Keep dune green

2017-05-23 06:00

The location of the dune ridge which stretches from the coast to Colorado Park was initially earmarked to serve as a green belt with biodiversity status for the residents of Mitchell’s Plain.

The dune in question between Spineview Primary and Cedar High schools, which is geographically situated in a south-easterly direction, serves as windbreak for the bordering communities against the fierce south-westerly wind in summer and the black south-easter during the winter months. The removal or sand mining of the dune, which was stopped in the past, only created one job opportunity (security) and will only financially benefit a select few whilst causing havoc to our homes, roofs, ceilings, gutters, gardens, roads and drainage systems due to severe sand migration.

Due to budget constraints, lack of manpower and now added water restrictions, the management and maintenance of kilometres of public open spaces and green areas will obviously not be a viable option.

While land in ward 81 that does not need any excavation and could have ideally been used for the development of residential areas are being sold off by the City of Cape Town for millions of rands, a proposal from Christiaans (meeting held 11 May) for the erection of “affordable -three-storey flats” is seen as a solution.

As it is historically evident on the Cape Flats, adding 2000 homes on top of each other for the low-cost housing market will only lead to the escalation of violent crime, domestic violence, drug abuse, drug turf wars around our schools, prostitution, robberies and car hijackings in Spine Road, which in turn will only further deflate our police resources.

According to our police statistics thus far, amazingly there is no record of a single crime pertaining to the dune other than a body being dumped (no signs of a struggle, blood or shell casings were found in a 10m radius) that has ever been reported over the past 20 years.

Let us identify, develop, enhance and conserve the “green” environment and open spaces for the present and future generations.

André Daniels Rocklands

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