GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

GP/OKCID security report – October 2021

In October, the GP/OKCID team assisted with 7 arrests, 14 planned operations with SAPS, 37 municipal services and 16 proactive actions.

There was a 47% increase in crime last month, with incidents primarily comprising of theft out of motor vehicles, muggings and house break-ins. Crime is expected to increase as we near closer to the festive season, as increased activity in the City Bowl and more tourists offer opportunistic criminals a greater chance of getting lucky. 

Our patrollers are prepared for an increase in criminal activity and we’ve increased the number of posts in hotspot areas. We’ll continue to monitor crime trends and shifting hotspots, and allocate patrollers as required. 

We’ve also noticed a significant increase in ATM fraud and card swiping throughout the City Bowl. Hotspots include the ATM at the Caltex Garage on Somerset Road, the ATM opposite McDonalds on Kloof Street, and the ATM at the Engen Garage on Kloof Street.

When committing ATM fraud or card swiping, a criminal’s modus operandi is to distract customers who are using an ATM by offering assistance or asking a question. The criminal will try to get close enough to view your PIN or grab your bank card and run. The card is then used repeatedly at ATMs until the daily cash withdrawal limit on the card is reached, after which high-value transactions are made at merchants.

Local authorities are aware of the increase in incidents of this nature, however, we urge residents and visitors to practice the following ATM safety tips to prevent falling victim to these crimes:

 

Last month, our GP/OKCID patrollers assisted with a number of properties and vehicles that were left unsecured. When a resident’s property or vehicle is found improperly secured, vulnerable to opportunistic criminals, our team goes out of their way to ensure the property or vehicle is guarded or secured until the owner has returned. 

For example, a resident’s garage was recently found wide open. Thankfully, one of our GPCID patrollers noticed the open garage in time and was able to secure the property, preventing theft of items inside the garage or a potential house break-in via the direct access door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During another shift, one of our OKCID patrollers noticed that a resident’s storeroom gate was left wide open with the keys still in the lock. 

The space contained a large quantity of renovation equipment, at risk of being stolen. Our patroller locked the storeroom and held onto the key before returning it to the owner early the following morning. Well done to these patrollers for acting proactively and helping to create a safer neighbourhood for all!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to keep our 24/7 emergency numbers on hand to report any suspicious behaviour or call for assistance, should you feel unsafe:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE: 082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE: 082 217 1386

 

 

 

 

How to improve home security with outdoor lighting

When it comes to effective home security solutions, outdoor lighting is one of the most effective ways to improve the safety of your home. By simply erecting a number of high-voltage bulbs around the perimeter of your home, you can significantly decrease your vulnerability and ward off intruders.

Outdoor lighting is an effective enhancement to your existing home security system, however, there are some tips that you should keep in mind to truly reap all of its benefits!

The reality of outdoor lighting

Unfortunately, as desperation within the City Bowl grows, it’s become increasingly necessary that homeowners take extra precautions to protect their homes and families. Especially as we approach the festive season, where opportunistic crimes – more specifically burglaries – are expected to rise.

Something that we’ve found to have a notable impact on the likelihood of a property being broken into is whether or not adequate outdoor lighting has been installed.   

Garden lighting, home exterior lighting, and property perimeter lighting all play an important role in keeping a home safe and secure. Not only are criminals easier to spot at night when there is sufficient outdoor lighting, but they are deterred from approaching these lit-up spaces in the first place. So, if you’re upgrading your home security, consider including a few quality LED security lights to give your property an extra layer of protection. 

How to choose the correct outdoor lighting

When it comes to choosing which kind of outdoor lighting is best for your home, you will find that there are several options available to you. Outdoor lighting varies in capability, size, and functionality. Before you rush out and purchase anything, it is important that you determine exactly what your outdoor lighting needs are and which products can best cater to them.

There are a number of lighting stores in and around the Green Point area, such as Village Home & Hardware at the Cape Quarter or Eagle Lighting at the top of Long Street. Pop into their stores for help or advice.

