The Inside Guide has just published an article highlighting the 13 best beaches in Cape Town for 2018 with a warning about security in its first paragraph, as much a sign of the times as it is a an appropriate time for the article that heralds the start of those summer days.
Apart from the sobering reference to security we certainly could not agree more with their choices with Llandudno, Clifton and Boulders taking the top three spots. Personally I am happy to choose my spot in the sun on #12 Fish Hoek where I grew up and where the water is warmer and there is always space enough for some privacy as opposed to some of the others that get far too crowded and a good record of security.
Take a look and see what your favourite will be this summer!
Most of the security cameras have now been installed. The wifi hotspots to connect the cameras to the monitoring program are in the process of being set up and the monitoring program is being loaded onto various devices for checking.
To have the cameras monitored by volunteers using their personal devices, in their own homes, is groundbreaking technology and that taking our time to do it properly will yield huge benefits for the community and their safety. We are ironing out the teething problems as we go along, and once we roll out completely we are anticipating that things will run smoothly.
We extend a huge thanks to those who have volunteered to monitor the cameras. At present we have 50 volunteers but would like to double that number so please, if you are interested in assisting with this, contact Gail Daniels, the SRA manager, who will give you more information.
This method of security has been developed by the SRA security team.
The SRA has received many calls and messages regarding the recent arrest of a well-known car guard in Kalk Bay. We have been advised that no conditions have been attached to his bail. We are trying to ascertain the charges against him and his next court appearance date. As soon as these are known, we will make representations to the public prosecutor together with the Business Association and the Ratepayers Association.
We also wish to thank Don Yeowell for running the Weekly Crime Update initiative. He will be moving from Kalk Bay shortly and has handed over the distribution of the Weekly Crime Update to Joanne McGilvray. Please address your crime reports in future to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is extremely important for you to report all crimes as we use these figures, together with the crimes reported on the SRA Community WhatsApp group, to compile our crime statistics and to check on crime trends in the area. Also, police only respond to reported crime – if you don’t report it to them, they don’t know about it.
As you can see from the graph below, crime in the area has decreased considerably over the past few years. It is encouraging to know that all the focus on crime prevention is paying off.
P.S A huge thank you to everybody who was involved in ensuring the naming of Manila Steps and celebration of Filipino Heritage was a monumental success, well done!!
The Inside Guide’s has released a list of the best organic food shops in Cape Town and plenty of them are in the Southern Suburbs. You might say more than a fair share!
First on the list was Organic Zone in Lakeside
“Let food be thy medicine; and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
In a perfect world, the food we eat would all be produced ethically and sustainably, devoid of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics. In the real world, that’s sadly not the case… the food industry lost its way decades ago, thanks to a few greedy stakeholders more interested in turning a profit (selling GMO- and mass-produced crops) than in the wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants.
A successful leadership transition in a real estate company is always challenging but over the last six months, a smooth transition has been underway at Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.
Sally Gracie, a familiar name in the Constantiaberg luxury real estate market, has replaced her brother, André de Villiers as MD of the well established local franchise that has been trading in the area consecutively as Steer / ERA Steer and since 2006, as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.
De Villiers, who has 34 years of Cape Town real estate experience, will be expanding his social media business eNeighbourhoods.com and is moving to Ireland, however, de Villiers will remain very active in the Chas Everitt franchise retaining the franchise Marketing Manager position.
Bruce Haywood, a popular and experienced figure in the South Peninsula real estate industry remains the Sales Manager and has recently become a shareholder in the business. Bruce Haywood and Sally Gracie enjoy a complimentary working relationship which will continue to serve the business well. Bruce’s knowledge of the territory and the industry, as well as his amiable manner, are a great value to the business. The Chas Everitt team covers a wide variety of markets in a substantial multi-territory franchise, stretching from Observatory to Simon’s Town.
Managing Director, Sally Gracie feels strongly that real estate leadership is too often removed from active selling which inevitably creates a distance between the team leadership and the body of agents. To this end, Sally will remain the Luxury Property Team leader and the resident agent at Stonehurst Estate where she is the longest-serving accredited agent.
“Being at the coalface of real estate sales every day is important to both Bruce and me, and with the experienced administrative support we have, we are able to guide our sales team with credibility as successful salespeople in management, not management people just talking about sales. One may be surprised to know how uncommon that is in this industry and what a difference it can make,” said Gracie.
Prior to starting in real estate sales in 2008, Gracie worked for Southern Life Properties, as a Centre Manager at Durbanville Centre. Later, she was involved in managing both residential and commercial property for German-based Investment buyers and also worked for the British Consulate in Cape Town, heading up their management division, overseeing the housing and office compliment for the diplomatic staff.
