Road safety 101: Stay Egg-xtra safe on the roads this Easter

As we approach the Easter weekend many families are looking forward to much needed time spent bonding over Easter egg hunts and delicious lunches. However, as we all travel to our destinations, the days leading up to Easter weekend see many more motorists driving further in the first rains of our wet season.

As we set off in these conditions, we urge all motorists to take extreme caution and increase their awareness of the common causes of accidents and other road safety pointers for drivers and pedestrians.

Here are our top tips for travelling safely this Easter weekend

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Woodstock Art Guide

February is Cape Town art month with two major programme highlights being the Cape Town Art Fair back on for the first time since 2020 and the IPAF International Public Art Fair taking place across Salt River and Cape Town central. To celebrate Woodstock’s place on the Cape Town art map, we have compiled our own guide of all the artist hot spots to be found in Woodstock and neighbouring Salt River.⁠

From art galleries and artist studios, to some of the best art stores, framing shops and art colleges in the city, Woodstock is one of the most notable art routes in Cape Town.⁠

Woodstock Art Galleries

Stevenson Gallery

Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road

@stevenson_za

Arguably one of Cape Town’s most important galleries, representing regional artists on the international art scene such as Zanele Muholi, Penny Siopis, Guy Tillim, Zander Blom, Wim Botha and Pieter Hugo, Stevenson has galleries in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Amsterdam and participates in Art Basel, Frieze London, Paris Photo, Art Basel Miami Beach and of course, Cape Town Art Fair.

Smac Gallery

The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Road

@smac_gallery

131a Gallery

131 Sir Lowry Road

One of Cape Town’s top young galleries of contemporary art in a small space that hosts excellent exhibitions of solo artists and group shows, 131a Gallery is run by the founder of Cape Town’s artsy Lake magazine, Brett Bellairs.

@131agallery

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Safety and fire during the hot, dry and windy Cape Town Summer months

Cape Town’s fire season occurs from November through May when it is most hot and dry, together with the windy season, creating the ideal conditions for wildfires to occur and quickly get out of control. From homes and businesses to the Table Mountain National Park, there are various organisations in place to manage fire safety and interventions that should be taken, both to avoid fire and to control it when it happens. 

Fires are not something we want to think about but are part of our reality in Cape Town due to the weather conditions as well as natural conditions in our fynbos ecosystem. It is most important to keep your home, family and business safe, protecting life and property, as our urban living spaces share a boundary with the national parks in many parts of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

helicopter dropping water on Cape Town fires 2021 on Table Mountain
Cape Town fires 2021. Source: Associated Press.
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Climate action, Cape Town and you – living a more sustainable life

While Spring makes us think “green”, it’s not all spring flowers and baby birds that are in the air. Climate change and its proactive counterpart, Climate Action, is on the world’s collective consciousness with COP26 beginning on 31 October in Glasgow, culminating in this year’s Climate Action Day on 4 November and millions of people across the world who will be out marching for climate justice on Saturday 6 November. Last month Global Day of Climate Action on 25 September, held by Fridays for Future, saw 3500 towns and cities get involved, and this month is also Youth Climate Action Day on 23 October.

But let’s take a step back…

What is Climate Change?

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Woodstock Peace Garden

Head up Woodstock’s Mountain Road and take a detour along a dirt road that forks off towards the top and you’ll discover an inner-city oasis that’s many things to many people. It’s a place where plants are grown, peacocks roam and the children of Alpha School play. There’s a monthly plant sale market and weekly tai chi classes. Caretakers of the space carve wooden sculptures and make pots. Furniture factories drop off their wood offcuts and sawdust, and local residents use it as a depot for organic waste and unwanted plants and potting containers. It’s an unexpected green sanctuary nestled just beneath the major artery to the City of Cape Town that is the N2, with views from upper Woodstock through to the harbour, Table Bay and the mountains beyond, where on a good day one can see snow on the Matroosberg.

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Women-owned businesses in Woodstock

Women entrepreneurs are leading the way in many fields in Africa. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s latest biannual Women’s Entrepreneurship report, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region that reports the highest percentage of female business owners in the world, at 11.3% of its women running businesses (compared to just 6% globally). 

Much is the case in Woodstock, Cape Town, where a host of our established, women-run businesses uplift our community by creating jobs and drawing people to the area. Historically a part of Cape Town where industry blossomed since the late 1800s, from glass manufacture to textiles, still today Woodstock is known as a hub for the creative industries and go-to destination for suppliers.

August has become synonymous in South Africa with Women’s Month  –  perhaps because a single day hardly begins to recognise the importance of female leaders amongst our local and global communities.

This month we profile four of our own Woodstock women, business owners paving the way across the sectors of food, art, fashion and interior design.

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Our Facade Improvement Programme – a lick of paint towards building a better future

Woodstock Exchange

Bestselling entrepreneurial author Jim Rohn once said, “Whatever good things we build end up building us”. In Woodstock, our streets are no utopia, but at Woodstock Improvement District we are committed to working collaboratively to improve our community. We believe that improvement is contagious – which is why we have initiated Our Facade Improvement Programme (FIP). The FIP is specifically designed to encourage businesses, like yours, to invest in the exterior functionality and curb appeal of your premises while providing peace of mind that we at the WID are working to protect your property from vandalism and malicious degradation. 

The FIP is intended to be the first step on the investment journey that we walk together – as business owners, community members, municipal bodies and the Woodstock Improvement District – to repair the urban decay in our surroundings. Ultimately, we work towards creating a healthy urban environment to improve local socio-economic circumstances, the safety of our population and the quality of life for all our inhabitants.  

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Winter in Cape Town can be hazardous: Here’s how to take action and contribute

Winter in Cape Town is known to be a chilly and wet affair. For those who are not prepared, the months of June and July can be brutal in the Western Cape. Heavy rains may bring flooding and water damage, while fewer hours of daily sunlight and colder temperatures each have a variety of knock-on effects, including increases in crime, accidents, property damage and costly energy use. 

Woodstock exchange, dark clouds, Devils Peak, Cape Town

WID, the City of Cape Town and Provincial Government are all taking action to reduce repercussions as far as possible in various winter preparedness programmes.

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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

Gifts under R500 this Christmas

Gifts under R500 this Christmas

‘Tis the season for giving! We’re well aware that the price tags on some Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers can be downright scary. Yes, you love your family, but spending thousands of rands on gifts is pretty ridiculous – especially in an economic downturn!

So we’ve compiled a list of gifts under R500 to inspire your Festive Season gift shopping.

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