Aimee Khul, ward councillor
The southern peninsula of Cape Town is arguably one of the most beautiful spaces in the world.
With plant and animal diversity which exists nowhere else on the planet, we are ever mindful our natural heritage so unique to this neck of the woods.
In addition to this, famous historical sites – from different ages of human civilization right back to the time of early man – are major drawcards for local and international visitors.
Muizenberg and Kalk Bay have taken the world stage through international water sport activities and by being listed as the coolest neighbourhood.
Having said that, rapid urbanisation threatens this heritage.
It will take a joint effort to ensure basic services are provided to a growing population while protecting our natural and cultural spaces.
Local newspapers, such as the Echo, are an important communication tool that not only inform residents of local activities and projects but uphold democracy by providing well researched and balanced reporting.
In a day and age, when we are all being flooded by information, locally relevant reporting builds a community’s capacity to take informed ownership of the challenges we collectively face.
I wish the Echo many more years in fulfilling this important function and hope it will continue to uphold its excellent standards.