Sadly it would seem that after several cases were reported in Genadendal that it has now spread to the police station. This just goes to show that our first responders are firmly on the front line and require all members of the public to observe all current safety measures.
The station is being cleaned and will open hopefully on the evening of the 22nd of May 2020. SAPS service will be operated from Greyton station while Genadendal is temporarily closed. In order to contact SAPS please call 0731600737 today and tomorrow morning and thereafter 084 8174053. Thereafter normal numbers will resume.
SAPS members taking a statement with suspects secure in the van.
This afternoon at approximately 1525 a resident of Vlei Street was surprised on her return from the shops by 2 attackers. They pushed her to the ground and dragged her around before making off with her purse. SAPS and Greyton security were immediately notified and they followed up in the direction the suspects had fled. Unluckily for the suspects, Greyton baboon monitors supervised by Andrew White had noticed them hiding near the entrance to the reserve. He was able to direct Aps to their position and the suspects were arrested by SAPS still in possession of stolen items.
It should be noted that quick thinking by Victor of APS ensured that the suspects were dislodged from their mountain hiding position. The resident was able to identify one of the suspects and a case has been opened. Fortunately, the resident only received minor injuries and some of the items stolen were recovered.
A well deserved congratulations to all members who assisted in the speedy apprehension of the suspects.
Today seems to the quietest day in town, it is in no short measure probably because of the rain and the cold weather. This morning these photos were taken between 8 & 9. Usually the streets would be much busier with trucks, workmen and residents going about their business.
This is however a good sign today as it shows that residents and business are complying with the order that if not obey is a criminal offense that could lead to a fine or imprisonment. Unconfirmed initial reports at the beginning of the lock down had some residents taking a chance. But this seems to have come to an end.
As we have just passed the halfway mark there is still a fair way to go. National figures of Covid 19 still are increasing on average of 6% per day meaning that the number of nationally infected could double every 10 days. Fortunately, at the time of writing this article the number of confirmed Covid 19 cases in the Overberg is 0.
Just after lunch yesterday reports started to emerge of the water turning muddy brown and by 5pm it was all over town. Apparently they had sucked a whole lot of mud and other nasties from the river and pumped it into the main storage tank and then it ran into the whole system.
Residents are very angry and situation is not that much better today. Here is a statement form the municipality.
WATER SITUATION: The Wolwekloof supply is currently very brown. It has therefore been switched off, the dam was emptied & TWK are now filling it with borehole & Gobos water.
Greyton’s water is supplied from 3 reservoirs. Due to the situation, currently only one is being used. The other two will be flushed today.
A team will also be going out to check what the issue with Wolwekloof is. They will be “bleeding the system” which means they will open up the hydrants & let the water run out to try & clear it.
We have confirmed with TWK that the water is safe to drink.
The past week has seen a little Christmas magic. Well a little after all the holidays to be exact but Greyton and the surrounding area could not have wished for more. Soft soaking rain has refilled the dams and rivers and its going to be an unseasonably green February.
For years the dams on the way to Caledon have been almost dry and now they are full. Throughout the area rainfall seems to have varied considerably with the most being 278 mm recorded at Rusty Gate farm near Helderstroom by Bokkie Fourie. Greyton had a much more modest but never the less still impressive 180mm in the same period. Farms towards Riviersondend recorded 120- 140mm so it seems that there was definitely more up this end.
Most of the rain in Greyton was light but over a long period allowing it to soak in rather than just run off. Most residents were caught off guard by the extend of the rain as forecasts have in the past been notoriously inaccurate. That being said more is forecast for Sunday.
This afternoon in one of the worst firestorms Greyton has seen in years several houses at the end of main road narrowly escaped completed destruction. In fact several did catch on fire in the high winds and catastrophic conditions and had it not been for some exceptional flying by Pilot Mike Bothma in his little yellow machine water bombing the already burning properties things could have ended very differently.
In fact fire services were stretched to breaking point and had do dash between three fronts. High winds from multiple directions complicated an already very difficult situation. As it now stands much of the Greyton Mountains are completely burned and only a small section remains.
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In Mike’s words on the Pool Run.
Fire approaches end of Vlei Street
Fire crews in action at the top of main road.
Mike makes a another dash to a burning house at the top of main road.
Fire jumped the river and threatened Vlei Street Houses.
Sadly after fire appeared to have completely died down with Saturdays rain it has flared up again is in the mountains towards Mc Gregor. At first yesterday afternoon it was just a single spot but by late afternoon had spread again. With all the resources at hand one would have thought that it this could have been prevented.
Just before six last night the first few drops of rain fell putting out the fire which has kept a vast amount of firefighting assets occupied since Wednesday out. The rain was no more than a few mm, but as luck would have it, it seems to have been just enough.
With the rain there was a noticeable drop in temperature as a very late cold front had just enough go to get the job done. It is noticeable this morning that some firefighters seemed to have left during the night although the odd vehicle is still in the area. No doubt making a final inspection.
Once again, the residents of Greyton showed their appreciation with large amounts of food and drinks being donated. This was co ordinate via a single drop off point at the Moravian Hall. This seemed to have worked well and residents can keep this in mind for the next time. Sadly, with changing weather patterns and hotter summers a next time is almost guaranteed.