GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

How you can help those most in need this winter

When winter arrives, it seems to happen bit by bit and then all at once. Suddenly, the coat at the back of your cupboard needs to be hauled out and dusted off, and everyone is walking around wrapped up in woolly scarves.

For most of us, this wonderfully chilly time calls for cosy fires and hearty meals. But this is only a reality for some. As the cold creeps in, others struggle desperately to try to keep dry and warm, praying to survive the harsh weather conditions with little-to-no protection.

The harsh reality 

At the end of 2021, the Daily Maverick published an article about the negative effect Covid-19 has had on homelessness in Cape Town. With the rise in job loss and loss of housing, basic needs are not being met for many. These needs are shelter, access to healthcare and sanitation, fair treatment by security forces, and economic opportunities.  

It has been shown that homelessness is often caused by traumatic life experiences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, or domestic abuse. Thankfully, there are people out there who make it their life’s work to help those who are often forgotten by society. But this work is not easy, nor profitable, which is why it so crucial for citizens to offer help where they can. 

How to help

There are so many NGOs and NPOs that do inspiring work to empowering and protecting the less fortunate and disadvantaged.

These organisations always require support, and there are a number of ways to offer help – whether financial or not. From volunteering your time or donating resources to simply helping to raise funds, any contribution goes a long way.

Who to help

Street Smart

This organisation improves the lives of less fortunate children by running empowering programs to uplift them. These programs are focused on family reunification, education, and skills training. 

Donate here.

The Haven Night Shelter 

The Haven Night Shelter steps in when individuals can no longer help themselves and desperately need support. The shelter provides temporary shelter, physical care, social welfare, and a sense of family. 

You can help by sponsoring a bed/s, joining a Covid-19 donate challenge or volunteering. To volunteer you can become a ‘’Heart of the Haven member.’’ These volunteers make regular donations to help the less fortunate by supplying them with necessities such as ID books and transport. 

Find out more ways to help

The Justice Desk 

The Justice Desk exists to protect the rights of children. The organisation provides child protection training and educational material creation, among other projects. The public can volunteer and assist this organisation in creating change.  

Send a volunteer application to this Email

It is always difficult to drive past somebody struggling in the cold, and you might feel helpless – wanting to avoid offering a hand out, but not sure how to help in a more sustainable way. 

By choosing to support a local charity, you can feel at ease knowing that you’re doing what you can to help the less fortunate in a responsible way, by ensuring that your money or donated goods are in safe hands. 

The above-mentioned organisations are just a few of many that need support this winter. When choosing an NPO to support, opt for one that resonates with you or your business, to grow connections that mean something to you.  

 

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

3 suspects arrested for the murder of a homeless man

At the beginning of January 2021, a homeless man was discovered murdered in Green Point. Our GPCID public safety personnel quickly joined forces with Lieutenant Colonel Stephen’s unit at the South African Police Service (SAPS) to respond to the incident, utilising our combined connections within the homeless community.

Through these connections, we managed to identify three suspects as being local street dwellers, within the same day of this awful incident occurring. Captain Oktober was instrumental in the arrests, assisting our team by obtaining physical descriptions of the 3 suspects, as well as other valuable intel which ultimately resulted in their apprehension.

Due to exceptional communication between public safety members and our various connections, the first suspect was arrested just a few days after the incident occurred. This arrest was made possible when our team received a tip-off that the suspect was queueing for food outside the Haven Night Shelter on Napier Street.

“Our team quickly proceeded to the shelter, where the first suspect was placed under arrest,” Colonel Stephen said.

The following day, our team received another tip-off from connections in Langa about the second suspect. This led us to a Cape Town taxi rank, where the suspect was in line to board a taxi out of the Western Province. He was apprehended and arrested.

Finally, on the same day as the second arrest, Captain Oktober received intel on the third suspect’s location. Officers quickly headed toward the lower end of Newmarket Street, where the third and final suspect was arrested under the Nelson Mandela Boulevard Bridge.

“None of these arrests would have been possible without the in-depth knowledge about those living on the streets of Cape Town that our unit has. It is through the GPCID and these connections that we receive a lot of valuable intel, which allows for our quick response,” says Colonel Stephen.

We would like to emphasise the importance of time sensitivity in cases like these, where the slightest delay can result in a failed operation. Our team was extremely mindful of the time taken to respond to the incident. Please note that the aim of this article is not to place fear in the members of our community, but instead to commend our staff, Colonel Stephen and his unit on their outstanding effort and dedication to creating a safer community.

Please keep our GP/OKCID 24/7 contact numbers on your phone, should you ever wish to report an incident or require assistance:

GPCID patrol vehicle (24hr)
082 214 3228

OK CID patrol vehicle (24hr)
082 217 1386

Green trends every Green Pointer can follow in 2021

The new year has rolled in; we’ve cleared the home office of festive wrapping paper and DIY tools; and we’re well on our way to growing our own herbs and veggies in our new planter boxes – which everyone has acquired seemingly overnight.

