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 (

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



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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Contact information
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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.

  • 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.
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.

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The duration of these courses are 7 weeks. Subsequently, potential students will only attend a session of 3 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays.
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Help Required for Enchanted Garden on 28 Oct

We would like to invite the residents of Sunset Beach to join us to build an ENCHANTED GARDEN on Saturday 28 October at the Gardens (Servitude) which connects DolaBella Drive and Cowrie Crescent. 

If anyone is willing to be part of this fun project, please do let us know. The following is needed:
- People to form a group that will help build this tunnel.
- Materials to Build an enclosed tunnel... (maybe a big tent with 2 open ends on both sides?
- Content for inside the "Scary Tunnel"
We would greatly appreciate if the community could please help us to make this SCARY TUNNEL as fun as possible for the little ones.

Anyone willing to help pls contact Sonet urgently on 0795223466
Thank you.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Handouts hurt City’s street people

The City today 10 October 2017 renewed its call to residents to refrain from giving handouts directly to street people.


This, below, was the key message during an event to mark World Homeless Day, hosted by the City of Cape Town in partnership with Oasis ‘Reach for Your Dreams’. 

The City today 10 October 2017 renewed its call to residents to refrain from giving handouts directly to street people.

This was one of the issues discussed at an event to mark World Homeless Day, attended by more than 100 street people.

The event was hosted by the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department, in conjunction with non-governmental organisation, Oasis ‘Reach for Your Dreams’. Also in attendance were other NGOs, the Department of Home Affairs and the South African Social Security Agency.

World Homeless Day is now in its seventh year. It aims to highlight issues affecting homeless persons as well as the role communities can play in responding to homelessness.

Why is is bad to hand money to street people?

‘We are constantly reminding residents about the harm in giving money directly to street people. While they may think they’re doing a good deed, in reality it only discourages street people from accepting social services. Giving money perpetuates chronic homelessness as well as various other social issues. The City has a number of programmes to help street people, but we can reach far more people in a more meaningful way if the public support the interventions that will assist with reintegrating and helping street people rather than giving handouts that are nothing more than a plaster on a wound requiring far greater care.

What Should You Do With Your Donations Rather?

‘Often the donations obtained on the street will actively prevent reintegration. While members of the public will complain about the structures erected and activities undertaken by street people, they will often also continue to incentivise such behaviour through donations directly to the street person while forgetting about the person who leaves the street to return home or moves to a shelter. The City therefore encourages people to donate directly to the NGOs working with street persons to ensure that we support street people that attempt to rebuild their lives off the street,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The City has a dedicated Street People Unit that provides a range of services including:

·         Relocation of street people to various shelters in the city
·         Reuniting street people with their families/community of origin
·         Assistance with access to identity documents and social grants
·         Access to substance abuse rehabilitation programmes
·         Developmental opportunities
·         Short-term work opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme

‘While the Street People Unit is doing good work, it cannot operate in isolation and so we rely heavily on other role players like the NGO sector, the City improvement districts and the Western Cape Government to augment our interventions. Building transversal relationships within the City but also with external partners is critical to our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, but also breaking the mould in how we address issues of homelessness,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Councillor Eddie Andrews.

During the 2016/17 financial year, the Street People Unit responded to nearly 15 000 complaints about street people and successfully offered assistance to more than 2 600 individuals. The Reintegration Unit reunited 82 persons with their families during this period.

What Happens to a Client That Accepts Help From The City?

Once a client has accepted offers of social assistance, they are relocated to a shelter temporarily while the reintegration officer establishes whether the client can be reunified with their family and identifies additional needs of the client in respect of other services like healthcare, substance abuse interventions or access to grants and other social services.

‘We need to take the long view on this and move away from the perception that law enforcement is the be-all and end-all solution. The reality is that our Law Enforcement Department’s powers are fairly limited and their interventions serve only to displace the problem. The criminal justice system has weaknesses that make law enforcement particularly ineffectual in responding to complaints about by-law transgressions by street people. While we are engaging national government to remedy these criminal justice system shortcomings, we also maintain that social development interventions are more effective and more appropriate than an enforcement approach to homelessness.

‘Social intervention, though time consuming, is ultimately how we will reduce the number of people living on our streets. But again, I remind residents that it’s futile to complain about the presence of street people in your neighbourhood or public open spaces while enabling the behaviour through handouts,’ added Alderman Smith.

Note to broadcasters: audio clips are available for download

Monday, October 9, 2017

Spring Time is Snake Time

Be on the lookout for snakes on your outings during the spring and summer. The warm temperatures and longer daylight hours that stimulate people to get out and enjoy nature also trigger the same response in snakes.  

Snakes lead the list of most misunderstood and feared of all animals. There are 27 naturally occurring species found between the Paarl mountain rangers to Cape Point. Only 3 can cause unfortunate human medical priorities if intentionally handled.

Many harmless snakes meet untimely deaths at the hands of shovel-wielding humans. Even if you do not go out in search of snakes, you may encounter them on your spring and summer adventures. If you encounter a snake, move away and give the creature room to escape. They deserve your healthy respect-for your safety as well as theirs.

Remember, any warnings from a snake are meant to help avoid conflict. A snake will never attack a human but will defend itself if given no other alternative.

Every spring snakes come out of hibernation on the hunt for a much needed spring meal. Snakes are an important part of the natural food chain, eating a great variety of prey, from rats and birds to frogs and other reptiles.

