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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Welcome, enjoy your visit and compliments of the season!

Having the privilege of living here all the year round, CBRRA and the residents of Camps Bay cordially open their arms to and welcome the many thousands of visitors to our beautiful suburbs which in Clifton, Camps Bay and Bakoven contain arguably the Cape’s best and most popular beaches per square meter of leisure space !

We trust that you will enjoy every moment of your visit(s) here, that you will look after yourself in the sun, in the water and on the roads and that you will contribute to the enjoyment of all beachgoers by taking your surplus baggage and rubbish with you when you leave.

We wish you and your families compliments of the season and hope that you will celebrate it happily in whatever manner you usually do in the realisation of the fact that the two richest possessions in our lives are our health and our cordial relationships with others.

And have a safe trip home with the fondest of memories of this neck of the woods !

* Bumpersticker seen in Camps Bay last year : “Welcome oomie, welcome tannie, we just like your lekker money” !!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

CBRRA co-opted two new members onto ManCo

CBRRA Manco was strengthened when two additional members were co-opted onto the committee at the monthly meeting held on 2 December 2009. The members are Richard Dames, who lives in Geneva Drive, and Charles Wells, from Atholl Road. They are joining several sub committees including finance, planning, heritage, environmental issues and cleansing.

Manco welcomes them and sincerely hopes that they will find their participation in CBRRA matters stimulating and rewarding.

Manco continues to seek people who are interested and motivated to be a part of the CBRRA action. This is essential to ensure continuity of the committee which is a vital factor in assisting residents in their dealings with Municipal and Governmental authorities.

If you are interested to join CBRRA's committee, please email us at campsbayratepayers@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

An Update on the Oudekraal Site

Following the recent judgement in the High Court, The Argus, in an article dated 12 November 2009, as follows :

Oudekraal site may still be developed

Like initial reports about American writer Mark Twains's supposed death, any suggestion that Oudekraal has now been unequivocally saved from development may be greatly exaggerated. A new process initiated in may to explore development opportunities for this privately owned property stretching along the slopes of the Twelve Apostles between Camps Bay and Llandudno, is continuing, the consultant co-ordinating the process confirmed this week. This is despite the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein recetly upholding a Cape High Court decision that there are no township development rights on one of five erven making up this elite property, and confirmation last week that the surveyor-general's office had finally stamped "cancelled" across the township plan that dates from the 1950s.

Illegal structures on Camps Bay beach

In the second week of November 2009, there appeared on the lawns of the Camps Bay main beach, three structures which were purported to be public change rooms.

Made out of flimsy materials with no door locks and bolted to huge concrete blocks placed on the lawns for stability against the wind, the changing-rooms were festooned with what the Council termed “ambush marketing” promoting breakfast foods.

The structures rapidly became tatty as a result of their flimsiness and the action of the wind. There were signs of drug usage and faeces in the cubicles and it was obvious that they had to be removed without any delay.

The owners of the restaurants immediately behind them justifiably complained to the Council and were strongly supported by CBRRA, the Camps Bay Community Police Forum, Camps Bay Watch and the Camps Bay Community Security Initiative.

The “permit” which the advertisers had received from the Council for this project had erroneously been given to them by a junior clerk in the Council Sport and Recreation Department without any prior public participation or referral to CBRRA and the like.

In the face of extreme threats from the advertisers in respect of the legal consequences should they be forced to remove the structures, the Council gave them due notice of a deadline for the removal thereof in terms of the relevant advertising by-law. The deadline for the removal by the advertisers was not met and the Council duly removed the offending structures in the fourth week of November 2009.

CBRRA commends all the parties who took part in the wide public protest against these structures and thanks the Council for its prompt reaction. It wonders just how the advertisers ever thought that this campaign of theirs would ever further the cause of the products which they attempted to promote.

Guidelines on World Cup 2010

Introduction

The purpose of this document is to create awareness around probable business travel restrictions during the Soccer World Cup to be held June - July 2010.

Although the official World Cup is 11 June - 11 July 2010, the period between March and July 2010 will be an exceptionally busy period with the pre- and post- arrangements that will have a huge impact on business travel. The grid below indicates the magnitude of the disruption to business travel over this period which includes other major events beside the FIFA World cup.

