In grip of mediocrity

We were recently warned to be alert on that stretch of the road and that seems to be the response of our law enforcers. All the time it is about “the community must be alert”, “the community must assist the police” and “the community must do more to ensure their safety”.

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No green light yet for Uitkamp in Durbanville

“The land is agricultural land and it remains under the jurisdiction of the national minister of agriculture. No provincial or City approvals can supersede his and the national department’s authority over the land. The developer still needs approvals from both the national departments of agriculture and water affairs – any local authorisations granted cannot in isolation be wrenched from the rest of the legislative processes,”

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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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Diverting attention

Premier Zille, if you are indeed “committed” to curbing alcohol abuse, please answer why you are not using your political influence on your colleagues in the city to force them to follow recommendations made by the head of your own Health Department, Professor Craig Househam, to reduce the city’s liquor trading hours for licensed pubs and liquor stores, and have the Liquor Authority heed objections to liquor licence applications from communities suffering from high levels of social ills, while getting social workers to play a more prominent role in creating safer communities.

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Province, city’s liquor policies must help create safe society

Why not implement recommendations made by experts and academics, such as Professor Craig Househam, to reduce the city’s liquor trading hours for licensed pubs and liquor stores, and have the Liquor Authority heed objections to liquor licence applications from communities suffering from high levels of social ills.

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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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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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Customers pay more for less

So now we have this interesting situation. In 2007, the price paid per kWh in the City of Cape Town was 52 cents per kWh and now we pay R1.72 per kWh. But back in 2007, South Africans enjoyed access to 42 GW of power, but now we have access to about 32 GW of power. We are paying more because we should have more, but the South African government and our electricity provider cannot find a way to bring us the additional electricity we are paying for, but which we don’t have.

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Recent development decisions make mockery of city’s bid to be a bioregion

Van der Merwe’s letter is typical of the “we know best” attitude of those inhabiting the Cape Town Civic Centre, perfectly illustrated in the first sentence of his second paragraph in which the concerns of residents are the last consideration mentioned, though it is they who put the politicians in power.

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Centralised decisions destroying the City’s natural resources

The current Cape Town structure and the power vested solely in the position of the executive mayor and Mayco (her mayoral committee) has embraced this form of government, with its dictatorial, centralised control.

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Hear the people!

We know those in power place a priority on “economic; growth”, but economic development must be to uplift people and take care of our natural surroundings and environment, not increase the wealth and power of the already rich.

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