Fernkloof Nature ReserveI am perturbed by the recent brouhaha regarding the proposed developments in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR).

While I clearly understand the opposition to unchecked development in a pristine reserve, I cannot fathom the outright contempt shown by some members of the public towards municipal officials and councillors. In rugby there is a saying: play the ball, not the man.

Is it too much to ask for some common decency when debating issues that are important to us all? Reading some of the posts and comments on social media I was aghast at what I saw. It is one thing to have an opinion. It is a completely different matter if you are plain rude and dismissive as it distracts from any valid point you make. The people who work with these matters are competent and well-respected members of our society and should be treated as such, even if you think they are wrong.

While many of the proposed developments are not suitable for the FNR, I do think that a tea garden and some development at the three dams will not go amiss. And as far as I remember the much-anticipated Astronomy Centre was a fait accompli, or did I miss something?

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