The Congress of South African Trade Union
in the Western Cape has slammed the decision by the City of Cape Town to
privatise the use of the Good Hope Centre to a film company.
City of Cape Town says it is looking at various development options for the
Good Hope Centre to create an enabling economic environment.
Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich said it is through
these kinds of actions that the Democratic Alliance has put in place that the
City has seen the levels of inequality increase over the last five years.
The Good Hope centre is the only big venue
that is affordable for working class communities to use for their cultural and
other activities. To now hire this out of form Company that denies access to
the poor people of the city of Cape Town is completely
We calling for the decision to be reviewed
and we will file the matter with the public protector to defend the public
interest Ehrenreich added.
Meanwhile in response the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral
Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development Garreth Bloor
said the centre will be used as a temporary or short-term film studio for three
years, with a single tenant or combination of tenants from the film industry.
He added that log-term plans for the centre
will take three to five years to develop. The film industry obviously has a massive
need demand in terms of location until the city is considering that as a form
studio during that short term period at which we discussing the long term
future of the Good Hope centre.
This initial proposal will also give chance
to the public to comment and of course it certainly is one aspect of a much
larger process in this proposal Bloor added.
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