The Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town has officially been proclaimed as a heritage area. Apart from being the earliest established Muslim community in South Africa, the Bo-Kaap is also Cape Town’s oldest surviving residential neighborhood.
The inclusion of the area in a heritage protection overlay zone was published in the Western Cape Provincial Gazette on April 12.
Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, says from now on all development applications for properties within the area will be more critically assessed.
“This overlay will ensure that the bulk heritage, as well as the way of living through the building environment, will be conserved. It will also entail the open spaces within the proclaimed area that will enhance the surety around what type of land designs can be executed when developed.”
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