The River Club development — when the letter of the law clashes with ecological wisdom

Cormac Cullinan – 7 July 2022

The River Club development in Cape Town illustrates how developments that keep us on an unviable trajectory continue to be authorised. Even applying to court to review those decisions doesn’t solve the problem because courts will only intervene to stop unlawful decisions, not unwise ones.

The Liesbeek Leisure Park Trust (LLPT) is continuing to construct the River Club development in Cape Town, which includes a regional headquarters for American tech giant, Amazon. This despite the Western Cape high court finding that doing so could cause irreparable harm to the cultural heritage of First Nations peoples, and granting an interim interdict prohibiting construction…