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NOTICE OF THE 70th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 70th Annual General Meeting of Members of the Constantia Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association will be held on Tuesday 24th November at (5:30 for) 6:00pm at Groot Constantia Wine Tasting & Sales venue, Constantia.
Refreshments will be served after the formal proceedings
Things happening in the Valley!
What an honour to have such amazing people working in our valley! Thank you Constantia Valley Watches Association for all you do!Constantia Watch has an incredible team of security specialists who patrol our valley day and night. You will see them in their marked vehicles as well as patrolling on foot, often with KC our tracker dog. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing them to you on our Facebook page.
Please say hi and have a chat when you meet them anywhere in the valley.
Zayne Jaffer, 38, has been part of the Special Response Team for three years. Zayne says, “My passion is to serve and protect lives and this is why I am working in the SRT unit here in Constantia.”
Zayne loves the friendly residents of Constantia who are so appreciative of the work he and his colleagues do. He also enjoys working in such a well organised team who are part of arguably the best neighbourhood watch in South Africa. Zayne notes the large radio communications network we have in the valley is a huge advantage as it links all of the security providers as well as the police and law enforcement organisations.
“We have a great combined experience in our SRT with members having experience in both the military and police. We have also formed a phenomenal canine unit with KC, our Belgian Malinois tracker dog. KC has been trained to track human scent on and beyond crime scenes”, says Zayne. “It’s great fun working with KC. Even when I am having a bad day he makes me laugh. KC makes me grateful to be part of such a fantastic team.”
Zayne is highly qualified with many qualifications in the security industry including firearm competency, criminal law, defensive driving, dog handling and first aid.
Zayne was a Scout during his teen years and this taught him self-discipline as well as how important it is to appreciate every moment of your life. He was privileged to represent South Africa at the 19th World Scout Jamboree in Chile.
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Even though it's Wintery Outside, it's great to get out and support your local restaurants! And the HUGE fireplace at Simon's at Groot Constantia is sure to keep you warm!
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CITY OF CAPE TOW
City takes budget to the people
The City of Cape Town’s draft Budget for the 2021/22 financial year has been tabled for public participation and the City has extended the comment period until 03 May 2021. The City has hosted a number of area-based community meetings thus far, which give residents the chance to engage on the budget while ensuring that all Covid-19 safety precautions are in place. Read more below:
Photographs are available here: bit.do/fQu4U
Members of the public now have the opportunity to have their say, and to submit their comments to the City until 30 April 2021. Covid-19 has led to the City tweaking the way it engages with its residents in order to reduce risk and prevent the spread of Covid-19. Apart from communicating on the draft Budget via social media, telephone, WhatsApp, through mailers, media releases and the City’s website, a limited number of engagements at Subcouncil level and other forums are also being undertaken.
‘The City is making every effort to bring the draft budget to the people, residents and ratepayers as it is incredibly important that they scrutinise and comment on the budget, so that they can be a part of the City’s efforts in providing the best service to residents across the metro. We especially thank our ward and PR councillors for continuing to be our public and City ambassadors, and helping to inform our residents about City matters in an accurate, inclusive and responsible manner.
‘One of the highlights of this year’s budget is the proposed R3,4 billion available to help qualifying residents with rates and services relief. We also continue to do our best to protect residents and ratepayers as much as possible from rising costs, especially from Eskom’s massive price increase. This has resulted in extensive budget cuts. Most notably, some R460 million has been cut from staffing and contracting services, while safeguarding basic service provision as far as possible.
‘In addition, Water Management Device meter installations are proposed to be phased out. Registered indigent customers will be able to use a determined volume of water per month at no charge. Should they exceed this limit for two consecutive months, and not reduce usage despite warning notices, the property will be placed on a trickle-flow supply.
‘Looking ahead over the medium term, this Budget was prepared with the intention of keeping rates and service charges to the bare minimum to assist already struggling residents, communities and businesses,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson.
‘The City relies on residents to provide us with their inputs and insights on the draft budget. The City is an accountable and responsive government, and public inputs assists us to improve where required and keeps us on our toes. Once the public participation process is completed and the public’s input has been considered, it will then be taken to Council for debate and adoption in May 2021,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.
Public participation: comment by 03 May 2021
Covid-19 has an impact on the public participation process.
To view the Tabled Budget please visit: www.capetown.gov.za/budget or go to your nearest sub¬council office or library for a copy of the budget.
Community-based organisation (CBO) representatives may contact their subcouncil managers for further details on their respective area-based community meetings.
By email: Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za
Through your Ward Councillor / Subcouncil offices
Phone: 0800 212 176
For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176
Visit www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay for more information.
