The City of Cape Town has approved a R1bn mixed-use development application that includes a hotel, apartments, offices and restaurants on the edge of the city's main industrial area of Paarden Eiland, close to Cape Town Harbour.

The approval this week by the municipal planning tribunal lifts title deed restrictions on the developer's land despite a tribunal report recommending against mixed-use development in Paarden Eiland. It is unclear why the recommendation was overturned.

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