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Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Sea Point Fresnaye and Bantry Bay (SFB) rates payers association new website

The Sea Point Fresnaye and Bantry Bay (SFB) rates payers association has a brand new updated and informative website. Take a look: !

Monday, 25 July 2022

Clifton Lifesaving Club

World Drowning Prevention Day

We’re proud to recognise World Drowning Prevention Day by sharing how we continue to do our part in developing valuable lifesaving skills, resources and abilities in our community.

Yesterday we had a large group of passionate lifeguards and junior lifeguards successfully qualify under the great supervision of our Clifton Instructing team.
As a club we are honoured to do our part towards growing the impact that lifesaving can have on multiple generations in our country.
Lifesaving South Africa has termed this year’s World Drowning Prevention Day programme “Supervision”.
Through the correct and uninterrupted supervision of youth, children, and toddlers in and around aquatic resources many drownings can be avoided.

Friday, 22 July 2022

Madiba face made of food cans breaks world record

Ladles of Love smashed a world record by by building the largest mosaic of Madiba’s face – created entirely out of food cans.

Cape Town CBD- based NGO Ladles of Love broke a world record on Mandela Day yesterday, Monday July 18, by building the largest mosaic of Madiba’s face – created entirely out of cans of food.

The event took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town simultaneously, with the Cape Town event being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Johannesburg saw 32 040 food cans placed on the South African flag mosaic, with Cape Town seeing 56 685 food cans placed on the Madiba mosaic.

At the end of the day, the food cans were packed up and will be given to communities in need in the coming weeks.

After the record attempt was complete, Ladles of Love founder Danny Dilberto thanked everyone for their contribution. “Madiba is a proud example of activism and today was a good example of activism and collaboration.

“Today was huge, and the spirit of Ubuntu in both cities was incredible. We placed around 90 000 food cans on the mosaics across the two cities and we’ve raised so much in terms of actual food and support to carry on with our mission to feed as many people as we can for as long as we can, and we cannot thank those that got involved enough.”

This is not Ladles of Love’s first attempt at a world record. The world record for the “longest line of food cans” was smashed by more than double at the V&A Waterfront on August 29 last year with a 6.7km line of 94 560 food cans.

The previous year, the world record for the “most amount of sandwiches made in one hour” was broken by 304 000 home-made sandwiches, compared to the previous record of 115 000.

Apart from the record-breaking event, there were other activities which people could participate in to contribute 67 minutes of goodwill for Mandela Day.

Activities included a knitting station, where people could knit 15cm x 15cm squares to be made into scarves and blankets; a chopping station, where people could chop up vegetables to be sent to community soup kitchens; and a sandwich making station for distribution to early childhood development centres.

By the end of the day, 1.3 tonnes of vegetables were chopped up and donated in Johannesburg, with 2.5 tonnes chopped and donated in Cape Town.

A total of 55 000 sandwiches were made in both cities.

Green Point Ratepayers AGM feedback

 It was a pleasure to attend the Green Point Rate Payers AGM last night and to mark their 15 years as a community organisation, working for the benefit of a better Green Point!

A small portion of my ward falls into their footprint - but perhaps one of the busiest portions as its the DHL Stadium, Urban Park, Shared fields etc.
Thank you to the Exec for their hard work and dedication and the continued donation of time, energy and passion in representing their community. Lovely that Liz Knight was recognized and honoured for her incredible and continued hard work and the many projects she has spearheaded in the area. A huge thank you as well to Steve Massey who deals with all the event applications on their behalf also know sits on the CPF.

- Nicola Jowell via Facebook

GPRRA AGM Last Night.
I was invited to the Green Point Ratepayers AGM last night which was to a packed room at Hamilton’s RFC, as a guest speaker along with Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and GPCID CEO Marc Truss. A great info sharing opportunity for our Mayor to set the scene to where Cape Town is going, me to report on some facts and figures around the ward and Marc to explain more on the GPCID extension from Gallows Hill to Ultra Liquors along Main.
The outstanding Liz Knight was honoured and although over time - a great turnout at the Green Point Ratepayers' & Residents' Association
Thanks for attending Nicola Jowell - Ward 54, Green Point CID, and others.
Well done GPRRA!!

City resumes rollout of home composting containers

From Nicola Jowell on Facebook:

I will join the department to do a handout of 300 Compost bins on the Promenade on the 17th September from 9am. Please bring along your ID and municipal invoice.


