Life is about daily survival. We ask ourselves: How am I going to get through the day? Have I prepared myself sufficiently? Did I take the time to plan ahead?
If we are honest, we very seldom remember how we got to where we are today. Sure, ability and commitment are necessary, but what about the assistance of others? We tend to forget those individuals who collaborated with us at the initial foundation-building, and who now co-operate with us as part of our on-going support base.
To operate a City Improvement District takes collaboration with many parties. To use the words of the former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani: "the small things take care of the big things". He is absolutely correct. As we collaborate with individuals in order to cooperate, fratenise, collude, get together, tie in, participate, hook up, join forces and so on, the end result is that we succeed and become more efficient, and our service delivery becomes more effective.
In closing, I wish to remind us that we should never forget those 'special' individuals' that have taken the time and put in the effort to allow us as CIDs to grow our wings, and become what we are today.
Interview with Hugh von Zahn - Chairman of Green Point CID
Hugh von Zahn was there when the CID process began, at the discussions between a small group of concerned business people and ratepayers in the Green Point Area, which culminated in the formation of the GP CID in April 2001. The first chairman was Doug Allen, then the GM of the Protea Victoria Junction Hotel. Mr. von Zahn was a member of the Board and took over from Doug in 2002.
We interview the Chairman of the Green Point CID, and discover what he and his able team are up to.
At the most recent AGM, the Oranje-Kloof CID put forward several new initiatives for improving the physical environment that extend beyond the usual 'crime and grime' solutions. Click here to read more about the plans to attract further investment into an already developing area, and increase Oranje-Kloof's desirability as well as property values.
Mount Nelson's new Spa promises to soothe the senses
Time is drawing near for complete luxury and indulgence to descend upon the Mother City in the form of the Mount Nelson Hotel's new R18 million luxurious spa, which opens in December 2007. Set in the lush gardens of the hotel, yet located in the heart of Cape Town, the spa will offer visitors as well as local Capetonians, an oasis of unsurpassed splendour and attention to detail.
Table Mountain Control Centre
On Friday 7 September a meeting was held on Table Mountain to discuss the rising crime rate on the mountain and the establishment of a Table Mountain Control Centre (TMCC).
It was decided that the TMCC would be operated by volunteers and law enforcement personnel in conjunction with SANPARKS and the SAPS. The centre will coordinate all personnel activities on the mountain and will be the first point of call for any incident. The incident will then immediately be relayed to the relevant response teams. 14 SAPS stations are involved, of which Cape Town Central police station (based in Caledon St) will be the lead station.
In addition, G4S are distributing 2000 whistles that personnel and volunteers can distribute to visitors of the mountain. The whistles are intended as a warning mechanism should someone see anything suspicious or should they themselves be in trouble.
The Table Mountain Control Centre number is 0861 106 417.
In the picture are (from left to right):
Captain André Traut - Head of Communication Services Cape Town Central
Neave Kannemeyer - G4S
In uniform: Superintendent Neels Klaasen - Sector Manager - Table Mountain, Director Lynette Barnes - Station Commissioner: Cape Town Central.
Andre van Schalkwyk - TM Safety Action Group
Marc Truss - Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts
Petrus Harmse - Ariel Cableway Company
Rhonda Simon - Table Mountain Safety Action Group Volunteer
5.4. Securing CID boundaries
The Green Point CID boundaries have recently been secured along the Western Boulevard by means of fencing in the area under the flyover. The reason for securing this area is twofold. One, to curb the drug usage in that vicinity and two, for security reasons, as the area was often used as an escape route for criminals who had committed crime in the lower Buitengracht St region.
The fencing was a joint initiative by the Green Point CID and the Vehicle Cleaning Centre.
- Caring for the people in our area." This is the response one of the motorists received when he asked what the reason for the visible control point (VCP) at the top of Kloof St was. During the past three weeks, numerous VCP's were established on the major routes into the Oranje-Kloof CID. These courtesy check points check for fire arms, licenses (vehicle and driver), the use of seat belts and mobile phones etc. The officers manning the points also remind drivers and passengers of safety tips. These include:
- Never drive with your windows rolled down all the way. Rather roll two or three down by only a few inches in order to avoid easy access for criminals.
- Lock you car doors at all times.
- Do not drive with your handbag on the seat next to you.
- Stow away all valuable items. Keeping them out of reach and sight will deter criminals from smashing your window and grabbing your belongings.
- Use your safety belt at all times and arrive alive.
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Dates to diarise OCTOBER
The Natural and Organics Products Exhibition
Date: 12-14 October 2007
Die Burger Kitchen & Cellar Festival
Date: 12 - 14 October 2007
Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Tel: 021 670 1485
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.kombuisenkelder.co.za
Cape Town International Kite Festival
Date: 10 - 21 October 2007
Venue: Zandvlei, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Tel: 021 447 9040
Email: email@example.com Website: www.capementalhealth.co.za
The Empower Yourself Festival
Date: 27 - 28 October 2007
Venue: Three Anchor Bay
Tel: 021 434 3631
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.empoweryourselffestival.co.za
Date: 27 - 28 October 2007
Venue: V&A Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre
Tel: 021 408 7697
Email: email@example.com Website: www.waterfront.co.za
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