Fish Hoek Offers Safe Swimming

Fish Hoek beach is the only beach in Cape Town with a special exclusion net, introduced in 2013, to keep sharks out of the swimming area. Sarah Waries, programme manager for Shark Spotters — a world-first programme that works to protect both sharks and water-users explains how this net works and why it’s important.

fishhoekFish Hoek is the only beach in Cape Town with a shark net because it has had a number of shark bite incidents. Since 2004 there have been two fatalities and one very serious bite when a man lost his leg (in 2011). There have also been a number of close calls, where surfskis were bitten and people had encounters with sharks.

In October 2011 there were 55 shark sightings at Fish Hoek in one month…It’s the best swimming beach in Cape Town, I would say, but it had this stigma as being “the shark beach”.

Traditional shark nets are designed to catch and kill sharks. Exclusion nets, like the one used in Fish Hoek, just prevent sharks from entering an area. The City of Cape Town’s approach to shark attack prevention is that you must protect people but you must also protect sharks and the environment, and one mustn’t be at the cost of the other. At Fish Hoek we get humpback whales and southern right whales in the middle of the bay, so we didn’t want to put anything in the water that would potentially entangle whales, dolphins, or anything else.

The exclusion net is deployed at Fish Hoek in the summer time, from the October school holidays through to Easter (March/April). In October we just do school holidays and weekends. From November to March we try and put it up every day, but it’s weather dependent — when the wind is too strong or the swell is too big we don’t deploy the net. We aim to have it up for about 20 days per month.

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Fire: Main Road, Fish Hoek Closed

Elsies Peak on fire, Main Road closed off between Fish Hoek and the Glencairn Expressway.

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The fire broke out on train opposite the Glencairn Quarry.
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Spreading rapidly around to Cockburn Close, Glencairn Heights

Show Time in Fish Hoek

Beautifully presented:

9DunesideWell maintained, immaculate North facing cottage is located in a exclusive and sought after gated estate. The property is accessed via an intercom control at the gate and once on the property visitors are welcomed by an ornate lush and private sunny garden and patio. Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

 

 
 

Expect to be envied:

FishHoekPropertyWell-appointed cottage is positioned in the tranquil setting of popular Silverglades. Offering delightful mountain views and neat as a pin, this beautiful cottage is the ideal starter home. Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

Contact Hazel Tappan on 072 698 1313 or Sandra van der Merwe on 083 235 5351 for further queries.

*Showhouses are this Sunday, 17 January 2016 from 2pm – 5pm.

Fish Hoek Living

Fish Hoek offers a family lifestyle in a village community with top class schools, shopping malls and some of the most beautiful scenery in the False Bay region. The lifestyle is slow and relaxed and is perfect for anyone who is scaling up, slowing down or just wanting to enjoy all the benefits of raising a family along the coast.

Spacious Townhouse:

Fish Hoek - new listingDesigned to encompass space, the open plan living areas of this single storey town house, are generous and open to a covered entertainment patio and good sized garden. Situated in sought after Silverglades area, it is close to all main scenic routes, sport clubs and schools.  Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

Contact Sandra van der Merwe on 083 235 5351 for more information.

Love Your Guide Dog

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Fish Hoek residents are invited to join a fund-raiser in aid of SA Guide Dogs.
SA Guide Dogs are celebrating their love for their working dogs. Come along and meet Janice Salthouse’s new working dog, the first standard poodle service dog in South Africa.

SUSTENANCE:
A Mediterranean style platter will be provided.
Please bring your own beverages as there will be no bar.

WHEN:
Friday 26 February 2016 at 19:30

WHERE:
Fish Hoek Civic Centre

COSTS:
R160 per person
There will also be two R20 raffles drawn on the night – please consider buying at least one ticket for each.

ENTERTAINMENT:
SA Guide Dogs are thrilled to announce that our emcee for the evening will be Sandra Prinsloo and we will again be entertained by Michelle Botha and her Guide Dog Panda.

BOOKINGS:
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Introducing Constitutional Kids to Parents

constitutional kidsLee-Anne Flack is the author of the revolutionary children’s book Constitutional Kids, which is endorsed by Barry Hilton, Derek Watts and Mpho Kgosana. In a story format, the book explains the rights and responsibilities we have in the Constitution of South Africa in a fun and easy to understand manner.

As a new resident of Fish Hoek, and in light of the recent disturbing events in Masiphumelele, Lee-Anne has launched a campaign to get a copy of Constitutional Kids to all of our local underprivileged children. If you would like to sponsor one or more books, please email: leeflack10877@gmail.com. R70 per book.

