Thursday, April 12, 2018

Table Bay Quarterly Report Jan - Mar 2018


Dear Partners, Neighbours, Friends and Colleagues

Please find attached a compressed version of our most recent quarterly report for the period January to March 2018.

Kind regards,

Koos Retief
Biodiversity Area Manager - Milnerton: Environmental Management Department

Table Bay Nature Reserve
10 Sandpiper Crescent, Table View 7441

Tel: 021 444 0315
Email:
jacobusj.retief@capetown.gov.za
Web (TDA):
www.tda.gov.za


This is what you can expect to read about in

Table Bay Nature Reserve Quarterly Report.


















Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt 2018


Sunset Beach Home Owners Association
in conjunction with 
Rawson Properties
and
Pam Golding Properties
invite you to an Easter egg hunt on 
March 25th, 2018 at 10am
at the Forata Drive beach point.

Come join us for a morning of fun and fantasy hunting for buried treasure on our pristine beach.

There will be buried Easter eggs, prizes. Lucky our resident Easter bunny will be handing out gifts, a colouring in competition for our littlies and so very much more!

Please bring the kids, friends, family, neighbours and anyone else who would enjoy a fun filled outing on the beach.
Other sponsors: Ocean Square Shopping Centre.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sunset Beach Boundary Wall Paint Project is Completed


The painting project - painting Sunset Beach boundary walls facing the R27 - is COMPLETE!!!!
Numerous cracks were repaired, and 2 coats of a pure acrylic paint were applied. These walls will not need repainting for at least another 8-10 years.

Elison the painter happily crawled behind bougainvillea and acacia thorns to cover all wall areas, and walked long distances during the 14 work days he took to complete this arduous job.

A big thank you to the Engen filling station management for allowing us to store the paint and materials on their premises. This is much appreciated.


Before the wall was painted

After the wall was painted

Total spend: Just over R25 000 for the entire project.  A saving of R275 000 from the original quote, because a community member decided to employ and manage the project for us.  Thank you to George Zaverdinos for taking the initiative and finalising the project on behalf of our community.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Painting the Boundary Wall


One of the primary objectives of the SBHOA is maximizing property values. 

Since the outside boundary walls of Sunset Beach (ie, the walls visible from, and running parallel to, the R27) have become quite shoddy looking over the past decade or two, we have commenced a project to repaint these walls. 


This will help to give our village a much needed “make-over”.

Starting from 14 November 2017, you might notice the painter working progressively along the stretch. Only one good painter has been appointed as this is far easier to control, the project is smaller that one might think, and we do not want a multitude of people traipsing all over the vegetation.

The project should be complete within 2 weeks, and certainly before the end of November 2017
  • No water will be used in the preparation. 
  • Any cleaning will be done by hand brushing/sanding/etc.
  • We are also using a top quality pure acrylic paint.



If there are any questions regarding this project, please do not approach the painter but rather direct your queries to the SBHOA (office@sunsetbeach.org.za).

Friday, November 10, 2017

Water supply interruption on 10 November 2017

9 November 2017
Water supply interruption on 10 November 2017
Our Water and Sanitation Department will shut down the Tygerberg Molteno water pipeline, which feeds water into the Cape Town CBD and surrounding areas. The shutdown will take place on Friday 10 November 2017 for 12 hours, from 22:00. A number of areas will experience low water pressure or reduced water supply during this time.
The affected areas include:
  • Cape Town CBD
  • Cape Town Harbour (Transnet)
  • Lower Woodstock
  • Maitland
  • Paarden Eiland
Green Point and Sea Point may also be affected.
The shutdown will take place because we need to assess the condition of the pipeline as we prepare for the Cape Town Harbour emergency desalination plant.
Please keep up to 10 litres of drinking water available per day for essential use during this time.
Remember to close all taps when not in use to prevent damage/flooding when water supply is restored.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but this is a necessary step in our efforts to beat this drought – with your help.
We thank you for your support, Team Cape Town.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

SA TAX FOR FOREIGN-EARNED INCOME



NEW PROPOSALS AND A POSTPONEMENT UNTIL MARCH 2020 ON THE CARDS

The Treasury has agreed to withdraw its controversial proposal to repeal a six-month tax exemption on foreign income earned abroad. Instead, it plans to introduce a R1-million threshold before taxes are imposed, in specified circumstances.

