OCA Response on Armchair Theatre Temp Liquor license

The OCA has responded to Sub-Council 16: “After due consideration, and engagement with the applicant, the Observatory Civic Association has agreed to support this application.” We would, however, like it to be noted that the applicant has applied for a permanent liquor license, and the OCA has not received notification of this application at all….

Khoisan divided over the River Club’s R4bn redevelopment

(Left to right) consultants Jeremy Jackson, Rudwaan Arendse, developer Jody Aufrichtig and leader of the Gorinhaiqua Cultural Council, and spokesperson for the First Nations Collective Zenzile Khoisan doing a site visit of the River Club. Picture: Marvin Charles/Cape Argus Cape Town – Khoisan groups are divided over the controversial River Club redevelopment in Observatory. Leader…

The Observatory I knew and the Twilight People

There are many lenses through which we can look at Observatory’s past. Here we look at Observatory as the City of Cape Town’s frontier for Apartheid’s twilight people – those caught in the fault-lines of Apartheid’s race classification system. Bokaap, District Six, Woodstock, Maitland, Salt River and the northwest corner of Observatory presented the implementation…

Zoning violation complaint – Erf 27883 Observatory

by Leslie London – Dear Mr Mupariwa   I am not sure who should be receiving this Zoning violation complaint regarding the development at 289 Lower Main Road, Observatory, 7925; erf 27883.   Please see below   Complaint form – download here Two Screenshots of how the property is being advertised – ad#1   ad#2…

2020 Social Issues Vision

by Kimon Bisogno – Social Issues chair – Overview Every Wednesday for the last 2 years I have been using life skills to teach the homeless of the area how to calm their mind at the Youth Solutions hall in Shelley Street and better manage their stress. The program’s intention is to encourage the individual…

Comment on the River Club Local Spatial Development Framework by DR LJ Shannon

ENVIRONMENTAL The following was submitted in response to the development planned along the Liesbeek River. Comments: Dr LJ Shannon In my capacity as a world-respected biological scientist and Chief Researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, I would like to make a few succinct comments on the proposed development(s)…

Of developers, governance and land speculation

By Tshego Putu and Taylor Stanton• 6 November 2019 | Maverick Citizen In Cape Town, the City’s decisions to support developers in the Philippi Horticultural Area, the River Club development in Observatory, and the WEX2 development in Woodstock have drawn the ire of residents, activists and NGOs. In what often feels like a never-ending legal…

R4bn River Club developer ‘doesn’t have full consent of Khoi San’

An artist’s rendering of what would be a Heritage and Cultural Media Centre, as part of the controversial R4 billion development proposed by the Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust, next to the Riverclub in Observatory. Image: Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust Cape Town – The developer of a controversial R4 billion development, near the River Club in Observatory,…