The Simon’s Town Civic Association newsletter highlights the exciting activities taking place in the area over the festive season as well as issues of importance to residents.

WELCOME TO OUR NOVEMBER/DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the Festive Season edition of our newsletter. This version includes lots of local events including markets, carols and kids activities. We’ve included suggestions on where to celebrate the arrival of the new year, when you can go diving for delicious crayfish and even how to adopt a Christmas penguin. Wishing a happy festive season to you all.SIMON’S TOWN FESTIVITIES
You shouldn’t miss the great events in and around the village of Simon’s Town during December. Highlights include two Christmas markets on the first two Saturdays of the month, Christmas Carols by Twilight on Wednesday 12 December at the Glencairn Stables, live music in the Foundary garden on the afternoon of Sunday 9 December and fun Christmas activities for kids (and grandkids). It’s summer and time to enjoy the sunshine! Head down to the beach for a swim or a stroll. There are so many to choose from including Long Beach, Windmill, Fisherman’s, Seaforth and Boulders to mention a few. Buy a SANParks Cape Town Green Card and get 12 free entries into Boulders, Silvermine and Cape Point. The card is for Cape Town residents only and can be bought from Cape Town Tourism in Simon’s Town for R85. When last did you go for a ride on the train, walk up to the Waterfall or the grave of Just Nuisance, stroll on the dock licking an ice-cream or sip a cocktail while the full moon rises over the mountains and sea? They are all so accessible from Simon’s Town. You could also make it your new years resolution to try a round of golf, go cycling, paddle a sea kayak or visit a shop or restaurant that you may not have been into.SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS JOY
The Simon’s Town community are invited to drop off a small gift for an underprivileged child at the STADCO Office any time from now until 22 December. All are welcome to come to Jubilee Square on Saturday 22 November at 10am to participate in a fun present-wrapping occasion, after which the gifts will be distributed to children of needy families in Red Hill through the churches that work in the settlement.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS
Local restaurants are putting on a show for New Year’s Eve. Find out about what is on offer at Bertha’s, the Simon’s Town Country Club and the Black Marlin in the events listings. You can also check out Café Pescado, The Meeting Place Upstairs, The Captain’s Table and the Two & Sixpence pub.
The New Year’s Eve Community Picnic on Jubilee Square is taking a break this year. Please email Lesley Shackleton, with feedback and if you are willing to help next year.

ADOPT A CHRISTMAS PENGUIN
Penguin chick season has begun. Every year around Christmas SANCCOB receives numerous abandoned African penguin chicks for rehabilitation. Last week alone 19 chicks, ranging from 2-8 weeks, were admitted. Each of the chicks are assessed, weighed, stabilised and put on a specialised regime to ensure they grow strong and healthy before they can be released back into the wild. If you would like to adpot a chick for R500 this Christmas visit Facebook and sanccob and click on Adopt a Christmas Chick. The Christmas offer is only valid until 14 December 2012 and you can even shop online!

BIG BANGS
If you live in Simon’s Town you would have noticed the SA Navy firing exercises from the Lower North Battery recently. These will finish on Friday 30 November around 4pm. Members of the Cannon Association of South Africa will carry out a gun firing at noon on Sunday 16 December to celebrate the Day of Reconcilliation. A cannon will be fired at midnight on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2013.

GIVING TO VAGRANTS SUPPORTS AN UNHEALTY LIFESTYLE
Residents, shop owners and visitors to Simon’s Town are urged not to give money to vagrants who beg. The Social Welfare officials in the City are urging us not to give money to vagrants as it supports an unhealthy lifestyle. Much of the money provided gets spent on alcohol, and, with the holiday season coming, new vagrants are coming into our area. Some of them are displaying very aggressive behaviour, especially after drinking. If people wish to assist homeless people in Simon’s Town, they are encouraged to contact Cindy Dollery at the Happy Valley shelter on 021 786 5087 or email.
JUBILEE SQUARE PARKING DISKS
Free 20 minute parking discs for 2013 are now available at the STADCO Parking Office. A once-off fee of R25 provides free parking all year for 20 minute periods enabling residents to collect their mail or carry out chores in Town without the hassle of going to the Parking Office each time.

