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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

CBCRA AGM 2021 Planning Report

I’ve highlighted a few current items but more information can be found on the website – or by contacting me directly.

Hotel on the beachfront: The application for a 101-room hotel on the Place on the Bay site, which received 76 individual objections, was approved by the Municipal Planning tribunal. The CBCRA call to the community to assist in opposing this application received tremendous support and over R80k in donations. An extremely well-prepared appeal against this decision was placed before the Mayor and the appeal was partially upheld and partially dismissed. 

In essence the parking departure to allow 58 parking bays in lieu of over a hundred required was refused. We are currently in (very slow) discussions with the developer, who is clearly hoping that the City will remove parking requirements from the DMS. Our thanks to attorney Leon van Rensburg for his expertise in this matter.


5 The Meadway: 

This matter was heard in the Western Cape High Court late last year and all planning permission was set aside. Of course, the newly constructed building on the site has been interdicted from any further work or occupation. The objective now is to seek the demolition of certain illegal portions of the building, if the developer is not prepared to do voluntarily. The shocking conduct of certain City officials in facilitating the illegal work was highlighted to the Court and although also referred to the City, nothing came of it – as always. The CBCRA will be taking this up with the new mayor to see if he is willing to require the officials to conform to legality.

96 Camps Bay Drive: 

This matter is also a longstanding issue. A couple of years back, the CBCRA successfully applied to the High Court for an order setting aside the City-approved plans. The developer re-submitted plans to which the CBCRA and neighbours objected. 

As always, the MPT simply approved the new application and the CBCRA appealed this decision to the Mayor’s Planning Appeal Panel. 

The appeal was upheld and the MPT decision to approve the application was set aside. Again, we thank Leon van Rensburg for his strong legal appeal.

It would appear as if this developer is still not willing to meaningfully discuss the matter with the CBCRA and, no doubt, a third application will be submitted to the City. However, the CBCRA is not giving up the fight to limit the development in Camps Bay to residential homes and not allow flats.

22 Sedgemoor Rd: It would be difficult to miss the construction of the monstrous block of flats in Sedgemoor Rd. The CBCRA and  a few affected (and generous) neighbours have made an application to the Western Cape High Court to have the planning permission set aside and any further work on site ceased.

We will update this on the website.

23 Francolin Rd: The CBCRA was instrumental in bringing an application for the setting aside of the planning permission by the City for a 4-storey building at this address. The developer, probably sensing the inevitable, opted to settle by demolishing the entire top floor.

Again, we will raise the completely dubious planning permission, granted by the City officials, with the new mayor.

In general, it would appear as if the MPT regard the praedial rights in our title deeds as mere annoyances and remove them at will. The CBCRA is researching the history of all applications to detail the arbitrary nature of the MPT’s actions. If the City shows no interest in this undermining of our property rights, we will consider a legal challenge.

Time will tell if the new mayor is receptive to the plight of the ratepayers of Cape Town.

Chris Willemse

Vice-Chair CBCRA

Report by Chris von Ulmenstein at CBCRA AGM 28 November 2021

Report by Chris von Ulmenstein at CBCRA AGM  28 November 2021


Chris von Ulmenstein - Marketing and Environment portfolio

Marketing

1. Facebook : 597 – 738 Likers 

2. Instagram: 60 – 212 Followers


Environment   

1. Three Community Stewards – funded by CBRRA

2. Individual cleaners 

3. High School learners: Camps Bay High, International School Hout Bay, Rondebosch Boys High

4. Community Beach Cleans last Saturday of the month. Sponsored by 'The 41 Restaurant', 'I know a Guy' recycling

5. Many broken lid green bins 

6. Residential bin scratching 

7. Picnic litter and alcohol bottles on weekends at Tidal Pool 

8. What’sApp Group created 

9. Civic Award 

10.   Thank Councillor Nicola Jowell


Chris von Ulmenstein 

29/11/2021


CBCRA AFS 2020

 CBCRA Annual Financial Statements 2020










Councillor Nicola Jowell's report at CBCRA AGM 2021

(Councillor Nicola Jowell's report at CBCRA AGM 2021 -As read by Richard Bendel, the chair, in Nicola's absence)


Nicola Jowell, Councillor of Ward 54

Dear Residents and members of the Camps Bay Ratepayers association

It is with great sadness that I cannot be there tonight to join your AGM and have conveyed by apologies to the committee. I am deeply grateful for the hard work and dedication shown by every member of the Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers Association. Having spent more than a decade as a volunteer on community groups and been on the executive of a ratepayers association myself I know the challenges that it comes with and the vast amount of volunteer time that is used in working to protect the interests of all residents in an area.

