2017: Reflecting on small victories and big impact

In 2005 the Cape Town City Council approved a City Improvement District in Woodstock, and property owners rallied together to gather levies to fund it. Their efforts were successful, and the Woodstock Improvement District (WID) was formed.

Our mission is to “administer the area with dedicated, effective management, provide supplementary services to those already afforded by the City of Cape Town, and co-ordinate the provision of a well-maintained, safer, cleaner and greener environment for those who work, visit and invest in Woodstock.”

Looking back on 2017, we have made considerable progress in these areas, particularly in the fields of security and social work. Resident social worker Abigail Abrahams has led the campaign to assist the underprivileged community and affected much change in the area.

Abby has been integral in the practical aspects of helping those in need. She walks the streets to connect with people and learn about their needs. She has also established a working relationship with the WID drivers who refer her to areas where she is needed, based on their experiences on the ground.

In 2017, Abby assisted roughly 30 people every 2 weeks. She provided help in a number of areas – a typical week included providing advice and support with ID document processes, grant applications, typing up of CVs and just lending a sympathetic ear.

In one case, she was crucial in the repatriation of a minor with her family. She referred a 15-year-old girl, who had been sleeping on the street for 3 days, to the Department of Social Development. Thanks to this connection, the girl was then reunited with her relatives and returned home.

We are meticulous about detailing the activity of social work. The records for this year show a demonstrable impact on the community. These figures are hugely encouraging, and have informed a continued commitment to work in this necessary field over the coming years.

Another top priority in the area is security. The WID security team, in conjunction with the SAPS, have successfully apprehended criminals across many fields this year, including illegal squatters, thieves, illegal gamblers and substance distributors. The security team report suspicious behaviour and document the hotspots to help identify and arrest those who commit illegal acts.

Our security officers also went above and beyond to assist in the putting out of fires this year. This occurred 6 times one month according to an updated security report. The WID team is united by an ability to take initiative while showing care for the community and delivering their services with consistency.

Our goals for the following five years as laid out by our business plan read as follows:

– Keep Woodstock a clean and safe commercial area

– Maintain and improve working relationships with local authorities and essential service providers

– Provide innovative management of the area

– Lower the local crime rate

– Be sensitive to our social responsibilities

– Market Woodstock and preserve district identity

This seems idyllic, but is it possible in reality? The information about impact this year suggests these goals are achievable! For example, just this year, WID officers have prevented crime by providing an officer as a crime deterrent in numerous cases.

After reflecting on many separate social and security cases handled by the members of our team, we can say with confidence that if current standards are maintained, Woodstock should continue to go from strength to strength as a secure place for businesses and communities to flourish for years to come.

Road closure notification – Open Streets

As we prepare for another Open Streets Main Road along the M4 next Sunday 25th February, please note there will be a disruption in the normal use of our roads.

Please see below road closure notification and poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on how to get involved  in the event and what the programme will be please click on the link:https://goo.gl/vicHGB

See Facebook page for the event: https://goo.gl/9Y9wsw

Remember it is a day of fun so bring your friends, family, neighbours, and an activity or game to share with others. It’s your street for a day – what will you do?

 

Level 6B water restrictions – let’s beat day zero

The water shortage in our city is a serious matter and one that none of us can avoid, it is each and everyone’s responsibility to continue working hard to save as much water as we possibly can.

To help in the process, the City of Cape Town has implemented Level 6B Water Restrictions that have been effective from the 1st of February 2018 until further notice.

This is applicable for both residential and commercial entities.

To read more and find out other ways to save water, please click this link and stay informed >https://goo.gl/i37qUG

Working together we can avoid day zero. Tell us what your business is doing to save water?

Woodstock artists and galleries: local talent on an international stage.

Woodstock bubbles over with culture. There are vibrant stories everywhere, from the historic buildings to the memories of local residents. If you’ve never stopped to engage with the wonder that is Woodstock, 2018 is a great time to start!

We at WID want to take you on a journey of our favourite area this year, starting with a look at two of the inspiring galleries right here on our doorstep.

