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Water – Level 3 Restriction coming into effect…

Dear Residents,

Following the directive from the National Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce the demand on the Western Cape Water Supply system by 20%, we forward a letter with the details of the implementation from the 1st November 2016 of the Level 3 Water Restrictions in CoCT, with corresponding tariff increases to follow from 1st December 2016. This is going to have a significant impact on the water bills for everyone in the Estate.

Please carefully read the following and attached documents to ensure you are fully up to date with these issues –

The City of Cape Town will be implementing Level 3 Water Restriction from 1 November 2016 with tariff increases from 1 December 2016.

We STRONGLY advise you to curb municipal water usage and to implement alternative
measures, if you use the same volumes of water as you currently are, your account will
increase substantially.

The additional restrictions are as follows:
· Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns,
flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open
spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering container.
· No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed
· Cars and boats may only be washed with water from buckets
· Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if pools are fitted with a pool
· No automatic top-up systems are allowed to be used
· No portable play pools are permitted to be used

The new tariffs from the City are designed so that the price per kiloliter of water goes up
once the resident’s use for the month exceeds certain levels. For example:
· the first 6 kl (Step 1) is free
· after usage exceeds 6 kl, but before usage reaches 10,5 kl for the month (Step 2), each kiloliter will cost R16.54/kl
· after usage exceeds 10,5 kl, but before usage reaches 20 kl for the month (Step 3), each kiloliter will cost R23,54/kl
· and top tier is,
· after usage exceeds 50 kl, each kiloliter will cost R200.16/kl,

In addition to the water, sewerage will be charged at an additional cost as per the tables in
the links below:-

· 2016/17 Level 3 water tariffs:
· 2016/17 Level 3 Sewerage tariffs:

So on the Level 3 tariff:
· if you used 36 kl, your account will go up from approx. R1350 to R1880
· If you used 55 kl, your account would go up from approx. R2800 to R4500

USE CALCULATOR TO DETERMINE YOUR BILL: 201610_domesticclustertariffcalculator_2016_201710-20-30_level3 (this will load an excel spreadsheet)

Please note that you will use “Tariff Selection” number 6 – the Cluster 30% Reduction


Cape Town residents as a whole did not achieve the consistent 10% reduction in water use that was mandated from 1 January 2016. If we continue to use water as we did on Level 2 restrictions over the coming summer months, the dams are at risk of falling to 15% by the end of the summer period. Following on, if we experience poor rainfall next rainy season, we could find our dams at approximately 50% this time next year.

Please see the below documentation:


The Moral Cost of Cats

From Smithsonian.com

A bird-loving scientist calls for an end to outdoor cats “once and for all”


Pete Marra is haunted by cats. He sees them everywhere: slinking down alleys, crouched under porches, glaring at him out of wild, starved eyes.

People assume that Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and author of the recent book Cat Wars, hates cats. This is not the case. “I love cats,” he says, calling them “fascinating, magnificent animals,” that seem to have a “freakish love for me.” He’s even considered a pet cat, despite being mildly allergic. “This is the thing people don’t realize,” Marra told me recently at a café near his office in Washington, D.C. “I’m both a wild animal advocate and a domestic animal advocate. If my mother thought I wasn’t supporting cats, she’d be flipping in her grave.”

It’s an understandable mistake. After all, Marra has made himself the public face of what sounds a lot like an anti-cat crusade. For years, the wildlife ecologist has been investigating the lethal implications of cats and urging that pet owners keep them indoors. Now, he argues in Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, co-authored with freelance writer Chris Santella, the time has come for more drastic action: a concerted, nationwide effort to rid the landscape of cats. (The book is based on Marra’s personal and scientific research, and the views and conclusion are expressly his own and do not represent those of the Smithsonian Institution.)

That effort will require an ugly reality: the targeted killing of felines. “No one likes the idea of killing cats,” Marra concludes in his book. “But sometimes, it is necessary.”