 

 

BABOON – HUMAN INTERFACE MANAGEMENT
It is rewarding to see much more open communication from the authorities and progress being made on all fronts related to baboon management. Two of the three management authorities (SANParks and CapeNature) have now signed off on the new “Roadmap” with actions assigned to each authority. (To what extent they will have the funds or manpower to carry these out is still to be seen – but at least there is a proper plan.) The City is expected to sign within the next week. There will be site meetings in all areas to discuss how this Roadmap will be implemented and public meetings to get community buy-in, with each area having its own distinctive plan suited to its specific conditions. On the ground it is clear that Human Wildlife Solutions’ better equipped and more empowered approach to keeping baboons out of the urban areas is working. Sadly much still remains to be done to better manage waste and improve human behaviour that entice baboons into built up areas.

CRAYFISH SEASON
The Cape West Coast Rock Lobster (crayfish) season has arrived. Get your permits from the Simon’s Town Post Office. For fishing and catching at Cape Point you’ll need to visit the SANP Tokai Tourism Sales office. Call them on 021 712 7471. The dates for catching crayfish are:
15 November – 18 November: Every day of the week
19 November – 14 December: Weekends only
15 December – 31 December: Every day of the week
1 January – 1 April: Weekends and public holidays only

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Both the Civic Association and the Glencairn Action Group have objected to the proposal by Rotary to develop a retirement village of 90 homes on their land (Erf 61) in the Glencairn Valley. Details of their objection can be found here.
The battle continues to ensure that the development on the Marine Oil site is appropriate to the area. The owners of the site appealed a decision by the City that significantly reduced the number dwelling units. Much to our surprise and despite our submissions to the contrary, the developer’s appeal was successful, once again giving them the right to erect over 800 units. The Civic Association is again appealing this decision!!

SIMON’S TOWN COASTAL FORUM LAUNCH
At its inaugural meeting at the Town Hall on the evening of Tuesday 13 November, the formation of the Simon’s Town Coastal Forum was welcomed by an enthusiastic audience with the well-being of the Simon’s Town coast at heart. The Forum received support from local organisations and issues ranging from litter on beaches, pollution into the sea and adequate law enforcement were raised. The City’s Coastal Unit also shared their plans. This is the first such forum to be formed along the coast of Cape Town. For more information contact Geoff Brundrit on 021 786 2308 or via email.

MORE HANDS ON DECK FOR SUBMARINE TOUR
Over 20,000 people have visited the SAS Assegaai, the submarine museum and the Simon’s Town naval docks since it opened last year. This success, and the retirement of three of the volunteer guides, has left an urgent need for more assistance. There are now 19 volunteers and about 30 more are needed. Anyone wishing to find out more about the requirements should email or send an sms to 0828078073. New volunteers would start at the office next to the submarine, helping to answer the phone and assisting visitors.

REPORTING PROBLEMS TO THE CITY
The City is suggesting that residents and business owners who have issues to raise with the City do so directly, copying to the Sub Council Manager desiree.mentor@capetown.gov.za
The suggested first port of calls are:
General complaint: Contact.Us@capetown.gov.za or SMS (no more than 160 characters) 31373
Electricity:mailto:faultreporting.centre@capetown.gov.za or SMS 31220
Water: mailto:waterTOC@capetown.gov.zaa
General correspondence: Correspondence.CRM@capetown.gov.za

JOIN OUR CIVIC AND BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS
SBA membership fees are due as of 1 April 2012. The membership fee is R360 for the year. Please deposit your subs into the SBA account, ABSA, Longbeach, 632005, Account Number 9064161720, Reference: YOUR BUSINESS NAME. Fees can also be paid to Paul Dixon at Dixon-Reid Fine Art Gallery in St Georges Street. For more information on benefits email us or call Keith Alcock at 021 786 4200.

Security levy yearly subscriptions are R1440, or quarterly R360 or monthly R120. These are also payable into to the SBA account. Please use the reference: Security & YOUR BUSINESS NAME.

All residents and ratepayers of Simon’s Town and Glencairn should join the Simon’s Town Civic Association to support the excellent work they do for our community. Membership fees are R80 per annum per household. These can be paid at the Parking Office on Jubilee Square during office hours or by internet banking: Account holder: Simon’s Town Civic Association, Standard Bank, Fish Hoek branch, Branch code 036009, Account number 073815209. Please put “Subs, your name” as the sender. Please also notify the STCA that you have paid stcamail@gmail.com. Cheques are no longer accepted due to excessive banking fees.
STCA website and SBA website

 

WHAT’S ON
30 NOVEMBER: MAGIC AND MUSIC AT THE SIMON’S TOWN COUNTRY CLUB
All are invited to enjoy a magic show by Mike Barta, between 7 and 8 pm on 30 November. Families (children over 10) are welcome and the magic show will be followed by musicians Alan and Shelley performing live. Booking is essential. Phone 021 786 1233. There is no charge and visitors are welcome to stay on for a meal at the Club.

