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Blue sky and mountain scenes.

Photos taken near Fairview, district Stellenbosch.

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Although the protest went off well and was orderly causing no disruption to the public or traffic it was unfortunately marred by heavy criticism of the Klein Constantia Estate. The estate issued an explanatory press statement well before the protest action which unfortunately received little media coverage and as such, in ignorance I think, posters attacking the estate were displayed (See photo at the end). Klein Constantia’s statement reads as follows:


As has been reported, Klein Constantia and the neighbouring farm were issued with a permit by CapeNature, whose statutory responsibility is biodiversity conservation, entitling the removal of up to two baboons per day, valid for one year from October 2017. Since the issuing of the permit in October 2017, seven baboons were identified and eliminated by a conservation professional across both properties, the details of which were reported to CapeNature. We have no intention of acting further on our permit.

This decision was not taken lightly and only as a last resort following increasingly aggressive raiding behaviour which intensified over the course of 2017. We have a responsibility to protect staff, guests and farm animals.

Cape Nature issued the permit following an extensive consultation process whereby it was satisfied that all other non-lethal options available had been implemented and exhausted, over the course of several years. These included erecting specialised electric fencing, implementing a virtual fence system (mimicking predator sounds when baboons approached), employing full-time baboon monitors and planting alternative cover crops.

As an organisation we are committed to continue working with all stakeholders in finding the best baboon management solution for the Cape Peninsula.”

Blogging on the protest action I thought only just to also give Klein Constantia’s side its fair share.

This event illustrates that one must always be aware all issues have two sides.

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Two wine estates successfully applied for permits to shoot baboons raiding their vineyards. The granting of the permits solicited great public protest in protection of the baboons. To the best of my knowledge the two estates have cancelled their permits as a result of the protests. Saturday past our normally quiet suburb witnessed a mass protest against the granting of the permits. Below some photos of posters at the demonstration.

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Our national flower, the giant Protea, in bloom.

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A cold winter sunset.

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There are thirteen species of Hessea that is indigenous to Southern Africa. Eight of the species is only found in the Western Cape. I have been informed that the Hessea flowers only once every thirty years. The Hessea Cinnamomea is found in the Cape Point National Park and we, at our age, experienced a once in a lifetime delight as it is now blooming.

From a distance it can be confused with little stones

Close up one sees its fine delicate appearance

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View of our motor drive at the time of our last welcome rain.

And wet it was after five days of rain. Many roads in the city were closed due to flooding.

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A cute visitor at the back door.

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During the storm we had ten days ago the garden suffered a blow when the wind took a tree down.

All left now is an empty space.

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The Daghama cross at Cape Point.

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