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Monday, 26 September 2011

Have your say in determining the City's priorities

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Good day

The City of Cape Town is developing its new five-year plan, also known as the Integrated Development Plan(IDP). The IDP sets out the City's strategic and budget priorities for the next five years. It specifies how the municipality will allocate resources and spend money.

The attached edition of City News explains this process and affords you the opportunity to have your say in determining the City's priorities.

Kind regards / Vriendelike groete/ Ngombulelo omkhulu

Marius Coetsee
Manager: Good Hope Sub-council (16)
11th floor, 44 Wale Street
Tel 021 487-2055
Fax 021 487-2208
"Sub-councils: Here to serve you well"

Sunday, 18 September 2011

City solved water drainage problem in Geneva Drive

The problem with water drainage on Geneva Drive, close to the Sedgemoor link in Camps Bay, has existed for many years. The City has responded promptly to our request on behalf of Resident Angie Dionysopolous for resolution to the ongoing water drainage problem which worsens in winter making this corner very dangerous. Our thanks to the City and all involved. See photos of serious solution work in process here:

Friday, 16 September 2011

Concerns about 21 Fulham Road

From: Chris Willemse
Date: 14 September 2011

Dear Arafat,

Thank you for your letter dated 13 September 2011 re filming “The Bachelor” at 21 Fulham Road, Camps Bay which has been passed onto me as Chairman of Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association (CBRRA).

Taking all the information available from the letter and from you via John Powell into account, CBBRA registers it strongest possible opposition to the proposed film shoot as described in the undated letter from Trisphere being executed at 21 Fulham Road fr the following reasons :

To begin with, CBRRA is unaware that 21 Fulham Road has a business licence to execute this proposed project and for this reason, it is not prepared to permit any business in a residentially zoned property.

Our other problems with this proposal are as follows :

Fulham Road is a very narrow, twisty cul-de –sac which is totally unsuitable for a lenghty and expansive project such as this. Too many residents will e incomvenienced over too long a period for this proposal to be viable and considerate to all.

Nine “big” nights with loud party noises and no doubt plenty of drinking and general neighbourhood disturbances, taking away the public’s general normal use of the road for seemingly 16 hours each time from 12 am to 4 am is totally unacceptable – especially with the requested intermittent lock-offs of Fulham Road which is the only access for the many residents into the cul-de-sac beyond. No “lock-offs” can be contemplated or allowed.

The requested trimming of trees in the road reserve opposite is refused - not negotiable.

Catering, wardrobe, make-up areas, while not in the vicinity are also extensive and will interfere with the normal running of the neighbourhood. While road reserves are unacceptable as they will cause loading and off-loading traffic congestion, the only suitable area seems to be the nearby Symmonds Primary School Field. But then again, the entrance thereto is on the apex of a very fast blind U – bend on Camps Bay Drive and, therefore, extremely hazardous and unsuitable.

You mention that the film operators will require about fifteen parking spaces or more, which is obviously impossible. A closer study of the requested area will reveal that all the roads in the vicinity are very narrow with many sharp curves, not really suitable for the massive vehicles which go hand in hand with a film shoot.

CBRRA does not consider that a meeting with adjacent neighbours wlll be productive other than to verify CBRRA’s attitude as expressed herein. It has received endless complaints from these same people in respect of loud party functions which have been held at the proposed venue over the years.. These have usually been one at a time and not over the currently proposed long hours and definitely not for nine nightswith such long hours each time.

CBRRA understands the advantages of good publicity for Cape Town etc, but it maintains that the inconvenience to the area and neigbours is too big an ask.

With the greatest respect and with due regard to the convenience and comfort of surrounding neighbours, CBBRA insists that the organisers seek some other well spaced out site – preferably not in Camps Bay – attractive and seeming suitable although it seems to the applicants.

Spectacular houses at the far Sandy Bay end of Llandudno strike CBBRRA as being vastly superior from an outlook and logistics point of view.

Kind regards,

Chris Willemse

On 2011/09/14 9:49 AM, "Arafat Davids" wrote:

From: Arafat Davids
Sent: 13 September 2011 08:46 AM
To: Marga Haywood; Dale Hillebrand; Paul Stevens; Chris Atkins; Henry Du Plessis
Subject: FW: Filming the reality show " The Batchelor"

Good morning
Could you please advise/comment if its possible.
Film & Events Office

From: Thobela Oliphant
Sent: 13 September 2011 07:45 AM
To: Arafat Davids
Subject: FW: Filming the reality show " The Batchelor"

From: Derek Raeburn []
Sent: 12 September 2011 04:51 PM
To: Film Permit
Subject: Filming the reality show " The Batchelor"

Hi Arafat

Herewith the information I have up to now on the applications to film the Batchelor. Please let me know any concerns as soon as possible.


