FOSTER - friends of St Francis nature areas

We live in such a wonderful and pristine environment here at the tip of Africa making us some of the most privileged in our fair land yet there are those who seemingly need to create mayhem and disorder in the lives of others. Possibly these mindless souls should consider a move back to a place where they can vent their aggressive destructive personalities in a bit of friendly road rage on city highways and byways rather in our peaceful little community.

vandalised barriers in Cape ST Francis nature reserves

Matt Gennrich reports more vandalism in our reserves.

The people who steal the speed bump signs on the Cape St Francis beachfront, the signs at the entrance to the reserves, the people who saw through the bolts holding barriers in place in our reserves and steal the logs, the people who are too lazy to do even that and just saw through the middle of the log to make access easier. The people who just cycle or walk where there are signs restricting this in the reserves, the people who litter where they feel like it?

Simple, these people are residents and holiday makers in our greater St Francis area, people you and I may well know. They believe that they are entitled to do what they want and where they want, yet I suspect that they are the first ones that complain about other wrong doings and ills in our land.

What possess them to believe that they are entitled to destroy what a few dedicated people are trying to preserve and build? Not so much for themselves but for future generations and all who call this area home?

Maybe they know, is it just entitlement, selfishness, or something they need to prove to themselves or others? Who knows but this blatant vandalism is not acceptable and does not belong here or anywhere.

Maybe they want to change the nature of the CSF village, have armed foot patrols and cameras everywhere, permits to use the reserves and community policing.

I, and I am sure that most people here do not want this, neither do we want to become a society where we spy on each other and report on each other. We all know where that ends.

But please, if you see someone blatantly disobeying the simple rules in the reserves or vandalizing communal property consider what actions you will take to secure the beauty of our reserves and villages.

In the interim FOSTER will be opening a case of vandalism with the police and use its limited resources to repair the damage done.

Matt Gennrich