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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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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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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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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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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GCTCA response to City’s letter on the withdrawal of the CTSDF

Cllr Bloor’s letter of 10 April “Lack of understanding of city’s development framework and planning processes” is, I fear, somewhat economical with the truth.

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Withdrawal of the Cape Town Spatial Development Framework

Notice is hereby given in terms of section 17 of the Municipal Systems Act and section 4(7) of the Land Use Planning Ordinance that Council and the Minister are affording the public and interested or affected parties and groups the opportunity to submit comments, recommendations or input to the municipality for a period of 30 days from the date hereof.

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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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Senior officials panned for ‘bias’

His officials are accused of, among other things, “systematically misrepresenting” the agricultural potential of the property, authorising the re-use of outdated specialists’ reports, contravening mandatory legislative provisions, allowing themselves to be lobbied, having “closed minds” conducting an assessment of environmental impacts that was “a farce and a dereliction of duties”, suppressing unfavourable information, and failing to apply their own environmental impact guidelines.

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Veggies v homes in land fight

MSP Developments wants to build on a 260ha slice of the 3 000ha Philippi horticultural area – made up of farms, dunes, wetlands and two informal settlements. The city council backed the plan last month, despite it falling outside the official urban edge and being in an area providing local fresh-food markets with about 100 000 tons of food a year. The plan awaits final approval by Western Cape MEC for local government Anton Bredell, but residents have gone to court to block him from giving it the go-ahead.

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Bid to halt 766 unit housing project

Unfair, unreasonable and unlawful – these are some of the allegations the Durbanville Community Forum has made in court papers against the Western Cape government’s approval for a major housing development on agricultural land outside the urban edge. The forum, which had ‘exhausted all other remedies’, is now taking legal action against Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, to have his decision reviewed and set aside.

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Red Tape to Red Carpet for Property Developers

Much to the disgust of Cape Town residents, the City Mayor and the Western Cape Premier are rolling out the Red Carpet to property developers. The strategy known as ‘red tape to red carpet’ is being implemented through amendments to public participation processes and substantial changes to the legislation which was meant to govern property development.

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Durbanville forum fights to preserve historic farmland

Its members are concerned that recent moves to change the urban edge elsewhere in the city, such as using the Philippi Horticultural Area for residential development, may give this application greater impetus. The forum is meanwhile taking local government, environmental affairs and development planning MEC Anton Bredell, to court to set aside the environmental authorisation given by Bredell in February.

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