Unbelievably, after 18 years of vigorous and overwhelming community objection, protest, press, legal action and High Court victory, the MTN cellphone tower is still operational as MTN continue to drag out the process through attempted appeal. Here’s some of the history!
Following a High Court ruling that the latest mast erected by MTN in November 2015 was not legally approved, media publicity was suspended in the hope that MTN would turn off the mast and remove it. This however has not happened and so until it does active media publicity over this mast will continue.
Here is a collection of just some of the media publicity around the erection of cellphone towers in the Strawberry Lane area in Constantia, Cape Town in recent years. There was much more though in print and on radio (including Radio Sonder Grense, KFM, Cape Talk and the Sunday Times). It also excludes thousands of private correspondences to authorities (including objections to the City’s mast policy) as well as online activity.
1999: ILLEGAL VOCACOM MAST REMOVED AFTER 2 YEARS OF STRONG COMMUNITY OPPOSITION
2007: MAST APPLICATON OPPOSED WITH THOUSANDS OF PETITIONS & CORRESPONDENCES. EMRSA WEBSITE LAUNCHED
28 JUL 2011: VODACOM MAST INSTALLATION BEGINS AT THE BIBLE COLLEGE, ESKOL LANE (STRAWBERRY LANE AREA)
12 AUG 2011: CELLMAST PROTEST WITH 250 PEOPLE IN SPAANSCHEMAT RD