GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

Onward and upward with new patrol vehicles and dedicated senior patrollers

Last month, we appointed new dedicated senior patrollers to the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas, so that there is now at least one senior patroller in each area per shift, to provide visible policing and assist our public safety team when needed. Before, our public safety officers operated with only one senior patroller appointed to both areas each shift.

This change comes paired with the addition of three new branded patrol vehicles. In June, we received two new lock-up patrol vehicles – one to replace an old vehicle and one additional backup vehicle, and one new non-lock-up patrol vehicle to be used by the new senior patrollers.

While, previously, each area had one designated lock-up vehicle which could detain suspects as our patrollers waited for SAPS to perform an arrest, an additional backup lock-up vehicle ensures that our team is still able to operate in the case of a lock-up vehicle being out of order.

The old patrol vehicle which is being replaced will now be used as a dedicated maintenance bakkie with a trailer, used to transport equipment and refuse. This is another great improvement to our operation as, in the past, we had to use one of the lock-up patrol vehicles for maintenance, which temporarily hindered our security team.

Our new vehicles come as a result of years of financial support from the residents and business owners in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas. A big thank you to those who contribute to our services each month, as it is because of you that we are able to purchase new assets that better equip us to cater to our areas’ needs! In turn, you are helping to maintain Green Point and Oranje-Kloof as some of the most sought-after areas in the Cape in which to live, work and play.

Now, each of our patrol vehicles is occupied by one mobile officer and a second-in-command, who we now also require to have a valid driver’s licence in case one of our mobile officers is unable to work. We have built a strong team of public safety patrollers over the years, and look forward to continuing to strengthen our team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas.

Support your locals – they need you more than ever before

Cyril Ramaphosa surprised the nation in his most recent address, as he extended South Africa’s Level 4 lockdown, but allowed restaurants to reopen under strict new limits. As of the 12th of July 2021, only 50 people or fewer may be allowed into eateries in order to maintain a 1.5-meter distance between customers, and if the venue is too small, no more than 50% of its full capacity is permitted.

The sale of alcohol is still prohibited, and restaurant owners and managers who fail to comply with the new regulations face a fine or imprisonment for up to six months. Currently, the new regulations are in place until 25 July 2021.

While the new restrictions bring some relief for the restaurant industry, it remains more important than ever that we support our local restaurants whenever and however we can during this difficult time.

In response to the recent restrictions, Cape Town local, Kelly Kaimowitz launched Push the Produce – an innovative project that helps local restaurants sell their surplus inventory to the public, to minimise waste and alleviate the impact of the lockdown on the restaurant industry.

Push the Project provides a platform for restaurants to list and sell their stock, and offers an opportunity for the public to help their favourite eateries during this trying time, along with the staff and suppliers they support, by purchasing groceries through them.

“This way, even if restaurants are able to maintain their business through the take-away sales, they are now able to continue placing their full stock orders with their suppliers and allow the public to support the ailing industry,” says Kelly.

Currently, the growing Facebook page is appealing to local restaurants, asking that they list their available inventories and contact details so that the public can offer their assistance. Push the Produce also suggests that suppliers reach out to their clients with this idea, to help maintain semi-regular operation.

If ordering in is more your style, here is a collection of our favourite local restaurants in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas. Consider supporting them if you can.

Big Dog Café, Kloof Street

Conceptualised along three pillars: Coffee, food and design. Big Dog Café offers excellent coffee and an interesting menu. If you haven’t tried their Turkish Egg & Quinoa Bowl, now’s your chance.

Call them on 079 186 7383 to order and collect.

Molten Toffee, Kloof Street

This classic café sums up the Capetonian vibe perfectly and serves up some of the best toasties in town. Perfect for a quick lunch break.

Call them on 083 703 1162 to order and collect.

Our Local, Kloof Street

Our Local’s fresh and flavourful food truly transports you to another world. Plus, you can order a jar or two of their famous pasta sauces along with your meal for a quick and delicious mid-week pasta.

Order on Mr D.

Toni’s, Kloof Street

Toni’s does Portuguese food to perfection. Their Mozambican prawns are unmatched, and their peri peri sauce will have you hooked. Plus, they’re offering some great lockdown specials.

Order on Mr D.

Ground Art Caffe, De Waterkant

At Ground Art Caffe, the coffee is treated with the same respect as the art found hanging on its walls. Their unique Africa Arabica coffee is naturally sweet, and their menu focuses on ingredients of local and European origin.

Call them on 021 418 1331 to order and collect.

Café Charles, De Waterkant

Café Charles is De Waterkant’s hidden gem, neatly tucked away under the shade of an over-100-year-old tree. Their crisp oven-baked croissants are what dreams are made of – treat yourself to a Sunday brunch in bed.

