Philippi Horticultural Area Food & Farming Campaign, et al. v. MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning: Western Cape, et al.
Jurisdiction: South Africa's High Court
Side A: Nazeer Ahmed Sonday (Individual)
Side A: Philippi Horticultural Area Food & Farming Campaign et al (Intervening party)
Side B: MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning: Western Cape, et al (Government)
Core objectives: Petitioners challenged administrative decision allowing urban development.
SummaryThe South African High Court has remanded an administrative decision allowing urban development with instructions to more fully consider climate change impacts.
Since May 2011 the Province and City of Cape Town have taken steps to allow urban development in the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA). The PHA Food and Farming Campaign and its convener, Nazeer Ahmed Sonday, challenged these moves on several grounds, including that development would threaten a local aquifer. On February 18, 2020 a judge of the South African High Court found that the respondents had made several errors and remanded with instructions to, among other things, reconsider the decision's effect on existing rights related to the aquifer "in the context of climate change and water scarcity."