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SA moves to alert level 3

In his address to the nation on Monday, 28 December 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations. This comes in response to the spike in infections as a second wave of the pandemic takes hold in our communities. The Level 3 regulations have been amended to accommodate the continued operation of most sectors of the economy, and also make it a legal requirement for all persons to wear masks when out in public. Cape Town has also been declared a COVID-19 hotspot area.

Summary of amended Alert Level 3 regulations:

  • Extended curfew: All residents are required to stay at home between 21:00 and 06:00, except for essential workers or in the case of emergencies. Businesses must close by 20:00.
  • Ban on alcohol sales: The sale, distribution and transportation of alcohol is prohibited. The restriction includes the sale or consumption of alcohol in bars, restaurants and other venues. All nightclubs, bars, taverns, shebeens and other establishments that only trade in alcohol are closed.
  • Closure of public facilities: All beaches, dams, rivers and public swimming pools are closed in hotspot areas. Municipal sports facilities are also closed. Pools in enclosed resorts are exempt and may remain open.
  • Legal requirement to wear a mask: The amended regulations require all persons to wear a mask when in public. Failure to do so is an offence punishable by law and may result in a fine and/or imprisonment.
  • Ban on indoor and outdoor events: All indoor and outdoor events and gatherings are prohibited for 14 days, except funerals which are limited to a maximum of 50 persons.

The Alert Level 3 regulations came into effect on Tuesday, 29 December 2020 and will be reviewed on 15 January 2021. View the Government Notice on the amended Alert Level 3 regulations. It is vital that we all support the national effort to reduce infections. For detailed information on the amended Alert Level 3 restrictions, please visit the National Government COVID-19 website.

What’s new on Kloof?

It’s always difficult choosing where to eat out or grab a drink in Oranje-Kloof. Here are a few of the latest introductions additions to the area: Wolf House, Rick’s Café Americain and a completely revamped Bacini’s all open near you! These passion-driven restaurants offer some of the best quality food and service in one of Cape Town’s most trendy areas. So – who exactly are these newcomers on the scene?

Wolf House 

(Source: Wolf House, 2020)

Wolf House is a new spot on the block, and a prime location for everything from ribs and, burgers to and pizzas – also, did we mention they have a rooftop bar? This gem offers a scenic outdoor experience to go with rustic urban design. You can never go wrong with a mouth-watering burger and beer on the spirited Kloof Street.

Rick’s Café

(Rick’s Café Americain, 2020)

A cheeky change of location for Rick’s Café into the vibrant and lively Kloof Sstreet is the go-to place for drinks, dinner and dancing. It sStill has the same diverse menu offering a range of dishes from Moroccan, Mediterranean and American cuisines to satisfy your palate. The Victorian style atmosphere takes you back into the 1940s, distinctly reminiscent of the classic movie Casablanca.

Bacini’s

  

(Source: Bacinis )

Bacini’s is a Roman inspired, family-owned restaurant that offers quality food, and service, and a brilliant overall dining experience. With a new fresh look after a complete revamp, you can be rest assured that you’ll get the same quality pizza tossing since 1989. 

We would recommend their menu’s Nono’s Carbonara Pasta and Meterazzi Pizza if you ever make a visit.

What are my rights during COVID-19 lockdown?

COVID-19 has resulted in an outpouring of information – if we’re not talking or reading about it, we’re waiting in anticipation for President Ramaphosa’s next address, which leaves most of us with many unanswered questions. The COVID-19 virus has created such a new world at such an accelerated pace, that these unanswered questions are expected, because it’s impossible (and likely unhealthy for our mental state) to take in all relevant information.

Our GP/OKCID team have been working 24/7 since lockdown started, which means we’ve been dealing with individual’s questions and concerns head-on since the beginning. We’re here to sift through the mass of information and deal with the most important questions relating to your rights during this lockdown.

  1. What are my rights regarding treatment if I breach lockdown regulations?

Our police commissioner has sent out fresh, detailed guidelines on how South African Police Service (SAPS) and municipal police must conduct themselves. It states that “there can simply be no justification for torture, ever” amongst several other detailed directives. We have made sure our teams are educated on these guidelines, to ensure you’re handled appropriately. You can download the full document stating your rights and our security officer’s responsibilities on our Covid-19 info page.

  1. Can we refuse to be tested for COVID-19 if we’re not showing any symptoms?

As stated by BBP Law Attorneys: “Our law states that no person who is suspected of being infected with the COVID-19 virus and/or who has been in contact with someone who may be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus may simply refuse consent to an enforcement officer for the:

  1. Submission to a medical examination where bodily samples may be drawn from you by a registered doctor or nurse;
  2. Admission to a health establishment, quarantine or isolation site; or
  3. Submission to mandatory treatment.

