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We all love watching their antics - in awe of their graceful agility as they effortlessly glide and breach and jump for joy in the surf despite their mammoth size . . .
 
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Yet, these magnificent mammals of the marine jungle are systematically and increasingly killed in the most inhumane ways by thoughtless human actions - often under the misguided pretence of research and job creation.
Early last year, three Bryde's whales died in Mossel Bay's waters. An investigation was supposed to be done and the department of environmental affairs (DEA) and the department of agriculture‚ forestry & fisheries (DAFF) announced with big ado that they will be monitoring the situation and that "measures will be put in place to address identified causes".
 
Bydes whale carcass removed in Mossel Bay
 
A few months later, in September, an equally rare male sperm whale washed ashore on Swartvlei beach near Sedgefield. The autopsy performed on the beach caused quite a sensation, but nothing was ever heard again about the exact cause of death in any of the cases, or any preventative measures being implemented.
 
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It was only this year, after another three Bryde's whales were found entangled in fishing gear of the notorious "exploratory octopus fishing industry" in the False Bay area that the government was forced by public demand to step in and halt the practice of octopus fishing.
 
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The new minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, temporarily suspended exploratory octopus fishing on 28 June 2019 around the Cape Town shoreline "until scientists completed an investigation into the causes of the entanglements."
 
It is uncertain whether the suspension also applies to Mossel Bay and Saldanha Bay. The exploratory fishing for octopus was allegedly established in 2014 in False Bay, Saldanha Bay and Mossel Bay in a bid to develop economic hubs and create jobs in coastal areas. However, some sources say "experimental octopus licences" were already handed out 17 to 20 years ago without any legal procedures being followed and the industry provides very few jobs in South Africa.
 
The industry came under the spotlight in Mossel Bay last year after the death of three Bryde's whales suspected to have been trapped by octopus fishing gear, but nothing came of the investigation.
The department of environmental affairs said at the time that meaningful scientific data had been collected between 2014 and 2018 and would continue until 2021 in a bid to collect solid statistics.
 
 
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A typical octopus trap with multiple ropes
 
Gavin Shrosbree, a permit holder for catching octopus, said in July last year "they have experienced increased vandalism to their gear over the past few weeks and this can be life-threatening to especially the whales that breed off the Garden Route coast."

"Investigations are currently underway to identify those responsible for damaging the fishing equipment, with both boat-based recreational and commercial fishermen being investigated. Legal charges will be brought against them with jail terms a possibility," says Shrosbree.

The investigation includes the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (Daff) who oversees all fishing in South Africa. "Daff and the octopus rights holders will be applying the full might of the law in this regard and will not stop until these perpetrators are apprehended."

"The sector being targeted by the vandals is the Exploratory Octopus Fishery, through which Daff has been attempting, along with permit holders, to establish a sustainable and long-term octopus Vulgaris fishery, for over 20 years.

However, the recent fatal whale entanglements have caused such a public outcry that the industry might be permanently banned.
 
A recent article in the Daily Maverick following the spate of whale fatalities in Mossel Bay and False Bay due to entanglement, slammed the industry as an unscientific scam in which vulnerable marine species are wiped out for a food source that goes to China.
 
"In 2018, the death of three Bryde’s whales in Mossel Bay was attributed by observers to the octopus fishery. The department of environmental affairs (DEA) and the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) promised a full-scale investigation into the deaths and better management of the octopus fishery if it was found to be the reason.
"No data from the investigation has been made public. Indeed no data from the octopus fishery in more than 15 years seems to have been made available to an independent scientist to assess the viability of the fishery, which was the main reason for handing out an “experimental licence” in the first place.
 
"The owner of the fishery has stated that data has been handed to DAFF, but there has been no independent verification of this either. With no researcher or scientist or even an observer on the octopus fishing boat, what kind of data has been collected at all?
 
"An experimental fishery is also not meant to be a commercial operation, and yet between 30 to 40 tons of octopus is being exported to China every year. In 2018 one kilogram of Octopus vulgaris from Morocco fetched about $14. It must be similar or quite close to the same price here, as it is the same kind of octopus that is being fished.
"This Bryde’s whale, along with seven others, died in our waters for a food source that goes to China. It is an industry that does not employ more than six people.
 
Brydes whale trapped by rope lines
 
Bryde’s whales die after being trapped by rope lines attached to octopus traps, which cause deep gashes. (Photo: Seachange Project)
 
"The magic kingdom is faltering. The darkness is taking over. We need to drastically reshape our consumption patterns and how we view seafood. There’s blood in the water and the predators are waiting. We are devouring the future of our children. We are the horror in the fairytale."
 

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The temporary suspension of the industry by Minister Barbara Creecy is hopefully part of a comprehensive investigation into, and new legislative measures being implemented to protect South Africa's coveted marine life and eco-systems.

"Our decision is taken following widespread public concern regarding recent whale entanglements in the False Bay area which has resulted in the untimely and cruel death of these magnificent creatures," Creecy said in a statement. 

South Africa's near 3,000 kilometre coastline is a rich ecosystem, famed for its diversity and attractions, including great white sharks, seal and penguin colonies, and whales, the latter of which is a major tourist attraction.

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Mossel Bay is one of only a few coastal towns where various species of the Marine Big Five - whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins - still abound. Maybe the temporary banning of octopus fishing in False Bay should be extended to include Mossel Bay and Walvis Bay too, as both harbour towns are already under severe threat of industrialization, oil and gas tankers, illegal longliners and risky experiments with fish meal plants and deep-sea aquaculture farming. 

