Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sunset Beach has Fiber Optics

It is with great pleasure to announce that Sunset Beach now has a complete Fiber Optic infrastructure.

We wish to thank the contractors for adhering to their timelines and delivering a professional service during the entire process.  On behalf of the residents of Sunset Beach, we thank you for a job well done.

George Zaverdinos
SBHOA Chairman

Message from OpenServe

Dear Sunset Beach Resident 
Fibre is now Live, to order your package:
Check online map on http://www.openserve.co.za/open/fibre/
      Enter your address,
      View Internet Service Providers (ISP) at bottom of page,
      Select ISP and package,
      Place your Fibre order directly with your preferred ISP.

Friday, September 14, 2018

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions, tariffs to Level 5 from October 2018

The City of Cape Town has made the move to relax current water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson announced.

After suffering from the worst drought in recent history, Cape Town's dams are nearing 70% of storage capacity – a significant improvement from the 38% capacity recorded at the end of the previous winter.

"The very low supply storage resulted in the imposition of Level 6B water restrictions in February 2018," Neilson said.
"The enormously positive response from Capetonians when called upon to reduce water usage, as well as advanced pressure and water management programmes by the City, saved the say and Cape Town avoided the worst-case scenario."
The key elements of Level 5 restrictions are as follows:
  1. An increase in the personal water use limit from 50 litres per person per day to 70 litres per person per day.
  2. A resetting of the overall City water usage target from 450 million litres per day to 500 million litres per day
  3. A relaxation of restrictions for commercial and industrial water users from a 45% to a 40% usage reduction
  4. A lowering of tariffs

Residential tariffs (excluding VAT)
  1. 0 – 6 kL: Down from R28.90/kL to R21,19 kL
  2. 6 – 10,5 kL: Down from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
  3. 10 – 35 kL: Down from R120,27 to R52,39/kL
  4. Above 34k L: Down from R1 000/kL to R300/kL

Commercial and industrial tariffs
  1. Down from R45,75/kL to R37,50/kL

Executive Director of Informal Settlements, Water and Sanitation Gisela Kaiser clarified that the City was not encouraging Capetonians to increase their water usage.

"At Level 6B, our overall target was 450 million litres a day – we never reached it. We are now at around 500 million litres a day. The ideal situation is to stay at 500 million litres, which is still our target under Level 5," she said.
"We are not encouraging people to use more, but with the 500 million litres comes a different target. People are already using more than 50 litres per day, we are just charging the right price now to come in overall at 500 million litres per day."
Once dam capacity exceeded 50% at the end of July 2018, the City discussed the relaxation of restrictions with the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).
Following two meetings with other large users in the system and DWS, Neilson said that an agreement was reached for a gradual reduction in the overall restrictions.
"The relaxation of restrictions is a moderate proposal that is based on hydrological risk assessment that indicates that it is safe to do so at the level of risk that is agreed upon," Neilson said.
"Of course, the amended Level 5 restriction guidelines for water usage will apply and we are confident that the significant behavioural change that we've seen pertaining to water conservation will prevail to a large extent."
A further reassessment for future adjustments will be made once the DWS makes a ruling for the new hydrological year or advises on an interim relaxation.
Neilson noted that while DWS undertook to respond to the proposal by 31 August, they have yet to do so. He said that it appears that the DWS is reluctant to make any adjustment before the end of the hydrological year the end of October 2018.
"We would have preferred to get a response, but we have not received a response," he explained.
"We just have to come to a conclusion that they are unable, in the decision-making process, to come to a quick conclusion on this. On the other hand, we saw no purpose in continuing with the Level 6B restrictions because there is enough water in the dams."
Neilson added that the City had planned on implementing the lower water restrictions on September 1 but were unable to do so as they were awaiting a response from the DWS.

Source: News24

Saturday, June 30, 2018


You are invited to help us with a clean-up of a dam in Joe Slovo.

I hope you will join us and to hear from you soon.

Mlulami Ngeyi
Councillor: Ward 4
Sub Council: 3
Area Based North
Cell: 073 465 8221

Useful Numbers 
Water & Sanitation Department0860 103 089, or should you not wish to wait in the queue, please send an sms to 31373 or submit your query by e-mail on waterTOC@capetown.gov.za.
Account Queries0860 103 089 or e-mail accounts@capetown.gov.za.
Solid Waste Department0860 103 089 or by e-mail on wastewise@capetown.gov.za.
Electricity Faults and Enquiries086 103 089 or SMS to 31220

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Winter Holiday Program for Young Nature Lovers

Dear Stakeholders

Please find below our programme for the upcoming children’s winter holiday programme from 3 to 11 July 2018 at the Table Bay and Blaauwberg Nature Reserves.

For more information regarding the programme or to make a booking, please contact Elzette Krynauw at elzette.krynauw@capetown.gov.za  

For more information on the City’s 16 nature reserves and various nature areas, please visit www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves

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
Web (TDA): www.tda.gov.za
Web (CCT): www.capetown.gov.za

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Vodacom tower gets CellC in SunsetBeach

SBHOA Chairman George Zaverdinos says that CellC technicians were installing their network on 'our' 🤔  tower this week. 😁
They said CellC users should experience better signal by end June 2018.