This has again been a challenging year and I look forward to a time when our reflections don’t start with this caveat! And we end the year again with the next round of the COVID-19 news of us entering the 4th wave in a couple of weeks and the discovery of Omicron both here and internationally. I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to appeal to every single resident of Camps Bay and Clifton to please heed the call from our President to get vaccinated. It is only through vaccinations that we will be able to fully protect ourselves, our loved ones and also the economic future and viability of our city and country.

The Council is currently getting back onto full swing with the formal inaugural meeting two weeks ago, the Mayoral Committee has been reappointed and we now look forward to the announcement of the oversight Portfolio Committee Chairpersons. The Sub-Councils and ward forums will however only be reinstated in the new year.

I urge residents to have their say and input into the development of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the next 5 year term of office. The Public Participation process has started. Council does not usually allow for public participation to run over the festive season but an exemption as approved via special application in Council last week which was inevitable due to the late elections and crunch to have this approved for the next budgetary cycle. This means that the process has opened now and will close on the 7th January. The IDP is the primary strategic plan that will guide all planning and development in Cape Town over the next five years. The city needs your input on the community’s developmental needs and priorities. So I urge you to take some time to submit this. If you go to the website www.capetown.gov.za there is a link to the IDP on the main page under the “trending” section.

I would also urge you to give your input on changes to the off street parking requirements in areas that are now designated as Public transport zones. This affects Camps Bay as the MyCiti bus stops were included in the Public Transport maps earlier last year, whereas before this it only included the train stations. The inclusion in the maps means a considerable reduction or removal of the need to have off street parking provided. This came into effect last year but I challenged the issue with the Transport Department who made the changes until the process was halted but it is not off the table and they are now conducting this public participation process. It is important to understand that the rationale behind these changes are to continue to promote and encourage people away from dependence on vehicles and to use and challenge public transport but there are valid arguments around current density in this area and the need to possibly have a phased in approach to this strategy. The public participation for this closes on the 31st January and I would encourage you to ensure that you provide input on this.

I would like to thank everyone who made it out to vote on the 1st November in what was incredibly trying conditions. From the weather, COVID and the impossible situation at the Camps Bay Soccer Club where the IEC was overwhelmed due to technical issue, staff shortages and a venue far too small. I am very grateful for the support that you have given me and am ready to continue to take up and address the challenges that the community faces.

I look forward to a continued partnership with the Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers Association and also working with individual members of the community to tackle service delivery head on.


Many thanks 

Nicola


CBCRA Chair's Report AGM 2021

Good evening and welcome to the 2021 AGM of the CBCRA in a year which has proved to be quite wild and damaging. 

Due to current circumstances, it was decided to hold this meeting via Zoom and we trust that everyone who wanted to attend has managed to log into the meeting. The on-screen comments bar will be monitored as far as possible.

It would be appreciated if you would do your membership fee payments online. 

Tonight, as with last year, we will dispense with all but the most important business of an AGM, so I apologise for the a meeting that will be more report-back in nature but quicker in time. 

Our local ward councillor, Nicola Jowell, recently re-elected does have a prior engagement but will attempt to manage an online appearance. Nicola cannot make the meeting, a copy of her address is posted on our website <here> . Please feel free to raise any issues that are of concern to you and we will also post her replies and comments.

Nicola Jowell's report

Firstly, may I please have any apologies for tonight’s meeting.

Apologies which have already been received will be posted with the minutes of this meeting

Also, we need to confirm the minutes of the previous AGM, held on 23 November 2020. Proposer and seconder?




Chris Willemse, vice-chair of the CBCRA


Chair’s report (given by vice-chair, Chris Willemse):

As mentioned, I will only give the bullet points and encourage you to follow developments on the website. Also, Manco members will gladly discuss any matter telephonically, via email or on Facebook.


