The Humansdorp Central Business District (CBD) is set to be revived as part of the Kouga Council’s strategy to breathe new life into the region’s economy.

This after Council recently approved the Humansdorp Central Business District Local Spatial Development Framework.

Funding for the first phase of the project will for a priority on the budget in the new financial year (2024/2025 financial year).

“The aim of the plan is to breathe new life into the region’s economy by making the Humansdorp CBD more attractive to investors, businesses, residents, and visitors alike,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman.

“The CBD has not only been identified as a strategic investment node in the municipality’s Local Economic Development Strategy and Spatial Development Framework, but also as a main development area within the municipality in terms of industrial development – especially for the energy sector.

“Simply stated, it means that it is an area with great development and investment potential.”

According to Bornman, the idea is to revive the CBD in partnership with community, public and private roleplayers.

The five-to-ten-year implementation plan includes the widening of walkways, cycle lanes, CCTV surveillance, informal trading facilities, and the development of a waste recycling centre, as well as a new taxi rank and traffic lights.

Also high on the priority list is the establishment of a stormwater management plan and sanitation high level study.

Landscaping and maintenance, furthermore, play a vital role in the plan.