Budget cuts dampen Cape Town’s river rehabilitation, with key projects delayed for 10 years

Kristin Engel – 19 March 2024

Cape Town’s urban landscape has been transforming as the city rehabilitates its waterways through its Liveable Urban Waterways programme. But recent decisions have prompted 10-year delays in key river projects, despite millions already spent on design and technical planning.

Many of Cape Town’s inland waterways are in poor condition from years of development, changes in land use and pollution in the catchment areas.

Now, the City of Cape Town has delayed the implementation of four projects in its Liveable Urban Waterways (LUW) programme, which aimed to rehabilitate these waterways…