Put on boots and go for a walk… to make some noise
and that’s what 2000 odd souls did yesterday at Chapmans Peak.
Chapman’s Peak drive is threatened once more by changes taking place, that
in reality are not appreciated or supported by those in Hout Bay valley and Noordhoek areas.
The biggest worry I personally had was for the threatened removal
of the day passes for those who wanted to have a picnic
/fly a plane/take a run/ride a bike/make out in a car/ on the Hout Bay side of the pass.
A tradition long held and exercised by plenty of local people, without transversing
the entire length of the mountain. All the picnic spots and particularly where
we fly our gliders are on the Hout Bay side and the removal of the day pass
would cost us R 31-00 per direction just to get up to the flying site
on an average winters day. R62-00 for the round trip!
Daylight robbery me thinks!
And so the 2000 made the walk to protest the new tollgate structure,
the proposed building of the Entileni offices on national park land and the day passes issue.
Thanks to the good few TOSSers who pitched up and made a noise
along with the joggers, hikers, cyclists and anybody who uses that area for recreation.
A good way to spend the day, petitions handed over and so nice to make some
democratic noise about things that require change, rather than sitting back
and taking a beating as per usual at the hands of the powerful.