Swartland Municipality on the sand-mining decision

Swartland Municipality has issued a statement regarding the sand mining issue. As it doesn’t seem to be on their own website, I thought I’d give a link to it here: http://grape.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SM_release-regarding-sand-mines_February-2017.pdf

Don’t expect a whole lot – there are a lot of acronyms and some officialese, giving some of the background to the decision, but not dealing with any of the problems that have been raised about the decision, or why the objections to the proposed sand mining were ignored.


Some Paardeberg updates

On Sunday evening, the petition demanding that the Swartland Municipality reverse its decision to allow more sandmining on the Paardeberg had been signed by over 2200 people. As well as South Africa, signatories came from around the world. Before I … Continue reading

A sad day for Swartland wine

For very many months, a vociferous battle – legal, personal, emotional – has been fought against the onset of sand-mining on the Paardeberg in the Swartland – a destructive, anti-agricultural activity which threatens a blight on one of the Cape’s … Continue reading

Wine and ageing

There are two aspects, I’m afraid, to this matter of wine and ageing: both the drinker and the drink are subject to the implacable, slowly inexorable process of oxidation. And the end, for both of them, is the point where … Continue reading