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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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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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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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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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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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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Princess Vlei: maul to a victory

The campaign grew, people were mobilised and to their credit the city council listened and effectively declined the mall proposal by refusing to extend the rezoning in 2011. This was overturned by a provincial minister – only for the campaign to roll out again, both fortified by the first victory and rendered more militant by the betrayal.

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Activists win 15 year battle of Princess Vlei

The city then agreed to sell off a portion of the land late last year, sparking fury from communities. Allegations of fraud and corruption by the forum, which claimed there were “serious irregularities” about the sale and its approval, led to an investigation by the Hawks and the deal was put on hold. The lobby to end the development plans was boosted in September when Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu threw his weight behind the preservation of Princess Vlei in a letter to the forum.

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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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Opposition to Somerset West housing estate plan

Property developers are planning to build an upmarket housing estate and a huge private school of more than 1 800 pupils near Somerset West – outside the urban edge. The proposed development, with 153 upmarket houses, is planned for the foothills of the Schapenberg between the Hottentots Holland and Helderberg mountain ranges, near Vergelegen and Morgenster wine estates.

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NO to Philippi and YES to WesCape development

The controversial proposal to develop the Philippi Horticultural Area – the rich agricultural area of the Cape Flats known as the city’s “bread-basket” – has been turned down by provincial Planning MEC Anton Bredell.

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Battle to save historic warehouse

She is 82, has had several setbacks with her health, but Marie-Lou Roux of Vredehoek is one of the city’s toughest fighters, not letting her age or ill health stop her battle to save the integrity of the 18th century Martin Melck warehouse next to the Lutheran Church on Strand Street.

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Philippi farmlands have been sold out to developers

THE Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) is at a crossroads. It faces collapse through ad hoc development planning decisions, the lack of a comprehensive management plan and a lack of good political leadership.

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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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