Archive for April, 2013

Statement regarding the rehabilitation of Main Road

April 16, 2013

As a consequence of various complaints , the road building team issued the following statement:

The project is an extremely difficult and complex project. It is not the contractor who determines the contract period but the client who is guided by the Consulting Engineers who use industry norms and their knowledge of the design detail to determine a reasonable contract period. The current contract has a specified construction period of 102 weeks, inclusive of non-working days (Sundays) but exclusive of special non-working days. (Annual builders holidays and public holidays). The Contractual commencement date was 17th January 2011 and the original contractual completion date was 16th March 2013 however a total 34 days extension of time has been granted for legitimate delays not caused by the contractor, but by unforeseen circumstances, making the new completion date the 8th May 2013. The extension of time is made up by, amongst other things, 10 days for the delay with the start of section H, 9 days attributed to the uncharted position and removal of two high voltage 66kv electricity cables and 6 days for the increased depth of the water main opposite the Olympia building.

The current contract was restricted to contractors who are registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) as 8CE or higher, indicating that they are independently assessed as capable of undertaking work valued up to R130 million. The current contractor is registered with the CIDB as 9CE indicating that there is no financial limit on the size of the project they may undertake. The Value of the current contract is R59 325 207.00.

Should the contractor not be granted any further extensions of time and should the project not be completed on the 8th May 2013 then the contractor will incur penalties.

With respect to the apparent lack of progress on the site we would like to point out that the laying of the new 700mm diameter ductile iron water main is on the critical path, which means that no other activity may take place until this water main has been laid and tested. The 700mm diameter pipes are 6 metres long and weigh 1078 kg each. These pipes are lifted by a machine and only require a few workers to manipulate them into place and to connect it to the pipes already laid. Workers are also used to wrap the pipe in a PVC blanket. Minimal labour is used in this activity, the nature of which is slow. The pipes have to be laid at a certain depth and in the current section are on a curve. The laying of the pipes on a curve adds to the time consuming nature because to comply with the manufacturer’s specifications, each pipe may not be deflected by more than 2 degrees requiring additional supervision to ensure compliance with this requirement. Furthermore the new pipe has to traverse an assortment of electricity cables, sewer connections and stormwater pipes.

Only once the pipe has been completed is it subjected to the required 18 bar pressure test, to see if any leaks appear. The other activities such as, the construction of sub-surface drain, kerb laying and the compaction of the base layers can only take place once the pipe has passed the pressure test. These latter activities are more labour intensive and will result in more activity on the site.

While the pipe laying activity has been in progress the remaining workers have been busy with the walkway, retaining wall, ramps and relaying of the sewer system adjacent to the public toilets and the Haven Night Shelter which is largely below the roadway. The relaying of this sewage system and the replacement of the sewage pumps will significantly reduce the likelihood of the harbour beach being contaminated with sewage caused by malfunctioning of the antiquated sewage system.


Kalk Bay Historical Assocation Bulletins for sale

April 2, 2013

Contents of Kalk Bay Historical Association Bulletins 1997 – 2011

Bulletin 1: 1996 – 97 (60 pp. incl. 24 illustrations) R 15.00

  • The Sonqua and Khoikhoi of the Cape Peninsula – Andy Smith
  • The Evolution and Development of Kalk Bay Harbour – Bert Stafford & Barrie Gasson
  • The Story of the Railway Line from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town -David Rhind
  • Families of Kalk Bay – Sandy Trull, Vincent Cloete, Cobie Poggenpoel

Bulletin 2: 1997 – 98 (99 pp. incl. 42 illustrations) R 20.00

  • The Palaeontology of the W Cape from 10 million years ago to the present – Graham Avery
  • John D. Gilchrist, the St. James Aquarium, and False Bay Alec Brown
  • The Schools of Kalk Bay and St. James – Mike Walker, Greg Gordon, Roger Goodwin, Bessie O’Shea, Alistair Stephen, Arthur Harrison
  • Early Water Supplies of the Peninsula Municipalities & Kalk Bay – Terence Timoney

Bulletin 3: 1998 – 99 (124 pp. incl. 58 illustrations) R 25.00

  • Nomadic Pastor: The Life and Work of Bishop Robert Gray – William de Villiers
  • Bishop Gray and Kalk Bay – Mike Walker
  • The Significance of the Kalk Bay Caves – Peter Swart
  • The Hotels and Boarding Houses of Kalk Bay and St. James – Mike Walker & Barrie Gasson
  • Shops and Shop-keepers of Kalk Bay and St. James Barrie Gasson, Noel Pratten, John Adams, Mike Rudolphe
  • Book Review – The Traditional Way of Life George Stibbe

Bulletin 4: 1999 – 00 (116 pp. incl. 62 illustrations) R 30.00

  • Kalk Bay under the D.E.I.C. – Dan Sleigh / Mike Walker
  • The Summer Season: Pavilions, Pools, and Personalities – Mike Walker, Maarten v Diggelen, Vincent Cloete, Marais Carse
  • The Story of Whaling in False Bay-  Irene Toerien, Willoughby Cleghorn,Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • The Cape Beach Boats – Henry Aikman
  • Remembering the Group Areas Proclamation of Kalk Bay – Anna Bohlin

Bulletin 5: 2000 – 01 (148 pp. incl. 76 illustrations) R 30.00

  • Muizenberg Pot – Pourri – Barbara Titley
  • The Wynberg – Kalk Bay Connection – Helen Robinson
  • The Story of Boyes Drive – Barrie Gasson
  • Disasters at Kalk Bay – Mike Walker
  • The History of the New Kings and Majestic Hotels – Mike Walker
  • Kalk Bay and Holy Trinity Church 1874 – 2001 – Robin Burnett

