22 Jan 2012

Occupy Chapmans Peak march in Hout Bay

Scenes from the peaceful Chapmans Peak march 22/02/2012. The march was organised in protest against a proposed 54 million rand development of the a toll plaza on Table Mountain National Park land.

 

 

 

 

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19 Jan 2012

Ryan Gosling contemplates the #OccupyChapmansPeak march in Hout Bay

18 Jan 2012

Chapmans Peak Drive near Hout Bay remains free for some!

Chapmans Peak Drive near Hout Bay remains free for some!

Taken from iol.co.za:

No toll fee for ambulances in crisis

Private ambulances transporting emergency patients will not have to pay toll fees on Chapman’s Peak, says transport MEC Robin Carlisle, who stepped into the fray over the tolling of emergency vehicles on Tuesday.

This follows an article in the Cape Times in which Alan Walter, director of the Cape Medical Response Team, said paramedics had to scramble for money at the toll gate inb December while transporting an emergency patient from Hout Bay to Constantiaberg.

Carlisle said the gazetted regulations stated that all designated emergency vehicles were exempt from Chappies toll fees.

Designated vehicles included those of SAPS, SA National Defence Force, Provincial Health Department and City of Cape Town.

Before reading Carlisle’s statement, Walter said: “It was a pity that it had taken a ‘bit of a storm’ before the policy was changed.

“I am happy if we can change that because it will make the job of saving people’s lives easier,” he said.

Carlisle told the Cape Times that private ambulances and National Sea Rescue Institute vehicles involved in “genuine” emergencies would be exempt from the toll fee.

“I was unaware that private ambulances operated on that road and had to pay fees.

“I am glad it has been brought to my attention and they will now pass through because we can’t have them waiting at the toll gate to pay.”

Walters had previously written to Rob Pomario, a director of Entilini Concession, and was told ambulances should carry a float at all times to avoid any delays in finding money for toll fees. – Cape Times

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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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16 Jan 2012

March for Chapmans Peak-Hout Bay and your rights!

March for Chapmans Peak-Hout Bay and your rights!
Chapman’s Peak Outrage

No more free access for picnics and walks  

Unnecessary office block for toll company  

Half paid for by the Province, over 25 million of our money

Part of Table Mountain National Park to be given away free   

Spoiling natural beauty and ecology forever

 

THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED!!

“Chappies” and Table Mountain National Park belongs to the people of South Africa,
NOT to big business, bureaucrats and deal-making politicians! 

This will go ahead unless we protest!

OCCUPY CHAPMAN’S PEAK
JOIN THE PROTEST MARCH!

Sunday 22 January

Gathering at 10.30am for 11am start @ Hout Bay beach car park (opposite Chapman’s Peak Hotel)
Marching to the proposed building site (2.5 kms) for handover of memorandum to Gov. Officials and Murray & Roberts/ Entililini.

Bring your friends, kids, dogs, drums, whistles, shakers, picnic & water

Make placards

Be there to SIGN the PETITION!


Say NO to the Provincial Gov. Say NO to Murray & Roberts and their Entilini! NOT now! NOT ever!

 

Much damage has already been done, but it’s not too late to undo

HELP PREVENT PERMANENTLY RUINING OUR PRECIOUS HERITAGE!

 

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