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05 Feb 2011

CRIME REPORTED between 2011-01-18 TO 2011-02-01

CRIME REPORTED between 2011-01-18 TO 2011-02-01

Here is a list of crimes and the times per block in Hout Bay over a little more than ten days…WOW!

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04 Feb 2011

Clarification on the “Missing bodies” that were found on Chapmans Peak

Clarification on the “Missing bodies” that were found on Chapmans Peak

SAPS Media Centre, Western Cape Tel : (021) 417 7423

Media Release

2 x BODIES ON CHAPMANS PEAK : HOUT BAY  SAPS

On the 31st of January 2011 at approx 11:20 contract workers of SANPARKS found a body near the look out point on Chapman’s Peak drive.  The clothing description are as follow: Black and white hoody top, jeans and a grey sock.  An inquest docket was opened and the autopsy was conducted on Wednesday.

On the 1st of  February 2011 at approx 15:00 also near the look out point another body, mostly bones were found on Chapman’s Peak drive, Hout Bay.  The clothing description are as follow; grey windbreaker, brown belt with silver(rusted) clasp, one brown takkie with black sole and the writing one it “lapez”.  In his pockets were two bank cards, a rotting passport and a small photo.  A member of the public was at SAPS Hout Bay and confirmed that the photo belongs to Francisco Sardella, who went missing from Fish Hoek area during October 2008.  The family were informed to give DNA at the Mortuary, Salt river.

Any person with enquiries or information is kindly requested to contact Hout Bay police on (021) 791 8660 or 08600 10111.

Enquiries:

W/O Tanya Lesch

Communication Official

SAPS HOUT BAY

tel  021-7918660 / 78

cell 082 302 8370

fax 021-7918661

e-mail.  houtbay-saps@saps.org.za

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03 Feb 2011

Row flares up in Hangberg mediation

Row flares up in Hangberg mediation

Aziz Hartley/iol.co.za

A row has erupted between community groups in Hangberg in Hout Bay over a mediation process involving city consultant Brian Williams.

Last September there were violent clashes between law enforcement officials and Hangberg residents who resisted the demolition of shacks erected in a firebreak on the Sentinel.

Later, the Western Cape High Court ordered the parties to seek mediation.

Williams, a consultant who had previously done work for the provincial government, was chosen to mediate.

This week Hout Bay Civic Association (HBCA) member James Davids said the association was refused participation in the mediation.

He said 39 people Williams said had been elected as Hangberg representatives did not have the whole community’s blessing.

“Williams knows about an elected civic association representing residents, but he started another group.

“This created division in our community. The 39 people don’t know organisation and don’t question him,” Davids said.

He said 324 residents had signed a petition recently giving the civic association a mandate to represent them.

Greg Louw, one of the 39 representatives, said the community chose Williams as a mediator and that Hangberg residents from each “block” had elected people to represent them in mediation.

He alleged some civic association members had pushed “a certain agenda” and that they and the ANC had “hijacked” a peace march after the violent clashes.

“With elections coming, they have their own agendas, but our community is saying it is time Hangberg people talk for Hangberg.

“Our people are tired of fighting,” Louw said.

He rejected allegations that Williams’s neutrality was affected because mediation was held on the City of Cape Town’s premises – as was a press briefing that followed on Tuesday.

“We used the city’s resources. It was us who asked the mayor’s office to invite the media. We don’t have resources or infrastructure,” he said.

Vanessa Witbooi, an ANC member in Hangberg, said: “The community is divided and this plays into the hands of the city. Williams should be neutral. A legitimate civic association wrote to him several times to be part of the process, but he ignored requests.

“His process of electing representatives is flawed. How can you invite people to a meeting 15 minutes before it begins? Then some were allowed in and others not.”

About Louw’s claim that the ANC had an agenda, she said: “The ANC branch has members affected. It assisted people arrested at the time and arranged legal support for them.

“After that the ANC decided to step back and let the HBCA and residents deal with the issues.”

Williams said the community’s lawyer Shihaam Samaai recommended him.

The parties, including SA National Parks, the province and the city had accepted him because of “my vast experience”.