Parking on the beachfront: 

This initiative is still awaiting the City’s implementation. That’s exactly as reported last year but, as you might have noticed in Sea Point and CBD, curbside parking tenders have been let and are operational. As reported last year, the various groupings in Camps Bay such as the CBCSI, Neighbourhood Watch and others have initiated their own plan and this has resulted in the Blue Team of car guards on the beachfront. CBCRA’s Theresa Massaglia, who dedicates so much time and effort to positively assisting the homeless on the beachfront will address you shortly on this matter.


Valuations: 

The GV2018 property valuation cycle by the City is still going through the appeal process, with many appeals still to be heard. It would appear as if many of the appeals have resulted in a lower, more realistic valuation.

It is understood from the City that the next cycle will be GV2022 (and not GV2021).

it will be interesting to see how these valuations pan out, given the reported drop in house prices along the Atlantic Seaboard. This clearly has major implications for the City administration, as if the gap between high- and low-end prices narrows, it will mean that the latter will end up with a higher rates bill – which is not politically comfortable!


Environment: 

Chris von Ulmenstein will update the meeting on her efforts and collaborations in cleaning up litter in the suburb and on the beaches. It is a responsibility that rests with all Camps Bay residents and visitors but appears to rely on the hard work of a few. Chris will also report on membership.

Here is a copy of her report summary: Report


Marine Outfall Plant: 

The CBCRA continues to oppose the City regarding the millions of litres of raw sewerage that it pumps into the bay at Camps Bay on a daily basis. As reported previously, the City continues to deny any damage to the environment and is satisfied that the system of dumping pollutants into the sea is sustainable despite the contrary opinion and established facts by all academics in this field. The CBCRA hopes to have other groupings on board in opposing the destruction of the natural environment by the City, which not only includes the Camps Bay MOP but also that of Mouille Point and Hout Bay and the wetlands and lagoon in Milnerton at Flamingo Vlei. The CBCRA recently commented on this problem in its response to the Draft Water & Sanitation Development Plan. It remains to be seen if the City take any notice of this.

However, the Mayco member responsible for this portfolio has been axed from the new Mayco announced by incoming mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis. Hopefully, the new incumbent will not be as obstructive as the last.

Whilst on this topic, it can be announced that the City have finally accepted that its various wastewater treatment plants are not fit for purpose. Due to this, large swathes of the City have had a moratorium placed on them in terms of major development – areas such as Table View, Milnerton, Gordon’s Bay and Somerset West. Obviously, the developers in these areas are incensed and some are planning legal action against the City and others are exploring the feasibility of installing mini-sewerage plants at their developments.

In essence, a few months ago, the City claimed that it adequate capacity for all these developments and two weeks later, claimed that there was none.

Clearly, the problem lies with the DA-administration which has been the handmaiden to the development industry, encouraging all sorts of unsustainable development – and the senior officials who were too obsequious to speak truth to power regarding this looming crisis.


Cell masts: 

As previously reported, the City planners have allowed almost unrestricted installation of microwave equipment in Camps Bay. Probably the worst case is the Marine Heights block in Upper Tree Rd. The CBCRA has been making representations to the planning authorities for years now, without success. The CBCRA advised affected neighbours to take this matter to the High Court, which is the only institution that can force the City to properly govern, and a case was brought before the Western Cape High Court in early 2021 by an affected neighbour and the CBCRA to have this illegal equipment removed. Delaying tactics were employed by the cell mast operators but the application was heard in August 2021. Unfortunately, the presiding judge (Deputy Judge President Goliath) did not make a final determination and the matter has been held over until the City has considered the latest application by the owner of Marine Heights, Egbert Hering and the various cell mast operators, which includes Vodacom and Cell-C.

The CBCRA will keep all pressure on the City in this regard.


Theatre on the Bay: 

The upgrade to the Theatre on the Bay precinct has proceeded to the completion of the  piazza on the seaside of Link Street. The site will incorporate the war memorial and add a special space to the area. Our thanks to Manco member Johan van Papendorp for his tireless efforts and the support of Pieter Toerien of the Theatre on the Bay.

