More people need to put in place embedded and micro power generation

People are installing generators, whether they are petrol, diesel, gas or renewable energy. As people and companies become self-reliant, the grid becomes more stable and the chance of a mass blackout gets less.

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Don’t blame power crisis on apartheid

Millions more people would have jobs – building these power stations, being made into entrepreneurs by selling electricity and providing the electricity that mines, industry and business so sorely needs – finally fulfilling Karl Marx’s dream of the poor working class person being able to own the means of production!

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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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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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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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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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Let’s work together

THE Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance congratulates South Africa on a successful election. The people have spoken and given the ANC a national mandate to govern, in the Western Cape, the DA was chosen by the people to govern and ensure a better life for its citizens.

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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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DA alerts to ‘have your say’ are a pretence

The Western Cape needs a multiparty coalition to rule effectively so communities at least have a fighting chance. We live under a dictatorship.

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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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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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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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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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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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