Philippi Horticultural farmers protest against proposed Cape Town housing developments

They called for an “urgent investigation” into the “irrational and unconstitutional” actions of Environmental, Planning and Development MEC Anton Bredell and mayor Patricia de Lille threatening the PHA, which is a critical food security resource.

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Cape Aquifer denials, disinformation

“Good agricultural land on the urban edge and elsewhere is rapidly being consumed by urban development, and valuable biodiversity resources and areas of scenic and amenity value are being threatened.”

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Effective crime control needed

With bullets whizzing over their heads, through their windows and into the walls of their homes, it is no wonder there is little faith in Ceasefire – with Hanover Park Community Police Forum’s secretary, Mr Weldon Cameron, saying at a meeting on “Gangsterism, Trauma and Substance Abuse” that Ceasefire does not work on the Cape Flats.

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Cape Town’s ‘not so grand’ centralisation scheme

The City, which works for its corporate citizens, providing them with a “red tape to red carpet” special service that us mere mortals can only dream of, is implementing a massive growth strategy to increase square metres of office, conference, hotel and private living space in the central business district (CBD) and close to it.This makes the land in the CBD much more valuable, making billions for the property developers and hundreds of millions in additional rates annually for the City.

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Gang project under fire

“We do not see gang violence ceasing. People are killed daily due to gang violence. The question we need to be asking is why is this happening in this province while gangsterism seems to be under control in other provinces,” Bam said.

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Video: Cape Sewage Outrage

Aerial photographs of the oceans around the Southern tip of the continent went viral earlier this year causing outrage. The images showed that the City of Cape Town was pumping 55 million litres of untreated sewage into Table Bay every day. New scientific analysis now reveals that 87 000 carcinogenic, hormone disrupting chemicals could be seeping from the sewage mass into the oceans. Yet, the city is without any immediate solutions. Carte Blanche investigates the far-reaching impact of the filth.

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Cape Town Climate March Sunday 29th November

Date: Sunday 29th November 2015 Time: Convene at 11 a.m – March starts at noon and proceeds to Parliament at 1 p.m. Starting Venue: Keizersgracht near CPUT Cape Town Campus

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Picture paints 1000 words: Historical Martin Melck Warehouse

Plans for a glass construction on top of the historic Melck Warehouse in Bree Street was approved by the mayoral committee even though applications had been turned down three times previously by the City’s own committee that deals with planning issues.

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Picture paints 1000 words: Cape Town Stadium

Taxpayers of the City of Cape Town have forked out R1,9 billion in taxes and duties towards the mostly unused Cape Town Stadium.

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Picture paints 1000 words: Maidens Cove, Clifton

The controversial plans of the City of Cape Town to sell the most prestigious municipal land in Clifton got further momentum when councillors agreed that the City should go ahead with plans for a property transaction.

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Cape Town: Fury over plan for historic landmark

THE City of Cape Town has been heavily criticized for supporting a proposal to build a “spaceship galactica” glass office block on top of one of the city’s great historical landmarks, the Martin Melck warehouse. The decision has left the Habitat Council fuming – and it says it is considering appealing to the Western Cape High Court to overturn the decision.

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New nuke build: EIA problematic and flawed

Becker concludes, “The GIBB consultants have a legal responsibility to put all the pertinent facts before the decision makers in a complete, unbiased and quantified way in the EIA report. Failing to do so can lead to criminal prosecution in their personal capacities.” There is concern from stakeholders that GIBB is trying to push through this flawed EIA with only token public participation.

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Event: 4th November Mass March Demonstration – District 6

D6WC has been mandated by the people to take the Mayor of Cape Town to task about the slow and corrupt land reform process in District6 for the last 17 years.

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De Waal Drive flats spat

GCTCA chairperson Philip Bam said there seemed to be a “terrible haste” by the authorities to evict tenants living in government flats. “From interaction with tenants of the De Waal Drive Flats, it would appear that authorities made no secret of it that the flats were on prime property.

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Opinion: Bad development bid

We were also treated to a glossy presentation showing splashing whales and a boardwalk (a good idea), but no images of the 40-odd “exclusive” houses and shops to be squashed on to this precious site. He proved that our council has done zero consultation with the people who actually use Maiden’s Cove, the historically disadvantaged communities of the Cape Flats.

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GCTCA Annual Chairman’s Report August 2015

It would appear that the voice of the ratepayer is being silenced by the new municipal bylaw on planning (MBL). Regulation will allow developments to be approved without consultation with the ratepayers and community. A closer study of the MBL reveal quite wide ranging powers given to the City to exclude public participation, e.g the City can decide whom it feels would be appropriate to consult. This means it could bypass the local ratepayer and civic organisations thus denying organised community structures a voice.

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