New zoning scheme could damage character of Cape Town

The city’s announcement of the new Integrated Zone Scheme (CTZS), effective as of Friday (1st March 2013), is meant to rid the metro of apartheid-style planning policy, cut red tape and contain urban sprawl. Some of this is true, but it is also likely to bring with it problems that could radically change the character of the city and undermine its sustainability. These have been largely ignored by planners despite their having been pointed out often.

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Editorial: Spaced out

THE right of access to the beach is a particularly sensitive issue in Cape Town, where for so many years the best beaches were closed to most of the city’s population.

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Princess Vlei: ‘Irregularities’ in mall process

Documents alleging irregularities in the process surrounding the proposed Princess Vlei shopping mall have been handed to the National Prosecuting Authority ( NPA) and to the Public Protector.

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Princess Vlei ‘dressed’ in shrubs and trees

The Princess Vlei was “dressed” with 200 indigenous trees and shrubs at an Arbor Day event on Wednesday September 5, boosting the Save the Princess Vlei Campaign.

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Greening the Vlei

PRINCESS Vlei got a green makeover when about 100 trees were planted in honour of Arbor Month. Pupils from Lotus River High School and John Graham Primary School, in Plumstead, rolled up their sleeves to plant trees at a ceremony on Wednesday.

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Princess Vlei: We live in a divided city

We live in a divided city. A city riven by history, by class, colour, culture, language, creed.

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Cape Town mayor challenged over Princess Vlei mall development

DISPUTED: The land around the Princess Vlei, Grassy Park, earmarked for a shopping mall. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

CAPE TOWN mayor Patricia de Lille has been challenged to publically state her stance on whether a shopping mall should be built on the banks of Princess Vlei.

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Urban growth: Residents want a response

“But according to the province, there is no legislative appeal process against Bredell’s approval and any challenge will have to be through the courts.”

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Video Chapman’s Peak: A Mighty Purpose

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

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Seaside village protests

Residents were out in force, dogs in tow, on Saturday to make a statement against proposed developments which, they say, will alter the character of the “little seaside village”.

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Princess Vlei: The same mistakes should never be repeated

Mayor De Lille’s actions fly in the face of the well meaning “Save Princess Vlei” volunteers, who have been “dressing the Princess”

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Don’t Mall our Princess

“If the bulldozers come my wife must look for another husband because I will fight to the end…”

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16th June: Please come and support the People’s Protest for Princess Vlei

June 16th Princess Vlei

Public of all ages are invited to share their ideas at this opportunity for a creative expression of our future

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Princess Vlei: What’s it all about?

“My appeal now is directly to the developer. Hear the people. Save yourself a lot of trouble and withdraw. Can’t you see the anger of the people?”

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Princess Vlei: Front line between two value systems

To convince authorities of this wisdom, one way to go would be to demonstrate the real cost in cash of disregarding the imperatives of nature and destroying cultural heritage.

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Power and People

Philip M Bam writes:

South Africa is in trouble

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