GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

Kloof Street Park upgrades are underway 

kloofstreetparkPatches of green in a city are always a welcome haven for residents to relax on the grass, read a newspaper, or let their children play in the playground. Kloof Street Park, on the corner of Kloof and Tuin Streets, is a great example of a public park which is used for exactly that. The OKCID officers assist with opening the park each morning at sunrise for the public to access it and closing it at sundown to keep it safe and secure, and avoid homeless people sleeping in the park. If residents are still enjoying the park in the evenings with their families, our team come back at a later stage to lock the gates.

Kloof Street Park has received a couple of upgrades recently, including 10 new trees planted by City Parks staff. Currently a work in progress, they are busy marking out a 250 metre jogging track for residents and future plans include the placement of a rubberized matting beneath the existing playground equipment. With funding and approval from the ward, the plans are set in place to improve this area.

Once in Cape Town

Yours Truly on Kloof Street is definitely in the running for my favourite spot to unwind, soak up the vibe and catch up with friends over a cold beer and a pizza. Until recently I’d been vaguely aware of Once in Cape Town next door, but hadn’t ever ventured in. What a rookie error. A minute or two after I met up with one of the owners and general manager Kim Whitaker I was smitten – with a wash of memories from my backpacking days flooding back, and dozens of questions popping in to my head about all their innovate designs, concepts and offers.

My tour started with a warm welcome from the team at reception, and a bombardment of information about incredible events and outings on the activity board! It’s such a simple addition to the front room, but the perfect way to give guests a taste of what the Mother City has to offer. The ground floor also has a quirky Skype booth, movie room and spacious outside area – kitted out with wooden tables and benches, hanging baskets and an impressive braai/ poitjie area that was about to be put to good use.

onceincapetown1The self-catering kitchen is clean and well equipped for travellers that need a break from restaurant food or have special dietary requirements. The two features that really caught my eye were the Xhosa lessons in colourful chalk on the wall – with basic conversation starters; and the containers allocated to each guest in the fridge, to avoid things getting muddled up or munched by a hungry midnight monster 😉

The first floor is where the fun really begins… as sharing a dorm with friends or fellow backpackers is guaranteed to get you in the mood to live up to Once’s tag line:

Sleep. Eat. Explore. Each dorm has a unique theme and décor to match, with an en-suite bathroom and two sets of bunks. Look forward to big, comfy mattresses, clean white linen and very nifty lockers at the top of each bed, equipped with universal plugs and space for all your valuables.

If you’d like to have your own space, or privacy for a romantic weekend away, then the en-suite double rooms on the top floor will be right up your street. Little luxuries include fluffy white towels, handmade soap, a full-length mirror and DSTV. Another thing to keep in mind when you book is that all the rooms on the right-hand side of the corridor have gorgeous views of Table Mountain.

But back to my conversation with Kim and answers to some of my questions that you may be interested in… Once opened in November 2013, and is already getting repeat business (always a great sign); they have lots of South African guests as well as tourists from all around the world; and their partnership with Yours Truly has been a great success (which is not hard to believe once you’ve tried their coffee and sampled a few things off the menu).

onceincapetown5Kim is incredibly passionate about Once, and constantly coming up with ways to support local artisans. For example the bucket stools and hangers are from Pedersen and Lennard at the Woodstock Exchange; the Linen is from sourced from a company based in Durban and the soap is handmade by , a small business that empowers local women in Cape Town. Once has initiated a recycling initiative for several businesses in the area with EnviroCon too.

Kim is also on the ball when it comes to international trends and new ideas to enhance the experience for her guests. For example they’re about to add hair dryers and straighteners to the girls’ dorm. They’ve also introduced a staycation special for locals, for just R650 per couple, which is running till the end of November 2014: dinner at Mitico, Labia movie theatre tickets, a night’s stay in a private room and breakfast at Yours Truly. This special is available Monday – Thursday, until the end of November 2014 so don’t leave it too long before you book.

