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Gift your friends and family an experience this festive season.

Hard though it is to believe, but it’s nearly the end of another year. Luckily, December is a time of beautiful weather, family time, and gift giving. As our minds turn to present shopping, why not combine those three wonderful things and gift your loved ones an adventure that gets you all out together? This year we encourage you to put down the predictable presents, and instead seek out a unique activity gift. Our aim is to bring your family together around something new and support local businesses.

Here are our top picks of things to do in Green Point, all of which sit beautifully beneath a gift bow!

For the coffee enthusiasts – Origin Coffee Roasting Alternative Brewing Course

Origin Coffee Roasting is one of the companies that ignited Cape Town’s boutique coffee scene. They remain home to some of the most skilled baristas in the City Bowl, and are proud of their crafted offering. The coffee lover in your life is either already a fan or will be delighted when you make the introduction. They are now opening the doors to their brewing lab and caffeine secrets with an alternative brewing course. For R650 a head, you will spend 3 hours learning about coffee theory and history, and all that you need to know about alternative brewing methods such as the French press and AeroPress.

Address: 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001

Website: https://www.originroasting.co.za

Contact:  021 421 1000

For the fitness fans: rent a bike on the promenade from Up Cycles

We expect most of your friends and family have absorbed that fresh air, gentle exercise, and beautiful views which help with happiness, perspective, and health. This Christmas, why not gift them all of those things in the form of a bike ride? Breathe in the fresh sea air as you enjoy a relaxing cycle along the promenade on Cape Town’s first drop-and-go bike rental company. Up Cycles uses single-speed, back and pedal breaking ‘upcycled’ Dutch style bikes, and riders of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate as the route is flat. You can ride all the way through to the V&A Waterfront if you’d like, into the CBD or to Green Point Park. Hourly, half-day and full-day rental options are available, so why not gather your group, plan a route, and get pedalling?

Address: Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8001

Website: https://www. upcycles.co.za

Contact: 074 100 9161

For those craving quality time: snacks from Giovanni’s Deli in Green Point Urban Park

It’s a hectic modern world we live in, and amidst the packed schedules it can be hard to find dedicated time to spend with our nearest and dearest. Why not use this season to remind a loved one how important they are to you with some quality time together? Pop past Giovanni’s Deli, a magical spot along Green Point main road, and pick up a selection of home cooked dishes, meats and cheeses, all served deli style. Then make your way to the beautiful Green Point Urban Park and enjoy your feast in a shaded spot before wandering through the park’s Biodiversity Showcase Garden.

Address: 103 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051

Website: https://www.giovannisdeli.co.za/

Contact: 021 434 6893

For movie fanatics: Galileo Open Air Cinema at Battery Park

If you have a film fan in your life, why not indulge in their passion together? Head to Battery Park, make your selection from the cinematic delights on offer, and then enjoy a movie night under a canopy of stars. Backrests and blankets are available to hire, and we suggest taking a picnic blanket too. A wide selection of food and drinks are on offer to provide the perfect movie snacks and treats. Make sure you arrive early to book a nice spot and enjoy the live music while you wait for the movie to begin. Once you’ve decided who to treat, visit their website to view their latest selection of movies.

Address: 19 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Website: https://thegalileo.co.za/

Contact: 021 510 0929

Must try cocktail spots in Oranje-Kloof this festive season!

The festive season has already arrived! Can you believe how quickly this year has gone? Although time has flown we don’t really mind, because it means the arrival of Cape Town summer, where Oranje-Kloof’s streets come alive. With new restaurants and bars constantly opening up in our area, along with our tried and tested restaurants that have stood the test of time, we are spoilt for choice. To save you from making festive dithering between choices and introduce you to somewhere new, we’ve compiled a list of hangouts for the best festive summer cocktails.

The Bar at Janse & Co.

This magnificent eatery was founded by chef Arno Janse Van Rensburg and his wife and fellow chef, Liezel Odendaal. Arno was previously at The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek for six years, so arrived with some serious experience. The team has recently added an outside bar to the eatery, which can be found in a courtyard under a leafy canopy. This spot truly is a hidden gem. Their collection of delicious cocktails is bound to impress, and for those with other drinks in mind, their menu includes a tastefully curated wine list, craft beers and ciders, and their very own in-house made kvass. There’s truly something for everyone at Janse & Co.

Trading hours: Monday – Friday: 6pm – 11:30pm; Saturday – Sunday:12 – 3pm

Where to find them: 75 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street

Super vibey on a Friday night, Tiger’s Milk has become a Kloof Street staple. Choose to sit inside for a more intimate evening, or outside under the fairy lights, which makes it the perfect summer spot for an evening cocktail. They offer ‘Happy Hour’ specials on selected drinks from 4-6pm every day, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for food specials and live music sessions. We recommend their ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Sea Breeze’ cocktails!

Trading hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 12am

Where to find them: 55 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Contact: 021 286 2209

Asoka

Asoka is trendy restaurant offering a range of small tapas dishes and fantastic cocktails in a relaxed environment, located in the heart of Kloof Street. We suggest going for their ‘Sunday’s Live’ evenings where they host a variety of local acts from 8-10pm. We highly recommend trying their ‘Paloma’ and ‘Moksha Martini’ cocktails, as well as their mezze platter. At Asoka, you’re bound to have a memorable night.

