Application for permanent removal of C J Rhodes statue

16 September 2015
UCT
ERF 44201, Madiba Circle, Upper Campus, UCT, Cape
Town, in terms of section 27(18) of the National Heritage
Resources Acts (Act 25 of 1999)
The permit issued by Heritage Western Cape (HWC) on 31 March 2015 for
the temporary removal of the statue requires that the application for
permanent removal of the statue be lodged with HWC within 90 days failing
which the statue must be reinstated. We commenced the process of public
consultation immediately thereafter but the Interested and Affected
Parties raised concerns that this would not allow sufficient time for
commenting on the draft Heritage Statement. This concern was referred to
HWC and in order to promote better administrative justice and to ensure a
thorough public consultation process where a two-phase public consultation
process would be accommodated, a decision was taken on 22 April 2015 to
extend the 90 day timeframe stipulated in the permit, dated 31 March 2015,
to 150 days from the date of the permit. When the Draft Guidelines for
Public Monuments and Memorials were released at the end of June 2015
UCT applied to HWC for a 30 day extension allowing us time to consider any
possible implications of the Draft Guidelines on our application. In terms of
this, an application for an extension was submitted to HWC on 8 July 2015
and on 4 August 2015 the Committee agreed to further extend the deadline
for submission from 150 days to 180 days. During the process of finalising
the draft Heritage Statement, it became evident, through a miscalculation,
that less than 30 days remain for public comment on the draft
statement. To ensure that no party would be disadvantaged through this
oversight, UCT therefore requested that HWC consider extending the
deadline for the submission of the application for permanent removal of the
Rhodes Statue and Heritage Statement, from 28 September 2015 to 12
November 2015, allowing for a 30 day period for public comment from 21
September to 20 October 2015. HWC has agreed to permit this extension
for the reasons provided.
ENDS
Issued by: UCT Communication and Marketing Department
Thami Nkwanyane
Media Liaison and Monitoring Officer
Communication and Marketing Department
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch
Tel: (021) 650 5672 Fax: (021) 650 3780
Cell: (072) 563 9500
Email: thami.nkwanyane@uct.ac.za
Website: www.uct.ac.za

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