Happy holiday programme helps homeless children

We have a vision to take care of, and support, children in the Woodstock and Salt River areas who live in shelters, informal settlements or severely underprivileged homes.

There are currently 120 children living on the streets of Cape Town – this is a significant decrease to the estimated 800 in early 2000. While this is a large improvement, the problem is far from over. Paul Hooper of Homestead Project for Street Children says, “Cape Town is still surrounded by chronically deprived communities where children continue to be abused, neglected and exploited.”

There is a need for greater care of the city’s children through collaborative community efforts. We have pioneered a project to address this need, by hosting holiday programmes for children twice a year – in July and December. There is currently one underway at Al Noor Orphanage Centre in Woodstock until 24 July.

The organisations involved in the facilitation of these holiday programmes include our WID team, Woodstock SAPS, City of Cape Town, ACVV and Law Enforcement. The programme includes fun activities such as face painting, colouring in, swimming, and playing outside.

A different meal is served every day, depending on the donations that are brought in on the day. These include hot dogs, cooked meals, soup and sandwiches.

Abigail, our social officer says, “I love that these types of programmes uplift and help children in need. It’s also an opportunity for them to gain some self esteem and self worth through the lessons they learn.”

We rely on community sponsors and donations for this programme to run. We would like to thank Power Flow Exhaust in Salt River for sponsoring R500 towards the holiday programme, and to Al Noor for hosting us and sponsoring food and fruit. More than that, we’d also like to thank Mr Parker for sponsoring juice to the holiday programme and continuing to make an impact in the lives of our children in Woodstock and Salt River.

If you’d like to find out more about this project, donate bread and other ingredients, or make a financial contribution, please email Abigail at WID at abigail@wid.co.za.

Shortcut to robbery – Town Hall Park

Woodstock residents are being urged to help create a safer environment at the park at the town hall. John Julies, operations manager of the Woodstock Improvement District (WID), says crime has recently escalated in this park next to Woodstock Hall, with five incidents reported since last month.

He says these incidents include two armed robberies in which the victims were robbed at knife point. “Despite these incidents, WID is confident that the park will once again be a safer place and urge all community members to partner with us and authorities.

“Report any suspicious activity to the WID 24/7 control room on 021 462 1205 or email info@wid.co.za. Contact WID if you have been affected by crime in this area,” he says. He says these robberies mostly happen in the early hours of the morning and late afternoons when people are going to and from work using the park as a shortcut.

Julies says there are ongoing security and cleansing operations in recreational areas in the area and WID has also stationed two security officers in the park to be visible until the criminal activities subside. Julies warns residents to not take shortcuts through the park. “Many of them are dressed well and might look harmless, but neat clothing is not a guarantee that they won’t harm you. Be vigilant of everyone who crosses your path,” warns Julies.

Another WID member, Chris Lloyd, says residents must not have their valuables out in plain sight and avoid texting while walking or put on headphones. He says they are working with the police to patrol the area on a daily basis.

One resident, Shae Leigh, says though she has not been a victim herself she has heard about the complaints and is glad the WID is taking action to fight crime. This is the third park in the area that is reportedly unsafe, following People’s Post’s report on two other parks (“Kids spoil dog’s walk”, 20 June).

Woodstock police spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila says officers make random visits to the site next to the community park and have noticed there are makeshift structures built on the site. He says they have received reports of alcohol abuse by the people occupying the open space at the park.

“The area is not problematic with criminal incidents, but alcohol abuse is the only thing that is occurring there. “During our scheduled daily operations, the site is visited and people found on the premises are checked out and fingerprinted to verify if they are not wanted. We, however, will keep on monitoring the site to make sure that no criminal activities are taking place.

“We also want to urge the community to report all illegal activities to Woodstock Police Station on 021 442 3117,” Malila says.

Originally published on People’s Post here.

Mason’s Press brings play & creativity to Woodstock businesses

Tammi Glick, Daleglen Property Group Director, firmly believes in the importance of creative play in the small business sector. She says, “The theme here is play; at Mason’s Press we believe that adults lose something critical when they stop playing.”

