No designated fireworks sites in 2019


No designated fireworks sites in 2019
11 October 2019



Statement by Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The City of Cape Town has decided to forego designated sites for fireworks this year.

The discharging of fireworks is not allowed in terms of the Community Fire Safety By-law, but the City has, for a number of years, made an exception to accommodate this practice for Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

However, a number of factors made us change course this year, including:
  • The decreased appetite from subcouncils to approve designated sites
  • The cost associated with running the sites, including deploying staff and resources, including Law Enforcement, Metro Police, Traffic and of course the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Growing public sentiment opposing the use of fireworks
Given that there will be no designated sites this year, the City appeals to residents to please refrain from setting off fireworks.

As we have indicated before, only national government has the legislative competency to ban the import, production and sale of fireworks or restrict usage by age.

We remind residents that, in terms of Section 30 of the Explosives Act of 1956, the use or detonation of any fireworks in any building and public thoroughfare is liable to a R200 fine; selling fireworks to a child or anyone under the age of 16 is liable to a R300 fine; allowing a child or person under the age of 16 to handle fireworks without adult supervision is liable to a R300 fine.

Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should report this to the City’s Public Emergency Call Centre on 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or to the South African Police Service on 10111.

End

Published by:
City of Cape Town, Media Office

HOME SECURITY


Home security is about more than safeguarding your family and your property; it includes the safety of your domestic staff who are often home alone for hours at a time while the family is at work and at school. We urge all homeowners to make sure anyone who works on their property know the basic principles of personal safety, so that they are familiar with how to act in an emergency.

Domestic workers play an integral part in any home security system and it’s critical that they are empowered and equipped to look after their own safety, as well as the safety of anyone else on the property such as children they may be looking after.

Domestic workers need to ask themselves: what would they do if someone tried to break into the house that they are working at? Do they know where the panic buttons are, and how to call for help?

Homeowners should consider enrolling any employees who may be working for them for an extended period of time, into local crime-prevention forums which take place in most neighbourhoods every month. These are often arranged by the SAPS or community members and teach valuable crime-prevention and safety tips.

There are points to remember:

• Be careful of having unguarded conversations about your employer or the property you are working at. You never know who might be listening
• Be observant and speak up if you see something suspicious anywhere in the suburb
• Use the camera on your cell-phone. If you see something or someone that appears to be out of place, take a photo
• Don’t let your phone be a distraction. Pay attention to your surroundings
• Never allow anyone onto the property or indoors unless they have an appointment or if they have a legitimate reason to be there, and your employer confirmed it for you. If you have any doubt about someone trying to gain entry, call your employer or call the police. Don’t fall for impersonators
• Exchange cell phone numbers with other domestic workers at properties adjacent or opposite so that you can alert each other of suspicious people or vehicles
• Talk about security and safety issues with your domestic worker and/or gardener. Teach your domestic worker how to arm and disarm the alarm; ideally they should have their own password and code

We regularly host special training workshops, at which we share valuable tips that can help keep domestic workers safe. Contact Candice Hammond should you have any queries on this or should you need assistance with your home security. Email: chammond.za@fidelity-adt.co.za  or call 086 12 12 300. 



DOMESTIC WORKERS WEEK



Domestic Workers Week is 5th – 11th November – a time to celebrate all those people who work hard to keep our Harfield houses (and our minds) in good working order.  So what can neuroscience tell us about having a clean and tidy home?

By Dr Samantha J. Brooks Ph.D.

According to a recent article in MindShift Ninja by Ayla Khosroshahi, keeping our homes  clean, tidy and free from clutter reflects a healthy state of mind.  We have all seen or heard about those TV programmes that document hoarders, or how dirty people’s homes can get before they call in the experts to help!  Often, people who allow their homes to descend into extreme untidiness have an underlying mental health issue that needs to be resolved – they might feel too stressed and busy, or depressed by previous unresolved traumas, too tired to clean up.  Piles of dirty laundry, dishes, and papers are endless to-dos for the brain. It’s exhausting, stress maintaining, and inhibits the brain’s ability to focus and make good decisions. This is where domestic workers become more than just cleaners for our homes – after a visit from our domestic worker, pay attention to how good they make us feel and how easier it is to think with a cleaner, tidier home! As such, a domestic worker can almost be regarded in the same light as a therapist! Our home environment can truly set the scene for our mental activity from morning until night every day!   But what can neuroscience and brain processes tell about what is happening when we de-clutter our homes?