Community co-ordinators had interacted with residents and made house calls and issued notices of meetings, he said.

“It is natural that sometimes people are not home when visits occur,” Williams said.

“These meetings are all clustered. There were meetings called for backyard dwellers, those in temporary structures or those in permanent structures – not compliant with the regulations. Three election meetings were called in different parts of Hangberg.”

He said 15 cluster election meetings were called and in 11, elections proceed.

He said parties in the mediation had afterwards all rejected the civic association’s request to attend.

In response to a question on who was paying him, Williams said: “I am a service provider – Brian Williams Consultancy – and currently the costs are shared by the parties.

“The community as one of the parties, however, do not pay me, but this does not affect my neutrality.”

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02 Feb 2011

Hout Bay beach part of city “no-go” zone

Hout Bay beach part of city “no-go” zone
By Melanie Gosling/iol.co.za

The City of Cape Town has drawn up radical new draft legislation which will effectively create a zone around the peninsula’s 300km coastline in which no further development will be allowed.

The buffer zone will vary from 100m from the high water mark to as much as a kilometre in others, particularly on the West Coast.

The purpose of the new law is to put paid to development built too close to the coast, which the city says is both unsightly and often cuts the public off from the sea. It also costs ratepayers dearly to maintain and repair development damaged by natural coastal processes, such as wind-blown sand, wave erosion and damage from storm surges.

Cape Town is the first city in the world to create a no-go zone to protect its coast.

Gregg Oelofse, head of the city’s environmental policy and strategy, said yesterday that the new legislation tied up with the national government’s Integrated Coastal Management Act, but took it further by creating a coastal protection zone. One effect would be to avoid “ribbon development”.

“It is a fundamental and significant change, and we really hope the public will support it. Essentially we are saying no more land use changes in that zone, no more housing or private developments, no more developments like Big Bay. But we will respect all development rights granted before November, 2010. All that will be allowed in this zone will be development of services, say if a new stormwater outlet is needed. We should have had this 30 or 40 years ago, but it’s not too late to save what we have left, especially on the False Bay coast,” Oelofse said yesterday.

Some examples of development too close to the shore he cited were Baden Powell Drive, which is effectively built on the beach and has to be cleared of wind-blown sand constantly; the beachfront road and buildings at the Strand, the parking lot and sand-blasted buildings at Hout Bay, the railway line at Glencairn and Simon’s Town, which is damaged by storm-driven waves, Milnerton golf course, which is rapidly eroding from wave action, and the Big Bay development which has interfered with the coastal processes so that the beach never dries out.

“At Hout Bay beachfront the city has to remove sand every day from the roads and parking lot and manage it so the dunes don’t march over people’s houses. The Milnerton golf course is eroding from wave action, and south of Diep River mouth at Milnerton the buildings are way too close to the coast.

“Since Big Bay was built, we now have a soggy beach which never dries out – we don’t know why, but it was post Big Bay development. The Simon’s Town railway line is undermined by the sea and at Baden Powell Drive we spend a fortune cleaning away sand. The problems are because there should never have been buildings in this coastal zone, which is dynamic,” Oelofse said.

The coast was Cape Town’s most important asset, economically, aesthetically and as a place which all the public could enjoy. Many of the developments had inadvertently “privatised” the coast because they cut off public access, he said.

With global climate change, sea levels would rise and the peninsula was already experiencing greater wave damage from storm surges.

Councillor Brian Watkyns, who chairs the city’s planning and environment portfolio committee, said the coast underpinned much of our economy and provided for diverse social recreation.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that this asset is managed and protected to serve the best interest of all residents and visitors and for the sake of our future generations,” Watkyns said.

Coastal areas excluded are harbours, Table Mountain National Park and Koeberg Nuclear Power Station.

The draft can be read at www.capetown.gov.za/coastalbylaw or in all sub-council offices and public libraries. The public has until March 2 to comment.

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02 Feb 2011

Hout and About February 2011

Hout and About February 2011

Here is the February newsletter from the Hout Bay Residents Association. Please feel free to contact them on details provided to become a member.

Click here to download the newsletter.

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