 Marra might like cats. But he also sees a bigger picture. In his day job, he and his team at the migratory bird center track the global movements of birds and tease apart threats to their existence. He knows that birds don’t just twit around pointlessly. They pollinate plants, spread seeds, control insects and protect environments from the effects of climate change; they are the glue that binds healthy ecosystems together. “Birds are critical,” he says. And outdoor cats, he and other ecologists have determined, are the leading human-influenced cause of dead birds.

In 1962, biologist Rachel Carson wrote that “in nature nothing exists alone.” Marra couldn’t agree more. Like Carson, he thinks of life on Earth as a complex tapestry in which each species represents a single thread. Outdoor cats threaten that tapestry. Their crimes include contributing to 33 extinctions around the world and counting, to say nothing of their potential to spread deadly diseases like rabies and Toxoplasmosis. They hold in tooth and claw the power to destroy that delicate web—like, well, a cat unraveling a ball of string.

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Pete Marra says cats pose an ecological and public health threat. (Tim Romano)

Americans own about 86 million cats, or one cat for every three households. That makes cats more popular, petwise, than dogs, and we haven’t even gotten to Internet memes yet. But not all pet cats are created equal. The majority of them—about two-thirds to three-fourths, surveys say—are your sweet, harmless, cuddly housecats, which seldom set foot outside. Marra takes no issue with these lap cats. Their instincts may be lethal, but they rarely get the chance to harm more than a house mouse.

The other one-quarter to one-third, though, aren’t so harmless. These are outdoor pet cats, and they are murderers. Equipped with laser-quick paws and razor-tipped claws, these natural born killers are the stuff of every bird and small mammal’s nightmare. Often we love them for just this quality; the hard-working barn cat has nipped many a country mouse infestation in the bud. But sometimes their deadly instincts spell trouble for animals and ecosystems we value—and often, Marra argues, desperately need.

Marra tells the story of Tibbles the cat, who traveled with her owner to an untouched island south of New Zealand in 1894. There, she single-pawedly caused the extinction of the Stephens Island wren, a small, flightless bird found only in that part of the world. Most cats aren’t as deadly as Tibbles, but your average outdoor pet cat still kills around two animals per week, according to the Wildlife Society and the American Bird Conservancy. The solution for these cats is simple, says Marra: Bring them indoors. The Humane Society of the United States agrees.

So far, so good. Now comes the real problem: unowned cats, which include strays and ferals. Born in the wild or abandoned, feral cats spend almost no time with humans; they’re basically wild animals. Stray cats, by contrast, often have a working relationship with humans. They might live in managed communities, where a human caretaker regular feeds and watches over them—“subsidizing” them, in Marra’s words—meaning their numbers can soar to rates they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Whether stray or feral, these cats kill on average three times as many animals as owned cats, according to Marra.

No one knows exactly how many stray and feral cats stalk the U.S. They are, by nature, elusive and transient. In a 2012 study, Marra used an estimate of 30 to 80 million; the Humane Society estimates a more conservative 30 to 40 million. Adithya Sambamurthy from the Center for Investigative Reporting’s The Reveal recently reported that unowned cats may rival the number of pet cats, placing them at about 80 million. That means, for every lap cat hunkering over his dish of Fancy Feast, there is another one prowling around for his dinner—like an evil twin, or a particle of antimatter.

For these cats, there is no easy solution. This is where Marra’s unorthodox plan comes into play. As he writes:

In high-priority areas there must be zero tolerance for free-ranging cats. If the animals are trapped, they must be removed from the area and not returned. If homes cannot be found for the animals and no sanctuaries or shelters are available, there is no choice but to euthanize them. If the animals cannot be trapped, other means must be taken to remove them from the landscape—be it the use of select poisons or the retention of professional hunters.

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Stray cats rest under a park bench. (Boschetto Photography / iStock)

Feral cat advocates and ecologists agree on very little. But one thing they both will say is this: There are too many cats outside. Feral cat advocates say these dense numbers threaten the welfare of cats themselves, which lead miserable lives colored by fights and starvation. Ecologists, meanwhile, worry about those cats’ victims—as well whether the cats might be spreading disease to humans and other animals.