For more on the budget and tariffs, please visit www.capetown.gov.za/budget
Photo 1: Table View residents participate in their area-based community meeting.
Photo 2: Residents of Westridge, Mitchells Plain engage with the City on the draft Budget for the 2021/22 financial year.
Photo 3: Bonteheuwel residents attend their area based community meeting on the draft Budget.
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A great initiative to Save the Beach huts.Where will you hang your Cliffy Brown canvas when you win our raffle which being drawn on April 27?
You will also be helping raise much needed funds to #saveourbeachhuts. We will begin work on the 2nd hut in the first week of May! More news to follow.
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CITY OF CAPE TOWN
What residents need to know about registration and inspections of alternative water systems
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is currently running a programme inspecting boreholes and well-points that will continue until the end of June 2021. Compliance requirements are in place to safeguard drinking water quality in the general network, and ensure sustainable use of groundwater. Read more below:
Private boreholes and well-points have become much more common in recent years due to our experience with drought. While groundwater is a useful resource that can be used for a range of purposes, offsetting demand on the drinking water supply, it is important that alternative water supply systems are safely installed. If these water sources are incorrectly connected to the shared water supply system, it could lead to a negative impact on human health.
‘The City thanks residents who tapped into groundwater resources as part of the broader effort to offset reliance on the potable supply during the extreme scarcity during the drought. It is, however, critical that alternative water installations do not contaminate the drinking water supply, and that this finite resource does not become depleted.
‘The City is supporting these objectives by conducting city-wide inspections at properties with registered well-points and boreholes, to ensure that alternative water supply systems have been safely installed in accordance with the City’s Water By-Laws, SANS codes of practice and the City’s guidelines for the installation of alternative water systems. If these installations are not compliant, and/or the correct backflow prevention device has not been installed, it can result in untreated water contaminating the municipal drinking water supply, resulting in water quality incidents and related health risks,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.
The National Department of Water and Sanitation (NDWS) is the custodian of groundwater resources, and residents who wish to take water from an underground water resource are advised that National Legislation (the National Water Act) applies. If they are unclear on these regulations, we recommend that they please contact the regional office of the National Department of Water and Sanitation (NDWS) for guidance on applicable authorisations.
The NDWS has gazetted a notice requiring that all borehole and well-point water use is to be metered, and for this information to be submitted to the National Department of Water and Sanitation via email@example.com on a regular basis. This will assist DWS in ensuring this water source is used sustainably. The City is not the custodian of the resource and does not have authority to enforce the requirements, but supports regulations that protect this finite resource and the health and safety of residents.
Inspections in terms of City by-laws started in October 2018 and should be completed by the end of June 2021.
‘Once the installation has been verified to be compliant by the Water Inspector, he or she will issue the owner with a Certificate of Approval (COA) which is signed by both parties. The original copy will be handed to the homeowner,’ said Alderman Limberg.
Homeowners can verify the water inspector’s identification and request that the inspector produce his or her City ID card, which includes their contact details as well as the contact details of the Supervisor and/or Manager.
Residents who would like more information on alternative water sources and the rules and regulations which apply are advised to consult the following documents:
· Water By-law at www.capetown.gov.za/waterregulations
· Guidelines for the Installations of Alternative Water Systems
· Summary Guide to Alternative Water Installations
· Risks of Groundwater Quality Pamphlet
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City encourages residents to complete online Baboon Questionnaire
The City of Cape Town encourages residents living in baboon-affected neighbourhoods to complete the online Baboon Questionnaire. The closing date for participation is Monday, 8 March 2021. Read more below:
The questionnaire has been, and is still available online at: bit.ly/CCTBaboons.
Cape Town is well known for its chacma baboons. Many of our residential areas are near natural environments where these baboons thrive. Some of the troops keep their distance from humans, while others sometimes venture into the urban environment, and residential neighbourhoods.
We encourage residents who live in areas close to the baboons’ natural environment, and may be affected or encounter baboons, to please complete the questionnaire. The feedback we receive through the questionnaire will provide us with valuable information and insight and will be considered when making improvements to the City’s Urban Baboon Programme.
The Urban Baboon Programme is aimed at keeping baboons in their natural environment and out of urban areas as far as possible. It is in the interest of the safety of the baboons and residents that contact and conflict between people and baboons are minimised.
It will take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire and, importantly, the City will not disclose the identities of those who participate to third parties.
The link to the questionnaire was sent on 14 December 2020 to approximately 11 200 residents who are living in neighbourhoods adjacent to baboons’ natural habitat. The City used the e-billing database to identify these residents – i.e. by extracting residential addresses.
