GCTCA responds to city’s exorbitant proposed tariff increases

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) hereby vigorously objects to the exorbitant proposed increases and demands that it be reduced to be in line with the current inflation rate of less than 5%. We also suggest that in view of the already approved Eskom increase, the City of Cape Town should REDUCE its CURRENT 10% SURCHARGE on electricity to alleviate the heavy impact thereof on its residents.

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Treasure the Karoo Action Group update

TKAG has recently written to the President and several Cabinet Ministers, placing relevant studies, reports and evidence in front of them that highlight the risks of shale gas mining, urging a cautious approach. After our communication being ignored, we decided to lay a formal complaint with the Public Protector, where the matter will be investigated.

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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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Photo’s: Cape Town multidisciplinary protest action in support of the global day of anti-fracking – Friday 18th October

A broad spectrum of civil rights and environmental organisations were represented in a multidisciplinary protest action in support of the global day of anti-fracking, energy justice and in commemoration of the death of Nigerian activist Ken Saro Wiwa in 1995.

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Cape Town Anti-Fracking March – Friday 18th October

We the people of the Western Cape are deeply concerned by Government’s management of the South African energy sector. The energy planning responsibilities of the Department of Energy with regards to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and more recently the Integrated Energy Plan have lacked ambition with regards to ensuring that we as South African citizens have access to a safe, affordable and sustainable electricity supply.

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Those who sabotage agricultural land for gain must be billed

Mayor Patricia de Lille’s only response to the PHA community however is shocking. It seems that she is only interested in trying to politicise the suffering, while ignoring what could become an environmental disaster under her watch. On September 30, the alliance noted in the mayor’s newsletter “Cape Town This Week: Cape Town’s water supply allows the City to maintain high levels of service delivery” how she espoused all the virtues of Cape Town and it’s water infrastructure, and boasted about the 100 years of infrastructure we enjoy.

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Save the Philippi Horticultural Area!

On the 31 July 2013 the City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee (MAYCO) approved the housing development proposed by MSP in the SW corner of the PHA. They ignored the urban edge zoning recommendations by City Planners and others.

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Sinister moves by the city’s land-use department in Philippi

There is something very sinister happening in the City’s land use planning department. Now we learn that at the MAYCO meeting on the 16th of this month the same EE&SP member persuaded the mayor and her colleagues to overturn a decision taken last November regarding the most productive & fertile part of the Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA).

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Cape Fracking activist wins international environmental prize

South African environmental campaigner Jonathan Deal was today awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in the fight against hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo.

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Meet Anthony Ingraffea – From Industry Insider to Implacable Fracking Opponent

When I interviewed Dr. Anthony Ingraffea—Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University and president of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc.—I realized that his comments were perhaps the clearest, most compactly instructive of any I’d heard on fracking.

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Anti-fracking lobby announces new legal campaign to fight government over shale gas mining

The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) has refocused its legal strategy in preparation for an all out confrontation with the South African Government to prevent fracking in the Karoo.

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GCTCA officially appeals approval of City of Cape Town Budget 2012/2013

“Public participation in local government matters is a value enshrined by the Constitution in terms of section 152(1)(e) of the Constitution.”

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Criticism of R30bn draft city budget

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA), a residents’ and ratepayers’ body, also rejected the budget, saying the city chose not to engage it over its written objections and concerns presented to its management.

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ALLIANCE REJECTS CAPE TOWN CITY BUDGET

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) informed the City of Cape Town on Thursday 24 May 2012 that it is rejecting the city’s Draft Budget for 2012/13

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You pay as City coins it

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance has accused the City of being economical with the truth in its annual budget.

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The City of Cape Town’s proposed rates and tariffs for 2012/2013

The City’s draft Budget for 2012/13 will be available for comment at municipal administrative buildings, subcouncil offices and all municipal libraries from 30 March 2012 up to and including 30 April 2012.

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