Helenvale is a suburb in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth. Helenvale, like the rest of the Northern Areas is a manifestation of the Apartheid legacy that uprooted and forcefully displaced people from South End, Fairview, Willowdene and other areas under the Group Areas Act.
This suburb, originally developed to accommodate 6 000 people, now provides tenancy for approximately 25 000 people and has experienced persistent under-development due to its compact size in terms of residential space and house sizes that varies between 25 and 30 m2. This has created an over-populated township and subsequent problems such as unemployment, crime, drugs, gangsterism and teenage pregnancy.
In an effort to address these of social issues that affect the area the Helenvale Urban Renewal Project (HURP) was launched in 2007. HURP seeks to address the aforementioned problems through a range of urban renewal projects spearhead by the MBDA.
Helenvale is similar to New Brighton in that it is fairly populous (2013: 13 140 people) and has a high level of unemployment (46.5%) and discourage workers (11.0%). Households in Helenvale are considerably pooper than those in New Brighton and had an average monthly household income of R 2 931 in 2013, compared to R 4 846 for households in New Brighton.
Helenvale’s GDP-R as well as its GDP-R growth rate between 2001 and 2013 are also lower than that of New Brighton at R 334.9 million and 0.8% respectively. Helenvale’s GDP-R per capita of R 25 494 was however higher than that of New Brighton’s (R 22 065).
Date: December 12, 2015 16:12
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