The Eastern Cape Provincial Spatial Development Plan

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UN Habitat in their latest “State of the World’s cities 2010/2011” report lists East London as the second least equal city in the world, just behind Johannesburg that is the least equal.

Read more about this in an article published in the GO!&Express Community newspaper:
Water Resources Map
With the current extremely low rainfall in the Eastern Cape this Water Resource Map raised even more concerns for some areas and hope for others in the Province.

Implications of climate change indicate the Eastern Cape could expect drier and more arid conditions in the western half in the longer term. The eastern portion could experience increased rainfall, flooding and higher flows in the river systems rising sea levels will be likely to impact on lower altitude portions of coastal cities (Port Elizabeth and East London) coastal towns (Jeffrey’s Bay, Cape St Francis, Port Alfred, Port St Johns) and resorts (Coffee Bay and Kenton on Sea for example).
According to the Department of Water there are simply insufficient water resources available to sustain large scale urban growth along the coast and inland from NMMB and BCM. Accordingly, alternative means of securing water resources and water demand management measures will be essential to ensure future sustainability.
On the other hand the eastern portion of the province has a certain measure of water resource capacity, enabling growth to be considered on greater scale. However, the peri-urban sprawl currently manifesting itself in this area mitigates against sustainable development because of the scattered distribution of land uses and the inefficient, costly infrastructure distribution systems.

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