GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

Cape Town Welcomes Summer Safety Initiative for Visitors

The Cape Town Visitor Safety Forum has met to discuss plans both underway and proposed for ensuring visitor safety this season. 
 
The meeting, facilitated by Cape Town Tourism, was attended by members from the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Central City Improvement District (CCID), the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), South African National Parks (SANParks), hotels in the city and others.
 
“As the holiday season begins in earnest, we want to provide the safest possible environment for our visitors to ensure they have a seamless experience”, says Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy.
 
ACSA, CCID, SANParks and SAPS all stated that increased safety measures are already in place for the holiday season, including increased patrols, more visible security and a wealth of information available at central points and on websites.
 
This Safety Forum has worked well since 2009 and has allowed strategic partners to share information and initiatives, and to develop a cohesive strategy for ensuring visitor safety.
Information and education first 

Cape Town Tourism has released a user-friendly infographic which can be shared online, or as a printout to ensure locals and visitors alike are aware of the main safety tips that anyone can follow. The “7 Safety Tips” provides a summary of information on safe travel in Cape Town, as well as emergency contact numbers and addresses of Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres.7 Safety Tips when visiting Cape Town_low res
“There will be thousands of international and local visitors descending on the Mother City to share in the experiences we have on offer, but, as with any major destination, there are some safety factors to consider. We want everyone who comes here to relax without their stay being marred by negative incidents – after all, as hosts, we’re here to ensure that you have a good time,” Duminy concludes.
 
Another helpful initiative is the free mySOS app which uses your location to find the emergency services closest to you, as well as sending a notification to your selected contacts. The app can be used without active data, too.
 
“The City is very proud to be part of this initiative. We believe that these partnerships are critical to ensuring that the visitor experience in Cape Town is not marred by any mishap and encourage these safety measures for locals and visitors of Cape Town. This is one way in which we make progress possible together” – Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member: Tourism, Events and Economic Development.
 
For more information on Cape Town, tourists can visit the Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centres or download the Official Guide to Cape Town app. You can also collect a free keyring or bookmark with safety contact details at one of the Visitor Information Centres.

7 ARRESTS IN GREEN POINT AND ORANJE-KLOOF IN OCTOBER

According to our October statistics, the crime rate has increased slightly with 20 reported incidents last month and 17 reported incidences the previous month.  With the assistance of SAPS, residents and neighbourhood watches, we were able to arrest 7 suspects. Our GP/OKCID officers did manage to apprehend a number of other suspects, however most of which were given a warning instead of being arrested, because a case was not opened against them.  So if you have been a victim of crime, please take the time to open a case with SAPS. Our vision is to keep Green Point and Oranje-Kloof safe for residents and business owners, and to do this we need your help.

The festive season is just short of a month away, which means the streets of Cape Town are about to become much busier with the influx of tourists.  As residents of Cape Town we strongly urge you to tell friends and family members that may be coming to visit to remove all valuables from their cars when parking and to lock up their homes or rental apartments properly. Also remember to carry pepper spray with you while walking or running around Cape Town.

If you ever feel unsafe or witness a car accident or crime, give one of our GP/OKCID operations managers a call immediately 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:

In Green Point on 4 October a suspect was caught breaking into a white VW by one of our GPCID officers. The suspect had smashed the rear window and ran away onto Machau Street, where it crosses Chiappini Street. Our GPCID officers apprehended the suspect and SAPS Constable Mphithi was on the scene shortly after to arrest the suspect.

On Prestwich Street on 31 October a pedestrian was robbed by three suspects. The GPCID and Metro Police managed to apprehend one of the suspects who tried to flee the scene. The victim opened a case against the suspect and he was arrested by Constable Mphithi.

On 10 October one of our OKCID officers apprehended a suspect outside Mc Donald’s on Kloof Street. The suspect was in the process of stealing a cell phone from a pedestrian. SAPS Constable Morejane was on the scene immediately to arrest the suspect.

 On 10, 12 and 19 October we conducted a joint operation with SAPS in both Green Point and Oranje-Kloof, to clean up both areas and remove vagrants from residential areas.

