Bo-Kaap resident happy to see the crane moving out of their area after about 50 protesters gathered to prevent a crane from entering Bo-Kaap and making its way to a development on 40 Lion Street. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane /African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town - Property developers Blok will have to put their Bo-Kaap development plans on ice after the Western Cape High Court ordered that their crane be prohibited from entering the area until a next court date is determined.  

Last month the court granted the interdict to the developers, preventing the community from interfering with construction. The interdict sought to prohibit residents from “causing obstructions” or “entering or trespassing on the 40 Lion Street construction site”.

However on Tuesday, November 20th, chaos erupted as Bo-Kaap residents and the police clashed over the recent developments in the area. About 50 residents gathered outside to protest  the development, with many stating that the  group is destroying Bo-Kaap's heritage.

The police had to use tear gas to keep protesters at bay, who managed to stop a crane from entering the highly contested Lions Street development. Blok developers are planning to develop a pilot inclusionary-housing project, FORTY ON L on Lion Street in Bo-Kaap.

The Western Cape National Heritage Council confirmed last week that it has received an application to declare Bo-Kaap a heritage site.

The ANC Youth League Western Cape hand-delivered a nomination to Heritage Western Cape for Cape Town’s historic Bo-Kaap to be declared a provincial heritage site. The league lodged an application with the heritage council on Tuesday, November 27.

Just this past week the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee resolved to support the designation of the Bo-Kaap as a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ), and made the recommendation that Council approve a public participation process for the proposal at its next meeting.


Cape Argus