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Die eerste lig in die tonnel het uiteindelik deurgebreek vir 18 huiseienaars van die omstrede Seemeeupark-dorpsontwikkeling in Hartenbos wie se aftree-huise einde 2015 reeds die eerste onheilspellende krake begin toon en in 2016 inderhaas ontruim moes word weens erge grondverskuiwings.

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'n Skikkingsooreenkoms is onlangs uiteindelik met die Switserse versekeringsreus Zürich bereik waarvolgens 75% van die oorspronklike eisbedrag aan 18 eisers uitbetaal is wat destyds die eerste skadevergoedingseise teen die Seemeeuvlug-kompleks se versekeraar ingestel het. Die skikking volg nadat regter Nathan Erasmus verlede jaar persoonlik die perseel kom besoek het om hom regstreeks van die feite te vergewis en 'n einde te bring aan dié voortslepende hofsage.
Die eisers het die saak met koste gewen en hoewel al 18 eisers vroeër vandeesmaand uitbetaal is, is daar gemengde gevoelens oor hulle noodgedwonge moes skik vir 75% van die oorspronklike eisbedrag.

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Wonderwerke gebeur! Karin Prinsloo, Pieter Nel en sy vrou, Annetjie, is dankbaar en verheug oor die uitspraak. Pieter en Annetjie, wat destyds vanaf Bloemfontein hierheen sou verhuis om hul aftreejare langs die see te kom geniet, is ook destyds haweloos gelaat. Hulle glo ingryping van Bo en "toe-val-die-lig"-toevallighede het meegewerk dat hulle danksy Samaritane "bekostigbare" tydelike blyplek in Hartenbos kon bekom en saam met ses ander huiseienaars die regskoste vir die Zürich-saak kon help betaal. "Ons glo dié saak sal meehelp dat die klasaksie-saak wat seker nou al R220 miljoen beloop, ook spoedig afgehandel word", het hy gesê.

 
Die Zürich-skikking sluit nie die gesamentlike klasaksie-skadevergoedingseis van meer as R200 miljoen in wat 'n groep van 62 huiseienaars van die Seemeeupark-ontwikkeling vroeër teen die betrokke owerhede - die Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit, Wes-Kaapse Regering en die Nasionale Huisbouersregistrasieraad (NHMRC) - aanhangig gemaak het nie. Die dagvaardings is reeds in November 2018 op die drie respondente beteken, en die Mosselbaai munisipaliteit was die eerste wat feitlik dadelik laat blyk het dat hy die eis gaan verdedig.

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Huiseienaars moes dadelik hul huise ontruim nadat dit in 2016 onbewoonbaar geraak het. Die feit dat hulle geweier het om dié huise te sloop voor die hofstryd afgehandel is, het waarskynlik meegehelp in hul sege teen die Switserse versekeringsreus Zürich nadat regter Nathan Erasmus persoonlik verlede jaar die perseel kom besoek het.

 

Die Seemeeupark-grondverskuiwingsramp is sedert 2016 in die nuus nadat huise in dié gesogte dorpsontwikkeling bestaande uit Seemeeuvlug, Rylaan 2 en Tuscan Village in 2015 begin kraak het kort nadat die eerste eienaars hul intrek geneem het. Die ontwikkeling is destyds goedgekeur en gebou op 'n ou uitgewerkte steengroef op die familieplaas Vyf Brakke Fonteinen wat aan die destydse burgemeester, André Nel, behoort het. Die eienaars, wat tot R4 miljoen per huis eis, asook verlies aan inkomste, beweer in hofstukke die Mosselbaaise munisipaliteit was grof nalatig toe hy in 1999 die behuisingsontwikkeling goedgekeur het ondanks waarskuwings dat die gewraakte stuk grond op 'n ou steengroef is en nie geskik is vir ontwikkeling nie.

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 Hartverskeurende verhale van pensioenarisse wat in September 2016 letterlik op straat gelaat is nadat die munisipaliteit uitsettingsbevele op hulle bedien en 'n week tyd gegee het om hul huise te ontruim, het destyds landwyd opslae gemaak. Sowat 30 gesinne is regstreeks geraak, onder wie meesal bejaardes wie se pensioengeld in dié aftreehuise belê is. Verskeie van hulle het weens die stres ernstige siektetoestande ontwikkel en moes boonop noodgedwonge hul siekefondse kanselleer of afskaal.

