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Old June 25th, 2012, 01:04 PM   #2221
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Never going to happen.

But reading the News24 comments has been worth it!
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Old June 25th, 2012, 04:09 PM   #2222
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If Nando's is involved, is more of a tongue-in-cheek than anything else. But, can imagine the News24 comments must be hilarious. The level of sense-of-humour there is a 0.5-out-of-10.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #2223
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Funny thing...this would be more morally correct and logical than 90% of other name changes around the country!
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #2224
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IRB lauds SA for JWC
2012-06-25 20:36

Cape Town - International Rugby Board (IRB) chairperson Bernard Lapasset has hailed the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 as a "huge success", and has thanked the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the people of Cape Town for the way they embraced the showcase age grade tournament.

The 2012 edition raised the bar again for an event that is firmly established as an eagerly anticipated fixture on the annual global Rugby calendar, delivering a record 35 000 attendance for the final, a strong legacy programme and a new name on the trophy as South Africa became the first team to topple New Zealand since the Championship's inception in 2008.

“Once again the IRB Junior World Championship produced some spectacular rugby played in a wonderful spirit in front of exceptional crowds. The future stars of rugby have shown us that our sport is in very good hands,” said Lapasset in Cape Town for the record-breaking final.

“The rugby fans of Cape Town and Stellenbosch have embraced this tournament in their thousands with a record crowd for a final. Across the world, all 30 matches were broadcast for the first time to a global audience of 240 million homes. The IRB Junior World Championship was a truly memorable event and we look forward to France 2013."

The tournament was won by the host nation for the first time as South Africa ended New Zealand’s four-year dominance with a hard-fought 22-16 victory. Wales, Argentina and Ireland all secured their best ever finish and both finalists lost a match on the way to the final, making this IRB Junior World Championship the most competitive ever.

To date, more than 160 players have graduated from the Championship to full Test arena since the tournament’s inaugural event in Wales in 2008.

The growing list contains some of the brightest talents in the game, including Australia flanker David Pocock and flyhalf Quade Cooper, Wales captain Sam Warburton and team-mate Leigh Halfpenny, New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup winning trio of Aaron Cruden, Sam Whitelock and Zac Guildford, England’s Owen Farrell and South Africa’s own Patrick Lambie.

For hosts South Africa, the Championship was a huge success, underlining the enormous appetite for the sport at all levels.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the South African Rugby Union and Cape Town and Stellenbosch for all their hard work, commitment and passion to deliver a fantastic event, which laid the foundations for the huge success of the Championship,” said Lapasset.

“They have been rewarded with a tournament which will live long in the hearts of minds of all those who took part, watched, or were part of the legacy programme and they have certainly raised the bar for subsequent events to follow.”

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Old July 4th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #2225
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MUIZENBERG – ONE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S WORLD'S 20 BEST SURF TOWNS
July 04, 2012



Cape Town accolades continue to roll in. Following the recent announcement that Tjing Tjing bar was named one of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around The World by Conde Nast Traveler, now National Geographic has listed Muizenberg as one of its World's 20 Best Surf Towns. Cape Town has also previously been listed as one of The Lonely Planet‘s Ten Best Beach Cities 2011.

The World's 20 Best Surf Towns list not only profiles the surfing conditions of the various beaches but also explores activities to do in the area, its social and community outreach programmes, where to stay and of course the best times to catch the next big wave.

Writer Tetsuhiko Endo describes what makes up a great surf town: "A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodation, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat. The following is a list of the world's best surf towns, picked not necessarily because they are home to the best waves, but because the sum of their parts makes them inviting for locals and visitors alike. Plus, for each town, locals tell us where to eat, stay, and play." It seems Muizenberg fit the criteria perfectly.



Muizenberg is a popular spot, attracting local and international visitors as the water on its coast is much warmer than that on the Atlantic Coast. It's still pretty cold though. Recognisable by its brighty coloured beach huts, there are a variety of surf and adventure operators, restaurants, coffee shops and apartments located along the main beach.

There is also a train ride known as “The Southern Line” which runs from Cape Town to Simon’s Town. Contact Cape Town Tourism’s Muizenberg Visitor Information Centre, conveniently located at the Pavillion on the main beach, to assist you in booking accommodation, activities and transport. The friendly team will provide you with the local knowledge, maps, brochures and what’s on information for any time of year. They’ll also make bookings for you at no cost.

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Old July 6th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #2226
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Old July 11th, 2012, 09:19 AM   #2227
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Voortrekker Road Corridor is latest Cape Town CID
Published: July 10, 2012


Derek Bock, chief operating officer of the Voortrekker Road City Improvement District.

