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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Camps Bay Post Office re-opened


The Camps Bay post office branch has reopened following a week-long closure.
Camps Bay residents expressed unhappiness over the closure, from Monday March 18 to Friday March 22. They said the branch was closed with no information or explanation.
Moira Mallion said she went to the post office branch to collect a parcel but when she got there, a sign said it was closed with no other information.
“People have been coming to the post office every day and it’s closed and there’s no note stating when it will actually be opened. This is wrong and need to be highlighted because the post office provides services to the public and no one bothers to even inform us, we don’t even know how long it will be closed for,” said Ms Mallion.
She said she called the customer services number and spoke to someone who promised to look into the matter.
“When I called them again, I could tell that someone just picked up and dropped my call,” she said.
According to a security guard who works in the vicinity, residents had been coming to the post office the whole week and were frustrated with the closure.
SA Post Office spokeswoman, Martie Gilchrist, said the closure was the result of the branch manager being too ill to work.
“The South African Post Office would like to apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused. We are happy to announce that the branch manager is feeling better and is back at work.”
Post office branches closing has been a growing and have caused ongoing issues across the city. Recently the Woodstock post office branch shut its doors due to a rental dispute. This is after it closed down for a week in December for the same reason. Several post office branches on the Cape Flats have also reportedly been closed due to rental disputes.
This week the post office said that all the branches have been reopened.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

CCT Comment on draft Budget 2019-2020


Comment on the draft Budget for 2019-2020

The City intends to adjust the Budget for the period July 2019 – June 2020 that reflects key policy decisions and priorities, determines rates increases and indicates where money will be spent on programmes and services.

Purpose of the draft Budget 2019-2020

You are invited to comment on the entire Budget, which includes the 2019-20 review and proposed amendments to the 2017-2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP), corporate scorecards and the draft budget for 2019-20. The proposed tariff highlights are noted in the budget presentation.
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This contract will impose financial obligations on the City covered in the 2019-2020 annual budget.
Notice is hereby given in terms of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act No. 32 of 2000, the Municipal Finance Management Act No. 56 of 2003 and the Municipal Property Rates Act No. 6 of 2004, that the City’s proposed amendments to the 2017-2022 Integrated Development Plan document (including the Corporate Scorecard: setting of appropriate key performance indicators and performance targets for the municipality) and draft Budget for 2019/20 will be available for comment.
Further notice is given in accordance with section 21A and section 21 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, No. 32 of 2000, that you are invited to submit comments to the City in respect of the proposed draft contracts.

Comment period

Comments or representations may be submitted from: 1 April – 24 April2019 (16:30).

Submit your comment

Comments or representations may be submitted via the following channels:
DeliveryDeliver your comments to your nearest Subcouncil office or the address below:

5th Floor Podium
Civic Centre
12 Hertzog Boulevard
Cape Town
8001
Post
Post your comments to:

To: The City Manager
2019-2020 IDP/Budget
Private Bag X9181
Cape Town
8000
Fax
Fax your comments to 021 400 1332

Public meetings

We will be hosting public meetings and focus group sessions at various venues around Cape Town. Interested and affected residents are invited to join us to discuss the proposed budget.

Meeting presentations

Contact us

For more information contact:

Nathan Fisher

PLEASE NOTE

Our Public Participation Unit will assist you if you would like to submit comments but have a disability or are unable to read or write. See details below.

Public Participation Unit

Zandile Mahlasela

Telephone:
021 400 5501

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

South African Library Week



A total of 20 193 items valued at R1 774 993,70 were not returned to City of Cape Town libraries last year.

Today is the start of the South African Library Week which ends on Saturday March 23.

It’s also Fine Free Week which coincides with South African Library Week. It is hoped that members of the public will use this opportunity to return these items that are overdue.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zaid Badroodien, said: “This year, the theme for Library Week is Collaborate @ Your Library. I want to urge patrons to take hands with librarians to make access to information a reality by returning those items that are long overdue. We will ask no questions and waive any fines that have accrued on these items.”

SA Library Week was launched in 2001 for libraries across the country to use as an opportunity to market their services and to promote the important role that libraries play in a democratic society by advancing literacy.