Management of these overabundant felines is where the two disagree. For many animal welfare advocates, the solution is TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR is just what it sounds like: a policy that involves trapping stray and feral cats, sterilizing them and returning them to the urban wilds in the hopes that populations will decrease. In the past decade, TNR has gone mainstream in many cities, helped along by generous funding from pet food companies including Petco and PetSmart. The premise is simple: Cats live out their lives, but don’t reproduce.

Becky Robinson, president of the advocacy group Alley Cat Allies and a major proponent of TNR, calls the method “effective, humane control.” “This is a benefit directly to the cats,” she told me over the phone. (Two communications staffers from Robinson’s organization were listening in our conversation, to give you an idea of the delicateness of the topic.)

Some researchers have documented surprising successes with TNR. Dr. Julie Levy of the University of Florida in Gainesville and colleagues conducted one of the first long-term studies on the effectiveness of TNR, publishing their results in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2003. They sought to quantify whether TNR could succeed in a specific population: stray cats colonies on the campus of the University of Central Florida.

The researchers expressed doubts at the outset, reporting that “virtually no information exists to support the contention that neutering is an effective long-term method for controlling free-roaming cat populations.” Yet today, more than ten years after their study concluded, just five cats remain on campus—and these are so old and sickly they have to be given geriatric care. Even Levy was taken aback by the results. “We keep seeing better success in the field than the models ever predict,” she says. However, much of the decrease can be attributed to the fact that volunteers often end up adopting cats—a phenomenon Levy considers an unofficial part of many TNR programs.

Despite these kinds of successes, many ecologists say flatly that TNR doesn’t work. The problem is that, for TNR to succeed in large populations, at least 75 percent of cats in a colony must be sterilized. That rarely happens. The trouble is that negligent pet owners continue to abandon pet cats, which then join existing colonies; additionally, non-neutered stray cats can wander in. Like efforts at vaccinating schools against chickenpox, just a few stragglers can undermine an entire TNR program. Any short-term reduction in colony size is therefore quickly reversed, a group of researchers including Levy and ecologist Patrick Foley reported after studying nearly 15,000 stray and feral cats.

For Marra, TNR is a feel-good solution that is no solution at all—a Band-Aid that has done little to stem the flow of cats. By refusing to look at the reality, he says, we are letting our “misplaced compassion” for cats get the better of our reason. That is why he and some other ecologists call for a more draconian approach: widespread removal of feral and stray cats, including euthanasia.

The concept isn’t as radical as it sounds. Australia aims to kill two million cats by 2020 using “robots, lasers, [and] poison.” New Zealand, as I’ve reported previously, has long perpetrated mass warfare on possums, stoats and weasels in a bid to save its beloved birds. In America, too, we cull mammals—including gray wolves, which can prey on livestock and pets, and bison, our national mammal, which can spread bacterial infections to cattle. We even kill cats: American shelters put down more than 1.4 million cats a year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

That doesn’t mean we’re comfortable with it. “That’s the aspect that is most alarming about the animal welfare groups, is the fact that often the only reasonable solution of getting rid of invasive species is lethal control,” says Stanley Temple, a wildlife ecologist who argued for the necessity of eradicating invasive species in a 1990 essay The Nasty Necessity. “And that is the single thing that they are so vehemently opposed to. Their hang-up, if you will, on death.”

Given the unpopularity of eradication programs in the U.S., it would seem inadvisable for any researcher to make one part of his platform of action. But this, Marra says, is our only option. Now his challenge is to get others on his side. To do so he will need more than science—he will need to get people to empathize with birds, and to value species and ecosystems over individuals.

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Marra with a marbled godwit on the south coast of Texas. (Tim Romano)

Marra likes to say that birds saved him, which isn’t far off. He was raised mainly by his mother, who worked full-time to support him and his three siblings after his father left when he was an infant. As a result, he enjoyed a relatively feral childhood. By the time he was six, he found himself wandering alone in the woods near his house in Norwalk, Connecticut, swimming in lakes, climbing trees and digging in the dirt for star-nosed moles, frogs and salamanders. He loved catching animals of all kinds—“anything wild,” he says now.