Let’s help empower and protect South African children together!

www.leeanneflack.co.za

This advertisement was kindly sponsored by Eneighbourhoods.co.za

Private Hospital Planned

doctor+hospitalProvincial government has received an application for a private hospital to serve Noordhoek and Fish Hoek.The proposed hospital would have 20 adult medical beds, 26 adult surgical beds, 12 obstetrics beds, 10 cribs, an adult intensive care unit (ICU), a neonatal ICU, four adult high-care beds, eight paediatric high-care beds, one isolation ICU, three major theatres, two delivery rooms and an emergency unit.

While some residents support the new hospital, others believe more affordable healthcare options are needed in the South Peninsula.

Mary Turok of the Fish Hoek Valley Older Person’s Forum says there are already a number of homes and frail care facilities and services for “better-off older people”.

“But we are desperate for these in the large, poorer communities. A new hospital should be affordable and accessible to them,” she says.

Residents have in general voiced support for a private hospital, says Noordhoek Ratepayers’ spokesperson Lynn Brown, especially with new housing developments catering for more “upmarket” residents.

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Increased shark activity with the arrival of spring

Shark WarningThe City appeals to all beach and ocean users to be aware of the expected increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months. Typically, shark sightings start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported in mid-summer.

‘White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach users should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals. However, surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the stretch between Sunrise and Macassar Beaches during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that the shark presence in these waters increases at this time of year.

‘Please always remain alert while enjoying the ocean. I thank our City staff and our partner, the Shark Spotters, for all of the hard work that is currently underway to ensure that our residents can enjoy a safer beach experience,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The Shark Spotters Information Centre at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is open to the public from 08:00 to 18:00 seven days a week. The centre provides up-to-date information on sharks and marine ecology, basic first-aid, general public assistance and emergencies, storage of valuables and lost property.

In addition, the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net will again be deployed for the annual Fish Hoek Spring Splash on 6 September 2015.

The exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure, by creating a physical barrier that prevents sharks from entering the bathing area. It will be in full operation during the 2015/2016 summer season.

On days that the exclusion net is deployed, the operating hours will be from 09:00 to17:00 and may occasionally be extended to allow for lifesaving training or events. The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed about the deployment of the net via Twitter and Facebook, and signage is displayed when the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research, please visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/SharkSpotters).

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Fill a Bag, Win a Board

It’s that easy to win a surfboard in the Tuffy Beach Clean-Up competition. Fill a Tuffy bag with litter collected from your favourite beach and send the evidence to comps@zigzag.co.za, which will put you in line to win a brand new board sponsored by Firewire and Share the Stoke Foundation each month until the end of January 2016.

Chas Everitt False Bay will be keeping stock of Tuffy bags whilst the initiative is running at their Fish Hoek office for those that need them.  Contact Scott Tait on 076 156 2619 for more information.
TuffyAdFind out more about our Tuffy Beach Clean-Up competition – in which you can get rewarded for your good enviro-deeds by winning big.

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What’s On in Fish Hoek

Whats-On-This-Week

Women’s Agricultural Association Monthly Meeting: 

The Women’s Agricultural Association will hold its monthly meeting at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 09:30 on Wednesday, 1 October. Henry Fenn will give an update on general gardening matters.
Visitors pay R15. Phone Annette Padoa on 021 782 3907 for more information.

South Peninsula Astronomy Club Meeting: 

The South Peninsula Astronomy Club will meet at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 19:30 on Thursday, 2 October. Anthony Koeslag, software engineer at the Southern African Large Telescope in Sutherland will talk about how software id designed and used to control complex telescopes. Phone 021 785 3713 for more information.

Fish Hoek Craft Market: 

The Fish Hoek Methodist Church will hold a craft market from 8:30 – 12:00 on Saturday, 4 October. Proceeds will go to church projects and the Heatherdale Children’s Home. Phone Eileen Douglas on 021 782 5056 for more information.

White Heather Club Dance: 

The next White Heather Club dance will be held at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 8pm on Saturday, 4 October. The dress code is smart / casual and entry is R20 for non members. Take a plate of eats and your own drinks. For additional information call 021 782 1558.

Flame Lily Tea: 

The next Flame Lily Tea will be held at he Fish Hoek Bowling Club at 9:30 for 10:00am on Wednesday, 8 October. There will be delicious eats and a lucky draw. Donations for the car boot sale will be collected. Entry is R10 for members and R20 for non members. Phone Priscilla Rees on 021 782 4573.