On the 12 November, 2020 a meeting was held between the members of the Save Our Beach Hut campaign group and City of Cape Town representatives in discussing the plan of action in order for our iconic structures to be secured for generations to come.
Angel Gorman, Daniel Blaauw and Charles Maisel from the Save Our Beach Huts campaign presented the plan that would involve the formation of a Trust that would be lead by a joint committee of both public participants and city representatives. The trust would have as it’s mandate the repair and maintenance of the Beach Huts, with the objective to create employment and conduct fund raising to preserve these icons.
While the primary aim is to repair and restore the beach huts, there is a secondary objetive to use the Beach Huts as a platform to create socia-economic opportunities for the community.
The Beach Hut Trust is going to be formed as a private and public collaboration between conerned parties and the relevant city representatives. The forming of the Friends of the Beach Huts foundation is the initial process to preceed this.
Once established a management agreement will be drafted between the foundation and the city, and then the real work can begin.
Until that time, the founders of the Save Our Beach Hut campaign have committed to a campaign of awareness and fund raising that includes extensive media interaction as well as setting up markets stands to help raise the awareness.
The founders are also engaing with local crafts people and businesses to create products utilising the image of the Beach Huts that will be sold through various channels.
For now, the journey has started and the paperwork is in motion. We will endeavour to push to get the paperwork through as best we know how, but ultimately the process needs to run its course.
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