Ike Moriz unites Hout Bay residents to protest in song: Lucky Star Ain't What You Are

"With this song we protest!" On 12th May 2015 well-known Hout Bay citizens from Hangberg and the valley joint forces in protest and recorded and filmed a song written by SA pop star Ike Moriz. 

Local musicians Barry van Zyl (Johnny Clegg's drummer), Roger Bashew (bass legend, RGB Music), guitar virtuoso Guy Collins (Hot Water), Hangberg rapper Spike Parker (Peter Parker Michaels), videographer & editor Wayne Johnstone (Myth Media), sound engineer Andrew Rawbone-Viljoen & his brother Jeremy (Digital Forest) and singer, producer, actor and writer Ike Moriz united in protest of the noxious, putrid and potentially harmful emissions by the local Oceana / Lucky Star fish processing factory (fish meal & fish oil for export to China & USA etc - used as fertiliser, pet food etc) at Digital Forest Studios in Constantia. The song was released on iTunes to raise funds for the Hout Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association.

LUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU ARE IKE MORIZ protest song

After decades of reluctantly tolerating the odor pollution of the Oceana fishmeal factory in Hout Bay, it appears that the side-effects of the factory emissions ranging from headaches, nausea, dizziness,  red/itchy eyes to insomnia and sinus conditions are experienced by more and more locals. Many residents who have lived in Hout Bay (a world famous tourist location in the Western Cape, South Africa) for decades describe the stench as intolerable and as worse than ever before. 

All efforts to reason with Oceana CEO Francois Kuttel and the management of their Hout Bay factory have failed so far: in their eyes all is as it should be. 

Please share this song and video with your friends and encourage them to sign a CHANGE.org petition (see link below), join the Facebook group and Fb page like thousands of other concerned residents and supporters. Frustration rises with every time this antisocial public nuisance by the factory (Oceana Brands aka Lucky Star) is violating constitutional rights of well-being and enjoying living space. Something needs to change! We are very concerned for our health!! Please help!!!!! Fresh Air For Hout Bay!!! F.A.H.B.

http://www.smellsfishy.co.za ; http://www.facebook.com/houtbaysmellsfishy ; https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/lucky-star-aint-what-you-are/id1002416926

FAHB’S CHANGE.org Petition: https://www.change.org/p/city-of-cape-town-stop-oceana-s-odour-pollution-in-hout-bay-and-find-a-sustainable-solution-for-all

Originally Ike recorded a protest video after a sleepless night caused by the stench on 24.04.15: http://youtu.be/kd1H9K9_WLk "This morning at 1.30am our whole family was once again awoken by the noxious smell of our local fish-meal and fish-oil factory in Hout Bay. Our little ones were complaining about headaches, nausea and red, itchy eyes (as did we). It's not easy to describe the anger and frustration that we felt (this has happened countless times in the recent past) and all our efforts to reason with the owners of the factory have failed - in their eyes all is as it should be. After a sleepless night, I decided to write this song and simply recorded it now with my phone to give voice to not only our anger but to all those affected here in Hout Bay"


For further info, press shots, interviews, contact: Kiara Worth (kiara.worth@gmail.com), Helen Hays (hhays58@gmail.com) or Ike Moriz (ike@ikemoriz.com) from the F.A.H.B. Fresh Air for Hout Bay community forum. Thank you for your support!

Words to this song (by Ike Moriz http://www.ikemoriz.com / Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/moriz.ike :

LUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU ARE (words & music by ©Ike Moriz, 25.04.2015) 

At first living with you was so romantic, Sunsets, harbour lights and fishing boats. We would stroll the beach, it was gigantic, Magic views, whales, dolphins and Mount Rhodes.

LUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU AREYOUR BREATH SMELLS LIKE A FISH CIGARKNOCK ON WOOD AND FIND A FOUR LEAF CLOVERLUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU AREYOUR BREATH SMELLS LIKE A FISH CIGARLEAVE OUR ‚HOOD’ CAUSE THIS ROMANCE IS OVER

You do your smelly business in the night when the rest of us is all sleeping tight. You wake our children in the early morning With headaches, nausea, red eyes: sleep deprived!

LUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU AREYOUR BREATH SMELLS LIKE A FISH CIGARKNOCK ON WOOD AND FIND A FOUR LEAF CLOVERLUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU AREYOUR BREATH SMELLS LIKE A FISH CIGARLEAVE OUR ‚HOOD’ CAUSE THIS ROMANCE IS OVER

Your had your chance this town’s given you notice. Yet you persist that there’s nothing wrong. Tried to pay us off, confuse us, divert the focus: Your work here is done!

Rap section (by Spike Parker)

LUCKY STAR AIN’T WHAT YOU ARE…

Here is some recent SA press about this subject (The Sentinel, Cape Times, Cape Argus, Die Burger):

sing the stink blues oceana lucky star hout bay Francois Kuttel
city is meeting with Oceana to improve odour monitoring Francois Kuttel
Houtbaai inwoners kla oor visfabriek oceaan lucky star francois kuttel
fish factory pong has residents in foul mood ocean lucky star francois kuttel
no thanks to lucky star for stinking delay francois kuttel oceana fahb fresh air for
Hout Bay residents cry foul over smell Oceana Fishmeal factory's odours trap locals indoors Cape Argus Lucky Star
Nauseating smell returns to Hout Bay fishmeal factory Oceana Lucky Star Sentinel 04032016
Call for legal action Hout Bay residents called to document impact of door pollution by Oceana fishmeal factory


UPDATE: 29.04.2016

Surely this is more than possible to achieve: 
- Better jobs for Hangberg's residents, embracing a rich heritage living and working with what the ocean has to offer in a sustainable way.. 
- Better working conditions and jobs that offer more than just 2 days per week paid employment for 50 staff in a factory that's polluting a whole suburb.. 
- Somehow the power needs to return to the people: fishing rights for small Hangberg businesses, a proper fish market selling to visitors and locals (it could be Cape Town's prime fish market!)
- new opportunities to attract more tourists (and have them come back after a visit and not forever loose them due to the pollution)..
- but also bearing in mind the thousands of unemployed young people seeking job opportunities that don't necessarily have to be fishing related..

Most people like the smell of a working harbor, its boats, fresh catch being unloaded... It's what makes a harbor a harbor and many may have even decided to move here because they love harbors and the smells associated with them - however the chemical stench and odor pollution by Oceana destroys and overpowers all other smells when in production - leaving a horrid stench lingering inside houses, schools, restaurants, parking lots, even on the clothes we wear. 
It literally kills everything else. 

Many are more negatively affected: the air pollution leaves them with headaches, nausea, dizziness, stinging eyes and sinuses. Some believe their asthma or allergies are linked to it. Many businesses suffer too and loose customers or can't thrive and expand in the way they could without the pollution..

Hout Bay has become a thriving community that is by large neither dependent on the animal matter processing industry nor is it connected to it.
So we all find ourselves in a situation where we have inherited a stinking 60year old facility negatively affecting many ten-thousands - some more and some less - that provides income to 4 dozen local bread-winners (the same amount could be employed by 2 big restaurants) and some of their families who probably still have to find work elsewhere to make ends meet. 

The DA-run province and city can see the potential of Hout Bay harbor but they don't want to or they can't get involved because they either want to win over voters from Hangberg or they are afraid of social unrest and in part their hands are tied due to the harbor being run and owned by national ANC lead government who hasn't shown a lot of interest in the state of our harbors in the past decades and only now is starting to come up with ideas that seem to lack the input of the locals..

I believe the only way forward is if we all together look at the available options and put our energy into making one of them a reality - not one part of the community against another (as often instigated by radicals), but all parts as a whole together. 

And the first step of this is to communicate with each other and try and understand each other's points of view.. Let's debunk a couple of truck loads of misinformation and political or corporate propaganda. Lots to do - but we gotta start somewhere: for all the newbies in Hout Bay: Ask lots of questions! Find out about the history of The bay... Especially the plight of the older generations of Hangberg residents and how they ended up in this location and situation.. But let's also look at all the changes that happened here since the end of the dreaded Apartheid era after 1994; the story of how IY came to be; the incredible boost of opportunities through those who moved and invested here.

But most importantly: let's for just one moment assume that WE ALL ACTUALLY WANT A GOOD, HEALTHY & HAPPY LIFE FOR EACH OTHER IN HOUT BAY. 

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