NOTICE and REMINDERS (September 3rd 2011)

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Notices and reminders

CofCT – Registration of Associations & Organisations

Comment due date 23 September 2011 : Cape Town Zoning Scheme (CTZS) and converted Zoning Map

Comment due date 30 September 2011 : Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy

City of Cape Town: Registration of Associations & Organisations

Please take note of the following message we received on 2nd September:

Please be advised that there will shortly be a media campaign calling on all organisations to register with the City in advance of the establishment of the new Ward Committees. Those that are already registered will simply be asked to check that they are on the data base.

With best wishes
Alderman Owen Kinahan
Office of the Speaker

Len Swimmer : Chairman

Cape Town Zoning Scheme (CTZS) and converted Zoning Map

The City is requesting comments on their converted CTZS zoning map. Any comments need to be submitted on or before
23 September 2011

As far as the actual amended CTZS is concerned, the City submitted the final draft to the Western Cape Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP – the competent authority for approving zoning schemes) in January 2011 for further consideration and finalisation. This round of comment is therefore not aimed at the draft zoning scheme content, but comment and input by property owners in order to identify any errors or discrepancies on the map.

What the City is now asking for is comment on the zoning map in particular. This map is viewable online at
or can be viewed at any of the eight District Planning Offices.

In order to view the map online, it is strongly suggested that you read the instructions carefully. Better still, print the instructions page so you can refer to it later.

  1. The City first requires you to accept a disclaimer which will be presented when you go to the above link.
  2. You must click on the “Read this disclaimer before proceeding to the viewer” link.
  3. You will then be taken to the ‘Disclaimer’ page where you need to click on a box stating that you accept the disclaimer.
  4. You can then click on the (PBDM Zoning Viewer) button

Once you have got onto the map and followed the instructions, you will find that you can only view the “Existing and Proposed zoning” for an individual property. You cannot view the proposed zoning for an entire area. Because we, as associations, generally need to see the Zoning for an entire area, this aspect was queried with the City, to which the city responded:

It is however not that easy to make these maps available on the Internet (even to upload PDF formats) as it will require specific programs to be written with links to navigate between the various sheets. Even in PDF format a single sheet will be big files for downloading purposes. Also very importantly is that the current viewer is a “live” and up-to-date version of the zoning maps. Various updates on the zoning data base happen each day (eg. new zonings, lapsing of zoning, etc). A PDF version will be a “snap-shot” version of a specific moment and will be literally outdated the next day. We will therefore not consider this option.

We will however consider specific requests from registered Civic Organisations to provide them with a sheet (hard copy) of the new converted zonings for their respective area (if it can fit on one sheet and still be legible). Note that this will only be for the converted (new) zones and not the existing zones.

Best regards.

Jaco van der Westhuizen

Manager: Development Policies, Processes and Legislation


When viewing the zoning for a particular property, you can then refer to the following documents which define the land use and development rights.

To view and/or download the final draft of the proposed unified CTZS, click on the following links.

CTZS Final draft – Regulations – Oct 2010 (PDF, 747kb)

CTZS Final draft – Appendix – Oct 2010 (PDF, 8.2mb)

CTZS Final draft – Table A – Oct 2010 (PDF, 2.6mb)

Comments on the converted zoning map can be submitted on or before 23 September 2011 in any of the following ways:

– By post to the Project Manager, CTZS Operational office, PO Box 298, Cape Town, 8000;

– By hand at any of the District Planning Offices (where a form can be completed for this purposes);

– By fax to 021 425 4327; or

– By email to

For more information regarding this project, contact
Jaco van der Westhuizen on 021 400 7576, email or
Gideon Brand on 021 400 7579, email

Gavin Smith : Planning & Land Use Management Committee

Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy

In response to numerous requests from residents and the telecommunication industry, the City of Cape Town has decided to extend the deadline for comment on its ‘Draft Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy‘ until the end of September 2011.

Based on the volume of engagement emanating from mainly residents of areas where cellular companies have wanted to place their cell masts, to say that the placing of Telecommunication Infrastructure is a controversial issue, is an understatement. There is an obvious need to have an acceptable policy on the issue.

