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Group questions City of CT’s decision to declare Bo-Kaap heritage zone

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2018-12-05 Monique Mortlock

a car parked in front of a building: FILE: © FILE: CAPE TOWN - The Bo-Kaap Civic Association says its sceptical of the City of Cape Town’s latest decision to protect the heritage of the Bo-Kaap.

The city on Tuesday decided to approve a public participation process in a proposal to designate the region as a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone.

Once this gets approved, it doesn’t mean no development can take place in the area, but it will require the city to first consider the potential impact a proposed development may have on the heritage of the area.

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This matter has been coming on since 2013 when it was first proposed in a sub-council meeting.

“We’re sceptical about it because why wait for another two years? Is it because you want to allow the other plans to go through and allow for more development in the area?” says Bo-Kaap Civic Association chairperson Osman Shaboodien.

LISTEN: BO-Kaap heritage site process a double-edged sword?

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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