It is a well-known fact by now that the COVID-19 virus does not cause everyone to develop symptoms, you may however still be a carrier of the virus and therefore you may be reasonably suspected and requested to submit yourself for a medical examination.

Now what is the position if you simply refuse to be tested? In this case, the enforcement officer is authorised to place you in mandatory isolation or quarantine for a period of 48 hours, pending a warrant being issued by a Magistrate authorising the state to conduct mandatory medical examinations on you and if necessary, treatment. You could also be held at a State isolation or quarantine site in order to potentially prevent transmission of the virus.

Furthermore, you will have acted illegally by refusing to submit yourself for the necessary medical examination. You may be criminally prosecuted and if found guilty of the offence, you may be sentenced to jail for a period of not more than 6 months and/or a payment of a fine.”

With every right comes a responsibility. We’re trying our best to educate our team on their conduct, along with abiding by all regulations pertaining to handling staff at work (carrying out daily temperate and attendance records, providing sufficient mask and hand sanitiser supplies, and carrying out hygiene practices). We ask you, in return, to hold yourself equally responsible and remain within the confines of your home, limit your movement to your office and supermarket, and try not to ‘over’ socialise during our ‘level 3’ lockdown regulations.

GP/OKCID security report – April 2020

There has been an impressive 56.7% decrease in incidents of crime in April compared to March, along with a total of 6 arrests made for housebreaking and theft. We commend our team for being on the front lines during these trying times – working hard each day despite these stressful circumstances.

Despite this good news, we are still dealing with individuals disobeying lockdown phase 4 regulations; specifically exercise regulations. Our team are being as proactive as possible and playing their part, and we ask that you play yours by staying at home – for the sake of your family, friends, and the wider community’s health and safety. As a recap, national exercise guidelines are being strictly regulated, and there is a zero-tolerance approach: Remember the following:

  1. Wear a mask while out
  2. You may walk/ run/ cycle on the paved areas only
  3. You may not drive to perform your exercise of choice, you may only walk/ run/ cycle from your residential address
  4. All public exercise must stop at 9am.
  5. Grassed areas and beaches are off limits.

National parks remain closed to the public during stage 4 of lockdown, regardless of whether they fall within a 5km radius of your home. Please stay safe and healthy while continuing to help flatten the curve.

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

Lessons learned from the medical response to COVID-19

Right now, global attention is understandably on the pandemic. We’re looking for answers and hope. As such, all eyes are on the World Health Organisation (WHO), who are demonstrating an evidence-based approach and a belief in the power of collaboration. We’re huge advocates of working together and are confident that our partnerships with SAPS and local organisations are integral to our successes in the area. We’re interested to analyse what lessons we can learn from the evidence-based approach to handling COVID-19.

A hugely encouraging aspect of the WHO’s approach has been collaboration. During COVID-19 we have seen the launch of an unprecedented initiative, the first global trial to test a number of drugs approved for other uses to see if they can be repurposed and used on patients with severe COVID-19. This worldwide WHO joint effort from medics, researchers, and patients in all sorts of countries is aptly named SOLIDARITY. It reminds us of the strength we gain by working with our partners in law enforcement and communities.

The WHO is also an evidence-based body. They amass the most convincing scientific research and use it to ‘direct and coordinate international health’. Politicians around the globe are, at the very least, absorbing WHO findings, and most of the restrictions or lockdowns have been informed by WHO science and guidelines. Of course, each country is also considering their specific understanding of their communities, economy, geography and many other factors to create a tailored approach. In this way, we at the GP/OKCID can look to policies working elsewhere, and then consider how to translate them into our particular environments.

The WHO are constantly updating their guidance. They are honest in acknowledging that research becomes outdated as new information emerges, and transparent that as we learn more guidelines will change to remain current. Many governments, on the basis of WHO findings, denied the necessity of wearing masks, but when evidence-based advice was updated, introduced them at a later date. This is about being transparent. They didn’t make the ‘wrong’ call and then correct it, it’s just that the ‘right’ decision is the right decision given the current information and can therefore be superseded or altered whenever we learn more.

We must be brave and agile enough to introduce new policies and approaches for our team as different information arrives, in confidence that this shows us to be flexible and informed rather than worrying that it reflects on us as having made the wrong call previously.

Evidence led practice isn’t only effective in a pandemic, or a medical context. It also isn’t new to South Africa, but actually central to the national governance approach!

