Wednesday, July 8, 2020

1 Ocean Way Objection for rezoning

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1 Ocean Way - Application for rezoning

It has come to our attention that the above-mentioned property has re-applied for rezoning one year following our objection - on behalf of the community, on the following grounds:

Objections
1. Urgent request to extend the deadline date - because all appropriate parties have not been notified for adequate and fair complaint, we received it via a concerned resident. 2. Three Floors of business premises to be built in an area that was released for residential homes. Not intended to accommodate the commercial activity. 3. Construction line borders the sidewalk. 4. No adequate allocation for parking (12 parking bays for 11 offices on three floors). Incredibly shortsighted of the town planner to accommodate one parking per office. Minimum of two to four cars used in every small business. 5. The owner does not share the spirit of the community. 6. Rainwater: The scale the roof drainage accumulated from rainwater and the properties next to it will cause either flooding or severe damage over time.

No notice of application was sent to SBHOA regarding the above-mentioned property, we received it via a concerned resident.

Comment / Objections
Should you wish to comment/object to this application, kindly email your response to :
comments_objections.blaauwberg@capetown.gov.za
by Thursday 9 July 2020.








Friday, June 5, 2020

The Noisy Red Ship


Pic Alex Aitkenhead
It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that the red vessel (Santa Clarawhich has kept many of us awake at night, has kindly agreed to shift to another anchorage.

We would like to thank our committee member, Mr. Andre Langeveldt for making the effort to contact the Ports' Harbour Master, Captain Alex Miya and initiate this favourable arrangement for our community.

Back Ground

During #lockdown all ships had to remain anchored outside of ports. 
Due to the regulations - which has posed challenges to servicing these ships, the number of vessels in the bay has increased.

Winter poses very rough and unforgiving weather conditions and the safest area to anchor is in Table Bay.

As HOA we represent the community and will assist as and when required.
 We will appreciate your support, in making your annual contributions to ensure that the SBHOA continues delivering services to the community.  Thank you.

Wishing you all a safe return to the 'new normal'.


Monday, June 1, 2020

Opening of reserves, conservation areas, parks and beaches under Level 3 remains uncertain



Where can we go (legally) under Level 3 in Cape Town?

There seems to be a misunderstanding by the Executive Mayor of what the Regulations say. 

While beaches and parks are closed and can only be opened if the Alert Level 3 regulations are changed, the question still remains in relation to Nature Reserves.

Werkmans Attorneys' Shane Krige says that the Media Statement fails to take into account the exception contained in Regulation 39(2)(g).   Regulation 39(2)(g) contains a specific exception that states that Nature Reserves are open for "such facilities and activities as envisaged in sub-regulation (3)." Sub-regulation 39(3) refers to "private self-drive excursion activities". 

In other words, Nature Reserves are open for activities that can be conducted as self-drive excursions. 
On 30 May 2020, the Minister of Tourism confirmed that certain National Parks would be open for such activities and SANPARKS opened certain of the parks on 1 June 2020 as a result.

"The opening of Table Mountain National Park this morning is indeed in accordance with the Regulations (Regulation 39(2)(g) read with Regulation 39(3))" says Krige. Activities that can be conducted safely by private individuals without guides are being allowed in Table Mountain National Park in accordance with these Regulations.

"Please allow public access to Open Spaces," alderman Dan Plato.
The City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, appealed to the Minister to amend the regulations and to allow the public to access these open spaces. However, he has not received any feedback as yet from the National Government and as such, the reserves and parks and beaches within the City of Cape Town’s boundaries remain closed until further notice and until such time as the regulations have been amended.

Beaches and parks do remain closed under Regulation 39(2)(m) and there is no exception to this rule. It is therefore correct that the Regulations would need to be amended to open the beaches, but no such amendment is required to open Table Bay Nature Reserve. Krige further comments "Our reading of the Regulations is that the Table Bay Nature Reserve, which was never officially closed, is, in fact, open as the Executive Mayor wishes it to be."



Monday, May 4, 2020

Finalists of the Funny Home Movie Clip competition


The Video With The Most Likes Will Win!

Each entrant now needs to make the most of their video and share it with their friends to see just how many LIKES they can generate on their video by Sunday 10 May 2020.  Start sharing and liking to support your favourite videos 


ENTRY 1   The Surgisons with "Blind Feeding"

ENTRY 2   The Galvin family - The night club

ENTRY 3   The Van Dijk’s, with Dog’ Dinner for One

ENTRY 4   The Aitkenhead Family - Zues enjoying some delicious nothing with his mama

ENTRY 5   The Harris family with Funky Dancing

ENTRY 6   Adam & Family Crafford with “The Workout


Who is going to be the winner?  Support your favourite video by LIKING and SHARING their link.



