Developer list raises suspicions

Posted On Friday, 04 July 2003 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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When Peter Marais was Western Cape premier and David Malatsi his environmental affairs MEC, they allegedly received a R300 000 contribution to the New National Party from Count Riccardo Augusta. This was days before Malatsi allegedly approved the Italian's Roodefontein golf development in Plettenberg Bay.

Construction IndustryNow a list has come to light raising suspicions that other developers may have been approached for contributions to the NNP in exchange for favours. (Planning permission is a local government or provincial matter, and normally political parties play no part in it.)

Last year, the FM suggested that, like some National Party politicians of old, (Malatsi) might abandon environmental concerns to favour developers who supported his New National Party. Malatsi denied this.

The NNP denies the list is a party list. Donations for development approval is corrupt and not indulged in, it says. Marais could not comment but Malatsi says it was drawn up on the instructions of NNP financial chief Johan Gelderblom. Anwar Ismael of Marais' New Labour Party says it would have been drawn up on the instructions of NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk. The list has a Who's Who of Western Cape property developments, among them Big Bay on the West Coast, managed by developers Rabie, and Fynboskruin, a controversially approved project at Sedgefield near Knysna .

Many names on the list have planning application numbers for approval by the provincial authorities. Hout Bay developer Stanley Dorman (who has no applications pending) was visited on August 13 last year. "Afspraak (appointment) 13/8 - Baie klagtes (many complaints) - Chapman's Piek" was the remark.

Dorman confirms that visit. He had written to the province on behalf of the Hout Bay Trade & Tourism Association and the Hout Bay Harbour Development Board about the damage done by closing Chapman's Peak Drive.

"I was phoned by Malatsi's secretary," says Dorman, "who arranged for him to visit me at my office." He arrived with Gelderblom. "We went through the problems," says Dorman. "Towards the end of the meeting, they asked me straight out for a donation to the NNP. I declined as I am not politically involved."

The Chapman's Peak problem is still not resolved.

Other remarks, such as "OK", "nee" (no) or "self" (myself), are typed or handwritten near the names. Two developments have numbers next to them. One, at Strand in False Bay, has "15". A Jamestown development has "50".

Democratic Alliance environmental spokesman Robin Carlisle claimed in the provincial council, when he revealed the list, that there was "a systematic strategy to target developers seeking planning permission".

Van Schalkwyk had no comment for the FM.

 

Last modified on Friday, 04 October 2013 21:34

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