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24 Jun 2011

Info Bill: ANC backs down

Info Bill: ANC backs down
Taken from iafrica.com:
The ANC bowed to pressure on the Protection of Information Bill on Friday and promised major concessions to bring the legislation in line with the Constitution.

The ruling party agreed to drastically narrow the scope of the bill and to scrap minimum sentences for publishing classified information, which had been seen as a threat to the media and whistle-blowers.

MP Luwellyn Landers, who has led the ruling party’s arguments in the committee drafting the bill, said the rethink came as a result of serious concern expressed by senior ANC members and civil society.

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22 Jun 2011

Humpback Whale disentangled by members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network

Humpback Whale disentangled by members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network

At 11h35  members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) were called out when the Rock Lobster fishing vessel Biskop reported that a whale was entangled in rock lobster netting, rope and floatation buoys approximately 2 nautical miles off Olifantsbospunt, Cape Point.

Members of SAWDN responded to the scene aboard sea rescue boats and on arrival on-scene confirmed that three ropes, netting and floatation buoys were entangled around the 11 meter Humpback whales right flipper and torso in front of the flipper.

Mike Meyer, of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network, said the animal appeared to be tired. The floatation buoys attached to the rope were keeping the whale buoyant and one long rope entangled around the whales flipper was still attached to rock lobster traps on the sea bed which effectively had the whale trapped.

The Department of Agriculture Forestries and Fisheries boat Victor Msenge arrived on-scene to assist and they launched a rigid inflatable rubber-duck to join the 3 NSRI sea rescue craft, from NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay, that were carrying the SA Whale Disentanglement Network members.
Members of SAWDN, carrying specialized whale disentangling equipment, (cutting knives – hooked shaped – on long poles) were able to cut all rope, netting and buoys off the whale.

During the operation two larger adult whales appeared and it looked like they were giving some encouragement to the whale while our members cut the rope and netting off the affected whale. They hovered around and swam alongside the casualty whale while our members worked to cut the whale free, said Mike.

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21 Jun 2011

A nice warm Hout Bay welcome!

@straatpraatSA recently tried to get an interview with buskers down @ the Hout Bay harbour.

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21 Jun 2011

Handgrip for the OWLE exclusive to 790Tv

Handgrip for the OWLE exclusive to 790Tv

The OWLE is sold exclusively through 790Tv in South Africa.  Scroll down to view OWLE options and order here online.

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21 Jun 2011

We need help to secure the Wetlands!

We need help to secure the Wetlands!

The Resident’s Association of Hout Bay urgently requires funds to pay legal
costs incurred in our efforts to save the wetland next to the Disa River, the
estuarine and the sea.  We have been successful in getting the City to serve
Directives on the developer and also the Dept of Water Affairs, whom we
have been working closely with through our Attorneys. None of this would
have been possible without legal action. Attached is the latest article by
Environmental Journalist John Yeld (Argus 16 June 2011) in this saga.

The Chairman, himself spent 2 and a 1/2 days in the High Court, 31st March,
1 April 2011, fighting this issue to save the wetlands and to stop the
bulldozers. This action opened up the cracks in the developer’s defense and
led to the determined onslaught and pressure brought to bear against the
developer. All this could not have been achieved without legal opinion and
actions by our Attorneys. We now have to pay them and your contribution
will be invaluable, so please join the force to stop wetlands from being
concretised, now and in the future.

We currently have an account from our Attorneys of R70 000 to pay.  We
urgently appeal to all members who have not yet paid their subs for 2011 to
do so ASAP.  We especially appeal further for any donations that you may
be willing to make.

The RAHB bank details are as follows:
Account name: Hout Bay Residents Association
Bank:                First National Bank
Branch:             Hout Bay
Branch Code:    204 009
Account No:      5345 1027 173

Please use your FULL Name as a reference on the payment – to ensure that
we correctly credit your membership/donation payment – this information will
appear on our Bank Statement.

Any and all amounts received will be welcomed.

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