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'n Paar van die 62 huiseienaars van die Seemeeupark-ontwikkeling wat in 2016 haweloos gelaat is en steeds angstig wag op terugvoering nadat hulle in Desember 2018 'n dagvaarding vir 'n skadevergoedingseis van R200 miljoen op die drie betrokke owerhede beteken het. Die respondente in dié klasaksie-saak is die Mosselbaai munisipaliteit, die Wes-Kaapse regering en die Nasionale Huisbouersregistrasieraad (NHBRC).

 

Die munisipaliteit het destyds beweer die ontwikkeling is op private grond gebou en dus nie sy verantwoordelikheid nie, hoewel hy wel die hersonering van die grond in 1999 goedgekeur het.

"Dit was 'n senutergende (reg)stryd wat net sewe van ons huiseienaars onder uiters moeilike omstandighede sedert 2016 moes veg om die regskostes aan te hou betaal terwyl ons nie eens meer 'n dak oor ons kop gehad het nie.

"Baie wonderwerke het egter in dié tyd gebeur en ons is baie dankbaar vir die uitkoms. Ons glo en vertrou regter Nathan Erasmus se bevinding sal ook meehelp om die voortslepende gesamentlike klasaksie-saak teen die betrokke owerhede te bespoedig", het Pieter Nel, een van die huiseienaars, vandeesweek gesê.

 

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Dankie Vader! Gróót verligting en dankbaarheid . . . Karin Prinsloo en Annetjie en Pieter Nel is drie van die 18 Seemeeuvlug-huiseienaars wat vandeesmaand hul uitgerekte hofstryd teen die versekeringsreus Zürich met koste gewen het. Hulle vertrou die uitslag van dié hofsaak sal ook die uitgerekte klasaksie-saak teen die betrokke drie owerhede bespoedig.

Ook Petro Botes, woordvoerder van die Seemeeuvlug-huiseienaarsvereniging wat die Zürich-saak help dryf het, is hoopvol dat dié hofuitspraak druk op die respondente in die klasaksie-saak sal plaas om verdere regskoste te vermy. Die saak sloer al sedert 2018 en die regskoste hoop op.

Botes het net lof vir hul respan onder leiding van adv. Dirk Coetsee en prokureur Johan Cilliers van Cilliers & Associates wat die eisers se saak hanteer het.

Lees ook ons vorige berigte hier: http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/mosselbaai-munisipali…

https://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/r200-miljoen-skadeve…

 

 

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Response to a personal attack aimed at Mosselbayontheline in the Mossel Bay Advertiser of 1 February 2019 which was not allowed . . . 
 
Mosselbayontheline sent the underneath responses to a libellous letter for publication to the Mossel Bay Advertiser, but were told that it cannot/may not be published . . . ?
 
 
Mossel Bay Advertiser
 
Dear Editor
 
I was shocked and disappointed to see how the Mossel Bay Advertiser allows a resident to openly launch a lengthy, personal and slanderous attack on someone without even contacting the person for comment?
 
I have also tried in vain to comment online on the Letters' commentary field . . . the reply either has been removed deliberately or it does not function properly? I trust you will allow me to fully respond to Deon van Zyl's prominent and libellous letter in last week's MBA? Ironically, Van Zyl makes himself guilty of exactly the flagrant lies, crimen injuria and distortion of facts of which he publicly accuses me?  
 

Mosselbayontheline follows with interest the slanderous, derogatory and false accusations made by Deon van Zyl and would like to remind him that we have the original emails in which he refused to name any of Afro Fishing's directors and also asked me to remove AJ Louw's name from his reply after I had to research and name the directors myself, which he then basically was FORCED to CONFIRM . . .

The fact that Johannes Breed and AJ Louw are prominently mentioned in various international newspapers as recently as 2019 regarding their 60% shares in the Seaflower Pelagic Plant in Walvis Bay while the beleaguered Fishcor in the #fishrot scandal owns the remaining 40% is and was in public interest - why kill the messenger?

The #fishrot investigation is still very much ongoing, and in the latest development lawyers are also under scrutiny for their involvement in ALL the fishy deals involving fishing quotas in Namibia . . .  ? The fact that the international #fishrot scandal coincided time-wise with the deadline for Afro Fishing's public participation process is/was entirely beyond our control - why the paranoia?   

The fact that even a high court judge dismissed Afro Fishing's attempt to gag Mosselbayontheline from informing the public of what is truly going on in the national and international fishing industry says it all . . . 


