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02 Sep 2011

The aficionados of “Greek Cocaine Biscuits” are in Hout Bay today

The aficionados  of “Greek Cocaine Biscuits” are in Hout Bay today

2oceansvibe Radio are broadcasting from Chapmans Peak Hotel today. Remember Hout Bay has its very own online radio station, either click here Republic Radio, or click on the permanent link below left…

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02 Sep 2011

Scholar transport safety clampdown in Hout Bay

Scholar transport safety clampdown in Hout Bay

Taken from http://www.eyewitnessnews.co.za, Catherine Rice:

Western Cape traffic officers have been deployed across Hout Bay to pull over school buses and taxis.

It is part of a nationwide crackdown after last week’s bus accident outside Knysna, in which 14 children and their driver died.

Since the beginning of the week, seven dangerous school buses have been taken off the road.

Traffic officers are pulling over buses and sending details to check for outstanding warrants of arrest.

They have to check for roadworthiness on a level road in case of brake failure.

Hout Bay High School is situated at the top of a hill and is also surrounded by traffic officers.

Officers are taking the task seriously, determined to improve transport for children.

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02 Sep 2011

New bike shop opening in Hout Bay

New bike shop opening in Hout Bay

Hope they are going to stock www.vermarc.co.za

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31 Aug 2011

TCM Pop Up Cinema and ECHO Events bring Viva Las Vegas to the Imizamo Yethu community

TCM Pop Up Cinema and ECHO Events bring Viva Las Vegas to the Imizamo Yethu community
Taken from bizcommunity.com:
Members of the Iziko Lo Lwazi Community Centre in Hout Bay were invited to a screening of Viva Las Vegas by TCM Pop Up Cinema and ECHO Events. Visitors enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and were treated to popcorn and refreshments whilst they journeyed into the life and times of Elvis Priestly and classic Las Vegas. Pop Up Cinema is a new film screening concept in South Africa which allows people to immerse themselves into the very heart and soul of classic film.

Iziko Lo Lwazi is a non-profit organisation providing training and work for women from the township of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay. The women make hand-made paper and paper products, which are decorated by a team of beaders. The product range also includes gifts and jewellery, sold both locally and internationally. Although volunteers are currently helping the organisation to develop, the ultimate aim is for the crafters to take over the running of Iziko Lo Lwazi. The centre offers training in business skills, planning, product development and marketing, and regular literacy classes are held. The emphasis at Iziko Lo Lwazi is education and learning as a community supported initiative and it is this spirit of community, and their commitment to self empowerment and economic growth and sustainability, that led TCM to host its second CSR Pop Up Cinema event in Hout Bay.

Musa, VP and GM, Middle East, Africa and Pan Region for Turner Broadcasting Systems, commented, “TCM’s Pop Up Cinema is much more than a just a regular viewing at your local movie theatre. Pop Up Cinema invites you to immerse yourself into a world of film and we hope to introduce and revitalise these classical movies to all South Africans from every walk of life.”

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26 Aug 2011

“Yea or Neigh” for horses on Hout Bay Beach

“Yea or Neigh” for horses on Hout Bay Beach

790Tv has posted this as a service to the community of Hout Bay, but will not sign the petition until two questions are answered:

1. How will the faeces of the horses on the beach be managed?

2. Would the horse-riding fraternity of Hout Bay sign a similar petition for mountain bikers to use the greenbelts of Constantia? After all they are both the beach and greenbelts are City public spaces…

PLEASE SUPPORT THE HOUT BAY RIDERS ASSOCIATION IN THEIR FIGHT TO REGAIN PERMISSION TO RIDE ON HOUT BAY BEACH

Beach riding was granted to horse-riders in our valley in the early 1990’s by the then South Peninsula Municipality.  The City of Cape Town is in the process of drafting a new Animals-on-the-Beach by-law which will be open for public participation early next year.  This by-law effectively bans beach riding and it is only with your support that we will have any chance of lifting the ban.

It must be noted that horse riding on Hout Bay beach would not impact on bathers given the riding times we have requested, which is in the early morning – 7.00am – 9.00am.  Only members of the HBRA would be allowed on the beach and they would be idientifiable by the HBRA membership bridal tag.  Safe, sensible riding would be agreed to by all our members.

FACT:    Hout Bay attracted the existing riding fraternity because of the facilities it offered for horses and the exceptional outrides – Table Mountain Reserve, Orangekloof, Sandy Bay and the beach.  However, most of these rides have been effectively cut off thanks to housing developments.  Public open space (once plentiful) is overgrown as are the bridal paths along the Disa River. Our once rural roads (most notably Valley Road) have seen a considerable increase in traffic and are a danger to horse and rider.

FACT:    The 250 horses in our valley are an integral part of the rural community Hout Bay residents have grown to know and love but should the ban on beach riding be upheld, prospective property investors with horses will in all liklihood look elsewhere.
 
FACT:    Businesses, which support the riding fraternity would stand to lose a considerable amount of their income.  The HBRA compiled a spread sheet to show that owners of horses spend on average approximately R62 000 / horse / year.  This amounts to approx R15.5 million rand / year – most of which is spent in Hout Bay. 

FACT:    The Hout Bay riding fraternity employs +- 70 full time grooms and 30 part time grooms – 100% of whom live in Hout Bay.

It is with the above in mind that we urge you to add your name in support of this very worthy cause. Email your name to afarish@netactive.co.za

 

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