Author Penny Fourie, Journalist
July 8, 2020
Following legal advice, the municipality will now reopen the application process after it was agreed that due process had not been followed.
Dolphin Coast residents opposed to the installation of two 5G cellphone masts have welcomed the announcement by KwaDukuza municipality that the public participation process would be reopened.
Concerned residents challenged the initial application by American Tower South Africa (ATC), claiming the public participation process had been flawed.
The notice to grant permission to ATC to place the 5G (5th generation) masts were advertised during level 5 lockdown, firstly on March 4 in a KwaDukuza newspaper that is not distributed in Ballito, and in a public notice placed on the boundary of 38 Karyn Street, Ballito.
Residents said they had not seen the notice as the lockdown regulations did not permit them to leave their homes, except for essentials.