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Greening the city through MyCiti

Expanding the use of public transport is one of the key actions to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and to cut harmful carbon emissions.

The City intends issuing a tender for electric buses – the cleaner, greener, quieter future for bus systems around the world. This could see MyCiTi buses that glide quietly along, reducing the impact of urban pollution.

The tender envisaged 12-metre electric buses to augment the current diesel fleet, and perhaps double-decker buses with more seating for longer distance trips. They should be able to travel at least 250 km before the batteries need to be plugged in at special recharging stations.

With the use of solar power charging stations, the electric buses will produce zero carbon emissions. An added bonus is that the operational cost of electric buses is significantly lower – not only in terms of fuel, but also in relation to maintenance as there are fewer parts to service.

Read more about MyCiti developments in their latest newsletter. 

The Deckhouse: a mini holiday experience

So usually we use this spot to write about new businesses in the Oranje-Kloof district, and although The Deckhouse Crab Shack and BBQ has already been around for five months or so (where Jackyl & Hyde used to be), they did recently receive the award for EatOut’s best seafood eatery in the Western Cape. So we thought we’d check it out.

As you walk onto the deck, a wave of quiet relaxation washes over you. The décor and finishes, such as the sign on the wall reminding you to “Enjoy life. Enjoy the beach. Relax” make you feel like you’re in a beach house on a seaside holiday. Everything about the place serves to remind you that you aren’t here to hurriedly shovel food down your gullet before a night out. Rather, you’re here to take your time and soak it in, which is particularly helpful given that some of the crab buckets have an estimated eating time of about an hour. They’re hard work, but they’re worth it!

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Cape Town, and particularly Kloof Street, loves a new style of restaurant or outing, and The Deckhouse certainly ticks that box. This magical place is where American style crab shacks meets the good ol’ country-style grill, with a chilled West Coast ambiance. It will almost definitely leave you wanting – not for better or more substantial food, but simply because there isn’t enough stomach room to try everything! One imagines that this is why the restaurant suggests that you dine in large groups, allowing for that sharing factor that we all so love.

What’s great is that if you aren’t fond of seafood you can opt for BBQ, and vice-versa. If you’re a fan of both, you’re in the right place. Both are phenomenal. Must try’s (other than the crab of course) are the popcorn shrimp and the buffalo wings in Jim Beam BBQ sauce, and the cheesy corn dogs are definitely not to be overlooked. While the restaurant is quite pricey, it’s well worth it, and this can be negated if sharing amongst a group of friends. The cocktail pitchers also might seem a bit over the top at first, but after a few sips you’ll appreciate splashing out for them. The Deckhouse have also managed to get SAB’s new micro brews (the Newlands Spring Brewery), which have only been around for a short while and are a must if you haven’t tried them already.

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The hanging crab nets, cracking of shells, plastic bibs and unique presentation of food in buckets and crab pots make for a truly immersive and interactive experience. Very immersive. Wear the bib.

As such, it’s quite easy to lose hours (maybe days) on the deck, which of course doesn’t matter because you’re on a mini holiday, remember?

 

 

11 ARRESTS IN GREEN POINT AND ORANJE-KLOOF IN DECEMBER

According to our December statistics, the crime rate has increased slightly with over 30 reported incidents last month and 25 reported incidences the previous month.  With the assistance of SAPS, residents and neighbourhood watches, we were able to arrest 11 suspects. SAPS and GP/OKCID held a joint operation on 15 December where they profiled 28 suspects from the Quarry.

The December holidays in Cape Town were incredibly busy with an influx of tourists and motorists in the Mother City. Due to the influx there were a number of car break-ins, with 16 reports in both areas. Only a few of the suspects were arrested with most of the incidents happening in the early hours of the morning. There were also a number of car accidents in both areas with quite a few of them resulting in major injuries. We hope that going forward in January residents and tourists will be more cautious on the roads making sure that they drive safely and remove all valuables from their cars when parked on the street.

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. Be sure to tell visitors to save these numbers on their phone as well.

HERE’S A SUMMARY OF INCIDENTS REPORTED LAST MONTH:

In Green Point on 21 December, a suspect robbed a pedestrian on Prestwich Street. Our GP mobile 6 officers managed to apprehend the suspect and SAPS Warrant Officer Van Deventer was on the scene soon after to arrest the suspect. Our OKCID officers returned the watch back to the victim.

On 31 December on Bennet Street a man had his wallet stolen while walking on the street, other members of the public saw the incident take place and apprehended the suspect. Our Mobile 5 GPCID officers were on the scene immediately after to hold the suspect until SAPS arrived. SAPS Constable Mphithi and Makananda arrived soon after to arrest the suspect.

In Oranje-Kloof on 3 December a lady was robbed outside the Kwik Spar on Kloof Street by a suspect with a knife. Our OKCID officers apprehended the suspect and called SAPS. SAP Constable Samayi was on the scene immediately after to arrest the suspect and take him down to central police station for profiling.

On 5 December on Upper Orange Street Watchcom witnessed a suspect stealing a bicycle. They called our OKCID officers who apprehended the suspect and called SAPS. SAPS Constable Sobetwa was on the scene to arrest the suspect.  The bicycle was safely returned to its owner.

