City approves Noordhoek Restaurant despite tide of public objection

“Ten or 15 years ago this may have been different, but now there is very much top-down decision-making. We hoped democracy would have evolved to allow civil society to become a more respected and involved party in decision-making, which is good governance, but that has not happened,”

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Fund probe overdue

A clear ruling from Concourt will do much to address this problem. Ideally such a decision from the highest court in the land will be accompanied by historical supportive evidence showing why the verdict is so necessary.

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Substance abuse is fuelling most of our violent crime

Western Cape social development services are mostly outsourced to NGOs, but aren’t adequately funded to make a significant difference. It’s disingenuous for the provincial government to quote spending comparisons with other provinces, while ignoring studies that reveal we have the highest rate of substance abuse in South Africa, with alcohol fuelling 70 percent of violent crime.

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Planning by-law rattles ratepayers

Questions have been raised about the constitutionality of Cape Town’s draft municipal planning by-law, the lack of public participation and the centralisation of power in the mayor’s office to deal with appeals.

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Reporting environmental violations

How do we send a strong message to government – Treasury, in particular – that this perpetual underinvestment in compliance monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws in South Africa constitutes a violation of the state’s obligations to realise every person’s Constitutional right to an environment not harmful to health or wellbeing, and that this must be addressed without delay?

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Civic Groups petition Cape Town Council

THE PRESENCE of unique agricultural soils on Uitkamp farm in Durbanvillle was played down or even ignored in the decision-making process that approved extensive development on this historic property, say civic groups.

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Civic groups take aim at Uitkamp

It is also part of a general gripe by civic groups, through the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance, about the allegedly pro-development planning policies and decisions by the DA-led city and province. This has also become an election issue.

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Action needed to reduce crime

Cape Town’s violent crime especially needs urgent action, while better allocation of police resources is a must, our violent crime however requires a different approach than simply a call for more police.

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City of Cape Town is ‘hell-bent on development’

The city was ‘hell-bent on development with little regard for who or what is negatively affected,’ said Sieraha. Both the provincial and national departments of agriculture said the application was a ‘major deviation from the spatial vision’ of the city as outlined in the spatial development framework.

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The Habitat Council seeks public support for heritage grading of Cape Town street block

This application to now have the defined area declared a Grade 1 Heritage site is prompted by the likelihood that a new application may now be submitted for the development with respect to the 18th century warehouse on this street block

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Mining company director convicted of environmental offences, suspended sentence linked to cleanup

On Friday, 31 January 2014, the Naphuno Regional Court in Limpopo sentenced Matome Maponya, the managing director of a clay mining company based in Tzaneen, to five years in prison for causing damage to the environment. Mr Maponya’s sentence was suspended for 5 years, on condition that the damage done by the mining operations be rehabilitated within 3 months.

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Not certain about Minister’s decision on Philippi – City of Cape Town

Responding to a request for comment about two critical decisions announced yesterday by planning MEC Anton Bredell, Herron appeared to suggest that these decisions could be ultra vires (unlawful).

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Red Alert on Public Open Space

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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Capetonians urged to raise a red flag for Princess Vlei

Saturday 9th November @ 10 am. We are raising the red flag for Princess Vlei because something of great value is in danger. We are raising the red flag to warn our fellow citizens that the City proposes to disregard the needs of poorer citizens for accessible recreational areas, and to sell off a public open space which has been used by the community for generations.

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Those who sabotage agricultural land for gain must be billed

Mayor Patricia de Lille’s only response to the PHA community however is shocking. It seems that she is only interested in trying to politicise the suffering, while ignoring what could become an environmental disaster under her watch. On September 30, the alliance noted in the mayor’s newsletter “Cape Town This Week: Cape Town’s water supply allows the City to maintain high levels of service delivery” how she espoused all the virtues of Cape Town and it’s water infrastructure, and boasted about the 100 years of infrastructure we enjoy.

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Save our precious Princess Vlei space

CAPE Town is indeed blessed with good citizens such as Janey Ball and Ben Rabinowitz of Seafront for all (Seafa) who need to be congratulated for their sterling work in saving the Sea Point Pavilion for the people. The City of Cape Town also deserves our congratulations for listening to the people and making the correct decision to preserve the pavilion for future generations, albeit after a lengthy and costly battle.

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