GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

getTOD: on-demand home maintenance

Just four months since its inception in Cape Town, getTOD (Get Tasks on Demand) has over 250 registered tradespeople and an exciting exclusive partnership with Builders. It’s all set to become a game-changer for South African homeowners and tradespeople.

“getTOD is on an exciting path to deliver excellent service standards to key industries in terms of price and quality, to the benefit of all customers and service providers. We are excited to be an exclusive partner in walking this journey with the getTOD team,” Andre Steyn, Director, Massbuild.

Developed in Cape Town, getTOD is an innovative mobile application offering reliable on-demand services. By allowing you to book trusted suppliers in your area, in real time; it’s quickly removing the frustration of finding reliable plumbers, electricians, locksmiths and handymen. Available immediately and free to download, getTOD takes the hassle out of home maintenance with the tap of a button.

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Four Cape Town entrepreneurs; Daniel Marcus, Shannon Mackrill, Grant Bergman and Bradley Elliott recognised the need for tradespeople that could not only be booked on demand but that were punctual, reliable and cost effective. getTOD aims to modernise the professional trades industry by providing confidence and convenience to end users, while at the same time empowering tradespeople with the tools to be more efficient. Angus Lovitt, founder of the marketing team at King Digital Entertainment (creators of Candy Crush), has recently joined the team as consultant, board member and investor.

“Much like Uber changed the taxi industry, we want to disrupt an industry that is fraught with irregular pricing, poor service and inconsistent quality,” says co-founder Shannon Mackrill. “getTOD is not a directory or future-booking tool, it’s a 24-hour on-demand service.”

getTOD is safe and reliable as all suppliers are pre-screened and carefully monitored via a client rating system. All jobs are insured and pricing is standardised in each service category so that the end user is aware of the cost upfront. All consumers have to do is to simply download the app and log a request. Invoices are sent directly to your email and pre-loaded credit cards allow for easy, cash-free transactions.

“Finding the right tradesperson is often daunting,” says Shannon Mackrill. “We hope to remove all trepidation and procrastination! We’ve been working collaboratively with our network of tradespeople for almost two years to create getTOD. I’m thrilled it is now live for people to try out.”

Nationwide supplier sign-ups are increasing on a daily basis. getTOD is the first of its kind. Through helping one consumer and tradesperson at a time, getTOD aims to create an African tech business that will soon be able to compete on the world stage.

Follow @getTODSA on Twitter and join the conversation using #getTOD.

Tamboerswinkel: a hidden gem

Step through their quaint doors and go back in time to when things were simpler and wholesomely delicious. Tamboerswinkel is hidden between two buildings, and although it can be easily missed when driving by if you’ve been there once you’ll definitely be back for more.

Winkel is an Afrikaans word for a small shop, and this character-filled winkel is far more than what first meets the eye. The padstal-themed space is filled with delicious baked treats, fine wine and household nik naks. You’ll find just about everything you need to take with you to a dinner party.

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As a firm favourite on Kloof Street, the restaurant is the go-to spot after a walk in De Waal Park, a hike up Table Mountain or a quick cycle around the neighbourhood. Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts at their outside table at the weekend or pop in for a cup of coffee before work to get your day started.

They have recently revamped their space, and you can’t help but feel at home with their elegant and sophisticated design, with large wooden tables and bar stool seating by the window. If you are looking for an after dinner delight, tuck into the best chocolate brownies in the Mother City – ones that will even put your ouma’s recipe to shame.

Whether it’s a hearty rotisserie chicken, a healthy cauliflower soup or crisp summer salad you’re craving, this restaurant will satisfy all your foodie desires. Have a look on their chalkboard to see what the specials of the day are, and tuck into dishes made from fresh ingredients.

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If you are looking for a fun date night idea, join them for their Thursday beer and burger night, where you’ll be seated around their large dining room table.  Looking for a local meetup place with friends? Visit on a Wednesday evening for free wine tastings and tuck into their decadent meals.

So what’s the holdup? Add this café to your foodie bucket list and give them a call to make a booking: 021 424 0521.