If you ever witness a crime or accident in your area or have any further information, please contact us immediately.

PRESENT space

ps3Designer jewellery, quirky socks and leather handbags, these are just a few of the items that grace the shelves of the stylish PRESENT space on Kloof Street. Capetonians are proud ambassadors of all things local, and that’s why this quaint store has become such a huge hit. If you are searching for a birthday gift and are not sure what to get that someone special, then the helpful shop assistants at PRESENT space will guide you on your search.

Lolla Orchard, the founder and creative director of PRESENT space, is a designer herself and started the store because she wasn’t able to find a space that met her needs. Her goal with PRESENT space is to provide a space for designers that is there to help them, advise them and treat them and their products with respect. Lolla stocks a number of up and coming designers’ works in her store and a firm favourite has got to be ZANA products. ZANA create screen printed material which they transform into purses and handbags and these sell incredibly well in PRESENT space, and did so even before they became a global success. Another favourite in the store are FEAT Sock co. who create quirky socks with designs such as scenes of Cape Town, or prints of doughnuts and pizzas – at only R95 for a pair they are ideal as anniversary or birthday gifts.

What inspires Lolla in her personal and professional life? “Any and everything: clever people, makers of pretty things, places and spaces, sending designers sales reports with record sales, working in the shop and seeing people’s reaction to what we created,” she says.

PRESENT space will also be launching an online shop this year, where you can buy any of their fantastic products and get them delivered to your door.

From classic and simple to contemporary and unusual, Lolla has an eye for design and knows what will work well in her store. Having opened a second store just around the corner in the Lifestyle on Kloof Centre, their brand is only getting bigger and we cannot wait to follow their journey.

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Operating hours: 10AM – 7PM.

Reminder: Water restrictions implemented

From 1 January 2016 water will be more expensive. This has been implemented in order to encourage water saving. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town would like to remind residents that the implementation of Level 2 water restrictions will be effective from 1 January.

Customers should note that they will be charged according to a tariff designed to be approximately revenue-neutral when applied to the 10% reduced consumption levels of an average user. In other words, if a resident uses 24 kl of water in a month this will cost them R294,62 under Level 1 conditions. However, under Level 2 conditions, 10% less water (21.6kl) will cost approximately this much. The same amount (24kl) will now cost R344,75. This is to encourage water saving.

The increases have been calibrated to have a smaller impact on small domestic consumers and households that use water efficiently. Customers who use large amounts of water will face larger price increases.

For an average domestic customer, the differences in price are as follows:

Steps Unit Level 1 (10% reduction) Level 2 (20% reduction)
Step 1 (0 < 6 kl) Per kl R0 R0
Step 2 (>6 < 10,5 kl) Per kl R11,07 R11,66
Step 3 (>10,5 < 20 kl) Per kl R15,87 R18,24
Step 4 (>20 < 35 kl) Per kl R23,51 R29,75
Step 5 (>35 < 50 kl) Per kl R29,03 R45,40
Step 6 (>50 kl) Per kl R38,30 R85,09

 

To explain the tariff, it is designed so that the price per kilolitre of water goes up once the resident’s use for the month exceeds certain levels. For example:

  • The first 6kl (step 1) is free
  • After usage exceeds 6kl, but before usage reaches 10.5kl for the month (Step 2), each kilolitre will cost R11.66/kl
  • After usage exceeds 10,5kl, but before usage reaches 20kl for the month (Step 3), each kilolitre will cost R18.24/kl
  • After usage exceeds 20kl, but before usage exceeds 35kl for the month (Step 4), each kilolitre will cost R29.75/kl, and so forth

If a customer is on the Domestic cluster tariff (flats/complexes supplied by a single meter), the Commercial tariff, the Backyarder tariff, the Industrial tariff, or any of the other specialised tariffs please consult the table below to see how you will be affected.

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Please note that sewage charges will also be affected as they are calculated as being 70% of total water used on the property up to a maximum of 35kl. This is to further encourage water savings, but also to cover the fixed costs necessary to continue providing the water and sanitation service.

Residents will also have to abide by the following restrictions:

Restrictions applicable to all customers

  • Watering (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, flower beds, sports fields, parks, lawns and other open spaces are allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a maximum of one hour per premises either before 09:00 or after 16:00. This includes watering with buckets or automated sprinkler systems.
  • No watering will be permitted within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes or other sources are not exempt from this.
  • When watering gardens, parks, open spaces, etc. with alternative water resources (e.g. boreholes, wellpoints, grey water re-use, treated effluent water, spring water and rain water harvesting) you are encouraged to do so only before 09:00 or after 16:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • If alternative water sources (e.g. boreholes, wellpoints, grey water re-use, treated effluent water, spring water and rain water harvesting) are utilised, all customers must ensure that they display appropriate signage clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. See guidelines for signage below.
  • Special users (e.g. golf courses and schools) can apply to the Director: Water & Sanitation for exemption from any of the above restrictions by emailing a completed Special Exemption Application form to Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.
  • No automatic top-up systems are allowed for swimming pools. It is recommended that all swimming pools be covered by a pool cover to avoid evaporation when not in use.
  • Ornamental water fountains and water features are to be operated only by recycling the water.

