Singaphi Street is situated in the old township of Red Location, which now forms part of New Brighton, and is a strategic access route to one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metros’ important tourism attractions – the Red Location Museum. Given the street’s strategic importance, the MBDA has undertaken an extensive public participation process with the local community in order to assist the agency in identifying the king of environmental upgrades that should be undertaken.
Once completed, the Singaphi Street upgrades will include a newly surfaced road from Ferguson Road up to Olaf Palme Street. The environmental upgrading of the street will also include Public Art, Street Furniture, Children’s Play Parks, Traffic Education Cycling Park a Sports Training Park as well as possibilities for vendor trading areas and landscaping.
The project has a total estimated budget of R 40 million, with Phase one of the project having a total budget of R 12 million. As one of the focuses of the upgrades, the MBDA will ensure that a number of small, previously disadvantaged local contractors will get a significant portion of the work.
New Brighton is one of the most populous (2013: 26 924 people) areas in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, accounting for just over 2% of the metro’s total population in 2013. The area is also characterised by exceptionally high levels of unemployment, with over 50% of the working population being unemployed and a further 18.7% being classified as discouraged workers. The average monthly household income for New Brighton (R 4 846) is also, 53.4% below the metro figure (R 10 399)
New Brighton’s GDP-R as well as its GDP-R growth rate between 2001 and 2013 are also notably than that of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro at R 549.0 million and 1.8% respectively. Likewise, New Brighton’s GDP-R per capita of R 22 065 was lower than that the metro’s figure (R 37 376).
Date: December 12, 2015 16:12
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