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.
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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.

Woodstock Improvement District soars to new heights

2016 has been a momentous year on several fronts for Woodstock Improvement District (WID). Projects that have been in process for 10 years have finally come to fruition, the WID team has worked more cohesively than ever before and we’re seeing positive change around every corner with new life coming into the suburb of Woodstock.

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Come with us as we revisit some of our proudest moments of 2016. When we look at how far we’ve come, we gain courage to pursue greater excellence in the future – bring on 2017.

Never too old to party

WID, together with the South African Police Service, hosted a red carpet event for the elderly in Woodstock in early December. It’s our responsibility as a community to look out for each group of people that makes our society what it is – the elderly included. In speaking to some of the attendees, we were delighted to hear them say that they felt spoilt and special. It was an occasion to celebrate the wisdom of those who have gone before us and give them the respect and appreciation they deserve. There was even a Senior Citizen of the Year competition.

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The wheels on the bike

At our heart is the desire to help wherever we can – sometimes in ways you don’t expect. Each person deserves kindness and it costs nothing to extend a helping hand. In October, a man by the name of Kumza arrived at our offices complaining that his bike had been taken apart. We phoned Nils Hansen at Woodstock Cycleworx and he was more than happy to help. He and his team pulled together and fixed Kumza’s bike ensuring that he could get home safely. This small act by a local business made the world of difference and we’ll continue to support people where we can in 2017.

The watchful Woodstock eye

The area of Woodstock faces, on a daily basis, issues including drinking and fighting in public, motor vehicle accidents, theft from motor vehicles, burglaries, robberies, damage to properties and fires in public spaces. The security team that governs the area consists of two vehicles, four foot patrollers and two law enforcement officers that cover the ground from Monday to Friday. In the evenings and at weekends there are also two vehicles to keep an eye on the area. It may sound like a small team, but they have handled more than 3 200 incidents in the 2015/16 period.

When you look at the reports, the figures and the numbers, I am sure you will agree that the WID hasn’t nearly finished making an impact yet. Coupled with your support and active co-operation, we will continue our duty and you will see the benefit of a safer community to work and live in.

A helping hand for Woodstock

The primary mandate of Woodstock Improvement District (WID) is to provide safety, security and cleaning services in the Woodstock area. A big part that is sometimes forgotten about is the impact of social upliftment in the community.

Abigail Abrahams, Woodstock’s own Mother Teresa and WID social manager, is the lady behind the many heart-warming things that happen to help those in need. It’s a tough job to keep track of who needs help, but Abi does this by walking the streets, connecting with people in the area and getting to know each family and individual in need – personally. She also gets assistance from the WID drivers who drive her to hot spots in the area. She is so well-known and revered in the community that some of the vagrants even pop in at the office if they need advice or help.

Poverty and homelessness are big issues in Woodstock, as it brings all sorts of destructive activities to the area and the streets. However, these people are also our eyes on the street and are often willing to help as soon as they see that someone cares for them and actually want to help.

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Over the years, WID has formed relationships with a few organisations so that they know who to contact when help is needed. St. Anne’s and ACVV help with assistance for mothers and children, and if they don’t have the capacity to help, Social Services (for children), or shelters like the Haven Shelter (for adults) are contacted. The ultimate goal is to get every person in need placed in a home or shelter, as there are currently 65 homeless people in the area and this is still increasing. WID also assists with getting IDs, going to SASSA to apply for grants, gives counselling and advice, refers clients to drug rehabilitation centres, and assists with typing CVs so unemployed people can find work.

To get a better understanding of why there are so many homeless people, it is important to understand how they got there and what the reasons are. Many of these vagrants are rejected by their families or they’ve come out of prison and land up on the street. Prostitution is also a big issue among the women on the street, as many of them see this as a way to earn enough money to support their drug addiction.

WID currently works with SAPS and other organisations in the community on a holiday programme that will start on 12 December. This programme will focus on child development and keeping children off the streets during the festive season. Pamphlets will also be handed out to raise awareness for the ‘16 days of activism for no violence against women and children’ United Nations campaign that kicks off from 25 November till 10 December.

In 2017, WID will focus specifically on providing those in need with food hampers and clothing. “If we can make these people feel good and look good, they should have more confidence to go for interviews or to go back to their families at home,” says Abigail. To make a success of this initiative, the help of the community will be greatly appreciated and will make a big difference. To do your part and give back this festive season, please donate old clothes by taking them to WID offices at 41 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. For any other donations, or to help with volunteer work or projects during the holiday period and next year, please send an email to abigail@wid.co.za or give us a call on 021 462 7321.