The Westport Nature Center, a half-mile walk down the hill from his house, became a refuge. With its living wild animals and displays of taxidermied ruffed grouse, the center got Marra asking questions about how his surroundings came to be. One day, a naturalist at the center caught a black-capped chickadee in a mist net, and placed it in his hands. He remembers cupping the bird delicately, “looking into its eyes, feeling its feathers, feeling its wildness,” as he recalled at a Smithsonian event last June. Meeting the bird’s black marble gaze, a switch flipped in his brain.

“It was a remarkable moment that I’ll never forget,” he said at the event. “The aura of the bird almost entered my body. It was really kind of a transformational experience for me.”

Throughout a tumultuous childhood, birds provided an anchor. “Birds saved me, because they were always this constant thread that I could come back to,” he says. “It was the one stable thing in my life.” When he went to Southern Connecticut State University to study biology, he quickly realized that dusty specimens in libraries held little appeal. “I was less interested in understanding the subtleties between plumages,” he says. “I was much more interested in watching live birds.”

In 1999, Marra took a job as a wildlife ecologist at Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center to be on the front lines of human encroachment on the natural environment. When West Nile virus began leaving a trail of dead crows, he started looking into bird mortality. In 2011, he published a paper in the Journal of Ornithology that followed the fate of young gray catbirds in the Maryland suburbs. Soon after leaving the nest, 79 percent of birds were killed by predators, primarily cats, which leave the telltale sign of decapitated victims with just the bodies uneaten. (Ironically, this bird gets its name not because it commonly ends up in the jaws of cats, but from its vaguely catlike yowl).

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Marra holds a gray catbird equipped with a GPS tracking device. (John Gibbons / Smithsonian)

The following year, Marra got more ambitious: He decided to tally up the national toll that outdoor cats take on wildlife. He and colleagues used mathematical models to analyze data from local cat predation studies going back more than 50 years. When they extrapolated the data to reflect national trends, they were stunned. According to their calculations, outdoor cats killed somewhere in the ballpark of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion small mammals in the U.S. per year—far exceeding any other human-influenced cause of avian death, such as pesticides or collisions with windows.

When Marra saw the number “2.4 billion,” he knew that the claws were about to come out. He was right. On January 29, 2013, the same day the paper was published in the journal Nature Communications, the New York Times featured a front-page article highlighting his findings entitled “That Cuddly Killer Is Deadlier Than You Think.” The piece became the newspaper’s most-emailed article of the week. It garnered more than a thousand comments online, ranging from outraged (“I’m tired of everyone putting down cats and trying to justify their extermination”) to pointed (“It’s the large bipeds who are the problem, not their cats”) to satirical (“Eat more cat!”).

Marra read them all. Many were personal insults directed squarely at him. Some suggested that he should be predated or euthanized. Marra understands how emotional people can get about cats—he has entered into many a dinner table debate with his 15-year-old daughter, a long-time vegetarian and animal lover, over cat policy—so he tries to take these reactions with a grain of salt. Still, he admits, “it hurts.” When I ask him how he deals with the constant backlash, he laughs. “Good question,” he says. “It’s actually because I believe in what I do. And if I don’t do it—well, I’ve got one life. This is it. This is the now.”

More bothersome than the personal attacks were the attacks on his research methodology. The most relentless was Peter Wolf, a vocal feral cat advocate who called Marra’s paper “garbage,” “junk science” and “an agenda-driven effort to undermine TNR” on his blog, Vox Felina. Wolf took issue with the levels of uncertainty in Marra’s paper, alleging that the numbers were “wildly inflated,” came from biased sources, and drew upon just just a handful of studies. “When seen in context, these astronomical figures alone raise questions of credibility,” Wolf wrote on his blog. “It doesn’t seem like science to me,” he told me recently.

It was, Marra admits, a wide range. He and his colleagues estimated that “free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually.” The reason for the discrepancy was the woeful lack of data on feral cat populations and their lifestyles. Marra worked with the limited data he had, synthesizing the results from previous studies and augmenting them with predation numbers from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. By including both the lowest and highest possible estimates for cat predation, he thought he was covering all his bases.

