Greyton’s commonage to be ‘land-claimed’

22 September 2013

This part of the Greyton Common may soon look very different.

This part of the Greyton Common, a critically-endangered vegetation type, may soon look very different.

Residents of the sleepy and secluded village of Greyton, east of Cape Town, have long believed that the commonage along the bank of the Gobos (Qobos, Ghobos*) River would always be just that, commonage.  This belief was shattered a few weeks ago when a local resident happened to spot a surveyor from the Department of Land Affairs, marking out a series of erven along Von Solms Street (plan here). To-date the local officials have not shared any information other than the layout of the erven. Read more »

Big problems at Water Affairs

11 September 2013

Photo: Bill Harding

Just how broken is Water Affairs? Photo: Bill Harding

More than a year ago Droplets ran a post entitled “Just how broken is Water Affairs” – something of a desperation query about the seemingly parlous state of this crucial state entity.  After all we are an arid country and management of water resources is a fundamental need that needs to be managed with top-notch skills.

It appears that this is not happening, at all.  In a report released today by the Minister in the Presidency, it was revealed that eighty percent (yes, eighty, not eight) of government departments “do not comply with service delivery” (targets).  Even more shocking, if this is at all possible, is that Water Affairs ranked as one of the ‘three worst’!

What the hell is going on? (but I also wonder how these findings ever saw the light of day?)

Hey guys, it’s Spring!

11 September 2013

Photo: Bill Harding

Photo: Bill Harding