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Affordable Housing in Observatory

In July 2018, a group of 24 students from North Eastern University in Boston conducted a survey in Observatory as part of their study abroad program focused on the “right to the city” in South Africa. In partnership with the OCA, they surveyed businesses and residents in the area to explore the understanding of what…

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…

One success story! (heaven knows, we need a few more…)

From Leslie London Rawson Properties approached the city to develop a large apartment building in William St Observatory. The objection process for this development started in September 2016. After long and tenacious engagement, in which the OCA (particularly Marc Turok) supported local residents, the Municipal Planning Tribunal rules that the development could go ahead but only…

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…

Cape Town Housing Workshop

On Saturday the 9th of February a workshop was held with presentations from DAG and Ndifuna Ukwazi on affordable housing options. You can download the presentations here: DAG :Affordable Housing options Ndifuna Ukwazi : Obs Presentation If  you have any feedback or queries contact the OCA  

Join and participate

Dear Obs residents Many of you have been concerned about the way large developments are changing the face of Obs and have joined in civic actions over the past few years (signed petitions, or written objections, or helped to staff petition tables) to express our views. In fact, more than 1400 of you are out…