Jan 27, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Workers return to controversial River Club site in Cape Town

Workers will return to the River Club construction site in Cape Town this week to carry out “essential rehabilitation and protection work” needed to prevent the site from falling into disrepair, the development company said on Monday.

Construction work on the partially developed site was halted earlier this year after a successful court ruling by groups opposed to the controversial development that would house Amazon’s Africa headquarters.

Remedial work is allowed, however To prevent damage to the partially constructed building, the developers said in their press release.

Remediation of the river areas surrounding the property began last month “to address any risks to public health, the environment and safety in the current rainy season,” said James Tannenberger, spokesman for Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust (LLPT).

“Crucially, this will mean that s some workers are able to earn an income again after 750 workers were sent home when the ban on s top construction work on the site came into effect on March 18, 2022.

“The increased activity on the Website will also help deter potential invasions by criminal or anti-social elements. This has become a real risk following the most recent attempt on June 10 by a group of around 70 people who tried to gain unlawful access to the project site.”

The banning verdict is before the Supreme Court of Appeals .

LLPT insisted that the project is in the best interests of Cape Town residents in terms of economic development and restorative justice.

Objections, however, claimed that there was insufficient prior consultation with the parties concerned, in particular heritage stakeholders with historical links to the site on the banks of the Liesbeek River, which was once a ‘border zone’ separating colonial settlers and Khoi Khoi herders.

The Developers said their project will provide the Khoi descendants with “a meaningful opportunity to remember and celebrate their cultural heritage.”

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