Implementation of the new set-up will be postponed to March 1 2020, instead of the initially proposed March 1 2019 for the old plan. This will give people more time to adjust their contracts or circumstances, or formalise their tax status. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has still to approve of the proposed amendments.

Treasury director for personal income taxes and saving Chris Axelson made the announcements at a meeting of parliament's standing committee on finance when presenting the Treasury's response to public submissions on the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill.

In terms of the proposal, the first R1-million of foreign remuneration will be exempt from tax in South Africa "if the individual is outside the Republic for more than 183 days, as well as for a continuous period of longer than 60 days during a 12-month period", Axelson said.

South African tax would be applied for foreign-earned income greater than R1-million.

"The exemption threshold should reduce the impact of the amendment for lower- to middle-class South African residents who are earning remuneration abroad. The effect of the exemption will also be that South African tax residents in high income tax countries are unlikely to be required to pay any additional top-up payments to the South African Revenue Service."

Axelson said the amendment would address most of the concerns of individuals such as nurses and teachers who go overseas looking for work.

Cartoon by ZAPIRO


The ‘Africa rising story’ was based on faulty logic – here’s how to fix it
Oct 31 2017 13:47 
Lorenzo Fioramonti

Until a couple of years ago, all financial institutions and investment banks were celebrating ‘Africa Rising’, in a symphony of compliments that should have cautioned any reasonable African leader as well as citizens on the continent. 
But what did they really mean when they were saying that Africa was rising? 
They simply meant that its GDP, which is the conventional measure of economic growth, had been growing (on average) at a faster rate than in other regions of the world. 
Of the world’s top 10 countries in real GDP growth rates for 2012, five were indeed African. 
Libya topped the list, with an astounding 124%, followed by Sierra Leone with 15.2%, Zimbabwe with 13.6%, Niger with 11.8% and Ivory Coast with 10.1%. 
A year later, in 2013, South Sudan was Africa’s best performer, with 29.3%. 
Ever since, other very fast growing economies included Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
But GDP tells us nothing about the health of an economy, let alone its sustainability and the overall impact on human welfare. 
GDP is simply a measure of market consumption, which has been improperly adopted to assess economic performance. 
Where does South Africa’s  .75 % growth rate fit into this picture?

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Bookkeepers
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Frustrations Run High for SBHOA Exco Member


Frustrations Run High for SBHOA Exco Member George Zaverdinos regarding the #Vodacom Tower!
The status of the Vodacom tower is as follows:
Vodacom is still waiting for the city electrical department to provide electricity to the tower. Vodacom has paid R200k in July for this but is still waiting.
One of our Exco members, George Zaverdinos, after being asked to by Vodacom, has been in communication with city management to assist in this matter.
George says: “it’s been extremely frustrating dealing with the politicians and managers in this matter. I tried the nice approach at first (going via our new ward councilor) but soon figured I needed a more direct and hard approach. However, nothing seems to work. The politicians have their own priorities and they decide when to act. How long before we have a functional Vodacom signal? Well, my guess is by March next year”.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trick or Treat in Sunset Beach on Sat 28 Oct


Dear Sunset Beach Residents,

Together with the support from the residents of Cowrie Crescent, DolaBella Road, and their interlinking roads, SBHOA have planned to celebrate an evening of fun for the Children.

When?
  • This Saturday 28 October
  • Trick or treating 5-6pm only.
  • Enchanted Garden 5-7pm.

The main aim was to create an environment for the whole of Sunset Beach residents children to enjoy Trick or Treating in a safe and enclosed environment. Thank you to the residents of the above mentioned roads who have offered a trick or treat for the children.

What is on offer?
  • Trick or Treats in the roads interlinking with DolaBella and Cowrie Crescent.
  • Enchanted Garden in the servitude that connects the above 2 roads (Behind Lyndon Collins home).
  • Jumping Castle and a Scary Tunnel!
  • Parents are invited to bring a picnic basket/ fold up chairs / blanket to enjoy in the enchanted garden and a fun social.
Competition:
Fun Prizes for the Best Dressed Girl and Boy and the house that made the most effort.
Lucky Draw for a Scary Cake.
Prizes awarded only to those who are present at the prize giving in the enchanted garden at 18h30.

