GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

PRO-ACTIVE South Africa – report a crime today!

2015 statistics for the Western Cape indicate that approximately 10 500 vehicles were either hijacked or stolen throughout the year, meaning every vehicle owner in the Western Cape has a one in 100 chance of having their vehicle hijacked or stolen. This highlights the need for more effective security systems and for all security service providers to stand together to combat crime. Additionally, if communities are more informed of incidents taking place then other forms of crime can be prevented, as everyone can be more cautious and on the lookout for suspicious behaviour and crimes in their neighbourhoods.

Pro-Active South Africa was registered in 2011 with the goal of combatting crime at a greater scale, and at the same time, making a difference by sowing back into the community. With the rise of crime statistics in South Africa, it is becoming increasingly evident that all possible parties must stand together to attempt to fight crime more effectively and to assist each other where possible.

The Pro-Active program is an application that users download on their smart phones to report vehicle theft or hijacking immediately, via the application or SMS. Pro-Active will then distribute the information about the incident immediately to all PSIRA registered Security Service Providers so that all parties are notified to assist with the incident. The application uses the holder’s GPS co-ordinates, if active on their smart phones, as the location of the incident. This enables faster and more effective dispatching of vehicles into the affected areas. Incidents can also be reported via SMS, which will only work via the registered owner’s mobile number. Alternatively, if the client’s phone gets stolen they can use a neighbour’s smart phone or tablet to report the incident via the web application.

Only the vehicle information is distributed to the Security Service Providers, with the owner’s reported incident location and contact details in the event of recovery. Whenever an incident takes place that Pro-Active is informed of, live graphs will be distributed to make all information available to not just the Security Service Providers, but also the South African Police Service and the community.

To be part of this program and help fight crime in our areas, subscribe to Pro-Active for just R37 incl. VAT per month, or pay R380 for a one-year subscription. To register, SMS “REGISTER name surname, SA ID number, your residential post code” to 44266.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Pro-Active founder Ryno Schutte on 082 740 0663.

 

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C3 NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: REPORT PROBLEMS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

One of the great things about living in Cape Town is that we can make use of the efficient system the City of Cape Town has in place for reporting all municipal problems. The C3 Notificaton System is an electronic system that acts as a central place for reporting and tracking general problems in your community and has been up and running successfully since 2007. So next time you see a broken pipe or traffic light that’s out give it a try and let us know what you think.

C3 was introduced when the City recognised the need for a consistent, reliable process to record, track and report requests and complaints from the public. Using the system will ensure that all requests for service, called notifications, are not only recorded, but responded to appropriately. Currently, more than 5 000 City staff members have access to the system.

Every time a service request is received, either by phone, via SMS, email, over the counter or through written correspondence, a notification and a reference number are created. The notification will only be closed once the request has been dealt with. Problems to report include issues such as:

  • Cleansing issues including broken litter bins
  • Condition of parks
  • Broken/missing traffic signs
  • Fading street lines
  • Potholes
  • Broken/missing drain covers
  • Blocked storm water drains
  • Trees growing into electricity lines
  • Weeds growing in the gutters/pavements
  • Street lights not working

The notifications will reflect the name of the person reporting the matter, the nature of the incident and the location. From the information the system will then route the notification to the correct department so that the work can be assigned to field workers to ensure quick and effective resolution. The system will also enable the City to measure how long it takes to deal with complaints, as an indicator of service delivery success and improvement over time, as well as identifying certain trends.

A recent addition to the C3 Notifications system is a link specifically created for use on cell phones and tablets. We encourage you to make use of this service and save the link to report issues in our City as soon as possible: C3 Notification Link

For more information, contact the City of Cape Town:

Phone: 086 010 3089

E-mail: contactus@capetown.gov.za

SMS: 31373

Kaizer Chiefs match Road Closures

Kaizer Chiefs is playing Supersport United on Saturday 20 February at the Cape Town Stadium.  Kick-off is at 20h15 and gates will open at around 18h00 with approximately 40 000 fans expected.

