False Bay, Smitswinkel Bay,South Africa. Foreigner pays R7m for Smitswinkel Bay land This is also a divesite

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    ++++++++++Today May4 2007 I found that this photo was in Explore Dec 28, 2006 #232"+++++++++++++++++

    There is no road to these cottages and no electricity but I saw a simple aerial cable run so I suppose thats how they got their materials down
    Its also a Divesite there are 5 wrecks at 40 meters

    I thought I might share this interesting piece of info with you ;

    April 07, 2006

    40 hectares at Smitswinkel Bay, one of the Peninsula's last pieces of undeveloped coastal property, has been sold at auction for R7.73 million to a foreigner living in South Africa.

    The sum includes VAT and commission.

    Whenever the land has changed hands, residents have feared the buyer may use it for a housing development, which would ruin the character of the area. The land was last auctioned in 2001 for R3m, but the buyer, a consortium, did not build on it.

    The land surrounds but excludes the 29 cottages at Smitswinkel Bay, borders the Cape Peninsula National Park and falls within the Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment. There is no electricity, refuse removal or road access for the cottages.

    Special permission must be granted by the provincial authorities for rezoning or development and previous applications have been turned down.

    The land's rural zoning allows buildings that occupy only 500m2, which would allow one home.

    But Alan Scully, a director of Michael James, the auctioneer of the property, said the buyer was made aware of the land's restrictions and was in possession of the title deed dated 1915.

    Michael Slayen of Table Mountain National Park said the land was a priority for inclusion in the park and was to become a World Heritage Site.

    The park, however, could not afford the prices fetched at the last two auctions. One option would be a long-term lease on the land. Another would be the land being given to the park, but it high value made this unlikely.

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    1. h.andras_xms 85 months ago | reply

      Simple beautiful!

    2. FromJoanne 85 months ago | reply

      Thanks @Thaozilla Bease I have done it
      Thats the Western Cape
      sheer beauty where ever you look !
      Thanks for leaving your comment @h.andras_xms

    3. shelby1half [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

    4. Chalkie_CC 85 months ago | reply

      This is definitely one of Flickrs Best

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    5. pninaN 85 months ago | reply

      I think this is a great image !
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    6. FromJoanne 85 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much for the comments and honour

    7. Kiney_h aka Niki [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      lovely! makes me so home sick! :(

    8. spaniel shari 85 months ago | reply

      what a wonderful place and gorgeous colours. I'd love to visit some day. interesting info too.

    9. David Maury 85 months ago | reply

      such an outstanding shot! An an interesting story too...

    10. Bibimorvarid [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      how interesting of a place, and story, I love the info as much as the picture, fantastic

    11. cybeer303 85 months ago | reply

      beautiful wow

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    13. lee_hoyle 67 months ago | reply

      I am proud to be a Capetonian :-)

    14. SoZa! 65 months ago | reply

      Great Picture of one of the wonderful Cape Town beaches

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      Definitely a winner!!!
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