"Namibia’s fisheries minister, Bernard Esau, has handed the state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) a fishing quota potentially worth N$1.8-billion in a controversial deal that will benefit an international company, official documents show."

https://amabhungane.org/…/namibian-fishing-industry-cries-…/
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/…/2018-05-14-amabhungane-n…/

Even more disturbing: We also read with interest the same slanderous, derogatory and false accusations in Deon van Zyl's response to public comments in the official Comments & Responses Table of Cape EAprac which on Wednesday was submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) as part of the Final Basic Assessment Report (FBAR) for Afro Fishing's proposed fishmeal plant.
In his response to the comments of Interested & Affected Parties, he called this same journalist a "local activist" who "linked him (Van Zyl) to gang wars in Manenberg" . . . ? Where THAT came from, only Van Zyl will know . . . 

However, Mosselbayontheline is by far not the only Interested & Affected Party whose written submissions in the public participation process were met with such hostile, slanderous and disparaging retorts from both Van Zyl and Afro Fishing's consultant engineer, Chris Albertyn, who is also the founding member of Lethabo Air Quality Specialists (LAQS). These libellous and disparaging responses and personal attacks from a "panel of experts" to members of the public's valid concerns in an official document are not only unprofessional and unacceptable but also raise serious questions and concern regarding the legality of the entire public participation and basic assessment process.

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/afro-fishing-s-md-lin…

One cannot help wondering why Afro Fishing's directors/shareholders and financiers could not be made public from the beginning and why we are so targeted for informing the public of what is truly happening in the fishing industry and along Africa's coastline. Ironically, the latest scandal involving SA's fishery industry was exposed yesterday . . .
Kill ALL the messengers?

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/…/2020-01-31-barnabas-xulu…/

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/afro-fishing-s-md-lin…

https://www.mosselbayadvertiser.com/…/reaction-to-so-called…

Kind regards,

Elsa Wessels

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Above letter was apparently refused due to its length and links to websites as proof

 

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SECOND ATTEMPT: 

Dear Editor

Mosselbayontheline follows with interest the slanderous, derogatory and false accusations made by Afro Fishing's MD Deon van Zyl in last week's Advertiser. We would like to remind him that we have the original emails in which he refused to name any of Afro Fishing's directors/shareholders (in both the oral & written interview) and also asked me to remove AJ Louw's name from "his" reply after I had to research and name the directors/affiliates myself, which he then basically was FORCED to CONFIRM in the final email . . . 

The fact that Johannes Breed and AJ Louw are prominently mentioned in various international newspapers since 2017 until as recently as yesterday regarding their 60% shares in the Seaflower Pelagic Plant in Walvis Bay while the beleaguered Fishcor in the #fishrot scandal owns the remaining 40% is and was in public interest - why kill the messenger? THREE of Seaflower's five directors have since been implicated in the #fishrot scandal and the investigation is still very much ongoing. Contrary to Van Zyl's statement, the investigation includes ALL fishy deals involving fishing quotas in Namibia to date  . . .  ?

The fact that the international #fishrot scandal coincided time-wise with the deadline for Afro Fishing's public participation process is/was entirely beyond our control - why the paranoia?   

The fact that even a high court judge dismissed Afro Fishing's attempt to gag Mosselbayontheline from informing the public of what is truly going on in the national and international fishing industry says it all . . . 

One cannot help wondering why Afro Fishing's directors/shareholders and financiers have never been made public from the beginning and why Mosselbayontheline is so targeted for informing the public of what is truly happening in the fishing industry along Africa's coastline. Ironically, the latest scandal involving one of Seaflower Pelagic's directors was exposed yesterday . . .

Kill ALL the messengers?

 It IS in public interest to know:

Afro Fishing's MD, Deon van Zyl, is misleading the public by stating that the Namibian scandal only refers to government officials and ministers who were bribed by an Islandic fishing company for fishing quotas from 2014 to 2016, while the #fishrot investigation is still ongoing and includes ALL companies and business people involved in fishing deals with Fishcor till 2019.

Namibian lawyer Marén de Klerk, who represents African Selection Trust with Johannes Breed and AJ Louw on Seaflower Pelagic's Board, is now also being investigated by Namibia's Anti-Corruption Commission regarding payments of N$90 million in dubious transactions from the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).
 