Ayla Khosroshahi of MindShift continues, “From your computer desktop, to your car, to your fridge – clutter is clutter and it affects you, whether you consciously see it or not. Studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) [have] mapped the brain’s responses to organized and disorganized stimuli. The research concluded that optimal focus and information processing requires a clutter-free home and work environment. The research illustrated that a decluttered and organized home and office can help you to be more calm, productive, happier and focused”.  So neuroscience confirms that a clean and tidy home also makes for a clean and tidy brain!  In particular, it is suggested that 5 major things happen in the brain when living with a cluttered, dirty house:


Overload: When things are all over the place and there are piles of dishes to clean, clothes to iron, and many things to finish or tidy up, our brain becomes ‘cognitively overloaded’ with information – conflicting cleaning and fixing goals around the house compete for attention, thus overloading our visual processing system and preventing us from visualising other (better) goals, such as career and life goals, going for a nice meal or planning to have friends over for supper.  According to the ‘bottleneck’ theory of attention, our visual system can attend to only a limited amount of information, so as Ayla Khosroshahi confirms, less clutter around the home definitely means more for the mind.

Stress: Having an untidy home with conflicting tasks that never get done can lead to an increased release of cortisol (the stress hormone), which disrupts normal homeostasis (equilibrium) in the body and mind.  This can lead to unhealthy habits such as eating unheathy food in order to temporarily feel better, oversleeping, binge-watching TV in order to avoid ones household duties or becoming reclusive and anti-social.  Over time, stress can lead to anxiety and depression, with the adoption of unhealthy mental coping strategies, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Time perception: When there are too many unfinished jobs around the house to pay attention to, it can feel as though there is not enough time to get things done.  Alternatively, if one’s house is ordered, clean and tidy, it will usually feel as though there is extra time to do all the other great things available to do in life – when one feels calm, time seems to pass much slower, and much more pleasantly.

Numbness: Due to the overwhelming nature of a cluttered, dirty house that never gets clean  and tidy, it can sometimes be easier to adopt mental defense mechanisms – avoidance, denial and even ambivalence (“it’s not that bad”).  Norms become shifted in the mind, and soon a person is able to accept the new status quo of a dirty, untidy home. This in turn can affect our own appearance and standards of personal hygiene, and also how we relate and interact with other people. Numbness can lead to shutting down from the outside world and the positive influence of other people in one’s life.

Resistance to change: Living in a dirty, untidy space that becomes the norm can lead a person to resist any form of change.  The world becomes rigid and fixed, and a person can go on living habitually doing the same thing for years without personal growth or self-improvement, and indeed - without the necessary help of a domestic worker – an increasingly untidy, dirty home.  In terms of resistance to changing a dirty, untidy house with unfinished jobs there are three possible categories.  The first is cultural – a person thinks that they can do what they want with their space, who should tell them what to do?  The second is personal – what good will a tidy house do for them, what’s the benefit for them of making any effort?  And finally, intellectual – related to numbness, a person living in a dirty, untidy house might not even make the connection that their house is dirty or untidy.