During South African Library Week, City libraries are hosting various special programmes for all ages including a road march to promote library services, storytelling, arts and crafts, membership drives and poetry sessions.

Mr Badroodien said, “The City’s libraries have become more than just buildings where we store books. They are places of knowledge and information, spaces for social interaction and relaxation. Libraries are communal spaces where residents can meet, learn and interact."

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

CCT Planning: Submit comments 5 Crown Crescent application

Ref 70439841-Removal of restrictive title deed conditions

Erf 183 Camps Bay, 5 Crown Crescent.

Notice is hereby given in terms of section 81 of the City of Cape Town Municipal Planning By-Law (MPBL), 2015 that the application below has been received and is open to inspection at the office of the District manager at Media City Building, 2nd Floor, corner of Adderley Street and Hertzog Boulevard Cape Town, 8001. Alternatively, the application can be viewed by clicking on the PDF attachment in the document downloads section below.

Application details

District office: Table Bay District
Application number: 70439841
Applicant / owner details: Tommy Brümmer cc/ Fiona Stuart Espey Harris.
Description and physical address: 5 Crown Crescent, Camps Bay.
Submission period: 22 March - 23 April 2019

Purpose of the application

Application made in terms of section 42(g) of the Municipal Planning By-Law: The proposal is to permit a second dwelling on the property. The applicant has applied to delete restrictive title deed conditions C.”5(a) and C.”5.(i) contained in Title Deed T54761/2001 relating to the number of dwellings and building materials (wood and iron).

Submit your comments

Submit your comments, objections and representations by email.

All submissions need to include the following:
  • The application reference number.
  • The details of the person submitting the comment or objection, including ithe full name, interest in the application, address, contact details and the method by which they can be contacted.
  • The reason for the objection, including the effect that the application will have on a person/area and any aspect of the application that you consider inconsistent with policy, and how.
Submissions in writing need to be made to the specified district office on or before the closing date.

View our guidelines on submitting objections / comments on land use applications, or to make oral submissions.

General conditions

  • An objection, comment or representation that does not meet the requirements above may be disregarded.
  • Late comments or objections will not be considered unless the City Manager has agreed in writing.
  • If you are unable to write, you may come to the specified district officeduring office hours where you will be assisted with transcribing your comment or objection and associated reasons.

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

How to object to the General Valuation Roll



The City of Cape Town’s 2018 General Valuation roll was made open for public inspection on Thursday February 21. 

This roll presents a value upon which household municipal rates will be calculated until a new roll is issued. 

Cape Town homeowners have until Tuesday April 30 to object to the valuation of their property online, and until Friday March 29 to object in person at one of the 32 venues across the city.

Municipal rates for the City of Cape Town are expected to increase by between 9% and 13%, according to Susan Watts from RE/MAX Living. 

“Ultimately, the City Council cannot dictate a value. Only a willing and able buyer, who puts pen to paper, can dictate that value. With rising municipal rates in addition to increasing levies, the cost of fuel, and the general cost of living, it is likely that more homeowners will need to downscale or enter the rental market. 

This will further increase supply in the property market and demand for rentals at more affordable prices. All in all, I believe prices will, in many cases, not match up to the calculations of the Cape Town municipality. The market is flooded with stock and only the most keenly priced properties are selling,” she said.

“Homeowners are encouraged to review the valuation roll in order to object to the valuation of their property if they feel as though it is unreasonable or face the consequences of higher municipal rates than necessary until the next valuation roll is released in four years’ time,” advises Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

Where to find the GV 

To view the valuation of your property, or to find a list of the various venues where homeowners may submit objections, visit www.capetown.gov.za  
How to structure your objection

Based on geographical information and recent sales in your suburb, the city uses a computer aided mass appraisal system to determine the values of all properties. 

“The starting point for a strong objection will therefore include a neighbourhood evaluation that would justify why the valuation of your property should be lower. You can find these reports online, or at certain banks. Most will come at a cost of around R100. Next, you should have your home evaluated by more than one estate agent to provide enough evidence that your home is valued at a lower price than what the EV places it at,” Goslett explains.

