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Top 3 things to do this summer

There is no surprise as to why Cape Town is known as one of the best cities in the world. It is a beauty with scenery that rivals any international destination. So, if you are staying in the city for the holidays do not despair, there is plenty to do and keep you joyous throughout this festive season. Whether you are looking for adventure or a chilled breezy day on the beach, we have you covered. Here are some ideas on how to spend your summer days in Cape Town.

Is hiking your thing?

The city is known for its beautiful trailblazing hiking spots, some are great for a nice casual walk with friends and others are for a gruelling sweat challenge (if you are up for it!). If you’re looking for a 360-degree view of the city, then Lions Head should be your first go-to spot. It has an unbelievable view of the city which will be great for all those selfies that you will take. The hike up this mountain is one of the easier ones compared to Table Mountain, so we do advise trying this one out and gauging from your strength, then you can soldier on to the more majestic Table Mountain. Remember Cape Town summers can be extremely hot, so make sure that you have all your hiking essentials with you such as proper hiking shoes, shorts or at least comfortable clothes that you can move in, at least 2 litres of water, sunscreen and your shades.

 Beach

Who doesn’t want to laze around the beach all day and get themselves a much-needed free tan. Cape Town is known for its fabulous clean beaches, perfect for surfing, swimming and rolling around in the sand. Some of the best beaches include; Camps Bay Beach, Llandudno beach and of course the beautiful Clifton Beach. Gather a couple of friends and just chill at these beaches for the rest of the day, just make sure to get there early, because at this time of the year the beaches tend to fill up with locals and tourists visiting our shores. What is also great about these beaches are the countless restaurants that are surrounding them, so when you are done swimming and surfing you can head down to any of the places for a couple of cocktails or a delicious meal.

Wine tasting anyone?

We have a plethora of beautiful vineyards that we can take advantage of in this beautiful summer. If you are looking to have a taste of some of the best wines in the world, then a wine tasting experience is what you need, that and a beautiful view to go with it! Some of the best wine estates you can try are the Asara Wine Estate and Hotel, DeGrendel and the lovely Cape Point Vineyards if you want a nice picnic spot as well. What makes these places lovely is that for most of them, it is not necessary to book. However, if you want a smooth journey and a hassle-free day, you can book in advance – just to put your mind at ease.

Whether you want to laze around at the beach, have a light picnic at one of our beautiful wine farms or if you are feeling adventurous and would enjoy a morning hike to start your day, the Mother City has you covered. You have no excuse to stay indoors, go out there and explore this city!

 

Security Report – November 2017

There were 12 successful arrests made in November and a total of 39 criminal and municipal incidents reported in the GP/OKCID area. A big thank you to our team, who is hard at work, 24/7, to make the city cleaner and safer.

The criminal activity with the highest frequency is still theft out of motor vehicles, with three incidents reported last month. We know we say this all the time, but please don’t leave valuables in your car. Also remember to park in a well-lit, visible area when possible, and double check that your car is locked before leaving the area.

The second most commonly reported incident is motor vehicle accidents, with six reports last month. Keep these three things in mind whenever you are behind the wheel:

  • Always wear your safety belt.
  • At this time of the year there are many people on the road and pedestrians walking about. Please drive slowly to give yourself enough time to react if there is any emergency on the road.
  • Please don’t keep your valuables in sight when driving, have them in your boot or under the seat of your car for safety’s sake.

There were two arrests made for possession of possible stolen goods. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times, be careful when walking in the streets, and try to walk in groups when possible.

If you care about your community and would like to be part of our continued efforts to improve the area, why not become a board member? You can make a real impact and always be abreast of what’s happening nearby. All we need from you is attendance at four board meetings a year. Find out more information here.

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE (24 HRS)

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Staying fit this summer

The temperature is rising, and the days are getting longer, so why not use the extra sunny hours to keep working on your healthy lifestyle? We all know that the festive season can mean indulgence, and it’s easy to undo the work we have been doing all year. All is not lost, though. Just get back on the horse (or in this case, the treadmill)!

There are so many ways to keep fit and healthy this summer, so we have rounded up the best local gyms and spots to raise your heart rate and boost those endorphin levels.

Is outdoor your thing?

If the great outdoors is your cup of tea, Green Point has you covered with plenty of options. How about a nice jog along the promenade? Feel the sea breeze, take in the stunning views and take the power walk, jog, run or interval sprints at your own pace. Wherever you’re starting from in terms of fitness, this is sure to wake you up, get that metabolism going and allow you to grab some vitamin D. This area is often populated with walkers and runners, so it’s a safe environment to don your trainers, especially in the mornings. If you’re more into green than the sea, head to Green Point park. The paths amongst beautiful lawns and different planted areas will help you feel close to nature as you get nearer to your fitness goals!

If jogging along the promenade doesn’t float your boat, then consider the scenic running trails and paths in Newlands or Lions Head. There are routes for individuals of all fitness levels, and options to add loops for extra kilometres. If you can’t quit the city bustle, the V&A Waterfront’s two running routes will let you blow off some steam and work on your PB per km.