Mason’s Press, established in March 2015, falls under the management of Daleglen Property Group and has become a creative hub – a space for ideas – with a wide variety of businesses offering products, services and some even coffee. Simply put, it’s a renovated industrial building with spaces that small businesses can rent.

Mason’s Press is comprised of individual units rented by businesses as office, retail, or café spaces, and communal areas. Connecting these are beautiful walkways, installations, outside spaces, and the cherry on top – an adult playground! This is the quirkiest thing about this playful conglomerate; Mason’s Press encourages a place to explore and innovate.

Mason’s Press is also proud to commission local artists, such as Basil Baxter and Ricky Lee Gordon, to create art for its walls. For example, Michael Chandler who designed the exterior of the sister building in the Woodland House complex, Maker’s Space. His vision was to prevent the building from looking out of place, and integrated it as part of the street experience that people would take time to enjoy.

Mason's Press

We are proud to have this creative hub as an integral part of our community. No doubt we’ll see more developments like this in the future fostering and normalising the idea of play for adults. After all, play is the highest form of research according to Albert Einstein, and where better to play than our own backyard – Woodstock.

Next time you’re in the area, pop into see this mixture of offices and working studios. This isn’t a major retail environment so don’t expect to shop up a storm; but you’ll find some gems and you can grab a bite to eat at The Mill & Press, Baseline Coffee or have a drink at The Mash Tun.

Address: 7 Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock, 7925

Contact: 021 424 1210

Website: https://www.facebook.com/masonspress

Three cheers for Three Feathers: burgers, beer & muscle cars

Three Feathers Diner in Woodstock is the ultimate ‘man cave’ for men and women. Think burgers, muscle cars, steak rolls, graffiti and good craft beer. The inside decor sports an orange Mustang and sports memorabilia on the walls. You’ll also find a pool table and foosball table tucked away in the back.

Three Feathers Diner welcomes live music including acoustic tunes and grunge rock. Their sounds will go well with your next shot of tequila. The star of the show, though, is the burgers. Get comfortable, loosen your belt and tuck in to great food like the Corvette, Camaro and Charger. If you’re up for a challenge, order the Guy Fieri burger and boast your chow power. And best of all, the burgers will set you back just R70.

Although the meat takes centre stage at this carnivore’s paradise, you’d be silly to skip the sweet stuff. In particular, we recommend their decadent milkshakes. With a hint of your “old school typical American diner”, it’s like Pulp Fiction made its way into 2017. It’s intimate yet lively, and a gem if you’re looking for a quaint spot to treat the whole family.

If you’re looking for a chilled night out or a good time with a crowd, Three Feathers Diner is where you should go. The graffiti dresses the diner to impress, so come as you are and make sure you’re hungry!

Address: 48 Bromwell Street, Woodstock

Contact: 021 448 6606

Facebook: www.facebook.com/threefeathersdiner

Drought crisis: level 4 water restrictions recommended

The City’s Mayoral Committee has today recommended that Council adopt Level 4 water restrictions which would ban all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use. If approved, it will come into effect as from 1 June 2017. Read more below:

The City warns all water users to use municipal water for essential washing, cooking and drinking purposes only as dam levels are critical and consumption remains far too high.

It has been recommended that the associated Level 4 water and sanitation restriction tariffs be implemented as of 1 July 2017, subject to approval as part 2017/’18 Budget Process by Council.

This table provides a comparison between Level 3b and Level 4 water restrictions:

Categories Level 3b Level 4
Irrigation with municipal drinking water Tuesday and Saturdays for an hour, before 09:00 or after 18:00using a bucket or watering can

 

-Prohibited within 48 hours of adequate-saturation rainfall

Prohibited
Irrigation with non-potable water -Strongly encouraged to follow same rules as potable water

 

-Prohibited within 48 hours of adequate-saturation rainfall

 

-To be used by City departments

-Strongly encouraged only on Tuesday and Saturdays before 09:00or after 18:00 for an hour

 

-Discouraged for 7 days after adequate-saturation rainfall

 

