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.

Invitation to stakeholder meeting

Dear SRA/CID members,

You are invited to the stakeholder meeting. The MSDF and CITP are important policy documents for the City of Cape
Town and contain relevant information for businesses in relation to the future of transport and development within Cape Town.

Please RSVP via this link: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/i/E4DED5061819B08D
We look forward to seeing you on 22 August.

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.