Sally Gracie has introduced a new ‘Team Leader’ structure which will be a key to Chas Everitt Cape Town South extending coverage of the large franchise area. The ‘Team Leader’ structure will benefit experienced agents who can grow their own positions in the business, and effectively grow new agents (interns) to the industry. This structure aims to provide an extra level of hands-on sales support to new agents. Significantly, this structure is directly based on Sally’s own proven success with a Team Leader position. One of Chas Everitt’s Master Agents, Joan Ross has been the first to embrace this opportunity and will build her team in the Diep River to Kenilworth area.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South has always been at the cutting edge of technology and embraces change. According to Sally Gracie that innovation is a key ingredient in making the real estate franchise strong and different. “As a consumer solution orientated business there are some very exciting changes ahead,” she said.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South will be opening the fourth office to their physical presence in the Newlands / Rondebosch area next year.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South are delighted that, for the first time, we are able to EXTEND our quarterly hamper project (called Our Mothers Our Fathers) outside of False Bay.
These hampers go to very deserving elderly beneficiaries. We have been working with the great staff and organisers at Meals on Wheels to identify deserving elderly residents in Plumstead / Diep River area building on what we already do in the False Bay area.
Thank you to all who have contributed to making the Spring Hamper possible.
We will start collecting our Christmas Hamper early in November. Donations can be dropped off at Chas Everitt Fish Hoek or Chas Everitt Tokai or Chas Everitt Bergvliet or if you call Eileen on 021 712 5029, we will if there are at least ten items collect contributions from you.
Well done to our many clients and friends who make these quarterly hampers ‘happen’ and the Chas Everitt Cape Town South team who ALL contribute so generously. In particular thanks to our Hamper Co-ordinators, Diep River agent Joan Ross and our Plumstead agents Franlize Fourie and John Gentz.
Dam levels continue to improve and have risen 1,9% over the last week to 75,9% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption for the past week is up slightly from 511 million litres per day to 520 million litres per day.
Water restrictions and tariffs have been lowered from Level 6b and Level 6 respectively to Level 5 from today, 1 October 2018, due to the encouraging dam recovery and the conservation efforts by Capetonians.
This is an interim measure to provide some relief to the City of Cape Town’s customers. Level 6b restrictions and Level 6 tariffs were there to cater to an extreme situation. The situation has changed materially due to good rainfall, the solid recovery of Cape Town’s dams and the great conservation efforts by residents and businesses.
Normally, the national government makes its determination on the water situation going forward in December. The City, however, believes that it is unfair to wait until December to make an announcement about water restrictions as this will lead to our customers having to pay the highest tariff for an unnecessarily long period of time.
The key elements of Level 5 restrictions are as follows:
An increase in the personal water use limit from 50 litres per person per day to 70 litres per person per day
A resetting of the overall City water usage target from 450 million litres per day to 500 million litres per day
A relaxation of restrictions for commercial and industrial water users from a 45% to a 40% usage reduction
A lowering of tariffs to Level 5 tariffs:
Residential tariffs (ex VAT)
0 – 6 kL: Down 26,6% from R28,90/kL to R21,19/kL
6 – 10,5 kL: Down 25% from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
10 – 35 kL : Down 56% from R120,27/kL to R52,39/kL
Above 35 kL: Down 70% from R1 000/kL to R300/kL
Commercial and Industrial tariffs
Down 18% from R45,75/kL to R37,50/kL
Level 5 restriction don’ts
No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption
No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed
No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water
No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water
The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features is prohibited
All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover
The use of any portable or temporary play pools is prohibited
Should borehole/wellpoint water be used for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up of swimming pools and hosing down of surfaces, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00. However, the City discourages the use of this water for these purposes to prevent the over-abstraction of aquifers
The operation of spray parks is prohibited
No new landscaping or sports fields may be established except if irrigated only with non-drinking water
No surprise – DA ruled Cape Town is still the leader with 65.2%
Consulta and SA-csi have released their latest barometer focusing on South African municipalities. The barometer focuses on citizen satisfaction and trust in the metro municipalities – focusing on the main metros of Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane.
The total sample size was 2,287, with random interviews conducted across the metros.
The delivery gap between what citizens expect, and what the perceive to be receiving has resulted in an overall drop in SA-csi score from 59.3 index points in 2017 to 57.4 this year.
The only metro to have increased its SA-csi score in 2018 is Nelson Mandela Bay – increasing from 59.0 to 61.9 year on year.
All other municipalities have produced a lower performance from last year. Cape Town is still the leader with 65.2, while Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane are on par with the industry, despite their declines.
Buffalo City and Mangaung continue to be below par, contributed to by the fact that Mangaung received the lowest ever SA-csi score of 41.1, showing a 10-index point drop from 2017.
The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said it was planning to spend more than R40 million this financial year on library maintenance and upgrades across the city.
In a statement, the City said its Library and Information Services (LIS) plans to spend more than R43 million on library upgrades, the completion of the Dunoon library, new Wi-Fi connections, services and the acquisition of reading materials.
LIS will spend just under R18,5 million on books, magazines, newspapers and e-resources subscriptions to ensure that the City’s libraries have appealing reading materials to engage all library patrons. Other City libraries will receive R7,7 million for proactive maintenance.
“In a technological and digital age, the City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining these spaces. Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to a huge repository of information and knowledge,” said the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.