The City of Cape Town has officially committed to conserving the unique historical landscape and way of life in the Bo-Kaap.
Mayor, Dan Plato, made the revelations on Wednesday after the City’s council approved the inclusion of the Bo-Kaap area in a heritage protection overlay zone (HPZO).
The HPOZ will start to apply once published in the Provincial Gazette.
The proposed HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap extends to the Table Mountain National Park, including the northern green verges to the northwest of Strand Street and Buitengracht Street between the intersections with Carisbrook and Strand Street.
MAYCO member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt said:
“Now that the HPOZ has been approved, the community-oriented character of the Bo-Kaap must be protected.”
“Going forward, property owners in the Bo-Kaap are expected to conserve the area’s historical character by doing alterations that are in keeping with the character and style of the building by retaining as many of the original and heritage characteristics as possible when altering or adding to a historical building; and by repurposing an old building instead of demolishing the structure,” she added.