Philippi Horticultural Area Photo: African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town – The provincial government is appealing against another Heritage Western Cape (HWC) decision to protect highly contested land in the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA).

Today the Ministerial Independent Tribunal will convene to hear oral submissions lodged by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the Finishing Touch Trading 165 (Pty) Ltd against the decision of the Council of HWC to provisionally protect part of Philippi farm in terms of Section 29 of the National Heritage Resources Act.

Opponents of the developments say it will threaten the livelihoods of emerging farmers, their workers and local food security, and place a 630km2 aquifer in jeopardy.

Last week, the tribunal convened to hear oral submissions on appeals lodged by the City and two provincial departments - including the same Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning - and the Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust regarding Heritage Western Cape’s decision to provisionally protect the Two Rivers Urban Park precinct.

Environmental Affairs and Development Planning spokesperson Rudolf van Jaarsveldt said: “The appeal is not specifically related to specific development proposals, but to preventing a duplication of administrative processes.”

PHA Food and Farming Campaign spokesperson Nazeer Sonday said along the portion of Strandfontein Road was some of the last windows into the farmlands that existed.

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“This will be destroyed by this developer’s proposal,” Sonday said.