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Sondag se wolkbreuk wat sowat 50 mm welkome reën binne minute laat uitsak en uitgebreide skade van miljoene rande in veral die Hartenbos-omgewing aangerig het, het ook 'n ongekende storm op sosiale media ontketen.

Tientalle mense het foto's en videos van die modderige watermassas afgeneem wat plek-plek reg deur huise gestroom het en helaas geen beduidende verskil aan die halfleë damvlakke gemaak het nie omdat dit nutteloos wegspoel het. 

Lesers het dié kostelike foto van kampeerders wat visvang in die oorstroomde Dibiki-karavaanpark in Hartenbos as die Foto van die Jaar gedoop oor die humor te midde van grootskaalse reënskade en oorstromings.

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In die relatief nuwe Monte Christo-spogkompleks in Hartenbos het 'n pad in 'n rivier verander wat plaveisel meegesleur en dwarsdeur 'n paar huise gestroom het. 

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Die omvattende skade het ook baie vrae en vrese laat onstaan oor die beplanning en doeltreffendheid van stormwaterstelsels, die gehalte van bouwerk, die veiligheid van grondgebiede waar spogontwikkelings toegelaat word en les bes, wie verantwoordelik is vir al die voorkombare skade.

Die vrees, verlies en ontbering van inwoners wat reeds oorstromings beleef en hul huise weens grondverskuiwings verloor het, is net te kort in die geheue om dié nuwe en uitgebreide reënskade ligtelik op te neem.

Ons Facebook-blad het ontplof van kommentare wat gewissel het van dankbaarheid oor die reën tot aanbevelings, kritiek, aantygings en werkbare oplossings om soortgelyke skade in die toekoms te voorkom.

Omdat Facebook so vlietend is, maar baie meer foto's en videos kan hanteer as 'n webblad, het ons al die Facebook-plasings met kommentare  - vandat die eerste reënbuie Sondag uitgesak het tot die nadraai van die stormweer - in chronologiese volgorde hier vasgevang (van onder na bo):

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Die parkeerterrein by die ATKV Seefront het soos 'n waterpark gelyk en besighede het ook skade gely. 

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In nog 'n onverwagse nadraai van Sondag se reënstorm wat groot skade in veral die Hartenbos-omgewing aangerig het, word in 'n dringende verslag aangeraai dat nog sowat 20 huise in die Seemeeupark-ontwikkeling dadelik ontruim word omdat die onstabiele grond dit te gevaarlik maak om langer daar te woon - veral in reëntoestande.

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In ons vorige plasing het ons juis gemeld van Seemeeuparkers se voortdurende vrees vir enige reënbuie omdat daar steeds sigbare grondverskuiwings plaasvind wat voortdurend waterpype laat bars, mure laat kraak en plaveisels oplig.

Die onafhanklike verslag wat deur drie kenners van Gauteng opgestel is, is verlede week aan die Nasionale Huisbouersregistrasieraad (NHBRC) gestuur. Ná die naweek se reënskade sal dit na verwagting vandag reeds met die betrokke regeringsamptenare en die Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit bespreek word.

Die verslag, wat ook onder ons aandag gekom het, is opgestel deur 'n ingenieursgeoloog van die Universiteit van Pretora, prof. J Louis van Rooy, in samewerking met ʼn grondkundige, dr. Johan van der Waals, en ʼn hidroloog, dr. Riaan Titus nadat hulle van die Seemeeupark-ramp in die media gelees en hul eie ondersoek kom doen het.

Hulle het bevind dat van die huise in Seemeeuvlug wat nie in 2016 ontruim en gesloop is nie, om veiligheidsredes dadelik ontruim moet word omdat reën en verandering in die grondwatertoestande 'n katastrofale hellingversaking tot gevolg kan hê.
Volgens die verslag dui die historiese en huidige getuienis duidelik daarop dat die grond steeds onder die fondamente van die huise skuif wat dit lewensgevaarlik kan maak indien nog swaar reën sou uitsak.

Mosselbayontheline het reeds breedvoerig berig oor die rampspoedige grondverskuiwing wat in 2016 talle pensioenarisse verplig het om hul nuwe aftreehuise te ontruim en te sloop nadat dit verbrokkel en onbewoonbaar geword het.

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Talle is haweloos gelaat en het 'n skadevergoedingseis van R200 miljoen teen die betrokke owerhede aanhangig gemaak.

Die saak sloer sedert verlede jaar terwyl geotegniese toetse en ondersoeke steeds aan die gang is.
Die verslag se bevinding is 'n verdere trauma vir die inwoners wat steeds daar woon en teen wil en dank bly hoop het hul huise sal nie verder deur grondverskuiwings geraak word nie - veral omdat nuwe huise en selfs 'n kerk sedertdien 'n hanetree van hulle gebou en bemark word.

Die Seemeeupark-ontwikkeling is destyds op die terrein van twee ou, ongerehabiliteerde gruisgroewe gebou. Die grondverskuiwing in 2016 het plaasgevind kort nadat van die huiseienaars in hul nuutgeboude huise ingetrek het.

Maroela Media het berig die verslag het bevind die ontwikkeling is op 'n mislukte hellingstruktuur geleë en dat daar steeds hellingbewegings plaasvind.
“Die bewyse dui op die moontlikheid van ʼn voortdurende stadige afwaartse beweging, ʼn moontlike verhoogde hellingbeweging as die grondwatertoestande vererger, of ’n skielike groot katastrofiese hellingversaking,” skryf Van Rooy in sy verslag.
“Dit kan ook veroorsaak word deur ’n skielike toename in grondwater op die terrein of omgewing.”

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Die onafhanklike grondkundige, dr. Johan van der Waals, op die terrein waar grondverskuiwings steeds voorkom. 