It would be wise to utilise the opportunity afforded by the City to proactively place any concerns and suggestions before them, which will help inform the City of Cape Town’s ‘Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy’. If you haven’t yet had need to respond to a Cell Mast application, the chances are that at some time in the future you will find yourself needing to do so for your area. Take it from those that have already commented or objected to these masts, its a daunting task, full of very technical jargon to get ones head around and when you start interrogating the pro’s and con’s its enough to make your head ache, especially if you are like me who thinks its a major technical breakthrough to find the ‘ampersand’ key on my ‘kwerty’ cellphone keyboard.

The main concerns are usually around health associated with cell mast transmissions, and in this regard there appears as much “scientific” evidence informing that these masts do not pose a threat, as there is refuting it. The other often communicated concerns are the visual impact of the mast infrastructure itself and associated impact on the values of properties situated in close proximity to the infrastructure.

Some of the things that we do know:

  • Society has adopted a technology that (presently) relies on cellular and wireless base stations to receive and transmit signals. Society is definitely not going to relinquish the technology, the use of which, if reports are to be believed, now exceed landline usage internationally

  • Last month, on Saturday 13th August, Constantia residents held a vehement public protest against the construction of a new cellphone transmission mast in their area, pointing to continued concern about the possible effect of radiation from these masts on health

  • According to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, everyone has the right to
    (a) an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and
    (b) to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations

  • Promulgated (2010) Environmental Impact Assessment regulations have now allowed for applications for masts not exceeding 15 meters in height, to no longer be deemed a ‘listed activity’ and subsequently forego the need for a Public Participation Process under the National Environmental Management Act. This provision was recently used for an original application for a 25 meter mast in the Helderberg Nature Reserve. After an understandably very loud public outcry, the applicant changed it to one for a 15 meter mast. OK! Like that made all the difference… Seems that the meaning of ‘NATURE’, as in ‘Nature Reserve‘, is an unknown to some. In October last year MTN changed their application for a mast in Dalham Road, Constantia from 15 meters to 14,5 meters.
    There are strong calls for this provision to be scrapped.

  • Two grade eight pupils from St John’s College in Houghton Johannesburg, as part of a science project, did an analysis of the possible health impacts caused by a cell mast on the school grounds. The Headmaster said “In light of the investigation, the school, the staff and parents are against the mast. We have instituted proceedings to have it removed.”

  • There was a case in Craigavon in Fourways, Johannesburg (December 2010) where a wireless broadband mast was taken down after a number of residents complained of negative health impacts and took the matter to court

  • The ‘Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of South Africa’, a Section 21 (non-profit) foundation based in Johannesburg says:

    • “Russia and the Seletun Scientific (sic) statement recommends that U18’s and pregnant women do not use cell phones • Taiwan removed all telecom masts (1500) from or near schools in 2007 • Switzerland and France have removed WiFi from schools and replaced it with fibre optic • Schools worldwide have removed WiFi and ensured they are hard wired • India prohibits the use of children or women in cell phone advertisements • France has prohibited the use of WiFi in its public libraries and some cities have removed WiFi completely • The World Health Organisation has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans • The European Parliament has advised its 47 member states to put in place information and awareness campaigns on the risks of the long term biological effects of EMFs (Electromagnetic fields), especially targeting children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age

  • Telecommunication companies say that allegations of radiation harm from masts cannot be proven

  • Telecommunication companies say that there is no evidence to substantiate the claim that cellular infrastructure negatively impacts property values

Gavin Smith : Planning & Land Use Management Committee

The draft Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy can be downloaded from:
(Full Document)
and here
(Executive Summary)

You may also request a copy by email:
In addition, printed copies are available for viewing at all subcouncil offices and public libraries.

Comments on the draft policy may be submitted on or before 30 September 2011 in writing as follows:

By post to The Manager, Environmental and Heritage Management Branch, PO Box 4529, Cape Town, 8000

By hand to the same as above at 2nd floor, Media City Building, cnr Heerengracht and Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town

By fax to 021 425 4448

By email to

By completing the City’s online form :

Any further enquiries may be directed to or Ronelle Clarke on tel 021 400 6534 (mornings only).


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