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The Mystery of Knysna’s Oak Trees — 6 Comments

  1. rather sad that Knysna, a town built on the timber industry, would have to get outside contractors, and then just burn such valuable wood.
    Far better would have been to have crafted the timber into a public facility, benches or part of a public building or something, anything better than burning,

    • I’m not against outside contractors doing the work so long as they were not only the best qualified but radically cheaper. But we don’t know because it’s rare for KM to inform us te same way they do their victories, in colour, in local newspapers.

      Public participation may have found use for some of it. Now we’ll never know.

      I heard from someone this morning at KM that there was an attempt to sell some of the wood but it was rejected. This, however, runs contrary to Lauren’s initial statement that all was to be burnt.

  2. Yes, Belvidere too has lost many of its oaks. Personally, I’d like to see those cut down replaced with Jacaranda. I know it isn’t indigenous, but as is evident in Pretoria and many other cities, the tree produces the most wonderful display of blue blossom.

    • They do look pretty but i fear you, as a bee keeper, are biased – ha ha. As a child, i was stung so many times from bees in fallen jacaranda trees.

      I’m not against indigenous trees replacing the oaks and i’m 100% for safety. I just want the municipality to approach every situation with openness.

  3. Mike, I happen to know that this problem was first discovered in Belvidere and many Oaks were cut down more than a year ago. I personally saw a massive one that simply fell over after some rain.

    All options were explored then, but there simply was no other solution.

    To the best of my knowledge the timber cannot be utilised due to the risk of spreading the infection. I hope there is proper control of the disposal of the timber.

    As for the municipal dump, that deserves a few blogs. This has been ongoing for decades and has made living in Concordia and other affected areas unbearable and unhealthy.

    To the best of my knowledge Mr. Adonis has initiated procedures to obtain a lawful site for the dump and close the Old Place dump forever. The dump is illegal as it has not been licenced in terms of the NEM Waste Act. In all fairness to Mr. Adonis he inherited the problem from his predecessors and I am confident that he will sort out this problem for once and for all.

    • Thanks, Susan. Your input is always appreciated.

      Has there been any research this year into whether the rot in the Belviderean trees was arrested?

      Yes, if i recall correctly, our rubbish currently gets transported to Mossel Bay. The health problems remains for residents though. I don’t see the same problem being tolerated if it were affecting richer areas such as Belvidere or Leisure Isle. The poor get a raw deal.