A glance at 2017

2017-12-19 06:00

As the year draws to a close, People’s Post takes a look at some of the breaking news in 2017.

January

. Over a dozen cameras were installed to prevent caracal from attacking penguins at the Boulders penguin colony in Simon’s Town.

. Fish Hoek ratepayers called for a workshop on telecommunication masts, following the application for a mast to be erected at the Fish Hoek train station.

February

. Provincial government took the City of Cape Town to task over poor service delivery in Masiphumelele, after a site inspection by the department found the City had failed to provide adequate ablution, washing and stormwater management and solid waste management practices. The directive was later challenged by the City and withdrawn.

. Ocean View Secondary School received a newly constructed science learning centre from UWC’s Science Learning Centre for Africa (SLCA).

March

. A public participation process was recommended to name steps in Kalk Bay after some of Kalk Bay’s early fishermen. The steps were later approved for naming as the “Manila steps”.

. Following a successful pilot season, upgrades to Seaforth beach in Simon’s Town were identified to propel it to blue flag status.

April

. More than 1000 Muizenberg residents signed a petition calling on the City of Cape Town to crack down on antisocial behaviour.

. The Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI) beefed up security by upgrading its camera network, with the server being replaced using funds donated to the MCSI, and many of the cameras and links being repaired.

May

. A series of meetings to review a community action plan for Ocean View began.

. The City of Cape Town instituted “armed patrols” after spending R3.6m to repair vandalised electricity infrastructure in the Far South over a six-month period.June

. Members of the Ocean View Community Policing Forum wrote to provincial police commissioner, Khombinkosi Jula, after the community estimated that 65 people had been killed in drug and gang-related violence in Ocean View over 18-months.

. The Simon’s Town National Sea Rescue Institute crew was awarded the CEO’s Letters of Appreciation for rescuing nine fishermen from the fishing vessel ­Lincoln.July

. A master plan to protect and improve the the penguin colony in Simon’s Town was drawn up.

. The Simon’s Town Museum Board held public meetings to consider its future in light of a proposed change in legislation that may affect museums affiliated to the provincial government.August

. City officials responded to concerns that the development of municipal facilities will replace housing on a Kommetjie Road site, saying the station can be relocated if the community “does not want” it.

. Simon’s Town residents called for the roll-out of baboon-proof bins after an increase in baboon activity, with baboons scavenging from public bins along the main road and raiding local restaurants and cafes.

September

. Endangered western leopard toads were earmarked as possible casualties of the ongoing drought. Members of the Toad Nuts, a conservation lobby group, raised their concerns about the level of water in breeding ponds, saying the breeding season had been delayed.

. The Simon’s Town Museum commemorated the 50th anniversary of Simon’s Town being declared a white area under the apartheid government’s Group Areas Act. Coloured residents were forcibly removed to areas such as Ocean View, and Simon’s Town was declared a white area on 1 September 1967.

October

. Calls for the closure of Fish Hoek beach were made after the Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association released a report that the beach poses a health risk to swimmers, after high counts of E. coli and enterococci bacteria (which are an indication of faecal contamination) were measured at the beach.

. Despite ongoing gang violence in the area, the murder rate in Ocean View dropped by a third over a year. The national police crime statistics showed that between April last year and March this year, there were 12 fewer murders compared to the previous year’s 41.

November

. The Shark Spotters programme received endorsement from a PhD study conducted at UCT.

. Delays in filling a management post at the Zandvlei estuary have a serious environmental impact, according to the Zandvlei Protected Areas Advisory Committee.

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