Managing social and criminal issues can also adopt this approach. We are constantly responding to the situation on the ground, but are learning from this pandemic that our best response will also be informed by the evidence of what works to limit damage (of any sort) and increase trust in our team. There’s a role for intuition in the moment, but we must also look to research rather than lean on assumptions. Often the data is surprising, and it’s a moveable feast as this pandemic is teaching.

There won’t always be directly relevant information for us to point to, and in those cases, we should create an idea, and then test it on the ground. This means measuring results, like the impact of certain initiatives or approaches, whilst continuing all of our work to keep the OKCID a safe, clean, appealing place to live, work and play.

Crime in Cape Town, or even just our neighbourhoods is too significant for us to wipe out, or even to effectively respond to, alone. We can take from the handling of COVID-19 that there is benefit from admitting the scale of the problem, and the impossibility of immediately resolving it. We can also adopt the learning that we can most effectively reduce the problem by working together. Just as collaboration between different organisations, hospitals, charities and governments has helped the COVID-19 response, so too can our teamwork with SAPS and charities increase the efficacy of our local efforts against crime, grime and social issues.

We hope that you are able to remain safe, well, and in accordance with the latest government advice through this pandemic. Though we have adjusted our service at this time, we and our partners at SAPS remain here to protect and serve you, so please do get in touch if we can help.

4 ways to help your community in lockdown

It is more important now than ever that we come together to help our fellow South Africans through this difficult time, not only by supporting our local businesses, but by doing everything in our power to help those who are suffering.

Esther Perel – a ground-breaking Belgian psychotherapist – who is at the foreground in researching pandemic-related emotions, states that: “Nothing can take us out of our depression, guilt, or boredom like helping others. It gives us a sense of purpose. Just look around you – who needs a latex-glove covered helping hand?”

While money is always accepted by groups serving those in need, your time and effort is just as important, if not more so. When you volunteer your time, you let those you are helping feel seen, and that they are important and worthy of your time. Volunteering is a win-win, as those who require help receive it, and those who volunteer learn that helping others boosts your happiness and sense of well-being.

There are so many ways to make a positive difference in your community, beyond simply supporting local, as we discussed in our previous blog post. It has been amazing to observe that, while the need for assistance grows, so does the desire to help. If you find yourself in a position of wanting to help, but are unsure of how, we hope these ideas will give you some direction.

Fundraise for a cause you are passionate about. There are a number of organisations striving to maintain their work during the pandemic, which is especially difficult due to limited resources, making fundraising crucial. Forgood.co.za is a great platform that helps connect people to causes, where you are able to view a list of organisations in Cape Town that require a donation of goods or a monetary donation. The GP/OKCID has recently donated 350 masks from KARMA Corporate Clothing to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, law enforcement and SAPS Anti-Gang Unit in an effort to help those on the front line who are putting their lives at risk to help South Africa.

If you enjoy art, set some time aside to design colouring-in sheets to donate to a local children’s care centre, such as Nazareth House or an elderly care centre, like NOAH, to brighten up someone’s day. Art therapy is great at alleviating depression and anxiety, while stimulating the minds and imaginations of those who have even less freedom of movement than most during the lockdown.

Tutor a student. Students have recently had their schooling routine completely turned on its head, and may have fallen behind on their workload as a consequence. Thankfully, tutoring can easily be done over a computer with the help of online video chat platforms such as Zoom and Skype. A reminder that many are not currently receiving their full income, so consider charging lower rates to help those who may not be able to receive tutoring otherwise.

Help the elderly by volunteering to do their grocery shopping for them. Shopping isn’t an easy task for many senior citizens regardless of what is going on around the world, never mind when we are experiencing a pandemic. Our elderly are some of the greatest at risk, given a lowered immune system due to the effects of ageing and medical conditions. We can assure you that your offering to assistance will be greatly appreciated – just be sure to follow all restrictions and be extra cautions while delivering their shopping.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created even more of a demand for assistance to those in need than we usually face in Cape Town. So we’d like to appeal to each of you to assist if and however you are able to.

GP/OKCID donate masks to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Law Enforcement team and SAPS anti-gang unit

View Karma Protective Masks Brochure

 

Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID), recently received a generous donation of 350 masks from KARMA Corporate Clothing – a local corporate wear company which has switched their manufacturing process to focus on essential items, namely 3PLY Disposable Non-Woven Face Masks and Reusable Washable Cloth Masks.

The GP/OKCID have given 100 of these masks to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Oncology Ward, 50 to the Law Enforcement team, and are in the process of handing 200 over to General Lincoln’s South African Police Service (SAPS) Anti-Gang Unit.

“We started manufacturing the masks just before the lockdown when we realised the global shortage. We donated a batch of them to GP/OKCID because we know they’re in a public domain on a daily basis and remain fully functional during lockdown, so they were naturally top of mind,” says Karin Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KARMA Corporate Clothing.

