Red Alert on Public Open Space

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The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government are supposed to be the guardians of our public open space – note the description PUBLIC open space – but they don’t care about the public. They act as if public open space were their very own property, to do with what they wish and sell it off as they please, to fill the city’s coffers.

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Is the Chapman’s Peak toll plaza the DA’s own Nkandla?

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Unless one has a jaundiced political perspective, it is very difficult to disagree with the DA’s stand on Nkandla, given the unbelievable economic hardship faced by the vast majority of South Africans. Transparency and accountability are given high priority under the DA’s governance policy framework, yet it seems that there are some very good examples of the DA falling well short of its ambitions. The R53m toll plaza building on Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town is one example.

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Costly tolls spoil famous cape route

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The Hout Bay Residents Association this week appealed to the Competition Commission to investigate the entire 30-year toll road contract. Two companies linked to the project have accepted fines in a R1.46-billion construction industry collusion scandal; The Swiss company that provided safety nets to prevent rocks rolling on the road withdrew its safety guarantee two years ago for undisclosed reasons; A community leader from Hout Bay, which adjoins Chapman’s Peak Drive has called on residents to boycott the toll road to “punish” the provincial government for an “undemocratic” decision to support it; and A geology professor has warned that the new R54-million toll plaza office building is built into a slope of granite koalinite that, if disturbed, is prone to mudslides and slippages.

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Chapman’s Peak Toll Offices: Now that there is a legal precedent Carlisle has to act

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It is now public knowledge, the Competition Commission’s probe into bid-rigging by the major construction firms in South Africa uncovered a web of collusion within the SA Construction industry. For over 8 years the Public protested to try and prevent the building of the Entilini Toll Plaza on Table Mountain National Park land. During a Urgent Interdict Application to the Cape High Court the Minister Carlisle informed the Court that it was not in the Public’s best interest to question or reject the Contract signed by Western Cape Provincial Government on the Chapman’s Peak Toll Road “as it would cost R141 Million to cancel this contract”.

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Editorial: Poll road

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It may be that the MEC – and can this be the same Robin Carlisle who favours the construction of a huge toll plaza and office block on Chapman’s Peak Drive? – has bitten off more than he can chew.

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Chappies plaza faces another court challenge

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GREEN Party leader Judith Sole is bringing a new legal challenge against the toll plaza under construction on Chapman’s Peak. Sole said yesterday: “I have to do this otherwise we allow a precedent to be set where anyone is entitled to build in a protected area just by getting a signature.

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Chappies statement like salt on a wound

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In any war it is not who is right but who is left? So what is left? Well, thousands of community members shaking their heads in disbelief as to what transpired and most probably bitterness to boot.

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Win a fabulous week-end in Church Haven and donate money to the Chappies Legal Fund

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Helen & David Untiedt have kindly made a week-end available to us for our raffle to collect funds to pay our outstanding fees to our Environmental Lawyers & Advocates.

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Video Chapman’s Peak: A Mighty Purpose

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Your voice matters. Standing up for what you believe is right where ever you are in the world.

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Chapman’s Peak a Cape Times Editorial : “PEAK HOUR”

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Perhaps the biggest loser will be public confidence. If the government can get away with activities that flout its own laws – and use public money to fight citizens who try to hold it to account in court- why should anyone bother?

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“Granting an interdict would severely prejudice the province”

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An application to interdict construction of the control building for the Chapman’s Peak toll plaza in Cape Town was dismissed in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

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Judgment reserved in Chapman’s Peak case

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The Western Cape High Court reserved judgment on Tuesday on whether to grant an interdict halting construction of a toll plaza on Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town.

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Protect Chapman’s Peak : 2nd Public Protest March on Sunday 20th May

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This public march on Sunday 20th May will lead up to the Interdict Application set down for Cape High Court Monday 28th May 2012, 09h00 in Keerom Street, Cape Town.

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Chapman’s Peak luxury office block plans and drawings: here it REALLY is

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Not a pretty picture. The actual architectural drawing of the of the planned Chapman’s Peak Drive two storey LUXURY offices next to the toll plaza

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Public’s opinions on Chapman’s Peak toll plaza and office block

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Some of the public’s opinions on Chapman’s Peak toll plaza and office block as depicted in cartoons, letters, media articles, photo’s and video

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The public take Chapman’s Peak issue back to court

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HOUT Bay residents have gone to court for the second time in an attempt to halt the building of the controversial R54-million luxury office on Chapman’s Peak Drive.

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CHAPMAN’S PEAK DRIVE APPEAL FOR FUNDS

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The HBRRA’s powerful legal team remains convinced that the planned toll plaza is inappropriate. They are highly motivated and have strongly advised the Association to apply once again to the High Court to stop the construction. “We have the end in sight and now simply require sufficient funds to finish the job”.

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JOIN THE CHAPPIES PROTEST!

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This public march on Sunday 20th May will lead up to the Interdict Application set down for Cape High Court Monday 28th May 2012, 09h00 in Keerom Street, Cape Town.

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The public want answers on the Chapman’s Peak Toll Plaza and office

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Bronwen Lankers-Byrne on the Chapman’s Peak toll plaza and office: I and the public have many unanswered questions and concerns and would like answers to the following…

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IFP: DA AND ANC TO CORRECT THEIR CHAPMAN’S PEAK ERRORS

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The DA government made a mistake in the way it handled the construction of luxury office space in the World Heritage Site at Chapman’s Peak Drive.

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Request for funding to pay High Court action against Chapman’s Peak development

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A team of highly experienced legal specialists researching the legality of the development have assured us that we have a good case for stopping construction.

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Carlisle sues Chairman of Residents’ Association of Hout Bay over Chapman’s Peak

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The Chapman’s Peak toll saga has taken a dramatic new turn – with Transport MEC Robin Carlisle now suing a Hout Bay activist for defamation.

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Public take the Chapman’s Peak construction issue to the High Court

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The public has gone to the high court in a bid to halt construction of the controversial R54 million toll plaza and office on Chapman’s Peak Drive.

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Petition: Protect Chapman’s Peak

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Please help protect Chapman’s Peak by signing the AVAAZ petition. AVAAZ is the world’s largest and most effective online campaigning community for change.

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Protest against Chapman’s Peak office block to seek support from Argus Cycle riders

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Dear Friends of Chappies We are entering our 5th week of the Protect Chapmans’ Peak Movement Campaign- we now need your help this week!

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Chappies tree fellers win after stand-off (plus video)

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Some of about 12 placard-carrying protesters who were collecting signatures for the anti-toll petition tried to stop the fellers’ bakkie from entering the construction site by standing between the vehicle and the gates to the site.

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