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No urgency to stop River Club development, rules court

  • Contempt of court application to be heard on 11 and 12 October
  • Challenge to Goringhaicona leadership joined to hearings

Construction of the controversial multi-billion rand development at the River Club in Observatory continues despite legal challenges to the development.

Last month, an urgent application for an interdict was brought by the Observatory Civic Association (OCA) against the developers, Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust (LLPT) for resuming work despite a court order to halt construction, pending the hearing of a contempt of court application.… Read more

October gig guide

Equinox has come and gone, the nights are getting shorter, which is all the more reason to make the most of them. Also, doing something during the day no longer means you have to get home in the dark.


The award-winning, exemplary, acclaimed theatrical team of Andrew Buckland, Sylvaine Strike, directed by the inimitable Toni Morkel, with live piano accompaniment by Tony Bentel, return to the Baxter theatre with Firefly.Read more

A Father is Born: More selfie than self-portrait

Given the prevalence of social media, this obsession with propagating a curated image of oneself appears to have seeped into other aspects of our lives, and our creative endeavours.

In literature the memoir, once the preserve of writers or individuals of considerable achievement, and usually only published toward the end of one’s life, have become more prevalent.… Read more

Bad days call for good wine

Sometimes you have those days when nothing goes right. You might have woken up with a creeping sense of anxiety or you might have thought you had everything planned down to a tee. Regardless, suddenly everything implodes. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, the universe has another curve ball in store.… Read more

River Club opposition subject to faceless smear campaign

Anonymous pamphlets and a website are being used in an apparent attempt to hijack the Observatory Civic Association in order to smother litigation against the controversial River Club development.

Thousands of full-colour pamphlets were distributed door-to-door in Observatory on three different occasions in September.… Read more