It was merely a matter of time ………

It was always merely a matter of time, before one of "our" local taxis was involved in a fatal accident. To highlight the routine madness displayed by some of these drivers, of both
sedan & minibus taxis, this morning's accident involved a well known skorokoro speedster swerving off the bridge on Princess Avenue to avoid oncoming traffic, while attempting to
OVERTAKE..... ON A BRIDGE, ACROSS A SOLID LINE , in seriously wet weather.

Some people I spoke to, said that this driver had been warned on countless occasions, by numerous people, that he had to show more respect for passengers by not driving so fast &
dangerously. The driver, and a passenger in the front seat, got out, saved themselves, and left 3 women (apparently returning home from Mariner’s wharf work shift) to drown, trapped in the submerged back of the car.

This young driver, is one of many on our roads, who display a SHOCKING CONTEMPT for other road users, and rules of the road. More people could easily have been killed in this
accident.

The traffic department really need to take stronger action, to curtail this madness.

Occasional roadblocks for licences & road worthiness, is just NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Driver behaviour, as that which led to this accident, needs to be reigned in, URGENTLY. This is
serious.

3 more people dead, because law enforcement on our roads is virtually non-existent.

A vaguely smart idea may be for law enforcement officers to spend a little time on our roads (especially "rush times"), in unmarked vehicles, to assess some the local driving behaviour.

Emil

PROPOSED POLYCLINIC ON THE HOUT BAY COMMONAGE

Introduction

The proposal by the Government of the Western Cape for a large polyclinic on the Hout Bay commonage is inappropriate and does not fit in with the Plan for the commonage, and is of great concern as it will further erode the remaining Open Space and render the Commonage almost completely depleted – the commonage is the only sizable bit of usable Public Open Space remaining in Hout Bay. 

Len's lines

A message from the Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association.

All is not what it seems in this Idyllic Valley

As I was considering what I would say in this last Hout and About for 2014, I came across this article which I felt I would like to share with you, as it synchronised with my thoughts - it appeared on the back page of The Good Weekend, Sunday Argus 30th November 2014 written by Tim Roston entitled, “The hike from Noordhoek to Chapman’s Peak provides a workout in nature”.