Gone are the days of our youth when kids played outside in the veld until the stars lit up the sky, safe and secure, and without a care in the world. Back then nobody had fences, front gardens overlooked large open spaces, religion centred around the massive central town church, and the corner store was the hub of commerce.
Man, times have really changed.
We now live in an era when it is crucial to encourage young people to think about their personal safety when they are out and about over the Easter and Passover holidays. My motto as a parent is to maintain a proactive effort by developing, reviewing, refining and testing my kid’s knowledge and preparedness. For starters, talk to them about simple crime prevention measures.
Many youth are oblivious to the fact that they are an open invitation to thieves when they brandish their expensive gadgets, like MP3 players and cellular phones. Remind youngsters to remain aware of their surroundings and try to avoid talking on mobile phones in crowded areas. Tell them to wait for a bus in a busy area and to avoid walking alone at night; stick to well-lit areas.
This is not to say you can no longer have fun. This school holidays, spend time with your kids exploring our community. There are loads of activities to be enjoyed by kids of all ages and, while it could be a fun bonding time, use the opportunity to stake out the potential crime hotspots and shifty areas you and your kids should steer clear of.
Make a point within the next few weeks of attending a Community Police Forum - Cape Town Central (CPFCtn) meeting, where your input is valued on practical issues of crime and security. Then check in on some of the latest developments about town (Harley Davidson is moving into Green Point!), observe the upgrades at the NG Church on Kloof, and get your cultural fix at the new Biblioteq bookstore also on Kloof.
Your level of participation and feedback is the true measure of our programme’s success. In this vein, I say a special thank you to Jacky Sischy from JS Electrical, Wally Smith from Voltex Ndbeni and Doron Lichtenstein from IGAL Metal Works for their generous donations of four spotlights, labour, materials and metal work for the CID Strand Street parking area. Through contributions such as these, the CID, together with its ratepayers and businesses in the area, make a meaningful contribution to crime prevention, and moreover, fostering a community spirit for those who make use of our services.
Have a safe and happy Easter and Pesach.
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Prevent sewer clogs, backups and other pesky complaints
Storm water and potholes may be the stuff of winter, but when it comes to keeping clogged sewers and back-ups at bay, there is a surefire way to keep the system flowing.
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Play Your Part:
Ratepayers’ Maintenance of Private Drainage Systems
Remember that you are responsible for blockages in the storm water drainage on your property. So before winter rainstorms arrive, ensure everything is working properly. You can help reduce flooding and backups around your house by keeping inlets, gutters, downspouts and perimeter drains, clear of leaves and debris. Follow the following guidelines and you will help prevent mainline sewer backups, too:
- Clear your gutters and downspouts of all leaves and debris. Ensure they remain clear through the winter.
- Have your drain system cleaned and repair if necessary. Remember, drain tiles will plug over time with mud, silt or roots, and in some cases may fail due to age.
- Ensure that any surface drains, such as those located at the bottom of driveways and stairwells are clear of mud and debris and remain clear throughout the winter.
- Be careful what you put down the storm water drain. Never pour oil, paint or other chemicals on the ground, into sewers or down the drain. Take these toxic substances to your local waste disposal facility.
- Several items that should not be put into your sewer system are paper towels, nappies, grease, paints/solvents, chemicals, antifreeze, non-food oils, and any item that will not dissolve. Please deposit grease and food scraps into a can or the trash for disposal.
1. Good Friday and Easter
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter or Pascha. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary. This year, it falls on 6 April, 2007.
Good Friday is a holy day observed by Christians. Special prayer services are often held on this day with readings from the Gospel giving accounts of the events leading up to the crucifixion. Mainstream Christian churches view Christ's crucifixion as a voluntary and vicarious act, and one by which, along with resurrection on the third day, death itself was conquered.
Easter, the Feast of the Resurrection, the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed between late March and late April (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity). It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which his followers believe occurred on the third day after his death by crucifixion some time in the period AD 27 to 33. In the Roman Catholic Church, Easter is actually an eight-day feast called the Octave of Easter.
Easter also refers to the season of the church year, lasting 50 days, from Easter Sunday through Pentecost. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter)
2. Cape Town Gets a Cultural Fix with Stylish New Bookstore Biblioteq
On returning from New York, Rotem Shachar found that hours of book browsing was one of the things she missed most about the big city, so she decided to start a brand new bookshop. Biblioteq on Kloof Street is the alluring result.
Located in the heart of Cape Town’s coffee-culture strip, Biblioteq is a honey pot for the design, advertising, media, film and fashion industry set. Biblioteq’s access to resources from Asia, Europe and the U.S. means the world’s most desirable books are available on your doorstep. Collectables include Goat (a 34-kg picture-tale about the life of Muhammed Ali). Another desirable is David LaChapelle’s limited edition Artists & Prostitutes.
From art in book form, coffee table gifts, to books for your beloved, Biblioteq carries something for everyone. Of course, local books, such as African Salad, enjoy pride of place in this bibliophile’s paradise.
Take advantage of Biblioteq’s reference library service. For a monthly fee Biblioteq will build a notable bespoke collection of reference books, which will be beautifully wrapped and delivered.