Find out more: Website: http://onceincapetown.co.za | Facebook  | Twitter| Instagram

Contact Number: 021 424 6169

Address: 73 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town.

Security Update – September 2014

In true spring cleaning style, our GP/OKCID team has been cleaning up the streets this month and trying their best to keep the areas safe. Our mobile team and GP/OKCID officers have been ensuring that crime levels are kept as low as possible.

During the month of August, our GP/OKCID team continued with regular operations and made 7 good arrests, with the assistance of SAPS.

This month saw a decrease in the number of suspected drunk drivers and car break ins. However with a few incidences still reported of drunk driving, it is still something that needs to be addressed, citizens are urged to use alternative transportation options, such as a cab or MyCitiBus to get home.

The month of September saw numerous incidences of cellphone theft. Most of the people that were robbed of their possessions were carrying their cellphones while walking. It is advised that if you are walking far distances that you shouldn’t flash your valuables, as you do unfortunately become a target for crime. If you plan to walk in an area that is dark or secluded, phone one of the GP/OKCID officers before you leave and ask them to walk with you to your destination.

DSC_52571_1Following on from last month, evidently there are still people leaving their valuables on display in their cars. Our mobile drivers try their very best to watch these cars, however to make your lives and theirs easier, it is advised that you remove all valuables when leaving your car parked on the streets.

Below are a few specific incidences that occurred in the area:

In Green Point on the 28th September 2014, our GPCID officers apprehended a suspect that had broken into a vehicle. He was taken to SAPs central and SAPS Constable Sebrandt reported the matter.

On the 26th September our Mobile 5 GPCID officers apprehended a suspect that had stolen 3 cell phones outside the BP Garage. One of the cellphones was recovered and returned to the owner, SAPS Constable Titus was on the scene.

Our GPCID officers were quick on the scene on the 14 September to apprehend a suspect trying to remove a GPS from a vehicle. The suspect was taken to SAPS Central and arrested by SAPS Constable Mbovu.

The Oranje-Kloof area this month saw very little reported incidences of crime, however a number of car collisions occurred in the area, either from reckless or drunk drivers.

On the 26th September a Joint Crime Free Operations was conducted on Somerset Road, Kloof Nek Road and Kloof Street. The operations was held in partnership with SAPS and CCID. The area was cleared out, several arrests were made and officers patrolled the area looking for any other suspicious activity.

With summer season around the corner, we kindly ask that when walking on the streets or driving around in your car, that you stay alert and safe at all times.

Carné on Kloof

 

Due to the huge success of the original, much celebrated Carné on Keerum Street, Chef Giorgio Nava has opened a smaller, more intimate restaurant at the top of Kloof Street. Nestled in amongst some of Cape Town’s most visited spots, Carne on Kloof has a very distinctive offering and oozes Italian flair. Specializing in amazing meat dishes, the restaurant is not for the faint hearted but for the more carnivorous of us.

From the outside it has the feel of a delicate Milanese café with its dainty fairy-lit terrace; once inside however, you are immediately overwhelmed with a flood of red, of wood and of warmth. With only a small collection of tables it is basic and simple, yet stylishly decorated. The restaurant lets the food speak for itself.

A delectable meaty and minimalist menu awaits, with the promise of some of the country’s finest cuts cooked to perfection. A wide range of antipasti and sides are listed to impeccably accompany your cut of choice, specially designed not to over-shadow the meat. For the vegetarians out there, never fear, you are catered for too.

We visited Carné for a family dinner, made up of mostly men and therefore the menu was greatly appreciated! After being taken through the various cuts described on an exquisite wooden board, we went with the hangar steak, pork sirloin on the bone and the extra-special prime rib. All were cooked perfectly and delicately complimented by spinach, broccoli and chips as sides. Starters ranged from R60 to R80; and mains from R80 – R250 – with prices directly relative to your appetite!

It would be rude to leave an Italian establishment without the dolcé, so to wrap up the meal we indulged in the chocolate fondant, which had just the right consistency and extent of chocolate! Keep this in mind when ordering your meat, as it is most definitely worth leaving some room for.

