Singabalapha wins interdict against eviction:

City of Cape Town loses yet another ground-breaking court case Singabalapha Press release, 7 October 2020 It is with the greatest of gratitude that we, the movement known as Singabalapha (We Belong Here), write this press release in celebration of the Cape High Court’s decision to interdict the City of Cape Town from confiscating our…

A River Runs Through Obz

I hope that, by now, most of the residents are at least aware of the local community TRASH-Bash monthly clean-ups that take place along the River in Observatory on the first Saturday of every month? This little Community project was started by Ricardo Sa in 2013 and has run almost continuously since, barring a short…

Air pollution bothering you?

If you have a neighboring source emitting fumes, smoke or other disturbance of air quality, the City’s Health Department will be responsible for investigating. Here is a form to complete which you can send to David.Sengani@capetown.gov.za. Make sure that you capture the actual event/s when an air pollution nuisance is experienced. Captured events must represent…

Considering making changes to your house?

‘Hi Obsies, standing on my OCA A&H soapbox here reminding you that even if you are making ‘small’ or internal changes to your house, you need plans drawn up by a SACAP registered professional. Heritage protects the INSIDE, OUTSIDE and even the TREES of buildings older than 60 years. I know estate agents like to…

How to whitewash colonial pain and trauma

No one should be comfortable with the status quo in South Africa. Decisions about land in particular (and property developments in general) should always be considered through the lens of our violent and traumatic colonial legacy. (Madelene Cronjé/M&>) NEWS | 24 Sep 2020 | Jonty Cogger  Robyn Park-Ross In the same week that South Africans celebrate Heritage…

City of Cape Town approves River Club redevelopment

NEWS | 22ND SEPTEMBER 2020 | BY: SIMONE LIEDTKE The rezoning application for the River Club redevelopment in Observatory, Cape Town, has been approved by the Municipal Planning Tribunal. After considering submissions from the applicant, interested and affected parties, as well as officials representing the City of Cape Town, the tribunal recommended the approval. The city…

Outrcy over development on sacred ground

A multi-billion rand development on a 100-year floodplain in Cape Town will go ahead. The municipal planning tribunal’s approval of the River Club project has caused a lot of anger. The property is in a protected area of Observatory, and has great significance for the Khoi and San people. Courtesy #DStv403