2020 saw many of us move indoors and Mother Nature thanked us for giving her some time to breathe, rebuild and strengthen. However, not all of us are optimistic about the effects lockdown has had on our environment.

The age of the pessimistic consumer

In fact, in a survey conducted by Global Web Index for their 2021 consumer trends report, and what they call the ‘Green Awakening’ that is sweeping the world, just over 40% of surveyed consumers thought the Covid-19 outbreak would have a negative effect on the environment, either in the short-term or long-term.

25% of consumers who were optimistic about the impact of the pandemic on the environment admitted that they thought the positive effects would be short lived, meaning that the negative effects would eventually outweigh the positives.

This means that businesses, governments and consumers need to work together to encourage drastic changes now to ensure we don’t continue to fall further into the abyss of an environmental disaster.

Green businesses take the lead

70% of consumers who participated in the Global Web Index’s 2021 trends survey (which we recommend everyone should read) said that reducing their own environmental impact was more important than ever since the start of the international lockdown. With 72% of consumers saying that sustainable business practices were more important to them because of Covid-19, it’s the perfect time to find those businesses who care and then collaborate with them.

One of these eco-conscious businesses are WastePlan, a company you may already be familiar with in the Green Point area.

WastePlan is our dedicated recycling collection service and they are doing a great job to ensure all residents of Green Point can participate in home recycling without having to do all the heaving lifting.

Their free door-to-door collection service means 83 000 Cape Town residents can recycle at home, diverting about 1,142,955 kg of waste from landfills every month. Yes, that’s more than 1 million kilograms of recyclable consumer waste that would have ended up in our oceans, waterways and streets had the collection service not been running.

As residents of Green Point, you can contribute to the ‘Green Awakening’ during COVID-19 to keep the environment and our people safe through WastePlan’s residential recycling collection service.

All you need to do is collect your recyclable waste in a separate recycling bag to your usual waste (food scraps and non-recyclables) and take the recycling out with your refuge and place it next to your refuge bin. WastePlan will collect your recycling on the same day as your dedicated refuse collection day.

To find out how you can be a green warrior in the Green Point area, head over to WastePlan’s website for more information about the recycling programme.

You can also download their recyclables infographic from their website to read all about collection days, what you can and cannot recycle and how our waste is moved through the recycling process.

Together we can make a difference to the ways our communities consume waste. Like most changes in perspective and behaviour, it starts at home and we have no excuse not to make a change in our homes with free services like WastePlan. Let’s continue our green journey together in 2021 and make Green Point a space where we can all contribute to a greener tomorrow.

Cape Town Goes Green with New Climate Change Strategy

No matter where you are in the world, there is a universal need to work together in the face of our environmental crisis. Action is needed to reverse the effects of climate change, reduce our collective carbon footprint and find sustainable ways to design regenerative cultures.

Due to the recent 2015-2019 drought as well as the disastrous effects of a global pandemic, the city of Cape Town is especially aware of this pressing issue. A draft Climate Change Strategy has therefore been proposed to ensure that Cape Town safeguards the local environment as well as socio-economic growth and stability.

This strategy aims to prepare for climate shocks such as the drought experienced between 2015 and 2019 and reduce their frequency. The City has stated that is wishes to “create an urban environment that is climate resilient, resource efficient and carbon neutral” and hopes that this draft Climate Change Strategy will:

  • transform the way the city plans and operates
  • help the city deal with the known challenges and impacts of climate change
  • guide departments and directorates through transitions to ensure policies, strategies, and plans align with climate change concerns
  • maximize the added benefits of a climate resilient city such as increased energy and water security, improved health, additional employment and reduced risks
  • safeguard the competitive trade of the local economy while remaining in line with the global movement towards the rejection of carbon intensive goods and services

Collaboration and co-operation are required to address climate change. The City of Cape Town hosted an online public engagement meeting on Wednesday 14th October to discuss their draft Climate Change Strategy.

The City have also invited all citizens to comment on the draft strategy. Submit your comments until 30 October here. Though important, being involved in this conversation about principles for the city isn’t the only way to help Cape Town become climate resilient.

Recycle correctly

Wish-cycling, a term that is loosely defined by The City of Lethbridge as “the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can be recycled” is probably something we’re all guilty of. Unfortunately, it can result in an entire load of recyclable goods being labelled as contaminated and therefore not suitable for recycling.

The City of Cape Town works with the Think Twice collection programme in selected areas, including Green Point, to offer residents free home recycling collection. Averda and Clearer Conscious also offer recycling operations in the Green Point and Oranjekloof areas, although membership fees may be applicable.

Find out more about the recycling options in your area here or check whether your property is serviced by Think Twice here.

Reduce your meat intake

Small changes to your diet can have a big impact on our collective carbon footprint. According to research by the University of Oxford, foods such as vegetables, legumes and nuts have the lowest environmental impact while red and processed meats have the greatest environmental impact.

