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					                                                                                                                                               ISSUES                                                                          THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2010                                            33

Behind the battle for the Sentinel’s slopes are greedy developers who need land
MPHUTHUMI NTABENI                         to continue up every other mountain              the foot of the Sentinel were           marginalised.                                That population, coupled with the         line, given that a court has upheld a     taining of ‘our green heritage’ and
                                          slope in Hout Bay    .                           removed from the now posh residen-          This is why they embarked on             indigent fishing families, has since      prohibition on any development of         pristine landscape and ‘standards’.
USUALLY the people of Hangberg                The residents left the meeting               tial area of the valley and placed in   their protest.                               mushroomed and are the residents          the OudeKraal owned land between             “Above Hout Bay one of the hik-
and Harbour Heights at Hout Bay           with the understanding that the DA               the harbour area to cheaply service         It is regrettable the city has           the city seeks to move now to periph-     Llandudno and the Twelve Apostles.        ing trails leads to the peak of Kar-
wake up to the sounds of the              officials were looking after the inter-          the fishing industry during the         decided to respond with more force           eral areas.                                  The problem with Hout Bay’s            bonkelberg where, once ascended,
muezzin calling them to prayer. But       ests of developers who have long                 apartheid regime.                       to the resident’s legitimate and                 Many trace their Hout Bay             harbour area is that the existing         you gaze upon the splendour of the
on the International Peace Day –          lamented the spectacular views and                   There has been hardly any social    really quite humble demands.                 descendants for generations.              poor residents occupy land that           bay… You also see a German castle,
Tuesday this week – they woke to the      stunning location being blighted by              housing development since 1994.                       ,
                                                                                                                                       Hout Bay from the beginning,                 Black people were not allowed to      could attract the high prices seen in     high up on the slopes… a huge edi-
sound of police gunfire.                  the inconvenient presence of poor                    Extensive discussions have gone     was populated by indigent fisher-            settle in Hout Bay under apartheid        Camps Bay and Llandudno.                  fice owned but uninhabited, acres of
   It was clear at a meeting in the       people of colour.                                on about upgrading Imizamo Yethu        men who were largely of Khoi-Khoi            but came in numbers in the early             In all this, justice and upliftment    lavishness, much like the estate of
area on Friday that mayor Dan Plato           As a result, it is no surprise peo-          and the in-situ upgrading of the har-   descent. These gathered shellfish            1990s.                                    are sacrificed. People can now be         Sol Kerzner over the next Kopie.
and Western Cape Premier Hellen           ple protested against the police, tar-           bour settlement but nothing is ever     from the rocks and trapped fish in               They have since settled on the        forcibly removed from the land of            “The poor only want a place to
Zille came with one thing only in         geting the luxury development of                 done.                                   the estuary .                                only land provided to them, the for-      their ancestors.                          lay their head, a little box from
mind and that was that the people         Panorama at the gateway to the                       The snail’s pace of progress has        Then Dutch loggers and farmers           mer Forestry Department land.                As a friend of mine writes: “The       where they can earn a stipend to
would have to move from the area          working class Harbour area.                      left people feeling that councillors                         .
                                                                                                                                   moved into the valley These settlers             But their settling here has not       reason this issue is so ‘emotive’ is      feed themselves and their families.
based on the official excuse that the         They regard developers behind                have sold them out.                     decimated the woodlands the Bay              occurred without staunch opposi-          because it lays bare so vividly the       But seemingly that is too much to
structures breached the alleged fire-     such schemes as being the driving                    After the meeting with the mayor    had been named after for their               tion from the privileged white com-       sheer, utter unfairness at play.          ask.”
break on the mountain.                    force behind the city wanting to                 and the premier the residents           house and ship building needs.               munity  .                                 Greed, no longer institutionalised or        ● Mphuthumi Ntabeni is Cope’s
   They failed to distinguish why a       evict them from the area.                        decided that waiting for their Con-         Once the harbour was developed               The real issue here is that the       legislated, at least not under the        researcher at the Western Cape
few informal structures on the Sen-           As they see it, the DA is paying its         stitutional mandated rights is like     and fish processing began coloureds          land for development in Camps Bay         guise of separate development, is         Provincial Parliament. He writes in
tinel could cause such a catastrophe,     due to its funders.                                                          ,
                                                                                           believing in the tooth fairy and that   were needed in the harbour vicinity          is becoming exhausted and so Hout         now painted with the veneer of            personal capacity as a Hout Bay res-
when development had been allowed             Most of the people who stay at               if you do not revolt, you become        to cheaply service the fish factories.       Bay is the next obvious suburb in         nature conservation and the main-         ident.