Cape Town’s newest City Improvement District, the Voortrekker Road Corridor City Improvement District (VRCID) will become fully operational on August 1 with the deployment of additional cleansing and private security officers in the precinct. However, Derek Bock has been appointed as its first chief operations officer (COO) from July 1.

The VRCID will have one of the largest CID footprints in Cape Town and Bock says it is also one of the most challenging areas when it comes to crime and grime issues.

Bock was the former COO of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District and after that worked at Eurocape Holdings, the Irish property development company responsible for developments such as the Taj Hotel and Mandela Rhodes Place in the Cape Town CBD.

The VRCID is part of Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme of the City led by the Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and includes Voortrekker Road from Strand Street near Stikland towards Jan van Riebeeck Drive, passing through the Bellville and Parow CBDs. It also incorporates Durban Road from Voortrekker Road to the N1. Although the Bellville station and taxi rank are within the precinct the VRCID will have no jurisdiction on these premises.

In association with Radio Tygerberg and supported by the Bellville Sakekamer and other prominent businesses in the area, the founding members took the initiative to seek solutions to the problems along and adjacent to Voortrekker Road through Parow and Bellville. Bock says crime, littering, illegal dumping, homelessness, aggressive begging, informal car guards, prostitution and drug dealing are the order of the day in this area.

“The vision of the VRCID is to create and maintain a clean and safe urban environment along the Voortrekker Road corridor,” he says.

Its goals include:

Reducing crime significantly by proactive visible patrolling and cooperation with existing SAPS, Metro Police and Law Enforcement efforts in the area.
Creating a safe and clean public environment by addressing issues of maintenance and street, pavement and public space cleansing.
Seeking to provide jobs for homeless people.
Supporting the promotion of the VRCID as a safe and clean environment to work and live in.
The sustained and effective management of the VRCID.
“Anyone who works or lives in the area will tell you this is not a nice place to be, by day or by night, and we need to change this for the good of everyone. It reminds me of what Cape Town’s CBD looked like back in 2002. We have 10 years to catch up within a couple of months. The only way we are going to succeed is by working closely with all departments in the City of Cape Town, SAPS and very important, with all landlords in the VRCID,” says Bock.

“Landlords need to clamp down on over-crowding and illegal activities in their buildings and mustn’t allow their buildings to deteriorate in terms of safety and security, and fire and health regulations. Unfortunately many landlords have allowed this, which is a shame – they can’t expect to just collect rent and do nothing to manage their property.

“We will work closely with the City to identify such properties and landlords and will assist the City in any way we can to take the necessary legal action against such landlords. All landlords need to be part of the solution and not the problem. We won’t hesitate to name and shame errant landlords, as we know we have the support of all landlords that operate within the law in the VRCID.”

Bock says it’s important to remember that the VRCID, like all CIDs, in no way takes over the responsibilities of the City or SAPS or other bodies.

“We provide top up services, paid for by CID levy payers for over and above services that must still be provided by the City and other service providers. The VRCID will employ additional street cleaners to clean the streets and collect illegal dumping. It will provide additional private security officers and patrol vehicles to patrol the VRCID 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Micro urban management is very important. The VRCID’s budget is small compared to other much smaller CIDs although the VRCID’s footprint is possibly the largest CID in Cape Town.”

Bock is well-known for his no nonsense and zero tolerance approach towards crime and grime issues, which include illegal dumping of refuse by businesses or informal traders, anti-social behaviour, aggressive begging and petty theft.

He says his first priority will be to put additional security and cleansing teams on the street in support of the authorities and the public. He believes that once the basics are in place the rest will follow.

“We will also foster relations with NGOs working in the VRCID to address the issue of homelessness. I am on record as saying that homelessness is not a crime, but being homeless does not give any person the right to aggressively beg, harass members of the public, litter or urinate on the streets. As part of our commitment towards providing jobs for the homeless in the area, we will request our security and cleansing service providers to train and possibly employ those who have made the grade. Part of the programme will be to have unemployed people clean public spaces, remove illegal posters and do minor paint works through an NGO and at the same time earn a living. The success of an NGO such as Straatwerk in the Cape Town CBD – a NG Church faith based organisation with its head office in Parow – needs to be emulated in the Voortrekker Road Corridor.”

The message will be very clear – whether you are a landlord, an informal trader or office worker, the City has by-laws and everyone is required to abide by these. No one is above the law, whether you are eight or 80 years old.