Venues that offer clothing and paraphernalia:
Evermore Retail and Wholesale (next to Brights by Makro), Crazy Store, Pick n Pay, Checkers, Toys r us Table Bay.

What can you bring?
  • Dress up and come Trick or Treat.
  • Picnic social in enchanted garden. Bring your sundowner of choice.
  • R5 Raffle for a Scary Cake Draw.
  • Donate or lend paraphernalia to SBHOA to add to the enchanted garden? Or even just an extra helping hand will be appreciated thanks.
  • Take as many photo's as you wish to share on this page for afterwards.


A very big thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers helping to make this a fun event for all the children and residents of Sunset Beach:
Rawson Blaauwberg Adele Werth Jo Clarke Lyndon Collins Rhosigns Neon Alex Aitkenhead Mark Herd Youlanda Iles Beley Lise Lotze Helena Pereira Nelio Pereira Keanin Welgemoed Leora Adena Jawno Mofsowitz Estetica The Hair Chair Sunset Beach UnWINEd Wine & Tapas Bar Sunset Beach Wines

See you there, if you dare ;)


Friday, October 20, 2017

Safer Cycle Lanes for the Cyclists

12 OCTOBER 2017

Officers deployed to patrol cycle lane between CBD and Table View - CITY OF CAPE TOWN




The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority recently deployed 10 dedicated officers on motorcycles to patrol the cycle lane between the CBD and Table View. The officers are deployed as part of the Transport Enforcement Unit contingent to address safety hotspots along non-motorised transport routes. Read more below:



The City of Cape Town has embarked on an initiative – the first of its kind – to help safeguard the cycle lane that runs along the red MyCiTi bus lane between the Cape Town central business district and the MyCiTi station in Table View. This cycle lane is very popular among cyclists, and the officers have been deployed to improve the general safety of cyclists – in particular those who prefer to cycle alone or have to use the lane after hours.

The officers are permanently deployed and work two shifts per day. They work in close collaboration with internal role-players like the Graffiti Unit, Anti- land Invasion Unit, Displaced Peoples Unit, Metro Police, Social Development Department, and Traffic Service as well as external role-players like the South African Police Service and the Immigration Department.

The cycle lane is patrolled on a daily basis from 05:30 until 21:30. Some of the officers are deployed in vehicles and others patrol the cycle lane on motorcycles.

Part of their functions involve inspecting the MyCiTi stations and acting as brand ambassadors by educating passengers and making them aware of the rules applicable to those making use of the service.

The officers use two-way radios and have direct access to the control room, camera response unit, and the vehicle operating centre. They can also communicate with each other.

‘Before the deployment of the officers, some members of the public complained about being targeted by opportunistic criminals along certain sections of the route, in particular in those areas which are deserted after hours. I am happy to say that we have seen an increase in the number of cyclists using the cycle lane since the officers have started patrolling,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

To date the officers have arrested suspects for mugging, pick-pocketing and theft. They have also issued fines to motorists and motorcyclists caught using the red road (BRT lane) illegally.

‘Our Cycling Strategy aims to increase the percentage of commuter trips made by bicycle from the current 1% to 8% by 2030. We have committed substantial resources over the past eight years in pursuing the vision of a cycling-friendly city. Currently cyclists have access to at least 450 km of cycle lanes across the city, some of which are separate from the road. ‘Although some of these lanes are popular for recreational cycling, we want to see substantial growth in commuter cycling which is required to have a noticeable impact on traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and to improve mobility in the lower-income areas,’ said Councillor Herron.

Some of the key strategies identified in the Cycling Strategy are as follows:
·         Improved access to bicycles for lower-income communities is pivotal
·   Road safety (traffic) and personal security (crime prevention) along cycling routes must be improved
·   The planning, design and provision of cycling lanes must be location-specific, i.e. what works in one area does not necessarily apply in another
·       Cycling infrastructure such as cycle lanes, bicycle parking facilities, and storage facilities must be maintained

‘The deployment of the officers along this popular cycle route will assist us in growing the number of commuter cyclists. In so doing, we are also improving the safety of cyclists and MyCiTi commuters. This is one of the priorities identified in the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, which aims to promote the use of public transport, walking and cycling among commuters,’ said Councillor Herron.