Broadband to enhance city efficiency
Being ‘virtually well connected’ is essential for a modern metropole and its citizens, writes Lorelle Bell

          ONNECTIVITY – in how                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ers and the internet through munic-
          buildings, spaces and trans-                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ipal buildings is expected to be pro-
          port networks function as                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 vided through the foyers of some
          much as in the intangible                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 council building, such as clinics.
technological sense – is a vital ele-        A call for robust citizenship - join the                                                                                                                                                                               Wifi hotspots will also be available.
ment in creating an open, accessible         dialogue on the Cape Argus SMS line                                                                                                                                                                                       A number of individuals and
and efficient city.                           at 32027 (each SMS costs R1) or on                                                                                                                                                                                    small businesses have gained oppor-
    This is the essence of the City of     the LeadSA website at                                                                                                                                                                                   tunities they would not have had
Cape Town’s Broadband Infrastruc-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   without their access to the Smart
ture Network, which will provide                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cape computers.
“dark fibre” – hireable optical fibre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The city and provincial depart-
– on an open-access basis. This has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ment of economic affairs and
the potential to provide us all with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tourism are consulting around a
far more affordable and effective                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   provincial fibre network. It is hoped
internet and telephone connectivity   .                                                                                                                                                                                                                             this will mean that schools, which
    The City of Cape Town’s Infor-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are controlled by the province, will
mation Systems and Technology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also ultimately be able to tap into
Department anticipates that by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and benefit from the network.
December, a ring of fibre is set to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A third new city project is linked
light up Cape Town’s voice and digi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to this greater connectivity – the
tal connections when the first phase                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cape Town Portal aims to connect
of the Broadband Infrastructure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Capetonians to all financial data,
Network goes live. Hundreds of kilo-       How do you think design can make Cape                                                                                                                                                                                    improving financial interactions
metres of fibre cables are being laid      Town a better city to live, work and play                                                                                                                                                                                                               .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    between citizens and the city Future
to provide this infrastructure.            in? Share your ideas on any design                                                                                                                                                                                       interactions will be possible through
    The network will link the com-         element, large or small, which could                                                                                                                                                                                                         ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mobile technology and the city is
puter and telecommunications facil-        change the city for the better. Send them                                                                                                                                                                                even speaking about using MXit.
ities of 52 municipal buildings from       to with 'World Design                                                                                                                                                                                      Improved and cheaper connectiv-
the CBD to beyond Milnerton to             Capital 2014' in the subject line, or briefer                                                                                                                                                                            ity should make doing business in
Parow and Bellville, through the           contributions by SMS to 32027. In the                                                                                                                                                                                    Cape Town more affordable and
Klipfontein corridor and back to the       weeks to come, the Cape Argus will                                                                                                                                                                                       encourage investment. It should also
CBD, providing vastly improved             publish a range of features highlighting                                                                                                                                                                                 potentially improve service delivery  .
connectivity for the city and cutting      city projects that reflect design, design                                                                                                                                                                                But poorer communities also stand
telecommunication costs tenfold.           thinking and processes                                                                                                                                                                                                   to benefit from more affordable and
    From May the Civic Centre and
               ,                           Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014                                                                                                                                                                                  accessible telecommunications.
the Cape Town Stadium were linked          is looking for existing or planned projects                                                                                                                                                                                 The questions we need to ask (and
to provide more efficient connectiv-       that use design, as well as planned                                                                                                                                                                                      answer) relate to the economic, social
ity during the World Cup. Fibre            design-related events, for inclusion in the                                                                                                                                                                              and education opportunities this
cables were also laid at IT stations.      Bid Book. If you have any projects to                                                                                                                                                                                    project has the potential to unlock,
    By laying its own network, the         share, please email                                                                                                                                                                                                      and how we are going to make sure
council will cease to be dependent                                                                                                                                                                                        that the benefits accrue to the broad-
on an external service provider,           ● For more information go to                                                                                                                                                                                             est cross-section of citizens.
enabling direct links between city                                                                                                                                                                                                      The challenge to citizens is to con-
facilities and substantially reducing                                                      EXCITING: The city says a ring of fibre is set to light up Cape Town’s voice and digital connections.                                          PICTURE: BATHINI MBATHA   sider what opportunities the im-
the costs of linking city facilities to                                                                                                                                                                                                                             proved, more affordable broadband
external networks as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          access and telephony could deliver,
    By 2014, the whole of the city will   sold to cellphone and internet serv-             to the city.                            installation of fibre-optic cables by        launched six years ago to widen           throughout the city and library           and how to ensure that benefits
be connected – from Atlantis              ice providers, who will then be able                 Local politicians have dubbed       some private telecommunications              internet access. Studies at the time      members were given a daily ration         accrue to the broader population.
through Kraaifontein to Gordon’s          to provide increased bandwidth to                Cape Town the future “silicon hub of    companies, will dovetail with the            showed that about 14 percent of           of 45 minutes’ internet time. In a           This is where design and design-
Bay and Simon’s Town – through the        everyone at more affordable rates.               Africa”, speculating that the project   Seacom undersea fibre-optic cable,           Capetonians had access to comput-         partnership with libraries, member-       ers come in. What economic and
city’s 600 sites, including clinics,      Service agreements with the prov-                will bring foreign investment to the    which, stretching along the east             ers and the internet.                     ship at libraries increased tremen-       entrepreneurial activities will be
municipal buildings and libraries.        iders will ensure that cost savings                  .
                                                                                           city Telecommunications costs have      coast of Africa, links South Africa to          In an effort to extend access and      dously as more than 200 000 people        unleashed through the network?
    This Broadband Infrastructure         are passed on to consumers.                      long been held to be a business and     Europe and India.                            digital packages to the rest of the       registered to access the internet            ● Lorelle Bell is the World Design
network will deliver extensive               The project is expected to bring              investment constraint.                     The network will extend the               population, the municipality placed       through this project.                     Capital co-ordinator at the Cape
additional capacity which will be         major economic and social benefits                   The fibre network, with the         City’s Smart Cape Access Project,            five computers in 100 libraries              By 2014, public access to comput-      Town Partnership.