-To be used by City departments

Bathroom No restriction Flushing toilets with non-potable water (e.g. greywater or rainwater) encouraged
Water features Use of municipal drinking water strongly discouraged Use of municipal drinking water prohibited
Swimming pools -Manual top up only if fitted with pool cover

 

-Use of portable play pools prohibited

 

– Pool covers for public swimming pools strongly encouraged

-Top-up, filling or refilling prohibited

 

– Use of portable play pools prohibited

 

– Pool covers for public swimming pools strongly encouraged

Washing vehicles – Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms

– Informal car washes to use only buckets and not hosepipes

– Prohibited with municipal drinking water

– Car wash businesses may apply for exemption

Facilities -Spray parks to be strictly managed

 

-Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water

– Operation of spray parks prohibited

 

-Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water

Indigent water allocation Free 350 litres Free 350 litres
Overall consumption per person No restriction 100 litres/person/day strongly encouraged

‘Use water only for drinking, cooking and essential washing. The intensified restriction also specifically makes reference to a limit on water use for these purposes to 100 litres or less per person per day. Please don’t flush your toilet unnecessarily as 10 flushes per day, for example, would almost be your entire water allocation for the day.

‘Furthermore, we expect water users who are making use of borehole water for irrigation to do so only on designated days as uncontrolled use of non-potable water affects us all. The City does however not regulate borehole use and it is a national government competency. Filling or topping up of pools is prohibited under Level 4 restrictions.

‘We need all Capetonians to pay heed to our warning that we are in a serious predicament at the moment. We cannot watch four million water users in the city 24/7. Behind closed doors is also where many misuses and contraventions will occur, as we’ve seen from the previous restrictions. Every single drop that is wasted or saved, is making a difference to our dam levels,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

The proposed fines to accompany Level 4 restrictions are subject to Council and the Chief Magistrate’s approval. It ranges between R1 000 and R5 000. Most of the fines have been increased from R0 and R2 000 to R1 000  and R3 000 to R5 000 respectively because of the severity of the situation at hand. The City hopes that the Magistrate will determine the fine schedules as suggested.

The limit for a spot fine is R5 000, but the courts may determine a fine of up to R10 000 on conviction.

The City continues with its pressure reduction programmes across the metro which forcibly reduces supply at a given time. Other emergency interventions are under way, and if required, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply of water across the metro.

Over this coming week consumption must be brought down by 100 million litres of water per day.

Residents may contact the City via email to water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.

For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater

4 fantastic Woodstock craft beer breweries you should visit

Woodstock has become a hub (or should that be hop?) of craft beer activity. We love our community, and we love local businesses. When the two come together the local economy, and value of the area, is maintained and even improved. When further combined with an unusual and enjoyable pint, those benefits taste even better! We’ve put together a list of our four top Woodstock craft beer breweries to encourage you to stop by for a quick pint after work, or why not make a weekend of visiting all four?

Before you head out though, here are some drinking safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Know your limit & plan ahead.
  2. Eat food before, and while, you drink.
  3. Sip your drink (slow down).
  4. Skip a drink now and then – substitute with a non-alcoholic drink.
  5. Order a glass of water with your drink, and sip on that alongside your alcohol.
  6. Beware of the alcohol content of unfamiliar drinks.
  7. Don’t drink and drive.

WOODSTOCK BREWERY

In the heart of Woodstock you’ll find one of the best craft beer breweries in the country. Here you can not only taste the exceptional results of sheer brilliance and outstanding craftsmanship, but also gain great insight into the brewing process and meet the brewers responsible. Situated on Albert Road in Woodstock, Woodstock Brewery now produces and distributes 10 different beers, including seasonal and speciality brews. Why not take a tour, sample their brews and enjoy a couple of beers at the Woodstock Taproom?

BREWERS CO-OP

Fourteen brave brewers and two creative gurus make up the Brewers Co-operative and Common Room in Cape Town. They believe in great beer at good prices They have a wide, and forever changing, selection of small batch craft beers and ciders, all brewed on site in Woodstock, Cape Town by their members – which makes for a diverse selection of approximately 16 different beers on tap at any given time.