Some popular outdoor lighting options include:

  •         Landscape illumination lights
  •         Mounted illumination lights
  •         Floodlights
  •         Step lights
  •         Lamp posts

Where to place your outdoor lighting

Once you have found lighting solutions best suited to your home, it is time to decide where you’re going to place them. The placement of your outdoor lighting will ultimately determine how effective they are at improving your home security.

Below are a few areas for you to consider:

–          All entrances, doorways, driveways, sliding doors and exits

–          Backyard spaces including decks and balconies

–          High bushes and trees

If you have any placement concerns, it’s best to rely on the expertise of your home’s security provider.

Maintaining your outdoor lighting

Your outdoor lighting system can only help improve the safety of your home if it is maintained. Too often, household security systems are neglected, leaving properties vulnerable.  It’s important that security measures are maintained, particularly if you’d like to make a claim from insurance.

Regularly check that none of your lightbulbs have died and make sure that you keep spares on hand for when you need to switch them out.

We recommend opting for energy-efficient light bulbs here – not only are they a great way to reduce your carbon emissions, but they last a lot longer and tend to be brighter.

Finally, it is essential that you choose outdoor lighting that can withstand Cape Town weather. From heavy winds to torrential rain, it is important that your equipment can withstand the elements.

Final thoughts on outdoor lighting for safety

The unfortunate reality is that, in South Africa, crime is very much a part of our reality. We can better ensure our safety with the addition of a few simple security precautions. When we work together to show criminals that they are not welcome in our neighbourhood and do not offer them easy opportunities to break the law, we can help to eradicate the problem and improve the safety of our community at large.

5 House Simple Cleaning Tips That Make Life Easier

Nobody enjoys cleaning, but everybody loves a clean house. We all know that time is precious, and housework often ends up on the back burner, but a good deep-clean every once in a while, is crucial to help keep the dust bunnies at bay.

When you clean your home, you’re not only creating a happier or more peaceful living environment for yourself and your family, but you’re also making it a healthier and safer space too. Here are a few of our top tips to help ensure your home is cleaned thoroughly and efficiently. 

House Cleaning tip #1: Get In the right frame of mind

A clear space = a clear mind, but it takes the right frame of mind to clear your space in the first place. If you struggle with motivation to start cleaning, try breaking your workload up a bit so that your long list of tasks doesn’t feel so daunting anymore. Focus on one end of the house one week, and the other end the next. 

Make the experience even more enjoyable and crank out some tunes. The Seven Dwarves were onto something when it came to working: Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work we go!” So, put on your favourite playlist, get into the zone and watch the time fly.

While cleaning may not be your favourite pastime, it helps to keep the benefits in mind – they outweigh the task itself. Pace yourself and tackle one space at a time.

House cleaning tip #2: Clean top to bottom, left to right

A common mistake that people make is cleaning in a way that is more disruptive than it is helpful. For an efficient cleaning session, try cleaning in an orderly system, from top to bottom, left to right. Working top to bottom ensures that you don’t shift any dirt down into newly cleaned areas, for example, start with dusting the ceiling fans and aircon vents and work your way down to the floor where you can vacuum up all the collective dust right at the end. The same can be said about the direction in which we clean. By cleaning your space from the left to the right (or right to left) you can prevent confusing your workflow and trapsing dust and dirt from flowing back into clean rooms as you walk back and forth throughout the house.

House cleaning tip #3: Keep a cleaning caddie

Cleaning is tedious enough as it is, we know this. Work smart, not hard, and avoid pacing ack and forth unnecessarily to grab supplies from under the sink as you need them. Instead, gather everything you need right at the beginning and ensure it’s all at arms reach by sticking it all into a bucket or cleaning caddy to carry around with you as you go. Instead, minimise the unnecessary walking and keep all of your disinfectants and cleaning products in arms reach. By keeping a bucket with a handle or cleaning caddy near you, you will have easy access to everything you need.

House cleaning tip #4: Make use of microfibre cloths

No collection of cleaning supplies in complete without a set of microfibre cloths. Toss your old rags and stock up on these multi-use towels – they work so much better. 

