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  Walmer

2014-04-04 04:18:55 PM

Gqebera, or more commonly called, ‘Walmer Township’ is an area where black people were forced to move to under the Apartheid laws.

Since the white community in the Walmer area preferred their domestic workers living closer by, as an alternative to 30 km outside town, Gqebera developed and now houses more than 65.000 people.

Compared to other townships, Gqebera is, because of its location, an easily accessible area and considerably closer to the city than other townships.

Nevertheless, Gqebera is a very poor area and faces many challenges, including high unemployment, crime, and various socio-economic related challenges. With uprising flaring up in the area over the last two years an interventionist approach was needed to bring some kind of development to the area that could address the challenge.

Additional to some projects driven by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, a Steering committee comprising of the Ward Councillor and various community groupings, identified three projects for intervention by MBDA.

These included the cleaning, fencing and upgrade of the historic Gqebera Cemetery, an access or link road to the architectural well-known Sakasonke Village to Victoria road and the establishment of a Car wash facility closer to Walmer Main road.

The initial designs of the access road and car wash is currently in progress whilst a contractor is on-site revamping the cemetery.