'Aim of heritage management isn't to squash development in Bo-Kaap'

In the wake of protests in the Bo-Kaap, independent heritage consultant Quahnita Samie says the purpose of heritage management is not to kill urban development.

Heritage management is not to stop development, it's to manage and guide intervention within a sensitive heritage context.

Quahnita Samie, independent heritage consultant

Mayor of Cape Town Dan Plato announced plans to fast-track the process to declare Bo-Kaap a heritage site after ongoing protests in the area.

Read: Mixed feelings over CoCT process to declare Bo-Kaap a heritage site

A faction of residents demonstrated against a development project in Lion Street last month.

They blocked a crane from entering the neighbourhood during a protest against gentrification.

Also read: Do not sell our public land - Bo Kaap residents

A court order ruled that the crane cannot enter Bo-Kaap, but did not stop construction on the site.

The court outcome was just that the crane cannot enter Bo-Kaap, but they [construction workers] are still working.

Quahnita Samie, independent heritage consultant

She claims different factions within Bo-Kaap have different interests when it comes to development.

I have worked for some of the developers and community-based agreements have been proposed

Quahnita Samie, independent heritage consultant

The developers are keen to engage community groups to identify the needs.

Quahnita Samie, independent heritage consultant

Listen to Samie explain how the National Heritage Resources Act works:


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