Seaflower Pelagic Processing's directors are the axed Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi who has since been incarcerated, Fishcor chief executive Mike Nghipunya who has since been suspended, Angolan-based South African accountant Johannes Augustinus Breed, South African economist Adriaan Jacobus (AJ) Louw and lawyer Marén Brynard de Klerk, who has allegedly fled to South Africa.
 
This means that three of the five directors of Seaflower Pelagic, with AJ Louw as board chairperson, have already been linked to the #fishrot scandal.  
 
More related information on our website:  www.mosselbayontheline.co.za 

Kind regards,

Elsa Wessels

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This letter was also refused by the Mossel Bay Advertiser - without any apparent reason. 

 
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Making a meal of it

Noseweek Issue # 244 ­ February 2020

By Susan Púren 

Mossel Bay fishmeal company put in its place by fearless local journalist.

In a victory for press freedom, Judge Siraj Desai of the Western Cape High Court has dismissed with costs the urgent application to gag the website mosselbayontheline.co.za and its owner, veteran journalist Elsa Wessels.

The Angolan­based South African businessman Johannes Breed and his Mossel Bay company Afro Fishing applied for the interdict early in December last year. At the time Noseweek reported on Breed’s desperate effort to stop all Wessels’s publications from reporting on the alleged ties between Afro Fishing and Namibia’s Fishrot Scandal.

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Journalist Elsa Wessels

 

Wessels also owns weskusontheline.co.za and has an active Facebook page that gets thousands of hits daily.

The fishing industry worldwide was shocked when WikiLeaks started to download 30,000 confidential documents on the internet on 11 November. The bombshell was followed by a television documentary broadcast by the Doha­based news channel Al Jazeera that exposed bribery, fraud, money laundering and state capture in Namibia.

It showed that high­ranking political figures in the country were receiving millions of dollars from foreign companies in return for profitable rights in the local fishing industry.

But even before the broadcast, Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of Iceland’s largest fishing and fish processing conglomerate, Samherji, had stepped aside pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the company’s business in Namibia. The Namibian Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala and the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, as well as ex­Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulipi, the chairman of state­owned Fishcor, resigned and were subsequently arrested, while Fishcor’s CEO, Mike Nghipunya, was suspended.

Hatuikulipi and Nghipunya represented Fishcor on the board of Seaflower Pelagic Processors (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture between Fishcor and African Selection Fishing (ASF), the Namibian arm of the Angolan based company, African Selection Trust (AST).

Johannes Breed of Afro Fishing in Mossel Bay is a director of both ASF and AST. Breed was unhappy when Wessels reported these facts, especially since Afro Fishing’s public participation process to establish a fishmeal processing plant in Mossel Bay was in its final stages.

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Afro Fishing's existing sardine cannery on the Mossel Bay harbour 

He rushed off to the Western Cape High Court to stop her. Wessels was only able to obtain legal representation the day before the case was heard, but Judge Desai agreed with her legal team and postponed the Fish factory in Mossel Bay matter for three days to enable them to compile a supplementary answering affidavit.

"Nothing I said in any of my online publications that the applicants rely on in their founding papers, carry the message or implications or innuendo that the applicants attempt to ascribe to it in their melodramatic ‘interpretation’ thereof,” Wessels states in the answering affidavit.

“The whole application is very untoward bullying and an abuse of the process of court by a financially very strong company bearing down on an individual investigative journalist,” says Wessels.

She also referred to the Noseweek “breaking news” article, “Fishrot stink wafts into South Africa,” saying there was no urgency in the matter as the link between Breed and the Angolan company had been in the public domain, published in many other publications long before Mosselbayontheline wrote about it in articles about Afro Fishing’s planned fishmeal factory in Mossel Bay.

The affidavit says the articles the applicants refer to carried very little of Wessels’s own creation or writing and consisted of links to earlier stories in other publications, written by other journalists about the Fishrot Scandal and Namibia’s fishing industry in general. Wessels also disputes that parts of one of the articles were defamatory as alleged by Afro Fishing’s Deon van Zyl in an affidavit before court.

“None of the underlined portions, considered individually or together as a whole, can by any stretch of the imagination be stated as defamatory. Alternatively, it is true and in the public interest for it to be published. I have nowhere in any of the articles I wrote made the astonishing and hyperbolic statements or accusations or imputations ascribed to my articles by the applicants or any innuendo to that effect.”