  1. Greatmore Studios

This studio has a philanthropic ethos, providing space for both artists and the wider community to come together in creative activity. It is governed and managed by a board of trustees on behalf of the Greatmore Studios Trust.

As you might have guessed, it’s located on Greatmore Street! The street that feels like home with its spirit of togetherness. The studio is a hub of activity consisting of twelve studios, a digital arts facility and a social courtyard.

The Trust also own a house in Observatory to accommodate out of town visitors participating in their various programs and a minibus to transport participants to outreach projects.

The Greatmore Studios Trust was established in 1998 and registered as an NPO in 2007. The objectives of this body include:

  • Providing training and a studio environment for artists to allow them to build a professional practice and establish a career or employment.
  • Organising workshops for the exchange of practice and ideas amongst participants from different communities and cultures.
  • Making the arts accessible to new audiences and involving different people in the process of art making, including the exhibition of their work.
  • Supporting global workshops and residency programmes which enable South Africans to travel abroad and visiting artists to share their skills here.

  1. Stevenson

Located on the ground floor of the Buchanan building, this gallery is perfect for filling your lunch hour with some art. Take a break from your screen, step out of the office and pop in here for some inspiration. You won’t be disappointed.

Stevenson opened in 2003 and has spaces in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. The directors of this gallery are titans of the African art world, famous for finding and representing the most exciting talent. They were early to exhibit artists from other African countries, and now have an international exhibition programme which attracts attention from around the globe.

The gallery also publishes books in the form of exhibition catalogues. It is therefore possible to take home a taste of works by Stevenson artists including Steven Cohen, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Moshekwa Langa. Currently the work of more than 30 artists is represented in the gallery, of which two thirds are South African.

Woodstock residents are lucky to live amongst such creativity, and it’s both important and inspiring to make the most of the art around us. Why not take a trip to one of these, or the many other interesting galleries, this month? There’s so much to see right here on our doorstep!

Drought Business Support

 

Below are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we receive from business with regards to the drought, and their answers:

 

Q: How serious is the drought?

This is the worst drought in the region since records began. For the latest dam and consumption levels, please refer to the following resources:

 

Q: What is Government doing to address the drought?

A: All tiers of government are actively responding to the drought crisis through restrictions, reducing their own consumption, awareness raising, augmenting supply, amongst other interventions. For the latest updates please refer below:

 

Q: What can my business do?

Start your business’ sustainable water journey today to:

  1. Improve the understanding of our water use and risks
  2. Increase its water efficiency
  3. Reuse the water we use on-site
  4. Access alternative supplies of water
  5. Work with other businesses to build a better water future together

 

Sustainable water use journey

Figure 1: Stages in the sustainable water journey

 

1. Understand water uses and risks

As the old adage goes, you cannot manage what you do not measure. This is the first step on the sustainable water journey, and perhaps the most important. Businesses need to get a handle on what their water usage is, where it is being used and for what purposes. This can be done by conducting water audits, by installing smart-meters and/or sub-metering your business property. Metering has proven to be an incredibly effective strategy at identifying leaks, so that they can be fixed quickly. Metering alone has helped businesses reduce their consumption significantly due to the identification of leaks and the subsequent behaviour changes. It is also important to note that large water users (using more than 10 000 000 litres per annum) are required to report their water use to the City of Cape Town.

An example of how water use varies by type of facility indicated here.

Understanding how much water is being used, where and how will help you create a resilience plan with the greatest impact. Furthermore, it is important to evaluate the quality of water required for your various uses, for example, potable water is not required for flushing toilets and therefore alternative water sources could be explored. You also need to evaluate where your biggest risk from a lack of water may arise. If you (or your suppliers or customers) do not have access to water, how will this impact on your business?

Once your current consumption has been benchmarked, the next step is to create targets for your organisation, linking them to individual users and interventions. Here is an example of a water wise pledge by FEDHASA Cape, that reflects commitment to set targets and openness to accountability. Below are tools and case studies that can assist you in this process, categorised into sectors.

