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Proposed Ghazel township poses many risks

Proposed township development in Glenhazel poses many risks, writes YAEL POLLAK



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Yael Pollak of Johannesburg writes:

Proposed township development in Glenhazel poses many risks

Interested residents of the Glenhazel, Sandringham, Linksfield, Senderwood, Fairview, Sunningdale and surrounding areas, should take note of a proposed development in the area, as it may affect them. I’m talking about a proposed development on the vacant grounds parallel to the Sandringham Dip.

The township under consideration will comprise 8 000 settlements, public schools and shopping facilities.

I maintain that the sudden influx of people will generate enormous risks to the area, specifically with regard to security, infrastructure, sanitation, and traffic. In addition, this development will expose the community to serious health risks as the land earmarked for development, houses the graves of people and animals that have died from diseases such as smallpox and anthrax.

These dormant bacteria may once again proliferate and place the community at risk of infection, especially to those who have not been immunised (anyone under the age of 30).

The proposed development area is also believed to contain a Jewish cemetery, whose exact location is unknown. During development, these graves are most likely to be desecrated.

Environmentalists have raised concerns about the threat the development will pose to the natural habitat and ecosystem of the flora and fauna there, including many protected species.

The land due for development borders the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital where patients are treated for multiple and extensive drug-resistant tuberculosis. Patients are treated at the hospital, away from their communities and families, as their disease is contagious and highly infectious. A development that would encroach on the hospital, would put both the patients and the surrounding communities in a highly compromised state.

I believe it is in our interest as a community to all register our complaints and concerns before development and construction begins. Please send an e-mail as soon as possible to, attention Lizelle Gregory/Juanita de Beer, stating that you wish to register as an interested and affected party.

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  1. concerned

    Jan 12, 2014 at 12:51 am

    ‘8,000 settlements means anywhere between 40,000 and 160,000 people, if properties in Orange Grove are any yardstick.

    This is all part of the govt plan to instigate complaints so that they can shout racism again.’

  2. MAdness!!!

    Jan 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

    ‘This is no acceptable!!’

  3. L.Klass

    Feb 1, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Who would know the impact of disturbing the soil and the consequences . It could lead to a total disaster and I would highly suggest they leave things as it is . A terrible

    idea altogether

  4. Miriam Davidowitz

    May 29, 2014 at 6:56 am

    ‘I would like to wait and see the ultimate plans of this new development before we all get our knickers in a knot and decide it will be a disaster.  The need for more housing for our population is very important, but we must insist when the time comes that the cemeteries will be honoured and not defiled in any way and that any danger to one’s health with building on this site will be well and truly investigated.  I had an old and trusted male servant who was so well treated many years ago in this hospital so maybe the staff – if they are still there – will have something to contribute to our medical fraternity – so lets wait and see – it will in all probability still take years to come to fruition – if you take the Huddle Park scheme into consideration. There was no risk there but many residents of the area are complaining bitterly over nitty gritty little \”problems\” that will endanger their way of life as they know it with no concern at how the area needs a new green belt.  I believe the new golf course has already proven it’s success. Patience people, patience. ‘

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Tribute to a man who embodies Judaism at its best



As the Torah observant manager of a busy food establishment and as a member of the Jewish community, I wish to give thanks and recognition to a pillar of righteousness.

Rabbi Yossi Baumgarten joined the United Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) kashrut department more than 40 years ago, and gave the prime of his life to serve the community.

No factory was too far. No mashgiach question was turned away, even if called at 01:00.

Baumgarten addressed kashrut matters with integrity and honesty, and with a zest and energy that motivated and inspired all those who had the privilege and honour to work with him.

I once had the privilege of going on a trip with Baumgarten. The man is utter Judaism. From the way he treats others, to the way he ties his shoes and walks. His greatness is in his kindness, humility, and truthfulness.

The UOS kashrut department has been internationally recognised for decades as a result of the sterling input of Baumgarten, and this is evident by the many calls and messages he would field throughout the day from people all over the world. Whether it be a call from the Orthodox Union or the OK or Star K certification agencies, or a mashgiach or local housewife, the Jewish local community and the kosher world at large owe Baumgarten a debt of gratitude.

On behalf of the Mashgiach Association, we wish Baumgarten much strength and success in all his future endeavours.

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Deafening silence about Afghanistan, hue and cry about Israel



Tali Feinberg’s excellent piece in the SA Jewish Report (2 September) titled Africa4Palestine Compares Israel to Nazi Germany, offers sufficient expert academic opinion to totally discredit this narrative that is the backbone of the organisation’s campaign. That crusade together with the continuous use of the apartheid canard has one goal only: the total destruction and delegitimisation of Israel. Both apartheid and Nazi myths carry powerful emotive connotations.

While these falsehoods are somewhat over-played and over-used, Israel’s defensive operations are what elevates the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organisation’s attack to a crescendo. Just months ago, the world erupted in a show of anger, with hordes filling the streets of capital cities, admonishing only Israel during a conflict with the Hamas terror group.

Contrast that to the recent get together in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad poured congratulations on the Taliban for the takeover of Afghanistan and broke bread together. These Sunni terror groups, including Al-Qaeda, share an ideology of gender violence and misogyny, and support each other in multiple ways. Of course, the Taliban’s unmentionable barbaric treatment of women has been well documented and condemned by most of the world.

Those throngs of protesters voicing thunderous support for Hamas, the blood brothers of the Taliban, now manifest a deafening silence. Where is “the squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib? Not forgetting Jewish college students on the left, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.

Are those protesters oblivious to the plight of Afghan girls and women?

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US left’s outrage over Kabul bombing smacks of hypocrisy



As the deadline for the evacuation of those desperate to flee the Taliban take-over of Afghanistan approaches, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) detonated two deadly suicide explosions in the airport precinct of Kabul, killing more than 60 civilians together with 13 United States (US) military personnel.

This tragedy as the events in Afghanistan unfold bought home the reality of having to contend with these types of contemptable and despicable atrocities that aren’t foreign to the Middle East – not to forget where suicide bombing originated more than 20 years ago.

The untimely deaths of the 13 US servicemen has had a profound effect on the psyche of the American public, whose outrage is expressed in most prominent press reports, and is a stark reminder of the dangers of foreign assistance to unstable areas around the world.

Why should American boys die while defending freedom and democracy, is a question on everybody’s lips.

Most Americans, from Democratic liberals to the Republicans, are outraged and incensed – about the only time that the two agree on anything. Even those high-profile celebrities, with the likes of “The Squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. Not to forget Trevor Noah and the Hadid girls, and of course, the left Jewish college students, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.

Just a short while back, these good folk were singing the praises of another organisation, the actual founders and inventors of suicide attacks, in fact showing no remorse whatsoever that such attacks are perpetrated against other democracies. In those cases, the perpetrators are the heroes, and the victims condemned by this coterie. Would this set be accused of hypocrisy? Surely not, given the outrage demonstrated today in the US.

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