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Cherri Catering Hire

“For all your function equipment hire”

CONTACT: Tel/Fax 021 785 7216 email:


Tuesday 28 September 2010

Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

SO CLOSE: Surfers from all over Cape Town tried to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave (110) but only managed to gather 93 participants at the Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg Beach at the weekend. Despite ideal offshore winds and gentle, rolling half­metre waves, the unseasonable rain reduced the field from last year’s record 443 participants to 228. The two­day event included stop number three of five in the SA Longboard Series and the first course racing events at Muizenberg in the rapidly growing stand­up paddleboarding (SUP) discipline. Noordhoek local Justin Bing won the longboarding open division ahead of Michael Grendon, Alfonso Peters and Dylan McLeod from Port Elizabeth. Tarryn Kyte won the women’s division, Muizenberg’s Papi Makanyane took the juniors, Deon Bing the over­35s and Gary van Rooyen the over­50s. Photo: Maria Wagener

Wine estate takes shape Some elements wanted, but the others not welcomed DALEEN LOUW


N UNUSED mining facility is earmarked to become an events venue as part of an upmarket wine estate planned for the slopes of Chapman’s Peak in Noordhoek. The proposed Chapman’s Peak Estate, off Chapman’s Peak Drive, is awaiting the provincial government’s record of decision (ROD). The rezoning application for the events venue is now open for public participation. The proposed estate comprises 28 residential units, a restaurant, a wine retail outlet and the function venue on the 28ha site. But Rory Sales, the chairperson of the Noordhoek Conservancy, says he is opposed to the idea of a restaurant on the scenic drive. He says he is “wary” of any business developments along a tourist

route because it could easily spiral out of control. Sybrand van der Spuy, the owner of Cape Point Vineyards, who is proposing the development, says the site on Chapman’s Peak Drive was originally a kaolin mine which had reached the end of its life-span. He says he will sell off the erven and the land owners will build their own homes according to style guidelines. The estate is planned for an upmarket buyer. One erf could cost between R4 million and R10 m. The residential erven will be situated between vineyards and will range in size between 4 000m² and 7 000m². Van Der Spuy says he decided to develop an upmarket residential estate to fit in with Cape Point Vineyards. “The property has amazing views over the Noordhoek amphitheatre and the Atlantic Ocean,” he says. The proposed development is about 1km from the Cape Point

Vineyards estate in Noordhoek. Councillor Felicity Purchase says she has no objections to the development and that “it is quite a nice proposal”. She says the council is awaiting the outcome of the public participation process for the function venue. Sales says that while the Noordhoek Conservancy is opposed to the restaurant – because it will be situated adjacent to the road and therefore set a visible example of potential developments – the conservancy is not against the function venue since it will be located within the kaolin mine, which he describes as an “underground cabin”. “We do not want a ribbon development of businesses along this tourist route, like Hout Bay,” he says. He says that if the restaurant and the retail wine outlet are the only businesses, “it will not be the end of the world”. However, he fears the

possibility of more businesses setting up shop along the tourist route. Sales says the Noordhoek Conservancy objected to the proposed restaurant during the public participation process on the basis of its visual impact and possible increase in commercial use. But Sales says he cannot see how the function venue will have any negative impact on Noordhoek residents. He says there are other concerns around the development, such as its impact on the stormwater system, but that they are being addressed by the engineers working on the project. “All we can do is make the engineers aware of our concerns so they can address them.” Glenn Ashton, who chairs the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG), says that since the function venue is “out of sight” and will be situated within an existing facility, NEAG has no objections.

But he agrees with Sales on the proposed restaurant and says he is worried about its visual impact. Ashton is also concerned about an increase in traffic on Noordhoek roads as a result of the proposed housing estate. . The rezoning application for the events venue can be viewed at the Department of Planning and Building Development Management, 3 Victoria Road, Plumstead, from 08:00 to 14:30, Mondays to Fridays. Objections and/or comments, with full reasons, must be submitted in writing at the office of the District Manager, Department of Planning and Building Development Management, Private Bag X5, Plumstead, 7801. Fax to (021) 710 8283 or email Objections and comments must be submitted on or before Monday 4 October. For more information, call D Suttle on (021) 710-8268.

Seafood at its best BOOK YOUR TABLE BY THE SEASIDE AT 021 782 3354 It’s Charity Season Again!

The Trustees of the “Empowerment Through Education Trust” want to extend their gratitude to everyone who was part of last Saturday’s Fundraising Event at the Fish Hoek Galley. A Total of R 65, 885.00 was collected




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