GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

Weather update

The South African Weather Service has advised the Disaster Risk Management Centre of the following weather advisory:

A well-developed cold front is expected to make landfall over the Cape on Friday evening, 22 April 2016. However, pre-frontal rainfall is likely from the morning throughout the day. Good downpours of rainfall are expected with the passage of the frontal system that evening into the Sunday morning. This could lead to significant rainfall amount over the south-western parts of the Western Cape with the majority of rainfall over the mountainous areas.

Strong winds are also expected along the south-western coastal areas during the day ahead of the front, where north-westerly winds may reach gale force. Once the cold has passed on Saturday morning, weather will start clearing fairly quickly from the west. Sea conditions will also deterioration Saturday where very rough seas with wave heights in excess of 4m can be expected on Saturday.

Special advisory:

  1. Heavy rain is expected in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape Meropole, Overberg District and Cape Winelands on Friday into Saturday morning.
  2. Strong winds (45-60km) are expected in places over the Breede River Valley, Central Karoo and southern interior of the Northern Cape on Friday.
  3. Gale force westerly to north-westerly winds of 65-75km/h are expected along the south-western coastline of the Western Cape on Friday morning spreading along the south coast overnight and moderating on Saturday morning.

All city services and applicable external agencies to be placed on high alert to deal with the consequences of the unfavourable weather that Cape Town will experience.

It will be a good idea to clean/clear the storm water drains and gutters on your property and outside your house/driveway to avoid flooding. Emergency numbers below for your convenience:

Emergency numbers below for your convenience:

Emergencies – City’s 107 Response Centre

From a landline: 107

Toll free from a cell phone: 112

From a cell phone: 021 480 7700

Electricity faults and enquiries

Faults all hours: 086 010 3089

Eskom supply: 086 003 7566

SMS (max 160 characters): 31220

Roads and stormwater

All hours, all areas: 080 065 6463

Solid waste

086 010 3089

Traffic signal faults

All hours, all areas: 080 065 6463

Water & Sanitation

All Hours: 086 010 3089

SMS (max 160 characters): 31373

Salesians school shoes drive

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – this month, the GP/OKCID are running a fantastic initiative that will hopefully see that every child at Salesians Institute, has school shoes by the end of the campaign. The Salesians Institute offers youth education and skills development to vulnerable and at-risk children, many of whom cannot afford the cost of school shoes. Recognising that Green Point and Oranje-Kloof are relatively well off areas, and that the privileged children who live or school there go through several sets of school shoes in their youth, the GP/OKCID is imploring its residents to help, by donating either shoes or money through Snapscan.

The GP/OKCID will be managing a drop-off zone at Spar in the Cape Quarter and Checkers on Kloof Street in the area on 22 April, where Capetonians can drop off their shoes before or after work. In order to encourage donations on the day, and for the following two weeks, GP/OKCID has pledged to donate R10 for every R150 raised, with all proceeds going toward new shoes for the children.

If you have a child with school shoes that no longer fit them, please help this fantastic cause by dropping them off at one of the locations. If you would like to make a donation please scan the QR code at the drop-zone, or on the GPCID Facebook page or OKCID Facebook page.

As Capetonians, let’s get behind this amazing cause and help put shoes on the feet of our nation’s future.

Swift Dry Cleaners

Swift Dry Cleaners has been helping people with their laundry for over 30 years, and still remains one of the favourites on Kloof Street. If you are looking for a friendly and quick place to drop off your clothes, dresses, duvets or covers on your way to work – this is the place to go. Conveniently located next to Melissa’s, you can drop off your laundry and get your morning coffee fix in one go.

The staff at Swift are all about convenience and making sure that they can accommodate you in the best way possible, so you’re welcome to give them a call and let them know when you will be bringing your load, or you can just pop in whenever and drop it off. Eight lovely ladies are working there full-time to make sure that you can get your laundry back the same day that you dropped it off.

You can pay with cash, a card or even Snapscan, and they are willing to give you a discount if you bring a bigger load – so keep Swift in mind for your next laundry day for guaranteed service!