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

Cattle Baron – Grill Room & Bar

Based on the corner of Strand and Chiappini Street lies a famous and legendary steakhouse. The award-winning Cattle Baron restaurant officially opened their doors in Green Point on 7th October and since then has been a hit amongst locals.

The vast open space of the foyer, the welcoming host at the entrance, and the cozy atmosphere created by dimmed lights, along with enormous windows with a view of Table Mountain; I can understand why Cattle Baron would be a romantic’s first choice. The diversity of the patrons who dine at this fine establishment is varied, with local residents and tourists both enjoying a delicious meal. The restaurants is both enjoyed by those searching for a quick meal on a business lunch to those want to relax and unwind with fine food and excellent wines on offer. In summary it’s “A refreshing, global dining experience” which leaves people coming back for more says Buhle, a waiter at the renowned restaurant.

On top form, the waiters offer fantastic service, waiting to attend to your every need.  On top of their list of goals is world class service closely followed by an exceptional standard of food. Trained and groomed to serve you, the staff are warm, welcoming and friendly from the moment you step foot in this restaurant.  The aroma of beautifully seasoned meats demands your attention as you sit down to place your drinks order.  Their menu boasts a variety of cuts and dishes for your tuck into but an obvious choice on their menu and something which they are well-known for are their steaks and rare cuts of meat.Their promise is to grill their steaks to perfection.

Having been aware of the GPCID security officers patrolling the area for some time, owner Jordan seems excited and eager to work hand in hand with our team.

Having said all of that, if you are looking for an international extraordinary dining experience, be sure to stop by at Cattle Baron in De Waterkant.

On Safari – wildlife photography

Renowned for its creative flair, from art galleries and museums to furniture stores, Kloof Street has become the go-to spot to give your home a fresh new look. In an area filled with so much talent, it becomes quite difficult to stand out from the crowd, however not many share the same drive and passion as Nigel Whitehead from On Safari.

Having driven past Picturesque a number of times, l thought I would stop by to see if I could get one of our family paintings framed. The store was filled with locals from the area, all looking for top quality framing without a hefty price tag. Every customer leaving the store walked out with a grin on their face, holding their new masterpiece ready to be hung up in their home.

I’d heard about the new photo gallery next door, so decided to stop by to have a browse. The owner happily welcomed me inside his new space, showing me around and telling me a bit more about his photography background. Nigel, who is the owner of both Picturesque and On Safari, has always had a keen eye for photography and turned this once hobby into a career – even though he doesn’t really consider it work.

His passion started with various expeditions around Africa, where he would sit for hours taking in Mother Nature’s beauty and capture the moments on film. Nigel has quite the collection, with each piece carrying a phenomenal story, and his photos range from elephants roaming in Etosha to hyenas hunting in the Kruger Park. Each of his wildlife photos captures a dramatic scene, where the landscape and scenery is just as much part of the photo as the animal.

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Nigel has a long-standing relationship with the OKCID and has been part of the community since opening Picturesque in 2003. He has always loved the bustling vibe that Kloof Street brings, and believes it’s a great spot to be based for both tourists and locals.

With Christmas around the corner this might be the perfect sentimental gift to give to a loved one, one which they are bound to cherish forever.

Operating hours – 09h00 – 17h00

99B Kloof Street

Cell: 082 6595277

The Festive Season in Green Point and surrounds

As the festive season draws rapidly nearer, all of us Capetonians start to panic. We need to take time off work to get our festive shopping done, making sure we do this before all the good presents are taken, plan family time and somehow schedule in seeing all of our mates and making it to a couple of good parties.

However, as bank accounts get drained and calendars begin to fill up, make sure you don’t miss out in some of the fantastic celebrations and events happening in the Green Point area. Below is a short list of worthwhile events, so book yourselves in advance, tell your friends, and try to get tickets sooner rather than later.