Call them on 021 409 2500 to order and collect.

GP/OKCID security report – June 2021

There was an increase in incidents of crime in June. Unfortunately, desperation within South Africa is only growing, and the cold winter months tend to aggravate this.

Incidents of theft out of a motor vehicle stayed low, with a total of 4 incidents in June. Our patrollers have been on high alert over the past months in an effort to limit the number of car break-ins, so we are glad to see the number slowly decrease over time, and will continue to work towards decreasing it further.

“Somerset Road in the GPCID boundary remains a hot spot, with the majority of smash-and-grabs occurring here. Another trend we’ve noticed with the recent Level 4 lockdown is that there is heightened crime in the early hours of the morning when the public is indoors due to curfew,” says our GP/OKCID Security Manager, Marius Swanepoel.

“There have also been a number of small-scale crime groups operating around Somerset Road, who have been targeting residents for their cell phones. Either by means of pick-pocketing or drive-by theft. To tackle these issues, we’ve further increased the number of foot patrollers each shift to increase our policing capabilities.”

There were 3 incidents of common robbery, being the action of unlawfully taking property from a person by force or threat of force. And 2 incidents of general theft, being the action of unlawfully taking property from a place by force or threat of force. Four out of five of the above incidents resulted in an arrest. A great effort from our patrollers!

There were a total of 14 planned operations in June. Planned operations are joint operations with SAPS or Law Enforcement, with the sole purpose of combatting criminal behaviour. These operations include entering perceived criminal epicentres to conduct searches for illegal weapons and substances. As well as the seeking identification of unknown individuals, to determine whether they might pose as a threat to the area, and move them out if this is the case. Planned operations also include regular drive-byes and patrols to contribute an element of visible policing.

“Overall, crime during the month of June wasn’t unmanageable, and our security team assisted with some great arrests, which we’re happy about. In July, we’ll closely monitor any new crime trends, and are ready to respond accordingly if needed,” says Marius.

Each month, our patrollers and maintenance teams assist the City of Cape Town by logging municipal service requests. These requests include alerts for broken water pipes, non-operating street lights, electrical issues and unsafe road surfaces. In doing so, we help the City of Cape Town to maintain our areas, and ensure their operational efficiency.

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

Local business feature: atFrits Dog Hotel

De Waterkant is home to so many wonderful and creative businesses, making it the bustling and vibrant area that we know it to be. Any dog lover in Cape Town knows about atFrits Dog Hotel – Cape Town’s very own five-star pup palace with exclusively canine clientele.

Image credits: atFrits Dog Hotel

This innovative inn was the brainchild of local animal lover, Yanic Klue, who first came across the concept during her studies at Stellenbosch University and worked toward opening her own dog hotel for the next five years. We chatted to her to find out more and this is what she had to say:

When was atFrits first established and what makes your business unique?

We first opened our doors on the first of December 2015. We were the first dog hotel on the African continent. What makes us unique – we’re like a one-stop-shop for dogs. We’re specialised in animal/ dog care, and have a dog behaviourist on the premises to screen each animal to ensure it’s placed in the most appropriate playpen.

We offer additional services, like physio and hydrotherapy, grooming, dog training, and work closely with local vets in case of any emergencies. All to ensure that our guests really get the best care.

What do you enjoy about running your business on the border of the De Waterkant area?

We’re lucky to be in a very central area, which is convenient for our customers. The area is also very efficient – it gives you a sense of living in a first-world country. Thanks to the GPCID patrollers, my customers are able to feel safe while coming and going.

How were you affected by the pandemic?

We were affected very badly. A big portion of our business comes from our day-care services, and with so many people working from home, our numbers dropped significantly.

We also ended up taking on the responsibility of looking after a few street dogs, whose owners were being quarantined at Strandfontein. A lot of vagrants were very upset about being separated from their dogs, and worried about how they would be looked after, so we offered to help them by taking their dogs in. But we view this as a more positive effect of COVID-19 – we were happy that we were able to help the community in some way.

Since overcoming lockdown, what advice would you give other businesses going through hardship?

Overall, I think that tough times are great for helping you identify cracks in your business. So, in this sense, a struggle like COVID-19 is a good opportunity to streamline your business and remove all unnecessary efforts and expenses. I used the pandemic as a chance to refresh my business model.

I was also extremely lucky to have an understanding landlord. If it wasn’t for reduced rental, I would likely have lost my business completely. My landlord told me that it was ok for me to prioritise paying my staff over paying rent, which was extremely kind. And this kindness created a lot of my desire to pay it forward where I was able to (looking after street dogs).