“We often overlook these little things, and our current situation has reminded us to reach out, because it’s critical to do so now more than ever. Especially regarding the destitute and vulnerable in our community, as well as those with compromised immune systems,” comments Truss.

GP/OKCID urge individuals to handle aggressive begging through a ‘managed process’

In response to the aggressive begging that is taking place near local stores that remain open during lock down, Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCID) Chief Executive shares the following advice: “While we are very sympathetic to their situation, we urge you to avoid interacting with their pleas, because once you have ‘opened the door,’ they will not leave you until you succumb to their request. Either giving them money or food does not help the situation, because you are then creating an expectation and the next person will be under the same pressure to deliver.”

He also encourages people to assist through NGOs that serve our community with a variety of programs, including dedicated drop off areas or collections points. “There are several NGOs doing amazing work during lockdown – including the Haven Night Shelter in Napier Street in Green Point and in Woodstock. The shelter is headed up by Hassan Khan, and they are doing a great job providing the destitute and vulnerable with three meals a day, among other initiatives,” add Truss. You can get involved and help protect the destitute and vulnerable during COVID-19 by visiting their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHavenNightShelter/.”

You can also donate to Ladles of Love (https://www.ladlesoflove.org.za/), RPJ Helping Hands (https://www.facebook.com/RPJhelpinghands/), and Mould Empower Serve (MES) (https://www.facebook.com/mouldempowerserve/) who are currently serving thousands of meals a day to the homeless during lockdown, among other initiatives.

GP/OKCID urge individuals to obey lockdown rules as crime is expected to spike

The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCID) are expecting a rise in crime during the second week of lock down, due to people disobeying the rules and rising desperation amongst the destitute and vulnerable people on the streets.

From 26 March to 2 April 2020, there were 38 incidences of crime for general theft and suspicious persons or vehicles, which is 16,6% more than the average number per week in January and February 2020. “This spike in crime is likely due to the destitute and vulnerable people on the streets taking advantage of the situation; gathering by stores that remain open and aggressively begging or becoming violent out of desperation. This will likely only increase if people continue to disobey lockdown rules,” comments Marius Swanepoel, GPCID’s Security Manager.

“I’ve been disappointed by the number of individuals walking around and vehicles driving around under the pretence that they’ve run out of essential items, amongst other excuses,” comments Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the GP/OKCID.

He adds, “This is especially worrying, as most incidents of crime over the past week have been due to continual movement on the streets, including smash and grab incidents, remote jamming, and vehicle break-ins.

If all goes according to The City of Cape Town’s plan, those on the streets will all be placed into ‘safe spaces’. “This would decrease incidents of crime substantially, allowing us to focus more on vehicle and general illegal movement,” says Marc.

He concludes by saying” Our team is being as proactive as possible, and we are communicating with property owners and residents frequently to ensure their safety and comfort. We ask that you, the public, obey the instructions by our State President, for the sake of your family, friends, and the wider community’s health and safety.”

GP/OKCID security report – March 2020

As we expected, there was a spike in crime in the last week of March, as lock down began, due to the destitute and vulnerable people on the streets gathering by stores that remain open and aggressively begging or becoming violent out of desperation. Another contributing factor is that some people continue to disobey lockdown rules, walking or driving around under the pretence that they’ve run out of essential items, amongst other excuses, and then some of them have had phones stolen or vehicles broken in to.

Total incidences of crime increased by 76,5% from March compared to February. Furthermore, from 26 March to 2 April 2020, there were 38 incidences of crime for general theft and suspicious persons or vehicles, which is 16,6% more than the average number per week in January and February 2020.

On a more positive note, there was a 66,7% increase in the relocation of individuals who were sleeping in the GP/OKCID area in March, and we were involved in planned operations with SAPS as well as coordinated emergency and medical assistance to those in need. Last month alone, our law enforcement officers (LEOs) issued 841 fines to the value of R786 500.

We are aware of the aggressive begging occurring outside open stores. We urge you to ignore their pleas for assistance, and to rather assist through a known NGO that serves the community with a variety of programs that are in place, including dedicated drop off areas or collections points.

The majority of the destitute and vulnerable people on the streets are currently being moved to a place of safety in Strandfontein by the City of Cape Town under the ‘lockdown order’ through a comprehensive program that will provide a roof over their heads, meals, social distancing measures, screening for COVID-19, medical assistance, and other services that may apply.

Our team is being as proactive as possible, and we ask that you all obey the instructions by our President, for the sake of your family, friends, and the wider community’s health and safety.

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

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