“While the Valuation Appeal Board consists of a Chairperson with legal qualifications, it is not a court of law and you will not need to bring a lawyer to lay your objection. However, it can be helpful to have your estate agent with you in case any queries arise that you are unable to answer,” he adds.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Public support for heritage protection


Nearly 2 300 comments were submitted as part of the public participation process for the proposed heritage protection overlay zone (HPOZ) for the Bo-Kaap.
Most of the comments were in support of the HPOZ.
Residents had a chance to comment from January 18 until February 22.
“The fact that so many residents and interested parties participated confirms that our residents want to be part of decision-making processes,” said mayor Dan Plato.
A report on the outcome of the public participation process will come before Sub-council 16 and the mayoral committee in due course, the City of Cape Town said in a statement.
It is expected that the report will also serve before council at its next meeting on Thursday March 28.
The HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap will only become effective should council accept the report and agree with the proposal.
The City’s mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, said they received 2 298 comments of which 2 271 were in support of the proposed HPOZ.
“The officials are still busy assessing the submissions, but I can confirm that at least 640 of the comments in support of the proposal were submitted by residents and affected parties from within the Bo-Kaap itself,” she said
The proposed HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap extends to the Table Mountain National Park and includes the northern green verges to the north-west of Strand Street as well as Buitengracht Street, between the intersections with Carisbrook and Strand streets.
“I’m heartened by the number of residents and interested parties who commented on this proposal that the City manages development in the Bo-Kaap in a sustainable and considered manner to protect the area’s unique heritage. The participation period included a sector hearing on February 9 that was well attended by 23 representatives from community-based organisations and another 11 from industry (“Heritage hearings underway,” Atlantic Sun, February 14).
“I want to thank residents and the community-based organisations, as well as industry, for taking the time to participate in this process and for their valuable contributions,” said Ms Nieuwoudt.
The proposed HPOZ will have an impact on all of those who own property in the Bo-Kaap in particular, as it relates to new developments, restorations, and the maintenance and alteration of properties.
All property within the City has a base zoning that determines what the land can be used for and how the land may be developed.
An HPOZ sets additional development rules over and above the provisions of a base zoning. Thus, development applications for properties within an HPOZ are assessed more critically, with additional focus on the impact that the development proposal will have on the heritage value of the building, site and the area.
Over 600 privately owned properties in the Bo-Kaap will be affected by the proposed HPOZ. The main purpose of an HPOZ is to prevent inappropriate development and alterations within an area of significant heritage value.
The HPOZ also allows the City to impose conditions to the approval to ensure that the heritage value of the building or site is protected or enhanced.

Scouts declare war on plastic

A group of cub scouts from the 1st Camps Bay Club pack recently tackled plastic waste for the Scouts South Africa National Annual Club Challenge, and in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium. The importance of decreasing plastic use was made clear when Hayley McLellan, Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Campaigner, founder of Rethink the Bag and 5 Gyres Institute ambassador, visited the pack and gave them a talk on the detrimental impact of plastics on the environment and gave tips on how to eradicate plastic pollution. The cubs made their first step by pledging to make their 1st Camps Bay Scout hall a single-use-plastic free space and challenged their friends and families to use only reusable shopping bags, refuse disposal coffee cups, plastic straws and balloons. For their final task they cleaned-up Camps Bay Beach. In just two hours, they filled five large trash bags. For more information on 1st Camps Bay Cubs and Scouts, go to www.1stcampsbay.co.za 

