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Bayside Canal Gets R87.5 Million Upgrade to Boost Rietvlei Water Quality

Michael Hawthorne

The City of Cape Town is investing R87.5 million to upgrade the Bayside Canal, a project aimed at improving stormwater management and the water quality of the Rietvlei. The upgrade is a response to increased development in the area, which has led to greater stormwater flow and the pollution of the Rietvlei.

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The project, which began in November 2023, is expected to be completed by mid-June 2025. The improvements include lining the canal’s side slopes, installing floating litter booms, constructing sedimentation ponds and reed beds for water treatment, and creating a bypass channel. Additionally, the project will provide access for future maintenance.

The ongoing progress at the Bayside Canal upgrade project.
Councillor Zahid Badroodien, the Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, provided support to contractors during the construction of the gabions.

Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, expressed optimism about the upgrade’s potential to prevent flooding and enhance the stormwater quality flowing into the Rietvlei. He emphasized the City’s commitment to becoming more water-sensitive and improving the health of its waterways.

Johan Van Schalkwyk, representing the Water and Sanitation Directorate, guides City Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, and Ward Councillor, Joy Solomons, as they review plans for the Bayside Canal upgrade.
The dedicated team behind the Bayside Canal upgrade comprises Yonela Mdlankomo, Stephen Johannes, Alouette Botendele Yowa, Piet Wessels, Fezekile Khumalo, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Councillor Joy Solomons, Johan Van Schalkwyk, Ewan Dressel, and Newton Africa.

The Bayside Canal upgrade project is part of the City’s R131 million investment in river and waterways infrastructure upgrades for the 2023/24 financial year. Environmental considerations have been prioritized throughout the project, including efforts to protect the Rietvlei ecosystem and endangered plant species.

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