What other learnings have you had as a result of the pandemic?

I think that the pandemic reminded people to be more grateful for their work and what they have in life, and it helped bring people together as we all tried to help each other.

Even our GP/OKCID patrol dogs love atFrits! Over the years, Yanic has been kind enough to give our tail-wagging workers a good bath and brush whenever they need one.

“The GP/OKCID pays such attention to detail in all aspects. Something that I really appreciate is that, in summer, they are even conscious of their dogs’ paws walking around on the hot pavement and never take their dogs out on very hot days.

But the GP/OKCID has access to atFrits whenever they need it; whether the dogs need somewhere to rest or somewhere to play. It’s amazing to see how much they love their dogs,” shares Yanic.

So often, life gets in the way and we aren’t able to spend as much time with our furry friends as we might hope. Consider treating your pooch to a day/ overnight stay at atFrits, where they’ll be pampered and able to frolic with friends until they drop! Find a detailed list of atFrits’ rates and services here.

GP/OKCID security report – May 2021

Incidents of crime decreased significantly last month, from 26 in April to 11 in May. Our public safety officers also assisted with 9 arrests, so hats off to them for their hard work!

Commenting on the month, our GP/OKCID security manager, Marius Swanepoel says, “At the beginning of May, Oranje-Kloof experienced more crime than usual – mostly theft out of motor vehicles and common robbery. But increased visible policing and attention from the Crime Prevention police unit resulted in a steep decrease in crime in the area.

As for Green Point, there was a decrease in crime throughout the month of May, except for a few incidents of common robbery. For example, we were alerted about a group of people walking back to their cars from Cubana one evening when they fell victim to a drive-by mugging.”

Our team strives to offer assistance above and beyond our mandate to offer top-up cleaning and security services to the City of Cape Town. For instance, each month we perform a number of pro-active actions, such as: guarding unsecured properties or unlocked vehicles until the owner is contacted and returns; assisting with public altercations; and providing a visible police presence to deter criminal activity.

We are firm believers of the ‘broken window’ theory – which states that visible signs of crime, anti-social behaviour, and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes.

In line with this, our team conducts regular maintenance work, including tree-cutting and alerting the City about potholes and broken street lights, and cleans our areas daily to cultivate an environment in which it is desirable to live, work and play.

As for our plan this month, Marius says: “In June, we plan to maintain our focus on visible policing, as this is currently having a great impact in both areas. While the growing levels of homelessness, particularly in Green Point, is a major concern for us, we aim to maintain the decreased level of criminal activity.”

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

GP/OKCID receives five-year contract renewal

Published on: The Atlantic Sun

Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCID) has had its contract renewed for five years by the City of Cape Town.

Chief executive, Marc Truss, says strong relationships with the City, SAPS, Law Enforcement, Traffic and Metro police have always formed the foundation of everything they do.

“However, what gives us our sustainable competitive advantage is that we’re able to build relationships with individual business owners and residents in our area, and support them in various ways when they need help.

“Looking forward, we want to make sure that everyone in our areas knows about the GP/OKCID, what we do and that they are always welcome to contact us. For example, if they have a flat battery in their car and need it to be jump-started; to clear overgrown trees or litter on their street; or for responsive 24/7 security assistance should they feel at risk.

“This real-time correspondence with our community allows us to address the issues quickly and effectively, and help make the area a better one to live, work and play for all.”

Mr Truss says additional challenges have developed as a result of the pandemic and the GP/OKCID wants to be part of the solution – whether it’s addressing the issue around homelessness or helping small businesses get back on their feet. “We can do this by leveraging our network and connecting people to those that may be able to help if we can’t do it ourselves.”

GP/OKCID security manager, Marius Swanepoel, says they take a proactive approach to combating crime.

“In the next few years, we plan to use more cameras, increase the number of vehicles we have on the road with active patrols and carry out more crime operations in both areas.”

Ward 115 councillor, Ian McMahon, says Green Point and De Waterkant residents feel comforted the GPCID will offer top-up services for five more years.

“Working so closely with Marc Truss, as councillor, I see the positive impact that is delivered to all in the GPCID area, and added to that is the proposed boundary extension that will shortly happen to offer these services to more residents and businesses of Green Point.”

