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


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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.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween 2019


Halloween is here and we are going to have some fun.

When?
(Due to rain forecast, the event has been moved to 9 Nov)
9 Nov 2019
16h00 - 18h00         Trick or Treating
18h00 - 19h00 Picnic & Prize Giving


Where?
Lyndon's Enchanted Garden

SBHOA, together with our sponsors invite all residents and friends to join us for
kids' fun park and picnic on 
Saturday, the 2nd of November 2019.
  
Trick or treating will occur 
in Cowrie & DolaBella only
between the hours of 
16:00 and 18:00

We request that residents post a notice at their front door or gate to indicate if you participate in the event or not.
Halloween, Sunset Beach, Rawson Properties
Win a Cake worth R700!




Best Dressed Dog Competition, Halloween 2019, Sunset Beach Home Owners Association








Best Dressed Dog Competition


Does your dog have what it takes?



PRIZE GIVING - 18h00 - 19h00

Cake Raffle, Lucky Draws, Best Decorated House, Best Dressed humans and dogs prizes.

Bring your picnic blanket and some bubbly and come and enjoy the festivities with everyone.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors for supporting the community!

  1. We insist that children and Dogs be supervised by an adult
  2.  We wish all residents participating in Halloween festivities a happy Halloween.


What about Halloween on Thursday 31 October?

Residents who wish to celebrate Halloween on 31 October, are welcome to do so to entertain the Trick or Treaters between 17h30 and 19h30.  All children must please be accompanied by an adult.







Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is now able to tell you when you need to beef up your security

AI IS TRANSFORMING THE SECURITY INDUSTRY

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a futuristic, fictional concept. The truth is we are living in the future now. We are living in the fourth industrial revolution, digitisation, and the security industry is embracing digital transformation.
So how is AI changing the security industry? Security companies are using AI and Internet of Things (IoT) in a variety of creative ways. For example, in 2017 Fidelity ADT partnered with an international leader in its field to bring SecureConnect to the market. This is an alarm system with connected features like smart plugs and switches, cameras and an app. It uses geolocation to determine if you are home or not and AI to suggest when you should arm your alarm if you are away from home. The system learns your behaviour over time. This includes when you arm and disarm your alarm, which doors you use and even how long they stay open. After a couple of weeks of learning, the system will notify you of any unusual behaviour, such as doors left open or forgetting to arm the alarm.
Along with that Fidelity ADT designed, built and patented an IoT communicator that collects alarm information from your alarm panel, including all alarm signals, AC failures and battery discharge rates. There is a learning algorithm that will determine when your battery will fail based on discharge rates, this will give us the ability to pro-actively replace your battery before it fails, ensuring continuance of service. We currently have over 12 000 of these communicators deployed countrywide.
AI is also being used in community CCTV projects. Cameras are being deployed in communities that have the ability to learn what certain vehicles, people or behaviour looks like and can notify the contact centre if there is unusual behaviour. This increases our ability to respond pro-actively and we have already seen great results with this system.

Source: ADT

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sunset Beach HOA Easter Egg Hunt Winners

Sunset Beach Home Owners Association hosted yet another successful Easter Egg Hunt Event this year.  The community children (and parents may we add!) had a wonderful time searching for hidden prizes and eggs on the beach.


Every child also received a little hamper and colouring in competition on the day.  Thank you to the sponsor of this lovely initiative (Mrs Adele Werth) who announced the winners this week.

Congratulations to the future artists in the making all the way from Sunset Beach.  We hope to see you all again next year.

A final thank you to everyone who helped make this day a reality, which includes but not limited to:
SBHOA Committee members:
Vanessa Maree, Marc Maree and Sonet Soothill
Sponsors of prizes and marketing materials:
Rawson Properties, Pam Golding, Rhosigns Neon, Glowing Rooms and Lolipops.
Meeting venue sponsor:
Atlantic Breeze Guest House
Attendees:
A big thank you for everyone who joined in on the fun.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The 2019 Cape Town Bucket List


Another year has come to an end, and here at the Cape Town Tourism offices, we’re ready to stride into 2019. When you live in one of most beautiful cities on earth, it’s not hard to find ways to make your future more exciting, fulfilling, and fun. We asked the Cape Town Tourism team to name some of the things they’d love to do before the next year is over. Here is a list of 52 things to do in Cape Town in 2019—one for every week—to make it your most memorable year yet.
For discounts and free entry to loads of Cape Town’s top attractions, get your City Pass now!