Hi Arafat
As discussed on the recce, Triasphere will be facilitating a reality show for Germany called “The Batchelor”.The show is about a single man who goes out on dates with 20 girls, (separately) and then eliminates the contenders until three are left. He then goes on three dream dates and picks his partner.
We have two main locations. One is for the batchelor to live and entertain the girls in and the other is for the girls to live in. Our batchelors home where the main action takes place is 21 Fulham road Camps Bay. The girls home is Constantia valley lodge 18 Wycombe Avenue Constantia.
We will have camera teams following the girls and interviewing them in their Lodge in Constantia but this is all based on the property. Most of the action however will take place at the Fulham road house. We will have nine nights called , The night of the roses. This is when they have contestants voted out. These are the big nights and obviously more crew and equipment will be involved. The following dates are proposed for the nights of the roses: Sun 9 October (Rehearsal Evening)
Mon 10 October
Sat 15 October
Wed 19 October
Sat 22 October
Tuesday 25 October
Sat 12 November
Tues 15 November
To achieve these evenings we would set up at approx 12h00 am and shoot until approx 04h00 am. As the show progresses and the contestants get less so the shoots will finish earlier in the evenings. We would also request intermittent lock off in Fulham road when shooting. Would it be possible to get the trees opposite the house in Fulham road trimmed?
I am aware of the sensitivity of the homeowners in both Constantia and Camps Bay and would therefore like to get our application forwarded to the Camps Bay Homeowners association and the Camps Bay business Forum. I am also aware that to shoot these hours would require concurrence forms from the residents. I would be happy to have a meeting with all relevant parties to discuss the project. We are also willing to rent available properties in the neighbouring area to use as catering/Wardrobe/Make up areas to minimize the impact of the shoot on the immediate residents.
In conclusion we will shoot Cape Town for Cape Town and the batchelor will be taking the girls on dates all over Cape Town thereby showcasing all our beautiful city has to offer. This programme will go out to Europe and various channels ensuring we get major publicity as a city.
I will be able to be more specific about crew numbers and vehicles, unit bases etc. once we have spoken to the various parties and have a plan in place. Please forward this to the relevant people as it is urgent that we know where we stand regarding permissions and permits etc.
Please let me know if you need any more information and I will be happy to supply you with what I know so far. I would also be available at any time to meet with residents and so forth.
Many Thanks
Derek Raeburn
Unit Manager

30 years of Atlantic Sun

Published in the Atlantic Sun 30th Anniversary edition 1 Sept 2011

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Cellphone masts on top of agenda

Published in the Atlantic Sun on 8 Sep 2011

The vexed question of cell masts – described as "invasive and potentially dangerous installations" – was dealt with at the special meeting of the Good Hope Sub Council 16 held in Hout Bay on Thursday August 25. On this occasion the decision went the the "greens". Read more ‹‹here››

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Atlantic Sun 2011-09-08: Mansion causes tension

Published in the Atlantic Sun 8 Sept 2011

Some Camps Bay residents hope a five-star "party house" will be blocked from continuing to cause noise and parking hassles. Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning will make a decision about whether the residential premises in Fulham Road can be used for business. Residents lodged 34 objections with the City of Cape Town after MA Smith, a town and regional planner, applied for the removal of the title deed restrictions for the property. ‹‹read more››

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Manco 2011-2012


Chris Willemse

John Powell

Environmental and Heritage
Johan Van Papendorp (Chair)
Trudi Groenewald

Chris Willemse (chair)
John Powell
Trudi Groenewald
Johan Van Papendorp
Brenda Herbert

Cleansing & Properties (Sportsfields)
Trudi Groenewald

PR & Communication
Alma Horn
John Powell

John Powell

Clifton representative (excl. bungalows)
Helet Merkling

Mary Lloyd

Gus Millner

Brenda Herbert

Minutes Secretary
Chrissie Phillips


Sub Council
Chris Willemse
John Powell

Police Forum
Brenda Herbert
Leigh Goldschmidt (CBCM)

It was agreed to leave the ward forum representation until later when advertised.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Sandy paints Camps Bay High green

Published in the Atlantic Sun 1 Sept 2011

Sandy van Hoogstraten is a member of the CBRRA Manco in our Environmental portfolio.

