Sea Point is chang­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE DE­CI­SION on Tafel­berg school has been de­layed and there is still a lot to be said. Cer­tain groups have been spew­ing rhetoric which high­lights how lit­tle they know about the area and its in­hab­i­tants.

Sea Point was multi-racial long be­fore apartheid ended and there is and al­ways has been low-cost hous­ing here.

A stroll along Main and Re­gent Roads and be­tween Main and High Level Roads, where you will find for­mer rent-con­trolled flats, can con­firm this.

I did some re­search of my own af­ter re­ceiv­ing a rude awak­en­ing when I vis­ited Melomed, a new hospi­tal in Re­treat, op­po­site the Blue Route Mall, and re­alised we are liv­ing in a vil­lage in Sea Point with not all that much go­ing on.

We have four small mini malls, one of which charges R2 for the toi­let, four banks, four su­per­mar­kets and a small Wool­worths.

The rest is all pri­vate busi­nesses, many of which open and close or re­lo­cate.

From this month, we won’t even have a post of­fice.

Most res­i­dents com­mute out of this area for work and shop­ping as prices for goods and ser­vices are far higher here than any­where else.

So where are the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties?

Do­mes­tic work is on a steep and rapid down­ward spi­ral.

With ev­ery house de­mol­ished, up pops a block of flats. These build­ings have no grounds or staff quar­ters and small en­trances, elim­i­nat­ing the need for gar­den­ers and even se­cu­rity guards.

Those who want full-time do­mes­tics have to buy an­other bach­e­lor or two-roomed flat nearby.

The flats them­selves are much smaller, but de­signed for max­i­mum con­ve­nience.

As well as the nor­mal wash­ing and dry­ing ma­chines, dish wash­ers and so on, they also have win­dows and floors that are easy to clean.

If one feels a good spring clean is needed, a clean­ing ser­vice is a phone call away.

At present most peo­ple I know use a once-a- week char, who might work all over the Penin­sula. Soon it will be left to the su­per rich and power cou­ples to em­ploy full time house­keep­ers and nan­nies.

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