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Cullinan & Associates is representing the Observatory Civic Association (OCA) and the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Indigenous Traditional Council (GKKITC) in their opposition to the proposed developed at the River Club on the banks of the Leisbeek River. Notably, the proposed development is intended to accommodate Amazon's regional headquarters in Africa. We contend that the proposed development would irreparably harm the last remaining natural part of the Liesbeek River, sensitive receiving environment and floodplains, as well as destroy the significant heritage of the Khoi and San people associated with the area.
On 19 January 2022, Cullinan and Associates applied for an urgent interim interdict to stop further construction of the development. You can read the notes for oral argument below:
Notes for Oral Argument
On 21 March 2022, the Western Cape High Court granted the interdict and halted the development, ruling that the developers did not adequately consult with the affected First Nation Groups. The interim interdict will remain in place, pending a review of the relevant environmental land use authorisations to develop the floodplain. You can read the interdict judgement below:
You can support the OCA and GKKITC’s continued opposition to the development by donating Here
You can view the pleadings for the interim interdict below:
According to the Final Approved Environmental Management Programme (EMPr), Shell's proposed seismic survey involves extremely loud (220 decibels) underwater explosions or discharges at intervals of 10 to 20 seconds which are to continue 24 hours per day for four to five months. The survey would have harmful impacts on the Wild Coast's marine ecosystems and coastal communities.
You can support the litigation against Shell by donating Here