Court ruling favors City

2018-02-20 06:00

A Western Cape High Court’s judgment has ordered a developer to clear floodplains and wetlands within 45 days.

The ruling in the in the Disa River case was in favour of the City of Cape Town against Real Useful Investments (Pty) Ltd.

A City statement says he court declared the infilling of the floodplain to be in contravention of the stormwater management bylaw. The court also found that Really Useful Investments has failed to comply with the directive in terms of the Environment Conservation Act. The battle over the illegal infilling of wetlands and floodplains reportedly started in 2011 when the developers of the Hout Bay Beach Club started dumping material in the areas in preparation for their property development.

After numerous attempts to stop them, the City’s environmental management department followed this with a directive in terms of the environment conservation act which required that the fill material be removed from the floodplain. The City reportedly commenced with court proceedings in an effort to force Really Useful Investments to comply fully with the notice and directive that had been served.

Mayco member for transport and urban development Brett Herron says: “The outcome of the Disa River case is a major victory for the City. We do all we can to protect rivers, wetlands and floodplains, particularly as these form an essential part of Cape Town’s natural environment and biodiversity.”

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