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  • SILVERMINE AND TOKAI TO REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC 16th March 2015

    In the interest of public safety as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park, park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.
    TMNP management understands that users are eager to access these areas, however they remain very sensitive and unsafe, and public use of these areas are off limits due to:
    • Smouldering and burning vegetation still needs to be extinguished and flare ups will occur as stumps and roots burn.
    • Standing trees that have been burnt or damaged by the fire are extremely dangerous as they continue to come down in the area.
    • Recently burnt veld (as well as adjacent areas) is hazardous as the fire will have burnt roots underground and foot falls may cause serious injuries.
    • Unstable slopes may result in rock falls
    • Winds and rain may exacerbate the danger with respect to falling trees, branches, rock falls and mudslides
    • Hazardous clear-felling operations of the burnt plantation trees are underway by Cape Pine
    • Disturbance to surviving animals
    • Burnt areas are sen sitive as windblown seeds can be damaged and the first emerging plants can be killed by accidental trampling
    • Disturbance to sensitive erodible soils

    The closure of the burnt areas will be continually assessed and reopening will only be considered once all safety and environmental issues have been addressed. For some areas this may take between six to twenty four months.
    TMNP management and staff would like to assure the public that their focus is to secure the areas for the public’s safety and to as quickly as possible rehabilitate the affected sites for future use.
    Please assist us by being patient and please remain out of all burnt areas while Mother Nature heals herself.

    ISSUED BY:
    Public Relations Officer: Table Mountain National Park
    South African National Parks


  • Working on Fire Helicopter Pilot Killed9th March 2015

    Statement from the Minister of Environmental Affairs with regard to the death of a Working on Fire pilot.

    WORKING ON FIRE HELICOPTER PILOT KILLED

    It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of the Working on Fire helicopters which has been active in the Cape Town fires, has made a forced landing and that the pilot of the helicopter, Mr Hendrik Willem Marais, was killed in the accident.
    The helicopter was part of a team of two helicopters and a spotter plane on their way to fight a fire in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

    I wish to express the Government’s and my personal condolences to the pilot’s wife, Mrs Jackie Marais, family, friends and his colleagues in the Working on Fire programme.

    We have all become starkly aware of the tremendous dedication and skills these pilots display in the fires that ravaged the Cape Peninsula over the past week. Were it not for their and their fire-fighter counterparts on the ground, Cape Town would have experienced far greater damage and losses of property, and risks to lives.

    Mr Marais was one of the pilots lauded for the exceptional work over the past week, when over 2,000 “drops” were made (each of about 1,100 litres) on the fire that started near Muizenberg, and spread to Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Tokai and Constantia.

    The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority, and further details will be made known, once available.

    As a nation, we salute the bravery and service of these dedicated fire-fighters, and mourn the loss of Mr Marais in the course of duty.

    Ms Edna Molewa, M.P.

    Minister of Environment Affairs

     

  • Thank You5th March 2015

    The Exco of TNCW would like to thank the residents of Tokai and surrounding areas as well BKM Watch and Kirstenhof Crime Watch, for their tremendous support during the fire over the last 3 - 4 days.

    The response for help was amazing.

    We had people working around the clock.

    A special thanks to Tribakery who opened up late at night in order to give the evacuees food and drink, Forest Glade Pharmacy donated eye drops, saline solution and medical supplies for the fire-fighters and Pine Lodge Guest House and any other residents that opened up their homes. Tokai Community Church who housed and fed all who were looking for assistance, Fish Hoek Disaster Management who sent through a huge amount of drinks, medical supplies and sandwiches to feed the volunteers and fire-fighters who worked through the night. No doubt there were others who I am not aware of. 

    The volunteers  that came forward to help control the traffic, assist the fire teams and worked at the refreshment & medical station also did a magnificent job and put in many hours - again often working through the night or into the early hours of the morning. 

    Thank you one and all for such great community spirit and through your help, and the many prayers that were offered, we managed to keep Tokai as safe as we could.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those families that lost their homes in Zwaanswyk and Chrysalis Academy.

     

    Mike Higgins

    Chairman

    TNCW

     

     

  • URGENT SECURITY ADVICE20th February 2015

    A short while ago several ADT response officers embarked on an illegal strike action. This has affected the Constantia Valley area, plus other areas including the Northern Suburbs. We are assured by management that they are attempting to resolve this as soon as possible. 
     
    Word is however, that this could continue into and beyond tomorrow. 
     
    Residents are therefore cautioned to be extra vigilant, to assist your neighbours if you hear an alarm sounding and to keep aware.
      
    If your alarm does activate, and if you are sure that nothing is amiss, please call the ADT control room on 0861212300 to cancel the alarm. 
     
    Volunteer patrollers are requested to increase patrols in your own areas with high visibility. 
     
    Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.




  • Claim financial compensation from your criminal19th February 2015

    CLAIMING COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF DAMAGE OR LOSS TO PROPERTY IN TERMS OF SECTION 300 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ACT No. 51 of 1977 (as amended)

    This is an additional mechanism to be considered in your basket of options, in an attempt to minimize the pain and disappointment suffered as a result of the scourge of crime.