It is very helpful for personal development and optimal mental health to consider if any of the  above apply!  Reflecting on these issues may help to improve our living environments and lead lives with better all-round mental health.  So what are the ways that one can avoid this downward spiral towards a dirty, disorganised home and mind? According to Ayla Khosroshahi in the article The Neuroscience of Spring Cleaning, we should think in terms of a two-step process: declutter and reorganise.  To declutter, go through everything in your house room by room: clothes in the wardrobe, magazines stacked up in spare rooms, old bits-and-bobs saved for a rainy day, or to fix later on. Then, use post-it-notes to decide whether to keep, trash or donate (maybe to one’s domestic worker, if it’s still good quality). And only keep or donate things that truly add value to your life or to someone elses – don’t try too hard to convince yourself of an item’s value – if you need to convince yourself, it’s probably not so valuable!  After the declutter, look again at your living or working space and don’t fall into the re-clutter trap!  Use your new space to do fresh new things, and spend time reflecting on how the new space makes life feel better and new possibilities possible!

Maybe take time during Domestic Worker’s Week this year to donate more valuable things in your house to your invaluable domestic worker– who has likely been making life better all these years, and perhaps even maintaining sanity!  So let’s remember to say a big thank you to the Domestic Workers of Harfield Village!

Dr Samantha Brooks is a UK neuroscientist in Harfield Village, specialising in the neural correlates of impulse control from eating disorders to addiction.  For more information you can contact Samantha at: www.drsamanthabrooks.com.


Click to read all previous articles by Dr Samantha J. Brooks Ph.D.

GEN-Z LOVES PROPERTY, WANTS TO OWN BEFORE 30


Generation-Z, born between 1995 and about 2010, are the world’s “digital natives” who have been exposed to the internet, social networks and streaming media their whole lives, and they are proving to be very different from the Millennials of the previous generation – especially when it comes to their views on real estate.

Rudi Botha, CEO of SA’s leading bond originator BetterBond*, says a Bank of America survey earlier this year indicated that more than 50% of 18 to 23-year-olds are already saving to purchase their first home and that 59% are actually planning to do so within five years.

“The survey also found that to achieve this dream, these young adults are not only prepared to give up big weddings, shopping expeditions and travel, but also prepared to spend less on tertiary education, take on a second job and move back in (or continue to live) with their parents so they can save a substantial deposit.”

This makes them very different, he notes, from the Millennials (born between 1980 and 1994), who currently make up a large percentage of the population but are also known as “Generation Rent” because of their well-known reluctance – or inability - to commit to home ownership until they have had enough of travelling and/ or paid off a mountain of student debt.

“Our statistics show that due to this Millennial drag, the average age of first-time buyers in SA has risen from 24 to 34 over the past 20 years, but this figure could tumble now if the local members of Gen-Z follow their counterparts elsewhere in the world – and it is highly likely that they will because of the increasing globalisation of trends via social media.

“And this could provide significant impetus to the economy and further boost consumer confidence as the country settles down to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first five-year term in office. As it is, offers to purchase and home loan applications have shown a year-on-year increase of 22% this month in the wake of the successful national and provincial Elections.”

Currently around 38% of the SA population is between 18 and 35 years old, and another large cohort is under-18, so there is huge potential for a Gen-Z boost to the real estate market.

Botha says that one of the reasons that Gen-Z is showing significantly different consumption patterns is that its members are more individualistic and entrepreneurial than earlier generations and thus more likely to start their own businesses after leaving school.

“They are also more willing to self-educate through short courses and online learning and are developing a preference for owning property in rural or suburban areas (unlike the urbanite Millennials) which has caused them to also be referred to as the ‘Homestead Generation’. Many of them work remotely, so they can happily settle anywhere that has a good internet connection, and they tend to be very eco-conscious, with a penchant for growing their own food and making their own products while promoting sustainability though recycling, re-using and reducing.”

However, to achieve their dreams of property ownership before 30, he says, prospective Gen-Z buyers should engage with a reputable bond originator like BetterBond and secure pre-qualification for a home loan before going house-hunting.

“Taking this step will give them a clear idea of their buying power and enable them to focus their home search on properties they can afford, taking into account the additional costs of purchase including transfer duty, legal fees, bond registration and insurance, and additional ongoing costs of ownership including maintenance, property tax and local authority service charges.”