We have received considerable feedback to date, but it is possible that some residents still want to participate. This is a reminder to these residents to please complete the questionnaire by Monday, 8 March 2021.
The City also wants to inform residents that we are engaging other spheres of government, notably SANParks and CapeNature, about the Urban Baboon Programme. These engagements are also aimed at improving collaboration and decision-making on an operational level.
‘We will provide the public with an update on the outcome of these engagements in due course, once all parties are ready to do so. Also, progress reports will serve before the City’s Mayoral Committee in coming weeks. In the meantime, I want to thank those residents who have already completed the questionnaire for setting aside the time to do so. We value your feedback,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.
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Please re-locate all baboons from the entire peninsula to a safe natural habitat, for instance Sanbona Private Game Reserve near Montagu.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
9 FEBRUARY 2021
What residents need to know about delays in refuse collection and area cleansing services
Residents are reminded that the City of Cape Town is currently experiencing delays in the repairs and maintenance of Solid Waste vehicles. This is unfortunately resulting in delays in both formal refuse collection in wheelie bins and area cleansing services across the metropole. Every effort however is being made to ensure that these services return to its normal schedule. Read more below:
The City is continuing to focus its efforts on restoring the collections and cleansing services to its normal schedule while following due legislative process related to the repairs and maintenance of vehicles.
Solid Waste vehicles follow an intensive servicing programme due to the high demand on the service, which clears approximately 200 000 bins per day.
‘Wherever possible, the City is carrying out vehicle repairs in-house, and the functional fleet is being stretched. However, Solid Waste trucks, also known as compactors, are specialist vehicles, so its maintenance and repairs need to be referred to vendors as the City does not have the in-house capacity or resources for this work. Every effort is being made to expedite these processes, where possible, so that the repairs and maintenance can take place as soon as possible. This includes Supply Chain Management appointing temporary additional capacity to assist with the processing of purchase orders. Eight new compactors have not been delivered, as we receive these from overseas and lockdown has caused delays as well. Much work is being done to improve processes.
‘The Solid Waste Department has mobilised resources from all over the city to address these delays and are fully committed to restoring services to normal in the fastest possible time. The team has set ambitious targets and hopes the situation will improve by the end of February where residents should start noticing an improvement.
‘We want to thank our refuse collection crews who have been working tirelessly, including weekends, where necessary, to ensure that bins are being serviced and area cleansing services continue.
‘We also want to thank our residents for their patience and understanding during this time. The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience that may be caused,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.
What to do when there are refuse collection delays during this period
Every effort is being made to ensure that refuse is collected on the scheduled day, however should this not be possible, residents should take their bins in at 21:00, and bring them out again the following morning at 06:00.
If not collected on the scheduled day, it will generally be collected the following day. In exceptional cases where even this is not possible due to various issues, residents should please bring their bins out every day until it is collected (including Saturdays and Sundays).
This should be repeated until the refuse is removed. If your bin is not out when the vehicle is in the area, it will unfortunately not be serviced.
The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.
Residents are reminded of the following:
· Please do not resort to illegal dumping if collection delays cause refuse to build up to the point where it cannot fit in the wheelie bins.
· Where possible, practice home composting. This will allow further space in the bin during this period. Visit www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Cleaning-and-recycling/home-composting... on how to do home composting.
· Please consider separating your recyclables – glass, paper, cardboard and plastic, etc- which can be taken to one of the City’s drop-off facilities.
What to do when bins are stolen
Stolen bins are replaced free of charge.
Residents need to submit the following to the City:
· Affidavit signed by a commissioner of oaths or SAPS
· Their account number, address, contact details
Submissions can be done:
· in person at a Walk-in centre or cash office or housing office
· Emailed Wastewise@capetown.gov.za
More information is available here: www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/solid-waste/Apply-for-a-new-wheelie-bin...
Logging service requests:
Residents are encouraged to submit service requests for Solid Waste Management using the following channels:
· General Call Center: 0860 103 089
· Online: www.capetown.gov.za/servicerequests/
· Email: Wastewise@capetown.gov.za
Residents should please always remember to take note of the reference number provided.
For more information on City services, including revenue offices, please visit this link.
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PLEASE DONATE TO STREET CLEANING:
R200 pays for one cleaner per day!
Council have an extended PublicWorks Programme which allows for some cleaning of the main roads, but as you can see from the amount of litter everywhere, this is not working and despite our best efforts, Council will do nothing further. SO HOW CAN YOU HELP US TO SUSTAIN THE CLEARING? SNAPSCAN THIS CODE ON THE LEFT!!
Simply scan this code into your Snapscan application on your phone and enter an amount to donate.