Public to have say on preservation of Bo-Kaap

Cape Town - 181124 The Bo-Kaap civic association is planning legal action against Blok property developer for allegedly traumatising residents protesting against the company. Photographer Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency(ANA)
Cape Town executive mayor Dan Plato has announced that public hearings will be held to discuss the proposal that the Bo-Kaap be included in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ).

The decision to commence with the public participation process follows on from the City of Cape Town Council’s decision yesterday to accept the mayoral committee’s recommendation that the City undertake this public participation process as soon as possible.

Mr Plato said, “I want to thank the local councillors, Dave Bryant and Brandon Goulding, for continuing to make themselves available to the community and hear their concerns. I am sure that they will continue to be integrally involved throughout the public participation process.”

A dossier for the proposed HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap will be publicly available on the City’s website early in the new year, and at the local library and Sub-council 16 office. 

The decision follows months of protest action by Bo-Kaap residents who are opposed to the gentrification of their area.

Earlier this month, the Western Cape High Court ordered property developers Blok to stop their crane from entering the area until a next court date is determined.