Famed artist Julian Opie’s artwork lends creative treatment to the walls (also for sale). The cultivated atmosphere will, in time, be echoed through Biblioteq’s hosting of design speakers and events. Customers can sign up for a newsletter with alerts on the latest books and international design trends.
Biblioteq is located at 41 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001. For more information call 021 422 0774 or click on www.biblioteqbooks.com
3. NG Church
Redevelopment work is underway at the Ned Geref Kerk property, located at 55 Kloof Street, is nearing completion. The project, undertaken at a cost of multi million Rand, involves the creation of an Outreach Centre, which in addition to affording improved facilities for the existing daycare centre, will provide an office suite intended for religious counseling, a 50-seater conference centre, as well a youth centre. Provision has also been made for a coffee shop, which will incorporate a newly created courtyard area. An aspect of the overall design includes a paved piazza that will provide an open frontage and unobstructed access directly from Kloof Street.
4. Community Police Forum
Ever wondered how you can contact the police more efficiently? Tried 10111 without success? Do you stand in long queues at the Cape Town Police Station hoping to render a complaint about something in your neighbourhood without success?
Don’t stress. Now you have a new option.
The Community Police Forum - Cape Town Central (CPFCtn) has been created specifically with you in mind. A CPF serves as a go-between, linking the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Community (you). CPFCtn combines skills from people of the community, SAPS members, personnel from security companies and other government organisations try find the best solutions for everyday, crime and security related problems.
As an additional service CPFCtn provides a website (http://www.cpfctn.co.za). Here you will find warnings and alerts (on ATM fraud, for instance) and general security tips from SAPS. Contact numbers and email addresses for SAPS and CPFCtn executive members are listed. A short diary of events and road closures in Cape Town is listed for your convenience and you will find which restaurants and bottle stores have applied for liquor licenses or changes to liquor licenses. And so much more.
Visit CPFCtn at: http://www.cpfctn.co.za
drop an email and subscribe to the alerts section. You are also very welcome to join CPFCtn every Thursday morning (or as often as you like) for an open meeting with the Police. Simply look for the details on the website.
Have your say. CPFCtn: for the Community, by the Community.
5. Making Kloof Street Accessible
The following pictures depict work in progress for the upgrade of Kloof Street in order to make it more wheelchair and pram friendly.
Security Dos for Children
- Teach children never to allow strangers into the home.
- Teach children local emergency phone numbers and ensure younger children know their name, address, and home phone number.
- Teach young children how to answer the telephone correctly to avoid sharing more information than is absolutely necessary, that is, your personal information, home address, absence of adults, etc.
- Teach children how to exit the house in case of an emergency.
- Teach children how to say “no” to strangers.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Latest hotspots and areas of concern as posted by the Community Police Forum on http://www.cpfctn.co.za on 27/03/07.
- Subway ramp at the entrance to railway station.
- On the corner of Strand and Adderley Street leading to Golden Acre.
- Table Mountain area pathways, including Signal Hill and Lions Head, especially when visited alone or in small groups.
- Area surrounding Garden Centre
Dates to diarise
Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) firstname.lastname@example.org www.kknk.co.za
Date: 1 - 8 April 2007
Tel: 044 203 8600
Old Mutual Two Oceans Fun Run/Walk email@example.com www.twooceansmarathon.org.za
Date: 6 April 2007
Venue: University of Cape Town (UCT)
Tel: 021 671 9407
Oyster and Champagne Festival firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 7 - 8 April 2007
Venue: Bloemendal Wine Estate, Durbanville
Tel: 021 976 2682
Autumn FAB Bridal Expo 2007 email@example.com www.thepromo.co.za
Date: 14 - 15 April 2007
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Phone: 021 981 4737
Design for Living firstname.lastname@example.org www.designforliving.co.za
Date: 21 April - 1 May 2007
Venue: Good Hope Centre, Cape Town
Tel: 021 488 5860
Vodacom / Good Hope FM Clifton Beach Challenge email@example.com www.worldsport.co.za
Date: 17 December 2006
Venue: Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town
Tel: 021 426 5775
Decorex Cape firstname.lastname@example.org www.decorex.co.za
Date: 26 – 29 April 2007
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Tel: 021 410 5000 or 011 549 8300
Admirals Regatta Yacht Race email@example.com www.hbyc.co.za
Date: 27 April 2007
Venue: Hout Bay
Tel: 021 790 3110
Wellness Festival firstname.lastname@example.org www.waterfront.co.za
Date: 28 - 29 April 2007
Venue: V&A Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre
Tel: 021 408 7697
Police Services - 24hr Emergency
Fire Station - Emergency Services
021 535 1100
021 423 3210
021 483 9272
021 596 1400
Motor Vehicle Licence Department
021 400 2487
Traffic Department (Accidents / Towing etc.)
021 406 8700
Roads and Storm Water (Cape Town)
021 425 3310
021 590 1535 /021 424 1331
(chemicals/poison etc.) 021 557 2226
City Health Department
021 421 0161
Refuse / Black Bins / Collections
021 462 4414
Call Centre - (black/wheelie bins)