Forced Proposal

If the mayor recommends the proposal, which of her councillors is going to stand against her? I have it on good authority that at least one councillor who dared to move that the item be taken off the agenda was subsequently hauled before a DA disciplinary committee.

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DA Pandering To Economic Hit Men

Our city leadership under the governance of the Democratic Alliance (DA), have indicated clear intent to smother our hard-fought for inclusive, democratic governance system. They have instead prioritised a system of red carpets for business allies, under the auspices of a business friendly administration. Worse yet, they take major decisions, such as the alienation of high potential agricultural land, without due process or consideration. The instruction for the DA caucus to vote en bloc for the alienation of the Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) was legally questionable.

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Editorial: Strange developments

First, there is the city’s curious intransigence – and relative silence – on the unsolicited bid to develop a shopping mall on the shores of Princess Vlei, a potential environmental and cultural treasure for the people of Cape Town if sensitively preserved. Then there is its entertaining of a bid to radically alter the urban edge to allow a privately funded, massive development called Wescape to potentially go ahead on the West Coast. Third, there is the unanimous (some say not without duress) decision by the DA caucus in council to vote in favour of the alteration of the urban edge in the Philippi Horticultural Area to accommodate a private sector housing development.

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Philippi housing plan to be tabled

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance’s Gavin Smith responded to Zille by pointing out the 2012 application by private developer MSP Planners was not supported by the vast majority of the city’s departments, mayoral committee or the Western Cape Departments of Agriculture and Sustainable Resource Management.

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Farming in the Philippi Horticultural Area : The facts

On the 22nd July, through ‘Twitter’, one Gareth Pearson asked Patricia De Lille (Mayor of the City of Cape Town) and Helen Zille (Western Cape Premier) the question “how can a city/prov pushing ‘*110% green’ make such questionable decisions around foodsecurity and the PHA? (Philippi Horticultural Area). From the Satellite imagery one can clearly see that the South-West quadrant is extensively used for farming activity, whilst the South-East quadrant not so. BUT there’s a reason for this. The South-East quadrant contains significant tracks of land which have been designated as containing critical biodiversity and ecological support areas.

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Uproar over urban creep as Cape Town flouts its own rulings on agricultural land

Mayco’s decision contravenes the Cape Town Spatial Development Framework, approved by council last year, which took the city five years to develop with extensive public input. The framework states that the ‘loss of agricultural land to urban development threatens food security in the city’ and says one of Cape Town’s assets is ‘high potential and unique agricultural land’.

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