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14 ARRESTS IN GREEN POINT AND ORANJE-KLOOF IN SEPTEMBER

According to our September statistics, the crime rate has decreased slightly with 17 reported incidents last month and 19 reported incidences the previous month.  With the assistance of SAPS, residents and neighbourhood watches we were able to arrest 14 suspects in both areas, as part of our vision to keep Green Point and Oranje-Kloof safe for residents and business owners.

The warm weather has finally settled in, which means trips to your neighbouring public park or beach become a regular activity. Because of this we ask you to lock up your homes properly and make sure to park in well-lit busy areas. We also strongly urge you to follow basic safety measures as well and be sure to carry pepper spray with you while walking or hiking around Cape Town.

If you ever feel unsafe, please call one of our GP/OKCID operations managers on 071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811. Our team offers 24/7 assistance to residents, tourists and business in the area, ensuring your safety.

Here’s a summary of incidents reported last month:

On 4 September the Granny Goose store on Somerset Road was broken into. The suspects broke the front glass door and stole 14 duvet inners, each valued at over R8 000. Our GPCID officers as well as SAPS Constable Maart, Sargent Adams, Constable Pommer and Sargent Bussy were on the scene to view the security footage, however the suspects could not be profiled from this. If you have any further information about this incident please call – 071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811.

On 26 September on Hudson Street, a Loading Bay shop window was broken. Two white Chevrolet bakkies parked in front of the shop window and six suspects got out their vehicles and broke the glass window with a crowbar. The Loading Bay security guard called our GPCID officers as well as SAPS, and we managed to apprehend one suspect. The rest of the suspects fled the scene in their vehicles with their stolen goods. A case has been opened and any further information about the incident can still be reported to SAPS.

On 28 September in Green Point, between Napier and Somerset Road, just outside the Cape Quarter parking, a suspect was spotted breaking into the boot of a black BMW and removing a sports bag. Our GPCID officers witnessed the crime moments after it happened and apprehended the suspect. SAPS Constable Petersen was on the scene to arrest the suspect. The owner of the car was tracked down by our GPCID officers and his belongings were handed over to him.

On 14 September in Oranje-Kloof, our OKCID officers received a phone call from the Kloof Street Spar manager. The reported suspect was caught stealing various items from the store. We tracked down the suspect and apprehended him outside the Mc Donalds. SAPS Constable Titus and Constable Bezana were on the scene to arrest the suspect moments later.

If you ever witness a crime in your area or have any further information about an ongoing case feel free to contact us.

City secures Bo-Kaap quarries

Many Capetonians will be familiar with the three quarries above the Bo-Kaap, and the growing concern about criminal activity that is linked to this area. What you probably don’t know is that this part of Cape Town is also steeped in history, as stone from the quarries was used to build very early structures; and the diverse, rich culture of the Bo-Kaap stems from the Malay settlers who were based here.

Until earlier this year, there were 23 official structures at the Wash House Quarry, which housed families that have been living here since the 1980s. Unfortunately there has been an influx of people who are involved with criminal activity and drugs, creating a negative perception of the area as a whole.

The City of Cape Town has taken proactive steps to address this issue, and properly secure the site. They have been in negotiations with the residents since 2011, and the City has arranged for the relocaton of families to a new housing development called Pelican Park in Strandfontein, with their consent. This has been met with mixed emotions and responses, and is a very sensitive issue. Ward councillor Dave Bryant has been instrumental to the success of this project, and has been working closely with the relevant role players to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

10 of the 21 families have already moved in to their new homes, and two more are in the process of moving. Three more have been approved, and five are waiting for Identity Documents. Some of the children are finishing the term at their current schools, to ensure there is minimal disruption to their studies. Pelican Park is located next to the False Bay Reserve and False Bay Ecology Park, as well as a new church, mosque and school.

The next step is for the City to secure the quarry with proper fencing; and then there is a plan in place to install flood lights and CCTV cameras later this year. As it’s an important heritage site, any development in the future will be low impact, such as a public park.

#CIDSoupDrive success story

This winter the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCID) launched a fundraising initiative to provide support to those who need it most.

The idea behind the three-month campaign was to motivate people to support their communities in a responsible way; rather than giving hand-outs or turning a blind eye. This was made possible by partnering with SnapScan, where local residents and business owners could make small donations in a safe and secure way via the app.

IMG_3897The initial R1 000 raised was donated to the Bread 4 Life on Kloof Street. This soup kitchen was founded in 2005 and today feeds over 400 people who have fallen on hard times every week. Ome Demetriou, volunteer at Bread 4 Life, expressed his support for #CIDSoupDrive, thanking the GP/OKCID for their “valuable service in our communities”.

A further R2 000 was raised in the second phase of the campaign, which was used to buy school shoes for children at Salesians Institute in Green Point. This incredible organisation is working to change the lives of vulnerable children and youth at risk through education, social support, life skills, and vocational training.

