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30 Jan 2012

Have you seen one of these in Hout Bay?

Have you seen one of these in Hout Bay?

This is a wonderful photo of a Caracal in the Cape Nature Reserve taken from the SANParks facebook page. 790Tv spotted one a few years back on Chapmans Peak drive. Please email or tweet if you have “seen a Caracal in Hout Bay” to news@790tv.co.za or include @790tv, for us to see your tweet…

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27 Jan 2012

The decadence starts in Hout Bay

The decadence starts in Hout Bay

After a great showing by protesters over the weekend, the building of the new plaza looks like it has begun…

So here is the predicament we face  as a community.  The tolling/management company of Chapmans Peak Drive are given the go ahead to start building by Robin Carlisle, a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament for the Democratic Alliance and Provincial Minister of Transport and Public Works. One of the conundrums is that  the vast majority of protesters over the weekend probably voted for the Democratic Alliance, in the last local election.

The fact that the Table Mountain National Park allocated land for the building of the toll, opens up a “whole can of worms” for the community of Hangberg who might possibly view this as an opportunity to illegally move on to TMNP land across the bay, below the Sentinel.

Or how about the 54 Million Rand of taxpayers money, being spent to build the “decadent” toll building that could go into alleviating housing and social issues in Imizamo Yethu.

Sure this project,  and later the management of the toll will create local jobs, but at what price will it be achieved? The Table Mountain National Park is constitutionally the rights of all South African and thus owned by all South Africans.

Whats stopping me from dropping in a few sand bags next to Tintswalo Lodge, to create an artificial reef to surf on. Have you seen how crowded Llandudno has been this summer?

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26 Jan 2012

Now we are talking Hout Bay!

Now we are talking Hout Bay!

Taken from designyoutrust.com:

Cape-Town-based studio Metropolis Design has completed the Spa House project in 2011. This contemporary home is located in Hout Bay, coastal suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.

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24 Jan 2012

Sailor assisted by NSRI Hout Bay has his say

Sailor assisted by NSRI Hout Bay has his say

To Whom it May Concern;

The 17 January, “NSRI Station 8 are the angels of Hout Bay” needs some clarifications.  First, the name of my sail boat is not Akuido and my surname is not Loana.  Second, my boat never came closer than half a nautical mile (.9 kilometer) of Vulcan Rock.  Her course at the time I asked for assistance would have taken me clear of the rock by about 3/4 of a nautical mile (1.4 kilometers) west of the same.  Third, while it may have appeared I had absolutely no control over my boat’s direction of travel, this is not the case.  Taken from my gps track history and recreated using turning points from this history is an accurate reproduction of my boat’s travel before and after assistance was rendered.  While my sail was damaged, it was still servicable enough for me to control direction of travel – determined by whether I was on a port or starboard tack.  I assumed a starboard tack as soon as I heard the assist vessels were on the way.  This was done in order
to reduce the distance I would travel away from them, and in fact close the distance somewhat in the time it would take for them to arrive.  The reason I asked for assistance is because the wind strength at approximately 50 knots was capable of rendering my already damaged sail useless.  A request to lower the sail was received by me from one of the assist vessels, and in the course of lowering the sail significantly more damage was evident than before. Once the sail was lowered my boat was vulnerable to waves arriving on her beam.  This is because it is necessary to have a sail up in order to point the bow into wind and waves.  Still, her direction of travel would change depending upon which tack she was on.  So, even with the sail down control over direction of travel remained.

If there was ever any consideration by anyone to order me to abandon my boat, I was not informed.  Furthermore, the least depth of Tafelberg shoal at 7.8 meters (24′) presented no possibility of a grounding since my vessel’s draft is 3 feet 6 inches…  There was never any hazard of me going aground or colliding with Vulcan Rock.  Please refer to the attached photos for evidence supporting what I have said.

Finally, given the fact wind velocity increased to 60 knots or more during the time my boat was being towed to safety, my decision to request assistance was the best decision I could have made.

Thank you.
Bob Lorenzi
S/V Armido
Hout Bay Marina,
Hout Bay, S.A.

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22 Jan 2012

Occupy Chapmans Peak march in Hout Bay

Scenes from the peaceful Chapmans Peak march 22/02/2012. The march was organised in protest against a proposed 54 million rand development of the a toll plaza on Table Mountain National Park land.

 

 

 

 

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