Operating hours: 07h00 – 22h00

Address: 3 De Lorentz St, Gardens, Cape Town

INCIDENT REPORT – JULY

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Compared to the 46 incidents reported in June, we have seen quite a decrease with only 39 incidents reported in July. Just 18 cases of crime were reported this month, compared to 24 in June, and we want to thank all parties that are actively involved in trying to get the crime rate as low as possible in the Oranje-Kloof and Green Point areas.

Nine theft-out-of-motor-vehicle incidents were reported in July. We want to urge everyone to remember to please immediately inform our staff and SAPS if your car is broken in to, so that our CID team can increase patrols in that particular area. Also try to determine exactly what was stolen out of the vehicle so that we can let you know if we manage to track down the suspect and to return the stolen goods.

We also had five reported motor vehicle accidents in July. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, but with the bad weather during winter, we would like to ask you to please be extra careful when driving in the dark and when it’s raining, as the roads are wet and accidents tend to happen more easily.

If you don’t already have the correct GP/OKCID numbers saved on your phone, please be sure to add them so that you can give one of our team a call on 072 670 3019 or 072 944 6811 for assistance.

Come play at The Mess

The Mess is one of Cape Town’s latest additions on the foodie scene. “We love food, lots of different food, just like you,” their website says. If that doesn’t have you convinced, why not pay this festive restaurant to taste and see for yourself.

The word mess is a noun – from the French word mes – which means “portion of food”. The word mess is also a verb – from the 15th century – a group of people eating together. No matter the part of speech, everyone is welcome to play at The Mess.

The Mess is a restaurant and bar located in De Waterkant Village in Green Point – Cape Town’s hustling hive of good food and good company. Whether you’re looking for a long, slow, laid-back evening with close friends and a bottle of wine, or you need to dash through, grab a bite and run off to the next thing… this is your spot. Placed conveniently for you to have after-work drinks or a pre-theatre meal, The Mess is a must-see monument to great meals.

The menu offers a diverse array of tantalising cuisines. The flavours and dishes are inspired by flavours across the globe – now right on your doorstep – made with only the finest ingredients. Choose from a selection of plates to share with confit duck rillette and pickled beetroot or soft shell crab and smoked mayo. These are no ordinary flavours – give them a go. If you have more of an appetite, dig into grilled ribeye, fillet or ribs.

The Mess welcomes individuals and groups alike – private dining, events, celebrations, birthdays – so make a booking and ensure you have a seat sorted. If you stroll by and don’t have a reservation, don’t worry, the bar isn’t ever reserved so there will always be a chair for you.

You’ll find The Mess functioning in full-force from Monday to Saturday, from 18h00 till late. Call them at 021 418 3910 to make a booking or find them at Shop 110, The Rockwell, Napier Street. From the vision to create a relaxing environment, The Mess puts back a little of what life takes out.

Take a Strolla along the beach

After successfully launching HQ and Quaglinos, restauranteur Brendon Crew and his team opened Strolla’s doors at the end of 2015 and are ready to make a big splash! The restaurant is set to become the new favourite hangout spot for locals and tourists alike and offers amazing food, friendly service and a vibey catch-up or wind-down spot.

Situated just off Cape Town’s buzzing and beautiful Sea Point promenade, you’ll find this local hangout open for an early morning coffee and muffin, a light lunch, sophisticated and hearty meals, or a few classic cocktails on the sun deck with just enough casualness and atmosphere to instantly make you feel like you’re on holiday.

PIC1The restaurant is divided into different sections to cater for every occassion – whether it’s a first  or a 50th birthday party, date night, baby shower, kitchen tea or pre-drinks before a night out in town. It’s also great for parents looking for a place to relax while the children are taken care of. The new pizza corner allows for children to create their own pizzas and the playroom will keep them entertained while your food is being prepared. The playroom can be seen through a window, so parents can book their table where they have a full view of what the kids are getting up to.

The diverse menu offers customers dishes such as garlic and rosemary-infused rotisserie chicken, chargrilled rump with a deep-fried poached egg, open salmon lasagne, pizzas, salads, great burgers and the classic surf & turf. If you feel like something sweet after your meal you can choose from decadent white chocolate and cranberry brownies, malva pudding, berry pavlova or a nougat cheesecake. Meals can be enjoyed with a glass of wine, classic cocktails, Bootlegger coffee or some Devil’s Peak on tap.

