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The Far South Peninsula Community Forum (FSPCF) had a successful meeting with the Mayor of Cape Town, Ald Patricia de Lille. At that meeting she committed the City to working with the Far South community on improving the Traffic and Transport situation and to drawing up a specific Disaster Management Plan for our area. Workshops involving City officials and local experts will take place to move these serious concerns forward. The Mayor also promised that the City would undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Far South, something that should, in terms of National Law, have been done to underpin all planning legislation. The concern about overdevelopment of the Far South area remains a critical factor. The FSPCF is exploring ways of ensuring that the City will keep these promises so as to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of our area. It is important to make significant progress before the upcoming elections in early 2014. More information indicating how residents and businesses can assist will be circulated separately.

The revised schedule for the Main Road Rehabilitation now has the end of Phase 2, the current Phase, listed as being June 2013 – it is already running several months late. Funding has now been obtained for Phase 3 – Kalk Bay Harbour to Clovelly Road and Atlantic Road to Casa Labia. Whist the concept design has been completed, a contractor has yet to be appointed. Phase 3 is anticipated to be a 3-year project. It is hoped that a contractor could be on site to commence with Phase 3 in September 2013. However, the City’s procurement and appeal process could delay the commencement.

Our annual welcome to spring takes place over the long weekend from the 21st September through to Heritage Day on Tuesday the 24th. This is very much a showcase of the people and passions of Simon’s Town, with all our favourite activities featured. The Spring Regatta is the cornerstone event, with open gardens, running and fitness events, markets, art, music events all through the town and Navy and historic tours – but we need more! Do you have an expertise or passion that you are willing to showcase – is it a “how to” session? cooking, painting, potting, playing an instrument? Is it dance, fitness or maybe a beautiful garden? If you think you could put together an event based on your idea then send a proposal to margaret@paddlers.co.za.

The Just Nuisance Market’s move into the Simon’s Town town hall was a great success, attracting many browsers and shoppers in from the cold and rain. As usual, the food stalls were extremely popular, and the warm vibrant atmosphere was enhanced by the music provided by the vintage live band, C.R.A.F.T. The Market is a community event, providing an opportunity for socialising and networking, as well as shopping. Businesses owners and residents were also able to interact informally with local councillors, Simon Liell-Cock, Pat Franke, Felicity Purchase and Mark Wiley our local member of the Provincial Parliament. The next Just Nuisance Market will take place on 13 July 2013.

At the recent joint Baboon Liaison Group / Baboon Task Team meeting the management authorities updated the civic organisations on the Baboon Roadmap, the plan that they are using to guide their management of our baboons. As part of this Roadmap, the authorities will be holding public meetings in each baboon-affected area to discuss the most appropriate way forward for each troop in each area. The first such meeting will be with the Scarborough/Misty Cliffs civics – the meetings in our areas will probably be much later in the year.  The Roadmap appears to be promoting baboon-proof electric fencing as the long term solution, following its success in the Zwaanswyk, Tokai area.  However, the implementation of this will depend on available funding and individual community consensus on fencing as being the appropriate solutions.

At the quarterly Coastal Forum Meeting held in Glencairn, Darryl Colenbrander from the City’s Environmental Resource Management Department outlined the joint project that is being undertaken with the support of Province and PRASA into the future of the railway line in our area. A key focus of the project is the Glencairn Beach area, where the railway line is seriously threatened by sand and sea. He emphasised that the project, which will take about 4 months, is proactive, rather than reactive. Its aim is to determine what needs to be done to ensure the safety of the railway line over the next 15 -20 years. The researchers are looking not only at engineering solutions, but at potential social, economic and environmental impacts in order to determine the best way forward. Public input will be sought once the research has been done as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment. The next Quarterly Meeting of the Coastal Forum will be held at the end of August 2013.

