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SOS for Cape baboons

After 1 million years on the Cape Peninsula, it is now close to Midnight for a number of our Chacma baboon troops. As development on the peninsula rapidy continues, their small island of natural habitat on the urban edge is shrinking every year. Scientists have noted the lack of genetic variation of this small isolated population and have suggested that the shrinking gene pool is every bit as disastrous for the baboons as the limited land options.

Baboon Matters invite the residents of Scarborough to an evening in aid of the Cape Peninsula's longest standing primates. This event will raise funds to enable us to carry out a feasibility study around relocating some of the Cape’s most at-risk baboon troops (including the Scarborough troop), to a large, free-roaming sanctuary to ensure their long-term survival.  These troops are at risk due to years of aggressive management and human/baboon conflict, as well as a protocol which targets males for euthanasia which has a disastrous effect on an already dwindling gene pool.

Baboon Matters has had initial discussions with Cape Nature, who agree that relocation may be a possible solution for the most hard hit troops.  We are in the beginning stages of preparing a “business plan” for submission to Cape Nature, and this will include a survey of all affected residents. Our art auction will be the first event to get the ball rolling, and we have some fabulous artworks on offer.  We would like to invite not just art lovers but anyone that would like to find out more about what Baboon Matters is up to and what can be done to ensure a sustainable future for all baboons on the Cape Peninsula.

Baboon Matters Trust,” >,

Muizenberg Festival Dog Show

This Saturday. See details.

Lovely real-time wind map

This wind map is mesmerizing, so I thought I would share it. You can use your mouse to zoom in or out or scroll around to other parts of the world.,-32.99,3000
Kate Emmons

Staff members needed:

SHAMBALLAH TEA HOUSE & HOLISTIC CENTRE, Plateau Road, Cape Point, is looking for the following people:

Reception/Hostess/General Holistic Centre Running:
Young lady available immediately
Who loves to work with people
Who has a good understanding of holistic health & wellness
Well spoken & presented
Good writing skills
Computer literate
Please provide references

Young, well spoken and presented ladies
to work on a part time basis for the months of Oct and Nov.  Could lead to full time employment.
For cleaning and helping with cooking in the tea house.  For serving customers.
Should live close by (Ladies living in Redhill would benefit from close distance).
To work at the centre & tea house.
Please provide references. Contact
Matie,   073 008 5952
Services needed

Crochet  –  Looking for  a special someone to do some crochet work for me on an ad hoc basis. Perfect for a talented Domestic worker/ House keeper
Tanya,   072 646 4771,” >

Au-pair / driver  –  for kids school drop-off and collection at Waldorf & Fish Hoek. We can supply the vehicle – please call me to discuss rate per day.
Henri du Rand,   074 709 7600,   Eve 082 378 2383

Mindfulness Retreat 17-18 October at Shamballah Holistic Centre

This 2 day Mindfulness in Action retreat will be led by Annika Nicol. The retreat will explore the practice of Being Present – what it means to live in the present moment. We will bring awareness to the thoughts, feelings and sensations in our bodies, and find ways of relating with these experiences without judgement.

Times: 9-16.30 on Saturday and 9-15.30 on Sunday
Cost: R1750
For Health Professionals: 15 CPD points

Annika Nicol has practiced as a Clinical Psychogist since 1997. She completed a 7 year training in Mindfulness Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in the UK. She runs Mindfulness Retreats and works as Psychotherapist in private practice. Contact

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