17 Jan 2012

Should an ambulance on an emergency pay the toll on Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay?

Should an ambulance on an emergency pay the toll on Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay?

Taken from iafrica.com:

The medical director of Cape Medical Response has been told his ambulances must stop and pay the toll fee if they use Chapman’s Peak drive, irrespective of whether it is an emergency, the Cape Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Alan Walters told the newspaper he was “absolutely gobsmacked” when he learnt the ambulances were not exempt.

“It’s just amazing, really nonsense,” he said.

“I’m not talking about going to a meeting in a response car, I’m talking about an ambulance with lights flashing with a critically ill patient in the back.

“It happened when the guys were on call and they got a call to go to Hout Bay to transfer a patient to Constantiaberg as an emergency.

“They were stopped at the toll and had to scramble around collecting money to pay the toll,” Walters said.

The incident happened last month.

Walters wrote to Rob Pomario, a director of Entilini Concession, asking that ambulances be granted exemption from toll fees when attending to a medical emergency “so that valuable seconds can be saved”.

“All our response vehicles are immediately identifiable as such, with signage and emergency lights,” he wrote.

Pomario wrote back to say he could not grant the ambulances exemption from the toll fees.

He suggested that the ambulances “carry a float at all times to avoid any delays in finding toll fees”.

“Alternatively, we suggest that you discuss our frequent user facility with our operator.

“The gazette is very clear as to which vehicles are to be regarded as emergency vehicles,” Pomario wrote.

Walters wrote to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to say his ambulance service was not granted toll-fee exemption when responding to emergency calls.

“And that means life and death calls. Your opinion would be appreciated.”

Walters said the premier’s office wrote back to say the office would be closed until mid-January. He had not heard anything since then.

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13 Jan 2012

Chapmans Peak Protest march in Hout Bay

Chapmans Peak Protest march in Hout Bay
Dear RAHB Members and Associates

As is well publicized in the press, RAHB is fighting the proposed inappropriate and massive Toll Plaza with its Office block for Entilini staff. You can join the fight by participating in a protest march, to the top of Chapmen’s Peak Drive, being held on Sunday morning 22 January at 11:00.

Marchers will depart from both the Hout Bay end and Noordhoek end and meet at the top. The Hout Bay marchers will assemble on the Hout Bay beach parking area opposite Chapman’s Peak Hotel from 10:30 onward.

More background information is available on the website, www.houtbay.org.za
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12 Jan 2012

Chapmans Peak Drive in Hout Bay is burning (figuratively speaking )

Chapmans Peak Drive in Hout Bay is burning (figuratively speaking )

Taken from iol.co.za/Melanie Gosling

TRANSPORT MEC Robin Carlisle claims he does not want to see the free day pass on the Chapman’s Peak toll road scrapped – yet he has signed a legal document agreeing to do just that.

Carlisle wrote in the Cape Times yesterday: “I am not in favour of the removal of day passes, which can only be implemented with my concurrence.”

Discussions were under way with toll road concessionaires Entilini, he wrote, to find a solution in the best interests of all, “particularly the people of Cape Town to whom the mountains belong”.

However, in the amended concession agreement with toll road concessionaires Entilini, which Carlisle signed in March last year, clause 16.2 states: “The parties have agreed to discontinue the day-pass system simultaneously with the commission of the Hout Bay Toll Plaza. Upon the request of the concessionaire to the Province, that the Province obtain approval from the Minister of Transport for the removal of the day-pass system, the Province shall obtain such approval.”

The next clause says the scrapping of the day pass shall be effective from the date it is gazetted. Clause 16.4 says Entilini and the provincial government “will co-operate with each other to manage any public relations exercise required to deal with the discontinuation of the day-pass system”.

The agreement was signed by Carlisle, by Finance MEC Alan Winde and the head of the transport department, CJ Fourie. It was also signed by Entilini directors Robert Pomario and Enzo Menegaldo.

The comment about the day pass was made in an article Carlisle wrote in the Cape Times yesterday, in which he hit out against the public outcry over the proposed two-storey office to be built for Entilini on Table Mountain National Parks land on the famous scenic drive. He criticised the Cape Times for saying there had been no public announcement that park land was to be used, and wrote that “nothing is being done now that was not known before” through an extensive public participation programme.

Hout Bay Residents’ Association chairman Len Swimmer said yesterday this was not true. He said during the public consultation “no mention was ever made of an office building on Table Mountain National Park land, only on the road reserve”.

The residents are now taking legal action, saying it is unlawful to build on park land.

Carlisle wrote that the cost of the development was “capped at R54m, but is likely to be less”. He said the office building and the toll booths would cost “about R13m” and the roadworks R10m. He said other costs were R6m for electronic equipment, R2.5m for electricity and lighting and R1m for landscaping.

However, engineering company Haw and Inglis wrote in July last year that the rough cost breakdown was R27.7m for the office building and toll booths, and R5m for roadworks and infrastructure. Other costs the company gave were R5.7m for design fees, R8.3m for the toll collection system; R3m for slope stabilisation; R1.8m for external lighting; R1.2m for landscaping and R300 000 to remove the temporary toll plaza. The total is just over R53m.

Carlisle said Hout Bay residents who “now express such outrage about the plaza” had not lodged an appeal when it was approved in 2005.

Yesterday Swimmer said: “We did, and our appeal against it was taken, by hand, by Keith Fawcett, to Pretoria and delivered to the department. We never got a response to it.”

Carlisle dismissed as “fairy tales” residents’ beliefs that the office was a luxury and in part designed for parties. However, he did not say in what way the many offices, the boardroom, large meeting room, kitchen areas, service area with counter and sliding doors on to covered and open terraces, were an essential part of a toll booth office.

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10 Jan 2012

Residents furious over Chapman’s Peak in Hout Bay

Residents furious over Chapman’s Peak in Hout Bay

Taken from eyewitnessnews.co.za/Chanel September :

The Hout Bay Civil Rights Action Group on Tuesday said it is furious over reports that they may lose a piece of sacred land on Chapman’s Peak.

Many residents are up in arms about the possibility that the free day pass for picnics and hikes could be scrapped.

Western Cape transport authorities denied the allegations published in a Cape Times article.

Resident Terry Wiener disagreed.

“It looks like it’s donated to a private company to build a toll plaza and opulent offices in the Table Mountain National Park heritage site and a protective areas act,” he said.

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24 Oct 2011

Where does Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay get its name from?

We ask Jonathan Dreyer, from the Hout Bay museum, where Chapmans Peak got its name.

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