A report by Erwin Rode states the increased public concern and stigmatisation associated with EMFs have a “direct impact on property values”.
Vodacom has put on hold their plan for a cellphone mast in Simon’s Town.
Residents, however, remain sceptical and will be meeting with officials from the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEAP) to iron out issues pertaining to the application.
The application to erect a cellphone mast on erf 1905 was first made by Vodacom in 2011. The Watsonia Road property is owned by the City of Cape Town and includes a watercourse.
Resident Ian Grant expressed concern about the property values. He explains while the debate regarding the effect of Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) rages on, the perception created a problem.
“If it gets the go-ahead, the mast will be right next to people’s homes. It doesn’t matter whether or not the electromagnetic fields have a bad effect or not, all that matters is the perception that it does,” he says.
Grant has commissioned a report by Erwin Rode, a property consultant, on the effect of cellphone masts on the market values of nearby homes.
The report states the increased public concern and stigmatisation associated with EMFs have a “direct impact on property values”.