Delay in Tokai pine felling court hearing

2016-09-20 06:00

The matter between Parkscape vs SANParks and Moutain To Ocean (MTO) which was supposed to be back at the Western Cape High Court on Monday 10 October will now be heard on Monday 7 November.

This is because Monday 10 October is the first day of the fourth term and Judge President John Hlophe would need to have some opportunity to read the papers before hand,and this would not be possible in this instance.

The filing of papers by the various parties has also been extended.

MTO and SANParks have agreed that, pending the return day, they will not fell any further trees in the Dennendal Plantation and no felling will take place until at least Tuesday 8 November.

Parkscape went to court on Friday 9 September stating that they are concerned that SANParks is acting in bad faith with regards to the management framework given the sudden rush to fell the area.

The court ordered that felling be stopped until they went back to court (Felling put on hold by court, People’s Post, 13 September).

Pines that will be cut will be replaced by fynbos. The proposed felling has created controversy, with some claiming fynbos will only increase crime in the area while others have cried to protect the critically endangered fynbos.

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