Hoewel die onafhanklike span nie die helling geotegnies ondersoek het om wetenskaplike bewyse en geologiese besonderhede ter ondersteuning van hul bevindings te verskaf nie, meen hulle die omstandighede is voldoende bewys dat die helling misluk het en steeds gevaarlik onstabiel is.

In die lig daarvan word aanbeveel dat van die oorblywende bewoonde huise dringend ontruim word ongeag die uitslag van verdere ondersoeke of ander prosesse wat die besetting van die huise motiveer.

Dit is nog onbekend hoe die Mosselbaai munisipaliteit en die NHBRC op dié dringende aanbeveling gaan reageer. Beide is respondente in die sloerende regsaak, terwyl die Wes-Kaapse provinsie die derde respondent is.

Só het ons in Julie nog berig oor inwoners se vrese en klagtes oor volgehoue grondverskuiwings:
http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/r200-miljoen-skadever…

Lees die verslag hier: 

SLOPE STABILITY, SEEMEEU PARK, MOSSELBAY.

During various discussions on the current status of the stability of the Seemeeu Park development in Mosselbaai the following has been established:
• The development is located in a disused quarry on to two different elevated platforms;
• Slope movements took place and are still taking place as is evidenced by past and current serious damage to houses;
• Displacements are evident on ground surface and manifests as large open cracks and displaced retaining wall structures.
• The slope movements are still observed, although these are relative observations as no specific reference survey bases have been installed to monitor actual slope movements.

The above evidence, both historic and current is clearly indicating downslope movement of the surficial soil and rock materials in and below the platforms on which the houses have been constructed.

It is therefore concluded, based on historic events and current visual observations that the Seemeeu Park development is located on a failed slope structure. There are still slope movements taking place with evidence pointing to the possibility of continued slow downward movement, possible increased slope movement if groundwater conditions worsens, or a sudden large catastrophic slope failure may also be induced with a sudden increase in groundwater on the failure plane. The slope has not been investigated geotechnically to provide scientific evidence and geological detail to support or discard any of the above scenarios. Circumstantial evidence does however proof the fact that the slope has failed and is still unstable.

In the light of the above it is recommended that the remaining properties that are still occupied be evacuated with urgency and that the outcome of further investigations or other processes not be used to motivate further occupancy of these houses. This recommendation must be seen in the light of the above description based on mainly visual and historic observations and actual ongoing damage to properties.

Yours sincerely

LOUIS VAN ROOY
Pr.Sci.Nat.
2019/09/18 1 J Louis van Rooy

SlopeLetter2019_09_18.pdf

Lees ook die munisipaliteit se reaksie op die verslag hier: 

https://web.facebook.com/mosselbayontheline/posts/2505145016383417?

 30 September 2019

Die son skyn weer en almal is baie dankbaar oor die reën?
Die opregte dankbaarheid oor die reën is GROOT.

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Die hartseer is dat feitlik al die kosbare water onbenut weggespoel het en feitlik geen verskil aan die kommerwekkende stand van die halfleë damvlakke gemaak het nie . . .
En dat dosyne inwoners steeds in deurweekte huise sit en met oop deure en vensters wag dat dit droogwaai; of vir assessore wag om die skade te kom bepaal van matte en meubels wat vervang moet word of strukturele skade of plaveisels wat weggespoel het . . .

Dit kos dikwels 'n storm om swak plekke in 'n infrastruktuur bloot te lê en met Mosselbaai se geskiedenis van periodieke vloede en oorstromings, sou 'n mens reken beplanning vir stormwater- en dreineringstelsels geniet voorkeur op enige beplannings- en begrotingsagenda.

Só het die water Sondagoggend in die Fraaiuitsig-omgewing afgestroom. Inwoners en besoekers het beangs die watermassas afgeneem en op sosiale media versprei. Video: Facebook

Terwyl die meeste inwoners hard gebid het vir dié broodnodige reën, het dosyne ander ewe hard daarteen gebid uit vrees dat hul huise weer oorstroom of wegspoel of verkrummel soos al (herhaaldelik) in die onlangse verlede gebeur het . . .

Sondagoggend se vinnige reënstorm van sowat 50 mm in veral die Hartenbos-omgewing, het 'n ongekende stormloop van foto's, videos en kommentare op sosialemedianetwerke ontketen. Een enkele plasing van foto's en videos op mosselbayontheline se Facebook-blad het by meer as 388 000 lesers gaan draai en is meer as 2 700 keer gedeel.

Terwyl die meerderheid mense gejuig het oor die welkome reën, het sommiges elke vallende druppel gevrees en hulpeloos toegekyk hoe water- en grondmassas op hul huise afstroom.

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In kommentare op sosiale media is reguit gevra of dit "normaal" is dat 50 mm reën soveel skade aanrig as 'n dorp se uitleg, stormwater- en dreineringstelsels goed beplan en doeltreffend is. "Wat gaan gebeur as hier 120 mm reën of meer val as dit só lyk na 'n skrale 50 mm?"

"Wat help dit mense smeek vir reën, en as dit kom, stroom alles weer onbenut weg of veroorsaak miljoene rande se skade omdat daar geen stelsels in plek is om dit op te vang en te benut nie - dis mos stank vir dank?" het 'n afgetrede ingenieur ontstoke laat weet.

'n Inwoner van Bayview wie se huis in Hannes Pienaarstraat Sondag vir die vierde keer sedert 1996 oorstroom het, is moedeloos gesukkel met onbeholpe en onbekwame beplanning.