Swift

Address: 92 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

Alforno Ristorante Italiano

Soak up the sunshine on their balcony while tucking into a gourmet pizza and looking over Napier Street. ALFORNO, which means ‘baked’ in Italian, serves up delicious oven baked pizzas and authentic Italian meals. They opened their doors at the beginning of March and the restaurant has been a hit amongst local and international foodies ever since.

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Situated opposite Piano Bar outside the Cape Quarter shopping centre, the restaurant is in the prime location to people watch and experience life in the Mother City. A café that masters breakfast, lunch and supper is a rare find in Cape Town, and this restaurant has managed to do just this. Owner Dom Rivet wanted to create a menu that was simple and delicious. He is a firm believer that it’s always better to do a few authentic Italian dishes really well instead of over 50 you can’t put your heart into.

Join them for their R40 breakfast special with a free cup of freshly ground coffee, or for a cold drink and mini pizza for R50 for lunch. A firm favourite and something Dom takes pride in serving is the Parma pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, Parma, rocket and grana. For those wanting a healthier option, enjoy their scrumptious Insalata Mia with roasted seeds, peppadews, greens and tomatoes. To accompany your meal, take a pick from their extensive wine list, from the Constantia wine route to wine flown in from Italy – all of which are paired perfectly with a pizza.

AF3And why De Waterkant? Dom insists that the atmosphere and friendly locals attracted him to set up shop in the area, and he is loving watching them streaming in.

On a Thursday night the restaurant transforms itself into a romantic dinner setting with live acoustic music playing in the background. Follow their Facebook page to find who will be playing each week.

Now all that’s left is to make a booking and enjoy. Bon Apetit!

Monday – Saturday: 07h30 – 10h30

Sunday: 09h00 – 17h00

Contact number: 021 419 9555

16 ARRESTS IN GREEN POINT AND ORANJE-KLOOF IN MARCH

Unfortunately, the crime rate in our areas increased in March compared to February, with 91 reported incidents compared to 55. However, 16 arrests were made and together with SAPS we are trying our best to catch as many criminals as possible.

Of the 16 arrests, six were for theft out of a motor vehicle. Once again, we encourage everyone to take absolutely everything out of your car and to not park in places where you feel unsafe. We also want to urge everyone to please make sure that your offices, shops and houses are locked at all times to prevent unnecessary crimes and break-ins from taking place.

Our GP/OKCID officers always make a concerted effort to be at a crime scene as soon as possible, but we need the assistance of all role players in the community to catch the suspects. 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. Also be sure to tell visitors and tourists to save these numbers on their phones too, so that we can get everyone involved in making Cape Town a safer place for all.

HERE’S A SUMMARY OF INCIDENTS REPORTED LAST MONTH:

On 5 March, Officer Mkhubukeli reported that a white Audi A5 bumped into his vehicle. The person driving the Audi jumped out of the vehicle and started running down Waterkant Street. Officer Mkhubukeli managed to apprehend the suspect, took him back to the car and it was confirmed that he stole the vehicle on High Level Road, Sea Point. We have managed to track the owner of the stolen vehicle and the case has been closed.

A clothing shop in Weltevreden Street, ‘Labels 4 Less’ was robbed on 10 March. Two neatly dressed men came into the shop pretending that they wanted to buy something. After being in the shop for a while they pulled out firearms, tied up the staff with cable ties and stole a Samsung laptop, cell phone, clothing and R750. The suspects got into a VW Polo and drove away. Unfortunately, no registration was taken, but SAPS Commissioner Mabuze, the forensic unit and Constable Pommer arrived on the scene and are still busy investigating the case.

On 16 March, a driver lost control of a crane truck while driving down High Level Road and crashed into seven parked vehicles. SAPS arrived on the scene and the details of all the involved vehicles were collected. The scene was cleaned up and the case has been closed.

A house break-in was reported on 13 March when Officer Beck stopped officers that were busy patrolling the Oranje-Kloof area. He reported that their house was broken into while they were having a family lunch. The suspect entered the house through the front gate and stole some police documents and a laptop from his room. The area was patrolled and the documents were found and taken back to the police.

