LETTER: Editorial over Amazon development misleads

Business Day – 27 MARCH 2022

Business Day published a misleading editorial in February implying that there was no truth to the claim by applicants seeking an interdict to stop the construction of a huge mixed-use development at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town (“The underdogs are wrong this time”, February 4).

The development aimed to host the African headquarters for Amazon but was opposed on the basis that it would desecrate sacred heritage resources. Business Day took the view that there was no factual basis for such a claim, parroting the argument by the developer’s heritage consultants that there was no evidence the site was linked to the historic 1510 battle against Portuguese Admiral D’Almeida…