1 DECEMBER: ST FRANCIS CHURCH MARKET
A summer market will be held in the St Francis church hall and garden on Saturday 1 December 2012 from 9.00am to 2.00pm. The event is a fundraiser for the church and the work that they do in the local communities of Simon’s Town, Masiphumele and Ocean View. A wide variety of stalls will offer food, fresh produce and crafts. The church is located next to Admiralty House and 5 minutes walk from the railway station.

1 DECEMBER: WORLD AIDS DAY

8 DECEMBER: JUST NUISANCE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Join the Simon’s Town community in Jubilee Square between 9am and 2pm for a Christmas market. Shop for art, craft, jewellery, home-baked goods, clothing, plants and Christmas decorations. Children can post their letters to Father Christmas in a special post box and enjoy activities in a kids corner.

8 DECEMBER: ART ON THE SQUARE
Amateur and professional artists are invited to join the buzz on Jubilee Square on Saturday morning, 8 December by coming to paint alongside the market, or down near the sea below Jubilee Square and around Simon’s Town harbour. There is no entry fee, anyone can participate by bringing a table/easel and chair – first come, first served. The event is very relaxed and should be fun for all to come and enjoy. For more information call Lesley on 021 786 2308.

9 DECEMBER: TAHILLAH BLUES TRIO 
The Trio will perform in the Foundry garden from 2-5pm. Bring along something to sit on and a picnic. Tickets are R50 per person and available from Larijworks or by emailing.

12 DECEMBER: CAROLS BY TWILIGHT
Join the Izivunguvungu Band for an evening of Christmas Carols at the Glencairn Stables (off Glencairn Road) from 6pm. Bring your own picnic basket and a toy to be be donated to the Fish Hoek Pick n Pay Toy Drive. Tickets available at the gate. R20 per adult and R10 for children 6 and older. Free for children under 6. Contact Sam on 083 351 5945 or Mignon 083 609 7565. 10,

14, 18 DECEMBER: CHILDRENS’ HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
The Simon’s Town Library is putting on three events for children during the holidays. There will be two craft workshops, the first using plastic bag beads on Monday 10 December and the other on Tuesday 18 December

10-13 DECEMBER: LEARN TO SAIL 
The False Bay Yacht Club Sail Training School in Simon’s Town is under new management. They are offering sailing in dingies and keel boats for children and adults, from beginners to those wishing to improve their sailing skills. The beginners course is for children aged eight years and older. Email Sharon or visit for details.

8, 15, 22 DECEMBER: CHILDRENS’ CHRISTMAS ART AND CRAFT CLASSES
The beautiful gardens of Good Hope Gardens Nursery (just past Scarborough on the way to Cape Point) will host kids art classes on Saturday mornings between 9h30 and 12h30. The classes are recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 8 and are limited to ten people per group. The class will include making six Christmas gifts, hand printed wrapping paper and gift tags. The cost is R120 per class including materials, juice and biscuits. Email HYPERLINK “mailto:roushanna@hotmail.com” roushanna@hotmail.com to book.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: SIMON’S TOWN COUNTRY CLUB
Enjoy a hot buffet meal and the popular musicians Jared & Jade for R130. There will be a cash bar. Come early to soak up the great view over False Bay. Booking is important call 021 786 1233 or 786 5559 and speak to Anita or Jacky.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: BERTHA’S
The Tehillah Blues Band and a DJ will provide a festive and vibrant atmosphere at Bertha’s this New Year’s Eve. Tickets are R395 per person and include a three course meal and a welcome cocktail from 7pm. Call 021 786 2138 to make a booking.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: BLACK MARLIN
The festivities include a DJ in the marquee and piano player in the restaurant. Tickets are R500 per person and include a four course meal and glass of bubbles on arrival (from 7pm). Email or HYPERLINK “mailto:info@blackmarlin.co.za” info@blackmarlin.co.za call 021 786 1621 for reservations.
INFORM US
If you know of, or are organising any activities and events, please email simonstownba@gmail.com so that they can be added to our Events calendar.