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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Road Hazard Camps Bay/Bakoven Victoria Rd

We are dealing with it.

There are not many options. Electricity Dep is trenching on the sea side and they have a valid wayleave. Its coincidence that the contractor on the opposite side also started with operations. The green screen is there to inter alia prevent debris from the cliff face from falling onto the road below.

We have already communicated with Electricity to get that job done and the trench on the sidewalk reinstated.

Johan de Beer  Pr. Eng, Pr. CPM
District Engineer
Roads & Stormwater
City of Cape Town

Hi Johan/Brian

Were way leaves applied for an granted in both these instances. It would seem from the pics that there is serious excavation of roads by the developer we need someone there to check the stability of the Cliffside.

If no way leaves have been granted I would expect a cease works be granted to the party that has no got permission until it is rectified by the inclusion of a temporary side walk and appropriate signage, as a matter of urgency.


Taki Amira
Councillor  - City of Cape Town
Chairperson Good Hope Sub Council (No.16)

TO: Johan de Beer - CCT

An unacceptably dangerous situation has arisen in Victoria Rd, Bali Bay - in the vicinity of the Houghton Rd steps and 119 Victoria Rd (about 100m south of Saps station).

The contractor at 119 Victoria Rd had cordoned off the sidewalk for construction purposes and recently, another contractor has excavated the sidewalk on the opposite side of Victoria rd for trenching. There is now about 20m of no pedestrian walkway on either side of the road.
As you well know, this is an extremely busy road for both vehicles and pedestrians and the latter now have to walk amongst fast-moving traffic on an almost blind bend. It is incredibly dangerous and with respect, needs urgent, immediate attention before there is a serious accident.

Please could you prevail on the responsible parties to rectify the situation immediately.

Thank you
Chris Willemse

Monday, 10 June 2013

Zebra Surfacing will be doing crack sealing on Camps Bay Drive

Hi All,
This is just to let you know that Zebra Surfacing will be doing crack sealing on Camps Bay Drive between Kloof Nek and Dalweg over the next few days. Traffic will be accommodated by temporary lane deviations
Please pass this on to anyone else who needs to know
Brian Barson
Transport for Cape Town
Tel. 021 400 6425
084 222 1208

Thursday, 6 June 2013

CCT Draft Constitution of Transport for Cape Town By-Law

The City of Cape Town is in the process of finalising its Draft Constitution of Transport for Cape Town By-law.

Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (Act 32 of 2000) that the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, recommendations or input to the Municipality for a period of 30 days, from 3 June 2013 up to and including 3 July 2013.

Comments, recommendations or input in respect of the Draft Constitution of Transport for Cape Town By-law can be submitted in any of the following ways:
• By fax to 021 400 1390
• By e-mail to
• Post written submission to PO Box 298, Cape Town 8000 or to the Office of Commissioner: Transport for Cape Town, 5th Floor, Podium block, Civic Centre, Cape Town
• Through Facebook at
• Online via

Special assistance will be given to people who cannot read or write, to people with disabilities and to other disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments. To have their comments, recommendation or input recorded and submitted to the Municipality, members of the abovementioned groups may contact the following officials of the City of Cape Town’s Public Participation Unit:

For assistance to the general public, contact:
Ruché Daniels, tel. 021 400 1766 or

For assistance to disadvantaged groups, contact: Anele Viti, tel. 021 400 1652 or

Enquires relating to the Draft Constitution of Transport for Cape Town By-law can be directed to Delores Meyer, tel. 021 400 1336 or e-mail

The Draft Constitution of Transport for Cape Town By-law will be available on the City’s website,, and at subcouncil offices and libraries.


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

CCT: Notification Setback Line Beach Front


The City of Cape Town is currently applying for an Ad Hoc Development Setback Line in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations 2010, to enable us to upgrade the Camps Bay Beach Front. The majority of the project will involve the upgrading of the lawn areas, irrigation and existing stairs on to the beach. This work has already commences on site. The new facilities includes the construction of a 350mm high seating wall along the Victoria Road sidewalk and a new walkway along the rock revetment that will also link the Victoria Road sidewalk and the stairs on to the beach at specific points.