Thank you George for keeping us up to date of when progress on the Vodacom tower.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Forum Security

SBHOA has been approached by an armed response security company - Forum Security. Forum wants to expand their service offering to Sunset Beach.  

How will Forum Security secure Sunset Beach?
Forum Security has expressed their commitment to us in building a strong security presence in Sunset Beach. They profess to offer a very high quality service (alarm monitoring and armed response) at reasonable rates. 

SBHOA Welcomes an increase in Security measures
As you know, we have recently seen an unacceptable high increase of crime in Sunset Beach. We agree that Sunset Beach have unacceptably high number crimes in our neighbourhood, which seems to increase weekly.

We welcome any increase in security measures with our current armed response security organisations, Crimewatch and Star Alarms. We also feel that we cannot limit residents to two armed response companies in the present climate, and we should give residents in Sunset Beach the opportunity to consider a third security company, Forum.   
Can Forum Security provide good levels of service?

The SBHOA has done an initial evaluation on Forum Security and are satisfied that they can provide the required performance levels - in line with the commitments Forum has made. 

More about Forum Security
·    Forum is a sizable company which have operated in excess of 7 years and have numerous clients across Table View and Milnerton.
·       Forum also has a low overhead structure, and currently monitors in excess of 80 cameras.
·     Forum is also the first armed response organisation to enter into an agreement with SBHOA, which stipulates detailed performance metrics and standard operating procedures in our suburb.

This gives us, as residents, the opportunity to not only engage the armed response organisation, but also ensure that they deliver what they promise to the Sunset Beach residents.

Recommended by SBHOA
Please do keep in mind that we do recommend Forum Security, Crimewatch and Star Alarms as the three reputable armed response organisations in Sunset Beach to choose as your armed response organisation.

Forum Security will start door-to-door selling from 21 May 2018. 

As always, we value your feedback and you can contact us on office@sunsetbeach.org.za

Should you want more information on Forum Security at this time, please contact the owner Leon Butler directly.

Forum Security contact details:
Mr Leon Butler on 0711103586 or email leon@forumsecurity.co.za

Renting property to foreigners

Renting property in South Africa is a straightforward process. The country has a vast selection of rental  accommodation including bachelor flats in apartment blocks, Victorian cottages, stand-alone houses with big gardens, and semi-detached units in modern townhouse complexes.

In South Africa, the right of a foreigner to purchase immovable property was restricted in the past by the Aliens Control Act. These restrictions were uplifted in 2003 by the new Immigration Act (“the Act”) which repealed the Aliens Control Act and many of its restrictive provisions and now clearly defines who a legal foreigner is and who is not. In short, a legal foreigner is a person in possession of a valid temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

The new Act makes provision for various temporary residence permits to be issued to foreigners, including amongst others:

  • A visitor’s permit
  • A work and entrepreneurial permit
  • A retired person permit

In principle, a landlord or tenant can legitimately lease or sell immovable property to any person recognised under the Act as a legal foreigner.

That said, foreigners working in South Africa with a legal work permit, are not regarded as “non-residents” by the South African Reserve Bank. They are considered to be residents for the duration of the period of their work permit and are therefore not restricted to a loan of only 50% of the purchase price.

It is also important to take note that the Act criminalizes the letting or selling of immovable property to an illegal foreigner by making this transaction equivalent to the aiding and abetting of an illegal foreigner and is such an act classified as a criminal offence in terms of the Act.

In conclusion, a legal foreigner may let or buy immovable property in South Africa, provided that he is the holder of either a legal temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit approved by the Department of Home Affairs. Ensure that you enquire from your potential tenant or purchaser whether they are legally present in South Africa and obtain the necessary proof from them before entering into any transaction with a foreigner. Also, take account of the restrictions on local financing, particularly where the procurement of financing is a condition precedent to the agreement.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fibre Optics Update May 2018

Morning All  
Fibre is coming!!!

It is official, you can start the celebrations.  Openserve has already started laying fibre in Sunset Beach.  Estimated end date is September 2018. YAY!

Background and thank you

Thank you to everyone who has spent many long hours doing extensive research on their own time, engaging many fibre providers to bring fibre to SB.

Fibre was listed as the TOP PRIORITY by residents in the Dec 2016 SBHOA poll.
We (SBHOA) started work over a year ago to get fibre in Sunset Beach.  
No fibre company was interested in Sunset Beach and we had build a case for OpenServe, our fibre provider of choice. (Remember all the door knocking; forms to sign “Yes I am interested in fibre”, street whatsup groups etc.)

Fast forward a year later and we have many fibre companies knocking on our door.  All coming to Sunset Beach next month! (Many promises, where were they a year ago?)

