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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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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Minister approves WesCape development

As the competent authority in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance, 1985 (LUPO) I have decided to approve the amendment of the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Development Framework (CTSDF) in terms of section 4(7) of LUPO, to amend the City’s Urban Edge to include the land earmarked for the proposed development known as WesCape within the Urban Edge.

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DA Pandering To Economic Hit Men

Our city leadership under the governance of the Democratic Alliance (DA), have indicated clear intent to smother our hard-fought for inclusive, democratic governance system. They have instead prioritised a system of red carpets for business allies, under the auspices of a business friendly administration. Worse yet, they take major decisions, such as the alienation of high potential agricultural land, without due process or consideration. The instruction for the DA caucus to vote en bloc for the alienation of the Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) was legally questionable.

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Editorial: Strange developments

First, there is the city’s curious intransigence – and relative silence – on the unsolicited bid to develop a shopping mall on the shores of Princess Vlei, a potential environmental and cultural treasure for the people of Cape Town if sensitively preserved. Then there is its entertaining of a bid to radically alter the urban edge to allow a privately funded, massive development called Wescape to potentially go ahead on the West Coast. Third, there is the unanimous (some say not without duress) decision by the DA caucus in council to vote in favour of the alteration of the urban edge in the Philippi Horticultural Area to accommodate a private sector housing development.

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Alliance between city and developers undermines rights

A NUMBER of events lead me to a firm conclusion that environmental planning and developmental analysis in this city is under unprecedented attack through collusion between political and commercial interests.

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Letter: To Mec Bredell on proposed WesCape development

Approving an amendment of the urban edge under these circumstances would grant Provincial recognition to a decision-making process that has disregarded key mechanisms of public participation, ignored expert opinion, and contravened Council’s own policies and plans. Such decisions cannot be reconciled with good governance. We therefore urge you to decline the WesCape application.

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