Contact the GP/OKCID 24/7 patrollers to report suspicious activity or for assistance:

GPCID patrol vehicle (24hr): 082 214 3228

OK CID patrol vehicle (24hr): 082 217 1386

GP/OKCID security report – April 2021

In April there were 13 incidents of theft out of motor vehicles. This has been the most common type of crime over the past year, particularly in the De Waterkant and Green Point areas. To reduce your risk of falling victim to theft out of your motor vehicle, please consider the following preventative measures:

  • Keep all windows and sunroofs closed and ensure the doors are locked. In many cases, theft occurs when a car has been left unlocked.
  • Take your identification documents and other valuables with you. Smash-and-grab thieves tend to act on impulse. They may watch you as you stow away your valuable items, taking note of what you leave behind. Your car is likely to become a target if they see you stow away your wallet, so hide your valuables before you arrive at your destination.
  • Don’t depend on your car’s alarm system. Alarms can be effective in drawing attention, but they don’t necessarily prevent break-ins if an opportunity is identified. In fact, many alarm systems will not be triggered by a shattered window.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy about where you’ve parked, or you witness suspicious activity, move your vehicle to another spot.

There were 4 incidents of common theft such as the theft of cell phones and a shoplifting incident. We are happy to see a decrease in these incidents when compared to the past 6 months.

Our patrollers took a number of proactive and preventative actions in April. In total, they guarded 10 doors, windows and garage doors found left open. We urge you to double-check that your home, office or retail space is secured when you leave. There is a lot of opportunistic crime at the moment and open doors offer an opportunity to criminals on the lookout for easy access to buildings.

Our team also assisted with 14 municipal service requests, including logging service reports for 3 potholes and 7 burst water pipes. When a pipe bursts thousands of litres of water are lost before anyone reports the issue to the city. Thank you for helping to prevent unnecessary water wastage!

Remember to keep our 24/7 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you ever feel at-risk:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 217 1386

Urban farming: More than just local produce

Parks and green spaces really breathe life into cities, and urban farms have the added benefit of creating jobs, and providing wholesome local vegetables.

We are lucky to have the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) on our doorstep, on the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street in Oranjezicht. If you haven’t stopped by yet, you can do so between 08h00 – 14h00, Monday to Saturday.

This non-profit project celebrates local food, culture and community through urban farming. It’s managed by a small group of local residents, who are looking for like-minded people to get stuck in and join them – find out more on their volunteer page.

Their vision is to inspire positive change: “As individuals, we can bring about change every day through what we choose to buy and cook. But change also begins in our communities, and through action we can take together with our families, our neighbours, our local farmers, our local shops, and even our politicians. Together, we can assume more control over at least some of the food we eat, by understanding where it comes from, who has grown it, how it has been grown and how it has arrived on our plates.”

Image credits: Oranjezicht City Farm and Market

A move to buying more local produce is a trend that’s been steadily gaining traction, and research done by Nielsen found that 48% of consumers prefer locally produced ingredients and food.

Aligned to this, the City of Cape Town’s Council has just approved R3 million funding for the Urban Agriculture Programme, which aims to encourage and upskill urban farmers across the city.

The South African Institute of Entrepreneurship has been appointed as the service provider and 720 farmers will participate in an urban farming project this financial year. It is intended that 30 food (urban) farms will be implemented across the city within the 24 Sub-councils.

Secured sites such as backyards, schools, open space around City buildings, churches, NGOs, clinics and libraries that require no capital costs will be utilised.

“The goal is to assist households to develop home gardens to supply most of the non-staple foods that a family needs every day of the year, including vegetables and fruits, beans, herbs and spices and even animals and fish.

The intention is also to assist the participants to establish cooperatives and facilitate the hosting of market days and informal trading activities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

We can’t wait to see this project take shape, and will keep you posted as we learn more!

Local business feature: Suzie’s School of Gymnastics

Suzie’s School of Gymnastics is Green Point’s newest sporty addition. This exciting new venture was born when former competitive gymnast, and gymnastics coach of four years, Susan Abraham, was unfortunately retrenched due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy. Nevertheless, Susan took her situation in her stride and decided to begin her own gymnastics school journey.

Gymnastics is an all-encompassing exercise program that incorporates strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance. The sport requires perseverance in order to develop the necessary skills to excel at the sport and it is advisable that children start practising early; however, it’s not uncommon for children to start in their teens.

To offer young gymnasts the best possible training regime, Suzie’s School of Gymnastics’ classes take place at the Green Point Cricket Club every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 15:00-15:55 and 16:00-16:55 time slots which runs according to public school terms. Susan teaches children aged 6-10 years old in classes of up to 12 learners.

Gymnastics offers an array of benefits for children. The sport builds discipline children are required to practise movements every week or every day to achieve their goals, learning the importance of focus, dedication, and hard work in the process. Then, the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastering different skills goes a long way in building confidence in children, as they advance and learn to tackle more significant challenges.

