a Word from our Chair May 2021

Thousands of supporters want to make the Liesbeek Matter!

This was quite a week.

Not only did the ANC suspend its secretary-general, and the US president did a flip to support the global call for a waiver of Intellectual Property Protection for COVID-19 vaccines, but the numbers of supporters of our cause has rocketed since we undertook our Freedom Walk to reinstate the plaque commemorating Khoi history. Tens of thousands of supporters have since joined this campaign which says no to profit-driven development at the expense of environmental protection and respect for heritage.

Nonetheless, earlier this week, the developers sent objectors a Notice of Intention to Commence Construction along with a Grievance process should we be discomforted by dust, noise, traffic or other disruption. They announced that they plan to start construction in mid-June. Which means we have to get into court quickly to stop the development and to do that, we need your financial support – you can make a contribution at our fundraising site. Please donate to our cause, no matter how small or large, it will make a huge difference.

Even though the developers sent another email later that day withdrawing the notice, all signs are there that they are on full steam ahead. The developers have put up metal fencing on the perimeter of the River Club and have given notice to the staff working in the River Club establishments. You can see the fencing in the image above.

Nevertheless, we are hugely encouraged by the support this petition has been given over the past few days and are going to challenge this injustice in court.

We are resolute and with your support, justice will prevail.

Sign our Petition HERE
43,665 have signed. Let’s get to 50,000!