Commercial sector

The Green Building Council of South Africa’s energy and water benchmarking tool provides a guideline for the calculation of your office building’s water (and energy) use. The tool also benchmarks water (and energy) use relative to similar offices and provides an indication of how well your business is faring on scale of 1 -10. This tool has also been utilised to rate Growthpoint Properties in terms of water and energy efficiency on their free mobile app. The dti also financed a detailed report Baseline water use determination and target setting in the commercial sector. If this all seems too complicated, use on of the many international calculators, with the Kohler example being one of the simplest.

Hospitality sector

For hotels, lodges and B&B’s that wish to determine where and how water is used in their establishment as well consider what alternatives are available to reduce water consumption the AquaSmart Hotels tool is available on the Water Research Council (WRC) website. Note, it consists of two excel workbooks, the first is the tool itself and the second is a database where water consumption can be stored. Businesses in the sector can also consider utilising posters to encourage water saving by guests.

Health care facilities

For implementing water efficiency measures in health care facilities, refer to the technical memorandum on water use in hospitals.

Industrial sector

Industrial water use is highly process specific and therefore varies greatly. This is reflected in the range of Natsurvs undertaken by the Water Research Council (WRC) to consider the benchmarks for different industries ranging from laundry to abattoirs. A summary of the Natsurvs is included here with the full details of the Natsurvs available on the WRC website

For business that are interested in undergoing an audit of their water (and or energy, materials or waste) usage, the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) offers free Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) assessments, if you are interested apply on their website.

The importance of understanding water use along the entire value chain is illustrated by the case of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): 86% of their total water volume is used by their suppliers, while only 3% is used in their own operations. This allowed them to target water projects where they would have the most impact: by supporting farmers in India. In a similar manner, South African Breweries (SAB) noted that the irrigation of barley is a significant input when considering the full value chain and invested in an alternative irrigation method. SAB also supported invasive alien vegetation clearing to offset its water use, which allowed for the complete offset of their water use at SAB’s Ibhayi Brewery in Port Elizabeth and its Newlands Brewery in Cape Town.

Agricultural sector

For businesses in the agriculture sector, the GreenAgri website provide a great overview of available options.

Households and small enterprises

For individuals that want to get to grips with how they can reach the 87 litres a day target, the City of Cape Town’s water consumption calculator helps you figure out where you are using water as an individual.

For the residential sector the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies(EDGE) green building certification system provides a measurable way for residential developers to optimise the performance of their building design.

 

2. Water efficiency interventions

Once your business has identified where its water is being utilised, the next step is implementing water efficient technologies, fittings, processes and behaviours. Toilets, taps and showers typically consume 40-60% of the total annual potable water use in domestic and commercial areas. Therefore, these fixtures are a high impact target area to address when looking to reduce water consumption. They are also relatively easy and cost effective to retrofit with water saving fixtures. Refer to the summary guidelines for the installations of alternative water installations in Cape Town for a comprehensive understanding of the risks and regulatory requirements. These interventions will again vary significantly by sector, but some generic examples are included below.

Water efficient fittings (typically easy to retrofit):

  • Hold-flush or dual flush toilets
  • Waterless urinals
  • Cistern displacement item (older toilets)
  • Low-flow aerated taps
  • Low-flow shower-heads
  • High efficiency pre-rinse spray valves
  • Water efficient dishwashers & washing machines
  • Automatic switch off devices / motion sensor devices – e.g. for cleaning conveyor belts

Water efficient practices:

  • Fix leaks and faulty / leaking equipment & service equipment on a regular basis
  • Uncomplicated reporting procedure for staff to report leaks
  • Optimise the operation of cooling systems
  • Sweeping or mopping floors rather than spraying down floors
  • Implement water wise gardening and do not irrigate with potable water
  • Only operate dishwashers and washing machines when fully loaded
  • Staff training and guest awareness programmes

Commercial Sector

Many of the water efficient fitting examples included above are relevant for offices, and are easy and cheap to install. For further suggestions, refer to the Alliance for water efficiency. Fournos Group, Tanaz Hair and Virgin Active also highlight some of the interventions they undertook when Gauteng faced drought conditions in 2015. This short ENC report highlights some of these interventions that include: more efficient cleaning and less frequent backwashing of pools. The US EPA has also developed an extensive guideline for best management practice in commercial buildings.

