The logging teams have moved into Tokai Forest, and the trees have started to come down NOW.
But … there is some good news!
Following concerted attempts to engage SANParks, MTO and their legal team, which has seen them fritter away time without any substantive solution, we have decided to confront the logging operation head-on with our lawyers. Together, our legal team and Parkscapes have, through concerted efforts, forced SANParks and MTO to back off from the Dennedal Avenue West area (ie all forested areas on the East side of Orpen Road/Spaanschemacht Road), but only for one week.
The logging will stop in the Dennedal section for one very short week as of 31 August 2016, but will continue regardless in the sections opposite (ie on the West side of Orpen Road/Spaanschemacht Road).
This is therefore only the start of the legal battle – all arguments by SANParks and MTO aside, there is a need to ensure that a proper procedurally fair process is embarked on (and completed!) FIRST before the trees are felled, so that we still can enjoy and use our communal space. Despite pursuing this course of action as fast and efficiently as possible, Tokai forest is still going to be losing trees at a rate of over 100 per hour, day and night.
We are now entering a litigious process – a full on opposed legal battle. We will be in court next Friday (9 September 2016), represented by a junior and senior Advocate, and our Attorney. To fund this next chapter, Parkscape needs funds to pay our legal team, and those funds are urgently needed. We need to be able to show that we have funds to pay the future costs associated with the legal case. Without this, Tokai forest will come down in the first week of Spring as that process is currently happening.
Please urgently donate any funds to our Attorneys’ Trust account:
Account Holder: Slabbert, Venter, Yanoutsos Attorneys
Standard Bank, Fish Hoek
Bank Code: 036009
Acc Nr.: 072 128 542
Reference: Tokai Forest
Email proof of payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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