ATC151023:Report of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation on Petition from Residents of Orlando East, submitted in terms of Rule 312 (Mr T W Mhlongo) dated 13 October 2015.
Report of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation on Petition from Residents of Orlando East, submitted in terms of Rule 312 (Mr T W Mhlongo) dated 13 October 2015.
The Portfolio Committee on on Sport and Recreation, having considered the Petition from Residents of Orlando East, referred to it on 5 May 2015, reports as follows:
Mr T W Mhlongo, MP, briefed the committee on 8 September 2015 about the petition from residents of Orlando East requesting intervention regarding plans to build student housing on Number One Grounds, a rugby field used by the community.
Mr Mhlongo informed members that:
- Number One Grounds was a heritage site;
- The community had to be consulted before a housing development was constructed on an existing sport field;
- The petitioners had sent the petition to the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Legislature. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) responded, but a response was awaited from the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Legislature;
- At the time of the meeting the process had been halted because the community did not welcome it;
- The plan was not included in the municipality's Infrastructure Development Plan (IDP);
- Promotion of sport was so important to the community that they did not agree to the municipality closing the field, even if housing was important;
- Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is a development agency. JDA wanted to make sure that the community had a buy-in, and the possibility was raised that a budget be allocated for the first phase. The community agreed, on condition that it would not be mixed housing;
- The contractor had been on site. The zone application to change the zoning from heritage site to mixed development had not been submitted;
- There was not a clear understanding on who would benefit from the development, for instance, from the rental stock income;
- Land had been earmarked between Orlando and Diepkloof, therefore land was available next to Orlando, in section 79 of the City of Johannesburg.
The committee noted that:
- JDA had responded and consultation had commenced;
- The City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Legislature did not respond to the petitioners by 8 September 2015;
- Further information was necessary regarding the consultation process with all the relevant entities, like the City of Johannesburg and Gauteng Legislature;
- It is concerned about the heritage merits that is being attributed to the field in question and the legal implications thereof;
- The petitioners required recourse to set up engagement with the respective role players.
The committee recommends that:
- All applicable formal processes between the residents and the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Legislature be completed;
- The committee's report be communicated to the Gauteng Legislature for their attention.
Report to be considered.
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