In all the fighting and flying fur, Marra saw an opportunity. By the time his paper was published in Nature Communications, he was already thinking about writing a book. “I knew this had huge potential for creating a lot of controversy,” he says. “But also conversation. To me, it’s really about the conversation and trying to figure out: how do we come to some resolution on this thing?”

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The Hawaiian crow, or ʻalalā, has been extinct in the wild since 2002. (Photo Resource Hawaii / Alamy )

Cats kill; that much is clear. “The science is all pretty bloody obvious,” as Michael Clinchy, a Canadian biologist focusing on predator-prey relationships at the University of Victoria, puts it. But cats also spread disease. Outdoor cats can transmit plague, rabies, feline leukemia and a mysterious parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. The extinction of the Hawaiian crow, or ʻalalā, in 2002 is thought to have been caused in part by the spread of Toxoplasma via feral cats. “The diseases from cats is what’s going to change this whole equation,” Marra says.

Cat feces, 1.2 million tons of which are excreted a year, are known to contain Toxoplasma. The single-celled parasite enters the brain and changes the behavior of prey animals like rats, which can show a strange attraction to cat urine. About 10 to 20 percent of Americans also harbor the parasite, which can be absorbed through contact with litter boxes, drinking contaminated water or eating undercooked meat. Once believed to hang out harmlessly in the human brain, some scientists now believe that Toxoplasma may actively change the connections between our neurons—shifting dopamine levels, altering personalities and even triggering diseases like schizophrenia in genetically susceptible individuals.

Marra calls Toxoplasma a contaminant on the order of DDT, the broad-scale chemical pesticide used to control insects and combat infectious disease up until the 1960s. (DDT lingers in the environment for years, where it can threaten human and animal health, as Rachel Carson documented in her book Silent Spring.) In fact, Marra thinks of outdoor cats themselves as a DDT-like contaminant—wreaking widespread, unnatural havoc on their surroundings. The difference, to him, is that DDT has never been known to wipe out a species, while cats have been implicated in at least 33 extinctions thus far.

The Toxoplasma threat, Marra writes, makes outdoor cats nothing less than a public health issue. He recommends that the federal government take on the task of eradicating cats from the landscape, via the Centers for Disease Control. He imagines taxpayer-supported public education campaigns, billboards about disease dangers and the importance of keeping cats inside, and large-scale eradication programs in vulnerable areas like Hawaii. To Wolf and others, the idea of such a policy is “absurd” and “screams of desperation.” But to Marra, it’s simply a logical conclusion: “We need to minimize the impact humans have,” he says. “Cats are one of the impacts.”

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The domestic cat. (Juniors Bildarchiv GmbH / Alamy)

Science might be able to tell us how many animals cats kill per year. But it can’t tell us what that means—nor what we should do about it. It is us who attach moral weight to cats, by projecting our fear and fantasies upon them. Tibbles was “doing only what her instinct told her to do,” Marra writes. We make cats into pets or pests; victims or villains; those who suffer or those who cause suffering.

At the heart of this debate is a question not of data, but of aesthetics, principles and philosophies. That is: In a world fundamentally shaped by humans, who is to say whether birds and native wildlife have any more right to the landscape than domestic cats do? Should the goal be to rewind the urban landscape back to before the arrival of Europeans—and is that even possible?

Conservation biologists have always called these kinds of shots themselves. “We’ve made a judgment that biodiversity is good,” says Temple. For Marra, cats represent yet another destructive footprint man has made on the landscape. To rid the country of their presence is therefore to restore some pre-human balance of nature, some lost sense of grace. It is to protect those creatures that cannot save themselves. “It is essential,” he says, “that we save these species.”