WE MAY consider ourselves very
sophisticated and technologically
advanced, but in some ways we are
                                                                                           it had already been claimed by a
                                                                                           large baboon that was sitting non-
                                                                                           chalantly in the middle of her lawn,
                                                                                                                                     A cheap date is OK but toss out the cheapsake
still trying to wrest a living from the
wild beasts, just as our cave-
                                                                 DAVID                     swallowing the last morsels of
dwelling ancestors did when the                                  BIGGS                        Call in the German army I say
                                                                                                                         ,    .      NO ONE likes a cheapskate, but in                                                         My family once visited Creepy        dating and are older than 25,

sabre-toothed tigers tried to steal                                                        I was looking forward to that bread.      these confusing post-recession                                                        Uncle Lionel one Sunday afternoon        fast-food outlets can, under no cir-
the meat drying near their fire.                                                                                                     times, it’s becoming increasingly                                                     for tea. I slipped into the kitchen      cumstances, be classified as restau-
    My brother wages a constant                                                            Last laugh                                difficult to avoid them.                                                              and was horrified to see that he had     rants. Not even if they have tables

                                                  of the
war on jackals and lynxes that kill                                                                                                     My friend Ruby stumbled upon a                                                     dipped into his jar of used, dried       and chairs. Not even if the waiters
his lambs.                                                                                 Two old ladies met in the park and        new man.                                                                              out teabags.                             bring your order – served in card-
    My cousin fights a rearguard                                                           sat chatting about this and that and         At first he inspired the usual
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ESTHER                     He winked at me and said: “You       board boxes – to your table.
action against baboons that sneak                                                          eventually the topic moved in-            butterflies in her stomach.                                    LEWIS                  won’t believe how much you can              I completely support the princi-

                                                   Seas                                                                                                                                Twenty
right into her kitchen and steal the                                                       evitably to their health.                    Now, it seems, all he does is                                                      save this way .”                         ple of going Dutch. And once in a
food out of her fridge.                                                                        After they had exchanged symp-        make her stomach turn.                                                                                  ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Since that day I’ve opted for cof-   while it would be nice if he offered
    I have a visiting porcupine that                                                       toms, one asked:                             I recall that just a little while ago                                              fee. Ruby said that while she hadn’t            .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to pay But poor Ruby seemed to be

