Showcasing Local Hout Bay

Tourism Micro Enterprises

Potential tourism entrepreneurs were invited to submit proposals to create and enhance visitor experiences to Hout Bay,  be they interesting tours, fascinating stories, sharing cultural experiences, or tasting cultural cuisine.  Twelve proposals were received and the applicants presented to a panel of tourism experts. The shortlisted candidates were subject to further interviews and site inspections. It was very encouraging experiences for the judges to meet so many committed people capable of enhancing tourism experiences and eventually two winners were selected: Karbonkelberg Hikers and Tours of Hope.  They each will receive a R50,000 marketing package including mentorship, training, networking and marketing.   These packages will be implemented by Open Africa who runs similar schemes across Africa.

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Hout Bay Tourism Forum

Hout Bay Tourism Forum (HBTF) was founded in September 2016 by the Hout Bay Partnership.  Its role is to stimulate and promote community-based tourism in Hout Bay, involving the diversity of people and interests in Hout Bay and featuring our cultural heritages and natural attractions.

The Forum has an active membership of around 100 and a steering committee of 17.  We have agreed our position strategy with the strategic goals and we are working on our brand identity and communications strategy.  The key short term goal is to establish tourism routes within Hangberg, Harbour and Imizamo Yethu, to encourage tourists to stay much longer by meeting local storytellers, sharing cultural experiences, visiting interesting places and enjoying our seafood prepared in the traditional way.  We will have these routes established before the end of 2017 and they will form the core of our marketing.


Improving Educational Outcomes

The Partnership is working towards addressing the problem of early school drop outs. The Partnership’s objective is to improve the overall educational ecosystem in Hout Bay through a collaborative approach with stakeholders.

The Leaner Incentive Programme, an initiative introduced by the Hout Bay Partnership in collaboration with the DG Murray Trust and Western Cape Government After School Game Changer.

The Learner Incentive Programme was created as a means to help increase learner retention by encouraging learners to participate in after-school activities. The programme looks to reinforce academic performance and positive social behaviour by creating partnerships across the schools and organisations in Hout Bay to maximize opportunities and address socio-economic challenges faced by some learners. A diverse range of afterschool offerings from arts & culture, sports & recreation, life skills and environmental programmes, and academic support are in place at both schools to ensure every learner can access the additional support or interest activity that suites them.

Custom made “Passports” have been designed so that the learners will track their progress as they earn stamps from their extramural facilitators after every session attended. The more sessions attended, the more stamps earned. At the end of each term the learners will be awarded prizes in different categories, from bronze to gold, based on the number of sessions they have participated in.


Microgrant 2015

Hout Bay Partnership awarded a total of 9 grants of R10,000 each, to support collective action to improve the quality of life and social cohesion within Hout Bay. These intentionally small grants were designed to stimulate local community initiative and involvement in integrated social and economic development in Hout Bay.


Business Mapping

In 2016 the Hout Bay Partnership together with the City of Cape Town have set out on a business mapping of Hout Bay to further understand the economic challenges and opportunities of our community.


NPO Governance Training

In 2016 the Partnership sponsored a workshop for 32 Hout Bay NPO board members and staff who are involved in over 20 different non-profit organizations. The workshop provided training on governance for NGO’s, including delegations and codes of good practice (King IV) and board effectiveness.

Clive Nqiwa from Lumkani, Ashley Newell from the Hout Bay Partnership, and Shaun Sithunzi  who is volunteering from the community have been installing devices.

Lumkani Fire Detection Devices

In 2016 the Hout Bay Partnership was thrilled to have the opportunity to be a conduit partner in enabling a roll out of 700 Lumkani fire detection devices in Imizamo Yethu sponsored by Old Mutual  and 5 For Change. Lumkani has developed an early-warning system to reduce the damage and destruction caused by the spread of shack fires in urban informal settlements. These devices sense quick increases in heat and when one device is triggered it creates a chain reaction across the neighbouring devices within a 60-metre radius allowing the community to have a quicker reaction time to combat the fire, alert emergency services and ensure residents’ safety. Additionally there are five smart centralised devices, which gather information about the detector mesh network. These devices constantly check the health of the system and in the event of fire, store GPS coordinates and simultaneously send text-message warnings to members of the affected community. Watch an informative video here.


Computer Coding

In partnership with Original T-Bag Designs and Sijonga Phambili, the Up for All coding programme was officially expanded into Hout Bay. The successful young adults from the initial course continued their training and now facilitate coding and game design labs at the local high schools in partnership with Learning Innovation Design Lab.

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Enterprise Support Hub

In 2015 -2017 The Partnership, with City funding, undertook a feasibility study to establish an enterprise support hub in Hout Bay and is working towards the establishment of the Hub. The Hub will be the Partnership’s flagship project providing significant support to micro business development and budding entrepreneurs.


Hangberg Zero Waste Pilot

In 2016-2017 with the funding support of the City of Cape Town via the Hout Bay Partnership, support from the Hangberg Peace & Mediation Forum and mentoring of Thrive Hout Bay, the Hangberg Zero Waste Pilot Project (H0W?) was initiated. There are 12 Eco Heroes educating 20 households each in U & V Blocks in the Hangberg area as to how to sort daily waste (resources) into 3 categories – clean recyclables, compostables (vegetable material) and landfill waste.  The project directly offers a way in which people who participate in the sorting processes can earn an income from the parties interested in buying the recyclable waste, creating a sustainable income stream. The areas in Hout Bay that have been infested with waste and affected by blocked drains and constantly increasing pollution, are becoming cleaner as the landfill waste will have been minimised to a fraction of its previous size. Together working towards a cleaner Hout Bay.


Informal South

In 2015 In/formal South, CORDAID, and Thrive Hout Bay began a shared learning journey in Hout Bay to discover new and innovative ways to clean the environment that we depend on. Linking together the people of Hout Bay as stewards of their shared environment, enhancing the beauty that people treasure; while creating business and job opportunities, underpinned by social well-being objectives.