Law Enforcement will be out in full force to fine and tow away illegally parked vehicles but we suggest where possible that you secure access to your own garages and vehicle entrances and exits as we have experienced in the past that fans tend to park anywhere and everywhere regardless of the consequences.

Please be aware of the following road closures in order for you to plan your movements accordingly:KaizerChiefs_RoadClosuresAny queries please contact Ms Sane Dube of the Stadium Management on:  072-251 3280

4 ARRESTS IN GREEN POINT AND ORANJE-KLOOF IN JANUARY

According to our January statistics, the crime rate decreased last month compared to December. There were 28 reported incidents, and with the assistance of SAPS, residents and neighbourhood watches, we were able to arrest some of the suspects. Our CID officers make a concerted effort to be on the crime scene as soon as possible, but we need the assistance of all role players in the community to catch the suspects.

There were a number of car break-ins, with seven reported in both areas. Only a few of the suspects were arrested, with most of the incidents happening in the same area. Please remove all valuables from cars when parking on the street to prevent break-ins.

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:

On the corner of Orange and Beckham Streets, on 4 January, a vehicle hit a pedestrian. The accident was reported to our OKCID officers and there were no serious injuries on the scene.

On 29 January in Oranje-Kloof, our OKCID officers received a call about a male suspect who had robbed a tourist of their valuables. A pedestrian managed to apprehend the suspect and handed him over to SAPS Constable Msongelwa and Constable Stevens to take him in for further questioning and profiling. The suspect was arrested.

On 7 January, between Napier and Prestwich Streets in Green Point, our GPCID officers noticed a suspect buying illegal substances and apprehended the suspect. They then called Constables Makhuleni and Dunlop to the scene to arrest the suspect.

On 23 January three guests at Village & Life guest house in Green Point forgot to lock their door before they went out. When they arrived back their cell phone, wallet, gate keys and camera had been stolen. SAPS Constable Makisi arrived on scene to take a statement.

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

THE OCULUS: AN EVOLUTION IN EYEWEAR

“Eye examinations at The Oculus come close to an IMAX experience, with state of the art equipment and cutting edge technology that could very well launch you into space” – The Oculus

The Oculus will offer you a world class experience from the moment that you visit their very unique, very cool website, and it will keep you entertained and interested until the moment that you walk out of their showroom with your new pair of fashionable frames or lenses. This trendy, high-end eyewear boutique situated in De Waterkant has recently moved to a new, bigger showroom to have more space for the wide variety of frames that they offer.

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The sophisticated, state of the art equipment and cutting edge technology that is used at The Oculus takes the traditional way in which eye tests are done to a whole new level. The diagnostic examinations, which can be done with this technology, means that potential hazards can be detected at an early stage. Many people don’t realize that they have an eye disease until it is already in its advanced stages, and this is why everyone should pay a visit to an optometrist as soon as they can. Luckily, with places like The Oculus, going for an eye exam is a far more positive experience than the dreaded visit it used to be.

The Oculus showroom is probably one of the most overwhelming spaces when it comes to choosing a frame or a new pair of sunnies, with many of the brands that they stock difficult to find anywhere else in South Africa. Some of the unique designers include Mikita, Eyevan, Matsuda, Barton Perreira, Vava, Isson, L.G.R, Thom Browne, and many more. So, good luck with making your choice.

The creative mastermind and the personality that brings this brand to life is Pieter Steyn, owner and optometrist at The Oculus. Pieter is a qualified practitioner with a postgraduate degree in Advanced Ocular Diagnostics and this is his first practice. The success of Pieter and his team is built on dedication, passion, individuality, enthusiasm, and determination to exceed your expectations and deliver a great, unique service for all of their customers. And that is exactly what you will receive.

It is very important with the harsh Cape Town sun that you make sure you are properly Ocufied. To book a consultation in their futuristic examination room, visit them at Shop 7, The Mirage, on the corner of Strand Street and Chiappini Street in De Waterkant, or give them a call. Even if your eyes are perfectly fine, just walk in for a cup of coffee and have a look at their stylish products.

