Farmers clash with would-be developers over bid to change Durbanville zoning.
‘It is in the personal interest of any farm owner within a city to seek rezoning. Farmland can be bought cheaply and sold at a profit, if there is political access to those who can effect such rezoning.” So says a man who’s opposing the creation of yet another gated estate in the Western Cape, in an affidavit filed at the High Court. The line pretty much sums up what the case is all about.
Legal papers were recently served in the case of the Durbanville Community Forum (DCF) and a number of parties including the Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs, Anton Bredell, the City of Cape Town, and a certain Boetie Louw. The DCF’s objectives include maintaining the rural and historical character of Durbanville, and the person who has signed the affidavit on its behalf is wine farmer Daniel Desmond St Dare.