City resumes rollout of home composting containers

After a lockdown-induced break in the programme, the City this week resumed the rollout of home composting containers at Sub-Council offices. This forms part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the breakdown of organic waste at landfills.
The City of Cape Town is happy to announce that the rollout of Home Composting containers resumed this week in Sub-council 19. The City of Cape Town plans to distribute a total of 600 containers per Sub-council area in the next phase of the home composting rollout. This phase of the programme will run between July and November 2022. A total of 12 600 containers will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
So far, 300 containers were distributed to prospective home composters on Monday 18 July, and a further 300 will be up for grabs at the Fish Hoek Civic Hall tomorrow from 14:00 to 18:00. From here the programme will move to Sub-council 1, with 300 containers available for collection at the Saxonsea City Hall on Monday 25 July 2022, and 300 more available from Blaauwberg Community Hall on Saturday 23 July 2022. The rollout will then move through to other areas. Residents should please keep an eye on the following to be notified when the programme will be in their area. The schedule should not be impacted by load-shedding.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Nox Rentals Mandela Day initiative


Mandela Day 2017 – “We Give Back”

July 18th 2017 was the 9th year of the Nelson Mandela Day initiative. The day was started to commemorate the service Mandela gave to South Africa over his lifetime.

To read up on the history of how this day came about and more visit the Nelson Mandela Day website.

As a country we band together to give back 67 minutes of our time to communities and people less fortunate than ourselves.

How we did our bit

This year, the Nox Rentals Family decided to help the hungry people we see every day. We bought loaves of bread, jam, peanut butter, fruit and juice, and transformed our lunch room into a mini kitchen and started with the plan to make 67 lunch packs.

Nelson Madela day Charlie and Brendan

At the end of the day we had made over 100 packs to give!

Nelson Mandela day group photo

During the day and at the end of the work day we distributed the packs between us and drove the roads of Cape Town handing out packs to people. There were so many smiles and thanks, even a hug or two!

Nelson Mandela Day happy people

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Mandela Day Camps Bay Beach Clean 18 July

Today we did a Camps Bay Community Beach Clean, with 42 participants and close to 50 bags filled with litter. The winner of The 41 Burger prize was Henry Phiri. 🍔🍔 👏👏👏👏👏
Thank you to Kaylee Watson with her mom Viv, brother and sister; Trish and Joshua Parsons of Harcourts Atlantic, who brought three colleagues; 15 staff from Nox Cape Town, who initiated the Mandela Day Beach Clean; Carey Miek and her children; Sandy Parker and her children; Mel van Breda and her children; Sarah Osborne and her children; Dorle; Birgit; Lara Office and her children; Susan Rabinowitz and her children; and Sue Gutche and her children. Fabulous support from Camps Bay Prep, Sacs, St Cyprians, Garden Nook, and other schools in the Southern Suburbs.
And a thank you to Emma and Agne of The 41 for their fantastic organization. Thank you Marius Blanc of The 41 for the sponsorship of the beverages.
Please share litter hotspots near you with me. Thank you for your support.
We welcome learners doing community projects.
Article and photos by Chris von Ulmenstein
Camps Bay Clean
Camps Bay Ratepayers
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Friday, 15 July 2022

CCT: NGOs eagerly await PEP approval

The City of Cape Town has requested funding from National Treasury for the Public Employment Programme and NGO’s are eager to receive the funding as they have seen the benefits of PEP.

In 2020 the Presidency announced an Employment Stimulus Plan in response to the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The City was awarded R160 million for PEP, by the National Treasury.

Caryn Gootkin, the fundraiser for Soupertroopers, said 25 homeless people, connected to her NGO, had benefited from PEP. According to her statistics, 22 are no longer substances users, all of the 25 have been able to send money to their families and 20 of them no longer live on the streets.

“We have been told that there will be a new PEP contract which could run for two years but there is no guarantee as to when it will start.

“Apparently it has to do with when Parliament sits and approves the funding, so there could be a considerable gap between the end of August when the rollover funding ends and the start of the new contract which could start in November or in January,” said Ms Gootkin.

She added that they were concerned about the possible gap as the homeless people who had now benefited from the programme could be unsettled by this possible cutback.

The chief executive officer of U-Turn, Jean-Ray Knighto Fitt, agreed with Ms Gootkin, adding that the uncertainty could destabilise the homeless people who had made progress within the PEP.

“It can be very traumatic for some homeless people to start over again,” he said.

“They think they are going somewhere with their lives and then they are back on the streets. The will to try again is that much less and that’s our concern,” said Mr Knighton-Fitt.

“There have been assurances from the City that it will continue and I hope so but there’s a lot of questions marks regarding this right now,” he added.

The City is aware of the impact of PEP funded programmes that have created more than 3 000 temporary work opportunities for residents.

“We are aware that many people continue to struggle with the devastation of a two-year pandemic, compounded by ongoing economic woes,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for urban waste management, Grant Twigg.

“The City is doing all it can to assist these vulnerable residents, and the funding that was made available by national government during the pandemic to stimulate job creation and economic opportunities has been used to good effect thus far.

“We hope to continue the very valuable projects that have come about because of the PEP funding, and that is why we are engaging with National Treasury on the way forward and hopefully unlocking additional funding,” he added.

Among the projects that were included in the PEP programme were:

  • Alien vegetation clearing in Atlantis
  • An illegal dumping clean-up campaign
  • Fire prevention marshal project
  • An addiction and reintegration support programme for homeless persons

Article from Atlantic Sun