This seemed symbolic to me this morning -- an overgrown beach on Cape Town's Atlantic coast. The Atlantic Area is one of Africa's most densely populated areas. All these beaches were at one time popular, almost all year round. But when they were opened up to all, as apartheid drew to a close, they were opened up, too, to vagabonds. The same happened to city parks. They became abused and disused. OBSERVATION: I was incidentally a member of the movement which opened up the first beach in South Africa. Rev. Allan Hendrickse was controversially involved.