The number of vagrants coming into Simon’s Town is increasing. This unfortunately results in public drunkenness, fighting amongst each other, and antisocial behaviour including defecation in public areas and littering. Many of the new ‘vagrants’ are more aggressive than our regulars, and some are clearly participating in criminal activities such as drug dealing. How to manage this growing problem is one of the key foci of the Civic and Business Associations and the Community Police Forum. Our Councillor has been asked to prioritise the issue. Happy Valley provides a refuge for destitute people, but has a limited capacity and refuses access to people who are drunk. The City has a project providing work to vagrants for a small salary, but we have been told that many refuse to join this programme as they make more money on the street. We are all urged not to provide money, food or alcohol to vagrants or unofficial ‘car guards’. Rather give to Happy Valley or other organisations assisting street people. Giving to beggars on the street might appease a feeling of guilt in the donor, but creates an unhealthy and demeaning dependency culture in the receiver.

The newly elected Chair of the STCA, Lorraine Holloway, has put a strong supportive team in place. Geoff Brundrit is Vice Chair, consolidating the link between STADCO and the STCA, Christina Tranter is Secretary, and Louise de Waal is working with other civic organisations in Town to set up a comprehensive community blog to improve communication. There are still many STCA members who are not paid up for 2013 and the STCA plans to send out reminders. The membership fee remains at R80 per household, but additional donations are always welcome to enable the Civic to operate more effectively. All the members of the STCA Exco work on a voluntary basis, but funds are needed for specific community projects, to challenge City decisions that we believe to be illegal or inappropriate, and to enable us to communicate more effectively. Please see payment details below.

Terry Korsten has been elected the Historic Society’s new President.
Thanks to the pressure exerted by Liz Danks, the Western Cape Education Department has at last provided transport to schools in Masiphumelele and Ocean View for 38 learners in Red Hill.
The STCA has submitted a strong letter of objection to further attempts to circumvent the law at 7 Gay Road Seaforth, where the owners are now applying amend the title deed so as to subdivide the house into two separate houses.
The City has appointed a permanent staff member to the Red Hill informal settlement to manage issues there and provide a two-way flow of information.

Many thanks to the residents and businesses that contribute regularly to the MACH1 Security Guard in Town. These monthly contributions barely cover the cost of our one guard, so each contribution is essential to maintain this valuable service. The increase in credit card and bank card skimming continues to be a problem, and extreme caution is needed with all payments, whether in large stores, restaurants or at autobanks.

The Community Police Forum have set up an anonymous website to report reckless driving in the Simon’s Town Glencairn area: traffic.complaints.simonstown@gmail.com. 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.

The next Quarterly Network meeting of the SBA will be held on the Tuesday the 9th July and hosted by the Simon’s Town Country Club. Our guest speakers will address the meeting each with a short presentation followed by questions, descussion and general mixing and mingling.
Stella Inggs will present “Unraveling the frustration – how to approach the CCMA and Labour Legislation as a small business owner.” And Kim Kruyshaar will help us save energy and money with “Sustainable Simon’s Town”.
Please RSVP so we can make the necessary provisions.
All businesses operating in town from Guest Houses to Restaurants are encouraged to join the SBA.

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 particpate in upcoming advertsing.
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.

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


Saturday 13 July 2013
Just Nuisance Market
In the Town Hall.

Saturday 13 July 2013
Xmas in July Dinner Dance
Come and enjoy Christmas at Simon’s Town Country Club. Full Christmas dinner, 3 courses, with all the trimmings and goodies, plus a few extras all in front of our Xmas tree and fire.
Francois Martinelli provides the music and promises to get you in the mood and out of your seats.
R125 pp. Book now. 021 786 1233

Saturday 20 July 2013
Comedy at the Captains Table
The Deep South Comedy Collective present a hilarious quartet of comdians. Join Karen upstairs in this cosy venue , upstairs from the two and sixpence pub. Tickets available or just come along and join the fun.
The venue is available for private functions of between 10 and 45 people just call Karen on 021 786 5735

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.