Court bid to stop Chappies construction

2012-03-07 09:26

Cape Town - Residents have lodged an application in the Western Cape High Court to stop construction of the controversial R54m toll plaza on Chapman's Peak, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that the Hout Bay Residents' Association and the Habitat Council approached the court on Tuesday, asking it to prevent concessionaire Entilini from building on land in the Table Mountain National Park and world heritage site.

They believed it was unlawful to build in a national park without Parliament de-proclaiming the affected portion of land.

As the matter over land issues would take time in court, they wanted construction to stop so that Entilini could not build itself into an "irreversible decision".

The respondents in the matter are Entilini, of which Murray and Roberts is a senior partner, SANParks, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, Transport MEC Robin Carlisle and Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

The matter will be heard on Friday.

  • Henri - 2012-03-07 09:32

    they can use that money for alot of other better reasons, whats wrong with the current toll booths, its not like theres 400 000 000 people going thru there a month.

      lydonmcg - 2012-03-07 09:38

      If they don't built the new plaza, the new contract that the DA have negotiated falls away and the original ANC-negotiated contract comes back into play. That will see the construction of not one, but two toll plazas, as well as the province forking over millions upon millions of Rand in compensation fees to Entilini over the next two decades, because Chappies isn't seeing projected traffic revenues. Tax payers will now have to pay for the ANC's mistake. Anyone arguing that the disgusting looking containers currently on site look better than the new environmentally-conscious plaza needs to get their eyes checked.

      jaz82 - 2012-03-07 09:39

      that is a lot of '0'

      Donald - 2012-03-07 09:41

      is it tolled already? I was not aware of this! if that is the case, I agree with you 100% - this now sounds like a case of tenderpreneurship.

      Henri - 2012-03-07 09:48

      @lydonmcg the argument is that the current booths are sufficient, 1. there isnt place for a roof like first world type of toll PLAZA, freak there is hardly enough space for cars to pass. @donald, yes there is 2 booths at houtbays end, it looks like youre in some foreign country and looks perfect for the location !!!!

      PhilipV - 2012-03-07 12:34

      Yes tolled already ... R40 per direction ... something like that, have the slip at home, was down there a coupla weeks ago for a weekend break.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-03-07 09:37

    Let the construction begin, why do people like to oppose developments?

      Henri - 2012-03-07 09:41

      isnt developments a white thing you said once polydonkey and then said we must leave cause this is the african way ???? KNOB !!!!

      Bluecrest - 2012-03-07 09:43

      Once again this tit is just spewing garbage out of his skull...

      MSGRule - 2012-03-07 09:45

      @Poly go take some classes and develop your frontal lobe

      Dale - 2012-03-07 10:12

      I wonder when people are going to see that old polo is litiraly pulling ya tonki's :D

      TSR01 - 2012-03-07 12:10

      PolonyTaxi, these are not developments, they're detriments - if you want to pay R12 - R70 every time you drive along a road, do you think you will have enough money left at the end of the month for petrol, oil, to save for your vehicle's service, not to mention extra's such as tire replacements, license renewal and insurance excess on any claims? No, you would not, because its already a liability to own, use, and maintain a vehicle over time - additional toll fees are unnecessary, unrealistic, and only add more money to the corrupt ANC coffers.

  • SailedMoon - 2012-03-07 09:49

    Finally something exciting is happening for Hout Bay people o~O

  • Fredster - 2012-03-07 10:29

    Can you not use the proper name... Chappies sounds like a sweet from my youth

  • Leon - 2012-03-07 10:42

    These protestors must be demeneted. 1. open you eyes and look at the massive scalle of engineering of Chapmans peak. That is certainly not going away. and I bet you would be the first to object if it was being closed. 2. Look at the state of the current toll offices, being stacked shipping conatiners, vs the building proposed in its place

      Henri - 2012-03-07 10:50

      the look suites the road, old saying - if it works, let it be.

      Andres - 2012-03-07 11:02

      If it works, let it be. Wow... affront to any progress much? Let's not build Portside in the CBD, because it's tall, let's not build the V&A because a working harbour for CT is fine. Let's not build a Rotair Cablecar up Table Mountain, because the old small cablecar was functional... Industrial containers are better than a Fynbos and Sandstone clad structure on the quarry site? Really... NEVER become an architect or member of an aesthetics committee.

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-09 21:01

      Yup- the shipping containers probably really make the tourists feel like they are in a 3rd world country! Beautiful, scenic drive and then that!!!

  • Rudie - 2012-03-07 10:59

    Thank goodness .I hate chappies !! "did you know"

  • Patsy - 2012-03-07 11:09

    I'm not interested in who said what about which.... That is a World Heritage Site and should be treated with reverence, not have big buildings erected to fill some pockets and boost some egos. It should be left as nature intended it to be...........

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-09 21:03

      Well- it is actually a pretty small building by the looks of it (unless the 3D's are doctored & scale fiddled with); it us probably expensive because of retaining walls & the planted roof structure...

  • Andres - 2012-03-07 11:13

    Let's put this plainly for people to understand. Try to look at this logically, not emotionally: We're in a tight corner, we only have one of three options: 1) Construct the 1 plaza (Fynbos roof; Sandstone walls) on Hout Bay side 2) Revert to the pre-renegotiated scheme of 2 plazas they see fit to design. 3) We construct none, but cough up millions in penalties as taxpayers. It's really that simple... now chose one and see who're the bad and good guys here.

  • PhilipV - 2012-03-07 12:40

    Really? ... They are complaining about that little old structure. OMW!!!!

      PhilipV - 2012-03-07 12:53

      And, before you thumbs down me ... I draw plans for a living ... that thing shouldn't be much larger than the average 3-4 bedroom house and its yard.

  • amanda - 2012-03-07 15:20

    This has become a huge mess. I say nonsense to all the pre negotiated rubbish that went on before. There is already an existing toll road - what the dispute is REALLY about is the R54mil Building that Entilini/Roberts Comstruction want for their own personal use and that in the Table Mountain National Park and World Heritage site Nogal! Maybe Mr. Carlisle should have tried to negotiate a little bit harder. Are we to be grateful that there are not going to be two Building Plazas instead of one?? Why should we be blackmailed into agreeing to something which was hopelessly flawed in the beginning. I say let the case go to Court and let the dice fall where it may fall.

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-09 21:07

      Easy to say... but... Well- to go to court it helps to have a hope in hell of overturning the contract- otherwise only the lawyers win and you're left with a massive bill. It is possible that was the best compromise under the circumstances.

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