The full judgment will be released later. Copyright © 2020 www.noseweek.co.za

https://www.noseweek.co.za/article/4399/Making-a-meal-of-it

 

Also read: 

Mosselbayontheline's official reply to a letter published in the Mossel Bay Advertiser yesterday in which Afro Fishing's MD Deon van Zyl falsely accused us of various misconducts - while he also, unbelievably, accused us in an official government document of linking him to "gang wars in Manenberg" . . . ? 

 

http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/who-controls-the-mossel-bay-advertiser-it-s-dangerous-when-money-distorts-the-truth-and-impartiality

https://web.facebook.com/mosselbayontheline/posts/2627728744125043?

 

 

 

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GOEIE nuus is dat die Kleinbrak-rivier steeds sterk vloei 'n volle tien dae nadat die mond inderhaas meganies oopgemaak is om vloede in naasliggende woonbuurtes te voorkom. Inwoner Wessel Johannes Maree het vanoggend om 06:33 die sterk invloei van seewater in die rivier op kamera vasgelê.

 

Die welkome (en vreemde!) reënbuie vroeër vandeesmaand het wel verligting van die voortslepende droogte gebring, maar is nog lank nie genoeg om die damme te vul nie. Die watervlak van die Hartebeestkuildam in die Hartenbosrivier is tans maar 2,68% - nog minder as die 3.04% verlede jaar dié tyd. (Die monde van die Hartenbos- en Grootbrakriviere het ongelukkig kort ná dit ook meganies oopgemaak is, weer toegespoel . . . ) 

Ook die Wolwedansdam se watervlak is tans maar 66,72% en hoewel die streng waterbeperkings in Mosselbaai ná die goeie reënbuie afgeskaf is, het die munisipaliteit gewaarsku dit sal weer ingestel moet word as die damvlak onder 60% daal

Blydskap en dankbaarheid oor die welkome reën is wyd op sosialemedianetwerke betuig. Die voortdurende droogte, waterbeperkings en strafheffings vir oormatige waterverbruik het mense weer bewus gemaak van hul afhanklikheid van water en die belangrikheid daarvan om ons natuurlike water- en hulpbronne te beskerm.

Te midde van die vreugde en dankbaarheid oor die reën, was daar egter ook kommer oor toenemende olie- en rioolbesoedeling op Mosselbaai se strande, terwyl oningeligte mense ook met nette die broeivisse in die Kleinbrakrivier gevang het nadat die riviermond meganies oopgemaak is. Die oogmerk is om die besoedeling in die rivier te bekamp en die soutbalans te herstel sodat die natuurlike visbroeiplekke ook kan herstel . . .  Deur die volwasse broeivisse in die rivier te vang nadat die mond oopgemaak is, is nie net onwettig nie, maar ook strydig met die doel om die visgetalle te laat groei.

Ons het die maand se gebeure rondom die Kleinbrak-rivier en die besoedeling volledig op ons Facebook-blad gepubliseer, maar omdat Facebook-plasings so vlietend is, publiseer ons dit ook hier datumgewys in volgorde van gebeure van onder tot bo: 

Beautiful sight: The welcome rain of the past week transformed the Kleinbrak river into its former beauty and the mouth is still open after it was mechanically breached last week to prevent flooding - and to restore the salt balance.Wessel Johannes Maree of the Kleinbrak Conservancy took the photos/video of the happy sight. 

 

 

Olie-lekkasies op strande en skerp olie/dieselreuke in woongebiede soos Bayview kom deesdae al hoe meer voor. Die olie-lekkasie by Transnet Spoorvrag se Voorbaai-depot is vanoggend met spesiale omgewingsvriendelike middels behandel om die olie veilig af te breek tot water, terwyl pype en 'n wal ook aangebring word om die olie-skeiergebied af te sper om toekomstige lekkasies te voorkom.

As die oliespoor gevolg word, is dit egter duidelik dat dit nie olie van dié depot is wat sporadies op die strand by Bayview beland nie. Volgens mnr. Albertus Hanekom, Transnet Spoorvrag se trajekbestuurder op die terrein, beland besighede in Voorbaai/Bayview se afvalwater toenemend in sentrale dreinstelsels. Die oorsaak van gister se olielekkasie by die monding van die Blinderivier by Danabaai kon ook nog nie met sekerheid vasgestel word nie. Die Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit het berig dat alle betrokke owerhede, asook PetroSA, in kennis gestel is van die lekkasie en skerp reuk in die rivier.