Hospitality Sector

There are a number of guidelines for the hospitality sector, including Best Practice Guidelines for Water Usage for Hotel Industry developed by the water supplies department of Hong Kong. This provides a useful guideline for hotels on where water efficiency interventions can be implemented.Green Hotelier also provides an overview of water efficiency interventions that should be considered their Water Management and Responsibility in Hotels article. In recognition of the severity of the drought, 120 hotel leaders in Fedhasa CAPE signed a water pledge on 5 October 2017 to reduce water consumption (through various measures) and to share water use data. FEDHASA Cape will also establish a water-wise task team to assist members in developing water wise policies and implementation plans. Here is an article on how the city’s top hotels are taking action in the drought climate.

Industrial Sector

There are a wide range of industrial sector examples of what can be achieved in terms when water efficient interventions are undertaken in manufacturing processes. Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) have been able to reduce the amount of water required to produce one litre of soft drink from 2.13 litres in 2010 to 1.7 litres in 2016. Internationally, a wide range of interventions have successfully implemented in a wide range of companies. These include Ford, Kimball Office, MillerCoors, Cascade Tissue Group and BASF.

Households and small enterprises

For households and small enterprises that are interested in getting to grips with water efficient fittings, JG Afrika’s Domestic Water Saving Fixtures Report provides a great overview of possible interventions. This report proposes a DIY water efficient fixture installation guide for domestic / commercial water users to reduce potable water consumption (and associated costs) in homes and offices.

 

3. On-site reuse

Once the water use has been clearly assessed and efficient processes implemented, the third step is to consider onsite reuse. The primary intention of re-use is to cascade water use between processes where fit-for-purpose quality water is required. Depending on the intended use, the wastewater may require treatment prior to reuse, and may either be treated to potable or non-potable standard.  Greywater from commercial and residential properties can be re-used on-site either outdoors (for garden irrigation) or indoors for toilet flushing if treated. Current technologies for outdoor use range from simple low-tech adaptors to automated systems incorporating basic treatment and irrigation systems.

Table 1: Types of wastewater

Type Description
Industrial effluent This is any wastewater generated by an industrial activity.
Greywater Relatively clean wastewater from handbasins, showers, baths and laundries.
Blackwater Sanitation (toilet) water.

 

Industrial water reuse is an established and growing sector. For example, Ford has invested more than $21-million in a Wastewater Treatment Plant at its Silverton, Pretoria facility. The processes involved in treating industrial process water are complex, but are incentivised by the City of Cape through their industrial water rebate (section 11.16 of their Water and Sanitation Tariff Policies). This allows businesses to recover some of the capital costs they undertake to improve industrial effluent’s quality and quantity. For more information contact the City of Cape Town.

4. Alternative water-supply

In a drought as extreme as the current one, it may be prudent to explore alternative sources of water to secure your business continuity. However, this should not be pursued before the first three steps of the process have been exhausted. Below are the options available to households and businesses (noting that potable water supply remains the responsibility of the municipality):

Rainwater or stormwater harvesting

Rainwater harvesting should be explored as a possible option to supplement supply, but treated with caution. The Western Cape is predominantly a winter rainfall region, and without significant storage, the captured rainfall may not last long into the summer. However it is a good option to explore if you have significant hard surfaces (roofing and paving) where rainwater could be funnelled and captured. To consider how much water you can collect consider that  each square metre of roof area collects 1 litre of water for every 1 millimetre of rainfall received.

The Bayside Mall presents an interesting case where both rainwater and stormwater is being harvested for toilet flushing and irrigation. CTM has also successfully installed at least two rainwater harvesting projects. In addition, CTM plans to consider rainwater harvesting on all new developments as well as part of renovations of existing stores. Utilise the Water Harvesting Tool to help you assess the viability of using rainwater to supplement your supply.

