Ostrich capital is a nest of political intrigue

Ostrich capital is a nest of political intrigue

Modernity threatens the bucolic peace of the Klein Karoo.

Oudtshoorn, a sleepy little town of 100,000 souls in the Klein Karoo, is best known for its ostriches, the nearby Cango Caves and the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, an arts festival that shatters the peace and quiet for a few days every year.  But the locals fear their tranquility will be destroyed permanently by a proposed mall.

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Submitted by : Susan Campbell of KNYSNA on 2014-11-02 20:30:49
Bredell was of course wrong and the Concourt has subsequently declared the provisions of the Land Use Planning Ordinnance, in terms of which Bredell, as provincial MEC, had decision making authority in municipal planning applications (including appeals) to be unconstitutional.

Bredell took over from Pierre Uys, who spent the ANC's last Christmas in power in the Western Cape approving just about every dubious development. Initially Bredell appeared to try and make amends, showed some respect for the environment and effectively reversed some of Uys's bad decisions. Sadly Bredell has been emulating his predecessor lately and has been approving just about everything, including the controversial Princess Vlei shopping mall (against the wishes of the city of Cape Town) and a development involving the permanent destruction of pristine fynbos adjoining a protected area in Langebaan. The moral of the story is that politicians should not be allowed to decide on development applications and these decisions should be left to an independent tribunal of experts.


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