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09 Jan 2012

NSRI in Hout Bay kept busy

NSRI in Hout Bay kept busy

Taken from NSRI.org.za,

Hout Bay volunteers, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Force responded, at 12h28, to Hout Bay Main Beach following reports of two children in difficulties in the water.
On arrival a 9 year old boy was treated for near drowning symptoms and hypothermia and a Metro EMS ambulance was summoned. Two boys, a 9 year old and a 7 year old, both from Imizamo Yethu, had been rescued from the water by a local stand-up paddle boarder, who had spotted the children in difficulties in the water. It appears that they had both been swept out to sea by strong rip-currents while swimming.

Because of traffic congestion and an urgent need to get the 9 year old boy, who was in a critical condition, to hospital the Metro EMS Skymed helicopter was summoned and he has been airlifted to hospital by Skymed in a stable but serious condition.

The 7 year old was released by paramedics on-scene, he was in a satisfactory condition, and released into the care of Law Enforcement officers who will attempt to track down the children’s parents.

It appears that both children were swimming at the beach with no parental control or adult supervision. Brad Geyser, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, has requested beach patrol officers, through the local ‘Watchcon’ ADT and neighborhood watch, to caution bathers, at Hout Bay Main Beach, of the strong rip-currents that prevail there.

NSRI is urging caution on the beaches. Rough sea conditions and strong rip-currents prevail. We are also urging the public to be particularly cautious at beaches adjacent to river mouths and adjacent to beach outcrops (where rocks, islands, piers and harbour walls jut out into the sea). These places often have strong rip-currents.

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20 Dec 2011

790Tv live on Republic Radio

19 Dec 2011

790Tv will be live on Republic Radio in Hout Bay, tomorrow 20 December 2011

790Tv will be live on Republic Radio in Hout Bay, tomorrow 20 December 2011

790Tv will be live on Republic Radio tomorrow, between 8:30 and 10:30. Either watch the video stream above or click on the Republic Radio icon below left to listen in.

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12 Dec 2011

Way to much coffee in Hout Bay

12 Dec 2011

Peace for Hangberg, Hout Bay

Peace for Hangberg, Hout Bay

Taken from iol.co.za/Aziz Hartley

THE peace accord between authorities and the Hangberg community in Hout Bay was a “miracle”, a first in the country and due to leadership in that community, Premier Helen Zille said.

“It is more than a miracle. So much has changed in a year. This is what South Africa needs,” Zille told about 200 people at a function at UWC to give thanks and celebrate the accord.

The accord became an order of the court in October following months of negotiations after violence erupted in Hangberg in September 2010.

At least three people lost an eye each during clashes when authorities tried to evict people who had erected shacks in the firebreak on the slope of the Sentinel.

Zille said the accord, which included housing for people who lived in the firebreak, was just the beginning of change in Hangberg.

The Hangberg crisis stemmed from apartheid, she said.

“If it was not for the community leaders, this accord was not going to be possible,” ZIlle said.

Betty Kriel, a member of the forum which negotiated the accord, thanked everyone who contributed to its formulation, including the UWC Law Clinic.

“This is a historic occasion,” she said and added that the intention was to rebuild Hangberg and make the area safe for children.

Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg read a message from Mayor Patricia de Lille, that the accord ensured the continued development of Hangberg: “The Hangberg community has once again taken its place in the (broader) community.”

About lessons learned from the Hangberg saga, Cape Town consultant Brian Williams who was appointed to mediate between residents and the authorities said: “There is greatness in every community, even in the most troubled.

“Hangberg is a lesson for all poor communities in South Africa and that lesson is that peace is possible out of conflict and chaos.

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