The Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape Town have joined the Liesbeek Leisure Property Trust in applying for leave to appeal against the decision of the Western Cape High Court to urgently interdict a development that was to house the Amazon Africa headquarters.
The Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape Town believe they have a good chance of winning the right to appeal against a Western Cape High Court decision to halt the construction of Amazon Africa’s headquarters at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.
The application will be heard at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
The Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Indigenous Traditional Council and the Observatory Civic Association were granted an urgent interdict against the development after the traditional council said they had not been meaningfully consulted.
The city and the province say the development will be beneficial to the area.
“These benefits include rehabilitating a portion of the Liesbeek River, creating a high-quality green open space, establishing heritage infrastructure in partnership with First Nations groups, creating more than 5,200 construction jobs and approximately 19,000 employment opportunities [and] establishing public transport infrastructure,” Priya Reddy, the city’s spokesperson told Daily Maverick.