Water storage

Businesses should protect themselves from the risk of municipal water not being available or intermittent through the installation of on-site water storage. It is also important to note that Cape Town’s Water By-law (2010) section 52d require businesses to have some water storage on site.

Groundwater or borehole use

Groundwater or boreholes are a reliable means of accessing water, however the access to this water is limited and regulated carefully. There are effectively three categories of groundwater use:

  • Schedule 1 (of the National Water Act): This is for domestic and non-commercial use only. You will need to register your use with your municipality and ensure that you don’t exceed the abstraction limit of 10 kl/day. This water is typically used for watering residential gardens or common amenity areas
  • General Authorisation: This is when you are abstracting more than the Schedule 1 limit noted above or you intend to utilise this water for commercial purposes, but your usage is below your area’s general authorisation limit and therefore doesn’t require a water use license. The limits, as outlined in the General Authorisation for the Taking and Storing of Water, are very location specific. For example, in most of Cape Town, you can abstract up to 400 kl/hectare/year without requiring a water use license, however in Saldanha Bay and Swartland your general authorisation limit is 150 kl/hectare/year. It is also important note that some areas have a zero general authorisation level, and any water extraction above schedule 1 will require a water use license. You may also not extract more than 40 000 kl/year for one property, regardless of the area you are in. If you meet all of the criteria outlined in the General Authorisation, then you must register your groundwater use with DWS, which can take a few weeks.
  • Water use license: A water use license can be applied for through the DWS’s online Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (e-WULAAS). Please not that this process can take some time, with the department committing to a 300 day deadline from submission to notification of application decision.

Treated municipal effluent

Municipal wastewater is typically treated to “river quality” and returned to rivers or the sea. However, there is growing recognition of the usefulness of this resource for businesses and industry.  While the water has been treated to a safe standard it is not potable, thus not fit for human consumption. The water can however be used for irrigation and could also be treated further, if need be. The City of Cape Town is promoting the use of treated effluent and you can apply to collect this water from your nearest Waste Water Treatment Works (contact details are on the map). Treated effluent water is also substantially cheaper than municipal water so may be a financially sound manner to decrease your business’ use of municipal water. The application form can also be downloaded here.

 

5. Water partnerships and stewardship

This drought cannot be fought alone, and it requires everyone in society to work together to ensure we become more sustainable. There are some great examples of what can be accomplished when organisations collaborate to ensure the scarce water resources are used effectively. Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa highlights projects done by a range of stakeholders including: Anglo American, CocaCola, Eskom, Nestlè, SAB and Sasol. WWF-SA’s Water Balance Programme links corporate water users to the health of our natural infrastructure through positive investment into critical catchments. These investments are used to clear invasive alien vegetation to balance the participant’s operational water use, as well as to mobilise the collective action necessary to ensure the sustainability of these interventions.

Source: https://www.greencape.co.za/content/focusarea/drought-business-support  

GreenCape aims to help businesses collaborate and support each other on their water resilience efforts through the sharing of case studies, reports and industry events. Please share your water journey with us so we can publicise it and sign-up to become a member to ensure you receive all the latest correspondence on our events and reports.

Kids safety tips for the best family holidays

The summer holidays will soon be in full swing, and children will return from school to family care. Of course, this time together should not only be about making memories, but safety must always come first, especially when it comes to kids. Remind yourself of these tips, and then get planning for a happy summer together!

Appropriate babysitters

We understand that parents can’t be with their children all of the time. Whether it’s work, social events, or personal time to exercise there will be occasions when you will be elsewhere. Plan and make sure that whenever you are not with your children, someone else is. Only leave your children in the care of a responsible adult, and make sure they have met any babysitters before you leave them alone together.

Safe transport

Whenever kids are in a car, the child locks should be enabled, and babies or toddlers should be safely buckled into car seats. Older children, like all passengers, should wear their seatbelts at all times. Remember to adjust the headrests to the appropriate height to protect young necks in the event of a crash. Remember never to leave children alone in a car, even if you are just nipping into the shops for a pint of milk! If using public transport, keep a close eye on your children. In particular, be careful to keep your children the appropriate distance away from moving trains, buses and cars. Never leave children unattended in public places, including on platforms or bus stops.

