GCTCA Annual Chairman’s Report August 2015

It would appear that the voice of the ratepayer is being silenced by the new municipal bylaw on planning (MBL). Regulation will allow developments to be approved without consultation with the ratepayers and community. A closer study of the MBL reveal quite wide ranging powers given to the City to exclude public participation, e.g the City can decide whom it feels would be appropriate to consult. This means it could bypass the local ratepayer and civic organisations thus denying organised community structures a voice.

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Bam receives global award for humanitarian work

RESPECTED community leader Philip Bam, of Grassy Park, has received a global award for his humanitarian work with the League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) and other organisations.

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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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Princess Vlei gets World Design Capital seal

The forum, which was formed to fight city council plans to allow a shopping mall and taxi rank in one of the few green lungs on the Cape Flats, said their project was to transform the land around the vlei into an urban nature park.

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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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The Princess Vlei Forum pays tribute to helpers

The Princess Vlei Forum pays tribute to the thousands who helped to save the Vlei from being mauled by a shopping mall.

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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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Event: Imagine Princess Vlei – Sat, 22 March, 2pm to 5pm

Imagine a people’s park where we can come together to picnic, enjoy nature, be creative and listen to great music? Help us make this happen at Princess Vlei.

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Performance of Scrooge in support of Princess Vlei : Wednesday 22nd Jan 2014 @ 7:30pm

The Princess Vlei Forum is hosting a fundraising performance of Scrooge at The Baxter Theatre on Wednesday 22nd at 7:30pm. If you’ve not seen the write-ups, the show is fabulous. It is an adaptation of the Scrooge story with Dickens’ passages woven into a hilarious ‘local is lekker’ script.

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Cape Town is much more than Grand Parade, Green Point

It is a huge challenge to get Capetonians from as far afield as the Helderberg, Atlantis and the far deep south to enjoy the public spaces within the City Bowl, but what about the public spaces within affordable reach of the thousands of poorer citizens, on then-doorsteps, such as Princess Vlei? Does Atlantis have a space similar to that of the Green Point Urban Park?

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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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The desecration of a temple

But perhaps what was most remarkable about this gathering was that this group had come together on September 22 to defend one Cape Town’s most contested natural features – the Princess Vlei. What has motivated these moral custodians of our city to take this stand? Why has Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu bothered to weigh in to the debate with a message of support?

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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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A concrete issue at Radio 702

Simon Mantell, a Cape Town businessman, tells me a radio ad he sponsored was canned by Radio 702’s GM, Karl Gostner, who wasn’t available when I called, on the curious ground that it was considered “editorial”. Notably, he didn’t claim it was offensive.

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