CITY IMPROVEMENT NEWSLETTER
Oranje-Kloof & Green Point
As the Green Point CID approaches the end of it’s six-year term of office, take a moment to look at what has transpired over the last six years.
We came on board in the early part of July 2001 with great aspirations and amid some apprehension as to what was in store for us. It was a difficult time as our area was in a quandary: crime was rife, developments were taking place and the “Village’, as it was called in those days, was going from a quiet, suburban neighborhood to being the centre of the club scene. As a commercial-industrial zone, Green Point also bordered a conservation area, and the dichotomy had its fair share of problems.
The CID was originally mandated to provide supplementary or “top-up’ services through the means of visible policing and street sweeping – or so we thought. As we ventured down this somewhat less-travelled path, it became clear that we needed to change our approach and start looking at combining resources with all role players.
Easy it would seem, yet virtually on every turn we encountered more and more resistance to change. But why? Well, although we all had a common objective, the ‘new boy on the block’ had yet to establish trust between parties.
Now, six years on, the foundations have been laid, the resources are on stand-by, and public-private partnership is a common practice. In addition we’ve taken up a social responsibility role, and yes - we are making a difference.
And what a difference it is! You just have to drive around to notice that the streets are cleaner, crime is down, there are new developments on almost every corner, the “Village’ is now referred to as the “Trendy De Waterkant” area, and there is more to come with 2010 just around the corner.
Yet if I look back, we could never have achieved all this without the help of - yes, you’re right - you! In some form or other, each and every one of you has assisted us to become the “model” CID, and for that I thank you.
Profile on Mike Reeler
What does being the Oranje-Kloof CID Manager entail? read more
In short, it involves the implementation and daily monitoring of those basic services as outlined in the Service Level Agreement between the city and the CID. This is in order to ensure consistency between the various levels of guaranteed services on the part of the city, whilst also honouring the CID's commitment to provide 'top-up' services.
1. Letter of thanks
To whom it may concern,
On behalf of my husband, Dr Juan Deseta and myself, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all involved in the running of the CID. Since we moved into the Oranje-Kloof area last year, we have found all involved in the CID to be committed individuals fulfilling a demanding yet necessary role with pride.
On various occasions we have called the patrol car and found the response to be almost instant. Not only did the gentlemen always arrive within minutes but have also been so pleasant and eager to help - no matter the time of morning or evening. On one particular evening my husband spotted someone attempting to break into our neighbour's home. The CID was called and response was immediate.
We are so impressed with the way situations are handled - a few times we have called having noticed "suspicious" characters hanging about, and the gentlemen in the patrol car are always kind yet firm - and have many times urged people to "move on" without causing a scene or resorting to violence.
Thank you to Mike Reeler and everyone involved in keeping Faure Street and the surrounding area safe! I have to admit I have come to trust the CID more than our private security company!
Mrs. Sarah Deseta
2. News from the Cape Quarter
The Cape Quarter is extending. The much anticipated and exciting new development, which is bordered by Somerset Road, Dixon, Jarvis and Napier Streets, is being redeveloped to complement the existing Cape Quarter shopping experience.
In keeping with the lifestyle theme, the Cape Quarter Extension will enhance the village environment of upmarket boutique stores, and will focus on décor, furniture, fashion, food, and entertainment. Jarvis Street will become a cobbled walkway allowing shoppers to enjoy the relaxed and open-air environment. For those seeking a vibey eating and shopping experience in a secure, unique and interesting environment, the Cape Quarter Extension will more than satisfy.
Scheduled for completion in June 2009, the Cape Quarter Extension welcomes the Soccer World Cup in 2010 and looks forward to benefiting from the pedestrian traffic Green Point Stadium will bring to the area.
Patrons can look forward to the following features in the Cape Quarter Extension:
- 11 000 sqm retail shops
- 8 250 sqm A-grade offices
- An estimated 950 underground parking bays
- Open-air piazza
- Gourmet food store
For rental enquiries contact Pyramid Property Management on (021) 425 6460 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Quarter 1 is the View from the corner of Dixon and Jarvis Streets
Cape Quarter 2 is the View from the corner of Napier and Jarvis Streets
3. Helping The Haven
Did you know you can “adopt” a homeless person for as little as R300 per month?
Rather than giving money to people on the street, give to your local community shelter or the Haven. An organised response to homelessness is more effective and will reduce the number of people living on the street.
For more information contact the District Six Haven Night Shelter:
Tel: 021 465 - 1310
Fax: 021 465 – 7774
20 Selkirk Street, Cape Town, 8000
Or make a donation:
The Haven Night Shelter Welfare Organisation
FNB, St George's Mall,
| Acc. No. 500 500 100 04
4. St Andrews Square June 2007
Going away for the holidays? Use this handy checklist as a reminder to help safeguard your home while you are away.
- Have a trusted friend check on your home from time to time.
- Maybe have that friend turn on different lights in your home if you do not have a timer on the lights.
- Let trusted family and friends know that you will be away and when you will come back; leave them important contact numbers in case of emergency and an itinerary and/or the contact numbers of how to reach you.
- Double-check all the security within and especially around your home before leaving.
- Go through the basics with the person or persons that will be checking your home while away, and point out important places for them to check.
