Epidemiology expert comments on Cape Town sewer debacle

It may be in the interests of the Dept. of Environmental Affairs as well as the City of Cape Town to note that, in the face of this obviously unsatisfactory public participation process with its hidden crucial information, both organisations will share the ethical blame in the event that environmental damage occurs, if not the legal liability.

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Turn stadium into sewerage plant

Cape Town Stadium should be converted into a hi-tech sewerage plant so the city can stop discharging about 50 million litres of untreated effluent in Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Green Point daily.

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Clifton property development alarms residents

“Why is the mayor fast-tracking and driving the sale of land used freely and for over a century by families from across the Cape Peninsula for the benefit of a private developer who is behind the scenes and unnamed?”

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Budget Blues for city ratepayers

Cape Town should be run as a proper business and this is what we the shareholders (ratepayers) demand.

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Cape Town rates and tariff increases excessive – Cape Chamber

City’s 27 000 staff are earning an average of R30 000 a month in salaries and benefits, well above private sector norms.

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We are a civic body

Five years ago when a letter of mine was published under the headline “ears and eyes of civil society will not be stifled”, this conspiracy theorist crawled out of some box and now again as the local government is criticised, he throws some mud at the GCTCA.

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Durbanville forum to appeal controversial farmland property development

What is of real concern is that a school will be built on both high potential soils and delineated wetlands, and the forum wonders what sort of legacy it will leave for future generations of schoolchildren as greater awareness evolves of our ever decreasing, scarce and irreplaceable natural resources. Once these resources are developed, they are damaged forever.

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Observatory Main Road high-rise may go ahead despite protest

Marc Turok, the Observatory Civic Association (OCA) chairman, said: “Our stance is that Observatory and its people should be treated with respect by developers and the city officials. We have rights no less important than those who wish to come and transform our area.

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City of Cape Town in clash over wine farm housing project

THE Constantia community is to take the City of Cape Town to court after it gave the green light for a housing development to be built on a grade one heritage wine farm in Constantia’s famed valley of the vines.

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Decision tomorrow a “turning point” for Green Point Ratepayers and Heritage Western Cape

The Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents Association says tomorrow’s decision on the proposed demolition of a 122-year-old building will be a “turning point” in its battle against Heritage Western Cape to preserve historical structures in the area.

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GCTCA comments on the proposed withdrawal of the 2001 Peninsula Urban Edge Study

We appreciate the pressures that the City is under to cope with the unrelenting influx of persons wishing to live in the metropole and the blandishments offered by unscrupulous developers in terms of increased rates revenue that the City will garner from every new upmarket housing development. However, it is the duty of the custodians of this beautiful part of Earth to safeguard its natural assets for the countless generations to come.

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Event Friday 28 November 15h00-16h00 Constantia-Cape Town : A CHALLENGE TO DEMOCRACY

This is a story about the undermining of our democracy. This is a story about how a corporation was able to bully residents in their own neighbourhood. This is a story about the flagrant disregard for the rights of a community exhibited by government and corporate interests and about profit over the will of the people.

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The battle to save the integrity of the 18th century Martin Melck warehouse continues

In November 2013 the city council dismissed a developers’ appeal, which was hoped would effectively put paid to development plans that involved the old warehouse built in 1764. This should have ended the controversy that has dragged on for years, involving the city council, the provincial government, heritage agencies and court action, but no, the developer has now tabled an “amended” proposal.

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A template for urban innovation

At the moment, civil society’s voice and democratic space is being systematically closed down – only choreographed and sham public participation takes place. Centralised decision-making and an attitude that “we know best what’s good for you” is the order of the day, and, when challenged by civil society, the local administration is quick to respond: “Take us to court” – and they have plenty of money (our ratepayers’ money) to defend high court actions.

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Treasure the Karoo Action Group update

TKAG has recently written to the President and several Cabinet Ministers, placing relevant studies, reports and evidence in front of them that highlight the risks of shale gas mining, urging a cautious approach. After our communication being ignored, we decided to lay a formal complaint with the Public Protector, where the matter will be investigated.

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EVENT: The Nuclear Build interview – VOCfm 19:15 Monday 6 October

Participating in this scheduled interview will be Mike Kantey of the Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) and Zizamele Mbambo, Deputy Director General in the Department of Energy.

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