Lastly, to keep Woodstock safe for everyone is a public effort and we’d like to ask every business and resident in the community to help us by giving us a call or sending us an email if there is anything we should know about. Let’s make this festive season a safe and blessed one for everyone in the area.

Art and about in Woodstock

Woodstock is known as a cultural hub jam-packed with artistic events, exhibitions and galleries around every corner. All of these serve to promote international work but more importantly, local talent. New galleries are constantly popping up and we’ll keep you in the loop on our events page. To get you started on what to look out for, the following five galleries stand out:

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  1. The Lovell Gallery

In 2014, Christian Sulger-Buel and Tamzin Lovell Miller partnered to launch Sulger-Buel Lovell in London. Christian had been collecting African art for over 35 years, and Tamzin opened her first gallery in Cape Town in December 2009.

The collection at the Lovell Gallery has a focus on fresh quality pieces with a majority focus on local artists, making stunning pieces available to art lovers at rather affordable prices. It has a main gallery where solo and group shows are displayed, as well as a smaller gallery upstairs with a variety of more contemporary works.

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  1. Goodman Gallery Cape Town

The Goodman Gallery has branches in Woodstock and Johannesburg, and is home to a fantastic collection of contemporary art by local as well as international artists. They will be hosting a major exhibition at the Woodstock gallery, titled ‘Africans in America’ from 17 November to 17 January, which you don’t want to miss.

The exhibition will be conceptualised and curated by Liza Essers and Hank Willis Thomas; and it runs concurrent to a major international academic conference. Follow their Facebook page for more details.

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  1. WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery

For curators and collectors looking for sculptures, paintings, performance pieces, installations or drawings, the WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery has become one of the most popular spots to find these artefacts in Woodstock.

WHATIFTHEWORLD intends to stimulate and facilitate critical debates and dialogue within the art community. They also have a very impressive history in publishing artist monographs and catalogues, and have been the host of a series of noteworthy exhibitions, continually looking for new ways to represent established and upcoming South African artists.

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  1. SMAC Gallery

SMAC Gallery represents a number of established and emerging South African artists as well as international artists. They strongly encourage international exchange by hosting and offering exchange programmes to well-known international artists, as well as artists from the African continent. Don’t miss the upcoming exhibition, ‘Degreened’ by Frances Goodman that will be on display from 29 October to 3 December.

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  1. Blank Projects

Blank Projects is an independent exhibition space that showcases multiple new developments and pieces of contemporary South African art. What makes this a great space is their willingness to feature experimental work and the regular flow of new and exciting exhibitions and artists. Don’t miss the current exhibition, ‘ASSEMBLE’ by Kyle Morland on display until 19 November 2016.

Keep your eyes on our social media profiles for follow-up posts on some more impressive galleries in Woodstock.

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Security update – September

photo-1469510090920-fd33379d1f7cThe WID team consists of 17 staff members working tirelessly to take care of businesses and their staff in Woodstock. The team includes drivers, foot patrollers, security controllers and vehicle patrollers. Please feel free to contact the WID at any time, if you feel unsafe or if you know of anything that has happened so that they can assist.

Our cleaning team is divided into zones so that each area gets the attention it needs to ensure safe and clean streets. During September, a total of 34 loads of rubbish were taken to the dumpsite, four planned clean-up operations took place and a number of damaged phone booths and defective traffic lights were fixed. We do our best to keep up to date with areas that need work, but if we miss something then please don’t hesitate to let us know.

As people start leaving home more often to enjoy summertime in Cape Town, please be aware of the following basic tips when parking on the street:
• Never leave anything in your car where it can be seen, but preferably not at all.
• Always let someone know where you’re going and when they should expect you back.
• Park in a well-lit street or in front of a restaurant/ store so your car is visible.
• Make sure your car alarm works and physically check that your car is locked (to avoid being a victim of remote jamming).

Save our contact details for emergencies or queries, and call us if you have anything to report: info@wid.co.za and 021 462 1205.

Notice Annual General Meeting

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The Woodstock Improvement District NPC (WID) will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM). All stakeholders are invited to a review of the year’s activities, approval of the extension of the SRA term and planning for 2017/18.

Date: 16 November 2016

Time: 17h30

Venue: Ground Floor (next to Capitec Bank, De Waal House, 172 Victoria Road, Woodstock)

Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted on by bona fide members of the WID.  This membership is available free of charges to all owners of non-residential property within the WID footprint, but they must be registered before 11 November 2016.

For further information, AGM documentation and how to register go to www.wid.co.za or e-mail admin@wid.co.za or call 021 462 7321 .