Hout And About Special addition

Hout and About


The official publication of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association

For back copies of Hout and About see our website www.hbrra.co.za

Our e-mail address is: info@hbrra.co.za





Photo of Hout Bay by Jean Tresfon, clearly showing the raw sewerage pumped out to sea from Hout Bay Sewerage Station next to Hangberg

 See the image of the sewerage plumes in the waters of Hout Bay!!!! The raw sewerage pumped out by our Sewerage Station is transported in an anti-clockwise direction by the currents in our Bay – like a giant washing machine it flows all around – to Chapman’s Peak and around the Bay. Do you find it incredible that the city pumps 55 million litres per DAY of effluent which includes raw, very raw untreated sewerage into the sea so close to the coast? In the case of Green Point this also often blows back onto the shore? Did you know that water users have been getting sick, very badly sick? Were you one of the many that took the trouble to like or comment on the pictures on Face Book?

Well now is your chance to actually do something about it (see below)! The HBRRA have already put in a very strong objection and protest to this bad and unhealthy state of affairs.



Following the public awareness created by the images posted on Face Book showing sewerage being pumped into the sea it seems that the City of Cape Town has realised about 6 years after the fact that with the introduction of the Integrated Coastal Management Act of 2009 that they are required to have a permit to discharge effluent into our coastal waters. They have now started the process of applying for the permit (see document below) which includes a public participation phase – this and only this is the reason that they have taken the trouble of involving the public!!

Hout Bay is particularly badly affected as the Sewerage Station that we have at present was never intended for the high growth population that we now have in Hout Bay. The Squatter Camps in Imizamo Yethu, Dontse Yakhe and above Hangberg in the Sentinel firebreak, add a further 40 000 plus inhabitants to Hout Bay. And these “Informal Settlements” ( call them by their euphemistic name) were more than 10 years ago supposed to be properly developed but have not been fully upgraded into decent suburbs of Hout Bay - yet we still have the same old sewerage maceration installation that we’ve had for 30 years. What we need is a proper SEWERAGE TREATMENT PLANT with digesters that are capable of biodegrading the Sewerage, converting this into energy which could drive the plant and capable of extracting and purifying water which could irrigate vegetable gardens in the vicinity to feed the poor.

The City will not listen unless they get a real influx of protests, comments from a large volume of people. So if you want change and want change to occur, here’s your one and only chance NOW!

The comment period runs from 1 June to 10 July 2015. Make sure you paste this link below into your Google search and send your email to Kevin.Samson@capetown.gov.za with your constructive comments or suggestions as to what could be done differently. This is your one and only chance to be heard, do not waste the opportunity! If you care about our Bay and the oceans, please share this with as many people as you can.





Dog bite on Llandudno beach

To whom it may concern

On Friday 5th September at 07h30 my husband was having an early morning jog on Llandudno beach when he was bitten by a large ridgeback dog.

The dog belonged to a woman who appeared to have a number of dogs that she had brought to the beach for a walk. None of the dogs were on a leash. 

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


The lethal legacy of the City’s political inertia & neglect – the polluted Hout Bay River and Bay
For years now the HBR&RA and other local concerned civic organisations have been warning the City about the increasing level of ecoli pollution in the Hout Bay River and thence in the sea around the river mouth. Officials claim that a significant part of the problem is runoff from horse paddocks and bird colonies upstream but everyone knows that it is overwhelmingly due to human faeces from the ever growing informal settlements of Imizamo Yethu and Dontse Yahke.
A couple of years ago, as a result of residents’ urging, the City put up one or two signs on the beach near the river mouth warning against swimming in the river estuary; but nothing was done to alert people about the polluted bay waters.

Erf 3477, Karbonkelberg

In last month’s Hout & About we reported on the revised development parameters that the owner of Erf 3477, on the Karbonkelberg, was seeking.

The City’s Spatial Planning & Land Use Management committee considered this application on 10th September. No decisions were taken as the committee decided that a site visit is essential to consider the proposals and counter arguments put forward, the principal of which were that any development on this erf will be against the City’s & the Province’s own Policies & Guidelines. 

Lens Lines - October 2014

A message from the Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association
The appalling living conditions of those living in Hughendon Estate, goes from bad to worse. The “Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations”, which legally should apply to the
inhabitants living there, as well as those around them in Dontse Yakhe – is totally ignoredby the authorities. Everyone in the area has been abandoned by the City of Cape Town.
Promises made to re-locate those living illegally on the mountainside to a TRA (Temporary Relocation Area) have not been kept.