The Oude Molen Eco Village Tenants Association, in partnership with the City of Cape Town’s Two Rivers Urban Park organisation, are the drivers of a unique future development proposal committed to maximising the potential of the Oude Molen property as a flagship micro enterprise eco village. The development proposal aims to organise the initiative as a social enterprise so that profits are used for additional social, economic, environmental and educational development in the region. In addition, an estimated 100 enterprises will provide job shadowing and skills development opportunities to 160 unemployed youth per month.
Further, the aim is to optimise the unique location and recreational opportunities by providing a public urban park for the benefit of surrounding communities and creating an ambiance that is attractive, family friendly and child safe. Developments will complement the Two River Urban Park initiative and the Provincial City Regeneration Programme’s vision for the city, and give tangible effect to the City of Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 Programme
The proposal aims to position Oude Molen as a catalyst for socio-economic, environmental and cultural development in the region, and grow worldwide recognition and support for social enterprise management models and micro-enterprise development as a means to address socio-economic and environmental challenges.
A collaborative feasibility study undertaken by the Tenants Association together with assistance from engineering students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute USA projected generating R200 Million direct income to Provincial Government and distributing R70 Million to Non Profit Organisations in the region over a period of 50 years.
The OMEVTA Proposal Contributes Towards The Implementation Of Two Significant Programmes
(The proposed micro enterprise eco village development give tangible effect to the following two programmes)
World Design Capital 2014 Award Programme
- Exploring new and innovative ways to create a city where everyone is included”.
- Use design for social, economic and cultural transformation.”
- Explore ways in which design can be used to heal the negative legacies of the city’s divided past and reconnect its people and its spaces.
- To create an inclusive city for all by embedding design thinking in its urban development plans.
- Design-focused on creative communities for social, economic and cultural solutions.
- Inspire creativity, create business opportunities, advance culture and meet the needs of the future.
- All sharing a vision of the transformative power of design in the context of the many social and economic challenges we face.
Provincial Cape Town Central City Regeneration Programme
- Unlock Cape Town’s potential to become a city that serves the needs of all its citizens
- Generate an income stream to finance provincial property development
- Generate economic activity and create new jobs and opportunities for empowerment, provide access to the city’s resources, facilitate social cohesion and well-being and enable environmental sustainability and energy efficiency
- A city that comes alive as a diverse, globally connected and socially inclusive space that encourages an entrepreneurial culture, provides a welcoming and inspiring place for socially mixed communities
- Develop Cape Town beyond the current amalgam of tourism, and commercial company headquarters
- Demonstrate sustainability in relation to the beauty of green and blue spaces, water and energy required for growth, the diversity and value of locally produced food, and resources citizens and businesses recycle
- Business premises are affordable for small and micro enterprises
- Provide access to green and vibrant public spaces within walking distance of residential buildings