"Die eerste twee keer is die water kniediep deur ons huis voordat hulle uitgevind het die randsteen is voor die opening van die stormwaterpyp in Hannes Pienaarstraat gebou en het dit dus blokkeer.
"Nadat dit reggestel is, het dit beter gegaan, maar nou kom die water ook van agter af deur die bure se erf omdat daar nie groot dreine in die draai van Berthold Alheitstraat is om die stormwater van die see se kant af op te vang nie.

"Ons sit en wag nou maar weer vir die assessor - gelukkig is ons verseker teen vloedskade. Al die matte sal wéér vervang moet word en eintlik behoort die assessore die rekening na die munisipaliteit te stuur vir swak beplanning, want hoeveel keer moet versekeraars uitbetaal vir dieselfde skade wat maklik voorkom kan word?"

Die reuse-skade in die betreklik nuwe Monte Christo-spogontwikkeling waar huise oorstroom is, 'n hele straat weggespoel het en al die plaveisel van 'n oprit meegesleur is, het eweneens skerp kritiek oor swak beplanning, swak bouwerk en gebrekkige stormwater- en dreineringstelsels ontlok.

Talle lesers meen dit is munisipale bou-inspekteurs se plig om te verseker dat huise teen skuinstes reg gebou word en dat daar genoeg stormwaterkanale en dreine in 'n woongebied is en met 'n helling ingesit word. "Die sienning dat jou buurman aan die onderkant al jou stormwater moet vat en jy nie self 'n pyp straat toe hoef in te sit om water te herlei nie, laat sulke goed gebeur," is onder meer gesê.

Só het die water Sondagoggend in Hannes Pienaarstraat in Bayview afgestroom . . . Video: Facebook       

 * Inwoners van Sonskynvallei vrees eweneens die reën omdat hul huise ook telkens oorstroom wanneer dit reën. Sondag het 'n stormwaterpyp boonop gebars en het tientalle huise oorstroom. 'n Parapleeg moes inderhaas uit sy oorstroomde huis verwyder word, maar teen Maandagaand het niemand nog op inwoners se oproepe om hulp gereageer of na die stormwaterpyp kom kyk nie.

 

* Riverside-inwoners wie se huise tydens 'n soortgelyke stortreën en vloed in November 2007 oorstroom het, vrees al maande lank enige harde reënbuie omdat die strukture en blokkasies wat die vloei van die Klein-Brakrivier blokkeer, steeds nie verwyder is nie.   Hulle vrees die volgende vloed se tyd is naby omdat die eerste twee vloede presies elf jaar ná mekaar in November voorgekom het. Intussen word miljoene rande bestee aan oppervlakkige verfraaiing van Beyersstraat en om kunsmatige loopvlakke langs die riviermond aan te bring.
http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/the-untold-story-of-r…

* Inwoners van Seemeeupark is ewe beangs oor enige reënbui. In Oktober sal dit presies vier jaar wees sedert die eerste grondverskuiwings in dié spogkompleks teen die heuwels van Hartenbos begin het wat binne 'n jaar talle nuutgeboude huise se sloping genoodsaak het.

"Dit het destyds begin met reën in September en in Oktober 2016 het die groot reën gekom wat die massiewe grondverskuiwing veroorsaak het. Sedertdien lewe ons in vrees vir die reën, pleks van om dit te verwelkom", sê Petro Botes, een van die huiseienaars en woordvoerder van die Seemeeuvlug-huiseienaarskomitee.

'n Groep van 62 huiseienaars - meesal pensioenarisse - was genoodsaak om uiteindelik 'n skadevergoedingseis van R200 miljoen teen die Mosselbaai munisipaliteit, die Wes-Kaapse Provinsie en die Nasionale Huisbouersregistrasieraad (NHBRC) aanhangig te maak nadat hulle letterlik haweloos gelaat is. Die saak sloer steeds voort sonder dat hulle enige vorm van hulp of empatie van owerheidskant ontvang het.
http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/…/r200-miljoen-skadever…

  • Desondanks skiet nuwe huise in dieselfde omgewing soos paddastoele op en het massas grond Sondag teen die hange van Hartenbos Heuwels en Monte Christo afgestroom. Dieselfde strukturele probleme wat destyds tot Seemeeupark-huise se sloping gelei het, kom glo toenemend ook voor in albei bogenoemde woongebiede weens grond wat skuif.

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'n Diep donga het klaar oopgespoel reg langs dié nuwe huis in Hartenbos Heuwels wat skuins agter Seemeeupark geleë is. 

Die vraag is WIE aanspreeklikheid gaan aanvaar vir 'n tweede Seemeeupark-ramp . . . ?

Met so 'n geskiedenis van vloede en oorstromings in die Hartenbos/Kleinbrak-omgewing, sou voorsorg dalk beter as nasorg wees . . . en kan slim ingenieurs en stadsbeplanners dalk 'n plan bedink om te verhoed dat al die kosbare reënwater so vermors word en soveel voorkombare skade aanrig?

 
 
 

Die Hartenbos-omgewing is die ergste deur die reënstorm getref . . . Die massas water, plaveisel en kleigrond wat in die straat by die Monte Christo-woonbuurt afgestroom het, is reg deur 'n paar huise  . . . 'n Beangste inwoner, Linda Els, het die video vanaf haar huis geneem.

  
 
 
 Road closed after wall collapsed

Mossel Bay Municipality will close the access route to Vogelsang (Vakansieplaas) temporarily after another piece of the barrier wall has collapsed along the road. The Mossel Bay Fire and Disaster Management Services have been deployed and are working with other technical municipal staff to deal with the problems reported. Contact 044 606 5107 for urgent assistance if needed.
* Marsh Street in the central business district is also closed to traffic between Mitchell and Meyer streets. A fuel spill at a petrol station led to the temporary closure. The Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services is attending to the situation. Motorists can use the alternative route via Bland Street. (The road has been opened again - spillage cleared.)