Snakes form part of the very important balance in our ecosystem controlling vermin rodents, who destroy our crops and who carry numerous diseases. A simple equation, the more snakes we kill, the more rodents and pests there are.

We have encroached into their natural habitat, through habitat degradation, fragmentation and urban expansion.

Our ponds, heaps of building rubble and rockeries in and around our garden and homes create micro-environments, which will inevitably attract snakes.

Remember snakes are attracted to neglected areas where there is not much disturbance, as snakes avoid confrontation. There is no real way of keeping snakes off your property, but if you keep your grass cuts short, trees well-trimmed and clean up all your building rubble, just to mention a few, then there is less likelihood for snakes to reside on your property. In short keep your garden tidy.

Shaun MacLeod 082-532 5033
W/Cape Snake Rescue coordinator  
Director of REAC (Reptile Educational Awareness Consultants)

If a snake is encountered contact Shaun 082 532 5033,

 24/7 for advice or for emergencies pertaining to snake encounters.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Future of Cape Towns Water

By Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance

Annual General Meeting
Just to remind you of the AGM of the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance on Saturday.
We hope you can join us!

Saturday, 23rd September 2017
10:00 - 13:00
Isaac Jacobs Hall of the The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) Center

Corner of Klip and First Road, Grassy Park, Cape Town
Light snacks will be served
Please find directions to the venue
Parking in the building premises is available

Click Here To View Agenda

Dr Kevin Winter :- Dr Kevin Winter is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at UCT. He is also a lead researcher in UCT’s Future Water Institute. He is widely published in the academic literature with work that focuses largely on developing water sensitive settlements, restoring of urban river systems and water monitoring using digital technologies. He has a PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Please, if you haven't already RSVP'd please do so to The Secretary by e-mail
Email:  ¦  Website:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Signage By-Law for Cape Town

Dear Home Owners and Business Owners,

We often receive requests for guidance and regulation regarding signage within Sunset Beach.  

Below please find the information required to assist and guide you accordingly.

Signage By-Law for Cape Town Download Here

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Thank you.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Vodacom tower status

The Vodacom tower status is as follows: 

Construction is complete, except for the electrical connection. Vodacom paid just over R200k about 3 months ago and is still waiting for the city's electrical department to provide electricity for the tower.

According to the city's electrical department the subcontractors are to blame for the delays. How long this will take is anyone's guess. Let's say before Xmas 2017! 

As soon as the electricals are done, Vodacom will be able to go live within one week. Thereafter it should be a matter of a few months before MTN and CellC also start using the tower  to provide better signals - they have already expressed their interest to Vodacom. 

I have also been in communication with our ward 4 councilor asking him to accelerate the council processes so that the electrical connection can be done.

Hope this update helps. Will let everyone know the minute the tower is operational.


George Zaverdinos.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dune Maintenance Management Plan Proposal

The City of Cape Town is embarking on the Maintenance Management Plan Public Participation process that will be conducted between the period 1 -30 September

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Free guided walks to celebrate spring blooms at City’s nature reserves


25 AUGUST 2017


Free guided walks to celebrate spring blooms at City’s nature reserves

There is no need for residents to drive hours to see beautiful flowers when these blossoming blooms are right on our doorstep. Capetonians and visitors are more than welcome to enjoy free guided walks and festivities to be held at the City’s various nature reserves during September. Our reserves are home to thousands of plant, animal and bird species. Read more below:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Public Open Day: Presentation of Proposed Storm-water Canal Upgrade Bayside

Herewith, as promised, please find attached the notice of the commencement of the Basic Assessment process for the Proposed Upgradeof the Bayside Canal.

Please note that there will be a Public Open Day held on:

Location and date
Venue and time
Table Bay Nature Reserve

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Rietvlei Boma, 10 Sandpiper Crescent, Flamingo Vlei
14h00 – 18h00

Kind regards,

Koos Retief
Biodiversity Area Manager: Milnerton

Biodiversity Management Branch
Environmental Management Department
Physical Address: Table Bay Nature Reserve, 10 Sandpiper Crescent, Table View 7441

T +27 21 444 0315

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunset Beach Annual General Meeting 2017

Sunset Beach Home Owners Association Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 15 August 2017, at the Milnerton Golf Estate.  The meeting was filled with enthusiastic members who seemed to be very positive for the outcome of the presentation.

The Committee presented their various projects, with their main focus of each project to be on :
1. Safety and Security
2. Maximize Sunset Beach Property Values
3. Building a sense of Community

AGM 2017 Agenda
  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. 2017 Accomplishments
  3. Financial Standing
  4. Next Proposed Projects
  5. Membership Fees
  6. Nominations and election of new members
  7. Close

 Click Here to Download SBHOA AGM 2017 Presentation
Click on the image above to Download Presentation.

A big thank you to all the sponsors that have helped the community since January 2017
on various projects:
and last but not least, a BIG thank you to all the Private Sponsors.

Congratulations to all the winners of all the lucky draw prizes:
Sunet Soothill, Wendy Vinnicombe, George Zaverdinos, Gill Ginsberg
Not pictured: Ryan Harris, Geoff Banwell, Sandra Campbell, Nilly Baruch.

Minutes of the meeting 
can be downloaded by clicking on the image below:
 Click Here to Download the SBHOA AGM 2017 Minutes
Thank you to everyone who attended and to Xola Sityebi from Table Talk who came to report on the outcome of the meeting.

Kind regards,
Lise Lotze
Chairman SBHOA