Winter in Cape Town can be hazardous: Here’s how to take action and contribute

Winter in Cape Town is known to be a chilly and wet affair. For those who are not prepared, the months of June and July can be brutal in the Western Cape. Heavy rains may bring flooding and water damage, while fewer hours of daily sunlight and colder temperatures each have a variety of knock-on effects, including increases in crime, accidents, property damage and costly energy use. 

Woodstock exchange, dark clouds, Devils Peak, Cape Town

WID, the City of Cape Town and Provincial Government are all taking action to reduce repercussions as far as possible in various winter preparedness programmes.

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Give responsibly: Cape Town non-profit organisations you can support in 2021

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Nazeema Jacobs (left) and Kaylin Mrbral work at the Streetscapes urban gardening project. Jacobs was living on the street but is now staying with her mother. Jacobs completed matric and wants to study home-based nursing. “I love looking after old people,” she said. The only thing keeping her back is a lack of funds. Source: Groundup

Many of us want to give back to society by helping those in need. But in most cases, handouts in the form of cash given to people begging is more often used to fuel addictions and other destructive ends rather than ultimately helping the individual to feed, clothe or house themselves or their family. There are many good organisations in Woodstock, Cape Town and surrounds, such as shelters, charities, NGO’s and NPO’s who have the necessary infrastructure to insure people’s donations go to good use, creating support in the form of feeding, housing, social support, and other forms of well being.

Here we list some non-profit organisations below that are active now in 2021 and contributing meaningfully to their various areas of focus. Help them to do great work and give responsibly.

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The effects of homelessness on our city

Homelessness in Cape Town

The Table Mountain fires that have just begun to be contained have sparked debate in Cape Town once again around homelessness. On Sunday 18 April, the day that the fires began, reports that Table Mountain National Park “surmised that the origin of the fire is from a vacated vagrant fire” were broadcast in the news. However, forensic expert investigating the fires David Klatzow disagrees, saying he is “not convinced” a vagrant is behind the Table Mountain blaze. He is asking for further investigations into both SANPark’s and UCT’s roles in possible negligence that led to the fires getting out of control in the height of fire season when measures should be taken to prevent the spread of fires that do occur.

It is not hard to believe that there is a bigger picture to consider and that placing the blame on a “vagrant” as an easy scapegoat is too simple an answer.

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Illegal dumping: how you can play your part

Illegal Dumping WID

It costs the City R350-million every year to clean up illegal dumping. Cleaning up illegally dumped waste is about 20 times more expensive than collecting it from individual wheelie bins, as specialised equipment, including front-end loaders, must be hired to remove the waste. That’s money that could be better used in beautifying and upgrading our shared, public spaces  –  rather than maintaining the status quo.

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How easy is it really to work from home?

work from home WID

According to Remote Working in South Africa 2020, a study conducted among 400 enterprises by World Wide Worx for Cisco, the shift to remote working has led to improved productivity for 29% of organisations.

Many employees have discovered numerous advantages from working at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, but that does not mean we should ignore the challenges. 

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Health & Wellness this October

Health & Wellness this October

We are smashing all stigmas! Going to therapy is cool, talking about your fears and anxieties is encouraged, seeking help and empowering yourself and others about mental illnesses are all no longer taboo. And even if you do not suffer from mental illness, overall wellness and happiness is important too with self-care being a buzzword.

October has been declared Mental Health Awareness month and as we celebrate National Nutrition week this week, we will look at various wellness centres in and around Woodstock – from health stores, yoga schools, urban gardens, spas, meditation centres as well stockists of healthy food that’s good for the body.

As many as one in six South Africans suffer from anxiety, depression or substance-use problems (and this does not include more serious conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia), according to statistics released by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). Cassey Chambers, Operations Director at SADAG says that because “people don’t know where to go to get help, or are too scared to seek it, the stats we have are still not a true reflection of what is actually happening on the ground.”  

Stigmas surrounding mental health pose a major stumbling block when it comes to treating the disease in South Africa, explains Chambers. There is still the perception that someone with a mental illness is crazy, dangerous or weak. Because there is often an absence of physical symptoms with mental illness, it is considered ‘not real’, or a figment of the imagination.”

Begin your journey of self-care with the list of places we have put together for you here.

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Heritage Day in communication and tourism

Heritage in South Africa: embracing differences in culture and visit some of our heritage sites for Tourism month

 

Heritage and tourism and communication

Heritage is something quite personal and changes from person to person. 

It is something that we as South Africans particularly find important to recognise because of the diversity of our people, identified in the formative years of our Democracy by Nelson Mandela and his new government.

In his address marking Heritage Day 1996, the late former State President Nelson Mandela said: “When our first democratically elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.”

 Heritage Day is a day to remember and celebrate all the various South African cultures and their unique heritage. When people talk about South African heritage, they might be referring to anything from famous stretches of coastline in Kwazulu-Natal, to shweshwe fabric or veldskoen, to Bunny Chow, Bobotie, boerewors and beyond. Prior to 1995 Heritage Day was in fact called Shaka Day in commemoration of the Zulu King, while in 2005 a campaign sought to brand the day as National Braai Day with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu accepting his role of patron of South Africa’s braai day in 2007.

Honouring the diversity of our country’s people and recognising our differences and richness in all respective cultures is at the heart of South Africa’s beautiful uniqueness.

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We are WOMEN

 

WOMENS MONTH

It’s all about the ladies this month!

August is a special month – it’s Women’s month! But it’s also a bittersweet event, especially this year. The month is meant to be a celebration of women and the role they’ve played in our history  — which is why we celebrate Women’s Day on the 9th of August, the anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March against pass laws — as well as our place in society. But, more often than not, it ends up highlighting the struggles and dangers that women face every day. 

We also know that men have been at the top of the leaderboard for years, dominating the world of business and many other industries for reasons that are as complex as they are deep-rooted. But with changes in gender policies and norms and the rise of so many influential women came the launch of a whole new era for businesswomen around the world. Today, women sit side by side with their male counterparts and establish their businesses as household names in a variety of industries, including publishing and broadcasting, science and technology, design, engineering, fashion and beauty.

As a tribute to our local women changing their industries, we’ve put together some of our top female entrepreneurs in Woodstock and surrounds who are making waves. Let’s show our support for our women leaders.

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Plastic Free July 2020

Plastic Free July

This month we are going plastic free!

Plastic Free July is a call to everyone to join us in saying “No, thank you!” to single-use plastic shopping bags, takeaway cups, drinking straws and other items that are contributing to the pollution crisis currently plaguing our oceans.

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Local businesses delivering food in your hood during lockdown

Staying home, saving lives and getting all your essentials! Get groceries, frozen meals, meats, fresh fish, treats and even dog food delivered during lockdown.

Local businesses delivering food in your hood during lockdown

During this nationwide lockdown we’re allowed to leave home only for essential goods and services such as buying food – but what if you have the option of getting all you need (and no, we don’t mean Mcdonald’s!) delivered to your doorstep? Staying home, saving lives AND getting the pantry stocked up? All at once? Here’s how! 

We’ve listed some local businesses and apps you can use who deliver in the Woodstock area to get all you need at the click of a button.

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