TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PUBLIC MEETING

All residents and businesses in the Far South are being adversely affected by the increasing congestion on the roads within, and leading to and from the Far South. This congestion not only affects our economy (wasted time spent in traffic jams, visitors electing to go elsewhere rather than sit in slow moving traffic) but also our health and safety (emergency vehicle access, wild fires). The Far South Peninsula Community Forum has for many years now being trying to get the City to appreciate that they cannot continue to approve and plan future development in the area without taking cognisance of the infrastructure limitations. We are not being heard. Simon’s Town and Glencairn residents are encouraged to come to a Public Meeting on Traffic and Transport in the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 18h00 – 19h30 on Wednesday 8 May. The Far South Peninsula Community Forum are inviting City, Provincial and Metrorail officials to tell us what they plan to do to address the stresses on our transport infrastructure. People can make input ahead of the meeting by emailing transport issues, or suggestions of possible solutions to our transport problems to trafficsouth19@gmail.com or leaving them at their local Libraries. We need to make known our concerns and hear what is planned, particularly as we are becoming aware that we could have a potential 7000 additional commuters on already clogged roads and trains if the City approves future developments that have been proposed.

STCA MOVING INTO THE FUTURE
The STCA Executive Committee recently held a workshop to look at priorities, and strategies to address them. The importance of civic involvement and people exercising their democratic voices was a key theme. Where people do not speak up against inappropriate development and its negative impact on our lives and environment, and demand service delivery and accountability, services deteriorate and corruption and mismanagement blossom in government. People need to be informed about key issues in their area, and to add their voices – for this reason, a key focus of 2013 is to grow the membership of the STCA across the Greater Simon’s Town area and to involve more of our many professional and experienced residents in addressing issues. To improve its effectiveness, the STCA will operate through a number of smaller Sub-Committees, including Property, New Urban Development and Planning Legislation; Infrastructure, Essential Services and Safety; and Conservation and the Environment; and Civic Liaison. In addition to improved administrative support and ensuring good communication through a variety of media, a limited number of Special Projects will also be addressed. Anyone wishing to become involved in one or more of the Sub Committees should contact the Chairperson, Lorraine Holloway.

SUPPORT THE ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUIN
On Monday 22 April a group of commited penguin conservationists and representatives from the African Animal Keepers Association set off on the third annual Penguin Promises walk in Gansbaai. They will walk for a week and reach Boulders on the afternoon on Saturday 27 April. The Simon’s Town Business and Civic Associations are supporting this campaign. We have arranged for children from local Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek pre-primary and primary schools to get involved and draw pictures of penguins. Their art will be displayed on the walls of shops and public spaces along St George’s Street in Simon’s Town on 27 April. Judges will decide the winners from various age categories and fantastic vouchers from local restaurants will be awarded to the winners. The Two Ocean’s Aquarium Education Outreach Vehicle is also coming to Jubilee Square to entertain and amaze all those interested. There will also be a variety of music. Wear black and white and come and show your support. We appeal to all businesses to display penguins in their shop windows, dress in black and white as well as dressing their shop fronts with black and white. For more information on the Penguin Promises waddle please visit www.penguinpromises.com, facebook and follow them on Twitter @penguinpromises.

SIMON’S TOWN CREST STICKERS
The Simon’s Town crest decal has been reprinted and is available to businesses at R5.00 each so that they can resell them.  These have always proved popular and you may wish to sell them at R10 or more each, or give them to customers! The decals are available from Mrs Audrey Read of the Simon’s Town Historical Society via email or call 021 7861805.

JUST NUISANCE THE MOVIE
Dumb Dog Productions announced the official launch of the Just Nuisance The Movie website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Please visit each and leave your comments, specifically how much you would love to see this movie made. One of the purposes behind all these efforts is to have a tangible measure to show to the powers that be in Hollywood. We want them to understand how much people want to see a wholesome fun-filled family adventure on the big screen. Please help us by spreading the word.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY
All residents are urged to report potholes, leaks, blocked drains, vandalism, squatters, uncollected bins, etc to the City. City Officials are not in our area on a daily basis – we are. We need to take responsibility for being the ‘eyes and ears’, and, once reported, the City are often amazingly efficient at handling the issue. Queries and complaints can easily be logged at the City’s Call Centre: Tel: 0860 103089 or by SMS to 31373 (no more than 160 characters) or email. Clearly indicate the problem and its exact location. It only takes a minute!

