Arranging a function that needs catering? We can highly recommend Urban Nosh Caterers in Hout Bay. They handle small dinner parties right up to large weddings, anniversaries, wakes and landmark birthdays.
Was such a pleasure to bump into the Soap Girls, this week. They were naturally very excited to show me their new CD, Xperience which is now available in all Musica stores.
Most of us from Hout Bay remember the Soap Girls from the years they spent selling soap at the harbour. I got to know them quite well and have always enjoyed their enthusiasm and dedication. I vividly recall them telling me, probably at the age of 12 and 13, that one day they would become popstars.
Even though they were at the Hout Bay harbour selling their wares to tourists every day, come rain or shine, they still managed exemplary school careers. A large portion of their sales went to charity, including the Red Cross Children's hospital.
Fast-forward eight years later and the girls Camille and Noemie have been signed by Universal and have a hit CD that is performing well on the charts.
The sound is sassy and fun- pure pop. Their first single "Sour" is on Now 59, and available locally at the local CNA. My advice is to pop into the nearest Musica for the full CD- Xperience.
The girls have their critics, but also have a growing fan base- particularly from the teenage market.
Whatever the "haters" have to say- I see two young ladies with a talent for survival and chasing their dreams. How many 18/19 year olds have achieved so much?
Hout Bay salutes you Mie and Mille- never stop chasing your dreams!
Thanks to Jonathan from 790TV for spotting the Hout Bay and Llandudno reference! Have to say Coldplay was one of my favourite concerts of all time and judging by how full the park and ride busses were- there were a lot of Houtbayers that agreed with me. Hout Bay Paradise?- you betcha!
The South African Police have released the updated crime statistics for Hout Bay 2003-2011- which you can download at the bottom of this page or directly from the SAPS site www.saps.gov.za
The stats make for a sobering read.
To put the stats into perspective we need to remember that Hout Bay is larger than we often realise- formal households about 12 000 and a conservative population of 35 000 (I have heard not so conservative estimates of 45 000 people- thanks goodness the Census is around the corner!)
When looking at the stats remember to factor that a larger percentage of the crime occurs in the poorer areas, particularly the violent crimes such as murder.
The murder rate is unacceptably high- and I am sure in most cases linked to the substance abuse issues prevalent in the poorer areas. There are two incidents, of which I am aware, of murders that have occured outside of these areas.
Some good news is that the number of residential burglaries has dropped 15% from last year to 538.
Arrest for driving under the influence has hit a new high 162 - which will likely see more roadblocks and demand for taxi services.
Armed robbery has also dropped from last year, and I suspect will drop further due to the arrests of gangs responsible for most of the incidents.
Comparing Hout Bay with other areas is quite interesting in that most stats are quite similar- even though Hout Bay tends to get more publicity for crime.
The stats reiterate the point that we should all be responsible for our own security first. We need to make sure we are not soft targets, and support private security companies as well as organisations like Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch.
We need to lobby our local politicians to be more effective at closing down illegal shebeens and more particularly drug dens.