From windows to bathtubs to floors, these towels can do it all. Made primarily out of polyester, microfibre cloths are very effective at lifting and holding onto dirt, dust and moisture. They’re also far more effective at picking up microscopic materials like bacteria and other germs, due to their incredibly tiny fibres. However, they are not antibacterial and do not kill bacteria, they simply remove them, so it’s important that you continue to use household disinfectants to truly remove any harmful organisms.

House cleaning tip #5: Delegate the work

When it comes to cleaning, teamwork makes the dream work! We are stronger when we work together. Lean on those who share the space with you and share the responsibilities of keeping your space clean.

Why not get the family involved and make an activity out of it? Getting the kids involved is a win-win: not only are you getting a bit of help, but you’re teaching them responsibility and what it means to be part of a family. 

Everybody enjoys a little good-natured competition. Try creating fun challenges, like “who can vacuum the fastest” or assign points to different tasks and tally them up at the end of the month. You’ll be surprised how quickly the little ones forget how much they hate housework. 

It might seem counterintuitive, but at the end of the day, if you really want to cut down your cleaning time, you need to clean more often. Consistency is key, and cleaning one section of your home each week will keep your space clear and inviting, while sparing you the overwhelming task of doing several months’ worth of cleaning in one go.

GP/OKCID security report – September 2021

During the month of September, our team assisted with 14 arrests, 12 joint operations with SAPS, 25 municipal services and 10 pro-active actions.

We noted a significant increase in theft out of motor vehicles in our area. We also noted an increase in robberies within our areas. These figures are evidence of an increase in opportunistic crimes within our community, and we expect further increases as we near the festive season. 

With that being said, SAPS are aware of the increase in incidents and are in the process of generating an awareness campaign, which aims to guide the public and help prevent residents and visitors from falling victim to these crimes.

Local authorities are also taking note of the fact that robberies have become more aggressive. In response to this, we have actively increased the number of random body searches in both the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas, to help prevent these crimes from happening by confiscating all weapons that are found. 

We have also noticed a gradual increase in house break-ins, particularly in the Green Point area. 

According to GP/OKCID Security Manager, Marius Swanepoel, this has a lot to do with the increased movement within our community. “We predict that this is because criminals are taking advantage of heightened activity in the area. There is quite a lot of building and maintenance work going on at the moment and criminals seem to be taking advantage of all the movement, as they look less suspicious.” 

We urge residents to prioritise security measures around their homes. Check that your electric fencing is working, and consider placing detection beams or CCTV cameras throughout and around your property. CCTV cameras are particularly effective at deterring crime

To help decrease the level of crime occurring in our areas,  please remember to stay vigilant and alert at all times. Avoid walking around during the night, remove all valuables unattended in your car and make sure to check that you have locked your vehicle before walking away. 

Our team of 24/7 patrol officers are on high alert. We have several branded vehicles and foot patrollers that you will notice patrolling our neighbourhoods to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. Should you ever need assistance or feel unsafe, please don’t hesitate to contact our emergency numbers. 

We are here to keep you safe – whenever you need us, 24/7, all year round.

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 217 1386

How to cope with pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout

Living through a pandemic is no easy feat. While the coronavirus has been a part of our lives for almost 2 years now, we cannot deny its impact has been immeasurable. It has had effects on almost every aspect of our reality, from our physical health to our mental state and overall emotional wellbeing. It’s easy to forget that living through a global health crisis comes with its own set of side effects, like pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout. 

 

What are pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout? 

If you have been experiencing pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout you can probably relate to the feelings of extreme stress and exhaustion. This exists on both a physical and mental level which ultimately lowers your resilience, energy and mood. 

The reality, however, is that pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout do not happen in isolation. These feelings easily spill into your everyday lives. Including your work, home and social life. If we do not address these feelings, they can have long-term effects including lowered immune systems and chronic anxiety. 

Given its many consequences, we as a community should band together to create a happy, healthy and safe living environment. This can only start once we take care of our own wellbeing and learn how to cope with the side effects of living through a pandemic. 