Most importantly, regular participation in gymnastics is good for children’s health. Gymnastics helps to develop excellent physical coordination and fitness which, in the long term, prevents heart disease and even age-related issues, such as decreased bone density. Lastly, gymnastics is a lot of fun! If you’ve watched any form of gymnastics before, you’ll recall all the swinging, tumbling, jumps and flips. Imagine all that exhilaration and all those endorphins!

This month, we got to know a little bit more about Susan and Suzie’s School of Gymnastics, and what they offer the Green Point area:

Can you give us a bit of a background on your business? When was your business established? What do you do? What makes the business unique?

I have just been retrenched as an Administrator for a Jewish Youth Organisation, so I decided to start my own Gymnastics Club.

What do you enjoy about running a business in Green Point?

I am just beginning.

Do you feel that the Green Point area is safer and cleaner, thanks to the GPCID?

Yes.

Why do you do what you do?

It is in my bones.

Where do you hope to see your business in the next 5 years?

All kids in the area blossoming in confidence, coordination, and courage.

If gymnastics is something that you think your child would enjoy, be sure to contact Susan at susanabraham013@gmail.com to book your spot. Suzie’s School of Gymnastics offers 10 classes per school term for a total of R1,200. Early registration and payment are crucial to securing a spot on the gymnastics carpet.

 

Local business feature: Deepest Darkest Gallery

Nestled between Table Mountain, the Cape Town CBD and the Atlantic Seaboard, De Waterkant is home to a number of cafes, retail stores and a wide range of accommodation options, ranging to suit every taste and budget, making it one of the trendiest areas in Cape Town.

This month, we spoke to Deon, owner of Deepest Darkest Art Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery that has shared a curated collection of local and international art with De Waterkant locals since 2019. Here’s what Deon shares about the world of local art and navigating the pandemic in a location-based business.

  1. When was the business established?

February 2019

  1. Can you give us a bit of a background on Deepest Darkest? What do you do? What makes the business unique?

Deepest Darkest is a boutique contemporary fine art gallery curating work by a range of emerging and mid-level artists from South Africa and abroad. Our focus is on a range of disciplines with quality work that innovates a point of view while remaining accessible to a wide range of art collectors.

  1. What do you enjoy about running a business in De Waterkant?

The unique nature of the De Waterkant Village makes it a great setting. The Village is noted for its preserved historical architecture, narrow tree-lined streets and sidewalk cafes, lending itself to visitors exploring the various lifestyle offerings. We are also lucky to have some great guest-houses in the area, so, generally, we are fortunate to attract a wide range of visitors from around the world.

  1. Do you feel that the area is safe and clean, thanks to the GPCID?

The GPCID are crucial to the safety and upkeep of the village. The area’s 24-hour patrols are certainly a welcome relief and daily cleaning means that our streets are always clean. Ongoing GPCID involvement and support on community projects, like the recent upgrade of the De Smit Park, are also greatly appreciated.

  1. How was Deepest Darkest affected by the pandemic?

Like many across the world, the pandemic had a devastating effect on business. As a gallery, direct and personal engagement with the artwork is a crucial interaction. While we did of course explore digital avenues, and continue to do so, these prove to be limited; lacking a real sense of presence. Additionally, with the travel restrictions, a key portion of our target market is unable to visit. So, like everyone, we certainly hope that all will steadily return to open travel eventually. In the interim, we limit our exhibition openings and also offer private viewings where you can book a slot and have the gallery open exclusively while you view the exhibition in private.

  1. To what do you attribute your success? (Either over the years or in overcoming the pandemic).

We have tried to position the gallery as an open and inclusive space. Because the space is fairly intimate, it allows a more personal experience, as opposed to a cold incubator-like space. Similarly, the range of artists we show is diverse and interesting. We’re constantly looking into new ways to not only engage with our key audience but also to attract the next generation of art collectors and appreciators. I’d like to encourage anyone living in De Waterkant to start collecting original art and to support local artists who have struggled significantly through the pandemic. Buy something you identify with, love, and can see yourself living with.

  1. Where do you hope to see Deepest Darkest in the next 5 years?

We’re hoping to expand both our programme and our offering. Certainly, increasing access to great contemporary art from not just South African, but from the rest of the continent and across the diaspora. The pandemic has halted certain plans for art fairs, both locally and internationally, but this too is something we are hoping to pick up in the foreseeable future.

In a home, empty-looking rooms with bare walls can make for a depressing living environment and art pieces can act as a powerful decorating tool. Artwork is great for adding an extra dimension to any room and is a sign of a well finished, personalised interior. So, pay Deepest Darkest a visit and see if any pieces tug at your heartstrings – you’ll be surprised how beautiful artwork can make all the difference to your home.

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