Cape Town Sewage: SAFM interview with Dr Jo Barnes 9 July

Dr Jo Barnes is interviewed by Nancy Richards on SAFM where she explains the serious health risks associated with the continued use of outfall sewers.

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Epidemiology expert comments on Cape Town sewer debacle

It may be in the interests of the Dept. of Environmental Affairs as well as the City of Cape Town to note that, in the face of this obviously unsatisfactory public participation process with its hidden crucial information, both organisations will share the ethical blame in the event that environmental damage occurs, if not the legal liability.

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Turn stadium into sewerage plant

Cape Town Stadium should be converted into a hi-tech sewerage plant so the city can stop discharging about 50 million litres of untreated effluent in Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Green Point daily.

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Solutions demanded on sewage disposal

“These outfalls were built 25 or more years ago, when there was less knowledge about the harmful effects of raw sewage in the sea, and the quantities were very much lower than today. We cannot believe the city is unaware of the well-documented discovery of raw sewage floating off Camps Bay/Green Point by kayakers and divers”

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City of Cape Town’s sewerage : The report that caused the stink

“There was a massive proliferation of krill, and the whales were feeding in amongst the vessels. Unfortunately, they were in the area of the Green Point outlet. We could smell it. We could see the outlet. There were turds drifting by our boat. It was highly embarrassing for me trying to show off my city to world famous wildlife photographers.”

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Effluent in sea sparks outcry in Hout Bay

In a letter to the City, the association’s chairman Len Swimmer said: “We take serious issue with the present situation in Hout Bay. “The raw or partially macerated sewage is pumped out by our sewage station which, as you may not be aware, is subsequently transported in an anti-clockwise direction by the currents in our bay to Chapman’s Peak, and in and around the bay. “What we need is a proper sewage treatment plant with digesters that are capable of biodegrading the sewage,” he said.

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No green light yet for Uitkamp in Durbanville

“The land is agricultural land and it remains under the jurisdiction of the national minister of agriculture. No provincial or City approvals can supersede his and the national department’s authority over the land. The developer still needs approvals from both the national departments of agriculture and water affairs – any local authorisations granted cannot in isolation be wrenched from the rest of the legislative processes,”

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Durbanville forum to appeal controversial farmland property development

What is of real concern is that a school will be built on both high potential soils and delineated wetlands, and the forum wonders what sort of legacy it will leave for future generations of schoolchildren as greater awareness evolves of our ever decreasing, scarce and irreplaceable natural resources. Once these resources are developed, they are damaged forever.

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Karoo Action Group proposes attainable alternative to fracking

At the Alternative Mining indabas in Cape Town this month, mining communities and communities impacted by mining voiced how upset they were that they were not empowered, and that mining had not enriched their lives and people remain impoverished because of “the flagrant violation of ethical and legal standards” and associated weak governance. Quote from Cape Times Business Report, Tuesday, February 17.

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Bam receives global award for humanitarian work

RESPECTED community leader Philip Bam, of Grassy Park, has received a global award for his humanitarian work with the League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) and other organisations.

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City of Cape Town in clash over wine farm housing project

THE Constantia community is to take the City of Cape Town to court after it gave the green light for a housing development to be built on a grade one heritage wine farm in Constantia’s famed valley of the vines.

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Cape Town is not the greenest City, and that’s official

The results of 4th Greenest Municipality Competition show that the municipalities of the City of Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City are now officially greener than Cape Town.

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GCTCA comments on the proposed withdrawal of the 2001 Peninsula Urban Edge Study

We appreciate the pressures that the City is under to cope with the unrelenting influx of persons wishing to live in the metropole and the blandishments offered by unscrupulous developers in terms of increased rates revenue that the City will garner from every new upmarket housing development. However, it is the duty of the custodians of this beautiful part of Earth to safeguard its natural assets for the countless generations to come.

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Event Friday 28 November 15h00-16h00 Constantia-Cape Town : A CHALLENGE TO DEMOCRACY

This is a story about the undermining of our democracy. This is a story about how a corporation was able to bully residents in their own neighbourhood. This is a story about the flagrant disregard for the rights of a community exhibited by government and corporate interests and about profit over the will of the people.

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A template for urban innovation

At the moment, civil society’s voice and democratic space is being systematically closed down – only choreographed and sham public participation takes place. Centralised decision-making and an attitude that “we know best what’s good for you” is the order of the day, and, when challenged by civil society, the local administration is quick to respond: “Take us to court” – and they have plenty of money (our ratepayers’ money) to defend high court actions.

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Treasure the Karoo Action Group update

TKAG has recently written to the President and several Cabinet Ministers, placing relevant studies, reports and evidence in front of them that highlight the risks of shale gas mining, urging a cautious approach. After our communication being ignored, we decided to lay a formal complaint with the Public Protector, where the matter will be investigated.

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