Terms of Reference for Consultant Firm For Re-Imagining Hout Bay Harbour

Closing date for proposals has been extended to Thursday 5 May

Proposals should be sent to info@houtbaypartnership.co.za


The Hout Bay Partnership

Hout Bay is a microcosm of the challenges and opportunities facing Cape Town and South Africa as a whole. It is a place of cultural diversity and economic inequalities and disparities in living conditions across apartheid-induced spatial and racial lines, all within a geographically distinct and confined area.In this context, the Hout Bay Partnership was established in 2014 with the purpose of promoting integrated social and economic development to improve the livelihoods and quality of life of Hout Bay residents. This will be achieved through building partnerships between residents, businesses and government. The Partnership has been established as a Not-for-profit company and is governed by an independent board of directors.

Hout Bay context

Hout Bay represents a microcosm of the development challenges facing Cape Town and South Africa including unemployment, social division, and distrust.  These challenges manifest in complex problems such as the housing shortage and divisive community leadership.  Amongst these challenges, Hout Bay retains a sense of community, is home to people of talents and resources, and has a diverse set of players with the goodwill and drive to achieve positive outcomes.

Although the socio and economic inequalities predominantly impact the communities of Hangberg and ImizamoYethu (IY), these are not isolated communities; they are situated within the broader Hout Bay valley that has both serious challenges and significant opportunities. Hangberg and IY’s development needs to be integrated with developments in the rest of the valley for pragmatic reasons. There exists a strong desire for practical solutions that work, and that are not held captive to politics.

There exists a reservoir of goodwill within Hout Bay in and across the communities and a set of common interests.  Previous surveys and workshops have shown that the vast majority of people seek a peaceful crime-free existence, with good educational opportunities for their children, an opportunity to earn a living, and a safe and secure place to stay.

There also exists a reservoir of talent and resources within Hout Bay that can be harnessed to contribute to development outcomes that are in everybody’s interest.  Combined with a vibrant and diverse set of NPOs and community-minded businesses, a responsive government, and an engaged citizenry, it is possible to change the development trajectory of a small community such as Hout Bay with strategic and well-coordinated interventions; that is, to create a success story. Relatively small steps taken consistently over time towards an inspiring vision can lead to good outcomes.

Long term outcomes of fullfilling the Hout Bay Partnership’s Vision and Purpose

The three focus areas of the HBP are economic development, social development (including education and security), and the built and natural environments. In order to enable sustainable impact these spheres need to be cohesively examined, for one sector cannot prosper without the others.

The long-term outcomes to be supported and achieved through the work of HBP will include:


Economic Development

  • Rapidly creating new income-earning opportunities through a community works programme and other activities.
  • Unlocking the economic potential of the Hout Bay Harbour for both social and economic benefits should stimulate job creation, new business opportunities and public amenities.
  • Incubating the creation of new businesses and growing businesses to create jobs and increase wealth.
  • Creating a more conducive context for investments and businesses, including large private companies, foreign investors, informal traders, micro-enterprises, and local businesses.

Social Development

  • Increased social cohesion of the Hout Bay community including increased levels of tolerance and respect.
  • Improved safety and security for all residents and businesses in Hout Bay.
  • Improved health indicators and outcomes (and addressing related issues such as substance abuse, teenage pregnancy etc.)
  • An iconic cultural centre will represent our aspirations as well as facilitate the celebration of our diverse cultural inheritances through art, music and performance.
  • Improved educational outcomes of Hout Bay schools.
  • Increased training and skills development opportunities within Hout Bay that lead to employment outcomes.

Built and Natural Environment

  • Better use of both commercial and public spaces for increased economic and community benefits.
  • Improvement of the natural land and waterscapes for the benefit of Hout Bay residents and visitors.
  • The rehabilitation of the Hout Bay River is a symbolic project representing the health of the community, and undertaken in a way that creates jobs through the community works programme, and linking to the City rivers project.
  • Facilitating the development of improved housing opportunities and the related built environment.
  • The development of the Hout Bay harbour, bringing together private property owners, national, provincial, and local government, is a priority long term project for the HBP. Such development would be aimed at increasing the economic and social benefits of the harbour for the benefit of all communities in Hout Bay and Cape Town more broadly.  A skills training centre would link local residents into increased employment opportunities generated from the harbour and secondary markets.  In addition, harbour development would include marine and harbour environmental safeguarding measures, recognising the natural value of the area.

Please visit the Hout Bay Partnership (HBP) website for more information on the partnership. http://www.houtbaypartnership.co.za/

Harbour context

There is general agreement that the potential of the harbor to generate both social and economic benefits to all the people of hout Bay and beyond is significantly under-realised. Once a thriving harbour based on the fishing industry, the available built space in the harbor is now significantly under-utilsied, some of the infrastructure is aging and dilapidated and the number of jobs based in the harbor, or directly related to harbor activities, has declined substantially from its heyday. At the same time, the Harbour has an unparalled location and could be developed to take much better advantage of its inherent attributes.

Consultancy purpose

The purpose of this work is to put the integrated economic and social development of Hout Bay more strongly on the agenda and to stimulate productive and informed discussions amongst relevant stakeholdes on how the potential of the harbor may best be realized.

