APPEAL FOR DONATIONS FOR LEGAL COSTS
The recent Gatvol Petition was signed by over 4000 Far South residents. We are all totally frustrated by the traffic congestion within, and in and out of our area, as it negatively impacts our daily lives. The City has acknowledged that utilisation of Ou Kaapse Weg has exceeded capacity. Yet the authorities continue to approve ever more development in the area targeting upper and middle income buyers.
Quoting the City’s own District Plan: “major new developments in the far south sub-district must be dependent on the availability of sufficient and adequate service infrastructure for the sub-district as a whole and to this extent Traffic Impact Assessments (TIAs) on major new developments should take into consideration traffic impacts …on key access routes out of the valley, and particularly Ou Kaapse Weg”.
Riverside Glen Extension (the first 107 of 400 houses) in Kommetjie has recently been approved based on a Regional Traffic Impact Assessment which does not meet the requirements of our District Plan. Right of appeal was denied. The Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers Association (KRRA) have recognised that, if this development is allowed to go ahead, it will set a precedent that will open the flood gates for further development. There are already more than 4000 new dwelling units approved in the Far South, over 3200 of which are developer-driven new upper and middle class homes; and there are several thousand more in the pipeline.
Previous objections to irresponsible development have been ignored by the City. There has been no response from the Mayor as yet to the Gatvol Petition. It is now clear that the only way to get the City to follow its own plans and protect its own interests is to take legal action. The KRRA have obtained legal advice which indicates that there are reasonable prospects of a legal challenge succeeding.
As this issue affects us all, the Far South Peninsula Community Forum has undertaken to support the KRRA and assist in bringing this to the attention of all Far South residents. Legal costs are estimated at R350,000. Taking the crowd-sourcing model, we appeal to all to make a contribution, with a deadline of end July 2016.
Think of the future. Think of it with another 4000 ++ homes in our area – another 8000 cars on the roads. And the schools? The clinics? The social services? Law enforcement? This is our only chance to stop irresponsible development which benefits developers, and costs the rest of us time, money and health. How much are you prepared to invest to protect our area from the irrevocable chaos that results from over development? We owe it to ourselves and our children.
Donations by end July to:
Far South Peninsula Community Forum (FSPCF)
A/c number: 374216428; Standard Bank Fish Hoek;
Bank code 036009 for deposits
Bank code 051001 for electronic payments
Reference: Your surname, Gatvol.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a receipt
More than 3000 people signed the ‘Gatvol’ Petition!!
ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE FAR SOUTH PENINSULA
are invited to a meeting with officials from the City of Cape Town
Monday 18 April, 18h00hrs
Fish Hoek Town Hall
Residents are asking the City why traffic is at a standstill, why schools in the Far South are overflowing, why there are insufficient clinics in the area, and why the Far South is being neglected when it comes to public transport?
Why does the Mayor continue to approve new developments in the congested Far South Peninsula?
This is your chance to express your concerns and suggest solutions to City Officials. All are welcome.
“GATVOL” PETITION: Please sign by Sunday 3 April 2016
The Far South Peninsula Community Forum is dissatisfied with the uncontrolled development occurring in the Far South Peninsula and the lack of attention (iro infrastructure, Ocean View and Masiphumelele) being given to the Far South Peninsula by the City of Cape Town.
We are not against development per se, but we believe that over-development and extending urban areas into areas not previously zoned for development – without the necessary infrastructure and facilities – is one way of killing off the Far South Penisula. It is our unique mountain and coastal topography that is the driver of our economy based on tourism and recreation and we do not want this to be destroyed.
The FSPCF has launched a petition campaign – “Gatvol Petition”. The purpose of this petition is two-fold:
-to get across to the City, the DA and the Mayor how we feel in the Far South Peninsula about some of their decisions;
-to raise local awareness in the area about the huge negative impact that current and future development will have/is having in the Far South Peninsula.
You can read more and sign the petition here: http://community.avaaz.org/petitions/the-far-south-is-g-a-t-v-o-l
Far South Peninsula Community Forum
|CITY OF CAPE TOWN – 1 FEBRUARY 2016 – MEDIA RELEASE
City hosts disaster preparedness exercise
The City will simulate an emergency exercise in Simon’s Town to test the response of various agencies to a rail disaster. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station on Tuesday 2 February 2016, simulating a rail disaster.