eats my geranium plants and digs                                                               “And how’s your husband doing         she thought he was “the one”. These                                                   yet seen her man re-using teabags,       paying for all the meals.
up my daffodil bulbs.                                                                      these days?”                              days, I believe he is just one of                                                     she wouldn’t put it past him.               Now even when women have no
    In Germany’s Rhineland they                                                                “Oh, didn’t you hear?” said her       many who are to be avoided at all                                                         She was too embarrassed at first     intention of paying a cent towards
are suffering from an invasion of                                      ,
                                          precious mountain ecology but are                friend.                                   costs. When I asked Ruby what was                                                     to tell us what exactly it was that he   the bill, they often grab their purses
wild boars.                               fiercely protective of baboons which                 “Harry died two weeks ago.”           wrong, she told me that above all                                                     had done. So we offered some of our      just to be nice. Ruby’s new man,
    Last year German hunters shot         are destroying our personal envi-                    “That’s shocking. I’m so sorry  .     else, he’s cheap.                                                                     own stories.                             however, called her bluff on the
almost half a million boars in the        ronment.                                         How did it happen?”                          Now for those of you who do not                                                        One of my friends said her           fake purse grabbing one night. And
region and the numbers simply                 What about our rat population?                   “Well, he got up early in the         know Ruby, she’s not actually a             free places. Such as the beach in         cheap ex started washing her car at      he’s never looked back.
keep increasing.                          Don’t they deserve protection? Or                morning and went into the back            material girl. No more than the             summer. During winter, it meant           her house, with her water and               The one time he did pay for a
    They report there have not been       were we here first?                              garden to pick a cabbage for our          average girl, anyway. The finer             staying at home and watching hun-         shampoo. She thought he was being        date, Ruby ended up red-faced. She
as many boars since records were              Why are we so sentimental when               lunch.                                    things in life that she does like, she      dreds of hours of pre-recorded tele-      sweet.                                   had suggested they go somewhere
first kept in 1880.                       we see a squirrel in the garden, but                 “Then, before he had picked the       buys for herself.                           vision series, swopped among                  That is until he was done and        nice for breakfast. He decided on
    Apparently it’s because farming       shudder at the sight of a rat?                   cabbage he had a massive heart               Now enter Mr Cheap. Ruby said            friends and colleagues.                   asked her if she had R30, or if he       mass-produced doughnuts and cof-
is so successful that the boars find          Who decides what species live                attack and fell down dead, right          he is frugal to the point of infuria-          That’s what people on a low            should take her to the ATM.              fee from a supermarket. The dough-
life just too easy.                       and which must die?                              there in the garden.”                     tion, but in trying to give the man         budget tend to do, we explained to            The cheek! Well, he didn’t last      nuts were the stale leftovers from
    Lush crop-lands and extensive             We’re just as odd when it comes                  “Oh dear! That’s really shocking.     the benefit of the doubt, a few girl-       Ruby .                                    long.                                                       ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the previous day at half the price of
vineyards, rapeseed fields and            to trees. We love our alien oak trees,           What did you do?”                         friends put it to her that maybe he            But she cleared that up straight           Another friend said that after       the fresh ones.
maize are keeping the wild pigs in        but hate our pines and eucalyptus                    “Well, what could I do? I opened      wasn’t cheap at all. What if he was         away She had seen his pay slip and
                                                                                                                                                                                      .                                                                    ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           she met a seemingly nice guy they                                          ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Then, to add insult to injury he
fine condition and they’re breeding       trees, so we chop them down and                  a tin of peas instead.”                   actually just, well, poor?                  he was by no stretch of the imagina-      would speak on the telephone every       had them sit outside at one of a few
like, well, like pigs.                    plant alien palm trees instead. Zil-                                                          We had all fallen on tough times         tion a poor boy.                          night. Whenever she suggested a          tables and chairs assembled near
    Farmers in the region have now        lions of them!                                                                             at some point. In some cases, we               He was, in fact, just plain cheap.     date, he would agree, but then can-      the shop’s entrance.
called for help from the German               I sometimes wonder whether                                                             would make it to the 15th of the               He is the type of guy – and I          cel or postpone.                            The poor thing. She slid as far
army to control the invasion. No          some senior Western Cape politi-                                                           month, then start hunting down              know aunts and uncles who do this             He never did take her anywhere       down as she could into her chair
doubt the pig-huggers will soon           cian has an uncle in the palm-tree                                                         people we had lent money to three           – who would do their grocery shop-        so that didn’t last, either.             and prayed that no one would see
raise their voices in protest, claim-     business.                                                                                  years ago.                                  ping at five outlets, and at                  Ruby eventually let us in on         her.
ing the boars were there first and            My dear cousin is an excellent                                                            Sushi would be replaced with             least 20 km apart, just to save R30 in    where Mr Cheap went wrong.                             ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Seriously when you’re not even
should be left alone.                     bread baker and she baked me a                   Tel: 021 788 9710                         two-minute noodles and canned               specials.                                     Whenever she suggested they go       worth a fresh doughnut, then the
    Humans are strange that way We .      loaf of her special seed bread                   Fax: 021 788 9560                         tuna. Cocktails traded for mix-a-              Now I am open to innovative            somewhere for supper, it would           man deserves to be tossed out…
shoot the tahrs on Table Mountain         recently .                                       E-mail:              drink.                                                             ,
                                                                                                                                                                                 ways of saving money but there are        always be a fast-food place.             along with the dried out, used
because they are destroying our               Alas, when I arrived to collect it           Website:                Outings would be restricted to           some things I refuse to do.                   And no, when you’ve just started     teabags.

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