    This section is an easy, efficient, and cost-effective way for a victim to recover damages from the perpetrator, arising from his / her unlawful or negligent conduct, for damage or loss caused to the victim’s property, which includes money.
    This remedy is not applicable to claims for bodily injury, and therefore cannot be used to claim for pain, suffering, loss of amenities of life, and the like. The magistrate presiding at the criminal trial of the perpetrator has a discretion as to whether your request or application in terms of this section should be granted or refused.

    This remedy will be well suited to certain claims, but inappropriate to others. In my view, it is well suited to instances where you are able to prove the damages very easily, by producing quotations to court for example. In other words , when your damages to property are easily quantifiable.

    This remedy is only available to the victim, before the accused is sentenced.
    You are therefore well advised to discuss this option with your Attorney in consultation with the public prosecutor. In fact, if possible, raise it with the police officer investigating the crime so that s/he includes your claim in the docket.
    To recover damages arising from criminal conduct, the victim would ordinarily :-
    • Claim from his or her insurers, if insured. This remedy will probably still be the safest and most efficient way for your property to be repaired or replaced, even though your “no claim bonus” or premium may be adversely affected.

    • Institute a claim for damages in the Magistrates Court or High Court, and instruct an attorney for this purpose. This is still a prudent option. You are however encouraged to discuss with your attorney the prospect of using secti on 300, as a cost-saving mechanism.

    Subject to the ability of the accused, it is simply a much more cost effective way to recover your damages to property.

    This section is not used as often as it should be; and could be an effective tool at least for being paid the monetary damages suffered as a result of crime.

    This remedy is not suited to all damages, but will bring relief to some, and hopefully serve as a further deterrent to those who disrespect the property of others … they will at least get a sense of the value!

    This section is presently applicable to claims less than R 500 000.00 (five hundred thousand rand) in the Regional Court, and R 100 000.00 (one hundred thousand rand) in the Magistrates Court. This limit is determined by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, from time to time.

    The section provides as follows :-
    (1) Where a person is convicted by a superior court, a regional court or a magistrate's court of an offence which has caused damage to or loss of property (including money) belonging to some other person, the court in question may, upon the application of the injured person or of the prosecutor acting on the instructions of the injured person, forthwith award the injured person compensation for such damage or loss: Provided that-
    (a) a regional court or a magistrate's court shall not make any such award if the compensation applied for exceeds the amount determined by the Minister from time to time by notice in the Gazette in respect of the respective courts.

    (2) For the purposes of determining the amount of the compensation or the liability of the convicted person therefore, the court may refer to the evidence and the proceedings at the trial or hear further evidence either upon affidavit or orally.

    (3) (a) An award made under this section-
    (i) by a magistrate's court, shall have the effect o f a civil judgment of that court;
    (ii) by a regional court, shall have the effect of a civil judgment of the magistrate's court of the district in which the relevant trial took place.

    (4) Where money of the person convicted is taken from him upon his arrest, the court may order that payment be made forthwith from such money in satisfaction or on account of the award.

    (5) (a) A person in whose favour an award has been made under this section may within sixty days after the date on which the award was made, in writing renounce the award by lodging with the registrar or clerk of the court in question a document of renunciation and, where applicable, by making a repayment of any moneys paid under subsection (4).
    (b) Where the person concerned does not renounce an award under paragraph (a) within the period of sixty days, no person against whom the award was made shall be liable at the suit of the person concerned to any other civil proceedings in respect of the injury for which the award was made.

    This section offers cost effective relief to the uninsured victim, where damage to property is easily quantifiable, and provided the accused is in a position to pay it, either in full or in installments.

    Should the court make a compensation order which is not acceptable to you, for example because the order is for less than the damage actually suffered by you, you may renounce the order, in writing, and return any money received, within 60 (sixty) days of the date the order. Should you fail to do so, you will not be able to recover any further damages from the accused arising from the specific case.

    It is prudent to finalise your application with the prosecutor, as the description of the property and the value claimed must be aligned with the findings of the court.
    In practice, and only if the Magistrate or Judge finds it appropriate, taking into account all the circumstances, a sentence in the following terms could be imposed :-
    The accused is sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, which period of imprisonment is suspended for 5 years on condition that:
    a. The accused is not convicted of an offence where dishonesty or force is an element within the period of suspension; and
    b. The accused pays to the complainant the amount of R xxxx.xx by not later than (a date to be determined by the court or in installments as determined).
    c. All payments made in terms of this order shall be paid to the clerk / registrar of the court, for collection by the complainant.

    If the accused fails to pay, s/he could be imprisoned for the period of imprisonment (six months in our example).

    If you have been a victim of a criminal incident - please discuss this with your detective.

    THIS NOTE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE, AND THE NW AND / OR THE AUTHOR DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES FLOWING THEREFROM. AT BEST, IT IS A DISCUSSION DOCUMENT, PURELY FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE READER. YOU MUST OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL ADVICE, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT YOUR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES BEFORE THE APPROPRIATE DECISION IS MADE, AND CAUSE OF ACTION CHOSEN.

     With thanks to BKM Watch for article.

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