WELCOME TO OUR SECOND SIMON’S TOWN MAY NEWSLETTER
So much going on we thought we’d send another newsletter!

ATM FRAUD
ATM fraud continues at the ATM’s in Simon’s Town, with tourists in particular being targeted. Do not let your card out of your hands, do not accept help at an ATM, do not assist anyone at an ATM. A request for assistance can be a ploy to distract you. Suggest that the person requesting help ask one of the security guards for assistance. People are also warned to watch handbags and cell phones at all times when in shops and restaurants, and when walking in the street. All crimes must be reported to the Simon’s Town SAPS.
If you have foreign guests it’s worth warning them – but remind them it’s not just in South Africa they need to be wary – it happens all over the world.
Watch this short amazing video to see an example of how the crooks work together to disrtact you and steal your card.

REPORT RECKLESS DRIVING
The Community Police Forum have set up an anonymous email to report reckless driving in the Simon’s Town Glencairn area: Please give the date, time, vehicle registration, any identification names and a description of the reckless driving offence. The reporter’s personal details are not required.

JUST NUISANCE MONTHLY MARKET MOVES INDOORS
The monthly market took place in perfect weather on Jubilee Square and continues to be a wonderful community event. The monthly markets (on the 2nd Saturday of the month) will carry on through the winter, but to avoid being rained out, they will be held in the Simon’s Town Town Hall. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy locally produced goodies and gifts, enjoy the entertainment, and even particpate. The whole community is welcome.

NAVY NEWS
The HMS Argyll, a Royal Navy Frigate, is in port and will staying for several weeks whilst the ship undergoes maintenance and the crew have a break. Visiting ships are very important to the health and wealth of our town. Please be aware of how the town is presented, make sure bins and rubbish are not left out and that we make a good impression on the visitors, many of whom are responsible for generating tourist visits of friends and family later in the year. The ships crew have been cycling, hiking and paddling, and the Facebook pages have been buzzing with positive comments.

COMMUNITY COURTS
A meeting was held with the National Prosecuting Authority to discuss the possible need for a community court in Simon’s Town to deal with offences by vagrants in terms of the municipal laws. It was agreed that a stronger law enforcement presence and professional social services were needed, and that the establishment of community based sentences would be the best route to follow as opposed to imposing fines which could not be paid anyway. The possibility of the existing courts dealing with these issues will also be considered. It was agreed at the meeting that the next step would be for the local representatives to take the issues up with Councillor JP Smith or his representative.

DIDO VALLEY DEVELOPMENT
There is still no news on progress with this development. After many months we have had an acknowledgement that two of the STCA Exco Members are registered as being on their “committee” and will be invited to the next Steering Committee meeting. A public meeting must also be held before the development commences.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP and RENEWALS
Businesses in and around Simon’s Town are reminded to please renew their annual membership. To request an invoice or check your status please email Margaret Silk. Inclusion in promotions, events and publicity is given to Members so join now to participate in upcoming advertising.
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.

CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP and RENEWALS
Members of the Simon’s Town Civic Association are reminded please to renew their annual membership. If anyone is uncertain whether they have paid for 2013, they can email Yvonne Mawhinney.

JOIN YOUR CIVIC ORGANISATION 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

 

May 25th
COASTAL FORUM – THIRD QUARTERLY MEETING
Simon’s Town Coastal Forum will meet during the morning of Saturday 25 May 2013 in Glencairn. Activities will commence at 09h30 with an Open Event in the Glencairn Estuary, which will highlight the activities and achievements of the Glencairn Education and Environment Support Enthusiasts (GEESE). All are welcome, please meet at St Andrews Church on the vlei side of Glen Road and wear strong shoes. If it rains there will be a presentation in the Church. The Open Event will be followed by the Quarterly Meeting of the Forum at 11am in St Andrews Church. Among issues to be reported on will be the new dog walking regulations for all our beaches, sea water quality reports, and the engineering investigation of the safety and stability of the railway line at Glencairn.

Saturday 25th May
FRINGE
Vintage Market and Fashion Show
6:30pm till 9pm Entrance Fee: R20 (includes a beverage)
Join Chantelle and her team for this FUN evening including a vintage mini-market, food, drinks and a Fashion Show.
See the latest techniques and Styles with Hair and Make up and how to take the latest trends and making them your own. Also learn about the NEW Organic and non-chemical colour, and products we use and sell at Fringe.
DRESS: “Retro babeee”. Join us on this Saturday evening for a Vibing Social Event & Great Music!
82 St Georges St (next to The Sweetest Thing). 021 786 4282

Wednesday 29 May 2013
Museum Talk
Sydney Cullis will illustrate a visit to Berlin with reference to the many strands of its history that contributed to the city as it is today – Prussia, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Soviet era, the Wall and Re-unification. To be held at the Simon’s Town Museum, Court Road, Simon’s Town at 5.30pm. Entrance R20 includes a glass of wine or fruit juice. Further information – David 021 7863384

Wednesday 5th June
COUNTRY CLUB WINE TASTING
Simon’s Town Country Club are once again hosting a Wine Tasting evening between 6 and 8pm on the 5th June. Over 20 Wine Farms are represented, and for those not into wine there is a Craft Brewery plus Whiskey and Brandy to tickle your taste buds. Tickets are R40, including cheese and biscuits. On sale at Simon’s Town Pharmacy or book by phone on 021 786 1233. See facebook page for more details