Says Madeleine Thornhill, Principal at Salesians, “Learn to Live School of Skills work with the most vulnerable youth in our society. It is so wonderful to find a company like GP/OKCID that does not only see the need of these young people but that are willing to do whatever it takes to make a positive difference in their lives. By donating school shoes they are providing a very basic need, but more than that, they are giving the children a sense of acceptance and dignity that is unmeasurable. From the bottom of my heart, I say thank you”

Commenting on the campaign, GP/OKCID Chief Executive Marc Truss says, “We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone that supported the campaign – handing over the funds raised was a humbling and very special experience, and the photos speak for themselves in terms of the gratitude expressed by Bread 4 Life and Salesians.”

 

 

Eurocasa opens on Kloof Street

Bringing you creative, high-tech designs from Italy and hosting a range of innovative wardrobes and kitchens, Eurocasa has planted their roots at 10 Kloof Street, Gardens.

With retailers such as FebelCasa, Rossana, Zanette and Ozzio Designs – the variety of uniquely crafted homeware is endless.

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The sleek, elegant and spacious layout of the store grabs your attention from the minute you step inside. It has a clean, sophisticated feel and the warm welcoming staff will greet you and show you around the gallery. Owner Richard Lurie says he decided to set up shop in Kloof Street for a number of reasons, including:

  • The area compliments the face of the business;
  • The atmosphere is welcoming;
  • Safety and security is really important and it’s great to be in the OKCID area;
  • There are some lovely neighbouring business and the right audience.

He goes on to says “Setting up shop in Kloof Street was a big decision but one that I am entirely happy with. Our neighbours, in and around the area have accepted us and welcomed Eurocasa with open arms. In regards to working with the OKCID, I take nothing away from their excellent service – whether it is keeping the area clean or keeping it safe.”

In terms of their offering, Richard says, “EuroCasa is committed to providing only the finest products and offering a service that is unforgettable”. Customers are their focus; they always put passion into designs, to make sure that they deliver absolute quality. The process speaks for itself – having seen first-hand the process and ways of working, experiencing “the meeting room” which boasts the latest technology – automatic blinds, curved LG television for client proposals, lighting of superb quality; all controlled from Richards phone – one consultation and design session with the team at Eurocasa and you will be well on your way to your dream kitchen or living space.

So to create a space that expresses you inner beauty, visit Eurocasa for all your interior design needs.

10 Kloof Street,
Gardens.

Telephone – 021 421 8161 | Facebook – Eurocasa | Twitter – @EurocasaSA

The Carpenter’s Shop – helping create a clean city

Homelessness and unemployment are both on the rise in Cape Town, and are things we need to be aware of – in terms of the impact on crime, but also to do our bit to make a positive difference. There are a number of organisations in the City Bowl that work together to combat such issues, but not many are as determined as the Carpenter’s Shop (TCS).

A group of passionate and hardworking individuals are the driving force behind this fantastic initiative who work without recognition to come up with innovative ways to create employment for people. Jane Mills, Marketing Consultant at The Carpenter’s Shop, understands every key component of the NPO and gave me a tour of their grounds situated on Roeland Street.

The NPO, which has been operating from this building since 1981, is situated in the perfect location for the vulnerable around the city and is only a walk away from the nearest soup kitchen.

“We believe that all people should have an opportunity to work and to experience the dignity of supporting their families” Jane says. As we walked around the grounds this statement stuck with me, and I could see that all the team members involved at TCS are trying their very best to provide people with the necessary skills and social care to support themselves.

The grounds comprise of a number of sectors, one of which is The Geoff Burton House, providing affordable housing facilities for those that are on the right path but aren’t able to financially support themselves just yet. At the back of the grounds are one of the only public ablutions situated in Cape Town, where TCS staff hand out soap, toothpaste and tokens to the nearest soup kitchen.

IMG_4457In the middle of the grounds is The Carpenter’s Shop, where we sat in on a carpenter’s class with Colin and Joseph, the carpentry teachers. The classrooms are filled with passionate pupils busy crafting various items with the intention of one day selling them to the public. If you are looking to purchase new furniture or refurbish a family heirloom, give them a call and they will be able to assist you.

The final component of the organisation, and one which could bring in the much needed revenue for The Carpenter’s Shop to sustain their social care, accommodation, and skills development initiative is their auto detail facility. James MacDonald, Social Enterprise and Business Development Manager at TCS explains that in order to do this, a daily throughput of 20 cars per day is needed in order to get to breakeven point for the business. All cars exceeding 20 per day will then contribute towards funding our social purpose.

With a team of trained professionals, TCS car wash provides affordable, efficient and top quality car cleaning facilities to businesses and residents in Cape Town.

So how can you help? If your car is looking a bit shabby and in need of a little TLC, drive into to get a car wash and support their vocational training facilities with less than R100 a wash.

 

 

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