Restrictions applicable to residential customers

  • Washing of vehicles (including recreational vehicles and watercraft) is only allowed with hosepipes fitted with automatic self-closing devices, or with waterless products.
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water from a tap is allowed.
  • Residents are encouraged to replace all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components with water efficient parts or technologies.
  • Residents who wish to apply for an exemption can apply to the City’s Director: Water and Sanitation by emailing a completed Special Exemption Application form to Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.

Restrictions applicable to businesses (commercial and industrial)

  • Watering of plants in nurseries, farms, vegetable gardens, etc. for commercial gain will be exempted from water restrictions on application to the Director: Water and Sanitation by emailing a completed Special Exemption Application form to Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.
  • When washing vehicles or equipment, use only water efficient or water recycling technology and equipment or waterless products. Display of water saving and water efficiency messages is encouraged.
  • Informal car washes are to use only buckets and not hosepipes.
  • Washing of paving and hard surfaces with potable water is prohibited. However, areas where prior permission in writing has been granted (such as for abattoirs and food processing industries) will be exempt (apply here).
  • All taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places must be replaced with water efficient parts or technologies.

Restrictions applicable to institutions and government departments

  • Watering of plants in Council and other government nurseries will be exempted from the water restrictions on application to the Director: Water and Sanitation by emailing a completed Special Exemption Application form to Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.
  • Washing of vehicles is only allowed with hosepipes fitted with automatic self-closing devices, or with waterless products.
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water from a tap is allowed.
  • All taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places must be replaced with water efficient parts or technologies.

Signage for irrigation using alternative water sources
As indicated above, appropriate signage, clearly visible from a public thoroughfare, must be displayed at all properties where alternative water sources are used for irrigation. Wellpoints and boreholes should be registered. Residents can apply for registration at Borehole.water@capetown.gov.za. After registration you will receive the necessary display sign free of charge.
Then residents using grey water, spring water or rain water are encouraged to download, print and laminate the City of Cape Town non-potable water sign (Download here), although other suitable signage is permitted. This should be printed A4 landscape.

The City would like to remind residents that these are not punitive measures, but rather the City taking the necessary steps to protect our water supplies and guard against finding ourselves in full-blown crisis, as has been the case in other municipalities.

The City thanks residents for their cooperation and understanding.

Call it Sorbet … Sorbet Man

Introducing the first of its kind, Sorbet Man is situated in the trendy Cape Quarter in Green Point. Home to a diverse market which resonates with the brand, Nicole Johnson (owner of Sorbet Man) says “Cape Quarter is the place to be, with multi-racial & multi-class men, I think I can satisfy each & every guys needs in many different aspects”.

A journey through the Sorbet Man experience.

Having launched a day prior to my visit, Sorbet Man certainly hit the mark in terms of appearance. The small space has been designed in such a manner that it appears to be larger inside with colours and textures which are pleasing and relaxing.

Upon entering the establishment, staff await you and welcome you with a “Hello Sir” and warm, friendly smiles. Once you have selected your treatments off the menu, you are escorted to the waiting area where you are invited to have a beverage of your choice (tea, coffee, water or whiskey) while your area gets prepared. The highly trained and professional staff deliver a service of excellence and attend to your every need. The franchisee – Nicole prides herself in delivering the most noteworthy service an establishment could ask for.

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When asked “Why Sorbet Man? And what sparked the idea?”

Nicole Johnson said “I was very interested in the beauty industry and knew something was lacking. With much research & reviewing of the industry, little was shown that caters to men. Not many places were available for men grooming at all, and if there is, the prices are ridiculous. With much thought, together with SORBET we decided to introduce Cape Town to an exclusive but much affordable grooming salon for all classes of men. A place where a man can feel comfortable, relaxed & enjoy our selection of coffee, tea or even a whiskey while being groomed”

The SorbetMan promise? If you do not like it, you don’t have to pay for it – But let’s be honest, you will never not like it.

A night at the Mirage

Situated in the creative hub of Green Point, The Capital Mirage is the picture of style and sophistication. Operating for a little over a year, the Mirage has established themselves in the area as one of Cape Town’s most luxurious hotels boasting spectacular views of the CBD, the bustling Somerset Road and Table Mountain. There is nothing more satisfying than sipping on a cocktail while relaxing in their rooftop pool and being captivated by of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

mirage2With each of the 65 rooms, whether it is a one, two, three bedroom, superior studio or luxury studio there is a 55-inch LED HD Television equipped with DSTV, complimentary uncapped Wi-Fi, luxury guest amenities and bathrobes, an electronic laptop safe and many more features.

Tired of room service? The hotel offers you a choice of three restaurants, with another one in progress. Whether you feel like something on the grill from Cattle Baron, sushi from Active Sushi or a world class meal in an attractive sky bar dining experience; The Capital Mirage has it all.

If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, The Capital Mirage is the place to be.

T: +27 (0)21 200 5100

E: mirage@thecapital.co.za

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