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14 Apr 2011

New surfbreak opens up near Hout Bay!

When the swell is running like today, new surf possibilities open up on the road to Hout Bay. Here is one of them…

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13 Apr 2011

The beach vendors could be selling these next week…

The beach vendors could be selling these next week…

Taken from omg-facts.com:

Chinese sidewalk vendors have recently begun selling animals sealed inside airtight packaging as keyring accessories! Anyone heartless enough to purchase one of these trinkets has the option of abusing a tiny Brazil turtle or two small kingfish, each trapped inside a plastic pouch with some colored water. One salesman claimed that the creatures could live as long as several months because the water contains “nutrients” – a claim that is unlikely at best.

Even if this were true, it doesn’t excuse the fact that the creatures have no space to move around in, very little air, and are likely to be smashed in someone’s pocket. The worst part is that this practice is completely legal! Chinese law prohibits the sale of wild animals, but apparently the legislation does not apply to selling turtles and fish in such inhumane fashion.

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13 Apr 2011

13 year old passenger falls out of a Golden Arrow Bus

13 year old passenger falls out of a Golden Arrow Bus

This statement was released by:

Bronwen Dyke  ­

Public Relations Manager

Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd

“Golden Arrow can confirm the unfortunate incident on March 11th 2011, when a 13-year-old passenger fell from a Golden Arrow bus travelling on Victoria Road, Llandudno after an emergency exit window became dislodged.

Emergency exit windows are placed strategically throughout the bus and they comply with the necessary safety specifications. These windows are only placed where passengers are seated and not standing. After thorough investigation it is apparent that the only way the passenger could dislodge the emergency exit window and fall out would be through applying sufficient pressure on the window and not sitting on the seat.

These windows are made to exacting quality standards and do not fall out for no apparent reason. They are designed to give way if significant force is applied and passengers need to escape from the bus. They are all clearly marked both on the windows themselves and above on the bus body, there are also instructions as to how to dislodge the window should there be an emergency.

This particular bus was only introduced to the fleet on November 20th, 2010 and the original window was still in place. There was also no structural damage, rust or debris of any kind present.

The boy had minor injuries to his arm and leg and the paramedics were on the scene within five minutes. The police were also present.

Passengers are urged to take note of our conditions of carriage (present on all buses) and to adhere to them for their own safety and for the safety of all other passengers on board.”

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13 Apr 2011

Beach Club is again in the news!

Beach Club is again in the news!

Taken from iol.co.za:

A June 1998 diagram shows the 1-in-50-year flood line of the Hout Bay river estuary, shown here in red. The developer agreed not to in-fill any parts of its property lying below the 1:50-year floodline as shown on a 1994 map that was part of its approval. But a large part of it lies below this 1998-demarcated floodline.

The developer of the controversial Beach Club on the Hout Bay coastal dunes has been served with a compliance notice before by provincial environmental authorities.

This was after two inspections in January 2009 found illegal clearing and the removal of vegetation from the wetland.

The department then ordered the developer, Really Useful Investments, to commission a construction-phase environmental management plan for the development from an independent consultant. The developer did so.

This is the plan to which the province is holding the developer during the in-filling on the property, which critics say is occurring on wetlands, but which the developer says is fully approved and legal.

The provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has explained how it changed its mind about this development, a situation that has deeply angered some Hout Bay residents and environmentalists.

The department first ruled that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) was required for any further infilling after the initial group of homes had been constructed, but then later said that only the construction environmental management plan would be necessary.

Spokesman Aziel Gangerdine said that on May 29, 2008, the department advised the developer that no written authorisation was required from it for construction to continue.

He said this was partly because units in the complex had been built before EIA regulations under the then-Environmental Conservation Act came into effect, and before the implementation of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) in 1998.

“The department highlighted that it did not support development in the floodplain of rivers. The developer was also informed of his obligation (under) Nema, being the general duty of care.”

In January 2009, the department issued a “Nema directive” citing breach of this duty of care. The developer was told to cease immediately removing vegetation and filling in the wetland.

The developer was also ordered to appoint an independent environmental consultant to compile a construction-phase environmental management plan for the development.

In October 2009, the department changed its requirement and told the developer an EIA would be applicable for further development, said Gangerdine. This was because planning and land use rights to some undeveloped erven had lapsed, and the department believed the new EIA regulations under Nema would be applicable.

On February 16 this year, it revised its decision after a high court judgment referred to the need to consider “each case on its own merits”.

“The department concluded an environmental authorisation was not required.” It approved the construction environmental management plan on February 21.

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13 Apr 2011

The BBC needs you, a Hout Bay family!

The BBC needs you, a Hout Bay family!

The BBC in the UK are looking for strong professional families in South Africa for an exciting new documentary series about families and parenting skills. We’ve filmed all over the world and are now keen to focus in on South Africa and represent a family with teenage kids who are proud of their family. We would like to show off a modern and progressive South Africa highlighting quite how life has changed in the last twenty years. If you know anyone who may be interested in this please contact me, Gemmayardley@twentytwenty.tv.

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