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Daniel Moshenberg Writes About Land Issues in Hout Bay

Searching for South AfricaDaniel Moshenberg, co-editor of Searching for South Africa: The New Calculus of Dignity, has written an article for Women In & Beyond the Global about Auriol Cloete, a resident of Hangberg, Hout Bay who was shot with a rubber bullet by police during the uprising there in 2010.

Sometimes a dune is a dune is a dune (thank you, Gertrude Stein). And sometimes … it’s not.

The Cape Times reports: “The city council has created a Frankenstein’s monster by planting grass on the Hout Bay dunes to stabilise them.” Here’s the story, in a nutshell. Until the 1940s, the winds between Hout Bay and Sandy Bay created a mobile sand dune. Then, people built houses. Then, homeowners demanded the dunes be stopped. And so the City started grassing the dunes. Now, Sandy Beach is just about disappeared, and Hout Bay has a second dune that is literally devouring roads, houses, and more. And there’s more to come. It’s the urban development eggplant that ate … Hout Bay.

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