

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PEDI is presently focusing on its most exciting project to date: a project to develop skills and create jobs in the agricultural sector through the establishment of the PEDI Urban Agricultural Training Academy, with committed support from provincial Department of Agriculture and CPUT Wellington Campus. It is hoped that the tunnel-farming academy will be established over the next few months. Already 2500 square metres of tunnels, sponsored by the Dhladhla Foundation, have been erected for the purpose, adjacent to the Philippi Fresh Produce Market. (http://pedi.org.za/partnership-paves-the-way-for-tunnel-farm/)

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The project will work hand in hand with an allied enterprise that is already established at the site – a pilot vermiculture (worm compost) business called Waste to Food which is getting set to expand to allocate franchise opportunities for trainee vermiculture entrepreneurs. PEDI is an investor in this project alongside the Melisa Trust, established by the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation; Don’t Waste Services; and the Department of Trade and Industry (http://pedi.org.za/waste-to-food/)

 

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PEDI has a thoroughly researched plan for the cleaning and greening of the area that will transform its attractiveness to investors, businesses and residents alike, adding not only to its visual appeal but also its security. This is yet to be funded but PEDI is hoping this will roll out in the next year. (http://pedi.org.za/waste/)

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PEDI is also in dialogue with the Airports Company of South Africa to identify synergies for the inclusion of Philippi in the airport city of the future, and to develop Cape Town as a future Aerotroplis City. Already an approach by PEDI has facilitated the realignment of the N2 at the Borcherd’s Quarry interchange so that a new access road will provide a direct link from the highway – and the airport – to Philippi. This will be a game changer for the area, which is presently isolated from the economy of the city by virtue of poor roads access. (http://pedi.org.za/aerotropolis/ ; http://pedi.org.za/game-changers/ ; http://pedi.org.za/borcherds-quarryn2-interchange-upgrade/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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