- Stash important documents and valuables in a discreet place, but preferably not in your empty home. Important documents are sometimes better to keep with a trusted friend or family member while you are away.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
The following areas have recently experienced crime. Please note that they are only an indication of current trends, and that other areas might also be affected.
Sector 1 (CBD)
- Station Deck and surrounding areas
- Strand Street
Sector 2 (Gardens, Vredehoek, Oranjezicht)
- Union, Kloof, Mill, Schoonder and Rugby Streets
- Forest and Eaton Streets
- Berth, Davenport, Mill, Molteno Kloof Streets
- Theft out of motor vehicle
Sector 3 (Tamboerskloof, Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain)
Sector 4 (Foreshore, Zonnebloem)
- Keizergraght Street and Hertzog Boulevard
- Hertzog Boulevard, Canterbury,
- Constitution Streets and Sir Lowry Road
- Sir Lowry and Chapel Street
- House breaking
- Residential and Business
For more information on the latest hotspots and areas of concern please visit http://www.cpfctn.co.za/index.html . As per usual, we also urge everyone to be vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious activities to their nearest SAPS station.
Posted: 2007-03-27, Updated: 2007-06-25
Dates to diarise
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac email@example.com www.thepavilion.co.za
Date: 1 – 7 July 2007
Venue: Theatre @ The Pavilion, V&A Waterfront
Tel: 021 419 7661
Marc Lottering On Broadway firstname.lastname@example.org www.onbroadway.co.za
Date: 1 – 7 July 2007
Venue: On Broadway, Cape Town
Tel: 021 424 1194
Vodacom Funny Festival email@example.com www.baxter.co.za
Date: 1- 8 July 2007
Venue: Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Tel: 021 438 2595
Kings, Queens and Divas firstname.lastname@example.org www.suninternational.co.za
Date: 1-14 July 2007
Venue: GrandWest Casino
Tel: 021 505 7777
2007 Freedom Challenge Extreme Triathlon Race email@example.com www.freedomchallenge.org.za
Date: 1-14 July 2007
Venue: Durban to Veldriff
Tel: 084 567 4152
Canal Walk Magical Fairytale Theatre: "The Frog Prince" firstname.lastname@example.org www.canalwalk.co.za
Date: 1-15 July 2007
Venue: Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Tel: 021 529 9600
Tour de Femme 2 email@example.com www.onbroadway.co.za
Date: 1- 30 July 2007
Venue: On Broadway, Cape Town
Tel: 021 424 1194
Asoka - Live Jazz with the Restless Natives firstname.lastname@example.org www.asokabar.co.za
Date: 1 – 31 July 2007
Venue: Asoka Bar, Cape Town
Tel: 021 422 0909
Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival email@example.com www.oysterfestival.co.za
Date: 6 - 15 July 2007
Tel: 044 382 5510
Pick 'n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour 2007 firstname.lastname@example.org www.knysnacycle.co.za
Date: 7 July 2007
Tel: 044 382 6973
Festival of the Geese & Winter Fynbos Show email@example.com
Date: 7 - 8 July 2007
Venue: Gansbaai Harbour
Tel: 028 384 1439
Evita's Christmas in July Show firstname.lastname@example.org www.evita.co.za
Date: 7 - 22 July 2007
Tel: 022 492 2851/31
Isuzu Berg River Canoe Marathon email@example.com
Date: 10 – 14 July 2007
Venue: Paarl to Velddrif
Tel: 021 426 5775
Nedbank Franschhoek Bastille Festival firstname.lastname@example.org www.franschhoek.org.za
Date: 14 July 2007
Venue: Franschhoek, Cape Town
Tel: 021 876 3603
Simba U18 Cape Town International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival email@example.com www.brotherstours.com
Date: 17 - 22 July 2007
Venue: Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium, Cape Town
Tel: 021 913 7848
Chocolate and Wine Tasting Evening at Oude Libertas firstname.lastname@example.org www.oudelibertas.net
Date: 18 July 2007
Venue: Wine Cellar Restaurant at Oude Libertas In Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 809 7547
Racketlon Tournament email@example.com www.racketlon.co.za
Date: 28 - 29 July 2007
Venue: University of Cape Town
Tel: 083 231 6858
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Electricity queries - City of Cape Town supply area
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Electricity queries - ESKOM supply areas
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Motor Vehicle Licence Department
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Metropolitan Police Department (Policing, Traffic and Licencing, Law Enforcement, Social crime prevention, Public Safety, Internal and civilian affairs)
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Dial-a-ride Transport for Disabled Passengers
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Traffic Signal Faults
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Transport, Roads and Storm Water (including water pollution)
021 957 4700
Water Services (Incl. flooding and oil spills)
021 957 4726
City Health Services (Head Office) 021 400 2100
Refuse / Black Bins / Collections
021 957 4700 / 0800 103 054
Call Centre - (black/wheelie bins)
Events & Film Office
021 483 9060
24 hour CID patrol vehicle – 082 217 1386
Control Room – 021 423 9191
24 hour CID patrol vehicle – 082 214 3228
Control Room – 021 421 0885
CID Head of Operations – Marc Truss on 082 560 0684
Oranje Kloof CID Manager – Mike Reeler on 082 411 7778
CID Security Manager – Marius Swanepoel 082 922 1832