How to cope with pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout

Exercise regularly 

It’s so important that you move your body regularly. Remote work, restrictions and curfews, can quickly become a crutch and easy excuse to stay put. However, your body not only craves exercise, but it also needs it. 

Get into the habit of incorporating exercise into your routine. Whether that is taking the pets on a walk, doing a virtual online class or getting the office involved in a weekly exercise challenge, the benefits are incredible. 

Exercise will help you boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, help shed weight and bring a sense of accomplishment to your day. We suggest visiting De Waal Park for some great outdoor fun!

Find a healthy (realistic) work-life balance

This one is admittedly tricky, but not impossible. Glorifying workaholic behaviour is not only toxic but is increasingly becoming the new norm. Overworking leads to increased stress, decreased productivity, disorganization and emotional exhaustion.

You deserve to take a break. It is not a luxury; it is a necessity. 

Even as an employer, it is crucial that you encourage self-care where you ensure that your team has professional boundaries. This will help keep everyone sharp, alert, happy and motivated. 

If you would like ideas on how to create a happier workspace, click here

Adjust your expectations

Do you remember at the very beginning of the pandemic when everyone set out to accomplish a long list of goals? Especially since they had all of this “extra” time? Well, then pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout kicked in. 

It is okay to remove things that do not serve you from your to-do list. Lower your expectations around what you ‘should be doing’. You already are doing your best. Chasing after these high expectations is not only exhausting but incredibly overwhelming – both mentally and physically. 

If you just survived another day, you are already doing amazingly! 

Opt for a healthier meal

As you already know, eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways you can protect your health. Good nutrition, mixed with physical exercise is a powerful way to help support your body and mind. Especially if you are experiencing pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout. 

This, however, isn’t to say that you should be following a restrictive diet. Be realistic, do not deprive yourself of foods that you love, but instead learn the art of eating in moderation. Add your daily 8 glasses of water to this and you will instantly feel the benefits. You can grab a great water bottle from Nap Living!

 

Take time out for yourself 

So much of our lives circles around being there for other people. And while they appreciate your love and comfort, you also deserve to give that love to yourself. It is important that you prioritise taking time out for yourself. This is where you allow yourself to recharge, disconnect and finally exhale. If you are experiencing pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout, take it as a sign that you need to show up for yourself first! The more me-time that you create, the more you will grow, thrive and enjoy your life. 

You can and will overcome pandemic fatigue and COVID burnout by integrating all of these tips into your life. Once you do this you will unlock a happier and healthier version of yourself! 

5 tips to become more eco-conscious

Contrary to popular belief, creating a more sustainable tomorrow exists beyond solely disposing of plastic straws. As a community, it is our job to collectively contribute to the protection of our beautiful planet … and it all starts in our homes and workplaces. Becoming more eco-conscious therefore begins with this blog. By integrating these environmental tips into our everyday lives our community will become an exemplar in sustainable practices! 

The power of mindset

Before you can begin making these crucial changes, your mindset needs to change first. The reality is that many people make the common error of committing to too many eco-conscious practices at once. This often ends with people neglecting key practices early on after quickly feeling overwhelmed. 

There is nothing wrong with starting off slowly if you are in the process of restructuring your thinking. Long-lasting, consistent change takes small, intentional steps which we are all capable of making.

Holding an eco-friendly mindset is crucial to our success as a community. Permanent sustainable actions are possible if we remain committed to making a positive impact. If you remember that you are capable of immense change and influence, change truly is possible. 

Tips to becoming more eco-conscious

Get recycling

Actively participating in recycling reduces our pollution, conserves our natural resources and saves energy. When we commit to sorting through our trash, we are able to create secondary materials. This includes metal, paper, glass and plastic – all of which can be reused in new products. 

Keep in mind that you want to create a recycling system that works for you. Feel free to tweak your process to suit your office or home. This could mean colour coding bins, placing labels or even creating an incentive for those who recycle. 

Refuse plastic 

We cannot deny that plastic bags are a major ecological issue. Plastic bags take centuries to decompose. Worse off, they pose a threat to the animal life around us. Protecting the City Bowl means getting into the habit of refusing plastic bags when grocery shopping. 