https://www.atlanticsun.co.za/news/municipal-valuations-questioned-19875766

While online objections may be submitted electronically until Tuesday April 30, residents only have until Friday March 29 to view and object (in-person) to the City’s new municipal valuation of their properties.
The General Valuation 2018 (GV2018) was completed and signed off by the City manager on January 31 and was open for public inspection from February 21.
According to the City, the GV2018 Roll contains some 875 000 registered properties in Cape Town and is drawn up for the purpose of billing fair rates to each property owner.
Rates income enables the City to pay for shared public services such as roads, street lights, parks, beaches, area cleansing, libraries, clinics, law enforcement and fire services. But, said the City’s mayoral committee member for finance, Ian Neilson, the City does not make a profit on rates.
“The value of rates required is determined in the City’s budget. A calculation is also made to determine what rebates should be made to the vulnerable in our society and to see how rates can be levied in the most affordable manner for ratepayers,” he said.
He added that property valuations were not based on speculation but on market value at the date of the valuation, which in this case was around early July last year.
The Sea Point Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (SFB) said they understood that the City was faced with significant challenges with regard to the provision of infrastructure in areas where proper water and sanitation services were lacking and where decent housing remained a dire need.
They said they assumed that the City was increasing rates beyond the level of inflation to cope with the ever-increasing demands for services and infrastructure.
However, they said, it was unfortunate that the valuations were done in July last year only to be sent out nine months later when property values in the area had dropped to a new low with few, if any, sales being recorded.
“The higher valuations will exacerbate the poor sales that have been experienced in the area, effectively turning the many retirees and young families, who are not wealthy, into virtual prisoners in their homes which they can neither sell nor maintain,” they said.
The organisation said as part of the City’s densification strategy, the SFB area had witnessed significant building development of late and the City would be reaping the rate rewards from the residents of these new high-value developments.
However, they said, because of this densification, the traffic in the area had increased significantly and because of the extra burden, the infrastructure was struggling to cope, which was having a negative impact on the quality of life for residents in the area.
“We feel that the City has no plan to deal with the challenges that affect all the residents of Cape Town. For instance, what is the longer-term vision and fiscal strategy for the City?
“How come the City has no traffic management plan for our area, now and into the future? If we carry on as is, then should we not expect that next time the valuations are adjusted, they will be just as reactive as this round, and even higher?
“The bottom line is that the City should develop, and share with its residents, a long-term vision and strategy, together with a financial plan, to bring about a more equal and functioning City, where decent basic services including water and sanitation are provided; where the environmental concerns are addressed, and all residents can expect a safe and secure life.”
The SFB said it intended to investigate the matter this week and advised members of the public to object timeously and correctly to these rates adjustments.
Chairperson for the Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, Jenny McQueen, said they had alerted the ratepayers in the Green Point area to examine the new valuations.
“We understand that some have gone up ridiculously, some over 100% and we will object if they are not justified,” she said.
Objections lodged before the end of April, may be submitted directly via the e-services portal by registering at eservices@capetown.gov.za or by downloading the prescribed objection form from www.capetown.gov.za/propertyvaluations and submitting the completed form to valuationsobjection@capetown.gov.za
Residents who wish to object in person, can visit the Cape Town Civic Centre, Cash Office, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town between 8.30am and 6pm, Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays between 9am and noon.
By Sinazo Mkoko

Thursday, 14 March 2019

War on plastic

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1st Camps Bay Cubs and Scouts

A group of cub scouts from the 1st Camps Bay Club pack recently tackled plastic waste for the Scouts South Africa National Annual Club Challenge, and in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium. The importance of decreasing plastic use was made clear when Hayley McLellan, Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Campaigner, founder of Rethink the Bag and 5 Gyres Institute ambassador, visited the pack and gave them a talk on the detrimental impact of plastics on the environment and gave tips on how to eradicate plastic pollution. The cubs made their first step by pledging to make their 1st Camps Bay Scout hall a single-use-plastic free space and challenged their friends and families to use only reusable shopping bags, refuse disposal coffee cups, plastic straws and balloons. For their final task they cleaned-up Camps Bay Beach. In just two hours, they filled five large trash bags. For more information on 1st Camps Bay Cubs and Scouts, go to www.1stcampsbay.co.za 

By Atlantic Sun

https://www.atlanticsun.co.za/news/war-on-plastic-19875760

Residents unpack by-law


The City hosted an information session for the public to have their say on proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning By-law (MPBL).

