Western Cape launches legal action to restart Amazon HQ construction

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The Western Cape government wants construction of the new, R4.6-billion Amazon.com Africa headquarters in Cape Town to resume.

“Building work should cease immediately and developer Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust must undertake ‘meaningful engagement and consultation’ with members of the Khoisan people, the original inhabitants of the land,” the court said in an 18 March ruling.

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However, the Western Cape’s head of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell has indicated that there are fundamental issues with the ruling.“The MEC’s decision to appeal follows a thorough consideration of the judgement and the order, as well as the practical implications thereof. There are a number of errors in the judgment and the order, inter alia, is fraught with misunderstandings about the wide public participation processes undertaken.

“Among the errors identified in the judgment were problems such as the court making a ruling on issues which were not argued by the Applicants as part of their case in the first place and the MEC is of the view that the Court failed to undertake the exercise of weighing the balance of convenience, as it should have in an interdict application.”

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source: headtopics.com

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