10 November 2021

Dear <<First Name>>,

I am writing to update you on our campaign against the River club development
Firstly, we are on track for our court interdict to halt the development on 24th and 25thNov. We have Advocate Tembeka Ngcukatoiba as our silk. We believe we have a strong legal team and a strong legal case and that justice will prevail. Despite the South African Heritage Resources Agency steadfastly pursuing grading of the land as a national heritage site, the developers are continuing to pour concrete, making our court challenge all that more urgent.
Secondly, Climate Change is centre stage right now. But while world leaders and our South African leaders dilly dally at COP26, we see a hugely destructive development being approved by authorities that will limit our Climate Change resilience. We have a Climate linked protest planned this Friday 12th at 3pm (meet at the TRUP mound) and a Black-Friday protest on the 26th linked up with a global campaign to stop Amazon’s bad business practices – we hope to put the protest onto the true Liesbeek River on canoes on that day.
Thirdly, we are appealing for funding for our court action given the urgency.
What we can report that is different is that we are now able to provide donors with a Section 18A certificate - And anyone donating R 1000 or more, gets a free T-shirt! (I am wearing a large in the picture attached – you can get small, medium and large T-shirts)
Details all below. There are visual materials on our campaign you can share - including the campaign video here and a short visual of how to donate.
Please support us at this critical stage in our campaign.
Leslie London
OCA Chair

A Journey to the heart of San dance culture. ..

 Internationally renowned musicologist with a life long connection to the San people of the Kalahari - Pops Mohamed - will perform acoustic tracks from his latest album SanDance together with Dave Reynolds. 

After the performance you will get to see the acclaimed eponymous film which will be followed by a Q&A with director Richard Wicksteed and then…..more live traditional San music from Dave and Pops.

Tickets are available online here:

Due to Covid regs, we can only sell 100 tickets so get yours asap by buying online using the link above. (The performances and the screening will be held in the courtyard so whilst plenty of ventilation you should also dress warmly)

Trenchtown will be offering LAC specials on both food and drinks and a portion of these proceeds will go to funding the LAC legal campaign
Update from OCA Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues
I am writing personally to you in my role as a Civic Activist as part of campaign involving a wide coalition of Khoi Indigenous groups, Civic Associations and NGOs opposing the re-development of the River Club in Observatory (in Cape Town, South Africa) as a dense commercial site that will, amongst others, house the Headquarters of Amazon Web Services on a sacred floodplain.
I am asking you to donate towards legal fees appealing against this multi-million-dollar development taking place on this unique piece of land that is of high environmental importance whilst also culturally sacred to Khoi Indigenous groups.
We need your help to review the decisions taken by the City of Cape Town and the Provincial government to allow the development to destroy a critically important part of our heritage and land that should be part of an urban coast-to-coast greenway. Any donations are eligible for a SARS Section 18A tax certificate.
Please take a moment to watch the campaign video here and a short visual of how to donate. They are very short clips - only 2 minutes long in total.

  • The site has a First Nation history dating back before 1520.
It is a site that was part of the battle of d’Almeida in 1520 in which Portuguese colonists were defeated. Later, it became the site of 180 years of resistance against the Dutch settlers. It was the site of the first land dispossession in South Africa and, as a site of spiritual significance and memory, is currently being graded as a National Heritage Site following an application by more than 60 Civic, Khoi and Environmental organisations. The site has also been earmarked as part of a national Khoi and San Liberation Route. Like the neighbouring South African Astronomical Observatory (already a National Heritage Site) it is likely to be nominated for UNESCO heritage site status. It is a sacred site for Khoi Indigenous groups and one of memorial for every South African of a silenced history.
  • It is vital environmental site

The site is the convergence of the Liesbeek & Black Rivers, within the Two Rivers Urban Park and vital to the green corridor of Cape Town stretching across the Cape Flats. It is home to numerous rare flora and fauna. The floodplain also handles stormwater from the large catchment and the development proposes raising the land 3.5m above natural ground with only 13% of the site in a semi-natural state.
The Observatory Civic Association and the Goringhaicona Khoi-Khoin Indigenous Traditional Council (with the support of nearly 100 organisations and OVER 57,000 petitioners) have launched court action to interdict the development and review the approval decisions in the Cape Town High Court. Our interdict will be heard on the 24th and 25th November. We have a strong case based on the impacts on heritage (approval declared unlawful by Heritage Western Cape) and the multiple violations of environmental policies involved – even the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning & Environmental Management Department objected to this development. We have an excellent legal team, which includes Cullinans Attorneys and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi as our silk.
You can donate online, by EFT and by Snapscan. Please also consider setting up a regular donation. Donations to this campaign are eligible for a Section 18A SARS receipt towards tax deduction. Please if you need a certificate.
Please share this appeal with others, and if you have suggestions or potential funders, please email
You can find much more information on our website and at our petition siteand you are welcome to follow the Liesbeek Action Campaign on twitter: @LiesbeekAction.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Leslie London
Observatory Civic Association Chair

Defending democracy, climate crisis talks, a march to reform intellectual property laws and anti-austerity calls ahead of the budget speech
Zukiswa Pikoli - 8 November 2021

From COP26 to standing up to Amazon’s bulldozers, this is your week in civil society.
On Monday, 8 November at 2pm, Defend our Democracy will be launching their Anti-Corruption Week at Constitution Hill. It will run from 3 to 10 December. Zero tolerance of corruption is everyone’s business. #DefendOurDemocracy. You can join the livestream here...
Indigenous South Africans Protest Planned Amazon Headquarters in Cape Town
Richard Smallteacher - 23 September 2021

Indigenous communities in South Africa have taken to the streets in Cape Town, South Africa, to protest retail behemoth Amazon’s plans to build a sprawling new headquarters at the foot of Table Mountain, at the confluence of Liesbeek and Black Rivers.

The company will be the main tenant in a 150,000 square meter mixed-use development owned by Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust on the site of the former River Club golf course that was approved by the government of the Western Cape in April. Construction on the R4.6 billion ($308 million) project started right away and is expected to take two years...
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You can collect them after 12 noon any day at Ferdinandos Pizza 205 Lower Main Rd. We have created packs for you. You will need to sign them out. 

T-shirt sales are R200 . 

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