I would strongly urge all residents to visit the precinct and take in a show at the Theatre.


Maidens Cove development: 

It was reported at the 2020 meeting that although the City claimed that it had “listened to the people of Cape Town” and abandoned its proposed development of Maidens Cove, Mayor Dan Plato recently confirmed to the CBCRA that it was on the cards again. Basically, too much money around the development for the DA-led City to ignore! 

As previously stated, the CBCRA, along with the CBOA and the Maidens Cove for All group, will keep a close eye on this proposal and will remain prepared to counter any threat to the suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton from the City of Cape Town. We will also engage with the new mayor on this, although he has, via email, confirmed to the Clifton Bungalow Owners that he is in support of maintaining the heritage integrity of the area. Let’s see….


Traffic flow over Kloof Nek: 

The City finally completed the proposed traffic re-alignment at the top of Kloof Nek, essentially creating 3 lanes from the city side (one to Table Mountain, one to Camps Bay and the last to Clifton via The Glen).

We were hoping to see its efficiency in the upcoming holiday period but the Omicron variant might have other ideas…


Homeless people: 

Theresa Massaglia will update you on this most important and pressing issue.

Beachfront Social Issues and Actions: Theresa Massaglia. I would also like to thank Alan Marsh, the CPF Chair, Peter Cooksen of the City’s Social Development branch and Warrant Officer .. Fortuin of Saps, Camps Bay for all their efforts in dealing with these seemingly intractable issues.

Environment & Marketing: Chris von Ulmenstein has converted her daily walks and personal clean-up of the suburb into a CBCRA project.

You can read Theresa Massaglia's report <here>.


PLANNING

I’ve highlighted a few current items but more information can be found on the website – or by contacting me directly.

Hotel on the beachfront: The application for a 101-room hotel on the Place on the Bay site, which received 76 individual objections, was approved by the Municipal Planning tribunal. The CBCRA call to the community to assist in opposing this application received tremendous support and over R80k in donations. An extremely well-prepared appeal against this decision was placed before the Mayor and the appeal was partially upheld and partially dismissed. 

In essence the parking departure to allow 58 parking bays in lieu of over a hundred required was refused. We are currently in (very slow) discussions with the developer, who is clearly hoping that the City will remove parking requirements from the DMS. Our thanks to attorney Leon van Rensburg for his expertise in this matter.


5 The Meadway: 

This matter was heard in the Western Cape High Court late last year and all planning permission was set aside. Of course, the newly constructed building on the site has been interdicted from any further work or occupation. The objective now is to seek the demolition of certain illegal portions of the building, if the developer is not prepared to do voluntarily. The shocking conduct of certain City officials in facilitating the illegal work was highlighted to the Court and although also referred to the City, nothing came of it – as always. The CBCRA will be taking this up with the new mayor to see if he is willing to require the officials to conform to legality.

96 Camps Bay Drive: 

This matter is also a longstanding issue. A couple of years back, the CBCRA successfully applied to the High Court for an order setting aside the City-approved plans. The developer re-submitted plans to which the CBCRA and neighbours objected. 

As always, the MPT simply approved the new application and the CBCRA appealed this decision to the Mayor’s Planning Appeal Panel. 

The appeal was upheld and the MPT decision to approve the application was set aside. Again, we thank Leon van Rensburg for his strong legal appeal.

It would appear as if this developer is still not willing to meaningfully discuss the matter with the CBCRA and, no doubt, a third application will be submitted to the City. However, the CBCRA is not giving up the fight to limit the development in Camps Bay to residential homes and not allow flats.

22 Sedgemoor Rd: It would be difficult to miss the construction of the monstrous block of flats in Sedgemoor Rd. The CBCRA and  a few affected (and generous) neighbours have made an application to the Western Cape High Court to have the planning permission set aside and any further work on site ceased.

You can read the Founding Affidavit <here>.

23 Francolin Rd: The CBCRA was instrumental in bringing an application for the setting aside of the planning permission by the City for a 4-storey building at this address. The developer, probably sensing the inevitable, opted to settle by demolishing the entire top floor.