In his closing chapter, Marra warns that Americans may soon awaken to dead birds and “muted birdsong, if any at all.” It’s another nod to Rachel Carson, whose defense of nature helped spark the modern environmental movement. Today we’ve come to recognize Carson as an environmental Cassandra; history has vindicated many of her inconvenient truths. But when Silent Spring first came out, her ideas were met with hostility from other scientists, who deemed her hysterical, alarmist and “probably a Communist.”

For Marra, it is clear that outdoor cats represent the Silent Spring of our time. Not only are cats the single worst threat to birds caused directly by humans, but they are also the easiest problem to fix, as compared to many-leveled threats like climate change. For him, it is obvious what we must do. Yet he is also starting to understand the challenge of making others see the world as he does. “To me, this should be the low-hanging fruit,” he says. “But as it turns out, it might be easier stopping climate change than stopping cats.”

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Meet & Greet!

MEET & GREET” – Your neighbour, the Aim of this function is the LAUNCH of the BISTRO and also for residents to mingle and get to know New and Old Faces on the estate, we would like to open this up to all Residents and Tenants to attend and network

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RUGBY Live on Big Screen Saturday / Braai available @R60 per person,

Bar Open from 4pm – Please Book for catering purposes info@fynbosbistro.co.za

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Halloween @ Stonehurst – don’t miss out!

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Sad news… Albert Dlekedla – “Tiger” to his friends…

Dear Resident

You may have seen him at the gate, or know his voice from the confirmation phone calls. Thandikhaya Albert Dlekedla, known as Albert to us, “Tiger’ to his friends and community where he lived in Westlake Village, passed away on Saturday evening after a short illness.

shift-c-thandikhaya-albert-dlekedla-snr-controllerAlbert has been at Stonehurst for many years on the security Team – he was first with Alexa, then Imvula, then migrated to Mountain Men when we changed service providers, and again to Princeton in our latest change, because we asked that such good officers remain with us – he was definitely part of the Stonehurst “family”

Albert was a remarkable, selfless man who had real empathy for people. He was driving a project in his community at Westlake called “The Big Picture” – Which included a cleanup of the area on Heritage Day last year. You can read about it HERE

It is sadly ironic that days before this year’s Heritage Day, Albert has passed away and his legacy seems not to be fulfilled. Perhaps someone in the Community can take up his vision and continue his project into the future. For now, however, his family and friends are dealing with their loss – our loss.

There will be a memorial service for Albert at the Monday 26th September at 19:00 at Westlake Hall, and residents are welcome to attend. As a community, we are appealing to residents to assist Albert”s family with the costs associated with the loss of a loved one so suddenly. The burial costs are about R11,000 and it costs R800 taxi fare for each family member to go to the Eastern Cape where he will be buried.

Dave Burger from Sothebys Estate Agency has kindly made a donation to the family of R500 and challenges all residents and other property professionals to match or better this.

If you would like to make a contribution of any kind, financial or food parcel (see list below), please drop this off at reception at the Lifestyle Centre by Monday next week, – money in an envelope clearly marked “Albert Memorial” or EFT to Stonehurst Mountain Estate’s account
Nedbank Tokai Acc No. 1043 071 806 with reference : ALBERT

Food Parcels : cooking oil, rice, soya, sugar, peanut butter, tea bags, tinned fish, samp and beans in the food parcels, but you could add jam, Morvite (cereal), long life milk, soap, washing powder, toilet paper.

Thanking you, in anticipation, for your help.

Stonehurst Team

Upcycling of Post Boxes


Do your remember our old post boxes? In the rain and the wind? Well we thought you’d like to see what happened to these after we moved the post boxes to the safe and secure spot in the Lifestyle Centre!











So we decided to donate some of the old boxes to various bird sanctuaries – one set to the World of Birds in Hout Bay and one set to Ferndale Nuseries in Constantia pictured below. They have drilled a hole for the birds to get into the box and fitted a dowel to the former keyhole! A real case of upcycling!


Starlings: Summer is Breeding Season!


Notorious for their damaging, unsightly droppings and lice contamination, Starlings are exceptionally noisy birds, especially when returning to roost in large numbers at dusk. Although Starlings are not present in the Karoo or Kalahari regions, they occur throughout most of South Africa, as well as within some African countries.

