City of Cape Town draft budget 2007/08
The STCA submitted comment to the City Manager on the City’s
draft budget for 2007 / 2008. Whilst recognising the need for increased
expenditure, our concern was that Simon’s Town, like other areas
in the South, had received enormous increases in property valuations
and would thus be contributing a disproportionate amount to the increased
funds the required by the budget. The point was made that our area
had a high proportion of pensioners on fixed income and that the resultant
increased rates they would be expected to pay would be crippling. Additionally
the letter stated that Simon’s Town people, despite the rates
they were paying, were currently not being well served by the City
(eg the lack of law enforcement, antiquated water supply and waste
water systems) and thus objected to having to contribute more for inadequate
Following up on the lack of law enforcement, the STCA will be joining
with other civic groups in signing a strongly worded letter to the
Mayor urgently demanding a reasonable level of law enforcement in
particular to curb the increase in anti-social behaviour and traffic
infringements that are impacting on safety and law and order in Simon’s
The STCA attended a meeting of Interested and Affected Parties around
the Marine Oil development. The property has a new owner who will
be developing the site and is using the previous Environmental
Consultants. Further work on Soil Remediation Proposal has been
approved by the Department of Water Affairs, and work to remove
contaminants will start in September, taking about 8 months. The
members of the STCA attending the meeting were confident that the
new developer would do a good, professional job. A further site
meeting is to be held on 15 May for the general public and other
Interested and Affected Parties.
Councillor Holderness had been appointed by the City to chair a
committee looking into the future of all the City’s Architectural
The Simon’s T../../own Tree List has been circulated and updated
and now includes trees which had been on Navy property and thus excluded.
The Hospital Terrace Pepper tree which is threatened by proposed
development in the area is one such, and is now catalogued on the
A further stretch of boardwalk is to be built at Glencairn Vlei,
extending the new board walk as far as possible, hopefully to the
corner, where it will end in a Y, the left fork forming an observation
point and the right one sloped d../../own for access.
The STCA continues to try to find solutions around the wind-driven
movement of sand from the beaches at Glencairn and Longbeach. GEESE
is assisting with laying palm fronds on the Glencairn dunes and
discussions are being held with the CSIR and UCT about Longbeach.
A copy of the repairs and maintenance schedule has been received
from the City, and from this it is obvious that serious input is
required from the STCA in order to prioritise work. Important items
such as the repairs to the dangerously damaged concrete platform
at Seaforth and the demolition of the derelict toilets at Longbeach
are not on the current budget.
There seems to have been a significant improvement in the water
supply since the repair of the major leak at the bottom of Dorries
Drive. However, the STCA is still monitoring water supply to provide
support for motivating for improvements to the system. Please continue
reporting water supply problems (place, times, action taken) to those
who volunteered from each area (see previous Newsletters for details).
For the next few months, please could any reports from Glencairn
Heights come directly to Lesley Shackleton (021-786-2308).
There have been requests to move the pedestrian traffic light at
Seaforth, opposite the school, and replace it with a vehicular and
pedestrian light, operated on a trip by vehicles coming up from Seaforth
Beach into the Main Road. Much though we deplore installing more
traffic lights on Main Road, the STCA will be approaching the City
about this as the crossing is dangerous both to the many scholars
who cross from the school to the Seven Eleven and to the traffic
trying to exit on a blind corner.
CCTV cameras have been installed in the centre of Simon’s Town
and are working well, covering Main Road, Jubilee Square and Cole
Point. The major security problem in Simon’s Town continues
to be the anti-social and sometimes aggressive behaviour of vagrants
and, as mentioned above, an urgent request is being sent to the Mayor
for more law enforcement officials to be assigned to Simon’s
Town. This is particularly important to protect our status as a tourist-friendly,
safe destination for our many visitors.
The application for the cell phone mast at Teeberg to be operational
24/7 all year received overwhelming support and thus will go ahead,
bringing much needed access to security and emergency services to
the people in the Redhill settlements.
Subscriptions for 2007
Subscriptions of R50 for 2007 were due on the 1st January 2007. They
may be paid at the Central Hotel Reception Desk, or by post to
P O Box 47, Simon's Town, 7995, or directly to the STCA account
with Nedbank, Fish Hoek, branch code 121121, account number 2211023762.
. Please contact our treasurer, Ian Allan (see contact details
above) if you are uncertain whether or not you have already paid
Our thoughts are with you…
Fran Freeman, our Chair person, is currently receiving intensive
chemotherapy at Groote Schuur Hospital. All at the STCA wish her
well with her treatment and look forward to having her up and about