 
Mossel Bay Municipality

TRAFFIC ALERT: Mossel Bay Municipality will close the access route to Vogelsang (Vakansieplaas) temporarily after another piece of the barrier wall has collapse...

 

Só stroom die water en kleigrond in die straat af by die Monto Christo-dorpsontwikkeling in Hartenbos . . . Linda Els het dié video in Guinea Fowlstraat geneem en sê al haar bure se huise het oorstroom.

 
 
Terwyl nuwe, harde reënbuie opnuut uitsak, sukkel mense in kampeerterreine en oorstroomde gebiede om die watermassas te hanteer.

Hier is nog foto's van reënskade en oorstromings in die groter Mosselbaai-omgewing - by die Dibiki-kampeerterrein en Monte Christo lyk dit ook erg, terwyl Seemeeuvlug-inwoners in angs toekyk hoe massas kleigrond van die boonste walle afskuif in die rigting van hul huise . . . Nog foto's stroom steeds in . . . Rol boontoe en ondertoe vir nog videos en foto's op ons vorige plasings . . .

 
 
 

Foto's en videos van reënskade stroom steeds in en word wyd versprei op sosialemedianetwerke . . . só lyk dit ná die reën in Monte Christo . . .

 
 
29 September 2019 

Die welkome reën het hopelik groot verligting van die langdurige droogte gebring en tussen 25 mm tot 50 mm is plek-plek in die Mosselbaai/Hartenbos-omgewing aangemeld.

Terwyl dankbetuigings oor dié seëning oral op sosialemedia versprei word, het die vinnige en harde buie ook groot skade, ontwrigting en angs by baie inwoners in vloedgebiede veroorsaak.

In Bayview het 'n sterk stroom water in Hannes Pienaar afgestroom en die treinbrug-afrit was in 'n stadium onbegaanbaar. Inwoners van Seemeeupark, Sonskynvallei en Riverside het met angs die stormsterk, vinnig-vallende water dopgehou en huise het plek-plek oorstroom en skade is aan infrastruktuur aangerig. Nog foto's en videos van stormskade stroom steeds in . . . 

 
  
 
 
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. . . ek dink die branderplankryers het die geleentheid van groot pret-en-aksie gemis . . . wens ek het dit op film gehad

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Die tuinmuur het darem nie geswig nie, sien die opdrifsels . . . ook met geen stormwater-openinge nie (verwys na SANS10400)

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Só lyk 'n pad se loopvlak as 'n waterkanaal wat met plaveistene gebou is

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Al die "stormende plaveistene" word voorgekeer by die sekuriteitshek

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Die huise het die onderspit gedelf . . . 

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En as daar vir so 'n stormwaterkanaal …

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. . . net een pyp voorsien word …

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En ons almal lewe nog lekker in kamma-land waar dit soos in Camelot elke middag net 3 mm reën. Hulle het mos 50 jaar gelede vir ons bog op skool geleer soos van die 50, 100 en 200 jaar vloedlyne . . . en ook is die SANS 10400 standaarde ook seker nie van toepassing nie.

Ek wonder waar is al die mense met mag, insig en kennis wat betaal word om die gemeenskap se belange op die hart te dra ?

Ek wonder wie was die mense wat die beplanning en ontwerp gedoen en goedgekeur het en . . .en . .?

Het hulle enige waarde toegevoeg ? 

Hier is die standaard vir kennisname:

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Ek wonder ook nou maar of die plaaslike owerheid bewus is van hulle verantwoordelikheid . . . en aanspreeklikheid

Ek sê maar net . . . 

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Kyk op dié video hoe die water soos 'n rivier in die pad afgestroom het. 

'n Beangste inwoner, Linda Els, het die woedende watermassas vanaf haar huis in Guinea Fowlstraat in Monte Christo geneem.

Lees/kyk hier alles oor die reënskade:

 http://www.mosselbayontheline.co.za/index.php/baie-vrae-en-vrese-na-reenskade-in-mosselbaai-hartenbos

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Women's role in ocean matters has changed dramatically in the last decade and in Mossel Bay, women are steadily taking charge of the ship in the previously male-dominated maritime world.

At the Port of Mossel Bay, women already occupy several top positions such as Harbour Master, engineering manager, acting senior operations manager, tug masters, marine pilots, stevedores, shore-hands and more.

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Mossel Bay's female pioneers in the Maritime World: Port of Mossel Bay's harbour master Vania Cloete, Ziphozethu Khumalo (Marine engineer officer), Nonhlanhla Nyidi (technical supervisor), Talita Pillay (civil engineer), Noneka Mzimkhulu (vessel traffic control) and Vuyokazi Sabani (programme director).

Nationally, women occupy half (50%) of the top management positions within the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), with three of the eight commercial ports having female port managers - East London, Ngqura and Cape Town.

These interesting information were shared with a group of engineering students of the South Cape College on World  Maritime Day at the Mossel Bay harbour. 

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About 60 engineering students were treated to an inspiring and informative day of lively talks and a panel discussion by harbour management personnel about the myriad of opportunities within the ocean in the engineering and oil & gas sector.  

A real-life simulation of a sea rescue drama with a twist, including a stow-away situation with a high-speed chase and arrest, was the highlight of the Port's World Maritime Day celebrations and Port Open Day under the global theme of Empowering Women in the Maritime Industry that was held at the Gannet restaurant. 

Harbour Master Vania Cloete and other female pioneers had the students hanging onto their lips with their fascinating and inspiring tales of perseverance despite hardship to follow their dreams against all odds.

 

We captured the event on our Facebook page with photos:  

SPRING holiday in the BAY on World Maritime Day!