πŸ€œπŸ»πŸ€›πŸ» SBHOA would like to thank Ari from Sunset Beach Team Atlantic Remax Living for coming up with this fun idea and sponsoring the R2000 CASH PRIZE for the winning family as well as the R200 pizza voucher for each runner up.
πŸ› Wormy Goodness πŸ›is feeding the Sunset Beach flowers 🌸 with a delicious bottle of Wormy Goodness for the 5 runners up.

πŸ’° PRIZES: πŸ’°

WINNER - R2000

RUNNERs UP each receive
- R200 pizza Voucher πŸ•
- 1 Bottle deliciousπŸ› Wormy Goodness for your garden 🌸

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Entrance Beautification Project

SBHOA Committee would like to thank its members and sponsors for making this project a reality.


No allocation was made by the original developers to enhance and landscape the two entrances into Sunset Beach.  With two entrances leading into the suburb and the five beach parking areas, this quant neighborhood has so much to offer.  In 2016 SBHOA committee members set aside funding from Vodacom, local sponsors, and volunteers to begin a very large project to improve the two entrances.

The aim was to create an entrance that is environmentally friendly and adds to the aesthetics of Sunset Beach.

Now that Phase One of this project is complete, Phase Two has now commenced.  SBHOA Committee would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed and assisted in making this project a wonderful success.



Phase One

Early in 2018 the project started with the installation of a borehole pump and irrigation.

Then SBHOA Chairman Mr. George Zaverdinos spent many months working on securing the plans and approved locations for the trees with the City of Cape Town - not to mention the amount of effort to secure the promised funding from Vodacom.

Once SBHOA received final approval from the City of Cape Town for the project, landscaping commenced.



Mr. Lyndon Collins as the local Horticulturist was contracted for the landscaping project.




Once all the palm trees were planted, large river pebbles and water-wise plants were added to the landscaping.    This process took six months to complete and finally SBHOA Committee could celebrate the success of Phase One!


Phase Two

In January 2020, we received official confirmation from the City of Cape Town to commence the second half of our project: Phase Two: Upgrading Entrance Two



More Sponsors Needed:

Phase Two project will cost approximately R98 000 and further donations or assistance on the project will be welcomed.  Donations of funding, manpower or plants will greatly be appreciated. Please email office@sunsetbeach.org.za for more information.


Due to the National Lockdown regulations, this project had to be put on hold.

The final product will complement the Main Entrance with a similar design and concept to Phase One.  The project will commence as soon as #Lockdown ends.

The following members of our community deserve a special mention for their contributions:

SBHOA & Project managers:
George Zaverdinos
Alex Aitkenhead (Chairman)

Ari Voyiatzis : RE/MAX Living Team Atlantic
R15000

Lyndon Collins Horticulturists
11 Palm Trees
Relocation of trees

Gary Bogner
Irrigation ongoing

Charles Marx
1 Palm Tree

And last, but not least, a very special thanks to all the Members of SBHOA who pay their annual levies. Without your continued support, we would not have been able to put this project together.

Best regards,
SBHOA Committee

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Corona Virus Updates


24 April   -  Important Numbers to Contact








19 March 2020 South African Government orders all public places which trade with Alcohol to Close at 6pm


All bars, shebeens and SOME restaurants must close at 18:00 under strict new state rules
20:27 18/03/2020

As part of the Disaster Management Act, the government has just introduced strict new measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster.

With immediate effect, all establishments - including bars, clubs, shebeens, and restaurants - that sell liquor must close at 18:00 on weekdays and Saturdays, and at 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays.

The establishments may only open at 09:00 the next morning.

The same regulations apply to all liquor stores.
All on-consumption premises selling liquor, including taverns, restaurants, and clubs, are not allowed to have more than 50 people at the same time - or must be closed with immediate effect.
These places must also adhere to strict hygienic conditions.
Hotels that sell liquor must also implement measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.
No special or events liquor licenses will be granted during the duration of the national state of disaster.

One owner of an upscale bar in Tshwane told Fin24 that the consequences of the new regulations would be devastating for his venture. The business has already deteriorated over the past week and he fears that he may default on his rent this month.

A Cape Town restaurant operator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the new regulations discriminate against licensed restaurants by allowing unlicensed restaurants to trade without restrictions.

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According to the above announcement, it seems that Woolies and Sunset Wines will stop trading alcohol at 6pm, but unWined pizza - (which is unlicensed) will not be affected. As for the other 2 venues, unWined Bar and C&C will have to close at 6pm.  Please contact the venues direct if u need to know exactly what they plan to do.
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These are the most challenging times ever, but we have survived the ANC, the water crisis, the electricity. We WILL survive this. Payment 'Holidays' are starting to become a must, and this virus - as it was predicted to hit the world hard, WILL DISAPPEAR.  

