Demand for COCT to acknowledge dangers of cell towers close to residential property

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 We demand that the City of Cape Town acknowledge the potential health risks and property devaluations, and change the by-laws to restrict cell towers from being erected within 200 metres of a residential property.

We all want a good cell phone signal and fast mobile data. However, we need to find a balance for the location of these towers whereby the potential harmful effects of EMF radiation is minimised as much as possible.

There are multiple international studies which conclude that long-term exposure to nearby cell towers causes disease.

Most affected are babies and young children as their skulls are not yet fully developed and they are more susceptible to EMF radiation than adults, which can affect their brain and central nervous system.

Even though the WHO states that there is no conclusive evidence that cell towers pose a health risk, they do state that mobile phones, and by extension cell towers are potentially carcinogenic. (i.e. cause cancer!)

Based on the growing evidence that this is the case, we find it outrageous that the City of Cape Town would rather give the benefit of the doubt to corporations over human beings.

Everyone has the choice to turn off their cell phone at night. However, nobody has the choice to turn off a nearby cell tower, radiating their entire body 24/7.

Property values are negatively affected when a cell tower goes up next door. That means people lose money on the value of their home.

We demand that the City of Cape Town acknowledge the potential health risks and property devaluations, and change the by-laws to restrict cell towers from being erected within 200 metres of a residential property.



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