I spy with my little eye . . .

 

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While locals and holidaymakers enjoyed Mossel Bay's exquisite weather and pristine beaches, drama broke out in the harbour where the Police's Sea Border Unit had to deal with a man who fell aboard . . . and after a dramatic sea rescue operation, it turned out the "drowning man" was a stowaway with criminal intentions.

The moment he tried to flee the scene in the rescue boat, the marine police were on him and after a dramatic high-speed chase and some gunshot firing, the culprit was safely apprehended and taken into custody . . . and a huge crowd gathered to thank and praise our harbour management, rescue teams and police for a job done well.
The message was clear:
NOBODY messes with Mossel Bay's ocean and marine life! 

PS. The drama in the harbour was actually part of an exciting real-life scenario especially organised by Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Mossel Bay to demonstrate the various responsibilities and duties that Transnet fulfill to engineering students of the South Cape College in Mossel Bay.

The dramatic sea drama was the highlight of the Port's World Maritime Day celebrations and Port Open Day under the global theme of Empowering Women in the Maritime Industry that was held at the Gannet restaurant.

About 60 engineering students were treated to an inspiring and informative day of lively talks and a panel discussion by harbour management personnel about the myriad of opportunities within the ocean in the engineering and oil & gas sector.

* After today's impressive celebrations, we think ALL engineering students are soon going to seek jobs at the Port of Mossel Bay . . . 
More info to follow soon - the above photos speak for themselves.

 
 
Talita Pillay, first civil engineer at the Port of Mossel Bay, inspired students with her riveting story.

Engineering students of South Cape College at Mossel Bay Harbour

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Die groepie ingenieurstudente van South Cape College wat Donderdag op Wêreld Maritiemedag deur Transnet by die Gannet-restaurant en Mosselbaaise hawe onthaal en bederf is, het 'n insiggewende kykie agter die skerms van hawebestuur en -bedrywighede gekry waarvan selfs min oud-Mosselbaaiers bewus is.

Vanjaar se tema - om vroue se rol in die maritieme-wêreld te versterk - is deur Mosselbaai se eie vroulike pioniers in dié uitdagende bedryf uitgelig met hul aangrypende persoonlike verhale van vasberade vasbyt en voortstu in 'n tradisioneel manlike domein.
Vroue beklee deesdae 50% van die topbestuur-poste in Transnet en Mosselbaai spog self met 'n vroulike hawemeester, ingenieursbestuurder en talle vroue in verskillende senior posisies in dié diverse bedryf.

Die studente het behoorlik aan hul lippe gehang en die aksie-belaaide nabootsing van 'n lewensgetroue reddingsaksie en verstekeling-drama in regte "Cowboys & Crooks-styl" in die hawe was 'n hoogtepunt wat hulle altyd sal bybly. Die studente was ook gelukkig om die hawe en Mosselbaai se mooi kuslyn vanuit 'n ander hoek te bekyk wat min mense beskore is . . . . dié dat al die fotograwe hulleself ook gate uit geniet het.  Foto's sê dit boonop beter as enige woorde 

* Die gewilde jaarlikse Mosselbaai Seiljagvaart-wedren wat tradisioneel dié tyd van die jaar tussen Simonstad en Mosselbaai plaasvind, kan nie vanjaar gehou word nie omdat die seiljagklub deesdae letterlik "haweloos" is sedert die Transnet-perseel aan die maatskappy Mosselbaai Waterfront verhuur word vir 'n restaurant- en toerisme-ontwikkeling.

Onderhandelinge hieroor is aan die gang en besluite oor die toekoms van dié gewilde Mosselbaaise seiljagvaartresies sal na verwagting vroeg aanstaande jaar geneem word.

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While the biggest worldwide campaign in recorded history took place this weekend to protect the planet and its natural resources from irresponsible and heedless industrialization for capital gain, Mossel Bay is also at a crossroad between conservation and risky industrialization . . . and the twines shall never meet when nature's laws are deliberately ignored and defied.

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Dolphins frolic next to bathers at Boggomsbaai. Photo: Albie Spies

Regular beach cleanups, awareness talks and even the annual celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June with the theme Eat, Think, Save seem to be nothing but a condescending and hypocritical farce when the organisers of these events are the main culprits and the same governments, politicians and policymakers whose decisions and legislation pose the biggest threat to the environment.

The greater Mossel Bay coastline is one of the few pristine coastal areas in the country that still boasts a healthy marine life and eco-system. Maybe it is time that Mossel Bay's leaders and residents take a stance and walk the talk to conserve and protect this priceless heritage for generations to come.

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Bottlenose dolphins swimming at Dana Bay. Photo: Pierre Conradie

While persistent talks and plans for a fish meal plant and aquaculture zone in Mossel Bay's waters (similar to that in Saldanha Bay) continue behind the scenes, West Coast residents are heading for the Cape High Court to save the Langebaan Lagoon from the devastating impact of an "experimental" industrial-scale aquaculture development zone (ADZ) of 884 hectares a mere km from the lagoon.

The latter is a coveted watersport and tourist Mecca and an accredited Ramsar wetland site of international importance in recognition of its immense biodiversity value. 

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The Langebaan Lagoon is a tourist magnet and one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.  

The action group Save Langebaan Lagoon is hoping to have the authorization of these ADZ plans in Saldanha Bay (part of former pres. Jacob Zuma's notorious Operation Phakisa project) reviewed and reversed in the Cape High Court.

They claim open cage farming of alien salmon and rainbow trout, as well as mussel and oyster cultivation on giant floating rafts and long lines, poses an untenable risk of irreversible damage to the wild populations of migratory birds, fish, marine mammal and plant life.

