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Bo-Kaap community approaches SCA to stop erection of 60-metre high building

The Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association's Fowzia Achmat says they have been fighting against this development for years.

Bo-Kaap residents protesting against the gentrification of the area outside the Western Cape High Court. Picture: @bokaaprise/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – The Bo-Kaap community has on Friday taken its plea to halt an 18-story development to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Residents in the area have been fighting for the preservation of their cultural heritage for several years.

Buitengracht Properties wants to build a 60-metre high, mixed-use building in the historic area.

The Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association's Fowzia Achmat says they have been fighting against this development for years.

“The Western Cape High Court dismissed an application brought about by the Bo-Kaap Civic Association and others to review and set aside a decision by the municipal planning tribunal in June 2016. For us, it was important to take it to a higher level, which is the appeal court.”

She said allowing this development dubbed the 'Monster Building' would destroy the area's historic urban landscape.