Get into the habit of bringing your own bags to the store. Use and reuse the ones that have been accumulating in your closet over the years. 

Switch to energy-saving mode

It can be incredibly tempting to switch on our cooling systems this summer. It is convenient and a quick way to cool down … but at what cost? Fans and air conditioners are major energy wasters. In fact, so is excessively opening your fridge, using the stove and tumble drying. 

Remember that creativity is your friend in sustainability. 

Think outside of the box by finding ways to conserve energy in your workplace and/ or home. Embracing natural light instead of switching the lights on. Batch cook your meals instead of switching your appliances on and off. Open a window to let the cool air in. There are many ways to conserve energy, you just need to discover them. 

Let there be (efficient) light

There is no need to immediately run and replace all of your bulbs, but keep this in mind the next time you need to replace your bulbs. By replacing your existing bulbs with eco-friendly brands, you are saving not only the planet but your bank account. 

Compact, fluorescent light bulbs last five times longer than your average bulb but also use less energy to switch on and off. More so, they offer a greater glow that is not only brighter but has a warmer undertone which decreases the likelihood of eye strain. 

Support, support, support

Living in the City Bowl means that we have a plethora of incredible eco-friendly businesses. Supporting these local companies is a great initiative that helps our community and our planet. Their efforts are one of the quickest ways to embrace a more eco-conscious lifestyle. 

When we part with our money, we should feel confident that it is positively contributing to our immediate surroundings. Supporting local businesses is a great way to do that! 

The secret to becoming more eco-conscious is thinking long-term. If every single person and business in our community commits to these daily practices, we will significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Remember that reversing climate change is possible and it truly does start with us.

High tech upgrade and more CCTV cameras to combat crime

Published on: Weekend Argus

Cape Town receives new CCTV surveillance cameras. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is undergoing a high-tech upgrade to combat crime with the addition of new CCTV cameras around the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID).

According to Securus Protection Services, 88 overview cameras and 16 Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) CCTV cameras will be installed around the De Waterkant and Oranje-Kloof areas by the end of September.

Since the GP/OKCID began expanding its network of only 25 cameras in 2018, a total of 20,805 suspicious incidents have been identified by the CCTV cameras and 1793 arrests made.

Securus Protection Services Contract Manager Dolph Venter said the additional cameras will be distributed throughout the city and suburban regions to help decrease petty crime that’s been of concern for residents, visitors, and business owners.

“Fitted with the latest and smartest technology, the cameras will be installed in crime hotspots that have been identified by the GP/OKCID. The cameras are connected to a fibre network, which feeds the video footage into GP/OKCID’s security partner, Securitas’ control room, where it is monitored in real time and stored for 7 Days . The control room functions 24/7 and is staffed by trained operators,” said Venter.

Green Point & Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District chief executive Marc Truss, said the aim was to improve the quality of life and safety of those in the city.

“Over the past five years, crime in De Waterkant and Gardens has experienced a 92% decrease. The footage recorded by our cameras helps us respond to a large number of the incidents that occur in our areas. When an incident takes place in an area monitored by one of our cameras, we’re able to refer back to the footage to identify who was involved and take note of the direction they go when they leave the scene.”

“Our network of CCTV cameras has always enabled us to track down criminals quickly and effectively. All of our cameras are monitored by Watchcom 24/7, who will alert us if they notice any suspicious activity. This has helped us prevent a number of crimes, as we continue to question and search for suspicious persons if we feel it’s necessary and find incriminating items on many occasions,” said Truss.

Metro Police spokesperson Ruth Solomons said that the use of advanced CCTV technology assists the City’s enforcement agencies in terms of crime prevention.

“CCTV footage is always known to provide vital information in criminal cases. The control room plays an integral part in identifying possible criminal activity and communicating the information to Metro Police officers on patrol. I think along with the new set of camera footage from CCTV cameras, it will enhance with intricate information on possible crime patterns and valuable intelligence gathering,” said Solomons.