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Thursday, 1 September 2011

CBRRA creates the new Camps Bay CBD

Published in the Atlantic Sun 30th Anniversary edition 1 Sept 2011

Established at the beginning of the twentieth century, Camps Bay and environs developed very slowly from being a holiday camping resort located around Central Drive to a sleepy dormitory suburb which, by the 1980s, was in a bedraggled and disco-ordinated state through which most people drove to somewhere else. In peoples’ mind, the wind blew too hard and the water was far too cold! Up to 1980, very few properties in Camps Bay changed hands for over R 100 000.

In the early 1980s, the huge and then legal Sonnekus apartment block was constructed to residents’ absolute horror when they discovered that the whole of the Camps Bay beachfront area permitted seven storeys buildings and we could have another Sea Point on our doorstep unless something was done about this.

It took the Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association (CBRRA) three years to get the City Council to amend its planning zoning scheme to reduce the maximum heights of buildings in Camps Bay to not exceeding 10 metres above ground level to eaves and lower in Bakoven.

However, at that time, a Developer had already submitted an application to the City Council to demolish the Rotunda Hotel and the very historic adjacent Rotunda ballroom erected in 1904 as a concert hall and tea room and to erect a massive new apartment block over the whole site. At this stage CBRRA took matters into it own hands and, after considerable discussions with residents, persuaded the City Council to:

1. Expropriate the Rotunda site and buildings,
2. Demolish the nearby ugly and seldom-used Civic Centre
3. Relocate the Caltex Garage away from the intersection at the bottom of Camps Bay Drive with Victoria Road to enable traffic lights to be installed there.
4. Consolidate the existing land the Council owned in the vicinity and invite a public proposal call for designs and cash offers for the whole site which now embraced all the above. CBRRA wrote the specification for the tenders and was co-opted onto the judging committee to help the Council choose the winning proposal.

The current Bay Hotel and the shopping complex was the result and the tender was won by Developers Equikor Ltd who sold the shopping complex to the Pretoria Municipal Pension Fund who added to it as did the Solomon Brothers who subsequently purchased it while the Bay Hotel was purchased by Maree Brink. At the same time CBRRA persuaded the Council to double the area of the soccer fields by altering the one small east – west field into two north-south fields.

The sum total of all the above was that a completely modernised central business district was created for Camps Bay and the previously quiet village has since then expanded its population dramatically and property values have sky – rocketed to a degree that the whole area stretching from Clifton to Bakoven now contains arguably the most coveted residential real estate properties in the country, with their unequalled beaches the jewels in the crown of Cape Town’s tourist industry.

CBRRA’s most sincere aim is to ensure that the rebuilding and densification of the residential component o these beautiful suburbs over the forthcoming years will be executed in a sensitive manner which will fit in with the existing built environment to the benefit of existing and new owners alike.

Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association.

Camps Bay's Finest Hour

Published in the Atlantic Sun 30th Anniversary edition 1 Sept 2011

Long before F. W. De Klerk heralded the transformation of South Africa in 1990 by freeing Nelson Mandela and unbanning the ANC, the Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association (CBRRA), after a very hectic public meeting, decided in the early 1980s that the continuing banning of people of colour from beaches and Camps Bay’s beaches in particular was totally unacceptable.

It approached the then Provincial Administrator Gene Louw and Nationalist Party Minster Piet Koornhof in the early 1980s to permit Camps Bay to open its beaches to all. This permission was cautiously given on condition that CBRRA did not make it officially known.

When the public at large learned that this beach was opened to all, the first December holiday season was absolutely chaotic, with huge crowds, mass misbehaviour (braais were permitted on the beach in those days) overcrowding and general intolerance.

At the end of the season the then government insisted that a 2 metre high fence be erected to enclose half of the main beachfront with a R2 entry fee! The result of this absurd situation resulted in the whole of the previous year’s crowd squeezing into the free half of the beach and hardly any bathers at all using the pay section (see photograph)

At the end of the second holiday season, CBRRA persuaded the government to remove the fence, open the beach and ban braais to reduce misbehaviour.

Camps Bay main beach was the first beach in South Africa to be opened to all races in the modern era, when apartheid was at its height. Within two years, long before the government disappeared, and in spite of the relevant restrictive apartheid laws still being in place, every beach in South Africa was opened to all races, thus helping to starting the reform impetus which led to F.W De Klerk being able to do what he did.

The fence? To this day it exists in the vicinity of the Edgar Lipsett Oval and Maidens Cove, a monument to the splendid example of racial tolerance initiated by Camps Bay.

John Powell
Vice Chairperson