GEOTECHNICAL SURVEY
For years now the STCA has been requesting a Geotechnical Survey of the area above Simon’s Town where slumping and water flow off the mountain have caused structural damage. There have also been repeated requests to investigate the constant flow of run-off through properties in Glencairn Heights. At last we have heard from the deputy City Manager that the process to set up a brief for a survey will commence later in this year, with a view to awarding a tender to a consultant in the new financial year.

CREDIT CARD VIGILANCE
There has been an increase in Credit Card skimming and ATM fraud in Simon’s Town, with tourists in particular being targeted. The Simon’s Town Business Association is working with the banks to put up warning notices at all ATM’s. Residents and visitors are advised not to accept assistance, or give assistance, to anyone at an ATM – (they can skim whilst you are distracted assisting them!). We are also advised not to let our credit card out of our hands – apparently skimming devices are so small that they can be furtively used by someone holding the machine while swiping your card in front of you.

SASSA PENSIONERS REGISTRATION HOME VISITS
SASSA have announced that senior citizens who are ill or disabled can call 021 691 9414 to request a home visit in order to re-register for their pension as they are required to do.

SIMON’S TOWN COASTAL FORUM
The Cape Boat and Ski-boat Club from Millers Point is the eighteenth organisation to link up to the Simon’s Town Coastal Forum. They join many individuals and organisations who have the well-being of our coast at heart. If you are interested, email Geoff. Together we can make a difference. After hearing an inspirational presentation by Jim Hallinan last month at the False Bay Yacht Club, our next quarterly meeting will be at the end of May, this time in Glencairn.

STBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Simon’s Town Business Assocation AGM was held at Bertha’s restaurant on 16 April. It was attended by a small but positive group of business and community stakeholders. Thank you to those that attended. Minutes can be requested from simonstownba@gmail.com.

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: faultreporting.centre@capetown.gov.za or SMS 31220
Water: waterTOC@capetown.gov.za
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.
Contributions from private residents should also go into this Absa account giving your name and ‘security’ as a reference

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

APRIL 26
PUBLIC MEETING RE SAS PIETERMARITZBURG WRECK
The SAS Pietermartitzburg was one of the ships that led the D-Day invasion in 1944. She was then sold to the SA Navy in 1947 and scuttled off Miller’s Point in 1994. In 2006 the wreck broke into 3 pieces and is used as a popular dive spot. The South African Heritage Resources Agency would like to invite all interested parties to a public participation meeting to discuss the process to declare the wreck a National Heritage Site. The meeting will take place from 14h30 to 16h30 at the Simon’s Town Museum. Please RSVP to Shawn Berry on 021 465 2198. You can submit your comments here

APRIL 27
PENGUIN PROMISES AWARENESS WADDLE
Join us to welcome commited conservationists as they finish the annual Penguin Promiseswalk. This campaign aims to raise awareness for the plight of the endangered African penguin. A children’s art competition, music and Two Ocean’s Aquarium Education Outreach vehicle has been arranged to show support from the Simon’s Town community. We appeal to all businesses to display penguins in their shop windows and dress their shop fronts with black and white buntings for at least a week from Wednesday 24 April. If you or your business are keen to get involved please email Bronwen d’Oliveira or call 0832645404. We are looking for volunteers to help with arrangements, sponsored prizes and contributions towards printing and other costs.

APRIL 27
HANSA BRASS BELL 50 MILER

New and exciting sailing event on the False Bay sailing calendar will take place on Saturday 27 April. This unique 50 nautical mile yacht race around False Bay has attracted committed entrants from the SA Navy, Gordon’s Bay and False Bay Yacht Club’s. The race being a Pursuit Race with two fleets. The smaller yachts sail a 26-mile course starting at FBYC, round the Brass Bell Buoy, Seal Island, Whittle Rock and then finishing at the Brass Bell Buoy. The big boats do two laps for the full 50-miles and also finish at the Brass Bell Buoy. Most are set to finish at 16h30 and if there is a moderate South Easterly there should have a colourful display of spinnakers at the finish.

MAY 1
WORKERS DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

MAY 11, MOTHER’S DAY JUST NUISANCE COMMUNITY MARKET
Come and make a nuisance of yourself at the Just Nuisance Market in Simon’s Town’s Jubilee Square on Saturday, May 11 from 9am to 2pm. The market attracts those wanting to enjoy beautiful views while browsing for high quality, local, hand-made, fresh, creative and quirky items. Come and pester us! Email the market coordinator Christina Tranter on or call 0726917304. Facebook.

MAY 12
MOTHER’S DAY

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.

 Issued by the Simon’s Town Business Association.