 

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Die voortdurende lekkasie van diesel/olie by Transnet Spoorvrag se Voorbaai-depot in Bayview - veral ná swaar reën - word hopelik vandeesweek permanent opgelos deur die behandeling van die water met 'n omgewingsvriendelike middel wat die olie afbreek, en deur die olieput-skeier deur middel van twee pypleidings en 'n wal-afskorting af te sonder.
 
Mosselbayontheline het verlede jaar ook met foto's en 'n video berig oor die onaanvaarbare lekkasie van olie, wat ook 'n skerp dieselreuk het, in die omgewing van die olieput-skeier. Mnr Albertus Hanekom, Transnet se trajekbestuurder op die terrein, het vanmiddag vir ons foto's gestuur om te wys hoe die oliewater vanoggend behandel word om dit af te breek tot suiwer water. Die wal en pypleiding sal in die volgende paar dae aangebring word om verdere lekkasies te voorkom.
 
Hanekom beklemtoon egter dat dit nie diesel/olie van Transnet se perseel is wat sporadies op strande in die omgewing uitspoel nie, maar dié van ander besighede in Voorbaai en omgewing wat in die sentrale dreinstelsels beland. Mnr Warren Manual, senior omgewingsbeampte by Mosselbaai munisipaliteit, het gister kort voor ons besoek ook die terrein besoek en volgens Hanekom het hy saamgestem dat die sporadiese strandbesoedeling by Bayview waar die afgelope vakansie ook rioolvuil op die strand beland het, nie van Transnet afkomstig is nie. Die oorsprong van gister se oliebesoedeling in die Blinderivier by Danabaai kon ook nog nie vasgestel word nie.
 

 Die omgewing van die "stinkriviertjie" by Bayview met groot petroltenks op die agtergrond vanwaar besoedelde water en riool glo sporadies op die strand en in die see beland.

 

Terwyl almal JUIG oor die mond van die Kleinbrakrivier uiteindelik weer OOP is en die watervlak van die Wolwedansdam die naweek van 42,7% tot 60,45% gestyg het, plunder inwoners die vis wat see toe probeer swem ondanks wetstoepassers wat hulle sedert gister probeer vasvat . . . Die doel is om die balans van die rivier en die natuurlike visbroeiplekke te probeer herstel.

Over the last couple of days, anglers have been illegally catching fish at Kleinbrak Estuary, as shown in the video.

Legislation states that anglers may not attempt to catch fish in the mouth of a blind estuary, four days before and four days after it has opened. The use of gaffs is also illegal.

These larger fish, are breeding stock, and this illegal fishing of them can affect their reproduction numbers.

Fisheries inspectors have been made aware of the situation and are attending the site of these infractions.

#oceansresearch #IUUfishing

 

The breaching of the Kleinbrak river mouth also evoked some shocking and saddening human behaviour from those one would expect to love and conserve the marine life ...

Robin Fick of the Midbrak Conservancy/Bewarea wrote:

I have just returned (21h30) from the Little Brak River assisting DEFF as when the mouth was opened, it was a free for all netting fish swimming in the channels to go to sea. I cannot understand human behavior when they know it is illegal to net these fish in these circumstances. Sea patrol will be on duty for the rest of the night as we heard through the grapevine that there will be netters taking their chances later tonight. Several vehicles turned around in the car park when they saw our vehicles. Anyway papers were served on the couple of the netters that were caught red handed.but unfortunately the bulk were missed or hit the road when we arrived. As members of the public provided us with photos and videos of the netters, the matter will be taken further. Opening the mouth to save peoples houses from being flooded resulted in killing fields for our marine life. Tragic.

 
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 to go to sea. I cannot understand human behavior when they know it is illegal to net these fish in these circumstances. Sea patrol will be on duty for the rest of the night as we heard through the grapevine that there will be netters taking their chances later tonight. Several vehicles turned around in the car park when they saw our vehicles. Anyway papers were served on the couple of the netters that were caught red handed.but unfortunately the bulk were missed or hit the road when we arrived. As members of the public provided us with photos and videos of the netters, the matter will be taken further. Opening the mouth to save peoples houses from being flooded resulted in killing fields for our marine life. Tragic.
 
 

 Kleinbrak river mouth is finally OPEN - Moné Cairncross captured the happy moment! 