Important facts you need to know: Fibre provider vs. ISP

Before you read the latest, please see few facts that are important to get to grips with.  Written in non-technical terms e.g. English

·       OpenServe will install the fibre backbone or infrastructure.  This is a very important differentiation between fibre provider and ISP (Internet Service provider) as you cannot access fibre without an ISP.

The fibre provider links from the main fibre point (in our case Milnerton Clinic) and brings fibre “the physical fibre” to every street in Sunset Beach. The fibre lines runs underground.

·         ISP - Short for Internet Service Provider, it refers to a company that provides Internet services, including private and business access to the Internet.

The ISP utilises the fibre that is owned by OpenServe to connect you to the internet. OpenServe owns the fibre infrastructure, or the physical fibre line.
SB residents buy their fibre connectivity from the ISP. In other words, you buy a package from the ISP and this is where you choose:
a)    How much R per month
b)    Speed and availability
c)    Duration of contract etc

So in short – physical fibre = OpenServe. You as a fibre customer, do not deal with OpenServe, you deal with the ISP. 
ISP = sells you your fibre/internet package per month.

Why chase Openserve as fibre provider for Sunset Beach?

First, it is a free market.  Any fibre provider can lay fibre in Sunset Beach.
The fibre runs under the street verges, which is council property. 

We (SBHOA) have however built a relationship with Openserve and pushed the company to be first fibre provider in Sunset Beach.  Other fibre providers are more reluctant to invest in an area where fibre is already installed.

No digging!!!  Have you seen Sea Point recently?  Did you know that your verge is council property and you have no say how/when they dig, also have no authority to push the fibre providing company to restore your verge to previous state?
Fibre providing companies do however say “they will do their best, while their priority remains to roll out fibre as fast as possible in the street.

Openserve is a Telkom subsidiary company, this means that they will use the existing Telkom infrastructure (pipes – called conduits) underground to pull through fibre.  Other fibre providers are not allowed to use the Telkom conduits.

Digging may happen by exception e.g. a conduit is blocked from cement because of previous house building or tree roots that have grown through the conduit.
OpenServe may also dig for “hubs” at central points which will serve as “Local Nodes”

The installation of good quality fibre infrastructure costs us nothing – neither do we make any profit. (FYI Sunset Links residents just paid R5 000 per house for fibre access).

Access to 52+ competitive well-known ISP’s.
You can choose an ISP that suit your needs!  This means you can stay with an existing ISP (highly likely to be an OpenServe ISP) or choose a new ISP.
You determine your own monthly package e.g. data speeds, costs etc.
You can sign a contract with an ISP for the length of time that suits you.

An ISP open day will also be facilitated by the SBHOA and Openserve, it will feel like shopping in one location for your ISP’s!  More info to follow – OpenServe has committed to arrange open day soon, more news will follow.

Our neighbours, Sunset Village are included
Upon our request, Openserve has included Sunset Village.
Openserve has already started measuring in Sunset Village and they may be live first!

Communication – what happens next?
We (SBHOA fibre team) met the Openserve team and they are transparent and willing to work with us in communicating their progress with us as needed.
We will meet the Openserve team every 2 weeks with the purpose to share information with all SB residents
Our next meeting is Tuesday, 15 May.  Openserve will share the high-level plan of when which area will be completed. 
FYI - Openserve have 4 different teams working at different locations to complete work soonest.
We will also have our “Charlie” onsite – Charlie is important to us as he is the Openserve representative who will handle any issues we report with the contractors.

Your personal security during fibre installation:
All fibre service providers will be clearly identified.  Should you have any concerns, please contact your security company. The SBHOA fibre team will brief the local Security Service Providers during the week 14 May.
We will also post photos of service providers vehicles and service clothes. 

Have Your Say!
Click on the image above to comment.
Should you wish to add or correct any information on the above write up, please email me at lise.lotze@gmail.com.  I am happy to update weekly.

Who is the SBHOA? Sunset Beach Home Owners Association
Many of us on the SBHOA and a few residents have worked very hard to make fibre happen. 
The SBHOA is a group of professional people from various backgrounds who voluntary chair and are members of a committee who has Sunset Beach best interests at heart.
Our meetings are open, and residents are welcome to attend or read minutes.
Most of us (SBHOA) are full time employed and find it challenging to manage the responsibilities of family (many have small kids), work and life.

We are united by shared values in looking after our neighbourhood. Our priorities remain
a)    Safety and security, b) Increase in house prices and c) building a community.
 We do not receive any payment for our services, we do not even claim our phone costs. 
You are welcome to apply to join the SBHOA team, we always look for enthusiastic individuals who wants to improve Sunset Beach. Email me – Lise Lotze on office@sunsetbeach.org.

What we need from you is to please:
1.    Provide feedback and let us know what you think, what SB needs?

2.    Please be kind in your interaction with us?  We would very much appreciate as we manage projects after hours. (And yes, it can be tough and disheartening to be targeted by a few individuals who believe we run a conspiracy of some kind)
3.    Please pay your very cheap levy of R750 per year.  You can also pay in very affordable installments.  Please contact Sonet on office@sunsetbeach.org.