Lastly we’d like to thank Oculus for giving a free eye test and prescription glasses to one of our staff members, we really appreciate it. He can now start the process of getting his driving licence. 

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Trading Hours:

Mon: 10am – 6pm

Tues – Thurs: 9am – 6pm

Fri: 9am – 5pm

Sat: 10am – 2pm

Contact Details: 021 421 0023

Bootlegger Cape Quarter

There’s a new favourite in town, and it’s taking over the already competitive coffee culture in the Mother City. The Bootlegger Coffee Company was started about two years ago by a couple of guys looking for a new gig, and thank goodness they did. The brand has taken off like hipsters in skinny jeans, with the original cafés in Sea Point and Bantry Bay, newer spots in Kenilworth and Kalk Bay, and now a place for us townies in the Cape Quarter.

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First, the main attraction, the coffee is made from speciality beans sourced from only the best coffee-growing countries like Guatemala and Costa Rica. It’s roasted exactly the way they like it, and clearly everyone else does too. Coffee snobs have said it tastes of toasted hazelnut, caramel, dark chocolate, and heaven… (no wonder it’s so popular)! And why hide this beautiful coffee in a mug, no, Bootlegger coffee is served in a glass for all to see.

Bootlegger-3The food is equally as exciting with all-day, DIY and Benedict breakfasts to please early birds and late bloomers alike. There’s something for everyone, including the no-bun burgers for the banters and thin-based Italian style pizza. If you’re itching for a toastie or just need a rusk to go with your coffee, Bootlegger has you covered. And of course, as all good Cape Town restaurants should, they also serve craft beer, cocktails and a great selection of local wines.

Similar to all their spaces, the Cape Quarter branch boasts beautiful interior design which complements the fresh food and dark coffee. Wide open spaces with long bench tables and smaller ones dotted around the courtyard give it a European feel, while the patterned tiles and brushed gold finishes hint of a more Eastern influence.

The restaurant does not take bookings, and they’re always full, but tables turn quickly and patrons are happy to share. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or just a coffee, Bootlegger will not disappoint – they even have free Wi-Fi (as if you needed another excuse to visit).

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 8am to 5pm.

Facebook: Bootlegger Coffee Company

Twitter: Bootlegger Coffee

Download menu here.

Mr & Mrs on Kloof Street

With a splash of pink paint and a bold gold sign, Mr & Mrs is one of the most vibrant stores on Kloof Street. Walking through the bustling neighbourhood, you’ll find this store hidden between Melissa’s and Cocoa Oola. With patterned umbrellas and vintage bicycles surrounding their entrance, it sparks a curiosity in you that makes you want to walk in. And so I did…

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Having opened their doors in 2005, they are now considered locals in the area. Cecil and Sarah Bosman are the brains behind the amazing brand and turned their love of travel, fashion and treasures in to something “drool worthy” as they like to say.

On my visit I was greeted by their passionate and helpful store manager Lo, who has been working for them for over six months. The shop boasts a resort feel with tropical prints and fresh flowers around every corner. Sarah has a keen eye for design and knows what she wants on her floor – so look out for a collection of luxurious South African designers, from Sitting Pretty to Kind Juilette. I Love Leroy, the Mr & Mrs brand, is a collection of stunning bold patterned dresses, shirts and pants made with quality materials, all which have been designed by Sarah.

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Mr & Mrs might be targeted at the exclusive shopper with handmade scarves from India costing R1 400, but there is definitely something in their store for every budget. If you are looking for a gift for someone special their Laloo jewellery is handmade from silver and brass and will look great with any outfit. If you are just looking to spoil yourself with the ultimate household accessory, they also have beautiful handwoven throws and wall art. Lo is more than willing to assist you on your shopping journey, giving you suggestions along the way and telling you a bit about each designer. Mr & Mrs provides an unforgettable shopping experience, and this is the main reason that they have built a such strong reputation in the area.

Their clientele range from students and tourists to moms and husbands, all looking for one thing – a stunning piece to call their own.