We have to socially isolate ourselves, not forever, just for a short while, to reduce the curve. 

The time is now for us to reflect on this. How can we benefit from this time of a forced global shutdown? 

Start writing that book, or train (for a new sport) harder. Sort your home out, work on relationships, and SAVE your money. 

Or Work on your business plan for when we can go back to normal again.

Nobody knows how long this will last, but it will get worse before it gets better. Be prepared for it, take a deep breath, and think about everything you now can do (while this all happens).

Remember the famous saying:

"This too shall pass"


EVERYONE is in the same boat, 'payment holiday' will have to become the norm for the immediate future. 

NOW is the time for Sunset Beach to stay calm, stay focussed for when this is all over, and support each other where we can.

SBHOA Committee will keep meeting via ZOOM, so if u have any comments or suggestions for the up and coming meeting next week, pls send to 

All the best,
SBHOA
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17 March 2020  A confirmed case of the Covid-19 virus was found in Sunset Beach.
A Spanish lady with COVID-19 stayed as a guest at both guest houses in Cinnamon House and Cape Sunset Villa. Both are now closed. Staff and guests are in self-isolation.
The Spanish woman came from Johannesburg and has since then returned - by car - to JHB.
Wishing them all the best in good health.

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15 March  2020 Managing rising anxiety or stigma
We know that people may be feeling anxious, stressed or frightened. Here are some important things to take into account and share :
  • It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help, like friends, family or your fellow community members.
  • If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet, sleep, exercise. Keep up with loved ones at home by email and phone and connect with your larger Facebook community for support.
  • Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counselor. Have a plan on where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.
  • Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as the WHO website or a local or state public health agency.
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10 March 2020 If you do one thing today — share this service



There is a lot of false information about COVID-19 going around. If you are looking for correct and up to date information from the South African National Department of Health you can click on this link and send the 'hi' message 


You can also just save the number +27600123456 and send 'hi'.

This is not a Whatsapp group and you will not be spammed. It provides you with correct factual information using an interactive menu.

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20 February 2020  To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19.

However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimised supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.

Watch this video to find out more about treatment available for COVID-19.




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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

WhatsApp Group Application Form

Bay Beach Road Tree Upgrade




SBHOA would like to thank the Residents and Home Owners of Sunset Beach for your support via funding and donations.  Without you, projects like this would not be possible.



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Eric who is employed by SBHOA will be trimming all the Silver Leaf trees in BayBeach over the next two weeks.



Currently, they look like messy bushes, and he will prune them to start looking like trees. This will encourage them to grow into proper adult trees, as part of our project to make BayBeach Ave a road with beautiful trees.  



SBHOA ARBOUR DAY PROJECT

More trees and plants to come this year on this road. Please keep a lookout as the grow into beautiful trees.


We will ask CoCT to mop up the trimmings via C3 Form πŸ˜‰



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Please donate to SBHOA to help us keep up with the work that we do.  Thank you. 


Banking Details for SBHOA

You can make an EFT in to the SBHOA account as follows:
  

Beneficiary name: SUNSET BEACH HOA
Bank name:           STANDARD BANK
Account number:   071003991
Branch code:   0051001 (Universal Branch Code)
Branch Code:   022209
Branch name:  THIBAULT SQUARE
Reference: your cell number

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

INTERDICT AGAINST THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE CITY'S BY-LAWS ON HOMELESS PEOPLE


According to DVP an interdict application is due to be heard on 3 December 2019:

Seven homeless people have brought an application against the City asking for an order that the City be prevented from interfering with all homeless people, including removal of their property and the enforcement of fines.

Please see below (scroll down) the first two pages and link to the founding papers submitted to the court by the DVP group (
Devils Peak Vredehoek Neighborhood Watch).

DPV, other neighbourhood watches, and social groups have been asked to submit affidavits opposing the application. DPV has taken the following view.

1.    Many people are forced into desperate circumstances and have no alternative but to live on the streets. DPV runs its own social outreach project to assist people in getting jobs and giving them a hand in finding their way back into employment and permanent shelter (Please see the article below on their current project),
2.    They are aware that many criminals choose to live on the streets and set up their territories in our own neighbourhood, i.e. among the desperate people and unfortunates who live on the streets are many criminals who do not want assistance (and refuse assistance); the majority of the crime comes from criminal street folk,
3.    They are opposed to the by-laws being interdicted, as they are often the only tool available to law enforcement to move dangerous elements in your area,
4.    The by-laws themselves are not inappropriate and often have a useful purpose; the issue is possibly the application thereof – and this does not require their blanket non-enforcement.


Below are the first two pages of the court application against the City.

Vagrancy must please be reported via a C3 Form before any Law Enforcement will take place.

Click Here to Log a C3:
under Group: choose - Safety & Security (Squatters)
under Service: choose - Illegal Structures or Squatters
Best would be to also submit images if you have on the same form.

