Within less than a week of the loss of the Greyton market defiant marketers were up and running again. Stalls were set up on the west street side of the DRC. Turnout was very good and there was something for everyone. Whether you were looking for something savoury or sweet or even a unique piece of artwork it was all there and will be again this Saturday. Weather is clearing after some much needed rain in the Western Cape so the latter half of the Easter weekend should be most pleasant.
After intense night of protest Greyton residents are cleaning up and wondering how did we get here. At approx 17h30 a group of mainly local residents moved along the main road armed with tyres and some form of accelerant. As they marched down the main road they set fire to the tyres at all the road intersections in order to disrupt traffic. Minor damage was done to the road and other buildings in the area.
After much delay the police confronted and dispersed the protestors at 20h30 using stun grenades and rubber bullets. Fire and municipal vehicles were in attendance at this time. Unfortunately in the early hours of this morning protestors returned to torch the Greyton Market. Along with extensive damage a large collection of charity books was also destroyed.
During the protest a 14 year was hospitalized after being hit by a rubber bullet. Eight suspects have been arrested and heavy SAPS presence is clearly evident on the streets of Greyton.
Just after 0800 this morning the first riders passed through Greyton. A water point was setup just opposite the market on the steps of the DRC. This made a fantastic spectator position and atmosphere was electric.
Riders were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd made up of school children and many locals. Music and an announcer keeping the crowd informed amplified the experience. The field was made up of specialist riders, locals and several famous sports personalities which thrilled the crowd.
Sadly yesterdays stage was shortened from 100km to 60km on account of the heat and finished in Caledon. Todays’ route is in and around Greyton with riders departing tomorrow for the next stage that will finish in Villiersdorp.
The 14th edition of the Absa Cape Epic will take place from 19 to 26 March 2017 and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the demanding eight-day adventure through the Western Cape region in South Africa.
Riders are expected to arrive in the Greyton area at Elandskloof Farm after the Hermanus to Greyton Stage on the 21st of March. On the 22nd a shorter stage in and around Greyton will take on the best that we have to offer. Riders will be attacking some of our finest routes which will present excellent opportunities to spectators both local and visitor. On the morning of the 23rd the tour will makes its way to Elgin for its next stop.
The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 650 teams and 1300 entrants allowed to ride the race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700km of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in South Africa.
Just before 11 this morning the first solo and team riders arrived in Greyton. They had just completed the fifth leg which had started some 4 hours earlier in Swellendam. The riders will be on their way to Villiersdorp on the sixth leg tomorrow and then finally onto Franschoek and the finish.
At approx 4pm yesterday afternoon a fire started on the RSE road 3km from Greyton on an adjoining farm. High winds quickly turned this into a fire storm that moved as fast as you could run. The operator of this vehicle was very lucky to escape when it became stuck and was engulfed in seconds in an apocolyptic scene.
The vehicle operators shoes melted while he run for safety. Prior to the fire this was a 1982 Toyota Hilux with a Chev big engine. Sadly the pumping trailer also went up in flames and is a great loss to the Greyton’s bush fire fighting capabilities.
After its initial run the fire was attacked by the working on fire plane and helicopter. This along with a change in the wind slowed progress and allowing fire teams to be deployed. The fire was contained to the Gun Club and zig zag hill. Teams are still busy attending to hot spots at time of writing.