Disputed new development in Bo-Kaap put on hold

The start of a disputed new development in the famous Cape Town suburb of Bo-Kaap. Courtesy #DStv403

Bo-Kaap residents say if they don’t take a stand against unchecked development, the area will be another victim of gentrification.

Bo-Kaap residents say if they don’t take a stand against unchecked development, the area will be another victim of gentrification.

CAPE TOWN - The start of a disputed new development in the famous Cape Town suburb of Bo-Kaap has been put on hold for now.

Developers had sought to interdict protesting residents, who are objecting to the proposed construction of high-rise buildings in their neighborhood but a ruling has been made to keep the building cranes out of the area for the next two weeks.

 "The applicant may not move the crane onto the premises on or before December 2018," said Judge Kate Savage.

Residents say that the ruling is a minor victory.

"I am ecstatic this is a minor victory, we have been working very hard for quite some time, a few months now, if not a year," said Bo-Kaap resident Moesida Emrin.

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Bo-Kaap residents are concerned that luxury developments,
will push up service rates, eventually forcing people out of Bo-Kaap.

"The type of development that's happening is displacing our people, it's forced economic apartheid," said Jackie Poking from Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association.

This week, the city of Cape Town promised to re-open the heritage protection overlay zone process,
that could see the suburb declared a heritage site.

This fight against gentrification will resume on the 18 December when the court deals with the application for an interdict, brought by developers Blok.