Report from Architecture and Heritage July 2019

from Tracy Hyde Observatory Civic Association – Architecture and Heritage. DCAS Award Winner, 2018: Most Active Conservation Body Major highlights: Supported plans for the following properties: 6 Polo Rd – Alterations and additions. 9 Cranko Rd – re-application of extension to dwelling – now only a single story.  Did not support plans for the following…

REPORT on Pepper tree square car park

from De Vos Rabie City of Cape Town I made contact with Deon Franken, the newly appointed official in the Property Holding department,and briefly described our situation and our request to have the over-billing/arrears on our account written off. He responded promptly and committed to set up a meeting once he collected, and had a…

LDG Status of developments as at end July 2019

Brief updates on large developments: The large apartment block on William St (also Rawson) had strict conditions imposed on its approval so it will only be 5 stories in height. The developers of the River Club have pended their application for rezoning so as to allow the Environmental Impact Assessment to be considered. Any Obs…

TRUP Association’s report July 2019

TRUPA managed to have a few catch up management meetings recently after the intense period focusing entirely on the pressurizing threats of the Appeals against the Provisional Protection on River Club site as gazetted by HWC. The Ministerial Appeals Tribunal was heavily swayed by strong legal teams who had argued a case trying to prevent…

OCA Financial Report July 2019

from: Joy Robinson Please click here for figures of the financial year to date. From April to June 2019 and the figures for the same time period in 2018. Cheers, Joy  

LDG Status of developments as at end May 2019

from Leslie London – In general, it seems most of the Large Developments in Observatory developments are on hold. Our last Erf Watch found that most of these developments have not submitted further plans. This may be the result of a glut of accommodation in Observatory coupled with the depressed real estate market. Some of…

Chair’s Report June 2019

from Tauriq Jenkins – A Civic…It’s a curious place of broad representation, a magical place of meaning, placemaking, and for the OCA in particular – heritage protection and the protection of the vulnerable. We fight the bullies. The civic is a space for the community.  The subway project has been a wonderful community initiative that reclaiming a…

REPORT on PEPPER TREE SQUARE CAR PARK

from DeVos Rabie – We have been engaging with the Cape Town City Council since March 2018 in discussions relating to the lease of the car park. In February 2019 the renewal of the lease was approved by the council at the reduced rate of  R 6 900.00 that we proposed. The account reflected a…

Meeting to discuss proposed new constitution of the OCA

Following an extensive process of reviewing the OCA Constitution and other examples of Civic Constitutions, involving two task teams, and comment from an NPO lawyer, the OCA is putting out a draft revised constitution for consultation and comment by OCA members. The draft constitution is at OCA Constitution. Please send any comments you have to…

Agenda : OCA Monthly public meeting Tuesday, 26 March 5:30PM -8:00PM

Dear Obsidians, Reminder of tonight’s OCA Monthly Meeting Tues 26 March (OCA  meets every last Tuesday of the month) 5.30pm-8.00pm Obs Community Centre AGENDA ITEM 5.30 – 6.00 pm                    PREMEEETING 1.       OPENING, WELCOME AND APOLOGIES 2.       APPROVAL OF AGENDA 3.       APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY MINUTES Tauriq 4.       MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES 4.1 HIGH COURT ACTION IN RELATION TO HARTLEYVALE/ MALTA PARK AND…