Again, we will raise the completely dubious planning permission, granted by the City officials, with the new mayor.

In general, it would appear as if the MPT regard the praedial rights in our title deeds as mere annoyances and remove them at will. The CBCRA is researching the history of all applications to detail the arbitrary nature of the MPT’s actions. If the City shows no interest in this undermining of our property rights, we will consider a legal challenge.

Time will tell if the new mayor is receptive to the plight of the ratepayers of Cape Town.


ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS

Nick Taylor joined the Manco to assist with the issue of problem rental houses in Camps Bay.

All other members currently serving on your Manco have agreed to remain for the following year.

Chris Marshall has left the Manco to join the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance. Chris will be dealing with the governance in the City within this civic grouping but remains in direct contact with the CBCRA. 

I wish to express my personal gratitude to all these hard-working and selfless individuals who freely give of their time to protect the uniqueness of our beautiful village and suburb. I’m sure that all present here tonight will join me in thanking the Manco.

As always, new members are welcome and there is a great variety of tasks to tackle. Any nominations from the floor?


FINANCIAL REPORT - Richard Bendel

Matters Arising

Meeting Closed at 19h30


Friday, 26 November 2021

COMMENT ON CCT DRAFT 2022 – 2027 WSDP & INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

26 November, 2021

CBCRA COMMENT ON CITY OF CAPE TOWN DRAFT 2022 – 2027 WSDP & INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN (“the draft report”)                             

The CBCRA has studied the draft report by the City and comments as follows: 

This is a voluminous report with statistics that cannot be easily verified by a volunteer ratepayers’ association, however the City presented data is accepted in good faith.

It is not the remit of the CBCRA to reinvent any wheel in this regard and it will confine itself to comments on the specific waste management problems facing the Atlantic Seaboard.

The reliance on an incredibly outdated Marine Outfall Plant (“MOP”) serving Camps Bay, Glen Beach and Clifton (and other MOPs serving Hout Bay and Mouille Point) is considered as beyond unacceptable and a prime source of the environmental destruction of the marine environment along our coast.

The overwhelming scientific evidence that such MOP’s are outdated, crude and destructive appears to be common cause amongst all those who have knowledge of the workings and effects of these decades-old dinosaurs.

It appears to be only the City of Cape Town which finds such sea-borne sewage disposal as acceptable – both at a political and administrative level.

It must be clearly stated that the destruction of the marine life along the Atlantic Seaboard has been conclusively established by expert academics of all the major local universities.

Yet the City remain stubbornly obstinate to the situation.

It is understood that the City has large commitments in terms of the provision of water and sanitation to the greater metropolitan area of Cape Town, but it is the duty of the responsible department(s) to adequately make provision for these public health and environmental responsibilities and for the City’s elected politicians to ensure that adequate budgetary provision is made available to provide for improved sanitation and waste management in our area and the greater Cape Town area. This will be addressed in the general comments below.

It is clear from the draft report that, although mention is made of finding a balance between sustainable development and improving quality of life, no mention is made of the MOP’s.

It is anticipated that the City’s response will be one of denial of a problem and an insistence that the MOP operates within its licence mandate.

Such City response will be trite as the whole issue of the purported issuance of the licence remains problematic, including the fact that no operating licence was in place for many years.

Further, in the general table of overall Microbial, Chemical & Physical compliance percentages, the e-coli count is blanked out. This is suspicious, as the City claims to test for and record such counts on a very regular basis. The fact that Camps Bay and Clifton are “blue-flag” beaches only adds to the problem.

It is further noted that the e-coli counts for Green Point (Mouille Point) and Hout Bay are also voided.

However, even without predictably low compliance (given the often-reported raw sewerage in the Bay), Camps Bay still fails to comply with the latest discharge standards.

In summary, the continued use of MOP’s needs to be independently and scientifically assessed and if found to be unfit for purpose, as is to be expected given the current scientific data and opinions, then budget must be made available urgently to counter the harmful effects of this MOP on our seaboard and environment.

In general, the sewerage crisis in Cape Town has been manufactured by a political system which promotes development at any cost and a compliant technical City section which has remained quiet despite what must have been an obvious problem in the making: The waste water system doesn’t suddenly become under-capacity overnight.