Pop in any day of the week between 07h00 and 22h00 and keep Strolla in mind for any functions or events. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or have a look at their website for regular updates on what they offer!

Address: 313 Beach Road Sea Point, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa

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Tel: 021 430 7778

Opening hours: 7am – 11pm every day

I’ll take The Lot

The Lot, founded in 2008, is a contemporary fashion retailer specialising in men and women’s vintage fashion. The Lot has a reputation for scouring the globe to bring you the latest fashion and lifestyle products. This store puts a real spin on the phrase, “I’ll take the lot!”; just step into any one of their stores and you’ll soon see why.

You’ll find Lomography – a collection of classic cameras with a modern swing; Nixon – bold watches with lots of character; footwear – the literal representation of pumped up kicks; and Third Eye Wear – unapologetically fashionable sunglasses for anyone’s style. Pop in, pop some sunnies on and strike a pose – this shop is the kind of spot that will give your creative side a kick!

Third Eye Wear and The Lot stores can both be found on the bustling Kloof Street in Cape Town CBD. They boast grunge-meets-chic décor in what could pass off as a “goth club meets showroom” vibe. The atmosphere is enhanced by the fact that all the people who work there are kitted to the nines in the latest and greatest sourced fashion. They’re friendly, funky and will give you the help you need to make sure you leave looking sharp. Why? Because when you look good on the street, they look good on the street.

It goes without saying that Cape Town is home to fashion-setting trends that carry across international borders. What’s great about The Lot and Third Eye Wear is that you’ll find the international style standard right on your doorstep (…give or take a few steps). Keep an eye out for their fabulous seasonal sales and save. Do yourself and your wardrobe a favour, pay them a visit – get your Third Eye Wear and take The Lot home!

Location: 43 Kloof Street, Cape Town, 8001

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 09h00 – 18h00

Contact: 021 424 8812

Email: kloof@ilovethelot.com

Unframed: The ice cream artistry

Welcome to Kloof Street’s very own artisanal ice cream gallery – Unframed. This is not just any ice cream parlour like the many that crowd the corners of Cape Town; this is something you haven’t seen before – or tasted! You’ll find this alternative hot-spot right next to Molten Toffee and you should go find it.

Yann Rey, French-born owner, wants to change the face of artisanal ice cream, or in his words “ice cream artistry”. Yann previously worked as an investment banker in New York, but when he visited the Mother City he fell in love with it and decided to pursue his dream. Yann talks passionately about ice cream, the process of making it and where he sees his brand in the future. Make sure to chat to him – he’ll have you trying every flavour in the shop and wanting to buy it all too.

Upon entry, the difference is immediately noticeable. This ice cream artistry is quite literally unframed; it’s minimalist, almost cold interior is a dramatic change to a lot of ice cream spots you’ve likely visited. The design is inspired by an art gallery and they started to play around with the idea of “framed art” and “unframed art”… It’s clear where they fell in terms of the name. The bold design is something that Yann is very proud of.

Something else that this team of ice cream connoisseurs boasts about is their range of ice cream options. They have straight-up dairy, a line of sorbet and even vegan options – because no one should miss out on the joy of ice cream. Their vegan ice cream is made from a buttermilk base and is truly a tasty treat. They have some bold flavours all round, incorporating the striking tastes of basil, jasmine rice, lemongrass and matcha tea. Don’t be alarmed though, they also have flavours for the traditionalists among you, with their interpretation of vanilla, salted caramel and you can top it all off with “new classics” (their toppings): dirty sea salt caramel, raw date caramel, cookie crunch, pink pralines swirl, cardamom dark chocolate and toasted coconut chips.

All the things we haven’t yet said can only be experienced through taste. So don’t wait any longer – pop into this ice cream artistry for your very own encounter with a delicious new creation. Make sure to buy a 1 litre tub to take home with you – you’ll want more!

Lastly, Unframed just upped its game with a Vespa side car that you can hire for private events. Email icecream@lifeunframed.co.za for the details!

Location: 45C Kloof Street, Cape Town, 8001

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11h00 – 23h00

Contact number: 063 601 0287

Website: http://www.unframed.co.za

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