Safety in public

When making the most of these holidays, and enjoying days out, remain aware of your children at all times. Whether you’re heading for the beach, to the cinema or out for a bite to eat, your offspring should be your primary focus throughout the day. Make sure that they are protected from potential hazards and make sure they are mindful of the danger strangers could pose. With young children, it is helpful to remind them that they should never go anywhere with an adult that they do not know.

First aid awareness

Refresh your memory of basic first aid and at the very least have appropriate basic supplies at hand. It’s advisable to keep a stock of plasters, child-friendly painkillers, a thermometer and antiseptic at hand in case of accidents. If you have the time, many organisations offer first aid training either in person or via online courses. These really could make a difference, so we strongly suggest participating. Save contact numbers for the emergency services, your family doctor and the appropriate security team in your phone and display these somewhere prominent at home too. We suggest putting a copy of this list on your fridge, and explaining to your children what they must do in the case of an emergency.

Child friendly environments

During the school holidays, children will be spending more time at home. They may be more curious or mobile than they were during the last vacation, so assess again whether your house is child-friendly. Remember to place all dangerous substances and objects out of their reach. Tidy all electrical wiring away and be sure to fence off swimming pools. For younger children, install safety latches on cupboard doors to prevent access to toxic cleaning products. We also recommend covering unused electrical outlets with safety caps and checking that outlets in the bathroom and kitchen have serviced ground fault circuit interrupters.

Don’t drink and parent!

Be very careful with using alcohol if you have children in your care. Apart from the difficulty of parenting on a hangover the next day, you’ll also be setting a bad example for your offspring and potentially putting them in danger by rendering yourself less active, responsive and responsible. Commit to healthy habits and lifestyle choices this summer to inspire your kids and to enjoy a happy and safe festive season together.

Keep these tips in mind and enjoy the summer holidays as a family! We look forward to seeing all of our local families enjoying the Woodstock area, particularly in the upcoming sunshine.

Five things to do in Woodstock this summer

In true Cape Town style, summer will suddenly be here, so now is the time to plan your activities before it officially arrives! Whether it’s going for a walk during your lunch break, or soaking up the sun at your favourite spot after work, make an effort to enjoy the fresh air right on your doorstep now the longer days are here. These are some of our top recommendations for the season ahead:

1. Trafalgar Park

Trafalgar Park was established in 1905 by District Six residents. With a rich history and lots of character, it remains one of Woodstock’s greatest treasures.

With well maintained paths and beautiful open spaces, it’s an ideal spot to clear your head after work or during your lunch break. Get your colleagues together, go for a walk on the footpaths and have your lunch on the grass – plus, spending time with colleagues outside the office environment can be great for team building.

If you live in Woodstock, the park is the perfect place to take the dogs for a walk or the kids for a play date on the jungle gym.

The community and organisations in Woodstock, including the WID team, value the park just as much as the residents and local workers. As a result, they work together to make it a safe and clean space for everyone to enjoy. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset, and entrance is free.

2. Cocktails with a view

If you’re looking for a cool Caribbean-style spot in Woodstock to enjoy a drink and something to eat at a reasonable price, Jamaica Me Crazy is the place to go. There’s a rooftop view, amazing food and their famous cocktail and happy hour specials.
Follow them on Facebook to keep up with the new specials and regular events.

3. Explore on foot

If there’s one thing we certainly have more than enough of in Woodstock, it’s local coffee shops. If you can’t start your day without your morning caffeine, why not use the trip to get to know your area a little better? Start your morning with a walk to some new spots, and see the streets, people, and businesses we sometimes miss from inside our cars.

As always, we have some favourites that we recommend you try, all written up for you here. We’re really proud of the development and growth of Woodstock over the last few years and fortunate to call this cultural hub our home, so encourage you to take in your surroundings whenever you take a stroll.

4. Grab a cold one

It’s no secret that Woodstock has become beer heaven over the last few years, with new breweries opening their doors on a monthly basis. Woodstock has become awash with craft beer activity.