DRIFTER BREWING CO

In 2014, Nick Bush spent five months learning and loving to brew. He and his girlfriend, Anna Anderson, started thinking about their next journey and somehow they knew they were destined to open a brewery. They opened their doors in 2015 and what better place than in Woodstock, Cape Town where the South African craft beer scene is exploding at the moment? The name Drifter came from the sailing yacht that Nick’s parents designed and built in their backyard in the late 70s. Find their beers and gorgeous balcony bar at 156 Victoria Road, opposite the police station.

RIOT BEER

Riot was born out of a need to live passionately – to feel alive and be apart from the norm. They make their beer loud, proud and with fists full of flavour. Their beer will always have individual personality and flair. No shortcuts, no compromises, no limits. Riot is committed to making exceptional beer. Why be average? They offer a range of two core beers and often have a tasty colab or seasonal brew on tap. It’ll be worth your while to grab a pint on Fridays and Saturdays.

The reality of homelessness in Woodstock

It’s no secret that there is a significant homelessness challenge in Woodstock, and on the streets of Cape Town overall. It is an ongoing issue with solutions being implemented and managed constantly as the city moves. Although this is a problem requiring a solution involving logistics, strategy and implementation, it’s imperative to remember that we’re dealing with people and not just an anonymous social issue. Each of these individuals has a story, and deserves a future. Here’s how we’re tackling it:

Abigail, our social worker, is working on a sewing project specifically for homeless women. The project will employ women living on the street to earn a weekly or fortnightly stipend for their work. This work will involve sewing and stitching items that they can then sell. We’re hoping to have it up and running by June.

To get this going we need help from the community. The premise of a community is one person, or a group of people, helping others. So we are appealing to you, our community, for financial support and donations of things like material – whether new or scraps – and sewing equipment to be used. Furthermore, we would like to extend an invitation to business owners to offer some of their time to train these women on how to market and sell the products they make.

The vision behind this project is to give these women a purpose and add value to their lives. Their lives are not just on the street. Their lives are not just going to work and returning to the streets. They need an environment to work in that’s clean and safe so that they can earn money. The greater vision is perhaps even to help them set up small businesses in future.

At WID, we believe that we can truly make a difference – more than just keeping Woodstock clean and safe – by working together. If you’d like to find out more about this project or get involved, please email us at info@wid.co.za.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FORUM ON 16 MARCH 2017

Date   : Thursday 16 March 2017
Time   : 08H30 for 09h00 – 12h30, followed by light lunch
Where: West Campus Presentation Room, Old Mutual head office, Pinelands.
Click here for directions
 

 

 

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

WATER CRISIS – By popular demand, the City’s Water Services Department will explain the current water shortage, what the City is doing, and what is required from business in Cape Town. A new water rating system for companies will also be introduced.

WOOLWORTHS RETAIL CASE STUDY– The Woolworths Palmyra store in Claremont is the first retail outlet in South Africa to achieve a 5-star Green Star SA rating for Existing Building Performance Custom Tenants from GBCSA. Justin Smith will share their water and energy efficiency initiatives.

MAYOR’S NEW TOP ENERGY AND WATER COUNCILLOR  – Cllr Xanthea Limberg is the new Mayoral Committee member for water, energy, waste and informal settlement issues. She’ll speak about the water crisis, and City’s new Energy Directorate and its proposed programme for the next few years.

NATIONAL POLICY INPUTS NEEDED -The Department of Energy currently have important policies out for comment- the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) by end March 2017 and the Post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy by end February 2016. These will be discussed.

PROPOSALS TO BROADEN THE 12L TAX INCENTIVE – SANEDI will share their proposals for alternative, cheaper M&V (dubbed ‘M&V Lite’) for the current 12L tax break, which could make it feasible for more commercial buildings.  Give your input before it goes to National Treasury.

UPDATES FROM:

  • City of Cape Town – policy issues, and electricity & water consumption and small-scale embedded generation levels.
  • Earth Hour – annual event on Saturday 25 March this year
  • Greencape – new CEO/CFO briefing tool for energy management and solar PV
  • SANEDI –National energy service company (ESCo) register being established
  • GBCSA– including new Green Star SA Community tool for precinct scale

There is no attendance fee. Light finger lunch will be served.