Once again, a large number of vagrants were removed from various areas in Cape Town during March and we want to ask everyone to please inform our GP/OKCID officers if you know of any areas that should be investigated.

Maggie’s Café

Seated on their outdoor patio on an unusually hot autumn day, I realised that Maggie’s Café is definitely the best spot on Somerset Road to enjoy an ice cold fresh orange juice. They opened just over two months ago and are already the go-to spot to relax after a day in the office. As the talk of the town, Maggie’s Café is on every blog and social media feed in Cape Town and obviously we had to try it out for ourselves.

Owner and chef Riaan Burger named the restaurant after his beloved dog Maggie and created a space that is relaxing, rustic and inviting for customers to enjoy. The café is the first dog friendly restaurant in the Mother City, with delicious doggy treats to choose from! Their doggie menu features anything from doggy chips to dry sausage to a peanut butter lolly and biltong – all at R28.

Their service is also top notch – on my visit to this quirky restaurant I was greeted by their incredibly helpful manager Robbie and seated by one of the attentive waiters called Humphrey.

Maggies1The Maggie’s menu is extensive, so I’d suggest starting your morning off with one of their wholesome omelettes or gourmet eggs benedict paired with a preserved juice. Pop in for lunch during your office break and enjoy a smoked salmon bagel and cappuccino. Then for the finale end your night off with a romantic dinner for two and try their decadent slow braised pork belly paired with one of their fine wines.

Riaan and his partner Cailin Daniels really hit the nail of the head with their delicious café styled dishes and they can’t wait attract dog lovers, young locals and families through their doors.

*Items on their menu range between R28 – R87. Maggie’s Café can also be hired out for functions and events so give them a call to arrange a menu for the event. 021 433 1442.

Operating Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 07h00 – 22h00 | Sunday: 08h00– 14h00 | Monday: Closed

49 Somerset Road, Green Point.

The Fruit Cube

With most people trying to live a more active lifestyle, fitness gadgets and rewards programs are the new ‘it’ thing, with free smoothie and coffee rewards at the end of another tough week. Though being active is great, eating healthier is equally important, especially for those stuck behind a desk for most of the day. Cue… The Fruit Cube.

Situated in the Buitenkloof Studios on Kloof Street, The Fruit Cube was established in September 2014, by siblings Andrew and Lesley Scott. They deliver top quality fruit directly to the workplace, and with a number of large corporate clients already onboard, and distribution in Cape Town, the Winelands area and Gauteng, The Fruit Cube is fast becoming a market leader in supplying superior snack fruit to the workplace.

Committed to delivering a high quality product, The Fruit Cube puts all its energy into providing their clients with top quality fresh fruit to help them support healthy, productive and active staff. Your Cube (fruit box) will contain a variety of seasonal fruit ranging from apples, grapes and oranges to peaches, pears and plums, all dependent on availability of course. There’s even a helpful chart on their website to show you what you could get each month.

This all sounds great, but how do I sign up and how does it work exactly? How it works is really quick and easy too…

Step 1: Sign up online at www.thefruitcube.com and place your order.
Step 2: They deliver your office on a weekly basis.
Step 3: You and your staff enjoy healthy fresh fruit at the office or at home.
Step 4: Payment is made at the end of every month via EFT.

It’s that simple. Convenience, free delivery, no contracts, a cost effective employee benefit and healthier staff (which equates to less sick days and better productivity) are just some of the amazing benefits of this service. But don’t just take our word for it, hear what Derek Yach of the Financial Mail had to say:

“Forward-thinking business leaders understand that the health of their workforce is an asset, and that human capital is core to sustained competitive advantage. A growing body of research points to a correlation between healthy employees and improved financial performance.”

So if a convenient and easy to implement employee wellness strategy sounds like a great idea, then The Fruit Cube is your answer to healthier minds and bodies which in turn will improve your company’s bottom line.

W:            www.thefruitcube.com
T:              0861 033 330
E:              fresh@thefruitcube.com

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