Address: 98 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

Contact Number: 021 424 4387

Operating hours: 09h00 – 17h30

Road closures for the State of the Nation Address and rehearsals

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament at 19:00 on Thursday 11 February 2016, the National Government has requested that the City of Cape Town effect road closures in the city, mostly in the central business district (CBD). The route has been reworked this year in order to minimise the impact on commuters.

Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February 2016, when rehearsals for the event are held from 17:00 onwards.

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here: City of Cape Town – Road Closures

Residents are advised that extensive parking restrictions will be in effect, and that the South African Police Service has requested that access to the Company’s Garden be restricted from 09:00 on the day of the event.

MyCiTi commuters should please note that due to the road closures, Routes 103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens) and 107 (Camps Bay) will be affected – the Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek bus stops will be closed on 11 February 2016 from 18:00 until 19:00. The Groote Kerk bus stop will be closed from 16:00 until 20:00 and commuters are advised to please make use of other bus stops in the vicinity.

The closures will have the greatest effect on road users travelling from the east side of the city towards Vredehoek and Gardens, as well as those travelling into town along the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the M3 and De Waal Drive.

Those who make use of the Golden Acre bus terminus, however, will not be affected by any road closures.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Opening of Parliament Road Closures

The official opening of Parliament in Cape Town will be taking place on Thursday, 11 February 2016 at 7pm. As always, this occasion is marked by the president’s State of the Nation Address (SoNa). To avoid being stuck in traffic on Thursday, see the information below on the road closures for SoNa 2016.

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2016 OPENING OF PARLIAMENT IN CAPE TOWN (#SoNA2016)

Affected Road

NB: Including intersections except where noted

Tuesday

9 February

2016

Wednesday

10 February

2016

Thursday

11 February

2016

City and Foreshore
Adderley St: between Strand St and Wale St. None None 4pm – 10pm
Wale St: between Queen Victoria and Adderley St’s.
Bureau St: between Adderley and Parliament St’s. 5pm – 12am 5pm – 12am
Spin St: between Corporation and Parliament St’s.
Parliament St: between Parliament and Longmarket St.
Harrington St: between Constitution and Roeland St’s 5pm – 7pm 5pm – 7pm
Plein St: between Roeland and Darling St’s

between Roeland and Longmarket St’s

None None 4pm – 10pm
5pm – 12am 5pm – 12am
Government Ave: whole None None 9am – 11:45am
St. John’s Rd: between Roeland and Vrede St’s 5pm – 12am
Gallery Ln: whole
Bouquet St: whole
Hope St: between Roeland and Glynn St Local access Local access
Roeland St: between Plein and Buitenkant St’s

 

between de Waal Dr(M3) and Buitenkant St

5pm – 12am 5pm – 12am 9am – 11:45
None None 5:45pm – 7pm
Buitenkant St: between Darling and Orange St’s None None
Commercial St: between Plein and Niewmeester Ln.

2-way traffic between Niewmeester Ln and Buitenkant St

5pm – 12am 5pm – 12am 6am – 11:45pm
Newlands – Rondebosch – Mowbray – Observatory – Salt River – Woodstock – Cape Town
M3 (Union Ave, Rhodes Dr, de Waal Dr) inbound:

Newlands Ave to Jutland Ave. including pedestrian

bridges and on-ramps:

UCT and Woolsack Dr.

 Barnham Rd. use Buitenkant St (south of Orange St)

Exercise caution, but no closure. Exercise caution, but no closure. 5:45pm – 7pm
Woolsack Dr westbound: Main Rd (M4) – Rhodes Dr (M3)
Anzio Rd: Groote Schuur Hospital to de Waal Dr (M3).
N2 (Settlers Way, Nelson Mandela Blvd) inbound:

Muizenberg off-ramp (M3) to FW de Klerk Blvd.

Newlands
Klipper Rd: Main Rd (M4) to Newlands Ave. None None 5:45pm – 7pm
Princess Anne Ave: Newlands Ave to Union Ave.
Newlands Ave: Dean St to Princess Anne Ave.
Dean St westbound: Main Rd (M4) to Newlands Ave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to and from the CBD during the event:

N1 (FW de Klerk Blvd) or

M4 (Main Rd), onto Victoria Rd up to the Good Hope Centre. Thereafter left onto Tennant Rd or

Right onto Christiaan Barnard Rd to circle the outer CBD.

Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring roads to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:

  • Christiaan Barnard Rd.
  • FW de Klerk Blvd.
  • Walter Sisulu Ave.
  • Buitengracht.
  • Buitensingel St.
  • Orange St.
  • Loop & Long St’s.
  • Strand St..

NB: All intersections with Roeland St are closed between 17:45 and 19:00

Public Transport: Scheduled Bus services:

MyCiTi operations will be affected as follows:

Route Deviation Bus Stop Details Date & Time
Airport – Civic (A01)

Khayelitsha East (D01)

Mitchells Plain East (D03)

All stops open but freeway route change. (Thursday 11 February

only)

Thursday 11

February 4pm –

8pm

Oranjezicht-Gardens –

Civic (103)

Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek Stops closed. Bus

will divert via Lopp /Long St’s and Buitensingel St to/from Gardens

Stop.

Thursday 11

February 6pm –

7pm

Waterfront-Civic-Camps

Bay (106 and 107)

Groote Kerk Stop closed. Use Longmarket (in Long St) or Church (in

Loop St) Stops

Thursday 11

February 4pm –

8pm

Golden Arrow Bus Service operations will be affected as follows: The Golden Acre bus terminus will operate as normal. Buses on Adderley and Wale St’s between Strand and Long St’s will be diverted until 8pm.

For more information: www.parliament.gov.za

NY SLICE: Enjoy authentic New York pizza on Kloof Street

“Discovered deep underground across the seven seas a magical and mythical formula… the secret New York dough and sauce recipe.

Dough made fresh daily, hand tossed for a crust that is authentic thin and airy. Add whole milk mozzarella and our fresh all-natural toppings. Crafted in the same oven and dough mixer shipped in from New York City” – Mark Francis, NY Slice owner

A few years ago, NY Slice owner Mark Francis, along with the rest of his pizza crew, took to the streets of Manhattan in search for the perfect slice of pizza to take home, dissect and analyse in their little lab. The results gave them the key to the perfect slice of pizza – authenticity, simplicity and the best ingredients.

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Mark Francis, a UCT graduate originally from Pietermaritzburg, made sure he did enough research in the Big Apple to seek out and discover only the best dough, sauces and cheeses all over New York City. All of this to be able to give Capetonians the opportunity to sample the original NY Slice pizza experience back home, without having to pay more than R26 a slice.

To get your (not so little) slice of heaven, head down to 49a Kloof Street in Gardens where you will be welcomed by the friendly Maria, who has been working there since they opened their doors in 2013. Lucky for you there aren’t too many options. These are the five toppings that you can choose from:

  • Manhattan (Whole milk mozzarella, original tomato sauce recipe & fresh basil)
  • Pepperoni (Real New York Pepperoni)
  • Staten Island (Crushed meat balls, red onion & parsley)
  • Soho (Roasted peppers & caramelized onions)
  • Buffalo Chicken (Buffalo chicken sauce & peppadews)

We know that everybody loves freebies, so try the #SliceChallenge or #BeerChallenge and you can score a free slice and shot if you get your name on the wall by drinking your beer faster than the names on the boards and beating the previous scores. If you’re not a fast drinker, try eating your pizza slice faster than the rest. But that’s not all. R5 will get the wheel of fortune spinning and you might get more freebies!

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NY Slice is open whenever you need them – 7 days a week, as well as on public holidays and during load shedding. They also offer free delivery every day between 6pm – 11pm and you can simply WhatsApp them your order. Delivery orders must be over R125 (card payment accepted) and the delivery zones include CBD, Gardens, Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, Higgovale, Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay. So basically, anywhere in Cape Town.

So head over to NY Slice and experience a taste of New York!

REPORT A PROBLEM

If you have information about any suspicious behaviour or witness a crime please report it to us immediately. Please provide as much detail as possible.