The group stated that apart from the proven negative environmental impact on a sensitive marine ecosystem and indigenous fish species, the developers have failed to weigh their unsubstantiated claims of job creation against the considerable job losses if the tourism-based economy collapses. It will also impact on the livelihood of the local fishing community if they are denied access to the fishing waters which sustained them for generations.  

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The seal population in the Saldanha Bay area has allegedly already tripled since the first aquaculture cages for alien salmon and rainbow trout were installed despite strong public objections and a pending court case. 

The outcome of the pending court case is considered to be a watershed ruling to determine the future of huge sea-based aquaculture operations along South Africa's coastline.

This comes after a contentious proposal to build a salmon farm in Betty's Bay was withdrawn earlier this year due to the sensitivity of the marine ecosystem and amid a renewed flurry of international exposure of and objections to irregularities and shocking governance scandals in this lucrative, but very contentious industry. These include the excessive use of antibiotics, a dependence on wild fish stocks for feed, misrepresentation of chemical use, data rigging and poor governance.

The latest scandal in the industry is "greenwashing" - a tendency to cut corners and to give products a veneer of sustainability. An example is the Chilean salmon-farming company, Nova Austral, whose biggest marketing line was that its salmon is antibiotic-free (a great selling point), while it deliberately misreported its fish mortality data to regulators. Its salmon were dying in alarming numbers that had been hidden from the public.

 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-08-01/patagonia-fishery-rigs-data-and-sparks-a-crisis

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The pristine coastline at Betty's Bay. A proposal to build a sea-based salmon farm here was withdrawn due to the sensitive marine ecosystem and strong public resistance. 

Is Mossel Bay next?

While international concern is steadily growing regarding the nutritional value and health risks of aqua-cultured products, the sustainability of the paradoxical industry by killing healthy wild fish to feed caged fish and the undisputed ecological damage it causes, the economic risks are equally daunting - especially in South Africa where it is still a rookie-business and the coastal conditions not suited for large-scaled sea-based finfish farming. We have warned in previous articles that the proposed fishmeal and oil plant in Quay1 in the harbour may well be a planned precursor to an aquaculture "experiment" with cod, but at what cost to the environment and who is to gain? 

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“We thought that farmed fish would save our wild stocks in the oceans, but now it’s coming to the fore that we are using wild-caught fish to feed our farmed fish – and that is causing real problems.”

"Nearly one-fifth of global fisheries production is used for fishmeal and fish oil production."

"Investors should be aware of the sustainability risks in the aquaculture sector before they wade in too deeply. From effluents to emissions, this sector must address significant environmental and public health challenges if it is to prosper over the long term.”

* Sewage and wastewater discharged from fish farms is also associated with toxic algal blooms and polluted drinking water. Earlier this year, Norway suffered its worst algal bloom in 30 years, with 8 million salmon killed so far. Algal blooms caused an estimated $800m in damage to the Chilean salmon industry in 2016, killing nearly 27m fish, about 20% of the country’s annual production, according to a report.

* Hotspots of antibiotic use in fish farming accelerate antimicrobial resistance, the report found, with some countries taking action against importers. In January this year, the US Food and Drug administration denied entry to 26 shipments of Indian shrimp, after detecting banned antibiotics.

Furthermore, most experts agree that the South African coastline is not suited for sea-based fish farming and that there are indeed only a very few "ecologically less sensitive coastal areas" that might be suited for such a risky industry on a pilot-scale IF strict regulation and environmental management are enforced. Rough and unpredictable sea conditions, the prolific presence of orcas, whales, sharks and seals, as well as the frequent occurrence of red tide, are just a few of the problems.

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 In an interview on Cape Talk Radio, prof. Peter Britz admits that the South African coastline does not have the right conditions for industrial-sized aquaculture farming in the sea. (Scroll down to listen to the voice clip.) 

There's a myriad of issues that the potential fish farmer faces that can impact on the farm and the potential impacts of the farm on the environment.

Peter Britz, Professor in the department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University

He advises that farmers rather start on a pilot scale before becoming commercial because of the risks involved.

Aquaculture guru Prof Peter Britz explains the challenges of fish farming after the bid for a Betty's Bay salmon farm was pulled.

Aquaculture and fisheries specialist Professor Peter Britz says regulation and environmental management is crucial in growing the fish farming industry in South Africa.

A contentious proposal to build a salmon farm in Betty's Bay has been withdrawn and a more suitable and less environmentally sensitive site has apparently been identified.

Read: Langebaan locals outraged by proposed fish farms on the lagoon

Prof Britz says there are very few suitable environmental sites for aquaculture on the South African coast, despite the growing need for farming fish in the country.

This, he argues, is because the coastline does not have the right conditions which are suitable for aquaculture

Potential fish farmers have to be aware of environmental issues caused by the use of artificial upwelling for fish farming include low oxygen conditions, diseases and red tides.

 

Peter Britz, Professor in the department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University

 http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/334956/here-s-why-fish-farming-in-sa-can-be-tricky-business?

 

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Save Langebaan Lagoon's pending court case against the department of forestry, agriculture and fisheries (DAFF) is the culmination of an epic battle since February 2017.

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SLL, a registered NGO, has challenged,  objected, educated, researched, organised and mobilised tirelessly throughout the initial public participation and  Environmental Impact Assessment processes with scientifically-supported evidence against DAFF's application. Notwithstanding, in January 2018, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granted authorisations to the applicants to proceed with the industrial-scale fish-farming development. 

In response thereto, SLL submitted an unsuccessful appeal against such authorisations to the late Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa.

SLL has now taken the bold step of pursuing a judicial review of the Minister’s decision, in the Cape High Court.

