Green-Pointers set to go to war with council
Residents of an exclusive Cape Town suburb are preparing for a fight with the City of Cape Town over future developments around the loss-making Cape Town stadium.
The Green Point Ratepayers' and Residents' Association said it would lobby DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille to stop any new developments.
The city had earlier indicated it would ask that a previous agreement with residents - banning commercial development on Green Point Common - be scrapped.
The City of Cape Town is desperate to find an anchor tenant and commercial activities for the city's World Cup venue after Western Province rugby bosses balked at suggestions that they move there, arguing that such a move would be at a financial loss to the union and their individual shareholders, the amateur clubs.
Last year, the stadium cost the city R44.6-million to run against income of just R12.1-million.
In an e-mail to association members, founder James Loocke said the commercial ventures planned for the stadium by the city would never pay for its maintenance costs.
"So even if the city gets this right, it will be a drop in the ocean - an insignificant mitigation - against the burden on the ratepayer for stadium maintenance," said Loocke.
With the viability of these commercial ventures unknown, Loocke suggested to his members the next avenue for exploitation would be the common around the stadium which now has an "urban park".
He suggested Zille be canvassed through DA councillor and mayoral committee member JP Smith, who had opposed plans in 2006 to construct the stadium at its present site.
Smith said, should the matter come up for discussion, he would "convey" the "sentiments" he was picking up from the community.
Association spokesman Bob Goebell said: "All that we know is they want to change to the 'Record of Decision' going back to 2006.
Cape Town's mayoral committee member for tourism and events, Grant Pascoe, said before the city could consider activities and events at the stadium it would have to have the 'Record of Decision' reviewed and amended. "Nothing's been decided on what's going to happen there, [or] what activities will take place," said Pascoe.