A sample section of the 350mm high seating wall was constructed at the pedestrian crossing close to the intersection of Victoria Road and The Mead Way. The purpose of this notification is to:
- invite organisations and individuals to a Public Meeting to discuss the proposed Master Plan (see attached) on Tuesday 18 June 2013 at 18:00 at The Rotunda at The Bay Hotel, Victoria Street, Camps Bay; and to
- request comments on the Ad Hoc Development Setback Line (see attached drawing) for Camps Bay Beach Front.
Written comments may be submitted:
- at the Sub Council 16 Offices, 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street;
- e-mail to Sonette Smit at;
- faxed to Sonette Smit at 021 425 6495; or
- at the Public Meeting on Tuesday 18 June 2013 at 18:00 at the Rotunda at The Bay Hotel, Victoria Street, Camps Bay.
All written comments have to be signed by the author and submitted by 05 July 2013.
Marius Coetsee – Please forward this e-mail to all everybody on your Camps Bay contacts list
John Powell – Please forward this e-mail to all the members of the Camps Bay Rate Payers
Simon Kneel - Please forward this e-mail to all the members of the Camps Bay Business Forum
Bernard Schafer - Please forward this e-mail to all the members of the Camps Bay Watch

Sonette Smit
Urban Design Branch
Economic, Environment & Spatial Planning
City of Cape Town
Tel. no. 021 400 9435
Fax. no. 021 425 6495

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

MPRA: Labyrinth Opened in Urban Park

From the Mouille Point Residents Association ( MPRA) 

The labyrinth in the Urban Park has been officially opened.
Thank you Alderman Nielson, Alderman JP Smith, Councillor Schaefer, the Contractors and all the Mouille Point Residents and Businesses who contributed to make the labyrinth a reality.
Some background and how to use the labyrinth:

There is a difference between a labyrinth and a maze. A maze has many different
paths and can be confusing to walk with the possibility to get lost. It is a left-brain,
problem solving exercise.

The labyrinth on the other hand has only one path with many turns, there is only one
way in and one way out of a labyrinth. It is a right-brain, creative, intuitive and
spiritual experience.

When we look at the history of labyrinths we see that their origins date far back in
time. The earliest known designs are about 3000 years old. How they developed
from one place to another (or simultaneously appeared in several) is often
mysterious and difficult to understand.

The Romans adapted the ancient labyrinth symbol as a decorative floor pattern, and
the Christian artists and thinkers of early medieval times developed the Roman
pattern into a new and beautiful form which was used as a feature in many medieval
cathedrals. A range of designs were explored, but the pattern used at Chartres
Cathedral in northern France is the archetype and perfection of all medieval

Following on this ancient tradition the MPRPA have facilitated the building of our very
own Labyrinth. Following a 2 year process we are proud of this facility, especially as
it’s in effect a contemplative space catering inclusively for everyone including folks
with disabilities and can be accessed by all who visit this magnificent Urban Park.
Walking of a labyrinth:

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the centre of your
deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you

It is also a symbolic journey. A spiritual journey taken in the safe space created by
sacred geometry. The circular shape signifies wholeness and unity and walking the
path can be divided into three stages:

Walking IN:
   - signifies cleansing, emptying and letting go. It deals with the past.• Time in the CENTER:
   - signifies a time of focus, reflection, introspection and inspiration. It deals with the present – being in the NOW.
• Walking OUT:
   - signifies integration, action, being grounded, becoming energised and empowered. It deals with the future.

If we consider these three stages of walking the labyrinth it becomes clear that there
is balance to be found in walking the labyrinth:
  • You walk in and out
  • You deal with past, present and future
  • There is balance between your right side and your left side
  • All of this contributes to make the walking of a labyrinth a special experience.
  • There is a saying: “Attitude colours every situation” and this rings true for your
  • walk as well. You can choose the attitude with which you approach your walk.
  • Serious, playful, prayerful: it is up to you
  • Some guidelines for the walk
  • Focus – pause at entrance and become quiet (inside and out)
  • Experience – walk purposefully – notice what is happening – when you get to the
  • center, spend time there – focus – receive whatever you can – leave whenever
  • you feel it is time – pay attention on the way out
  • Exit – turn towards entrance and give some form of acknowledgement that your
  • walk has ended
  • Reflect – what did you experience?
  • Walk the labyrinth often

