The chopping of dozens of
trees in the Tokai and Cecilia plantations will begin today.
According to South African
National Parks the Mountain to Ocean Forestry Company won a public tender and
purchased the pine trees from the Government in a multi-million rand deal
involving other plantations in the Western Cape as well.
But residents are angry because they say they
weren't properly consulted about the project.
A large warning sign with the words
“Harvesting in Progress” is attached to the front of one of the pine trees set
to be cut down later today.
Several park rangers are
stationed nearby the cut down area and meters away a few Tokai residents who
were opposed to the cutting down of the trees can also be seen.
At least one of them broke
down in tears.
One resident says the
community was assured the trees would only be cut down at a later stage.
Labels: Cutting of trees make tokai residents Angry