20 November 2021

Dear <<First Name>>,

Since our last newsletter, the Liesbeek Action campaign has been very busy organising a well-publicised placard demo (see below) and preparing for joining in with an international campaign aimed at Amazon's bad practices. 

Diarise the date - Friday 26 November (Black Friday)

We were told that our high court case was set for the 24th and 25th of this month. Unfortunately, the judge who was allocated to hear our case has fallen ill. We are hoping that we will be given a new date no later than mid-December.

Remember that we are now able to provide donors with a Section 18A certificate and anyone who donates R1000 or more gets a free T-shirt.

There are visual materials on our campaign you can share - including our campaign video here and a short video of how to donate.

See you on Friday 26!

Edwin Angless
LAC communications

Climate Change – Why the River Club redevelopment will reduce the City’s Climate resilience
11 NOV 2021 — 

Dr Crispian Olver, Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Commission, speaking on an SAFM breakfast interview, argued that climate change “…is the greatest societal challenge we will ever face.”

He is absolutely correct, so it’s appropriate that on the eve of COP26 concluding its deliberations, we should reflect on the City of Cape Town’s climate change strategy released in 2020. Like many City policies, it appears to be interpreted in very flexible ways by those who hold power at the City. In fact, when it comes to the River Club redevelopment, it’s clear that their planning decisions contradict their own scientific advice on climate change...
Jeff, we are not fooled by Climate Change posturing

16 NOV 2021 — 

More than a hundred protesters gathered on Friday 12th November at the Liesbeek River to mark the end of COP26. Leaders from Khoi indigenous groups, civic activists, community members, educators and learners, former UDF activists, residents, young and older, joined together to make it clear that the River Club redevelopment is an environmentally destructive development that will contribute to climate harms.

The COP26 was described by climate activist Greta Thunberg as a stage where world leaders once again gave “beautiful speeches” and announced “fancy commitments and targets” while “behind the curtains governments of the Global North countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action.”...

Dog walkers requested to be mindful at Malta Park
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17h00-19h00,Montrose Cricket Club  conducts their cricket training sessions on the field; 
  • Three weeks ago the chair of the club was bitten by a residents dog entering the space within the cricket practice nets
  • This communication  therefore serves as a request for residents to keep their dogs on a leash when cricket activities are underway to promote and create a safe space for the all the users.  

Algae Bloom in Zandvlei

18 NOV 2021 — 

To:  Abdulla Parker
Catchment Stormwater and River Management – Water and Sanitation

Dear Mr Parker

As I am sure you are aware, the algae bloom in Zandvlei is increasing and covering larger areas of the water body.

Although we have been informed that the old weed harvester has been repaired, it has only been in service intermittently.

Even when it does appear, it is not dealing with the algae situation...

Development dispute
Kaylynne Bantom - 16 November 2021

On Friday 12 November a group of civic, Khoi and environmental organisations held a peaceful demonstration at the TRUP mound in Liesbeek Parkway in Observatory against the development of the site.

In April this year the City approved a 15-hectare parcel of land for development by the Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust (LLPT). The site will be the new home of retail giant Amazon in Africa.

The group is against the R4.5 billion development and calls it a “destruction of a sacred heritage” that violates climate change policy...
’Amazon this land is sacred,’ say protesters ahead of court case
Bulelwa Payi - 14 Nov 2021

As the climate change conference in Glasgow ended, Khoi indigenous people, environmentalists and land activists have called on Amazon’s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos to intercede in a development on sacred land in Observatory.

Bezos announced a $2 billion investment towards fighting climate change in Africa at COP26 while developers were "barrelling" ahead with the development on the floodplain at the confluence of the Black and Liesbeek rivers.

The development would see tech giant Amazon taking up a huge space.

The Observatory Civic Association (OCA) and Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Traditional Indigenous Council are headed to court next week to seek an interdict against the River Club developers from going ahead with the development....

‘Alarming precedent’ – Liesbeek River under siege again

Kevin Winter - 10 Nov 2021

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.

The Liesbeek River flows through some of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town. Only a few sections of the river channel would be recognisable to the Khoi and San people who lived in the valley in precolonial times. The same could be said of many urban landscapes, but in the case of the Liesbeek, the significance is not only about what has changed, but how it has changed.

About 70% of the river is modified by canalisation, which has altered its physical form and shape. But the physical appearance today hides a history of change and regret...

Fight to stop River Club development continues

Wesley Ford - 18 Nov 2021

What is happening to the River Club site in Observatory is a repeat of what happened there more than 400 years ago when indigenous people were dispossessed of their land.

So say the hundreds of protesters who gathered at the entrance of the Two Rivers Urban Park to voice their opposition to a multi-billion rand development there that will have American multinational technology company Amazon as an anchor tenant.

The protesters, from various “first nations” groups and civic organisations stood alongside Liesbeek Parkway and Observatory Road, with placards saying: “Our heritage is not for sale”, “This is a sacred heritage site” and “Amazon has no respect for us”...

Land activists call on Jeff Bezos to intercede in a development on sacred land in Observatory
Next month, The Observatory Civic Association (OCA) and Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Traditional Indigenous Council will be going to court in an effort to seek an interdict against the River Club developers from going ahead with the development.

Or live stream the show on YouTube here:

Protest against Amazon Inc's plans to build on sacred indigenous land

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