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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.

Sub-council praises CIDs for their work during lockdown

Source: The Atlantic Sun

Sub-council has applauded the work done by the Oranje-Kloof Green Point City Improvement District during lockdown.The City Improvement District (CID) teams have done tremendous work while dealing with difficult situations on the ground during lockdown.

This was heard at the Sub-council 16 meeting on Monday March 15 where CIDs from different areas within Sub-council 16 presented their annual reports.

CEO of the Oranje-Kloof and Green Point City Improvement District, Marc Truss, told the sub-council that the past year had been tough and and that they had had to manage the expectations of their property owners in a very different light.

He said even during the hard lockdown they had continued to serve the community but had also had to deal with issues that hadn’t previously been ’’part of the equation”.

“It’s been a tough year and it was definitely not business as usual,” he said.

Sub-council 16 chairman, Matthew Kempthorne, said the service provided by the CIDs during the hard lockdown had made a huge difference.

“They have been handling difficult situations during a difficult time, interacting with people on the ground and one could see the difference when driving in areas with CIDs,” he said.

Ward 77 councillor Brandon Golding said the communities had seen growth in the number of people living on the streets. “But had it not been for the CIDs, we would have seen more than what we’re seeing now,” he noted.

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