WITH regard to the article, "Curtain up on R29m Opera House revamp" (October 28), at no time did the DA oppose the restoration of the Opera House. What the DA did was to insist that the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999 was adhered to by the developers, in that a heritage impact assessment was undertaken by qualified practitioners and a public participation process carried out thereafter, before the DA could support the proposal.
The attempt to trivialise the DA's involvement by accusing it of merely opposing the "removal of the tree alongside the building" should be treated with the contempt it deserves. In fact, protection of the tree was recommended in the findings of the heritage impact assessment subsequently carried out.
Furthermore, the DA also highlighted the fact that permission had to be granted by the courts for subdivision of a portion of the Donkin Reserve, before building could take place on what is known as "the wedge".
Bernice Wright, councillor and DA spokesperson on heritage