Specialty Events

Cape Town Festival of Beer

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When is it?                  27 – 29 November 2015

Where is it?                 Hamilton Rugby Club

How do I get in?          Tickets are on available at Webtickets, or at the door

This is a must-do for any beer drinker, and is a great day out. There will be over 200 different beers from 60 breweries around the world (including our own great nation). If you’re not feeling particularly adventurous, or have a bad beer (is that possible?), Cape Town’s favourite, CBC beers are always a good choice.

Cape Town Sevens Rugby

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When is it?                  12 – 13 December 2015

Where is it?                 Cape Town Stadium

How do I get in?          Tickets are just about sold out on Computicket, but there’s always

Facebook and Gumtree!

The HSBC World Sevens Series has selected Cape Town as it’s next host, and this promises to be an amazing experience. In addition to being able to see some world-class rugby being played, spectators can look forward to a party stand where various bands will be performing.

Make Love Not War Festival

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When is it?                  16 December 2015

Where is it?                 V&A Waterfront

How do I get in?          Tickets are available at Nutickets or at the door

Make Love Note War is a one-day festival that celebrates the fashion and food of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Some of Cape Town’s top fashion and décor brands will be selling at the unique Grand Africa Beach venue.

The Burger Festival

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When is it?                  16 January 2016

Where is it?                 Hamilton Rugby Club

How do I get in?          Tickets will be available at Quicket in the near future

Although the festive season will have just ended, and everyone will have had their fill of rich foods, who could resist a burger festival? There’s nothing more Cape Town than enjoying craft burgers whilst sipping on various beers, cocktails or wines and enjoying the entertainment on offer.

Recurring Events

Goldfish Submerged Sundays

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When is it?                  Every Sunday, 29 November – 27 December

Where is it?                 Shimmy Beach Club

How do I get in?          Tickets are available at Nutickets

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When is it?                  Every Thursday evening November 2015 – April 2016

Where is it?                 V&A Waterfront

How do I get in?          Tickets are available at thegalileo.co.za

Green Point Parkrun (5km)

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When is it?                  Every Saturday morning at 08h00

Where is it?                 Green Point Park. View the course here

How do I get in?          Just show up, it’s free!

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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When is it?                  Every Saturday morning

Where is it?                 Ironically not Oranjezicht. It’s in Granger Bay now

How do I get in?          Just show up

 

Happy eventing Cape Town, and all the best for the festive season!

 

Olive Branch Deli

Tzatziki, hummus and cured olives. Finding authentic and tasty Greek food in Cape Town is no easy task, and requires plenty of research and time to do tastings; so we decided to stop by the latest addition to the Lifestyle on Kloof centre to find out what all the hype was about.

Over the years this little centre has become a hub of some of the best stores in the area, from art and fashion to artisanal foods. As the name suggests it’s a one-stop-shop filled with lifestyle products you just can’t go without, which is why the Olive Branch Deli is the perfect fit for them.

It’s hidden behind the SureTravel store, but lingering IMG_5171aromas draw you in and ensure no potential customers walk past!  Omeros Demetriou part owner of the store, runs the quaint Olive Branch Deli with the assistance of his knowledgably and passionate sister. Having first started out as a joint venture with their father, their makeshift deli outgrew Savvas & Sons Watches, and soon it was time for them to branch off on their own. And so two weeks ago their journey began…

Olive Branch Deli combines everything a classic deli in Cape Town would offer but with a unique twist that makes you want to come back for more. With olives being cured inside the Deli, you can enjoy a front row seat to watch artisanal food in the making. Omeros explains that all their age old recipes have been passed down from their father who was the driving force behind them starting their business.

Walking around the store you can find anything from imported olive oil to Californian cashew nuts to delicious humus and homemade jams.  The deli is filled with delicacies from around the world that are bound to tantalise your taste buds. And if you are ever unsure about a product, don’t hesitate to ask the brother sister duo anything about their stock, as they will happily make suggestions along the way.

This family affair is one to watch, offering a taste of the Mediterranean right on Kloof Street.

Follow them on Instagram @olivebranchdeli and like them on Facebook The Olive Branch Deli.

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