The draft report clearly states that the treated effluent quality will deteriorate and pollution levels within the receiving water body (river, estuary, bay or ocean) will increase with continued (over-)development. 

The draft report makes much of the future approach of the City toward what is a very essential municipal service. It is important that both the politicians and the officials are held to account going forward as they have clearly failed the citizens of Cape Town and our coastal environment to date.

Although the bulk services’ budget shows an increase from 2021/22 to 22/23, there appears to be a 35% decrease in 2023/24. This is not explained.

Satisfaction with sewage, wastewater and share toilets indicates that 66% of formal settlement dwellers were satisfied with the service. Although this figure is relatively low, final effluent treatment is dysfunctional and this indicator merely expresses satisfaction that the initial removal of waste water from their properties appears to work.

The reality is that large swathes of the City are drowning in sewerage, mostly in the waterways and vlei areas of Cape Town, but also along our Atlantic Seaboard coastline and on our beaches. Fourth, Second, First Beach and Glen Beach have frequent sewerage spillages which contaminate our environment and put our public health at risk.

We trust that the new Mayco member for this important portfolio will grasp the problem and with urgency work towards a solution that benefits the City of Cape Town, its people and our environment.

As always, the CBCRA offers to work with the City and all interested and affected parties to contribute to the betterment of the current situation.

Regards

Chris Willemse

Vice Chair

CBCRA

The report can be found here:

Thursday, 25 November 2021

CBCRA AGM 29 November 2021

 


REMINDER
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 


  **TONIGHT** 

The CBCRA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CBCRA AGM 2021
Date: Monday, 29 November 2021
Time: 18h00 - 19h30

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7059668482

Meeting ID: 705 966 8482


 AGENDA 

WELCOME AND THANKS
 
APOLOGIES & ACCEPTANCE OF PREVIOUS AGM MINUTES
 
COUNCILLOR REPORT
Cllr Nicola Jowell
 
Richard Bendel
 
Theresa Massaglia
 
Chris von Ulmenstein
 
Chris Willemse
 
 All
 
Richard Bendel
 
MATTERS ARISING
 All
 
CLOSE
 

Friday, 19 November 2021

Camps Bay Swimming Club in the deep end


On Thursday December 2, the club will close and the decision to terminate its contract at Camps Bay Primary School has upset club members.

When George Hedges, the father of Wendy Way, founded the club in 1946, it operated from the Camps Bay municipal pool. After a storm damaged the facility, the club relocated to Long Street swimming baths. And when the Camps Bay Primary School pool opened in 1974 the club was invited to use its swimming pool.


According to Camps Bay Primary School Governing Body (SGB) chair Chris Loker the club’s lease ended in December 2021 and while there had been an option to renew, terms could not be agreed before the June 2020 deadline.


“The school elected and informed the club that they would go through a procurement cycle to satisfy the SGB that they were getting the most from the facilities, which incur significant costs at a time when most schools are struggling financially, and to try regain eminence once more as a strong swimming school,” he said.


“This process was delayed due to Covid restrictions but the club was allowed to keep operating during that time. The club were invited to tender (which they did), but were not successful and feedback supplied on the 29th October to them in writing.”


Mr Loker said there had been five applicants and an adjudication process based on a set of criteria set by the school. A non-negotiable for all the proposals, he said, was the continued participation of Ms Way after whom the aquatic centre had been named.


“It was all stakeholders’ belief that recognition of her experience, loyalty, value and longevity was preeminent for as long as she chose to remain involved,” said Mr Loker.


He also confirmed that Vineyard Swimming club would take over at the school.


Simon Thirsk, chairman of the CBSC, said he and other members were deeply saddened by the closing of the club. “During our negotiations with the SGB, they requested R15 000 rental from the club.


“We accepted this, provided the heating was removed from our responsibility, as the school was using the pool around 50% of the time and not contributing to the R175k per annum cost to heat the pool.


“The school rejected our counteroffer and said we must pay the heating. We countered with R6 000 plus heating and the discussions became protracted and placed in the hands of the then incoming new principal,” Mr Thirsk said.


He said they had reached out to the school to ask for the swimming club lease to be extended up to April 2022 when the season ends.


