ERF 1117 Blouberg: City’s claims of falsification are nonsense

According to the article (link below), and the VERY well attended public meeting that took place:

“There are no plans to develop low-cost housing on land along the R27 near Blouberg [Erf 1117], and the City of Cape Town says it will investigate the release of a “fraudulent” document with the city’s official logo that claimed the proposal was being mooted.

Yet, I have documentary proof that this claim of a fraudulent document and of the City having no plans for this Erf, is utter nonsense.

This piece of land has been consistently referred to for many years in various City and WC Government documents, including the City’s own Built Environment Performance Plan (BEPP) of 2014/15 – the same year the City made this public denial.

So for a DA Councillor to make the claim that the City has no plans to develop low cost housing on Erf 1117, in the same year as its BEPP refers to it, is a complete lie.

All of the documents listed below are freely available on the City’s website, published by the City.

  • The individual Blaauwberg District Plans (BDP) of 2009, 2011 and 2012 state that this erf is suitable for ‘medium density residential and mixed use development…with low density bordering the Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA)’;
  • These reports go on further to say that Erf 1117 represents ‘A significant opportunity to meet biodiversity requirements and contribute to housing and public facility needs’
  • The Final Draft of the 2012 BDP called erf 1117 ‘a strategic piece of land …that could resolve a number of public objectives particularly public housing’, going on to say that it is ‘an example of inclusionary housing potentially through cross-subsidisation initiatives, with ‘5,000 mixed-use residential dwelling units’
  • The City’s 2012 Spatial Development Framework called it a ‘strategic state-owned site’
  • The City’s BEPP of 2014/15 said this land is:
    • “part of the City’s long term land banking programme’ and
    • ‘part of the City’s high level land purchasing agenda’ while Du noon / Tableview is described as a ‘major problem zone’ with ERF 1117 described as the ‘linked land solution’.
  • While in the Western Cape Governments ‘Informal Settlements Status’ presentation (dated Nov 2013), Erf 1117 is described as ‘a capital programme for new housing, of some 13,880 dwelling units’, with the progress being noted as ‘valuated, and development plan submitted to DPW, awaiting Minister approval.’
    • In other words, the City and WCG had submitted a proposal some time in 2013/14 to the National Dept: Public Works based on its completed valuation and development plan, and was awaiting Ministerial approval.

From all these documents, it is clear that all 3 spheres of government are at an advanced stage of determining the future of this land parcel and crucially, the future of the illegal occupiers.

Thus, it is factually not true that a DA Councillor can call one of the City’s own published documents fraudulent and that the City has no plans to develop low-cost housing on Erf 1117.

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