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29 Oct 2010

The world is their oyster! (Maybe)…

The world is their oyster! (Maybe)…

By Michelle Jone/iol.co.za

Pupils at Hout Bay Secondary School were confident on Thursday that the days of school missed due to violent clashes on their doorstep five weeks ago did not affect their first matric Afrikaans exam paper.

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29 Oct 2010

Orgy of feeding in Hout Bay

This video was filmed recently of a feeding frenzy out at sea. Filmed by Laurent Soragna.

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28 Oct 2010

Census 2011 is coming! We look back at 2001

Census 2011 is coming! We look back at 2001

Here is an infographic from information gathered from a report compiled by Strategic Development Information and GIS from 2001 Census data supplied by Statistics South Africa. Wonder how this will look next year?

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27 Oct 2010

Guy Fawkes is coming up, your pets worst nightmare

Guy Fawkes is coming up, your pets worst nightmare

Hopefully people will get the idea as to how fireworks effects animals in their neighbourhood and not use them. (Or alternatively put their animals inside and advise their neighbours to do the same – this being a last resort)


Thank you and remember, setting off fireworks in residential areas is a criminal offence and punishable by law.

Know the Law?

No person may light or ignite fireworks in any place where animals are present (R 1 000 fine). This includes domestic homes.

No person may allow any minor (child) under his or her control to “use, light or ignite” fireworks (R 1 500 fine). No exceptions to this rule.

No person may use fireworks on any agricultural holding or at any school or senior citizens’ residence without special Council authorisation ( R 1 000 to R 1 500 fine). This authorisation must be sought well in advance of intended day .

No person can use fireworks within 500 metres of any petrol depot or petrol station without special Council authorisation ( R 1 500 fine).

No person or organisation can “present a fireworks display” unless formally authorised to do so by the Council (at least 14 days’ notice before the display is required by Council to consider such an application). Authorisation is also required from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Chief Inspector of Explosives. (Multiple fines of R 1 500 are applicable).

At such a display (should permission be granted) a pyrotechnist and SA Police Services explosives expert must be present at all times. (R 1 500 fines).

No person may deal in fireworks (sell or make available) unless they hold a fireworks licence in terms of the Explosives Act as well as the written authority of the Chief Fire Officer .(R 1 500 fine). The reign of terror which afflicts our large pet population when people indiscriminately (and often criminally) ignite noisy fireworks at all times of the day and night gets worse every year.

Firm enforcement of the by-laws will assist in reducing the noise and panic levels
and allow people (and their pets) to plan for “noisy” periods thus producing a quieter,
safer environment for all concerned.

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27 Oct 2010

Example is made of Hout Bay High School

Example is made of Hout Bay High School

Source: www.sowetanlive.co.za

A TOTAL OF 500 teachers and school leaders from more than 60 countries around the world have gathered in Cape Town to showcase how technology can transform education.

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