Bulletin 6: 2001 – 01 (217 pp. incl. 81 illustrations) R 50.00

  • Lighthouses of False Bay and the South Peninsula – Mike Young
  • The Story of Kalk Bay Point – Barrie Gasson & Antonia Malan
  • Kalk Bay during the War Years 1939 – 1945 – Barrie Gasson
  • Homes and Home-owners of Kalk Bay and St. James – Mike Walker
  • Public Health in 19th Century Cape Town and Kalk Bay – Elizabeth van Heyningen

 Bulletin 7: 2002 – 03 (175 pp. incl. 85 illustrations) R 50.00

  • The Cape of Arthur Elliott – Hans Fransen
  • Elliott’s Photographs of Kalk Bay: Then and Now – Barrie Gasson
  • The Mayors of Kalk Bay – Muizenberg Municipality and their Achievements – Mike Walker
  • A Comparative Social History of the Fishing Communities – Barrie Gasson, Tony Introna
  • of Rogge Bay, Simon’s Bay, Hout Bay and Kalk Bay – Herbie Lewendal, Lance v Sittert, Vincent Cloete
  • The Story of Kalk Bay Police Station – Mike Walker
  • Book Review: A Century of Kommetjie – Denise Joubert

Bulletin 8: 2003 – 04 (268 pp. incl. 199 illustrations) Price R 65.00

  • Msritime Charts of the Cape – Neil Guy
  • The Age of Steam: Steam locos and their successors on the Simon’s Town line – Malcolm Bates
  • Boats, boat-owners and skippers of Kalk Bay Harbour – Tony Trimmel & Ken Evans
  • Sculptors and Painters of Kalk Bay (1):  Wynne Quail – Barrie Gasson
  • Book Review: Fish Hoek Looking Back – Joy Cobern

Bulletin 9: 2004 – 05 (219 pp. incl. 134 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • Maritime Archeology of the Cape Peninsula – Jonathan Scharfman
  • The History of Postal Services at Kalk Bay – Mike Walker
  • The Tiles of Olifantsfontein – Douglas van der Horst
  • The Age of the Automobile: Motoring comes to the Cape Peninsula  -Bob Johnston
  • Painters and Sculptors of Kalk Bay (2): George W. Pilkington  – Simon Cooper
  • Book Review: The Story of Camps Bay and the Story of the Book – Gwynne Shrire

Bulletin 10: 2005 – 06 (211 pp. incl. 134 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The Story of the Fishermen’s Flats – Mike Walker
  • Cemeteries, Tombstones and Ghosts of old Kalk Bay – Barrie Gasson & Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • The Age of Flight: Pilots, Planes and Airfields of the Cape Peninsula – Guy Ellis
  • Film clips: The Blooding of the Nets 1943 – Faans Kloppers
  • Book Review: Admiralty House, Simon’s Town – Boet Dommissee

Bulletin 11: 2006 – 07 (162 pp. incl. 105 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The South Peninsula during the Great War 1914 – 18 – Barrie Gasson
  • The Age of Electricity and Gas: Lighting up the Peninsula & the False Bay Coast -Peter Coates
  • The Geology of Building Stones and Quarries in the South Peninsula-  Doug Cole
  • Film clips: Die Vissers van Kalkbaai, 1960 – Marais Carse

Bulletin 12: 2007 – 08 (124 pp. incl. 106 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The Age of the Horse: Horse transportation in the South Peninsula – Mike Walker
  • The Greek Community of Kalk Bay – Judy Herbert & Alec Bassios
  • The Origins and Forms of selected Cape Peninsula Villages – Hans Fransen
  • Film clips: Kalk Bay – The Golden Years of Fishing, 1930s  – Maarten van Diggelen

Bulletin 13: 2008 – 09 (195 pp. incl. 181 illustrations) Price R 65.00

  • The Year 2008: The 150th anniversary of St James RC Church and yhe 100th anniversary of Star of the Sea Convent School – Mike Walker
  • The Making of Main Road, 1742 – 1930 – Barrie Gasson.
  • The Ladan Family of Kalk Bay and the Life and Work of Eduard Ladan, Artist – Steve Herbert
  • Film clips: Kalk Bay – St James in the 1930s – 60s – Paul West & Derek Stuart-Findlay

Bulletin 14: 2009 – 10: (185 pp. incl. 184 illustrations) Price R 70.00

  • The Early Mines of the Cape Peninsula – Peter Spargo
  • Myths and Mysteries of the Ou Kaapse Weg – Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • Milestones along the Main Road, Cape Town to Simon’s Town – Mike Walker
  • Film clips: African Mirror Newsreels, 1920 – 1939 – Barrie Gasson

Bulletin 15: 2010 – 11: (162 pp. incl. 177 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The Findlay Family – Residents of St. James / Kalk Bay for 125 years – Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • Architects & Homes – The Homes & Buildings of St. James and Kalk Bay and their Architects – Mike Walker
  • Excavations in Kalk Bay & Fish Hoek Rock Shelters and the Origins of our Species: A narrative of on-going work – John Parkington, Cedric Poggenpoel
  • Shipwrecks of the Far South – Mike Walker
  • Film clips: African Mirror Newsreels 1939 – 1951 – Barrie Gasson

Please note: Bulls. 1-6 are out of print.

Bulletins may be purchased from Barrie Gasson: 788  1855