School Holidays: 27 March - 11 April, 26 April 10 June - 11 July

Events

Cape Argus 14-Mar
Comrades 30-May
Cape Epic 21 - 28 March
Two Oceans 03-Apr
Durban July 03-Jul
Grahams Town Festival 20 June - 08 July
2010 World Cup 11 June - 11 July
Public Holidays Human Rights day 21-Mar
Public Holiday 22-Mar
Good Friday 02-Apr
Family Day 05-Apr
Freedom Day 27-Apr
Workers Day 01-May
Youth Day 16-Jun

Around 2010 World Cup
- Media Groups arrive 25 April and depart two weeks after final
- Teams Arrive around 03 May
- Supporters arrive around 6 June until departure after post tours
- FIFA Family arrive around 01 May until 2 weeks after final

Overview of what is to be expected during the World Cup:

1. Volume of Travellers expected
The World Cup is approximately 15 times bigger than the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The media contingent that will attend is estimated at 30 000. Business travel is disrupted purely due to the volume of supporters.

All indications are that approximately 220 000 long haul visitors will attend, 180 000 visitors from Africa and an average of 150 000 local supporters. On any match day it is envisaged that 100 000 travellers will need to use a travel commodity i.e. flight or road / rail transportation.

An additional 2 000 busses have been imported (overload on road transport) to carry these supporters. It is predicted that supporters will watch their team play every 3 or 4 days. When their teams are not playing, supporters will frequent the Fan Parks or embark on tours within the city of their choice.

2. Fan Parks
Fan Parks are situated in central areas so that general public can watch all the games. Entrance to the Fan Parks is free and it is expected that these Fan Parks will attract a lot of visitors. In Germany 2006 one Fan Park attracted 500 000 spectators to watch one game. To avoid large transport infrastructure expense, training venues will also double as public viewing sites.

Fan Parks in the Western Cape
The Grand Parade Somerset West Road
Stellenbosch Bellville Velodrome
Swartklip Atlantis
Khayelitsha Imizamo Yethu (Hout Bay)

Training Facilities in the Western Cape
Newlands Rugby Ground UCT Rugby Ground
UWC Soccer Field Bellville Rugby Ground
Stellenbosch Rugby Ground Athlone Stadium

Fan Parks in Johannesburg (list to be updated)
Mary Fitzgerald Square in the Newton precinct
Fan Parks in Soweto are to be expected.
Innes-Free Park in Sandton,
Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown

Fan Parks in Durban (list to be updated)
The Durban Beach Front has been earmarked as one of Durban's preferred sites for one or more Fan Parks during 2010.

3. Flights
To date no airline has released any prices or strategies for the World Cup period.
On pre and post match-days flights into and out of the venue cities will be overbooked. Due to the sheer volume of travellers, huge delays can be expected.
World Cup teams will use charter aircrafts and plan to use 2nd tier airports however their supporters will use the general airports. These airports will focus on scheduled international and domestic flights.

4. Accommodation
All the major hotel brands within South Africa have contracted with MATCH at a pre-defined room rate and therefore the normal Corporate rates will not be available during this period.
According to FIFA there is an approximate shortfall of 18 000 rooms for the World Cup. This supply and demand scenario allows B&B's / Guesthouses to offer rooms at a premium.

5. Car Rental
It is most likely that all car rental companies will go on "stop-sale" for the period of the World Cup and rental cars will be scarce.

6. Road Closures
It is indicated that there will be limited access and in some instances complete road closures in the areas surrounding the stadium and fan parks. This will make it difficult for travellers to move freely between offsite meetings.

7. Critical Date
The next critical date for the WC2010 is the 4th December 2009 when the Pool draw is completed. This draw will indicate where the teams will be based and where their supporters will be spending most of their time.

8. Fixtures
The match schedule will be updated after the draw on the 4th December 2009. Games will be played at: 13h30, 16h00 and 20h30. Travellers need to allow for traffic congestion both at the stadium and the Fan Parks. It is advisable to allow 2hrs lead time if travelling to / from these areas.


Recommendations for travel during this period
  • · Do not travel during these periods unless it is critical to travel.
  • Plan your trip well in advance, changes to a ticket over this period will be extremely difficult and very expensive.
  • Try to make appointments at a location that is in the opposite direction of a stadium / fan park..
  • Take flights during the times of when the games are being played. Games start at 13h30.
  • Allow for a minimum of 2 hours to get to the airport in Cape Town and possibly 3 hours for Johannesburg. The congestion on the roads both to and from the Airports is going to be chaotic - plan for delays.
  • Parking at the airport will be virtually impossible and it is advisable to get someone to drop / collect you from the airports. Transfer companies will be busy with tourists and will also be very expensive.