A moment in history – Truth, Reconciliation and Justice for Indigenous peoples in South Africa

27 APR 2021 —  Today, a momentous day unfolded when the Salt River Heritage Society (SRHS), the Observatory Civic Association (OCA), the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Indigenous Council, the Two River Urban Park Association (TRUPA), and the Oude Molen Eco Village joined forces to commemorate the deep spiritual history of the Two Rivers Urban Park area,…

Amazon: What is it that Jody has to hide?

6 OCT 2020 —  It’s now public knowledge that the Liesbeek Leisure Property Trust hopes to have Amazon as their anchor tenant for their R 4 billion in-the-floodplain 150 000 m2 development at the River Club.  But for someone who claims to have “always approached this project with maximum transparency”, there are some things that are rather puzzling…

A word from our chair

Wear that Mask – for your grandmother, your grandfather, your parents, your children, your friends, for everyone! Dear Obs residents Yesterday I went jogging, as I do when I have time, to keep reasonably fit. I put on my mask and am used now to jogging with a mask in public spaces, though I found…

Reminder to make use of the city’s fault-logging C3 system

Please take pictures of environmental disasters and failing infrastructure and log this with the city council on their C3-Reporting system.  It works.   Option 1 – Report a service request online: Follow the prompts to log the request. Please note that you can follow up on your request once it’s logged. Notes: When describing the fault, it’s important to log as much detail as possible. If you’re reporting a water related fault, indicate whether…

Even the City of Cape Town thinks this decision fails to respect heritage and natural environment

13 SEP 2020 —  It’s been pretty incredible. The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) produced an implausible document purporting to provides reasons for granting an Environmental Authorisation (EA) to the LLPT for their proposed development of the River Club. Hardly has the ink dried on that authorisation, and whilst the Appeal process…

RAMPAC comments on the Table Bay district plan

6 th June, 2021 For   Attention: tablebay.districtsdf@capetown.gov.za   DISTRICT SDF COMMENT : FOR THE TABLE BAY PLANNING DISTRICT   As a grouping of planning, heritage and urban design professionals living in and with a community-based interest primarily in the Rosebank and Mowbray area our concerns also lie with those parts of the city that are integral to the…

OBSID comments on the Table Bay district plan

The OBSID Board of Directors is submitting these comments to the Table Bay LSDF from the perspective of the future requirements for urban management in Observatory, where we operate as a Special Ratings Area urban management organisation.     We note that the major trends for the future of Observatory include:   – Continued densification of both Observatory…