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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The proposed amendments to the City's system of delegations for EESP

Sir /Madam
The proposed amendments to the City's system of delegations for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning (EESP) matters, refers. 

The general public are probably not aware that the City Council, in conjunction with the Mayors Office, have proposed that public participation (the rights of neighbours and civic groupings to meaningfully object to planning applications that do not comply with the law) will, within a few weeks, be removed from all further development proposals, thereby giving the City the power to approve any development they wish with little or no concern to how this would effect the surrounding neighbours and the environment.

Under the guise of improving the City’s efficiency, the public’s right to comment has, as its final arbiter, a non-accountable City planning official.
Currently, the various Subcouncils comprised of locally elected and PR politicians, are tasked with deciding on planning applications that require departures, consent use, etc. Although not perfect, it is at least democratic and passes constitutional muster.

The amendment will now withdraw decision-making representation at local level - adding to Mayor de Lille’s summarily withdrawing of the SPELUM Committee's (the committee tasked to decide environmental and policy related issues) decision-making powers last year. Currently, SPELUM can only make recommendations to the Mayoral committee, whose decisions, in turn, cannot be appealed.

Not only will officials now be empowered to make unilateral decisions, those decisions may be premised on policy and not on law. There is a raft of case law from the various High Courts, especially the Western Cape, which has questioned the City's use of policy rather than laws to make administrative decisions - and such decisions have routinely been set aside.

The Mayor is quietly attempting to push this amendment through a full sitting of Council scheduled for August whilst the DA caucus has effectively gagged dissenting councillors. All attempts by various civic/ratepayer groupings to properly consult with the DA in this matter have been met with a stony silence - other than the rather inadequate spin of Cllr Gareth Bloor, which has been published in the various broadsheets.

It is clear that the City is intent on fulfilling Premier Zille's promise to developers to take their rather arduous task of personal financial reward from "red tape to red carpet": And the consequences for long-term sustainability, the environment and constitutional rights will be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.

The only option open to all citizens who value the freedoms of a liberal democracy and their right to effective participation in civic matters of concern to them, is to phone or e-mail your Ward councillor, the Mayor and their local DA office and demand that this amendment be struck from the agenda and consigned to the political scrap-heap of bad ideas.

That would be true democracy in action.

Kind regards

Chris Willemse
Chair: CBRRA

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Stunning Green Point Park and Stadium photos

Here are some of the latest photographs taken by Bruce Sutherland of the Green Point Park, GP Athletics Facility, Stadium Forecourt and the Green Point Circle and Granger Bay Bllvd.  As per Cllr Taki Amira; “ it must be remembered that in some small way we all, as a sub council, had some involvement in the outcome. Stunning pics. Thanks to all”.
Kind regards
Lucille Muller

Good Hope Subcouncil 16:   Wards:  54, 74 & 77

All pictures copyright Bruce Sutherland @ City of Cape Town.

All pictures copyright Bruce Sutherland @ City of Cape Town.

Thank you to CBW

To Whom It May Concern

I would like to take this opportunity if I may in commending Mr Bernard Schafer for his recent participation in a theft recovery.

We are residents of Camps Bay situated in First Crescent and recently experienced a theft out of one of our motor vehicles.

Unfortunately keys were left in the bag that was stolen amongst other items and no duplicates were available. This was a serious situation.

I called Bernard on the Friday to report this theft and to my amazement he contacted me before the weekend was out to inform me that they had recovered the keys.

As this was the most important item I was relieved for the recovery.

Bernard we thank you and appreciate all that you are doing for the community.

You are professional and methodical in your approach to the task at hand.

Please forward this to all necessary participants of Camps Bay security and community watch on our behalf.

Once again a big thank you to Bernard for his job well done. (also to the individual security members and or police that may have assisted him with this process.)

Kind Regards
Norman Pelman

Monday, 15 July 2013

Shoot on Camps Bay beach

This communication reads from oldest at the bottom to latest at the top:

Irfaan Fredericks <>
Subject: SAF3 - Information Release | BI monthly panel
Date: 16 July 2013 

Good evening All,

I hope that everyone is well, we have got the final go ahead from the city and all parties concerned!  We have thus far started prep on Camps Bay beach to begin breaking ground on Monday 22nd July.  Due to the unforseen delays with regards to get our permission, we are currently two weeks behind schedule but will still adhere to the rules as set out by the city to complete out shooting on Saturday 23rd November.

Please find attached the information release which will be running in the Atlantic Sun issue this Thursday.  As you can see from the press release, Rescue 3 is now SAF3 (a.k.a SAFE), slightly different but easy to get used too.  We've got a dedicated number to deal with any queries with regards to Camps Bay.


Herewith a breakdown of representatives from our production who attend :

Irfaan Fredericks (UPM) (to attend all meetings)
Moosa Vallie (Locations Manager) (to attend all meetings)
Suroor Conrad (Locations Manager) (to attend where possible)
NCC representative (to attend all meetings)
Denis Lilie (CFC) (to attend where possible)

If I could please have confirmation from all parties cc on this mail, who would like to be included on this meeting to address public queries and concerns.

Kind regards,


Irfaan Fredericks <>
Subject: SAF3 - Information Release | BI monthly panel

Date: 13 July 2013 

Good Day All,

I hope everyone is well.  I'm sure everyone is wondering why the silence on the beach and has the shoot gone away?  No, we are still here and prepping for the shoot ahead!

We have had unforseen delays from the side of the Dept. of Environmental Affairs with regards to other requirements they had.  We were scheduled to start work on Monday 8th July which couldn't happen due to this and are now a week behind schedule.

As of Friday 12th July, we received our final sign off from DEADP and Dept. Land Use manage / building development / planning.  The Cape Town Film Permit Office is having a meeting this Monday 15th July to make sure that all departments and parties concerned are satisfied that all requirements have been met prior to use starting work.  Once we receive the final go ahead we will commence work either Tuesday 16th July or Wednesday 17th July.

I have thus far already engaged with Bernard with regards to security and this is in all in process.  I'm currently also scheduled to have a meeting with Camps Bay medics with regards to assisting us during our shooting period.

The information release which has been approved by Cllr. Schafer is scheduled to be placed in the Atlantic Sun as soon as we received the final go ahead, therefore if everything goes as planned will run in next weeks newspaper.

Thank you once again to everyone for making this shoot possible, update to follow once we have final approvals.

Kind regards,


From: Irfaan Fredericks
Subject: Rescue 3 - Update as of Sunday 14th July