Upgrade of Hout Bay Common

This area of commonage, is the last remnant of the sizable common we had from the 1960’s, which has been largely reduced by  the Kronendal school & sports facilities. This small area is in dire need of an ecological upgrade, so as to serve as a habitat for birds , insects & people, & to hopefully inspire greater environmental awareness in the greater Hout Bay Valley.

The first stage of this very attainable goal, is to aerate, enrich & fertilise a few zones of this space, f

or planting, and I hereby appeal to any person or company that may be able to assist with the loan/ use of a mechanical digger ( a few hours max), to “till” these spots, as this area has been seriously compacted through the years. Any donations of compost, or rich soil, would be hugely appreciated, as “we” have no funding for this.

A team from The Kirstenbosch Botanical Society, have been hugely generous with time & effort in providing guidance & expertise for this project.

The idea is to involve the local Scouts, School & community, in the planting & nurturing process, but the initial ground preparation awaits me (& volunteers).

Kind Regards

Emil Gertz




Latest Events regarding the proposed Polyclinic

On 16 May 2015 a meeting was held in the Hout Bay Community Centre (more usually referred to as the Old Bowling Club) called by Dr N Mbombo, the Minister of Health in the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (PGWC).  The meeting was the third in a series called by the minister to give the communities in Hout Bay the authorities’ version of the steps that have been taken to date in respect