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A car guard fast asleep on Main Road in Plumstead. I could not resit taking the photo.

Have a great new week.


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.

Almost weekend again so enjoy the day.

Final photo selection of the protest against killing of baboons. The photos speak for themselves.

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Some more photos of the protest to save our baboons.

Part of the demonstrators

And there were a number of photographers media and private.

Gosh midweek again, how time flies. Enjoy.


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.

Have a great day.


When ever there is an important sports even in Cape Town some advertisers take to the air to advertise their merchandise or service. Sometimes we get to see this in our neck of the woods like this helicopter that passed overhead on Saturday past. Could not read what the banner was telling us due to the angle.

Enjoy a super day.

As life goes one never knows what surprises may suddenly come up. Thanks to an observant visitor the under photographed object was noticed on one of the pickup’s one tyre. Thank heavens it was embedded horizontally or my vocabulary would have been enriched tremendously in addition to maybe at speed it could have been worse.

Nail on, not in, a tyre, picked up horizontally by the tread

Still counting my luck.

Rain clouds approaching and we did get some rain, albeit far less than what we wanted, only 7mm (.25 inches).

Level 4b water restrictions remain in place in Cape Town. That means we must try to use less than 87 liters (23 US gallons or 19 imperial gallons) per person per day. Thanks to the drought water is no longer a commodity, it has become precious.

Enjoy the evening.

During last week’s storm the wind exposed its fury in no uncertain terms.

The snapped off crown of a tree blocking a street

Enjoy the start of the new week. For us here we will again be blessed with some more rain.

Cape Town yesterday surely lived up to its nickname Cape of Storms. Wind gusts of over 70 km/h (+/-44 mph) and the long awaited rain bucketed down upon us.

The early daybreak warning

The rain bucketing down

It was truly a stay indoors day, wet, cold and gale force winds. However our drought is still very far from broken, but in a few days we should here what the effect on our dams was. However, it was not enough to bring any relief to our water restrictions. Enjoy a super day.