Botha says that bond originators also use a multi-lender submission process for home loan applications which ensures that prospective borrowers obtain the best possible interest rate applicable to their financial circumstances. “This is important because even a relatively small rate concession can result in a significant reduction in the total cost of the property over the lifetime of the bond.

“Currently, the average variation between the best and worst rates offered on each home loan application we submit is 0,5%, and on a 20-year bond of R1,5 million, that translates into a potential saving of more than R120 000 in interest, plus a total of about R6000 a year off the monthly bond instalments.”

To work out how much a lower interest rate could save you, use the BetterBond affordability calculator.


Anne-Marie Bamber is Norgarb Properties dedicated Home Loans Consultant. She has over 15 years’ experience in assisting clients with their Home Loan needs and has placed many happy families in their dream homes.

Contact her today for no cost stress-free home-buying.
Anne-Marie Bamber
Home Loans consultant
Tel: +27 (0)21 851 3568 | Fax: +27 (0)21 441 1494 | Cell: +27 (0)82 071 1665
E-mail: anne-marie.bamber@betterlife.co.za

NOVEMBER IN THE GARDEN



You can't beat spring time in Cape Town! Blossoms, flowers, birds, insects... Life is bountiful in the garden as temperatures and daily sun hours continue to climb. Make sure you are mulching so that the soil doesn't start to dry out as things heat up.

Here's the plant list for November:

Amaranth, Basil, Bush and Climbing beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot, Chard, Cape Gooseberry, Carrot, Celery, Chives, Chilli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Ginger, Globe Artichoke, Leek, Leaf Mustard, Lettuce, Jerusalem artichokes, Parsley, Peas, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Sweetcorn, Sweet pepper, Sweet potato, Turnip, Tomato, Watercress, Watermelon, Zucchini.

Patchwork Group
Gabriella Garnett
076 2199 849 | gabriella.garnett@gmail.com

PARMESAN/ GARLIC CARROTS


Just a different, delicious and easy way to roast carrots.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 750gms slender carrots
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 large crushed garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200C.  Mix all ingredients together, except parsley.   Place carrots on a greased baking sheet and coat with mixture.  Spread out and roast for 20 – 25 minutes, tossing half way through.  Remove from oven and add parsley.

Lyn Staples, Norgarb Properties Estate Agent
Cell: +27 (0)82 846 0739 | Office: +27 (0)21 674 1120 | Fax: +27 (0)21 774 4927
Email: lyn@norgarbproperties.co.za
Focus Areas: Kenilworth & Claremont Village

HVCID MANAGER’S REPORT – 2019 AGM



CRIME REPORT

Once a week, I attend a crime forum where role players involved with security meet with SAPS and share information and observations. Based on information provided by SAPS for the period January to August 2019 compared to the same period the previous year, the number of reported incidents remained constant and in some months showed a slight reduction.

Most of the incidents reported are property related crimes, i.e. housebreaking and theft out of motor vehicles, with the latter being one of the biggest contributors.

SAPS have over the past few months arranged several joint operations with Law Enforcement, the Crime Prevention Unit and Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch (“HNW”). It has been proven that visible policing acts as a deterrent to criminals and there is always a reduction in crime after these visible policing operations are held. We would like to thank SAPS and the patrollers of HNW for their dedication and assistance in combatting crime in the Village.

We encourage more residents to report crime to SAPS, no matter how small the incident. SAPS can only react to reported incidents. These statistics affect how and where they deploy their officers and vehicles and the planning of their operations. We have heard residents report some reluctance on the part of certain SAPS officers to take statements in ‘’smaller’’ matters. We encourage residents to take down the name of any officer they deal with for the purposes of reporting bad service delivery. There are procedures set out on how to deal with bad service delivery and as the HVCID Manager, I can assist with these processes. We need to hold SAPS accountable for poor service delivery, as we should commend them on their successes and positive assistance.

SECURITY INITIATIVES

HVCID have been involved with several security initiatives during the course of the year.

