Residents to have say on proposed heritage protection for Bo-Kaap

Heritage status for Bo-Kaap could be on the cards.
Cape Town mayor Dan Plato has encouraged residents to comment on the City’s proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone. 

The Bo-Kaap is the city’s oldest surviving residential neighbourhood and offers visitors a glimpse of a way of life that is rare in most modern cities.

In the last few months, the community of Bo-Kaap has been protesting against large-scale developments and urban renewal which is driving a high demand for properties within the area.

The City’s proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone is aimed at conserving the neighbourhood’s unique historical character and way of life by managing development in a sustainable and considered manner. 

“I’m calling on Capetonians to get involved in this public participation process, and to tell us what they think. This is a pivotal time for the city and for the residents of the Bo-Kaap. The outcome of this process will have, for example, an impact on our vision to promote the Bo-Kaap as a heritage tourist destination; to assist the community with related economic development opportunities; and to protect its long-term sustainability as a cultural asset,” said Mr Plato.

The public participation process will commence on Friday January 18. Comments should be submitted by Friday February 22.

Residents can email their comments or objections to

They can also visit the Metro Office or Table Bay District Planning.

The City will also host a sectoral hearing at the Civic Centre on Saturday February 9, where community-based organisations and the business sector will make oral presentations.