Let me sound a word of warning to our readers, members and associates and that is to enquire and engage one’s ability to sift through the spin; to shut out the noise; and to focus our attention on what we know to be true while resisting the temptation to get caught up in the emotion.
We have found, in practise, that most activity in the committee has tended to focus on planning and environmental issues, involving land-use and development, spatial planning, roads and engineering, signage, building regulations and environmental conservation. These areas are particularly relevant to Hout Bay where space is at a premium, infrastructures (roads in particular) are overloaded and the natural and cultural environments need protection for the benefit of current and future generations.
Of particular relevance here, is that our beautiful natural environment (together with our diverse cultural heritage) forms the basic resource on which our economy hinges and as such must be protected in the interests of sustainable development. In these pursuits, we co-operate with other civic and environmental groups in the Hout Bay / Llandudno area and beyond, either on an ad hoc basis or, more formally, by way of such bodies such as the Ward 74 Committee , the Hout Bay and Llandudno Environmental Conservation Group (ECG) and the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance. We also involve ourselves in other relevant areas, like law enforcement and policing, health and other social issues.
Our Association is represented on the Community Policing Forum, the Health Forum, Coast Care, and on various ad hoc fora that may arise from time to time, such as the Commonage Committee, the Chapman’s Peak Drive working group, and others. Guiding Principles Vision: To inform, encourage and activate the community of Hout Bay for the common good. Mission: To generate public awareness in order To harness the energy of the community for action, and To provide community-based information to decision-makers for the betterment of Hout Bay.
All of us who live in Hout Bay have at one time or another been caught up in a stream of traffic crawling up or down Main Road between the bottom of the hill and Constantia Nek. Many of us have also experienced a moment of sheer terror as some idiot driver executes a death-defying move around one of the sharp and steep bends on this section of road, with min