Climate Change – Why the River Club redevelopment will reduce the City’s Climate resilience

11 NOV 2021 —

Dr Crispian Olver, Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Commission, speaking on an SAFM breakfast interview, argued that climate change “…is the greatest societal challenge we will ever face.”

He is absolutely correct, so it’s appropriate that on the eve of COP26 concluding its deliberations, we should reflect on the City of Cape Town’s climate change strategy released in 2020. Like many City policies, it appears to be interpreted in very flexible ways by those who hold power at the City. In fact, when it comes to the River Club redevelopment, it’s clear that their planning decisions contradict their own scientific advice on climate change…