“We are open for business,” says Bock. “I would strongly encourage big businesses to invest in the VRCID. In a year or two, property prices will increase as they have done in all other CIDs, especially those of the Central City, Green Point and Sea Point and Claremont. There is nothing preventing Voortrekker Road from becoming a second Main Road like in Claremont – moving from rundown to a thriving business node. The VRCID will make it clean and safe but businesses need to invest in Voortrekker Road and adjacent areas; that is our challenge to them.

“Leading the pack are the Foschini Group, which is expanding its offices in Voortrekker Road, and New Property Ventures’ building, which houses the Bellville branch of Capitec Bank, and has already had plans approved for additional office space.

“Since being appointed COO, I have fielded calls daily from people who want to invest in Voortrekker Road as bargains are still to be had here,” says Bock.

The VRCID board consists of the three founding members – Hardus Zevenster, chief executive of Radio Tygerberg; Piet Badenhorst, an attorney and chairman of AHI Western Cape; and Gert Snyman, a businessman and landlord. Bock says more people will be approached to join the VRCID board in due course.

Source: SA Property News
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Old July 11th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #2228
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Excellent stuff...this is how it grows...from Cape Towns CBD it started, it worked...and now it spreads!
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Old July 11th, 2012, 03:27 PM   #2229
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I support this urban regeneration starts from within, not from without.

Step 1 is of course to get in there and improve what can be improved, but pride needs to be generated, people need to live there, small projects need to be initiated.

Top down urban regeneration just doesn't produce the outcomes they are hoping for.

Re: Bellville Station/Taxi Rank. Not under their jurisdication. Fair enough. But then you miss a giant part of the opportunity to improve the area and get stuck in the issues.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 10:43 AM   #2230
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Old July 21st, 2012, 08:49 PM   #2231
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This is good news! The Voortrekker Road corridor is in dire need of some attention. Viva CID's, Viva!
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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #2232
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Worrying...I truly hope this doesn't become habit!


CPT municipalities fail to get clean audit
Chanel September | 3 hours ago

CAPE TOWN - The Auditor-General (AG) on Monday said the city's failure to attain a clean audit was caused by the awarding of contracts to councillors, their friends and family among others.

The AG's annual report on audits conducted of the province's municipalities has been released.

Most Western Cape municipalities attained unqualified audits, while nine percent received the worst audit opinion.

Two of the key hurdles preventing most of the province's municipalities attaining clean audits were weaknesses in supply chain management and human resources.

Western Cape AG Thandeka Zondi said the City of Cape Town's deteriorating performance was of concern.

“It was awards to employees and councillors mostly."

Premier Helen Zille has vowed to intervene, now that she is aware of the problem.

“I really don’t know. We have the oversight powers, and we will certainly oversee this now that we’ve got this finding. However, the mayor and chief financial officer must give us answers"

In response to a query from Eyewitness News, the city replied the audit outcome was old news, adding it viewed the irregularities as minor.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane believes there are no consequences for municipal officials who make bad decisions.

None of the country's metros received clean audits.

Problems cited include service delivery and errors in financial information.

Chabane said he agreed with the AG's views.

“If you look at what the AG raised, part of the issue is that there is no consequences for those who know they are wrong.”

He said municipal officials are not always incompetent.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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Old July 24th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #2233
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On a side-note. DHL have moved into the SHG building on the foreshore. They've taken up all of the retail space on the North Wharf side of the building, facing the square. Most of that retail space have remained unused since the building was built.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #2234
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Yes, I am very unhappy about the CPT municipality not getting a clean audit. It is unacceptable. They will have to fix this immediately so that it doesn't happen again.
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Old July 26th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #2235
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Why we might have so many cranes...

At a state of the WCape Economy, addressed this morning in Langa, MEC Alan Winde confirmed our economy is growing marginally faster than the rest of South Africa. He says EU pressures are high and worries about 40% of our exports headed there. Unemployment provincially remains unacceptably high to him, at 22.8% (Nat'l: 25.2%). In Q1, 5,000 new jobs were created.

Western Cape grew at 3.1% year-on-year, compared to national at 2.9%.

Perhaps why there are more cranes in Cape Town than elsewhere.

Hoping we can ride out the EU storm and continue to grow above par.

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Old August 2nd, 2012, 03:05 PM   #2236
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Gents, there is scaffolding up at the top 'podium' at No 1 Thibault Square. So it looks like signage is returning to the building after an eight month absence.
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Indeed! I can see it from my desk Hope it's something tasteful!
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 03:28 PM   #2238
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Indeed! I can see it from my desk Hope it's something tasteful!
Fingers crossed.
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Yep, definitely signage. Walked past there just now. There's a craftsign bakkie parked downstairs.
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I'd be even more excited if PG Glass was parked outside with the rest of the reflective glass!
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