The primary species variants in South Africa are the Indian Mynah, present in the KZN region, and the Red Winged Starling predominant in the Cape. Both of these Birds are similar in their characters, in that they are exceptionally aggressive, thinking nothing of attacking humans when we try to “invade” their space. Whilst there are other types of Starling that visit the Cape, most of them are migratory and therefore tend only to spend time in trees whilst on their way to some other destination. However, the Red Winged Starling is here to stay!…. READ MORE

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Vitality Assessment and Screening Day

vitality-assessment-day Vitality Assessment and Screening Day

As some of you know Stonehurst Gym, is a Discovery Vitality Partner. We currently have an iPad stationed in the Gym whereby Discovery members can claim their Vitality Points.

As an added benefit to all residents, on the 15th October 2016 we have sourced three professionals to put together a Vitality Assessment Day. From 08h00 there will be a Biokineticist, Dietician and Registered Nurse that will be able to conduct the various annual assessments whereby you can boost your points towards your Vitality Status.

While this idea was initially for the Discovery Vitality members, members of other medical aid schemes, including Momentum Multiply, and even non-medical aid members can have these various tests done.

Bookings for all the assessments are essential. Please see below for information on how to book each test.

For further information or queries please contact gym@stonehurstmountainestate.org



The assessment is R265 per person.

People are requested to either pay by credit card or cash, and claim directly from the Medical Aid.

Couples can be seen together.

Bookings can be made by mailing cjmillerbio@gmail.com or calling 0214344009, reference Stonehurst.

Nurse – Health Screening

For Discovery Medical Aid Members the Health Screening is free and Discovery Vitality Members the screening is R275 per person

Momentum Multiply Members and non-medical aid members the screening is R275 per person.

Bookings can be made by mailing gym@stonehurstmountainestate.org



The Assessment is R340 per person.

People are requested to pay either via Credit Card or Snap Snap.

Bookings can be made either online through http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/make-a-booking or by mailing Kirby Hendricks on k.alexroyaldiet@gmail.com (reference Stonehurst Gym)

ParkScape wins a 7-day reprieve on felling


The logging teams have moved into Tokai Forest, and the trees have started to come down NOW.

Following concerted attempts to engage SANParks, MTO and their legal team, which has seen them fritter away time without any substantive solution, we have decided to confront the logging operation head-on with our lawyers. Together, our legal team and Parkscapes have, through concerted efforts, forced SANParks and MTO to back off from the Dennedal Avenue West area (ie all forested areas on the East side of Orpen Road/Spaanschemacht Road), but only for one week.

The logging will stop in the Dennedal section for one very short week as of 31 August 2016, but will continue regardless in the sections opposite (ie on the West side of Orpen Road/Spaanschemacht Road).


This is therefore only the start of the legal battle – all arguments by SANParks and MTO aside, there is a need to ensure that a proper procedurally fair process is embarked on (and completed!) FIRST before the trees are felled, so that we still can enjoy and use our communal space. Despite pursuing this course of action as fast and efficiently as possible, Tokai forest is still going to be losing trees at a rate of over 100 per hour, day and night.

We are now entering a litigious process – a full on opposed legal battle. We will be in court next Friday (9 September 2016), represented by a junior and senior Advocate, and our Attorney. To fund this next chapter, Parkscape needs funds to pay our legal team, and those funds are urgently needed. We need to be able to show that we have funds to pay the future costs associated with the legal case. Without this, Tokai forest will come down in the first week of Spring as that process is currently happening.

Please urgently donate any funds to our Attorneys’ Trust account:
Account Holder: Slabbert, Venter, Yanoutsos Attorneys
Standard Bank, Fish Hoek
Bank Code: 036009
Acc Nr.: 072 128 542
Reference: Tokai Forest
Email proof of payment to: anton@svy.co.za

Bird Mites: The Facts

Bird Mites are present in a variety of species across the globe, but are essentially tiny, almost microscopic, eight-legged parasites that feed on the blood of common birds, and are capable of rapid mass production.

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