The City has kept its cards very close when it comes to the proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning By-law (MPBL).
This was heard at an information session hosted by the City last Thursday, March 7, at the Civic Centre.
The MPBL regulates developments and land use in the city. The public participation period about the proposed amendments to the MPBL is now in its second week.
The information session aimed to make residents and interested and affected parties aware of the impact and consequences of the proposed amendments.
A group of residents from the Atlantic Seaboard and the City Bowl attended the session to express their views on the proposed amendments.
The City’s mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, led the session together with the officials from the land use management department.
The MPBL was adopted in 2015 and it was resolved that it could be reviewed annually.
Some of the 15 proposed amendments relate to, among others, emergency housing, the installation of minor freestanding cell masts, a third dwelling as an additional use right, short-term letting from flats and the role of heritage overlay when assessing a land use application.
Camps Bay resident Dennis Katz raised concerns about some property owners who lease out their apartments for a few days. He said this causes major security concerns as people walk in and out every three days. “This transient letting is becoming a nightmare and an unhappy situation for people who’ve been living there for decades. I’ve suggested that they rent out the flats for longer periods so that the residents can get to know the tenants, but they are refusing, stating that they make a lot of money through this.”
Mr Katz asked whether they have a right to lease out the apartments for short-term stay to which the City’s land use management representative, Richard Walton, answered no. “The City has made it very clear that the current legislation doesn’t allow transient accommodation in flats.”
He said the City has received many complaints from people living in flats about this but it was not within their power to enforce.
Mr Walton said they have had court cases regarding the matter where they have taken people on but unfortunately at times, they struggled to get sufficient evidence to satisfy the prosecutor.
He said this was a difficult situation for the City and some applications to regularise this were still sitting with the City’s appeal committee.
Another resident from the Waterkant also shared Mr Katz’s sentiments. She said they were now stuck in a situation where one owner wants to rent out his apartment for a short-term.
She asked whether the City could support and help them in this situation.
Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers’ Association secretary, Jacky Poking, said they were studying the amendments and would comment once they were clear about what the amendments meant for them.
“The Heritage Protection Overlay Zone( HPOZ) falls within the amendments and we need to understand what this means. At present, all that I can say is that we are studying the amendments and getting input from various sources in order for us to make an informed comment.”
Ms Poking urged the City to advertise the information sessions more widely.
“One was held last night for our ward but most residents only heard about it at the last minute, yesterday afternoon. And maybe the City should have more than one information session per ward/ or sub-council. There is definitely a wide interest in these amendments to the MPBL and I think the City should note that and have more information sessions to engage with the public,” she said.
Chairperson of the Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (CBCRRA), Chris Williemse, said they are still studying the proposed amendments.
Interested parties, including residents, ratepayers’ associations and bodies corporate must submit their comments on the City’s proposed amendments by Monday April 1.
The full set of proposed amendments and the guideline document with more information are available at the 24 sub-council offices and on the City’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay.BOX IF CAN FIT:
Proposed amendments include:
The proposal of an additional level to measure height. The City said height is a contentious issue on sites and in areas with steep slopes most complaints relate to the impact of height on neighbouring views, privacy, and sunlight. The intention is to, in the end, produce a ground level map that will cover all sites and land in Cape Town so that there is certainty in terms of the allowed height for each and every site or property across the city.
A new provision that allows for short-term letting from a house or flat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days. This is in response to the increase in short-term letting via online platforms such as AirBnB.
Amendments are proposed to allow for the installation of minor freestanding cellmasts: properties zoned as Community Use such as churches, schools, clinics and hospitals; Utilities; Transport 1 and Transport 2; Public Open Space; as well as Agriculture be allowed to install minor freestanding cell masts (of less than 12m in height) or minor rooftop masts (of less than 1.5m in height) as of right.
This means that these minor freestanding masts and minor rooftop masts can be installed at or on these sites without prior land use approval from the City or adjacent land owners. Building plan approvals may still be required.
A minor rooftop cellmast of less than 1.5m in height is allowed as a consent use for properties zoned as Single Residential 1 and Single Residential 2; as well as for properties zoned as General Residential 1 – 6. This means that the owner of the property must still apply to the City for permission to install this structure.
An amendment that states that no more than one staff quarters is permitted on a land unit without the City’s consent. This is to allow the City to consider the legitimacy of domestic staff quarters and the impact it may have on neighbours.