 

Mouth of Kleinbrak-estuary breached ... "Hierdie is GOEIE nuus, né?" 

 https://web.facebook.com/juli.stapelberg/videos/2695901210456967/

The mouth of the Kleinbrak-estuary is being opened mechanically as a precaution to avoid possible flooding in the neighbouring Riverside and Powertown areas . . .

 

Kleinbrak river breached 2020

Water, water all around after a heatwave! What a beautiful sight!

Welcome rain in the Mossel Bay region raised all the dam levels significantly . . . Larry Daguiar reported that 90 mm fell in the mountains and that the Little Brak River (Moordkuil) is flowing strongly over the lower causeway. Brandwag River will be flowing later on this afternoon. The mouth wil need to be monitored as if these flows continue, there will be flooding in Riverside and Power Town.
The situation is being monitored . . .
The underneath video which was shared on the FB page Midbrak Conservancy was taken on the farm Wolwedraai where 65mm was measured earlier today - 10km from Grootbrak on the Friemersheim road. "We are so grateful, the Wolwedans dam has visibly risen!"

 
 
 
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Foefieslaaid-vreugde tydens gister se amptelike opening van die veelbesproke Mossel Bay Zipline by die Poort - die langste foefieslaaid ter wêreld oor die see.

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Die weer het gelukkig saamgespeel om dié luisterryke geleentheid behóórlik te vier en tientalle mense het van 10:00 af met kameras en selfone by die Poort saamgedrom om die gebeure gade te slaan.

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Die teenwoordigheid van die SAUK EN Mosselbaai se noodreddingspanne het tegelyk opgewonde afwagting en senuagtige gekorswel veroorsaak en toe burgemeester Harry Levendal boonop mik om die kabel pleks van die seremoniële rooi lint te knip, was die giggellaggies éérs aansteeklik.

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Toe munisipale bestuurder Thys Giliomee die verantwoordelikheid aanvaar om eerste die 1,1 km glykabel aan te durf en dit oënskynlik ongeskonde en vrolik oorleef, was die ys gebreek en het die ander munisipale amptenare en genooides feesdriftig (sic) hul beurte afgewag om geharnas en gehelmet die sprong te waag.

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(Snaaks dat die omstanders Saterdag nooit die glykabelryers hoor GIL het nie . . . was hulle dalk te skaam, te ordentlik, te bang of voorgesê om nie te raas tydens die amptelike bekendstelling nie?  )   

 * Die Foefieslaaid-rit oor 1,1 km kos R450 per persoon. Ritte kan aanlyn hier https://mosselbayzipline.co.za/ of op die perseel bespreek word, en is soos enige ander adrenalien-gedrewe buitelug-aktiwiteit onderhewig aan matige weersomstandighede.

 * Vereistes: Nie swaarder as 120 kg nie, nie langer as 2m nie, nie swanger nie en nie jonger as 8 jaar nie. 

 * Ná vele terugslae en duur tegniese oponthoude kon die foefieslaaid gelukkig betyds open vir volgende naweek se DIASFEES 2020 by Santosstrand. Alle vertonings is boonop GRATIS en gewilde sangers soos Demi Lee Moore, Juanita du Plessis, Vernon Barnard en ander sal vanjaar vir die eerste keer hier optree. Kyk onder foto's hieronder vir die volledige Dias 2020 verhoogprogram.

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Lees en kyk meer hier oor die geleentheid:

 
 
Albert Wiffen, mede-eienaar van Mosselbaai se langste foefieslaaid ter wêreld oor die see wat Saterdag amptelik geopen is, is self te lank om te kwalfiseer vir dié bloedstol-blitsrit van 1,1 km oor die rotsagtige kuslyn by die Poort . . . hoekom lyk dit so asof hy verlig is daaroor? ;-)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clinton Lerm, eienaar van SA Forest Adventures en mede-eienaar van Mossel Bay Zipline, spreek die gaste toe tydens die amptelike opening van Mosselbaai se langste foefieslaaid oor die see (1,1 km). 
 
 
 
 
Eerste rit! Dis NIE so maklik om 'n foefieslaaid-ryer oor 'n afstand van 1,1 km op 'n kamera te probeer vasvang nie - veral as jy nie kan sien WAAR hy is wanneer jy probeer inzoom nie! 😊
 
 
 
 
Woeste branders . . . Vier dae ná die amptelike opening het André du Plessis van Mosselbaai dié video geneem van 'n Chinese toeris wat tydens hoogwater en rowwe seetoestande 'n tandem-rit met 'n instrukteur waag . . . SJOE! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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