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17 Jun 2011

Poaching in Hout Bay worse than ever!

Poaching in Hout Bay worse than ever!

taken from Cupido

IN THE second major perlemoen bust this week,1.9 tons of dried abalone with an estimated value of R5.8 million was seized at a farm in Malmesbury.

The Hawks, accompanied by Crime Intelligence, the National Task Force and the National Intervention Unit, found the abalone and drying equipment in a shed on the farm.

Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela, said two Chinese men were arrested on the premises on Wednesday and the occupant who had been renting the premises was arrested during a follow-up investigation. He said the Hawks had received a tip-off about the abalone.

The suspects would be charged with processing and possessing abalone and were due to appear in the Malmesbury Magistrate’s Court today.

In another bust this week, R3.2m worth of perlemoen was found at a home in Vermont, Hermanus.

Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said Hermanus police were contacted by the home owner after his suspicions were raised by thick cloth covering the windows.

“While peeking through an open window at the back of the house, he saw two Chinese men fleeing through another open window.”

Van Wyk said that when police entered the luxury double-storey house, they found that it had been equipped as a perlemoen processing facility.

“Numerous amounts of shucked perlemoen in freezers, huge stainless steel cooking pots and other equipment had been found in the house. Large amounts of dried perlemoen were also recovered from bedrooms in the house.”

The suspects were still at large. Polela said poaching syndicates were a major problem affecting coastal areas in the Western Cape.

He said it involved mostly Asian people as well as dangerous syndicates who were also involved in other crimes.

He said that reducing the illegal trade in abalone remained high on their agenda and urged the public to assist police with tip-offs.

The city coastline had also been a hot spot for abalone poachers. Other such spots were Hout Bay and Llandudno.

Police reported recently that poaching in these areas were becoming “worse than Hawston and Onrus”, with organised gangs paying their “lookouts” up to R500 for a single call tipping them off about approaching law enforcement officers.

Police said poachers knew how to evade the law.

Knowing that they have to be caught in possession of abalone before they could be prosecuted, the divers seldom leave the sea with their illegal catch, but instead drop the bag of abalone in a spot to be collected later, police said.

Most of the poachers’ boats are fast and outrun those of the authorities.

If poachers are likely to be overtaken, they jettison the abalone. Some keep bleach on board which they splash on to the decks to remove DNA traces of abalone.

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15 Jun 2011

The Right to Know campaign hits Hout Bay

The Right to Know or R2K campaign visited Hout Bay last night. The r2k is spreading the word on how detrimental the proposed “Secrecy Bill” will be for our democracy.

It is your right as a South African to have access to information across all levels of government be it national, regional or local.

Visit their website and sign the online petition against the bill.

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15 Jun 2011

Some good news for Hangberg

Some good news for Hangberg

Taken from Boyi:

Some Hangberg residents in Hout Bay will own their council flats soon. Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday handed over 60 letters in which the City of Cape Town commits to transferring ownership of the flats to the residents.

Residents said they are over the moon with the latest developments.

“Now I can call it my own,” said a resident .

Hangberg was the scene of violent clashes in September, when law enforcement agencies removed structures that had been built illegally on a firebreak on the slops of the Sentinel.

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14 Jun 2011

Action on the high seas!

Ever wanted to go fish for Yellowfin Tuna? Checkout this bumpy ride filmed by posted on

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08 Jun 2011

Wow what an inspirational winter photo!

Wow what an inspirational winter photo!

This photo was taken by rickinzim,

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