George hits Angie's G-spot, and it's 'heartbreaking'
Garden Route couple claim their tourist hotspot has been reduced to rubble because of a jealous rival lodge owner
The owners of a popular tourist stopover in the mountains outside Knysna watched in horror on Monday as most of their buildings were torn down following a protracted legal battle with the George municipality.
The bar, workshop and staff accommodation of Angie’s G-spot – for years a favourite lodge and watering hole for bikers traversing the spectacular Prince Alfred’s Pass – have been reduced to a pile of rubble beside the Keurbooms River.
Mattresses and linen and personal effects were strewn on the river bank, watched over by tearful Angie Beaumont who has been running the business in De Vlugt with her husband Harold for more than a decade. They live on a retired 1952 bus on the property.“All our belongings are lying all over the property and we have nowhere to put everything,” an emotional Beaumont said Sunday via telephone from their bus .
“This has destroyed our lives. It is heartbreaking,” she said, adding that police and court officials were on the scene.
The only structures left standing are the toilets, the kitchen and the bus – but these may disappear next if the Beaumonts do not comply with building regulations.
The couple lost a court bid to stave off an eviction order, which was finally issued in February last year. They were instructed to demolish unauthorised buildings in the river floodplain – accommodation units and a lounge/kitchen area – but only removed some of the structures on the understanding that they could retrospectively obtain the necessary paperwork. They claim they are being targeted due to a fallout with a jealous neighbouring landowner and rival lodge owner.
Attempts to appease the municipality with detailed building plans and proposals had been unsuccessful, Beaumont said Sunday. “They’ve had our plans since 2009.”
Beaumont also questioned the ethics of destroying a lodge that provided employment and much-needed income for her disabled son, who suffers from motor neuron disease: “It is shocking what they have done. We spent out last bit of money to pay a lawyer the other day. He couldn’t do anything to help us.”Johann Brummer, a friend of the Beaumonts and a former Bitou councillor who tried to intercede on the couple’s behalf, accused the municipality of reneging on a deal to allow them time to rectify their legal standing: “Unfortunately, the municipality have not kept their word and stayed the enforcement of the order as agreed, but their lawyer has repeatedly tried to enforce it despite full knowledge that we are trying our best to comply with the agreement and solve the problem as agreed,” Brummer said in a letter sent to all George municipality councillors.
But George municipality spokesperson Athane Scholtz said the Beaumonts had ignored several warnings to remove their illegal buildings.“The respondents have on several occasions been requested to demolish the structures as per a court order, which had never been done, which is why it was enacted today. It was decided to enact the court order in two phases to give the respondents a final chance to fulfil certain conditions, including submission of correct building plans – this effectively means they did not have to demolish their living quarters for another 28 days – after which the totality of the court order will be executed.”
The lodge was a place of pilgrimage for cross-country bikers who are drawn as much by its breathtaking views as its cheeky attitude. A sign advertising “hot beer, lousy food, bad service, k*k accommodation”, was recently removed after complaints by horrified neighbours.
Beaumont said the name stemmed from a remark she made when she first viewed the riverside plot: “I’ve finally found my G-spot,” she told her husband.