Consider reducing your red meat intake or switching to a vegan, vegetarian, or sustainable pescatarian diet one day a week. A small change to your menu can help put less pressure on animal farming and offset carbon emissions. Campaigns such as Meatfree Mondays are a great way to get involved and learn more about plant-based cooking.

Reduce your energy consumption

A simple way to help Cape Town become more environmentally friendly is to consume energy responsibly. Like water, energy is a resource we need to look after.

Help save the planet one switch at a time by:

  • switching off lights before leaving a room
  • switching off appliances at the wall when they are not in use
  • using gas heaters rather than electric ones
  • ventilating rooms in the summer to reduce the use of air conditioning and fans
  • investing in solar water heaters or panels

Let’s work together to make Cape Town a better place for people and the environment.

Local business feature: On Safari’s Wildlife Photographic Studio

We want to foster the community spirit which has been so evident over the last few months and encourage residents to invest in their neighbours. To do this, we’re spotlighting one local business each month.

This week we spoke to Nigel Whitehead, owner of On Safari’s Wildlife Photographic Studio of 99 B Kloof Street to find out about his experience of working in the Oranje-Kloof area, and how he has dealt with the pandemic.

Tell us about your business and why you’re based in the GP/OKCID area.

My business is called On Safari’s Wildlife Photographic Studio. I was born in Zimbabwe, so naturally I’ve grown up with a passion for my country and its wild beauty. This fascination fuelled my career, and I became a wildlife photographer as well as an enthusiast! I’ve worked in various wildlife conservancies in both South Africa and Botswana. Each year I travel to different reserves in Africa to capture my beloved fauna and flora, and my final photographs are on display in my gallery. I also own the Picturesque Framing studio next door, so I can advise clients on all aspects of framing.

Being in the trendy Kloof Street area is fun, but also ideal for my target market because it attracts lots of tourists for my wildlife gallery in peak season. I also love the number of restaurants in the area – it creates an upbeat atmosphere.

How has this pandemic affected your business?

My sales are dependent on the number of tourists in the area, so it has affected my business substantially. I’ve relied on a few local sales, and had to use my savings to get through this, which will hopefully continue to keep my head above water until things return to ‘normal’.

Have you felt the presence of the GP/OKCID in your area, and has it helped your business in any way during this pandemic?

Having the GP/OKCID in our area is definitely a bonus in terms of security and keeping the area clean.

What advice would you give to other businesses, based on your experience of keeping yours running during this pandemic?

Keeping your business going is so important for the area. There are a lot of beautiful stores in the area which is great for attracting clients and keeping the area vibrant.

You can browse and shop Nigel’s work online on his website, and follow him on Instagram and Facebook. You can also email him at njw.cpt@gmail.com, or alternatively call him on +27 066 253 4151 during operating hours, or on

+27 82 659 5277 after hours.

Local Business Q&A – Renée Rossouw International Hair & Make-Up Artist

COVID-19 has hit our local businesses hard, and the impact will last for a long time to come. We want to support the community spirit which has been so evident these last few months and encourage residents to invest in their neighbours. To do this, we’re spotlighting one local business each month.

This week we spoke to Renée, owner of International Hair & Make-Up Artist, to find out about her experience of working in the Oranje-Kloof area, and how she has dealt with the pandemic.

Tell us about your business and why you’re based in the GP/OKCID area.

My business is called International Hair & Make-Up Artist, established on 14 September 2004. What makes my business unique is the high standard of hairdressing services, hair styling services and make-up artistry I offer. I enjoy running my business in the GP/OKCID area because it is lively, vibrant and friendly.

How has this pandemic affected your business?

I still offer my full range of salon services, such as hair cutting; evening up-styles; hair colouring; chemical services and treatments for men, women and children, however my clients’ health and safety is my top priority, so I provide a more sterilised and personalised environment.

–  Clients are required to wear their face mask whenever possible, and I am sure to wear my mask at all times.

–  Their temperatures are checked on entry and hands sanitised.

–  Should their temperature be 37.5 degrees or above, they are not permitted to enter the Hair and Make-up Studio.

–  A health questionnaire is to be completed on arrival, and customers’ names and phone numbers are recorded for contact tracing in the event of another client reporting symptoms.

–  Surfaces and workstations are cleaned and disinfected between use.

Have you felt the presence of the GP/OKCID in your area, and has it helped your business in any way during this pandemic?

I am constantly aware of the GP/OKCID presence in my area and am able to call on them quickly, should the need arise.  The pandemic has not affected their availability in my area.

What advice would you give to other businesses, based on your experience of keeping yours running during this pandemic?

Remain positive and keep on being there for each other. This too shall pass. All will be well.

Take a look at Renée’s work on her website. Whether you would like hair and make-up done for a special occasion, or work in the film and fashion industries, you can contact her at reneerossouw@telkomsa.net. Alternatively, you can call her on 021 426 4479 or 082 649 5502.

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