The wine menu is expansive and surprisingly reasonably priced. So order a bottle to further amplify the experience, you and your steak will both be grateful! If you are a whiskey fan, you will be spoilt for choice here so be sure to look behind the bar for what’s on offer.

The warm, cosy atmosphere is embodied by the staff who welcome you in a friendly manner and guide you smoothly from course to course.  Feel free to question them to your hearts content on the cuts – you may learn a thing or two.

It’s a dining experience that will no doubt break through the clutter and be a memorable one. Be prepared to leave feeling content and more than satisfied. You may have to skip breakfast the following morning!

Contact details:

Phone: 021 426 5566

153 Kloof Street

Orangezicht

Cape Town

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Purr Boutique

On a weekly grocery shop expedition to Woolworths, husbands have to drag their wives away from the ever alluring window display at this stylish boutique store. However with enough convincing the ladies stream through the doors to be captivated by the trendy designs and gorgeous outfits on offer. Situated at the entrance of Lifestyle on Kloof, Purr is one of the few boutiques, on the ever-evolving Kloof Street, that has been around for over 10 years.

20141010_093026Boutique owner Francisca Herloff-Petersen had a vision, which was to bring trendy, quality clothing to the Gardens area from a variety of South African designers. With her “love of fashion and making women feel confident.” Francisca has always had an understanding that clothes need to feel as good as they look, and buying clothes needs to be a truly delicious experience.  An eye for detail and style is shown in all aspects of the shop, from how they colour coordinate garments on the rails to the way jewellery is displayed.

As you browse through the store, you can see the precision that has been taken in styling their mannequins, and how they perfectly pair each garment to a matching accessory so that customers can find everything in one store. Amarie, the sales assistant at the store, is incredibly helpful and you can immediately tell she isn’t trying to force you to purchase a product, but genuinely wants you to find something that suits your body shape and unique style.

Sifting through clothing, you will stumble across well-known South African brands such as Selfi, who sell quite affordable items, from flowing blouses to well fitted shorts and skirts. Cape Town designer Maya Prass showcases her detailed patterned wrap dresses in the store, which are perfectly paired with American designer shoes from Minnetonka. If you are looking for practical and stylish leather bags, they also feature bags from South African RedOker.

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A one-stop fashion shop, Purr Boutique is the place you need to go and browse before your next dinner date or wedding.

Shop 4 Lifestyle on Kloof | 50 Kloof Street | Tel : 021 4245044 |

Operating hours:

Mon – Fri: 09h30 – 18h30

Saturday:  09h30 – 15h30

Website: http://www.purr.co.za/ | Facebook | Twitter

Review of OKCID from Francisca Owner of Purr Boutique “The area seems to be much cleaner and safer”

Watch Republic in Green Point

Christmas is around the corner, which means Capetonians are thinking of affordable ways to spoil their loved ones. An elegant Fossil watch would make the perfect gift, but of course a designer piece would break the budget. Or would it?

If you thought ‘designer’ and ‘affordable’ didn’t go together then think again. Watch Republic Outlet and its counterpart, Watch Republic Service, are fairly new to the Green Point strip and are selling high-end luxury watches and accessories at incredible prices.

IMG-20141209-WA0004The outlets are actually factory shops for Watch Republic stores and their sister stores, Fossil and Watch Couture, which sell an exclusive range of top international watch brands.

Brands stocked include; DKYNY and Diesel (both jewellery and watches), Adidas, Skagen, Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, Mondaine, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld watches, Nixon (watches and headphones) and Fossil watches; as well as jewellery and genuine leather handbags and wallets.

Whether you are after a vintage piece or an aeronautic-inspired adventure watch, their wide range covers watches and premium accessories for all occasions; work, casual, sports, adventure or dress-wear.

All items are discounted between 30 and 70%, so you could take home a gorgeous classic Skagen watch, imported from Denmark, with a lifetime warrantee for as little as R800, or a pair of trendy Nixon headphones and watch for less than R1 500.  Classic Fossil watches come is as low as R500 and all Fossil accessories are reduced by 50% as is the Diesel men’s jewellery and DKNY women’s accessories.