GP/OKCID security report – August 2021

There was a significant increase in crime in August, with 26 total incidents. These incidents are largely made up of opportunistic crimes like general theft or theft out of motor vehicles. 

“Both the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas experienced a spike in theft out of motor vehicles in August. There are lots of people walking around on our streets during the day and at night looking for opportunities to steal, regardless of curfew. While our patrollers have been on high alert and made some great arrests in August, we urge residents and visitors to take all measures to avoid falling victim to this crime.” – GP/OKCID Security Manager, Marius Swanepoel.

We have also noticed an increase in ATM fraud. “There are groups of criminals who operate all around the City Bowl. When they see security personnel, they simply move on to the next area. Our patrollers are aware of the well-known groups, and we monitor local ATMs on our CCTV cameras, to respond to these groups proactively and prevent incidents of ATM fraud,” says Marius.

To avoid becoming a victim of ATM fraud, please take the following precautions:

  1. Don’t accept help from strangers.
  2. Never divulge your PIN to anyone.
  3. Use ATMs in well-lit areas, where you feel comfortable.
  4. Don’t let anyone or anything distract you. If you are disturbed while using an ATM, cancel the transaction immediately and report the incident using your bank’s stop-card toll-free number.

In August, arrests were also made for drinking and driving. We warn residents about the City’s four new by-laws, which were unanimously approved and adopted on 2 September 2021. The amended traffic by-law now makes provision for the impoundment of vehicles in instances where drivers are under the influence of alcohol, drive in a reckless and/or negligent manner or participate in illegal street racing.

Our patrollers and vehicles are always in close proximity, and we urge the community to contact us for any form of help at any time of the day or night. Be sure to keep our 24/7 emergency contact details on you at all times. 

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 217 1386

How gardening benefits your mind and body

Gardening is much more than a fun hobby or productive way to pass the time. Did you know that all that time you spend outside potting around the garden is doing wonders for your health and well-being? There is no better soul food than being out in nature, especially as the weather starts to warm up. 

So, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, dust the cobwebs off that garden spade and get digging this spring. Here’s how spending time in your garden will benefit you in the long run.  

1.Burn calories 

We have good news for those who enjoy spending hours in the garden! Gardening is considered moderate-intensity exercise and you can burn roughly 330 calories with one hour of light gardening. Beyond its caloric benefits, gardening can also help improve dexterity and strength, muscle mass and functional movement. 

 2.Reduce stress 

Gardening has been proven to lower stress levels, by minimising cortisol – our stress hormone. Even people without a green thumb can find a sense of calm, we’re sure of it. Along with stress reduction, gardening has been shown to help manage depression and anxiety, and has been used as a method of therapy in a number of cases.

3. Boost your mood  

The act of growing plants brings about a sense of accomplishment and joy, and it’s no surprise that spending time in the sunlight lifts your spirits. Simply being surrounded by plants is enough to boost our serotonin levels, and people who grow their own food seem to take particular joy in tending to their plants.

4. Spend quality time with the family  

You don’t need to garden or weed alone, nor should you. So, get the family involved and make a day out of it! Working in the garden together allows you to spend authentic, quality time together, and watching all of your plants grow makes the whole process even more meaningful, from start to finish. Plus, the kids will love getting their hands and clothes dirty!

5. Eat more fruit and vegetables 

We all intend to eat healthier each month, but that doesn’t mean it always happens. The truth is, vegetables keep our body running smoothly and protect us from chronic diseases. And when you grow your own, you’re more likely to want to eat them! 

In Cape Town, many of us are lucky to have a garden or a balcony, even if it’s a small one. If it’s inspiration you’re lacking, the City bowl is home to a range of quirky gardening shops to get you started. Between Happy By Nature, Folha and Plantify, you’ll have plenty of help transforming your home into a happy space. Go and get out there and get your hands dirty!

Amended & new by-laws to affect pet owners & motorists

Sourced from IOL.

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Portfolio Committee unanimously approved four new and amended by-laws at its monthly meeting on 1 September 2021.

Three of the new by-laws are amendments to the traffic by-law, animal-keeping by-law and the by-law relating to streets, public places and prevention of noise nuisances. The fourth by-law is the new unlawful occupation by-law.