At WID we love our community, and we love local businesses. When these two are combined with one or two cold ones, it’s even better! Four of our top Woodstock craft beer breweries include Woodstock Brewery, Woodstock Co-op, Drifter Brewing Co. and Riot Beer – but we’re sure that there’s many more. Read more about those four in our previous blog post, and let us know which ones we should add to the list.

5. Market day

The market at The Palms brings stylish ‘plattelandse’ cuisine and fresh produce to the city. We reckon after one visit, this will become one of your favourite local markets. If you don’t have any plans for a Saturday morning, head down to one of Woodstock’s local gems for a laid back start to the weekend with live music, free entry and parking and some of the best food and people in the city.

Now that you know about our favourites, it’s time for you to share yours. Let us know about your favourite places and activities for summer, and let’s make the upcoming season a good one!

As everyone starts to be outdoors a lot more, please also be aware of your surroundings at all times and try not to walk around alone – safety is still our main priority. If you ever feel unsafe or notice anything unusual or suspicious, please don’t hesitate to give our control room a call on 021 462 1205.

WATER CRISIS FORUM & EXHIBITION FOR BUSINESS – 19 October 2017 at CTICC 

Cape Town businesses have to reduce water use by at least 20% under Level 5 water restrictions, in this worst drought in recorded history. Join this Energy, Water & Waste Forum meeting to get updated on the City of Cape Town’s water resilience plan, and practical guidance on water saving and alternative water systems. Learn from business case studies, tools and resources, and a panel discussion on best practices. Forum starts 08h30 for 09h00, until 13h00. An exhibition with 30 suppliers of water-related technologies starts at 08h00, and will be open to the public from 14h00 -17h00.

There is no charge for attendance, but only 400 seats are available at the Forum. Click here to RSVP. Email any queries to business.events@capetown.gov.za

More info about this Forum meeting:

The City of Cape Town and partners at the ‘Energy, Water and Waste Forum’ (previously the Energy Efficiency Forum) invite you to attend a Forum meeting and exhibition focussed on the water crisis.  

DATE              : Thursday 19 October 2017
TIME              08h30 for 09h00 – 13h00, followed by light lunch & exhibition until 17h00
VENUE           Hall 1, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town. 
RSVP             : Click here to RSVP Please also forward to anyone else who may be interested in attending.   

PROGRAMME OUTLINE 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lillle

CITY OF CAPE TOWN WATER RESILIENCE UPDATE

  • Latest on resilience plan implementation, including supply and demand side solutions
  • Introduction of draft guidelines for installation of alternative water systems 
  • Practical guidance for businesses e.g. contingency plans, support tools etc.

BEST PRACTICE PRINCIPLES FOR WATER MANAGEMENT – GreenCape

BUSINESS CASE STUDIES AND PANEL DISCUSSION– A range of businesses will share their water saving and alternative water use initiatives, and lessons learnt. 

GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SOUTH AFRICA UPDATE – with water focus

ENERGY UPDATE –City of Cape Town’s Energy Directorate

EXHIBITION – 30 suppliers of water-related technologies and solutions. Exhibition open from 8am, and open to the public from 14h00 to 17h00. 

Tea and light lunch will be served in the exhibition area. 

Please RSVP to receive the full programme and venue directions.There is no charge for attending the Forum, but attendance is limited to 400 business people. Business association representatives will get priority. For any queries, contact business.events@capetown.gov.za.

Woodstock seeps rich history and monumental heritage

It’s Heritage Month and the perfect moment to acknowledge how hard we’ve fought and worked as a country to get where we are today. It’s also a time to get excited about the future and assess the changes we’re bringing about for generations to come. At WID we believe that if we look after what we have today, it’ll still be here tomorrow.

It’s an honour for us to provide security and cleaning services in the business nodes of Woodstock. The area has come a long way and we’re excited to see the growth and development continue. Since the start of WID, we’ve expanded from employing ten officers to our current team of nineteen. We started with six cleaners initially and now we employ ten. The core staff of WID has accumulated 32 years of service collectively. The positive effect this evolving team has on the area is evident.