Bin Diggers on Mondays must also be discouraged.  Please notify your local security provider to increase their presence on a Monday.

Thank you
SBHOA


Please donate to SBHOA to help us keep up with the work that we do.  Thank you. 



Banking Details for SBHOA

You can make an EFT in to the SBHOA account as follows: 
  

Beneficiary name: SUNSET BEACH HOA
Bank name:           STANDARD BANK
Account number:   071003991
Branch code:   0051001 (Universal Branch Code)
Branch Code:   022209
Branch name:  THIBAULT SQUARE
Reference: your cell number

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pls Do Not Feed The Wildlife


WHY PEOPLE SHOULD NOT FEED WATERFOWL AND OTHER BIRDS

Feeding waterfowl and other birds such as guinea fowl is a popular activity for some people. Tossing food like bread, table scraps, corn or popcorn attracts ducks, geese and other birds to places like dams, parks and ponds.

Feeding these birds is a popular pastime and a relaxing activity bringing people closer to nature, or a fun activity for children wanting to interact with wildlife. However, feeding the city’s waterfowl and guinea fowl can lead to a number of problems and even be harmful to the birds themselves.

Why is feeding water fowl and other birds a problem?

The City of Cape Town manages public areas for the benefit of residents and when overpopulation of waterfowl or other birds such as guinea fowl occurs, these areas become unsanitary and unpleasant to use due to the droppings, feathers, trampling and erosion caused.

When the bird population exceeds the number that can naturally be supported by available habitat, management interventions, such as culling, may be necessary to maintain a healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment. These interventions can often create a rift in the community and lead to conflicting views between some residents and the City of Cape Town.

Conflicting interests occur when some members of the public feed the ducks, while others request that the City of Cape Town deal with the overpopulation. Some residents don’t want animals to be removed because they grow fond of the ducks or have concerns over animal welfare.

You can make a difference

You can make a difference by educating your community about the detrimental effects of artificial feeding. This matter requires cooperation from everyone, but the solution starts with each individual. Despite the City erecting signs like the one below at several dams to discourage the feeding of ducks, feeding still continues. Adherence to official requests like this one is an active step in setting an example and showing respect for the environment we all share.

Why is artificial feeding harmful to birds?

Although our intentions are well-meant, we are doing more harm than good for the following reasons:

  1. Hand-fed birds become a nuisance. Feeding birds has a compound effect. You may start feeding a few waterfowl or guinea fowl, but within a short space of time more birds are attracted and eventually great flocks can arrive.
  2. It leads to poor nutrition. Birds’ natural diets consist of a variety of foods such as invertebrates, natural grains and plants. The food items commonly used to feed the birds are low in protein and very poor alternatives for natural foods. Competition for food items at artificial feeding sites exclude some birds, usually the youngest, because they are unable to compete.
  3. It leads to water pollution. Unnatural numbers of waterfowl droppings causes excess nutrients in water bodies and can lead to poor water quality as a result of increased Escherichia coli counts. Poor water quality poses a health risk to humans.
  4. It causes overcrowding. Feeding attracts birds in unnatural numbers beyond what the environment could naturally sustain. Feeding pressure leads to over grazing, badly-eroded lawns, golf courses, school playing fields and public open spaces. Overcrowding leads to unsanitary and unusable conditions as a result of bird droppings.
  5. It increases the spread of disease. At artificial feeding sites, birds feed on food items scattered in the same place where they defecate. This not only leads to unhealthy conditions at the feeding site, it could also facilitate the spread of disease as avian botulism and Aspergillus which can lead to the mortality of large numbers of waterfowl.
  6. Costly management efforts: Overcrowding causes damages to irrigation systems and leads to erosion. The City of Cape Town spent over R300 000 over a 12 month period at the Sonstraaldam in Durbanville in response to damage caused by the overpopulation of waterfowl.
  7. It leads to unnatural behaviour in birds. Birds behave unnaturally as they become conditioned to and dependent on being fed. They lose their wariness of humans and become more aggressive. This may lead to attacks on small children and even adults.
  8. Weakening of the species: Artificially fed birds are vulnerable to diseases that can be transferred to other birds. Young birds may starve as they lose their ability to forage for food as they are used to being fed by humans. Artificial feeding affects bird breeding cycles.

Put nature’s interests first

Remove the incentive by replacing lawns with natural vegetation and stop feeding birds. The birds will not disappear when no longer fed, but a more balanced and healthy environment for all to appreciate will be created.

Families can still visit dams, ponds and parks to enjoy viewing the birds. Children should be encouraged to learn more about birds and their natural habits. Communities should make decisions that are in the best interest of animals and not themselves. If we are really serious about conserving nature, we should put nature first.