Consultancy objectives

This work will focus on the development of a concept and visual representation of the potential of the Hout Bay Harbour to act as an important catalyst for inclusive economic and social development in Hout Bay, and develop some proposals for practical ways in which this potential may be realised. This work will require some limited engagements with relavant stakeholders (Further consultations will take place outside the scope of this specific project).

This work will support the City of Cape Town’s vision of promoting tourism in Hout Bay and will be informed by related tourism initiatives.

Scope of works

Risks and mitigation

In undertaking this work, the consultant must understand and mitigate the following risks:

  • Sensitivities. Any proposals related to the development of the harbour are likely to be very politically sensitive. The community of Hangberg are particularly sensitive to the development of any proposals for the habour. It is imperative that the proposal address both economic and social benefits and that the benefits are inclusive (broadly realised).
  • Mandates. The government mandate related to the harbour area is contested between spheres of government and may be subject to a court process. The proposals should be developed in a way that is neutral to where the mandate sits, understanding that clarity may take some time, and be sensitive to this issue in the way proposals are phrased.
  • Ownership. Much of the current land in the harbour area belongs to National Public Works and land-use is subject to leases from the this department. (There are also private landholders on the edge of the harbour.) Leases are contested and sensitive, politically and otherwise. The proposals should assume that the developer has necessary powers to develop but make no assumptions as to who the developer is, and be stated in a way that is sensitive to this issue.

Task 1: Review existing studies and identify relevant precedents

Understand current land ownership and status of leases and review existing social, economic and spatial development studies on the Hout Bay Harbour.  (A number of studies have already been undertaken on the Hout Bay Habour. These are to be located and reviewed, and summarised in the form of a short socio-economic study.)

Identify relevant precedents for integrated social and economic development of a desirable geographic location, preferably in developing country contexts and for other small harbours, but it need not be limited to these.

Task 2: Develop an inspiring concept (Hout Bay Harbour re-imagined)

Important note: The concept needs to be both developed and presented in a way that clearly shows that it is illustrative of the potential of the harbor and how it could benefit the community of Hout Bay and Cape Town more broadly. The concept is not intended to be definitive. However, it must be realistic and informed by suitable precedents (see Task 1). This concept is a vision rather than a specific and detailed plan. It is Hout Bay Harbour re-imagined.

Drawing on the existing studies, as well as the precedents (Task 1), develop a concept (a vision, Hout Bay Harbour re-imagined) for the potential of the harbor (as fully developed) for the realization of inclusive economic and social benefits for Hout Bay and Cape Town more broadly.

This concept should:

  • Be sensitive to its location, — geographically, socially and culturally.
  • Incorporate the heritage of fishing and the related living heritage, cultural and social history (but not be limited to this for the development of the harbour)
  • Incorporate mixed residential, business (in the generative sense of things being created and made – including but not limited to craft/artisanal spaces – and not a strong focus on retail, though retail can be included) and tourism.
  • Pay attention to social and economic development and benefits
  • Pay attention to how these benefits are distributed, with a focus on broad inclusion.

The concept/vision should clearly show the benefits (nature, quantum and distribution):

  • The nature of the social and economic benefits
  • An estimation of the potential overall total social and economic benefits
  • A description of the distribution of these benefits

These need to be as practical, accessible and specific as possible, understanding that these are all illustrative rather than determinative.

Develop a visual prepresentation of the concept, using suitable media, that can be used to successfully convey the concept and its benefits to a wide range of stakeholders – community, business, government and potential developers.

Task 3: Practical implementation concept

Develop initial proposals for practical mechanisms for the implementation of the concept, including a suitable development vehicle to realize the concept, how the development would be project managed and financed, proposed phasing etc.

These proposals do not need to be definitive, rather, their purpose is to stimulate informed discussion on suitable implementation mechanisms.

Task 4: Consultations

In parallel with the above tasks, the consultant will undertake limited and informal consultations with relevant stakeholders, paying particular attention to the identified risks (and well as any others that the consultant may identify) and taking suitable measures to mitigate this risks throughout the process.

The purpose of these consultatations is three-fold:

  • To become better informed (so as to produce context relavent proposols)
  • To inform
  • To stimulate informed discussion among stakeholders

The consultant will, at all times, keep Hout Bay Partnership informed of its progress and will invite HBP to all consultations.

Eligibility and selection criteria

The ideal consultant team will have the following experience and competencies:

  • Deep understanding of South African cultural, political and economic history and current dynamics
  • Professional commitment to the values of the Hout Bay Partnership – productively working with diversity and across race and class for mutual benefit
  • Relevant practical and first-hand experience with the development of habours (preferably small harbours), from concept through to implementation
  • Planning (relevant to this proposal)
  • Economic development (relevant to this proposal)
  • Social development (relevant to this proposal)
  • Demonstrated ability to translate concepts into visual compelling media for ease of understandning by a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability and experience working in politically sensitive environments
  • Able to deliver a complex and demanding job in a timely and cost-effective manner, taking into account the limited time and resources available

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