“Woodstock is blooming,” says John Julies, our Operations Manager. He continues, “Business is bursting. If you go down Albert Road – it’s the best road in Woodstock because of the businesses. They are putting a lot of money into Woodstock. People are investing in the area and it’s looking pretty good.”

WID started more than a decade ago, in 2006. We’ve had offices on Woodlands Road, Right Street, Victoria Road, Sir Lowry Road and now we’re back on Victoria in a bigger and better working space. Each time we’ve moved it’s been to increase our accessibility to the public – it’s important that we are central to where all the action is happening. Where we are now, at 172 Victoria Road, is right in the middle of it all.

Over the years, we’ve seen a number of big developments. Some of these include the Woodstock Exchange, the Old Biscuit Mill and the Foundry. The investments that businesses are making have become more widely spread, as investors have grown to acknowledge the area’s potential.

Julies says, “We walk around Woodstock and see that as businesses are coming in, the bad things are starting to disappear. There are still occasional problems but it’s much better.”

Chris Lloyd, General Manager, adds, “I like the artiness about Woodstock – it’s unique. It’s full of diverse cultures; it’s really beautiful.

“I remember we used to come here as children; I remember the old buildings with big pillars. It was always a very exciting visit. It’s changed a bit but there are lots of memories,” comments Nicola le Roux, Administrator.

As we celebrate this month, let’s acknowledge the history and heritage of Woodstock. This is our home and we’re here to look after it.

Open Streets is growing! Get involved.

For those interested in helping to shape our space and get involved with local development, Open Streets is right up your alley! This innovative initiative offers the perfect opportunity to connect with others who are working hard to improve our communities. The next Open Streets will take place on Sunday, 1 October and we’ve got all the information you’ll need.

The Open Streets concept was inspired by Ciclovía, a local programme from Bogota, Colombia. The idea behind it is to give people a chance to reclaim the streets of their community as a public space for walking, cycling, skating, playing, exploring and socialising. Ultimately, Open Streets wants to suspend reality and allow us to imagine a new “normal” for our roads. During Open Streets on 1st October, a 5km section of Cape Town’s M4 (this includes sections of Darling Street, Sir Lowry Road and Victoria Road) will be temporarily pedestrianised.

Previous Open Streets Days have taken place in Langa, Observatory, Mitchells Plain, Bellville and the CBD. However, in the past the route has been no longer than 2km and on 1st October Cape Town will experience the first ever ‘Open Streets Main Road’. It’s free for all and everyone is encouraged to participate and help plan the day.

The dream is to build a network of temporarily pedestrianised streets to help Cape Town residents and visitors connect with their city on a regular basis, and testing a longer stretch (5km) along the Main Road will hopefully provide momentum towards realising that dream. This short video should give you a good idea of what the day will be like.

Get involved

Open Streets is a citizen-driven NPO, in partnership with the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, with the financial support from the WWF Nedbank Green Trust, Millennium Trust and Woolworths, as well as the help of many volunteers, residents and friends!

If you want to go beyond just coming to Open Streets, visit their website to find out how can get involved as a working group, volunteer or intern and please contact them if you have any questions.

Woodstock Improvement District

As a large part of the WID area will be included in the route, our security officers will be present on the day to provide additional security, and connect with the people of Woodstock and Cape Town. From a business perspective, initiatives like Open Streets give businesses in Woodstock a chance to open up their doors to the public, and for the people a great chance to support these businesses. Open Streets also offers residents of Woodstock and surrounding areas an amazing chance to get a different perspective of our area by exploring the roads in other ways than just driving past them with a car.

Lastly, if you’ve been thinking of buying yourself a bicycle before summer, why not do it in time to use for Open Streets? A few of our favourite bicycle shops in the area that are worth checking out include Woodstock Cycle Works, Bicycle Express, Cycle Traders and Bike Lane. Most of these shops sell second-hand bikes or are involved in amazing projects!

If you’re part of  any other community development programmes that we could support,  please don’t hesitate to give us a call and let us know.