Also setting Watch Republic apart from other watch retailers is Watch Republic’s repair service. Located behind the outlets is the official Watch Republic workshop where a team of skilled watch-makers fix and service any watch that falls under the Watch Republic brand list.

To have a watch serviced you can pop in at the customer desk at Watch Republic Service or drop it off at any Watch Republic Store and it will be transported to and from the workshop at no extra charge. They offer a full range of repair services with varying prices, depending on the brand and if the problem can be fixed under warranty.

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Besides their low prices, high quality and service guarantee, location is a reason to shop at Watch Republic Outlets. Based centrally in the trendy and relaxed Green Point area the shops are accessible and offer a relaxed and convenient shopping experience. “It’s a great area to be in – safe with a nice vibe,” said Nicolette, one of the friendly shop assistants.

I would also highly recommend surfing the Watch Republic online store to check out this season’s hottest fashion items. But do note their website doesn’t display their jewellery, accessories or major discount items so I would advise popping in and exploring the Green Point treasure chest before adding anything to the digital shopping cart.

55/57 Somerset Rd, Green Point

Tel: 021 418 0045 (outlet) /021 418 9854 (service)

Email: wrgreenpoint@keren.co.za / wrservice@keren.co.za

Website: www.watchrepublic.co.za

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Operating times:

Mon – Fri: 09h00 – 17h00

Sat: 09h00 – 13h00

Website launched by Known Design

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Roger-Michael Raad and Babusi Nyoni from Known Design for all their creative input and hard work to launch this new website. Roger-Michael had the following to say about the project:

Known Design enjoyed collaborating with Yellow Door Collective on the new website design and development project for the GP/OKCID. After meeting with Marc Truss and getting a clear understanding of the web requirements and expectations for GP/OKCID moving forward, we began the concept stage.

Faced with the challenge of converting the old website content into a more intuitive, ‘easy-to-use’ navigation and flow of content throughout the site, we decided to simplify the website design with a clean, modern look and feel, according to brand guidelines, to create a compact solution for a community website.

We included the addition of exciting new functionality to encourage viewers to interact with the website by using quick links for information, with the various calls-to action, like ‘Become A Member’ or ‘Report A Problem’, and the simple-search Business Directory that uses your current location to display the closest business listed in your area according to your search.

We wish the GP/OKCID all the best of success with their new website and hope the community feedback is positive and that the site is well received. We’re looking forward to collaborating on their next exciting web project in the future.

The Banting Kitchen

Diets are not for the faint hearted, however in this case a diet has never tasted so good. The Banting diet has become the new craze, taking over cook books, television shows and now a restaurant. Tim Noakes is synonymous with this diet that involves eating low or no carbs and loads of high fats and protein.

The Banting Kitchen in Green Point has taken this diet to the next level. It’s been crowned the world’s first low-carb, high-fat restaurant. For those that can never truly stick to a diet that usually involves eating very little, this restaurant is the perfect alternative. It boasts an impressive menu, including a list of gourmet decadent desserts as well as many of the best South African wines.

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Gazing down at the delicious array of meals on offer it was only mandatory to have a three course meal to fully establish a consensus about the restaurant. The first selection was Salt and Pepper Calamari and Salmon starters. The calamari was crispy, non-oily and covered in the perfect batter, and the salmon was tender, juicy and not too filling.

For mains the obvious choice and trophy Banting meal was fillet steak accompanied with a roasted butternut salad. To finish off entire meal we opted for a chocolate trio truffle. No part of the meal seemed healthy, but every plate at the table was polished off. The taste and style of plating emphasized the care and precision the chef took in preparing each and every dish.

The restaurant has clearly done their research, ensuring that everything is Banting appropriate. The food was absolutely amazing and there was nothing to fault. So if you are sick and tired of snacking on celery sticks and nuts, take a night out to indulge and devour one of their meals.

Contact Details:

021 430 0506

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