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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Cape Town’s City Improvement Districts: the vision and the success model

 

Did you know? Cape Town’s City Improvement Districts – also known as Special Ratings Area (SRA) – were established in 2000 with the flagship CCID as a non-profit organisation, funded by property owners with a vision to provide essential top-up safety and cleaning services, urban maintenance, social upliftment and upgrading of the environment in the city centre. 

The spreading of CIDs and connected forms of public-private partnership as an international model of urban renewal has been linked to the rise of ‘urban entrepreneurialism’ and the neoliberalization of policies and practices, at a time when competition between cities in the global economy has never been greater.  Continue reading

Ways to keep track of your finances during this pandemic

Ways to keep track of your finances during this pandemic

Right now, spending habits are changing, for better or worse. With unemployment at an all-time high and many people working from home, your budget could be totally different from the usual. 

Staying on top of your personal finances can be challenging, tedious and even discouraging, but for most people this process is a necessary evil. Spending more than you earn is a sure way to bury yourself in debt, and not being careful about precisely where your money is going can leave you struggling to pay for necessities like groceries. Fortunately, learning how to keep track of your personal finances is not difficult – but it does require some time and a fair amount of discipline.

Here are a few tips to help keep your money matters in order.

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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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Essential Services and Woodstock during COVID-19 and the National Lockdown

Both WID and the City of Cape Town are hard at work managing the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on our community.

Below is a resource of information, tools and resources to assist during this period,

City of Cape Town COVID-19 Toolkit

Available at this link is a COVID-19 Information Toolkit supplied for circulation by the City of Cape Town.

Essential Service Regulations

Following the implementation of a nationwide Lockdown, South African government emphasized that all people classified as essential workers must adhere to the regulations gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

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Things to do amid the Coronavirus outbreak

School Holidays Things to do

As President Cyril Ramaphosa announces the closure of all schools until after the Easter Weekend, parents are concerned about how they will manage to keep their kids entertained (other than Netflix or browsing the Internet!) without having to physically leave the house.

Fear not! We have compiled a list of things you may find helpful to ease the boredom and keep the children (and even yourself) busy until the Coronavirus panic dies down.

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February is National Art Month

February is Art Month blog

In 1991, February was declared National Arts Month with the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683. Nearly 30 years later February still comes alive with activities and events around the arts, creativity and self-expression. We see the amalgamation of so many groups, agencies and individual artists and art lovers coming together to celebrate the beautiful yet complex world of art.

Keen to see what this February has in store? Check out where to catch the buzz.

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