–          SITE TOUR: Mutual Park – In 2016 Old Mutual’s Mutual Park building in Pinelands won the EE Forum Award in the Large Building Retrofit category. Its annual saving of about 6 470 MWh is due to a comprehensive set of operational and behavioral changes, including rewarding its staff for saving. A new solar PV installation will save them more. Khiyam Fredericks will be your host. Only 20 places available. Email eeforum@capetown.gov.za to register to attend. Preference will be given to owners and managers of buildings.  

To RSVP email eeforum@capetown.gov.za  or call Busiswa Galada on (021) 487-2022.

REGISTER to become an Energy Efficiency Forum member, if you’re not already- subscribe here.

Local coffee for your daily grind

Local coffee spots in Woodstock have almost become an irreplaceable part of the business landscape. Thank goodness, because it’s almost impossible to think of starting the day without your dose of java! Investing in your immediate community is what sustains it, so we always advocate the importance of supporting local business whether that be an ad agency, a craftsman, an artist of a coffee shop. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by some local gems offering a caffeine fix, so we’re going to share them with you.

Before we do, we’re going to give you some safety tips so you can do a coffee run without a security risk:

  • Make your coffee shop visit a social one – ask if anyone else at your workplace would like to join you. This way, you spend some time with a colleague and you don’t have to walk alone.
  • When you’re walking, whether alone or with someone else, try to keep your cellphone and any other valuables out of site. Walk with purpose, and don’t stop unnecessarily.
  • When you’re in a coffee shop, don’t leave your bag or laptop unattended if you need to go to the bathroom or even to pick up your coffee from the counter. Be aware of the other people around you.

Now, these are the places you’ll want to go:

Early bird gets the worm: Flatmountain Roasters

This cosy coffee shop is one of the few in Cape Town that is open as early as 06h00. So whether you’re out for that sunrise run and need motivation to get you through or you simply have an early start for work, this place is for you. The local coffee barista, Gosh, makes one of the best cortados you’ll ever have. Enjoy waking up with the city holding a steaming cup of yum!

It really is a science: Espresso Lab Microroasters

Coffee is more than an art – it’s a science, and Espresso Lab proves just that. This coffee shop serves some of their brews in glass beakers alongside a timer. Why? So you know when your coffee is at the perfect drinking temperature. Their website also features brewing formulas if you need another fix at the end of the day for you to make at home.

Ancient artisanal art: Rosetta Roastery

Set in the Woodstock Exchange, Rosetta Roastery is the sort of local coffee shop that will make you want to build a monument to their beans. Just as coffee itself dates back hundreds of years, we hope that this spot will live on and on too. They are famous for single origin coffee and the baristas will gladly explain what this means. This is not a place you run in and out of because of how relaxed the vibe is, so use your lunch break wisely and stay a while.

If you see our patrol vehicle nearby, we’re probably grabbing our own cup of hot stuff at the start of a day, so come say hi. Alternatively, if you ever need our help, call our 24/7 control room on 021 462 1205.

Kids at the heart of the community

Over December, WID, together with SAPS, the City of Cape Town, Metro Police and the Cape Town Multi-Service Centre ran a kids holiday programme. The aim of the programme was to target children that roam the streets and have to do what they can to survive. The programme educates these kids so they’re a little more street smart and prepared for some of the challenges of day to day living.

The programme caters to between 150 and 250 children with different activities each day to teach them much-needed principles and skills. Some of these included specials talks for SAPS, health and safety tips, outings to various service stations and social activities too.

Picture11December 2016’s holiday programme took the kids to Granger Bay, the Fire Station and out into the community for a solid waste cleanup. At the end of the programme the kids were awarded with certificates and party packs for their attendance.

This programme would not have been possible without a willing community looking to serve and take care of even the smallest members. Thank you to each and every person who got involved and for the teams who took time out of their days to teach a thing or two.