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17 Jan 2011

No immediate plans to move illegal structures in Hout Bay

No immediate plans to move illegal structures in Hout Bay

Taken from eyewitnessnews.co.za:

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato on Sunday said there were no immediate plans to remove illegally built structures on the Sentinel Hill in Hout Bay.

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17 Jan 2011

Taxi industry in the dark over imminent IRT rollout which includes Hout Bay

Taxi industry in the dark over imminent IRT rollout which includes Hout Bay

While the City’s Integrated Rapid Tansit (IRT) system is expected to start operating along the R27 trunk route to Blaauwberg at the end of February, the taxi industry in the city’s northern district says they still don’t how what their role is to be.Three years ago plans to introduce the Bus Rapid Rapid Transit (BRT) system sparked outrage and violent protests by taxi bosses.

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16 Jan 2011

Vehicle Crashes into Tree in Hout Bay Leaving Driver Critical

Vehicle Crashes into Tree in Hout Bay Leaving Driver Critical

16 January 2011

The Hout Bay Volunteer paramedics immediately called in the ER24 Discovery Medicopter to assist with their patient, a man aged 57, who had crashed his SUV into a roadside tree off Hout Bay Main Road.
The man’s vehicle had collided with force head on into the tree, and the man was entrapped in the driver’s seat. Paramedics stabilised the man as he had sustained multiple internal injuries as well as chest injuries. The Medicopter arrived at the scene, loaded the patient and airlifted him to Milnerton Medi Clinic for further treatment.
It is not clear as to why the man’s vehicle crashed into the tree, but there were fortunately no other vehicles involved.

Vanessa Jackson
ER24

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16 Jan 2011

Hout Bay in the dark about murder

Hout Bay in the dark about murder

Taken from iol.co.za:

By Aziz Hartley

Hout Bay police have come under fire for “tardiness” in keeping the public informed about crime after a spate of criminal incidents in the area.

On Wednesday, January 5, a woman was murdered in her home in the same street, Saddlers Close, where 23-year-old Conrad Griss was murdered in his home in April 2010.

A day later a couple were robbed at their Marlin Crescent home in Hout Bay Heights, where residents have complained of intruders being on their properties late at night.

Hout Bay police did not inform the public of either of the crimes nor appeal for assistance from residents. Police released information only after the Cape Times followed up complaints from residents.

Hout Bay police spokesperson Tanya Lesch said no suspects had been identified in the Marlin Crescent robbery. She would not respond to questions about the January 5 murder, saying it was a matter for provincial authorities. The investigation into Griss’ murder was continuing, she said.

Len Swimmer, chairman of the Residents Association of Hout Bay, said yesterday: “It is totally unacceptable that Hout Bay residents are not given information by police. It puts people’s lives in danger if they don’t know how serious crime is. If the community knows the true state of affairs they can take better precautions.”

He said because of Hout Bay’s beauty many people were under the illusion it was safe.

“The notion of feeling safe is untrue and police are not giving the information to people. I met a lady who was attacked in Milner Avenue last week and R1000, her cellphone and handbag were stolen. There is crime in Imizamo Yetho, in Hangberg, Hout Bay Heights and in the valley. Police must tell us.”

Jeremy Rich, who told the Cape Times about the January 5 murder, said he did not know why Hout Bay police had not made a statement about it.

“A lot of residents are concerned and are wondering why no information has been made public,” he said.

In the wake of last week’s crimes, the police’s provincial media centre on Thursday released information about an armed robbery on Wednesday in Victor’s Kloof Street and a house robbery on Thursday morning in Valley Road.

Provincial police spokesman November Filander, to whom Lesch referred the Cape Times query on the January 5 murder, said: “We do not release reports on all incidents and it also depends on the investigating officer on the case. But when specific questions are asked we will respond.”

Pressed for details, he said he would send the Cape Times a written explanation on Friday.

Hout Bay Community Policing Forum chairman Jim McKenna said he did not know why information about the crimes was not made public.

He was unaware of the Saddler’s Close murder and said there had not been “a big upsurge” in crime but “a couple of incidents”. – Cape Times

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15 Jan 2011

Noel Gallagher spotted in Hout Bay

Noel Gallagher spotted in Hout Bay

Noel Gallagher was spotted in Hout Bay, where he climbed up to the Leopard to contemplate life.

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