The government is planning to build two towers in the city of Cape Town, one of which will rise above the rest of the city.
But locals fear that the tower, which is expected to cost up to $500 million, will harm their traditional ways of life and create a ghost town.
They have been calling on the government to reconsider the plan, which has been delayed several times, but the government has said the building will go ahead.
What’s at stake?
First, a skyscrapers will likely increase land values, especially in the area surrounding the project site, according to experts.
Second, the skyscraping tower will be situated in the middle of a large area of the township, which will also affect the water quality.
Third, the tower will have a height of approximately 1,000 meters (4,200 feet) which means it will require considerable maintenance and upkeep.
In the case of a tsunami, a tower of this height could damage coastal areas in the event of a strong earthquake.
“This is a great opportunity for a tourist-oriented project that is going to create an enormous amount of pollution,” said the mayor of Cape City, Jochen Bockhardt.
“The construction of this tower will also contribute to the ongoing destruction of the environment, as it will be located near a major marine area.”
The project is still in the planning stage.
What does it mean for the South Africa?
In a bid to attract tourists, the government wants to build three towers.
The tallest of which is supposed to be a 60-story tower.
The other two towers will have varying heights of between 30 and 40 stories.
The three towers will also be connected by a pedestrian mall, a park, and a shopping mall.
The government says it is planning on using the funds to improve infrastructure in the surrounding area, including a water treatment plant and a water park.
But the development could also affect wildlife, water quality, and the health of residents.
If the government decides to proceed with the towers, it is expected that they will be completed by 2020.
Is there any evidence that the towers will harm the environment?
The South African Planning Commission has said that the buildings will be constructed in a way that will “reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and emissions of nitrogen oxides and nitrous oxide from urban areas, which are two major sources of ozone.”
The commission also said that “the construction of the tower and the associated infrastructure will also help improve water quality and enhance the ability of the ecosystem to respond to natural and manmade events.”
A spokesperson for the planning commission told ABC News that the commission will not comment on the project’s environmental impact report, which would allow the public to comment on potential impacts.
What do local residents think?
“They want to see the tower built.
We want to be part of the development.
We’re just not allowed to be there.
We don’t have the right to be here,” said Lulu Fauci, a member of the Cape Town Municipal Chamber of Commerce.
The city has had a history of disputes with the government over the design of its high-rises, which have often been plagued by disputes over land values and the city’s access to water.
The building of a tower is expected be a huge boon to the area’s economy, but local residents are worried that the project will create a large-scale ghost town on the waterfront.
“We want to preserve our traditional ways, like the water and the beaches,” Fauco told ABCNews.
“It’s a huge development that’s going to be built on land that we haven’t had to use in years.”
How will the towers affect the natural environment?
If the skyscraper is completed, it will affect the sea life and the biodiversity of the area.
In some ways, the building is expected and expected to be used to generate revenue, but it will also have an impact on the environment.
“I don’t think the tower is going get a clean bill of health, because we’re not using the water,” said Gino Fauza, the president of the Coastal Alliance of Cape and Islands.
“If you have a tower in the sea, the water is going down into it, and it will probably get polluted by the tower.
It’s going down there to be polluted, which means that the whole environment is going downhill.”
Fauce said he is also worried that, because the tower has a height above the water, the towers would make the area more sensitive to the effects of global warming.
“There is no way to say whether the tower’s going up or down.
We’ll never know,” he said.
“But the tower could be built in a very polluted area.”
Will the towers hurt the environment in any way?
The towers could have a direct impact on local marine life, as well as the water supply, the environment and biodiversity.