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SIG still objects to Longlands

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The Stellenbosch Interest Group (SIG) recently expressed its concerns surrounding the environmental implications of the entrance of the new Longlands Development.

In a letter addressed to the Stellenbosch Municipality, the SIG claimed the municipality had never responded to a letter from the SIG dated 26 May 2021.

“It is also of great concern to the SIG that you have thus far failed to conduct a proper forensic investigation into the way the Planning Directorate has dealt with the Longlands Farm,” the letter reads.

According to Stuart Grobbelaar, municipal spokesperson, a letter of response was sent to the SIG on 23 July, following the conclusion of the internal investigation.

He said: “We were also awaiting outstanding information from the Western Cape Provincial Government that was received in June 2021. Following the internal investigation, no grounds were found that would warrant a further investigation.”

Says the letter: “In light of the decision by Minister Bredell on 25 August 2021 and the letter of demand sent to you by the attorney on 7 July 2021 on behalf of the SIG and the Stellenbosch Ratepayers Association (SRA), you now have an excellent opportunity to . . . have the unconstitutional decisions of 2015 by the then Department of Rural Development and Land Reform set aside.”

The SIG says one of the prejudicial issues relates to the manipulative use made of the Longlands Country Estate Homeowners by developers.

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