Please enjoy walking this labyrinth, it is a gift to the People of Cape Town from the
residents and businesses of Mouille Point and the Mouille Point Rate Payers

CBRRA supports the Table Mountain National Park's Patrol Dog Campaign

The Camps Bay Ratepayers’ & Residents’ Association (CBBRA) supports the Green Point Ratepayers’ & Residents’ Association (GPRRA)'s civic initiative they undertook to support the programme initiated by Table Mountain National Park to run a highly trained dog patrol unit for crime prevention and mountain rescue on Table Mountain. 

Members of the GPRRA met at the unit at the Sanparks base on Signal Hill where they were introduced to the dogs and their handlers and where they made a donation of R7000 towards the running costs.

There are currently 11 dogs which have already proved to be highly effective in chasing and apprehending muggers on the mountain, as well for rescue and recovery. Dogs are able to cover more space in half the time and have many advantages over other interventions and deterrents.

All the dogs are German Shepherds, trained to Level 4 to search and retrieve. Every dog has been in special training for two years, arriving at the dog unit ready and eager to work.

Together with their highly qualified Ranger handlers (DH5 level), the dogs patrol a huge wilderness area and are making a significant difference: there has been a marked increase in the number of arrests, including several suspects on the SAPS 'wanted' list. "The dog is like an extra ranger with speed and agility." said Hilton Blumeris, Senior Section ranger of Table Mountain National Park’s Rangers.

The GPRRA is proud to join the growing support for TMNP’s Rangers and their patrol dogs, who work hard to ensure that everyone can enjoy the beauty of our magnificent natural heritage – Table Mountain.  Appearing in photograph: Green Point resident Peter Flint, Bob Goebel, chairman GPRRA with and Dorron Tobi with Baxter.

Should you wish to contribute please contact honorary ranger, Sue Smith on 083 461 9686 or

GPRRA response to business plan for the Cape Town Stadium

Why all Capetonians should read this

Ratepayers of Cape Town have until 31st March to make their opinions heard on an issue that will have a significant impact on:
•    what will happen to their public open space on the Green Point Common,
•    how much of what they pay in rates will go to running and maintaining the Cape Town Stadium (the Stadium),
•    and whether they want the City to spend more of their rates pursuing commercial ventures related to the Stadium.
We urge all Capetonians to take the matter seriously and use the right to public comment.  The deadline is 31 March 2013.

The City’s plans

The City plans to launch Applications to change the existing regulations controlling development of the public open space of the Green Common, an area of land until now held in trust for the use of residents of the City for sports and recreation only.  They wish to change the terms of the Record of Decision (ROD) agreed when permission was granted to build the Stadium, and to remove the zoning and land use restrictions on the land.

More Articles:
The City’s public participation process
Position Statement of the GPRRA
The background to our Position Statement

We invite you to submit your own Opinions for sharing on this website: send pdf file to


FIFA and Cape Town Stadium

Article IOL: Dog owners get a reprieve

Residents of one of Cape Town's upmarket suburbs are tightening the leash on pet owners who fail to control their noisy dogs and clean up the mess they leave after walking their pets on the beach.

Dog enjoys the sun at Camps Bay beach (Image by:

Camps Bay residents formed the Friends of Camps Bay Beaches Association after the City of Cape Town declared Camps Bay beach off-limits to dogs last year. Members of the association, some of whom have been walking their dogs on the beach for more than 30 years, negotiated with the city and were granted a reprieve - they are allowed to walk their pets in the morning until 9am in summer. But the group, membership of which is said to be growing by the day, has undertaken to make sure that dogs are always leashed and that owners collect and dispose of their dogs' deposits. Byron Herbert, of Friends of Camps Bay Beaches, said there are "thousands and thousands" of people who walk their dogs on the beach in summer. Summer evenings are probably the most problematic, with people enjoying picnics while dogs are "jumping around and kicking the sand or defecating on the beach". "To date we have had a great response. [The association] will be reporting back on any problems," said Herbert.

PHILANI NOMBEMBE | 03 June, 2013 00:08