Take a Walk


DATE: Saturday 7th May 2016

TIME: 10:00 – Bring lunch/water/sun cream etc.

PLACE: Silvermine Reservoir parking (Enter through Gate 1 of Silvermine, drive to upper parking at reservoir) – Wild Card or R45 per adult to enter park.

The Friends of Silvermine are having a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Riverine Rovers. This is a small band of enthusiastic members who care for the wetlands at the lower end of the Silvermine River. The walk is scheduled to start at the Silvermine reservoir, the main source of the river, and will end at the car park near the rail bridge in Clovelly.

The walk can be divided into three sectors:
1. Reservoir to Gate 1/2.
2. Gate 2 to Sunbird Centre.
3. Sunbird Centre to Clovelly over the Dunes.

Participants can walk the whole route or part thereof. The entire walk takes the average walker about 4 to 5 hours. If you do not want to get sponsors then just make a donation. Funds Raised may be deposited to FOSNA at Standard Bank Fish Hoek to:-Plus Plan Acc. No 07 385 231 7 Reference “Sponsored walk” OR cash can be handed over to Terry Rothwell at the start of walk.
For more information please contact Terry on 021 782 6144 / 084 711 5416/3.


Far South – Sign the “Gatvol” Petition Now!

“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


The Simon’s Town Business Association held a quarterly networking meeting on Thursday, 27 August 2015 at the False Bay Yacht Club. The guest speaker was David Henwood from Cape Town Tourism, and the topic was “Why Cape Town Tourism needs Simon’s Town, and vice-versa. These are the minutes:

1. UPDATE ON SBA SUCCESSES: Keith, Chair of the SBA, briefly highlighted some of the SBA’s successes. These included the publication of the Simon’s Town Map; the monthly Just Nuisance Market which was now being independently run; the annual Music Festival; the MACH1 Security Guard and the additional Law Enforcement Officer provided through the Ward Councillor. Keith encouraged all businesses, including guest houses, to contribute towards security in the Town as this is of benefit every business, and the more financial contributions received, the more comprehensive the security could become.

2. INTRODUCTIONS OF ALL PRESENT: Liesel invited all present to introduce themselves and their businesses, and to highlight briefly why they believed people, local and international, should come to experience Simon’s Town.

David initiated a discussion as to what “Simon’s Town as a Destination” might mean: A place where visitors could base themselves and from there have multiple varied experiences, both in Simon’s Town and the vicinity.

David explained that Cape Town Tourism (CTT) was essentially a marketing agency appointed by the City of Cape Town to promote the City. CTT had limited funding, but could provide advice with designing and producing a Simon’s Town brochure. He explained that Simon’s Town did feature on the CTT web site, and received hundreds of thousands of hits. It was suggested that we needed a brand name for the coastline from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town – (such as “wild coast”). David agreed to investigate what had happened to the old Simon’s Town brochure that the City had had.

Frequently in the discussion the issue of traffic congestion which was discouraging visitors was raised. This was not something that CTT could influence in any way. Suggestions to get around this included putting in cycling lanes and tracks, improving the train service, and getting the Red Bus to come through Simon’s Town.

David explained that CTT was trying to get more people to Cape Town all year round and had a “Hallo Weekend” programme of a major event each weekend (156) of the year. He emphasised the importance of using social media, and of putting the visitor first in all promotional material.

Simon’s Town businesses expressed their disappointment with respect to the CTT office here. The feeling was that although the people manning it were pleasant and welcoming, the building was not, parking was difficult, and the people did not have the local knowledge and familiarity with Simon’s Town that was needed. David responded that he was carrying out audits of the Visitor Information Centres (VIC), and had closed down several – a world-wide trend. However, he said that the Simon’s Town VIC would never be closed. He was open to exploring better premises, to a possible public/private partnership (as was becoming a trend overseas), and to initiating a process of better training the staff in Simon’s Town. He emphasised that CTT appreciated receiving feedback and would welcome the SBA working with CTT to improve the service being offered.

CTT was planning a Social Media Training Session on the 8-9 October and he would send information about it to the SBA once details were finalised. David described two new Apps onto which he is putting members’ information. He believed that all marketing should be a combination of physical interaction/ apps / and a good web site.

Derek reminded all of the Simonstown.com web site which was very popular. Arne showed the Simon’s Town flag he had designed and which he suggested should be bought and displayed by all as part of branding Simon’s Town.

Liesel thanked David and all present for the discussion and invited people to move to the Yacht Club bar to continue an informal discussion.

Far South Peninsula Community Forum Report : Facing Facts

The Far South Community Forum is the joint voice of several civic, community and environmental member organizations in the Far South Peninsula; Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Imhoffs Gift, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, Noordhoek, Ocean View, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Smitswinkel Bay, Sunnydale, Sun Valley.

What is the Far South?  The Far South comprises the Cape Peninsula south of
Chapman’s Peak, Silvermine Mountain and Kalk Bay, and its 85 km of coastline.
The Far South is characterised by spectacular mountains, varied coastlines, wetlands, dunes. and one of the richest assemblages of biodiversity, including plants, mammals, and marine, insect, amphibian, bird and reptile species.  85% of the Far South has been declared protected land in terms of various national and international legislation: World Heritage Site, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment. A population of approximately 100 000 people inhabits the remaining 15% of land.

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Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association


When: 28 August, 2014 at 19h30

Venue: Civic Centre ,Fish Hoek

Guest Speaker: Sean Glass – Transport Dept,City of Cape Town Transportation in the Far South – Present issues and future developments

                      All Welcome   

Refreshments will be served after the meeting                  

Enquiries: Janet Holwill 021 7851328 or Allen Rose-Innes 021 7824279

Craft Market in Masi

Deaf Hands @ Work are an awesome organisation based in Masiphumelele that empowers deaf people by providing training and creating employment. I have seen the beautiful chandeliers they for example make from recycled glass.

Please support them by visiting the Market THIS Saturday 2nd August 2014, where you will find among others clothes, furniture, hand-crafted chandeliers, and food for sale.


Back to College for our Bursary Students

I want to share this blog with our community, as it gives a great insight in some of the work NGOs like Masicorp do in our part of the world. Empowerment through Education. Well done to all you guys, who willingly give time, support & expertise on a voluntary basis.


In the last two weeks all of our bursary students have returned to their student residences around Cape Town ready to tackle semester 2 of the academic year. The different academic institutions have slightly staggered start dates so it has been a busy couple of weeks for the Masicorp volunteers and student mentors that have kindly transported the students, and their belongings, back to campus.

SIMThis year we put two days aside to meet with each student individually, and discuss their progress. Programme manager Susan De Vaux has had to travel out to the city to meet our three student nurses, who have had a short break due to their internships keeping them busy in medical centres around the city. The remaining students met up with us in Masiphumelele during their vacation time. It was a chance to check that academic progress was on track, but also to confirm that…

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