Gyms spots

If you prefer to work out amidst air conditioning, or seek the precision of machines to monitor your progress then a gym might suit you better. The Kloof and Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centres both house Zone Fitness gyms. They boast the latest gym equipment, qualified staff to help with your gym exercises and efficient facilities to get you showered and off to tackle the rest of your day. Located within lifestyle centres, both are also surrounded by shops for convenience and spots to have healthy post gym meals or snacks.

Whatever your fitness goals for 2018, there’s somewhere in the city to help you reach them. Remember it’s not a sprint but a gradual journey towards building a healthier happier you.

 

 

MIRRORS hair lab, your one stop shop for luxurious beauty services

That time of the year is coming for relaxation. Jobs, school, and other commitments can be put on hold for a while to let us unwind. Holidays are the time to slow our pace, calm our minds and take a break from our busy lives. One of the most relaxing ways to spend this gentler time is to indulge in getting your nails and hair done; not only is the pampering itself rejuvenating, but you’ll get a spring in your step when feeling confident in your upgraded appearance!

Thankfully, you can beautify and distress right here in the OKCID area! We’d like to introduce to you MIRRORS hair lab, your one stop shop for luxurious beauty services situated on Kloofnek Road. Amongst the trendy and eclectic blend of great restaurants and unique shops in our neighbourhood, MIRRORS hair lab offers brilliant stylists, great music, special coffee and the latest magazines, so you can have the most enjoyable salon experience. It’s a place to come and escape the craziness of daily life, filled with magic and love.

What to expect

The salon blow-dries at MIRRORS hair lab are the ultimate pampering experience. With luxurious products, a head massage, and great salon vibes, you’ll leave with perfectly styled soft and beautiful hair. The stylists are knowledgeable and friendly, so you can always ask about the products they use and get some tips for implementing them in your home hair care routine. They’re big on educating clients about how to create and maintain healthy looking hair, so your locks will look better for longer!

  

Yes, a trip to MIRRORS hair lab is about relaxation, but who can resist a bit of efficiency? To get maximum beauty impact, you can kill two birds with one stone and get your nails done at the same time as your hair! With a range of colour options and the best nail technicians who are passionate about what they do, MIRRORS hair lab should be your new go-to for nails too. Open Tuesday – Friday, 09h00 – 18h00, and Saturdays 08h30 – 15h00, go and treat yourself soon. Luckily for you they are currently running some great specials, so book in for a pre-holiday pamper!

Specials you don’t want to miss

  • Blow-dry special R1200, includes X10 blows and X3 Olaplex treatments
  • Joico and Blow-dry special R1150
  • Junior root tint and Blow-dry R500
  • Age smart treatment R570
  • File and paint R99
  • Gelish R245

It’s rare to find a hair and beauty bar that takes immense pride in their work, where time is not an issue and perfection is not too much to ask for. The service that you receive at MIRRORS is excellent and the products used are luxurious. Calub, their hair stylist, works miracles on hair to leave you feeling not only happy with your new look but also more confident! If you’re looking for flawless nails, be sure to ask for Lee-Ann.

“What’s it like being in the OKCID area?”

Candice, the owner, is a proud to work in the OKCID area. She was enthusiastic when asked about our neighbourhood: “We love being in the Oranjekloof area, apart from the amazing views that we have, the people are always incredibly friendly. We have always felt very well looked after by the OKCID staff and always see the men in blue uniforms patrolling the area”. We always love to hear such great feedback, and are thrilled to see MIRRORS hair lab doing so well in the OKCID area!

The ultimate top 5 getaways for the perfect summer holiday

Some say there’s nothing better than a white Christmas, but we think there’s nothing better than a Cape Town Christmas! The festive season is one of the best times of the year here, with perfect warm weather, holiday events, and beautiful beaches.

If you’re looking for a getaway in Cape Town over the festive season, then you’ve come to the right place. Browse through our list of recommended places to stay and take your pick, there’s something for everyone’s wish list!

The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Glen Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in Sea Point with a variety of styled rooms to suit your needs. It’s the perfect destination for travellers who are looking to unwind, relax and explore the very best that Cape Town has to offer.

Lawhill Luxury Apartments

Lawhill luxury apartments are the ideal place to stay to make the most of the city bustle, located in the Marina at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. These luxurious apartments offer all the joys of a modern city apartment to guests who want to relax, shop, and enjoy Cape Town’s attractions. .

A Cape Cottage in Higgovale

The newly renovated Cape Cottage boasts both modern and characterful features. It occupies a perfect location nestled at the foot of majestic Table Mountain, just 5 minutes from the famous beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. Also within a stone’s throw are the popular restaurants on Kloof Street.

Le Gouverneur Guesthouse

Le Gouverneur Guesthouse boasts two stylish apartments and three suites with breath-taking views of Lion’s Head, the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic Ocean. You will receive personalised service, warm hospitality and the comfort of an exclusive guesthouse in the heart of Camps Bay.