In addition to DAFF’s application for authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs, two private fishing consortiums, Molapong Aquaculture and Southern Cross Aquaculture also successfully submitted applications for commercial aquaculture operations within the ADZ.

  

This important fight for environmental and socio-economic justice is not only a critical issue for all sectors of the Langebaan community, but is equally a pressing issue of provincial and national importance.

 

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HIGH COURT ACTION TO SAVE ICONIC LAGOON FROM ECOLOGICAL DISASTER

Extract from our media briefing held at the Bay Hotel - 30th August 2019

No fish farming in Langebaan Lagoon – Not Now, Not Ever!

Cape Town, August 2019 – A “David vs Goliath” battle is set to unfold in the Cape High Court when local public interest group Save Langebaan Lagoon takes on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Save Langebaan Lagoon is launching a colossal bid to save the pristine Langebaan lagoon from commercial fish farming that is set to destroy this treasured jewel of the West Coast.

The Langebaan Lagoon was designated as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention on the 25th April 1988, in recognition of its immense biodiversity value.

Only 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, the lagoon is a burgeoning tourist hotspot, driving economic growth in the region. This unique natural heritage site is now under threat of irreversible, ecological degradation by plans to develop an industrial scale (884 hectares), sea-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ).

The ADZ will be located a mere kilometre off Langebaan’s pristine coastline, in the bay waters shared by Langebaan and Saldanha Bay, which co-mingle with the waters of the Langebaan Lagoon. This sea-based ADZ is a project that falls under the auspices of former pres. Jacob Zuma's notorious Operation Phakisa (Oceans Economy), a National Development Plan initiative to accelerate economic growth and prosperity.

In addition to DAFF’s application for authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs, two private fishing consortiums, Molapong Aquaculture and Southern Cross Aquaculture also successfully submitted applications for commercial aquaculture operations within the ADZ.


The developers have failed to weigh their unsubstantiated claims of job creation against the considerable job losses that will occur when the tourism-based economy of Langebaan collapses, due to the negative impacts of fish farming on this protected marine ecosystem.

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Moreover, the proposed development overlaps significantly with the area traditionally fished by Langebaan’s indigenous small-scale fishers. The development will compound the economic vulnerability of the local fishing community, preventing them from accessing the waters that have provided their livelihoods for generations.

Despite Save Langebaan Lagoon’s scientifically-supported opposition throughout the Environmental Impact Assessment process, in January 2018, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granted authorisations to the applicants to proceed with the industrial-scale fish-farming development.

In response thereto, SLL submitted an unsuccessful appeal against such authorisations to the Minister of Environmental Affairs, (the late Minister Edna Molewa). SLL has now taken the bold step of pursuing a judicial review of the Minister’s decision, in the Cape High Court.

What will fish farming do to the Lagoon?

Open cage farming of alien salmon and rainbow trout, as well as mussel and oyster cultivation on giant floating rafts and long lines, poses an untenable risk of irreversible damage to the wild populations of migratory birds, fish, marine mammal and plant life.

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Many of these species are currently threatened or endangered. The protected wetlands of the lagoon provide a world-renowned bird-watchers’ paradise. Habitats, flight paths and feeding patterns will be negatively impacted by the aquaculture infrastructure and the inevitable water pollution.

Sixty years of global aquaculture experience and a weighty body of peer-reviewed scientific research, show the destructive impact on the marine ecology due to the toxic accumulation of fish faecal matter and feed waste, antibiotics and hormones used to treat the fish and anti-fouling chemicals for the cages. The rapidly growing opposition to sea-based aquaculture around the world has not been given any formal consideration by the developers.

 

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Save Langebaan Lagoon (SLL) was formed in February 2017 to oppose this threat. They launched a vibrant social media driven community awareness campaign that has garnered the signatures of 32 000 people for their petition. In the two and a half years of vigorously opposing the ADZ, they have raised over R550 000 to generate independent research reports to counter the findings of the BARs. SLL is not intrinsically opposed to aquaculture, and is mindful that the commercial cultivation of fish, when sited in a low-risk environment and conducted in a sustainable way (e.g. an on-shore facility), could yield economic and employment benefits. SLL’s opposition centres on the fact that this aquaculture development is to be implemented in the fragile marine ecosystem of the Lagoon, a plan that poses irreversible socio-economic and ecological damage.

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Expert legal assessment of the merits of the case shows that SLL has a good prospect of success. SLL has therefore retained the well-respected environmental law firm of Cullinan and Associates to challenge the development in the High Court. SLL urgently needs to strengthen its constituency of support, as litigation costs are likely to be as high as R2.5 million.

This important fight for environmental and socio-economic justice is not only a critical issue for all sectors of the Langebaan community, but is equally a pressing issue of provincial and national importance.

Save Langebaan Lagoon urgently calls on businesses and citizens to support their campaign through donating funds, signing the online petition and supporting their fundraising events to ensure that Langebaan Lagoon remains free from the threat of commercial fish farming.

As we commence Heritage Month, we have the opportunity to mobilize support to defend and protect a special part of our natural heritage. The Langebaan Lagoon is an area of unique natural beauty, for respite and recreation. It deserves to be protected as a destination of choice for many local, national and international visitors for generations to come. Join the campaign today.

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Website: www.savelangebaanlagoon.co.za

Donations: ABSA Bank

Account Name: Save Langebaan Lagoon
Account No: 4094 783363 Branch Code: 632005
Ref.: Name / Organisation or donate via:
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https://sbwqft.org.za/state-of-the-bay-2018-technical-repo…/

Also read: What you should know about aquaculture: 

https://www.biznews.com/africa/2014/05/14/9-things-everyone-know-aquaculture

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