English: This article focuses on a community-development programme (case study) in
Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats, viz. ‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel’. In a period of just
over a decade, this community has transitioned from a degraded natural, built and
social environment to one where the community have cohered to realise a vision of
a place of which they are currently proud. This case study adds to the understanding
of sustainable community development, by tracing the transition from a vicious to a
virtuous cycle of community development. The development of social capital within
the community, coupled with the development of partnerships and the building of
trust with local government, have been identified as key ingredients in this transition.
The benefits derived from the current virtuous cycle for the Bonteheuwel community
as well as local government are demonstrated. This article contributes towards
the understanding of how to foster sustainable communities, and is, therefore, of
relevance to local governments and policy-makers.