Statice Heights, Kewtown

Greening Interventions and Sustainable Livelihoods Project Statice Heights RDP Development – Kewtown, Athlone

DANIDA Outcomes and Project Goals:

The Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening Programmes Unit within the Environmental Resource Management Department and Danida agreed to implement a range of greening interventions that will work towards mitigating climate change and promoting job security for vulnerable communities. This project has a strong Sustainable Livelihoods direction, focusing on integrated training and skills development modules which are supported by the City of Cape Towns EPWP – Extended Public Works Programmes. It focuses soundly on environmental conservation, enhancement and upliftment of urban communities, building capacity and providing initiatives for poverty alleviation and creating a quality of life, health and wellbeing.

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Housing Projects should embark on participatory sustainable development including landscape ecologies and urban gardens for food security in order to create a healthy, non-toxic environment through the elimination or careful and managed use of the exterior environment. Landscaping in the form of indigenous ground covers, shrubs and trees will help to reduce pollutants causing ozone depletion and global warming plus will aid in soil stabilisation and flood control.



Interdependencies with this project exist with; the Ward Councillors of Athlone , The Statice Heights Community Forum, City Departments such as Environmental Resources Management, Housing, Social Development, City Parks, Waste and Water Management and the Service Provider – the Non-Profit Organisation, Green Communities. All interventions are fostering and promoting the IDP – the Integrated Development Plan of the City of Cape Town as well as their Urban Environmental Renewal policies.

The Scope of Work

The City of Cape Town Housing Directorate and the Environmental Resource Management Department is supporting this environmental greening initiative as part of the completion of the Kewtown housing project, by means of a greening programme. The greening interventions are focusing on providing resources with a view to renewing and restoring the natural indigenous environment within and around the low cost housing project in Kewtown. This will lead to an improved quality of life, health and wellbeing, improved aesthetics of the area, reduced heat island effect, and flood control measures. The action plan for this carbon offset project includes efforts to tackle climate change. Cape Town is experiencing hotter, drier summers and wetter winters. Well maintained green open spaces play a role in flood management and natural drainage, reduction of pollution, conservation of biodiversity, and will counteract the “urban heat island effect,” whilst shade from vegetation and trees will provide relief from hotter weather. The promotion of cultural environmental awareness, income generation and informal job opportunities are key elements which the City of Cape Town hopes to promote statutory change to the local, provincial and national government legislature. This will include greening principles and actions into all housing projects in the future. This initiative is the first of its kind in South Africa and the City of Cape Town will be sharing their methodology with the other municipalities who are  currently delivering human settlements in their regions.


The Community has readily embraced the home gardens and it has instilled a sense of pride in the neighbourhood


Students from America and South America visiting the development to learn more about “the Best Practice” greening interventions programmes for low cost housing in Cape Town 


The greening interventions and skill development programmes have included…

1. Water conservation – Water-wise planting
2. Energy – Passive solar – trees
3. Propagation Programme – the community are now growing their own plants
4. Greening – the delivery of Home Gardens, and the surrounding areas
5. A Peace Garden
6. A shaded area for propagation
7. Latte fencing
8. Paving
9. Organic composting facility.
10. Stone masonry and fencing programme
11. A worm farm
12. 2 x Vegi – tunnels providing Food Security for the community
13. Waste Management and recycling programmes
14. Soil Stabilisation of the surrounding areas through planting programmes.
15. Skills development and knowledge transfer in all the above

It is important that our Housing projects in Cape Town develop local planting strategies in the harsh, sandy conditions of the Cape Flats. In this way the City will be protecting and conserving biodiversity.





Volunteers from the community

building a waterproofing shaded area

for the organic composting and worm farm.








The Peace Garden was delivered by members
from the City, Corporate Companies
and the Community








The beginnings of the urban Vegetable Garden.

Tunnels have been erected by volunteers in the community where the plants are flourishing and will bring food security to the households in Statice Heights