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 www.leadsa.co.za 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 www.capetown2014.co.za 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
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-
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: davidbiggsonline.com Outings would be restricted to some things I refuse to do. And no, when you’ve just started teabags.