“Why must an institution created by Wendy which is renowned not just to Camps Bay Primary school kids, but most residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the City Bowl be shut down in this way?


“Why must her legacy end? Why could the school not be transparent, especially considering the amount of respect they are quick to share and publish that they have for Wendy? They have offered her a place at the pool under the new club, which Wendy has declined, as she has pride and self-respect and understands that her services are no longer required,” he said.


“It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve the Camps Bay and swimming community over the past years. I enjoyed meeting and working with so many wonderful children and their swimming families. A very big thank you to all who have supported helped the club over the many, many years,” said Ms Way in a CBSC letter circulated via social media.


A farewell event for the CBSC is planned for November 26. For more information visit the club’s website: www.campsbayswimming.co.za



By Shahied Joseph


https://www.atlanticsun.co.za/news/camps-bay-swimming-club-in-the-deep-end-4091def6-383f-4b25-aa86-682ad551f3a4

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Cape Town Community roleplayers recognised with 2021 Mayoral Civic Awards!

In a City of Cape Town Subcouncil 16 Awards Ceremony held on Monday three Camps Bay residents were awarded Mayor’s Civic Awards ‘in recognition of dedicated and generous service to the community in Good Hope Subcouncil (16). Your commitment to service delivery is hereby acknowledged with gratitude’.


In total 14 residents received Civic Awards. I am extremely grateful to be one of the Award recipients.

Ward 54 Councillor (for Sea Point and Camps Bay) Nicola Jowell nominated the three recipients in her Ward, and presented each Award to:


Chris von Ulmenstein
 : for her Camps Bay Clean initiative in picking up litter in Camps Bay, for encouraging Homeless persons to work with her, for hosting Community Beach cleans, and for reporting maintenance and security issues to Councillor Nicola. She heads up the Environment and Communications Portfolios on the Camps Bay Ratepayers Association.

Theresa Massaglia: her Community who Cares project encourages homeless persons to move into shelters and to be gainfully employed, the Camps Bay Community Stewards being a major project started a year ago. She heads up the Homeless Portfolio on the Camps Bay Ratepayer’s Association.

Alan Marsh: Chairman of the Camps Bay Community Policing Forum, and working on Community who Cares with Theresa.

Camps Bay Ratepayers’ Association member Johan van Papendorp, renowned landscape architect, designed the De Waterkant Park, which was implemented by a De Waterkant Volunteer Resident Group.


Other recipients of the awards were

#.  Niels Colesky, whom I met in the lift going to the Award venue, and who entertained me during the ceremony, knowing that Gary Peterson and I are friends, and about my reputation as a controversial restaurant writer, for a De Waterkant Park created by a group of resident volunteers

#. Andre Viljoen of Woodstock Brewery, who started the Mother Soup Project to feed needy persons, he opening a permanent facility in Paarden Eiland soon (Photograph left)

#.  Frank Solomon from Hout Bay, who started a safe sea education program in Hout Bay

#.  Stanley Dorman for his contribution to Tourism in Hout Bay

#   Ernest Ford, Ward 57

#   Simon Birch, Ward 57

#   Erefaan Ramjan, working with the youth and pensioners in Bo-Kaap and District Six

#   Jesse Laitinen of Khulisa Streetscapes, working to empower street people, and creating urban food gardens

#   Tasso Evangelinos of the CCID, working with developers to look after the city centre and creating the largest CID in our city.

#   Zhogra Nordien and the District Six Working Committee

#   Mandy Pelser and the Church of Scientology

Congratulations to all the 2021 Civic Award recipients.

 This is published by Chris von Ulmenstein 

http://www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog/cape-town/cape-town-community-roleplayers-recognised-with-2021-mayoral-civic-awards/#more-213979


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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Congratulations to Nicola Jowell

2 November 2021

Dear Cllr Jowell

Ward Councillor re-appointment

On behalf of the CBCRA, we would like to congratulate you on your re-appointment as the Ward Councillor of Ward 54.  

We look forward to continue working with you in order to improve our Ward.

Yours faithfully  

RICHARD BENDEL  (Chair)

CHRIS WILLEMSE    (Vice-Chair)