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20 Apr 2011

Good news for Hangberg residents

Good news for Hangberg residents
taken from eyewitnessnews.co.za/Malungelo Booi:

Cape Town officials on Tuesday gave an undertaking that no Hangberg residents will be moved to Blikkiesdorp.

Officials also promised to build 200 residential units in the area starting from October this year. About 300 structures in the area will also be upgraded.

This is part of an agreement reached between locals and the city to try and develop the area, which was the scene of violent protests last year.

“There is an undertaking that the community will not be relocated to Blikkiesdorp and that there is complete commitment to finding a resolution within the area,” said one of the mediators, Brian Williams.

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20 Apr 2011

Death of Chocolate Magnate explained

Death of Chocolate Magnate explained

taken from thenewage.co.za/Shaun Benton

The family of Ferrero Rocher chief executive Pietro Ferrero, who died in Cape Town from a suspected heart attack on Monday while cycling, are hoping to have his body repatriated as soon as possible.

Ferrero Rocher is a globally known chocolate and sweets manufacturer and a multi-billion rand company.

Marco Giungi, the deputy head of mission at the Italian embassy in Pretoria, told The New Age yesterday that it’s “reasonable to think that he died due to natural causes”.

The embassy was in touch with the family in Italy and they had expressed the wish for his body – which is being held in the state mortuary – to be returned to Italy “as soon as possible”.

“We are trying to help the family by taking care of all procedures to take care of the body,” said Giungi, adding that the embassy was hoping “everything might be solved very quickly”.

Mr Giungi said the embassy was still unclear whether a post mortem would need to be carried out in South Africa, saying that the embassy would be guided by South African legislation on the issue.

Ferrero, who ran the Ferrero Group holding company, known for its quality chocolates as well as the Nutella, Kinder and Tic Tac brands, died after falling off his bicycle while cycling between Llandudno and Camps Bay.

Michele Ferrero, Pietro’s 86-year-old father, was so distraught he immediately flew back to Italy in his private plane yesterday, the Italian ambassador, Elio Menzione, said.

The family own a villa in Hout Bay, near where the incident occurred, and were regular visitors to Cape Town, a city that Pietro Ferrero “loved”, Menzione said.

Pietro and his father visited the city regularly, the ambassador said, adding that he met Pietro’s father on a previous trip to South Africa as recently as last month.

Ferrero, who was born in 1963 and was an enthusiastic cyclist, leaves behind three young children, the oldest of whom was born in 2006, said Mr Giungi.

Police Captain Frederick van Wyk said the incident occurred at 14.57pm, and that a passerby tried to assist him with CPR.

Police and an ambulance were called to the scene. Van Wyk added that police suspected the cause of death to be a heart attack.

Giungi said Ferrero, according to Forbes magazine, is said to be the richest man in Italy, adding that the Italian business community was shocked by the death, which was making headlines across Italian media yesterday.

Upon hearing of the news, Ferrero’s brother, Giovanni, flew from Brussels to northern Italy to be with Ferrero’s grieving family, Giungi said.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency cited a statement from the company, based in Alba, as saying that Ferrero was “on a usual training run” on his bicycle when he fell off, with the company adding it was unclear what prompted the fall.

Pietro Ferrero was named after his grandfather, who started the company in 1942, and went on to employ more than 20000 people worldwide, AP reported, adding the Ferrero family was the only shareholder of the company, which has revenue of more than ¤6.6bn (R64.5bn).

The Ferrero Group had a number of local plants in developing countries, including South Africa, India and Cameroon, that were part of what it called “social enterprises” that contributed to local employment and development.

The company had invested in a chocolate packaging plant in Midvaal municipality in Gauteng about three years ago and employed about 250 full-time staff, said the mayor, Tim Nast.

Nast said he met Ferrero two weeks ago when the chief executive visited the plant, adding that he was struck by the company’s commitment to the livelihoods and skills development of its staff. Nast said the municipality was “really saddened” by Ferrero’s death.

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19 Apr 2011

La Cabane in Hout Bay

La Cabane is a new restaurant in Hout Bay. The address is The Promenade, phone number 021790-8686. It is a family restaurant with something for parents and kids alike.

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19 Apr 2011

Woman miraculously survives cliff crash

Woman miraculously survives cliff crash

Taken from Rudolf Stehle, Die Burger:

Cape Town – A 28-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after she lost control of her car near Llandudno, drove over a cliff and came to a stop about 70m below the road.

The front end of the car was still stuck between large boulders and the back end was sticking into the air when reporters arrived at the scene.

Camps Bay police spokesperson Constable Ricardo Davids said the woman had lost control of her car near the Oudekraal picnic area on the M6 and veered off the road.

She was travelling from Hout Bay to Camps Bay when the accident happened at about 09:20.

A police official on the scene said the woman crawled out of the back window of the blue Chevrolet Spark and crept up the steep hill to the road.

Metro emergency services spokesperson Keri Davids said the woman sustained scratches and bruises.

She was admitted to Cape Town Medi-Clinic.

A towing company dragged the car wreck back onto the road.

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19 Apr 2011

Have you seen any of these lately?

Have you seen any of these lately?

Have you seen any sharks in Hout Bay?

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