The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City Fire and Rescue Service, Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Transnet, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, Emergency Medical Services and Forenic Pathology Services.
The scenario will involve a train colliding with a diesel tanker en route to the Simon’s Town Naval Base, causing the train to catch alight. A hazardous spill will also form part of the scenario. Members of the public – pet owners in particular – are advised that smoke grenades and thunder flashes will be used.
The purpose of the exercise is to test response times of the various agencies, to test the Incident Command System and how the various role players work together, and to identify any shortcomings. The recent incident in Glencairn where a train caught alight, resulting in a fatality as well as a massive vegetation fire, makes the exercise all the more important.
A number of roads will be closed for the duration of the exercise, which runs from 10:00 until 14:00, as outlined below. Residents and businesses are advised to please take note of these closures:
The City of Cape Town apologises for any inconvenience caused and appeals to the public to please comply with any requests from emergency services staff on the day.
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Charlotte Powell, Head: Public Awareness and Preparedness, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 597 5013021 597 5013 or Cell: 084 711 7710084 711 7710, E-mail: email@example.com (please always copy firstname.lastname@example.org)
Water is a precious resource so please use it sparingly.
Attached please find the Dam and Reservoir Storage Levels, Rainfall Data and Comparison Graph as on 12 October 2015 for your information.
The Dams supplying water to the City of Cape Town are currently at 73.5 of Total Storage Capacity.
Please note that there will be a “Stop-Go” between the Kalk Bay Harbour and Dale Brook place from Monday, 1st of September 2014 to Thursday, 4th September 2014 in order for the contractor to lay new asphalt in the road sections that were affected by the works on the new water main.
Chand Environmental Consultants
Tel: (021) 762 3050
Main Road, Muizenberg, between School Road and Bay Road, will be temporary closed for the period between 09h00 on Monday 11 August 2014 to 17h00 on Friday 22 August 2014 to allow for major road construction works to be undertaken on this section of the Main Road. Traffic from Atlantic Road and Albertyn Road, Muizenberg, will be diverted along the Main Road and up Old Boyes Drive onto Boyes Drive, while traffic from the Fish Hoek side will be diverted up Clairvaux Road and Boyes Drive. Main Road will be open to local traffic for residents and visitors alike through Kalk Bay and St James as far as Bay Road, Muizenberg, but no through traffic will be possible.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S C3 ELECTRONIC REPORTING SYSTEM
The C3 Electronic Reporting System ensures that your complaints and requests are recorded, tracked and reported and is applied to all functions of work in the City, from potholes, water leaks and power outages, to name a few. This notification system was introduced in 2007 and enables local councillors to log into it and track issues in their wards.
To log a request or complaint on the C3 Notification system you can do one of the following:
Call 086 010 3089 – City’s Call Centre
SMS 31373 (no more than 160 characters)
Or log on directly to https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/ServiceRequests/Pages/default.aspx
You are then given a reference number, which allows you to follow up on the complaint. The notification will be closed as soon as the complaint has been dealt with. The system enables the City to measure how long it took to deal with complaints, as an indicator of service delivery success and improvement over time.
Selected libraries around the city will offer various free activities during the March/April school holidays. This forms part of the City’s efforts to help keep learners occupied and engaged constructively – especially during school holiday periods.
Most of the activities will focus on arts, crafts and storytelling, but the programme will also include games, DVD shows, face-painting and chess competitions.
Public libraries will present some of these activities in collaboration with the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre (107); the Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department as part of its Come and Play programme; and the Iziko Museum.
Whilst the City continues to use all the resources it can to provide children with safe alternatives this holiday period, our initiatives will only be successful if we have buy in from parents. Parents are encouraged to bring their children along to visit their local library and to participate in these activities.
‘It is important that the City’s libraries are places full of activity and learning, where children feel safe and welcome and we hope that our young people will spend more and more of their free time in libraries. Holiday programmes are a priority for the City’s Library and Information Services Department as part of our commitment to being a caring and opportunity city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.
Libraries can be contacted directly for more information about their activities. Details of the holiday programme can also be found on the Library and Information Services Department’s website at http://www.capetown.gov.za/library