Residents Urge De Lille to Stop 19-Storey Bo-Kaap Building

Mayor will have final say on giant development

By Rejul Bejoy

The Bridges not Barriers campaign is planning to appeal a decision by the City Municipal Planning Tribunal to approve a 19-storey development, which it says will cut off the views of Bo-Kaap and further divide the neighbourhood from the city. Residents are particularly worried about the precedent it will set for other developments in Bo-Kaap.

Once the tribunal has released its official report, the campaign will have 21 days to submit their appeal to the mayor.

The campaign was started by the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association, which argues that the development follows the logic of apartheid planning, creating a buffer zone that divides communities.