In late 2012, inspired in part by South Africa’s Green Economy Accord, the National Planning Commission’s Vision and Plan for 2030, the Theewaterskloof Municipality’s Vision for 2030 and their Green Economy Scoping Study, a small group of Greyton residents started asking some very big questions:
- How could Greyton (including Genadendal and surrounding communities) become an even better place to live?
- How do we become one of the top 10 tourist destinations in South Africa?
- How do we establish (and how do we differentiate) ourselves as a centre of ‘green’ learning?
- How could we grow a vibrant economy to rival that of a small city, with minimal impact on our environment?
- How could Greyton create a replicable, world-class model for green and low-carbon living and become a global brand to grow and share?
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
To provide answers to these questions, we created Greyton in 2030, an umbrella framework which we could refer to whenever a new initiative is introduced, and to track our progress. We prepared a brief visioning statement (written in 2030 present tense) for each of the categories listed below:
Whilst a number of people have contributed to the Greyton in 2030 statement, a hard copy of which can be downloaded from below, the bulk of the articulation and conversion to text was undertaken by Michael Haupt a Greyton resident. Each of the linked pages from the list below explores a contemporary view of how with the help of GTT, the community and municipality Greyton and its surrounding communities may look forward to a vibrant, healthy future.
- Aesthetics – what do we want our already beautiful village to look like by 2030?
- Ecology – what kind of ecology do we want to nurture?
- Economics – what kind of economy do we want to create?
- Education – what do we want our local education systems to provide?
- Energy – how will we generate our energy needs in a sustainable manner?
- Food – how will we become as self-sufficient as possible?
- Housing – what type of housing will we provide to fit in our overall framework?
- Infrastructure – what road, water, power, sanitation, telecoms and other utilities will be required?
- Transport – what mobility options will we provide?
- Waste – how do we want to handle domestic, commercial and sanitation waste?
Excited by our ideas, hope to gain some inspiration, or simply want to see if the ideas reflect your views or not? Then access the Greyton 2030 blue sky thinking PDF on the possible future of Greyton. It’s less than a 10-minute read, but could be a framework for all future initiatives in Greyton.