Catch up with all the last month’s articles in the  May newsletter of the Scenic South.

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May 2013 – What’s up in The Scenic South

Dear Viv

I love living in the Scenic South Peninsula! Surrounded as we are by breathtaking mountains, beaches and oceans, we have the world’s most beautiful city on our doorstep and in our own little neck of the peninsula people with passion and purpose who stimulate, invigorate and enchant with their creativity, energy and dedication. Aren’t we lucky!

This month’s newsletter gives just a sample of all that is on offer here. Enjoy!

Warm regards

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

 This month’s articles …

Can we live together with our shark population? Alison Kock gives fascinating insights into Great White shark behaviour in False Bay …

Fish Hoek Library’s new Head Librarian, Janusz Skarzynski, plans to create cosy social spaces in the library where people can meet, have coffee, read and work.

Residents expressed their anger and frustration at the public meeting on traffic issues held in Fish Hoek on 8 May. We are hoping for a positive outcome to a letter sent by former councillor Nicki  Holderness to Patricia de Lille …

False Bay has recently been invaded by very beautiful small jellyfish, Pelagica noctiluca, which have a painful sting. If you have not marvelled at them from the safety of a boat or surfboard, you may wish to watch two delightful videos …

At the same time kayakers wondered whether there was an algal bloom in the False Bay waters. Bjorn von der Heyden explains what  algal blooms and red tides are all about.

Fish Hoek’s Gus Ferguson, poet and cartoonist, is an entertaining person to spend time with!

St Luke’s Hospice False Bay is looking for volunteers to man its secondhand shop in Recreation Rd, Fish Hoek. Read all about this wonderful organisation in their latest newsletter.

Work for Love is another vibrant organisation carrying out laudable work in Masiphumelele. See what they have been up to …

Our world class local paddlers will be winging their way to Portugal for the World Surf Ski Champs in July.

Sun Valley residents form an eco-watch to preserve and keep clean the wetlands and surrounding natural areas

Ever seen a 7- legged lapwing? Evanne Rothwell has sent in charming photos…

Trygve Hvidsten of Noordhoek captured on camera an Abdim’s Stork – an unusual visitor this far south…

Still on the subject of photographs, Dave Hurwitz of the Boat Company has sent in some more exquisite pictures of the Orcas in False Bay. Oh for a real-live sighting of them!

Your beautiful photographs taken in Kirstenbosch this year could win you a prize ….

People around the world are demonstrating against Monsanto and genetically modified foods on the 25 May. Clovelly residents Kim and Kyoko have invited Glenn Ashton to speak at a GM Food Awareness and Action Event at the Fish Hoek Library Hall on Saturday.

The African Centre for Biosafety questions why Purity has not labelled the GM content in its baby cereals.

From Biowatch, who won a lengthy battle against the South African state and Monsanto, comes news of a “must-read for anyone campaigning for environmental or social justice.”
Civic Matters …

stone housing project is on the cards for Ocean View which is “pro-community, pro-skills training, consultative, ecologically responsive, pro-heritage and highlights training as a process integral to sustainable development…”

More news from Simon’s Town

False Bay, coastal pollution, Glencairn beach and the railway line are some of the issues to be discussed at the GEESE and Simon’s Town Coastal Forum meeting on Sat 25 May.
For our Bookworms

Fish Hoek Library has a number of new titles from top authors in the shelves.

On 29 May Kalk Bay Books hosts Tony Leon who will be speaking to John Maytham about his latest book

Upcoming Events …

Paddlers are invited to join social and environmental activists on the fourth Peninsula Paddle on 9 June

The South Peninsula Handcraft Centre’s exhibition takes places at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre from 23-25 May.

Six of Cape Town’s most regarded musicians are playing a tribute to the Bee Gees at the Masque Theatre in June

Diarise Friday 24 May when our popular male voice choir, the Quarrymen, and the SA Navy Band are performing at Fish Hoek High School.

For “a delicious, coquettish, manipulative and farcical look at divorce French style”, see Cyprienne at the Masque Theatre 24 May – 1 June.

Well-known local artistes will be showing their worth at the Work for Love annual talent show on 8 June

At Kalk Bay Theatre “one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century” will be running from 22 May – 22 June

Courses and workshops …

For productions and concerts, hikes and markets, talks and more see

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