Many thanks to those of you who also attended and engaged in the 8 meetings run by SUN Development between February and August this year.
Key outcomes this year
Ongoing identification and engagement with various stakeholders in the TRUP. Key has been our collaboration with the Development Action Group, DAG. DAG is a leading NGO in the field of urban development in South Africa, which aims to demonstrate how partnership with citizens and other groups can lead to creative and sustainable solutions that redress social, economic and spatial inequalities.
One of our plans for 2017 is, in collaboration with DAG, to support capacity building for stakeholders associated with development within the Black River Corridor.
The outcome of the SUN-facilitated “Tru-Park” process has been the creation of a “Scenario C” – which promotes development that is closely aligned with the spirit and intent of the original policy framework. This would be a “balanced” development, where “reasonable” development that supports the wise management and use of the wetlands and public open space is considered.
According to SUN Development, there exists the intention for Scenario “C”, along with the consultant-developed scenarios “A” &”B” to be further workshopped before the end of this year (several workshops anticipated to take place during November).
Another key outcome has been the engagement of the TRUP Association with the River Club, and the SKA Project Team. Based on the TRUP Associations initial mandate from the City the Association provides the most appropriate platform for enabling sustainable development, through facilitating meaningful public participation, transparency amongst all stakeholders, and supporting heritage protection whilst harnessing the natural capital of the ecological services being provided by nature, all guided by a development frame work co designed through an authentic public participation process.
Key challenges, which are ongoing, include:
Building meaningful relationships between all stakeholders (time consuming);
Building trust between all stakeholders;
Embracing the diversity which the different associations within the TRUP represent, and their diverse interests (potentially in conflict with each other)
Funding individuals to co-ordinate meetings and disseminate communication
Optimising communication channels using social and media
Way forward and closing
Get involved and influence and co determine future development in the area
Attend and engage in the “TRU-Park” process;
Engage with the Association – how/where you can offer support; and
We believe that a “business as usual” approach to development is detrimental to current and future generations of society, and the environment. We therefore support sustainable development, which will require alternative approaches to identifying and creating solutions, as well as alternative approaches to implementing these solutions.