Trading hours: Monday – Sunday from 6pm – late

Where to find them: 68 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Contact: 021 422 0909

Dark Horse Bar

Offering a wide array of classic and signature cocktails, this spot has an outside deck with a beautiful view of the mountain, while the quirky interior fosters cosy conversation and people watching. The Dark Horse offers small plates of comfort food, as well as more adventurous dishes which are ideal for sharing. We recommend their ‘Lime Daiquiri’ and ‘Espresso Martini.’

Trading hours: Monday – Saturday, 4pm until late

Where to find them: 145 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Contact: 021 422 0825

The Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club is a great venue for celebrations and a representation of Madame Zingara’s colourful history. This quaint and cosy bohemian style venue is loved by those who enjoy a slightly off-the-wall dining experience. This spot is a must on your list for a drink with the girls in a fun, eccentric atmosphere.

Trading hours: Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 12am

Where to find them: 158 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Contact: 021 423 6805

Did we miss your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments below.

GP/OKCID security report – November 2019

There was an overall increase in crime, parking violations and traffic accidents in November. Alongside these incidents, we also got involved in planned operations with the SAPS as well as coordinated emergency and medical assistance to those in need. With the festive season in full swing, this is to be expected, and we urge you to stay vigilant and take a proactive approach to crime prevention.

Cape Town is a beautiful city to spend the holidays, and we do our best to make Green Point and Oranje-Kloof the best possible suburbs to live, work, and play. That said, we encourage you to follow our following safety tips to ensure your safety this festive season:

  1. Don’t flaunt your valuables
  2. Walk in groups when possible, and stay in well-lit areas
  3. Never leave anything visible in your car
  4. Double check your car is locked before walking away
  5. Check your doors are locked and windows are shut before going out

On a happier note, we’re extremely proud of our Police Sector Managers Constables Motsi and Teixeira, who were awarded Sector Managers of the Year at the annual awards held mid-November.

Constable Teixeira, when asked about the difference that the CIDs have made over the past year, said: “The CIDs contribution in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas have been tremendous. They’ve been helping us a lot with cleaning up areas that need it most, as well as helping with arrests for motor vehicle and robbery theft. They’ve been a huge help to us over this past year, so I want to say a big thank you to them.”

Constable Motsi, when asked about how he feels about the award after a year of hard work, said: “Getting this award has helped me grow and gives me hope in this industry, because I’m still young and learning. It makes me want to work hard and get more awards! The arrest that we made recently with the help of GP/ OKCID security has helped build confidence in myself and the rest of the team. The guidance and support from senior colleague Constable Teixeira has helped me so much, he’s like my brother – so thank you.”

Remember to keep our 24 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance:


GP CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 217 1386

GP/OKCID contributes to a 30% reduction in criminal incidents in 2019

Previously published on 27 November 2019 on Property 360

The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCIDs) can be proud of the significant role they’ve played in reducing crime in the Mother City over the past year.

There has been a noteworthy reduction of 30.5% in all criminal incidents in the Green Pointand Oranje-Kloof areas compared to 2018. The 24-hour GP/OKCID security teams have also made an impressive 510 arrests this year and issued a total of 15 308 traffic fines with a rand value of R11 012 600,00.

The role of a City Improvement District (CID) is to work closely with all role players, in order to provide supplementary assistance in terms of security, cleansing, social intervention, upgrading and improving public spaces between buildings.

With strong relationships and open communication channels with SAPS and the City of Cape Town, the GPCID (established in 2001) and OKCID (established early in 2002), are proud of the results of their collective efforts. “It takes collaboration of all role players to ensure that our streets are clean and safe, and a committed team that show up and do their best every single day,” says Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the GP/OKCID.

Business and property owners have also experienced the difference that the GP/OKCID has made, and the value they have added to their operations and properties. A cleaner and safer environment creates more opportunity for our commercial and retail component, supported by an increase in tourist activity, which in turn boosts the area’s economy.

“The Oranje-Kloof area is, literally and figuratively, paving the way forward. Apart from the safety factor, the GP/OKCID has really focused on beautifying the area – I believe they both feed off one another,” shares Chris Boje, owner of Van Hunks restaurant in Kloof Street.

“The presence of the GP/OKCID is heavily felt in the area. From the perspective of the tourism industry, their presence helps make guests feel safe, secure, and aware of their surroundings. They can walk out of their guest house and it feels clean and beautiful.” – Deon de Wet, of Village n Life Realty.

“I’ve definitely noticed more patrols in the area, and so we feel more of a security presence throughout the day and at night. That makes the world of a difference to the safety within the area.” – Kim Whitaker, owner of At Once in Cape Town.

“From a property owner’s point of view, the GP/OKCID has made our area safer with an increased presence of visible security. They’ve also allowed tourists to move more freely through better protection from unsavoury elements.” – Brett Shaw, owner of Barefoot Capital.

“Our job is not just a 9 to 5 type of business; it runs 24/7 and we need to remain vigilant and committed to making a difference, whilst playing a supportive role to our community. We encourage our residents and property owners to contact us if they have any concerns, and to take a moment to praise our members who go above and beyond their duties day in and day out,” concludes Marc Truss.

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