Signal Hill Lodge

Signal Hill Lodge overlooks the historic and colourful Bo-Kaap district, and offers guests panoramic views of Cape Town’s city bowl and harbour area. Close enough to the inner city buzz, yet far from the maddening crowd, Signal Hill Lodge offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in close proximity to iconic Table Mountain and the world renowned V&A Waterfront.

There are lots of options out there to suit all budgets and preferences,but as long as you’re in Cape Town this festive season you’re sure to have a happy holiday this festive season!

 

City urges residents and visitors to use public transport during festive season

The City of Cape Town urges residents and visitors to use public transport as far as possible during the festive season. Road users should note that the City will intervene to alleviate traffic congestion along routes to popular destinations as from mid-December 2017 until the first week in January 2018. Read more below:

The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in conjunction with the City’s Traffic Service, will over the next five weeks intervene to prevent and alleviate gridlock conditions along the Atlantic Seaboard and the False Bay coastline between Strandfontein and Muizenberg.

‘We have been implementing this strategy for the past four years and intend to do so once again. The interventions will happen on an ad hoc basis – thus, as and when needed. More importantly, the interventions may affect those travelling in private vehicles in particular. I therefore urge residents and visitors to make use of public transport as far as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The MyCiTi service has a number of routes to and from popular spots across Cape Town – in particular to and from Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay.

‘Traffic congestion has become a regular occurrence along the Atlantic Seaboard during the holiday period. The best solution remains to avoid travelling to this area in private vehicles, and to rather opt for public transport, walking, and cycling as far as possible. The MyCiTi service offers a hassle-free option for those who do not want to be stuck in gridlock traffic while searching for limited on-street parking,’ said Councillor Herron.

Visitors can park their private vehicles in the city central business district or foreshore area and use the MyCiTi bus service or any other public transport service to reach the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard, in particular on 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, which are popular beach days in perfect weather conditions.

Atlantic Seaboard

Those who have visited the Atlantic Seaboard during the festive season in prior years will know that parking is limited and that it can easily take two to three hours to travel between Sea Point and Camps Bay by car.

Interventions will take place on an ad hoc basis at the main entry points to the Atlantic Seaboard as and when gridlock conditions necessitate it.

In Sea Point and Bantry Bay, interventions may take place at the following intersections:

  • Queens and Beach Roads
  • Queens and Victoria Roads
  • Queens and Regent Roads

In Camps Bay, interventions may take place at the following intersections:

  • Houghton Road and Camps Bay Drive
  • Victoria and Houghton Roads

‘MyCiTi buses, coaches, minibus-taxis and tour operators will have preferential access to the Atlantic Seaboard during the interventions. Those travelling in private vehicles may be stopped at these intersections and redirected back to where they were coming from until the traffic congestion has been alleviated to an acceptable level. Thus, private vehicles could be directed away from their desired destination for as long as it takes for the gridlock situation to subside,’ said Councillor Herron.

Far south

The roadworks along Main Road, one of the Southern Peninsula’s most scenic access routes, were completed last month. Residents and visitors to the suburbs of Muizenberg, St James, and Kalk Bay can now fully enjoy the benefits of Main Road, but should expect heavy traffic during the festive season.

Road users should also expect delays along Kommetjie Road (M65), and Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) between Noordhoek Road and Kommetjie Road, due to the major upgrades taking place along these sections.

The roadworks will be suspended as from 16 December 2017 until 7 January 2018, but the traffic flow will be affected along Kommetjie Road in particular as the road is very narrow along certain sections, with restricted walkways for pedestrians.

Table Mountain

Visitors to Table Mountain are also strongly advised to make use of the MyCiTi service as Kloof Nek Road becomes congested during the festive season. There is also limited parking available in the vicinity of the cableway station.

‘The MyCiTi shuttle service to the Upper Table Mountain stop is free of charge, meaning visitors need only pay on Route 107 (Camps Bay) from the central business district to the top of Kloof Nek Road, where they can disembark at the Kloof Nek Stop situated at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection. From there, commuters should transfer to the Route 110 bus – the free Table Mountain shuttle service – to the Upper Tafelberg stop and disembark at the cableway station,’ said Councillor Herron.

The same applies to passengers who are departing from the cableway station: they embark at the Upper Tafelberg stop and will transfer to MyCiTi Route 107 at the Kloof Nek Stop at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection.

The free shuttle on Route 110 runs every 10 to 15 minutes.

Commuters are reminded that they need a myconnect card to travel on the MyCiTi bus service. A myconnect card can be purchased for R35 from selected station kiosks and participating retailers across the city.

The City will also extend the operating hours of the MyCiTi bus service on routes to the V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk, and the beaches on selected days during the festive season.

Visitors and residents are advised to visit the MyCiTi website at www.myciti.org.za for more information about the timetable changes, or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

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