June 2013 – What’s up in The Scenic South

A belated newsletter for June I know, but June was not long enough for me! Apart from our new look Scenic South being hacked the very first night it came online, there have also been a few tweakings necessary. Congratulations to Neil McCreadie of Inkfish who transferred a site containing 1600 posts, 122 pages, 363 ‘places’ and 79 events to a new template.  It was an awesome job not without its frustrations, but the outcome is most pleasing. Thank you for your equanimity and tenacity, Neil!

The site may have a few foibles that we have missed.  Should any come to your attention, please let me know – after 12 July as I will be out of range of the internet next week. Whoopppeee!

Once again the newsletter has something for everyone. Read on!

Warm regards

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Pablo Picasso

 Latest Articles

Our early-morning- year-round swimmers at Fish Hoek beach celebrated the winter solstice in the Atlantic.  For these brave souls in picture ….

Kirstenbosch is celebrating Africa’s oldest plant, the Welwitschia, with a Welwitschia Show from 19-21 July and the launch of a beautifully illustrated book on this unusual plant found only in Angola and Namibia.

Another collector’s item recently launched is a new book by Paul Duncan and photographer Alain Proust titled Hidden Cape Town

Tony Leon, who recently launched his autobiography at Kalk Bay Books, has become a patron of the Partners for Possibility Programme which brings together business leaders and “school principals in challenging environments” .

Catherine Pitt of Fish Hoek has been appointed as the new principal of the Sinethemba Special Care Centre in Masiphumelele, which offers  tremendous support to families with children with special needs.

Normally quiet Fish Hoek was abuzz on Sunday 30 June when Pres Obama landed on the Fish Hoek sportsfields en route to a visit to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Masiphumelele.

20 824 people saw these photos on our Facebook page of the “practice run” last Thursday

A spectator at the sportsfields pondered as to how many people were there to see the American president 

And how many were there to see the helicopters and militaryware.

See more photos via the other links on our home page!

More good news from the Desmond Tutu Youth Centre

Opposition mounts to a field trial of GM maize near George and elsewhere in South Africa

Environmental activist from Noordhoek, Glenn Ashton, speaks out about Monsanto

Well done to Fish Hoek Primary on their great urban gardening initiative!

Another urban gardening initiative exciting young children in Ocean View needs your unused gardening tools

letter by Gavin Fish, proud Principal of Fish Hoek High School, was published in a recent issue of the Fair Lady.

Congratulations also to our “exceptional communicators” from Two Oceans Toastmasters

Goose barnacles and a garden full of flowering aloes feature in Nature Encounters 

A study reveals sobering statistics about our Great White shark population

Dave Hurwitz of Simon’s Town Boat Company sent exquisite photos of his first sighting of a Southern Right whale in False Bay this season

The latest newsletter of the Fish Hoek Valley Historical Association features the history of whaling off our shores.

Scenic South readers may wish to become citizen scientists and “ambassadors for biodiversity”.

Ikamva Youth in Masiphumelele needs more volunteer tutors

Celebrate Madiba’s life by giving 67 minutes of your time to a good cause on 18 July. Operation Smile SA has a number of activities that you can get involved in.
See also http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/07/more-ways-to-spend-67-minutes-to-celebrate-the-life-of-madiba/

Doing early spring cleaning? Bay Primary would love to take over your clutter.

The latest Big Issue features Sally and Stan Hannath, a retired couple from Noordhoek, who have embarked on their epic Cape2Cape4Kids overland trip to raise funds for the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

For the Bookworms

Civic News

From the Blog
Would you like to add your voice to Professor Brundit’s regarding having to pay for an activity card in addition to the entrance fee to cycle into the Cape of Good Hope Reserve?

I have just noticed that in the Scenic South we have event events – uneventful events don’t feature! For all the events – theatre, talks, walks, children’s holiday events and more – see

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