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Petition to save Cape Town heritage site

SOUTH AFRICA: I have just received a petition that I thought quite interesting:

Sign our petition and join 58,000 others who have signed in support of our protest against retail giant Amazon’s plans to build a sprawling new African Headquarters at the foot of Table Mountain, at the confluence of Liesbeek and Black Rivers. The confluence of the Black and Liesbeek Rivers holds special heritage significance as the least untransformed wetland in the area and; has deep cultural and spiritual links to the Indigenous Khoi peoples in the area.

Tomorrow, 19th January 2022, an interdict brought by the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Indigenous Traditional Council and the Observatory Civic Association (OCA) will be heard in the Cape Town High Court. The interdict seeks to stop the development.

The Liesbeek River is living symbol of a South Africa characterised by land dispossession, heritage loss, irreparable damage to ecosystems, accompanied by significant social and political conflict, and risk to water security and climate change. But the river is under siege again by development along its banks, writes Dr Kevin Winter of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute. https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-11-10-alarming-precedent-liesbeek-river-under-siege-again

This site is of huge heritage importance and should not be destroyed for private profit.

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The River Club site is unique heritage and environmentally sensitive riverine area, threatened by a outsized, inappropriate development, which negates the history of resistance by indigenous Khoi peoples in the area and the deep cultural and spiritual links that they hold with the valley.
 It will also result in the destruction of a precious part of our city, aggravate flooding by infill of the flood valley and destroy the ability of the site to support recharge of the aquifer, critically needed to render Cape Town more resilient in the face of Climate Change and drought.

It is a development putting 150 000 square meters of building on a small 14.7 ha site, currently zoned for open space within the wider Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP). The confluence of the Black and Liesbeek Rivers holds special heritage significance as the least untransformed wetland in the area and an important site for Khoi history. Experts have argued that any open land in the area should be considered archaeologically sensitive and should be screened/surveyed before any development takes place. The River Club site, as part of the TRUP, is of huge heritage importance and should not be destroyed for private profit.

If you want to make a financial contribution to help spread this petition, you can do so at the icon “promote this petition” in the side bar but none of that support comes to our campaign. If you want to support the Observatory Civic Association campaign to Make the Liesbeek Matter, you can donate to our campaign here.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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