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

110813 – News 24 Article – Vodacom : no proof towers are harmful

110815 – Cape Argus – City in bid to revise cell mast policy

110817 – TygerBurger Article front page – Cell mast doubts

110817 – TygerBurger Article p2 – Selfoonmaste kry teenkanting

110818 – Constantiaberg Bulletin Article front page – Cellmast not welcome

110818 – Constantiaberg Bulletin letter – Protest highlights problems

110821 – Weekend Argus letters

110930 – Cape Times letter – Please tread carefully on cell mast radiation exposure

11 Nov 2012 : Fine Music radio interview following meeting with Vodacom

 

NOV 2011: VODACOM MAST REMOVED & MEDIA ACTIVITY SUSPENDED

 

12 NOV 2014: MTN MAST ERECTED IN DALHAM RD (STRAWBERRY LANE AREA)

28 NOV 2014: CELLMAST PROTEST IN SPAANSCHEMAT RD, FOLLOWED BY MARCH TO DALHAM RD

141125 – EMRSA Press Release

141129 – Weekend Argus p4 & IOL – Constantia residents oppose cellphone mast

141204 – CB Article front page – Protest against cellmast

141204 – Constantiaberg Bulletin letter – Cellmasts

141211 – Constantiaberg Bulletin letter – Cellmast

141211 – Constantiaberg Bulletin letter – Cellmast2

150219 – Constantiaberg Bulletin front page – Bold plan for valley (EMRSA approached by press for comment)

150226 – Constantiaberg Bulletin letter – Yes (to Fibre) and No (to DAS)

JUN 2015: HIGH COURT RULES MTN MAST ILLEGAL

150613 – Weekend Argus – Constantia property owners win fight over MTN tower (EMRSA approached by press for comment)

150618 – Constantiaberg Bulletin – Residents celebrate cellmast victory

150624 – CB Article front page – Thumbs up for fibre optics (EMRSA approached by press for comment)

29 Jun 2015 – Cape Talk interview with John Maytham following High Court ruling (EMRSA approached for comment)


150626 – My Broadband – The fight against better cellphone reception in Cape Town  (with online discussion comments)

150813 – Constantiaberg Bulletin Article p5 – Church objects to cellphone tower (EMRSA approached by press for comment)

150820 – Constantiaberg Bulletin letter – Take a stand (references Constantia opposition)

151104 – Plainsman letter (Concerns over tower)

160623 – Constantiaberg Bulletin Article p5 – Community battle against cell masts

Media history – Constantia cellmasts

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