EDITOR'S LETTER Welcome to August 2009.
The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof CID teams have had another successful and action-packed month and managed to assist SAPS with a number of arrests. This would not be possible without the direct intervention of our CID members through the service provider, namely Vetus Schola Protection Services or the input that we receive from CID residents; so a big thank-you to everyone for your ongoing support.
Community members have a vital role to play and you can really make a difference through participating in the ‘eyes and ears’ program which was implemented some years ago for the CIDs, SAPS and private security companies. Remember to remain vigilant at all times and to report any crimes or suspicious behaviour immediately. We have included an example of a recent arrest in the crime and grime section of the newsletter to show how effective such collaborative efforts can be. We have also put together some practical safety tips for both consumers and business owners which are well worth a read. Click here to read this section now.
We have also included an interview with the CID Contracts Manager, Dolph Venter, employed through Vetus Schola Protection Services, to find out more about the significant role his team plays in both our CIDs. Read more.
Two other interesting feature articles in this newsletter include a 2010 update based on the fourth 2010 Central City Partners Forum briefing which we attended last month and an informative guide to the various colleges and varsity open days in and around our CIDs.
There are some fantastic events coming up over the next few weeks too, so be sure to read through them and squeeze a couple in to your diary.
That’s all from me, have a great August and I look forward to bringing you more feedback about our CIDs next month.
OK/GP CID CEO
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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?
We pride ourselves in having the top events happening in and around Cape Town listed on our website each month.
Here are our favourite events in and around Cape Town
Cape Town ARISE Fashion Week When: 20 – 22 August 2009
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Blisters for Bread Charity Walk When: Sunday 30 August 2009
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V&A Waterfront Spring Flower Show When: 3 - 7 September 2009
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR CID?
CRIME AND GRIME
CID team in action
On Tuesday 28 July 2009 Marianna Furman had an attempted break-in at her house on Constantia Road, off Kloof Street. OK and GP CID security manager Marius Swanepoel was immediately alerted to the situation and went directly to the scene. He also alerted the Mobile 6 unit who met him at the house.
Marianna was highly impressed with the CID team, “By the time I got to my house (minutes after my neighbour alerted me to the attempted break-in) Marius Swanepoel and the Mobile 6 team had already been to my house, sent a vehicle after the suspects and caught them! They were incredibly professional and responsive and stayed with me until SAPS arrived. Thank you to the entire team, with special thanks going to Marius and Nigel who were amazing”. Click here to read more about this arrest and access a list of CID and SAPS emergency numbers.
OK CID Waste Update
From the beginning of May 2009 to the end of July 2009, 'supplementary cleansing' has resulted in the collection and removal of an estimated 32 900 kgs (over 32 tonnes of waste) from the Oranje-Kloof CID area.
The OK and GP CIDs fully support the Dreamfields Project. It is a section-21 company which was launched in October 2007 by founder and CEO John Perlman, with start-up funding from BHP Billiton and Old Mutual. Its dream, in partnership with the Department of Education, is to put resources for playing soccer into township and rural schools throughout South Africa – quickly efficiently and in a why that reaches the most remote corners of the country.
Springfield Terrace Neighbourhood Watch outreach on Mandela Day
To celebrate Mandela Day on 18 July 2009 the Springfield Terrace Neighborhood Watch of District Six gave 67 minutes of their time in service of their community, by means of a soup kitchen.
Interview with Roedolf Venter
Vetus Schola has been working with the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof CIDs since October 2008. They manage the visible policing for both CIDs and work closely with the GP and OK CIDs security manager Marius Swanepoel. We chatted to Vetus Schola Contracts Manager Roedolf Venter to find out more about his involvement:
What does your job entail? Almost every aspect of my job involves joint operations and ventures, either with SAPS or other CIDs and by working together we can have a real impact in what we do. My primary focus is on crime prevention…
How does Vetus Schola assist the CIDs to manage the visible policing of the CID areas? We have six foot patrollers in Green Point and four in Oranje-Kloof on each shift, as well as a shift manager. We also have four vehicles patrolling the CIDs, of which two are lock up vehicles and two are support vehicles. We also provide on-the-job training to ensure that patrollers know what to look for. We see this as a constant and ongoing process which is vital to maintaining the quality of the guards.
Who should residents contact if they witness a crime or are concerned about their safety? First call the CID shift manager on 071 670 3019. If you can’t get through for any reason then contact Mobile 6 in the OK CID area on 082 217 1386 or Mobile 5 in the GP CID on 082 214 3228. You can also call CID CEO Marc Truss on 082 560 0684; CID security manager Marius Swanepoel on 082 922 1832; Mike Reeler on 082 411 7778 or me on 071 680 0801.
Click here to read the rest of this interview.
University and College Open Days in and around our CIDs
There are a number of highly recommended tertiary institutions in and around Cape Town. We have put together an informative list of these colleges and universities, including where they are situated and when they have their annual open days.
OSUMO now open on Kloof Street
The array of restaurants on Kloof Street is remarkable, whether you’re after a quick bite in your lunch break or planning a decadent evening out, you’re sure to find the perfect spot. The latest addition to this collection is OSUMO, which is just across the road from vida e caffè.
Green Point Business Directory
Soon you’ll be able to search for all your favourite local spots in the comprehensive Green Point business directory. It will include listings of all businesses, shops and restaurants in the area with their contact details and street address, so watch this space!
We attended a briefing on the “Lessons Learnt from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup” which was held at the fourth 2010 Central City Partners Forum on 23 July at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It was great to see how much time, effort and coordination is being poured into the planning of the 2010 World Cup and to listen to the key note speakers addressing specific issues which require attention leading up to the event.
Hermanus Times Kalfiefees
06 – 10 August 2009. Celebrate the arrival of the Southern Right Whales at the Hermanus ‘Calf Festival’ this August. A variety of productions and festivities are planned to suit all ages and tastes.
Blisters for Bread Charity Walk
30 August 2009. Join the thousands of walkers taking part in this charity fun walk. Your R25 entry fee will take you along a scenic five, ten or twenty kilometre route all starting from the Green Point Stadium. The event raises much-needed funds for school children throughout the Western Cape.
V & A Waterfront Spring Flower Show
3 – 7 September 2009. Housed within the Marquee on Market Square, the Flower Show Exhibition will treat visitors to a floral paradise.
SAFETY TIPS FOR CONSUMERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS
• Know your surroundings, stay vigilant and don’t walk on your own at night.
• When in public spaces, keep valuable items including jewellery, mobile phones and wallets out of sight.
• Ensure that your alarm is in good working condition
• Advertise your security.
• Avoid inside jobs. Keeping information about cash transits and deposits on a need-to-know basis can assist in avoiding inside jobs.
• In case of emergency (ICE), call the CID. The CID patrol vehicles are in direct contact with SAPS and can assist in times of need.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Make one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time at least.
- Charles Wiley
GP CID Contact Numbers
GP CID Patrol Vehicle
082 214 3228
GP CID Shift Manager (24 hrs)
071 670 3019
OK CID Contact Numbers
OK CID Patrol Vehicle
082 217 1386
OK CID Shift Manager (24 hrs)
071 670 3019
OK CID Manager
082 411 7778
General OK and GP CID Contact Numbers
082 560 0684
082 922 1832
071 680 0801