All four by-laws went through a process of public participation before being finalised for approval by the committee. Next, the documents will serve before the mayoral committee, and then final approval will need to be obtained from full council.

Animal keeping by-law

The animal keeping by-law has been in place since 2021, and has served as a guide to pet ownership, the welfare to working equines and more.

The City has said that the updated by-law is far more comprehensive, and provides a very clear guide to animal owners or caregivers, breeders of animals and the public at large, around how to apply the duty of care principle to all animals within the City’s jurisdiction. 

“While the existing provisions around the number of animals to be kept on specific properties and animal sterilisation, among others, are retained and strengthened, the amended by-law includes specific sections relating to dog fighting, the keeping of other categories of animals like bees, and expands the scope of the legislation to include places of business like pet parlours, pet day care centres and hotels, as well as persons operating in the animal welfare sector,” the City said.

Traffic by-law

The traffic by-law was first introduced in 2011, to provide for the regulation of public transport vehicles and traffic within the city’s jurisdiction, as provided for in the Constitution.

Among the additions to the by-law, are those dealing with the powers and duties of authorised officials, equipment on or in respect of vehicles, animals and driving while under the influence.

The amended by-law also makes provision for the impoundment of vehicles in certain instances, as has been the case with public transport vehicles for many years.

Impoundment of public transport and private vehicles will take place in instances where drivers are under the influence of alcohol, drive in a reckless and/or negligent manner or participate in illegal street racing.

The amended by-law also solidifies regulations around public transport, and allows for clearer regulation of the e-hailing sector by requiring that such vehicles are clearly marked and displaying their operating licences.

Streets, public places and prevention of noise by-law

The by-law relating to Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Noise Nuisances has been in existence since 2007 and aligns with similar pieces of legislation in other metropolitan municipalities around the country.

The amendments to the by-law focus on the enforcement of the provisions in the legislation, and explicitly set out the powers of the City’s authorised officials, while also providing for measures to prevent the abuse of those powers.

“The amendments are designed to help resolve complaints more effectively, but also mitigate risks to the City, individuals and landowners by ensuring necessary and ongoing enforcement actions are supported by legislation,” the City said.

To ensure the prohibition is enforced humanely, and in compliance with the Constitution, the by-law has been amended to provide for the following:

  • A person found sleeping in a public place without authority will first be issued with a compliance notice;
  • Such a person only commits an offence if the person refuses a reasonable offer of alternative shelter;
  • A court may not sentence a guilty person to prison. It may only fine the person.

“Therefore, any concerns about the impact of the amendments on persons living on the street should be considered together with the primary focus of the city to first offer social interventions before enforcement actions take place,” it said.

“The city has an obligation to make sure that our public open spaces and our city remain sustainable, that there is equality before the law, and that while we are offering assistance to help people off the streets, our by-laws are being applied to everybody at the same time.”

Unlawful occupation by-law

Unlawful occupation is already illegal but national legislation does not create effective prohibitions against the actions involved in invading the land and building structures.

“There are also large gaps in the PIE Act due to the failure by national government to promulgate regulations in terms of the act. This by-law aims to enable the City to enhance its management of informality through the Managed Settlements Programme, and to prevent the unlawful occupation of land and buildings,” the City said.

“Apart from the health and safety hazards associated with settling on land that is unsuitable for habitation, unlawful occupation hampers planned projects and programmes, results in disruptions to basic services as settlements are situated on top of bulk services infrastructure, and also impacts on the environmental health of waterways.”

The City added that the by-law explicitly states the existing powers of law enforcement to protect land from illegal occupation, but does not grant new powers nor does it provide for any sanctions other than what already exists in law.

“In fact, this by-law is pioneering in that it emphasizes the fundamental rights of persons and imposes a duty on officers to intervene in situations where abuse of power is evident.

“The by-law also supports the City’s discretion to act on behalf of private land owners and other entities when unlawful land occupation occurs, and it imposes certain necessary and reasonable obligations on land owners, both private and public.”

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