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31 Jul 2012

“Stare into my crystal ball, or should that be crystal bowl?”, this is something new for Hout Bay

“Stare into my crystal ball, or should that be crystal bowl?”, this is something new for Hout Bay

In its 4 year existence, 790Tv has discovered many unique aspects to Hout Bay. This is a new one, Crystal Sound Healing!

Visit the website here, or click hear for an example of the crystal sound

 

 

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31 Jul 2012

Hout Bay company set to take on the Baboons

Hout Bay company set to take on the Baboons

Taken from iol.co.za/Zara Nicholson:

The new contractor for the controversy-ridden task of baboon management on the Cape Peninsula is due to take over tomorrow.

The Hout Bay-based company, Human Wildlife Solutions, headed by Dr Philip Richardson, a specialist in behavioural ecology, was notified at the end of June that it had been awarded the R10 million, two-year contract.

Julia Wood, the City of Cape Town’s biodiversity manager, confirmed that one of the methods the company would use was to place collars on dominant baboons to track them.

Earlier, the manner in which the baboons had been managed in the Peninsula came under heavy fire from a Kenya-based American expert on primates. Professor Shirley Strum, a biological anthropologist specialising in primate studies, said Cape Peninsula baboons had become uncontrollable because of the “extreme position” of activists who had thwarted scientific solutions to the conflict between the apes and humans.

“The baboons should have been aversively deterred from approaching and feeding on human food from the start and consistently since the first signs,” Strum wrote in an open letter in the Cape Times.

“How could anyone let a troop sleep on the roof of an apartment building? It is a joke to have monitors walking behind clapping hands at this point. I’m not even certain major deterrent efforts will be effective for many troops, but it is the only option now, short of eliminating most or all of the baboons.”

She said activists who oppose killing baboons had thwarted the only methods that might have prevented baboons raiding homes and restaurants for food.

Strum, professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, said that after visiting troops around Cape Point and urban areas, she had found troops had taken baboon “ingenuity and adaptability to their logical extreme”.

Reacting to Strum’s comments, Jenni Trethowan, an activist from Baboon Matters, said: “It is deeply sad that Shirley witnessed the monitor programme at its lowest point, when the men themselves were demotivated and under-utilised, having been directed to work to unsuccessful strategies of ‘holding the line’ for the past three years.”

Human Wildlife Solutions has said it will provide training to baboon monitors and make use of paintballs, bear bangers and pepper spray to deter baboons from entering urban areas.

Wood previously told the Cape Times that while activists have not supported the use of paintballs and bear bangers, these tools had proved effective to some degree.

Wood had previously acknowledged that baboons on the Peninsula have become dangerous, and said conservation authorities believe another method to contain them would be the use of electric fences.

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24 Jul 2012

Timelapse Tuesday Orangekloof – Hout Bay (video)

Timelapse Tuesday is a weekly video clip showing the many different moods that Hout Bay has to offer. Email news@790tv.co.za for any place you think deserve to be seen.

This week we are looking up the valley to the back of Table Mountain and Orangekloof reserve.

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23 Jul 2012

Tow-in surfing now happening on Hout Bay beach

Yesterday saw some fairly big swell in Hout Bay. These three surfers found the close-out wave on Hout Bay beach the perfect opportunity to practise some tow-in  surfing.

I will give these three anonymous surfers each a 790Tv t-shirt for their efforts if this post is re-tweeted 20 times. They can email 790Tv their details on news@790tv.co.za.

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20 Jul 2012

Llandudno near Hout Bay featured in a “sick” slow motion surf clip

Video by Ian Thurtell.

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