A catalyst for growth
A feasibility study is being conducted into a proposed airfield upgrade project in Grahamstown. The Cacadu Development Agency (CDA), who approached Makana Municipality about the scheme, believe it would unlock the airfield for investment and lift Makana's economy. The draft plan (above), from the concept document, is one of three such economic catalysts identified at the Local Economic Development portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday 22 November alongside the Creative City and Waste to Energy projects.
According to the progress report the proposal is to upgrade the existing airport into a small regional commercial airport, integrated with a light industrial park, technology innovation hub and a residential air park. The current airfield would need to be upgraded to accommodate larger aircraft, taking off and landing more frequently. A project steering committee has been established that includes municipal officials and CDA representatives.
“The layout plan for the development is being prepared and funding for the feasibility, and Environmental Impact Assessment is being sourced by the CDA,” the progress report states.
The proposed integrated development is separate from the proposed mixed-use development proposed for the former golf course as part of the Belmont Development Company’s plans, officials clarified.
– Sue Maclennan