• As crime continues to be a problem in the Village, several stakeholders got together to discuss the issue. These included representatives of HVCID, Harfield Village Association (“HVA’’), Friends Of Harfield Parks (“FOHP’’) and HNW. Two meetings have been held and points of discussion being followed up include inter alia:

- The capital and running costs of extending the camera footprint
- Revisiting the idea of a local security hub
- Deploying tactical response vehicles in the area to respond to camera alerts
- How role players including SAPS, Law Enforcement and private security companies can assist with reducing crime in the Village
- The possibility of a formal CID to be registered with the City

Once all the relevant information has been gathered and collated a public meeting will be held to present our findings and discuss options.

• Fidelity ADT have assisted in the past year to contributing to the security of the Village. Their assistance includes the following:

- Installation and monitoring of 2 license plate recognition cameras
- Monitoring of the HVCID and HNW license plate recognition cameras
- The deployment of a special response vehicle in the area to support Har-Lyn Watch volunteers when they are patrolling
- The deployment of a trailer in First Avenue for several months, which has now been moved to Purley Park. The cost of a security guard who mans this trailer and who patrols designated areas between 6 am and 6pm every day. The guard has also been deployed at the Montessori School in Second Avenue during drop off and pick up times.

We thank them for their ongoing support.

• The vagrancy issue at the car park near Fat Harrys has become very problematic and residents, business owners and HNW have reported an increase in crime in the area. We are speaking to Councillor Cottle, Councillor Iverson and several other stakeholders in the area on how to manage this situation.

• The City was approached to obtain permission to install a security gate at the entrance to the Harfield Village train station subway which would be locked at night, as the subway is sometimes used by suspects fleeing the scene of a crime. It was established that the land belongs to PRASA who has refused permission for a gate to be installed because of their policy of freedom of movement to people.

• Several residents along First Avenue and Worcester Street have reported prostitution, vagrancy and cable theft along the railway line. We approached PRASA and Metrorail to request more regular security patrols and to ensure the pedestrian gates along Harfield Village Road remain locked. This remains an ongoing issue and we, together with Harfield Pines, the Kenilworth Rate Payers Association and HNW continue to liaise with PRASA to resolve this problem.

• HVCID arranged our second safety awareness course in Surrey Park for child carers in the Village. The event was sponsored by Norgarb Properties. 52 child carers attended. SAPS, HNW and Fidelity ADT spoke to the carers about safety advice and they were given an opportunity to ask questions which was very interactive. A card with important contact numbers was handed out.

CAMERA INSTALLATION

An update on the camera installations in the Village

- Several license plate recognition cameras have been installed by Fidelity ADT, HNW, HVCID and the City in and around the Village and we hope that we will be able to raise further funds to increase this footprint. It is difficult to report back on the successes of each individual camera, as the vehicle alerts are, for security and safety purposes, only shared with a few approved role players. It is well known, however, that areas who have a large LPR camera footprint do see a substantial decrease in crime, which is why HVCID would like to find ways to increase the number of cameras in the area.

- HVCID and Fidelity ADT have installed overview cameras at 7 different locations in the Village. As a result, we have been able to provide footage to SAPS about criminal activity which have resulted in several successful arrests.

- We are currently discussing with several service providers the extension of the camera footprint and securing quotes. We have also liaised with SAPS, HNW and other role players to identify the best positions for the various cameras.

GENERAL

- As many of you may know, I send out a weekly newsletter which includes crime statistics and relevant security and community information. If you are not already on our data base, please e-mail me on admin@hvcid.co.za.

- We are wanting to start a community street Whatsapp Group which will be an effective and prompt way to share relevant information with residents. The group will be strictly monitored to prevent chatter. If you are part of a street group, please ask your administrator to get in touch with me to share their details. We also encourage the administrator of Whatsapp groups for blocks of flats or complexes to share their details. You can send you details to me via Whatsapp 081 412 6109 or e-mail me on admin@hvcid.co.za

JENNI COLEMAN
Manager - Harfield Village Community Improvement District (HVCID)
Cel: 081 412 6109   E-mail: admin@hvcid.co.za