Construction of the US$2.8 billion building that would house Amazon.com’s Africa headquarters in Cape Town has been denied leave to appeal an interdict stopping construction.
The developer behind the project, Liesbeek Leisure Property Trust (LLPT), indicated that it will approach the supreme court of Appeals directly.
Handing the judgement at the Western Cape high court, judge Patricia Goliath gave a surprise victory to the Observatory Civic Association and the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Indigenous Traditional Council, who opposed the development at the site, indicating the cultural significant indigenous land of the Khoi community.
The Judge’s decision to deny leave to appeal means work at the site has stopped for the foreseeable future. As a result, the developers have previously warned that this could lead to 6 000 direct and 19 000 indirect job losses.
The ban could also lead to the loss of significant socioeconomic benefits, including developer-subsidised housing and a park that will be open to the public.
In March, the South African High Court in Western Cape halted construction on Amazon.com’s Africa headquarters in Cape Town and ordered the company to consult with indigenous people who say the site is sacred land.