Work has begun on Cape Town's latest regeneration project upgrading the Strand Pavilion Precinct.

It is the latest in a series of projects across the city aimed at making the city more attractive to visitors and residents costing Rand 11.4 million ($780m) and due for completion in June 2018.

In a statement the city's Mayor's Office said: "The Strand Pavilion Precinct upgrade project will comprise the resurfacing of the parking area near the launch pad off Beach Road, the establishment of a demarcated informal trading area, and the installation of public lighting.

"It further entails the construction of a new paved pedestrianised public square, which will be located opposite the existing circle on the Main Road. The creation of public seating and soft landscaping will also be a feature of the public square and minor upgrading of underground services will be done. The refurbishment of the Strand sea wall, which is also under way, forms part of the overall pavilion precinct revitalisation initiative."

Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe, said: "The investment that we are making in this public space will be to the benefit of residents from all walks of life who love spending time here. We are committed to enhancing this area for local residents and visitors and to creating a top quality, inclusive public space that will bring our communities together.

"When the project is completed, we foresee that it will also be to the benefit of local businesses and informal traders in the area.

"As with all upgrade projects which involve work on much-used public spaces, there may be some inconvenience, but we thank our residents for their patience as we give this area a necessary facelift."

The contractor will be making use of local Expanded Public Works Programme labour and the project is expected to be completed by June 2018.

Residents are advised that there will be reduced parking in this area for the duration of the construction period. The construction works will cease between 15 December 2016 and 9 January 2017 due to the builders’ holiday. During this period the construction site will remain closed, but access to the formal businesses along the promenade will remain open.

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