The Hout Bay River rises on Table Mountain and is the only one of its five rivers that has not been extensively canalised in concrete.
It has to be saved, and only the will of the community can save it. They have to ‘come to the party…
….and that is Challenge
The Application of legislation.
In a “Nut Shell”
In 1607 when John Chapman, ship’s mate of the English trader “Consent” landed in Hout Bay Captain Middleton made an entry in the ships log reporting that it was a safe landing place and that the river provided abundant fresh water. That brief visit did not record any contact made with local inhabitants but within 100 years a lot changed including the removal of Hout Bay’s extensive forests.
Today Hout Bay’s River is the most polluted in the South Peninsula - but its river and wetlands could be saved.
A nation that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad, undermines the foundations of its future.