Simons Town offers the best holiday accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa, including Self Catering, B&B's, and Hotels, Camping and Backpackers. Simon's Town has stunning views in the most beautiful environment of the Cape Peninsula. Nestled on False Bay within easy distance of Cape Town International Airport, our village is rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth. Our neighbours are whales, penguins and seals with world heritage status bird life, fishing and the beauty of Table Mountain and Cape Point.
T=own Civic Association
P.O. Box 47 Simon's T=own 7995
Office tel. (when manned) 7861191, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Fran Freeman 7829811
Treasurer/Communications: Ian Allan 7822736 : email@example.com
Here are some of the STCA’s achievements during 2005 and
challenges remaining for 2006. Strong community involvement is essential
to ensure effective local government. Get involved, or at the very least,
support your Civic Association as it works for you.
The STCA has monitored all development and building plans submitted to
Council, providing support or written objections in the interests of
Challenges: the exponential growth of property development which is not
supported by improvement in infrastructure; preservation of view problems,
the lack of an effective structure plan. Last year only R100000 was allocated
for infrastructure development in Simon’s Town.
The STCA regularly monitors the beaches, toilets, the Jubilee Square
and Station areas, tidal pools, etc reporting damage to Council and
following up to ensure action. The STCA is working with Council and,
through Stadco, to improve / take over the maintenance and management
of Jubilee Square, Wharf Street and the Jetty.
Challenges: lack of capacity in the Council, inadequate supervision of
workers, lack of resources.
The STCA was strongly active concerning the Integrated Zoning Scheme
and its apparent neglect of the environmental and heritage treasures
in the Simon’s Town area. Objections are lodged where developments
impact the coastline and the Historic Mile (eg Harbour Terrace (behind
Hospital Terrace), the Glencairn Station development, the Rocklands
Challenges: The Council planners do not see Simon’s Town as having any
priority as an environmental, historical or tourist resource. There are
many developers seeing Simon’s Town as an opportunity too good to miss.
Roads and Drainage
Where residents have not had satisfactory action from the Council regarding
road or drainage repairs the STCA has followed up. The STCA maintains
a good relationship with the different Council departments and holds
frequent on-site meetings with them.
Challenges: Council budgets are shrinking, other areas are seen to be
priorities, the steep roads in Simon’s Town are vulnerable to development
pressure and storm damage deterioration.
The Simon’s Town water quality and supply is regularly monitored. A close
relationship with the South Peninsula Municipality is maintained.
Challenges: Water supply pipes are aged and over stressed, bursting frequently.
Centralisation of the metro services means that municipal workers now
live far from Simon’s Town and have little specialised knowledge of our
The STCA supports the New Year’s Eve Party and, through Stadco, the Penguin
Festival. Both provide funding for local needy causes or the environment.
Support was also provided for the False Bay Hospital’s 40th Anniversary
celebrations, the Red Hill Pre-Primary School and the Happy Valley
Home. The Simon’s Town Trust which currently provides monthly support
to 15 needy persons has two Trustees from the STCA.
Challenges: Unemployment, environmental pressure, the influx of people
to the Far South are all going to increase the need for community involvement.
The STCA liases closely with the Community Police Forum, and the Police,
monitoring and raising security issues. Financial support was provided
for the new security cameras.
Challenges: CCTV systems in the Cape Town City Centre and other areas
are pushing criminals ever further out and Simon’s Town must be vigilant
to ensure that we do not become a soft target.
The STCA monitors and is involved in the activities of GEESE, Baboon
Matters and the Environmental Advisory Committee Signage is also monitored
(especially in the Historic Mile area) and action taken when regulations
Challenges: Increasing population, tourism and development are threatening
natural environments. This is combined with decreased law enforcement
The STCA has provided information and support to the Ward Councillor
and acted as a conduit of information from the Ward Councillor to the
residents. The STCA was active in encouraging participation in the
process to form Ward Committees.
Challenges: Party politics, constant restructuring, retrenchments and
incompetence in the City have all but caused local government to collapse.
It becomes more and more difficult for the Ward Councillor to be effective.
Eleven Newsletters are circulated to STCA members each year. Information
is also provided to the local newspapers and the Full Circle magazine.
Challenges: We can only communicate with the people who contact us. Please
encourage friends and neighbours to join the STCA.
JOIN THE STCA NOW: ONLY R50 per annum