Archive for January, 2013

Rehabilitation of Main Road – Notice of night work

January 21, 2013

Night work to repair the Carisbrook and Star of the Sea pedestrian crossings, will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday 22 January and will be completed on Thursday night, 24 January 2013.

A stop/go traffic accommodation system will be in place at each of the work areas and will operate between the hours of 18:30 and 06:30 on each of these evenings.

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Province to investigate Brass Bell extensions

January 15, 2013

The provincial government is investigating whether the outdoor extensions at the Brass Bell restaurant at the Kalk Bay public tidal pool contravenes national environmental law after city officials have lodged a complaint.

Last month, the Kalk Bay Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association cried foul over the erection of an outdoor deck on the public beach and a door built on the walkway between Kalk Bay Harbour and the train station.

Residents complained that no public consultation took place and feared the public’s access to the pools and along the walkway would be restricted after the owner of the Brass Bell put up “private property” signs around the beach area.

Darryl Colenbrander, a city coastal co-ordinator from the environmental resource management department said the city has asked provincial government to investigate whether the extensions at the Brass Bell contravene the National Environmental Management Act.

He said that following an inspection, they believe that activities on the property fall within the 100m high water mark of the sea and would therefore flout the law if no environmental authorisation was granted.

He said the owner of the Brass Bell would have had to apply for such authorisation from the province.

Brass Bell owner Tony White had said previously that he had leased the land from its owners, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).

He had been granted approval to build a kitchen and the deck and had said that he would not deny the public access to the tidal pools, while the door along the walkway would only be locked at night to protect his assets.

Residents called the move by Prasa and the Brass Bell a “takeover” and “privatisation” of the local beach and tidal pool area.

Prasa and White said no public participation process took place as the land was privately owned.

Henry Masimla, manager of Prasa’s corporate real estate division, said no environmental impact study or authorisation was requested or granted as Prasa deemed the changes as minor work.

He said the area where the changes were made was previously neglected and underused and that Prasa was happy with the improvements on the property.

Aziel Gangerdine, spokesman for the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development planning, confirmed that they are investigating the complaint that construction has taken place within the 100m high water mark from the sea close to the tidal pool.

Cape Times

Otter finds way into Kalk Bay restaurant

January 11, 2013

An otter appears to have got lost after a night of foraging along the False Bay coast and ducked into a Kalk Bay restaurant to hole up for the day.

It did not make much effort to keep a low profile.

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First mistake: he walked in through the front door. Second mistake: he strolled across the feet of the cocktail waitress. Third mistake: he hid under a cupboard, but left his long tail sticking out.

Penny Kleynhans, manager of the restaurant which is separated from the beach only by the railway line, said yesterday they had spotted the creature in the morning before opening up to the public.

“It came in the front door. I saw it but didn’t know what it was. I got such a fright I jumped up on a chair. Then it disappeared.”

Later the woman at the service bar was chopping fruit for cocktails and it ran across her feet. “I just heard this highpitched call ‘Penneeee!’ She didn’t know what it was,” Kleynhans said.

Around lunchtime retired Kalk Bay harbour master Pat Stacey got a call from the restaurant owner.

“He said he had an otter behind a cupboard. I asked if he was sure and he said: ‘Yes, I can see this huge tail sticking out,’ so I went to look and there it was.”

Catching hiding otters was not something Stacey had much experience in, but he knew the creatures could be dangerous when cornered and scared.

“I got them to clear all the patrons to one side of the restaurant.

“Then the owner’s wife came and said: ‘Put all tables and chairs back. This is bad for business.’ I said it was cornered and dangerous but she didn’t seem to take that in. So I put a broom under the cupboard where it was and it bit a chunk out of it. That showed them it could bite,” Stacey said.

He then called Gareth Petterson of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for help.

“It was a fully grown adult and it was scared. We managed to get a net over him while he was under the cupboard – with great difficulty – then it took Pat, me and a waiter, three of us, to pull it out. It is a strong, strong animal.

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“The cupboard it was under was attached to the wall, so we couldn’t move it, but the otter managed to detach it,” Petterson said.

Once they had it caged, Petterson took it to Glencairn wetlands to release it.

He believes it is one of the adult pair that live there. Last year the pair had two young.

Asked why he thought the otter had gone into the restaurant in the first place, Petterson replied: “Cocktails.”

Cape Times