Keeping Blackheath Clean in March

Illegal Dumping and Littering

March saw fewer cases of dumping within the Blackheath Industrial Area. The reward to anybody who can provide me with information as to the registration number and a description of the vehicle that is dumping tyres is still on offer, we are very keen to catch this person who is responsible for dumping tyres throughout the Blue Downs area and now also in Blackheath.

Tyres dumped in Blackheath

Tyres dumped in Blackheath

Dumped tyres cleared by BCID team

Dumped tyres cleared by BCID team

We appeal to everyone in Blackheath to prevent littering and dumping. The BCID team collected a staggering 185 refuse bags of waste from the road verges this month of which 60 bags were used for clearing the road verges from weeds and grass and 125 bags for picking up litter along the road side.

We further call on everyone to call the BCID security vehicle when spotting a suspicious vehicle that may be dumping building material or garden refuse or even tyres as this has been a serious problem during January and February. The 24h ST3 Security Patrol vehicle can be contacted on 021-905 3399 or 079 274 9841 or on the BCID emergency no: 0860 00 BCID (2243)!

We cleansed every street within the Blackheath CID Area in March. Please report any specific issues to us for immediate attention from the CID Cleansing team on 021 905 0929 who respond to matters immediately under the stewardship of Mr. Jacobus Rossouw.

We tended to weeds along all these routes and dealt with alien vegetation along the main roads. Illegal dumping sites were cleaned in School, Sysen and Buttskop Roads and for general waste and litter.

Trafford Road was cleared of tyres and litter and in Range, Metal and Nicole Roads we cleared concrete and building rubble.

Although the number of incidents of dumping has decreased significantly from last month it is still not at acceptable levels and we urge all too please report illegal dumping. All Law enforcement related issues can be reported directly to 107 from the landline or 021 596 1999 from a cell phone. Try to get a photograph of the event for the purpose of having evidence to support the complaint and be sure that we can bring the perpetrator to book.

March 2012 News

BCID

BCID

Wishing you and your families a very Happy and Blessed Easter.  If you are planning a trip, please get lots of rest and be alert and get to your destination fresh and safely.  We also reiterate the need to update information with your alarm monitoring supplier and make sure that your premises is secure by testing and then perhaps even servicing your alarm system.

March has again been a busy month with much ado about petty crime, vagrants wheeling things on trolleys and bins and anything else with wheels, an upsurge in related crime and several arguments with the local SAP Service about service delivery and visibility.  St3 Security has been patrolling and confiscating and interviewing suspicious persons and generally securing the public open spaces in the Industrial Area.  We are concerned about crime, but more so about the lack of reporting to the SAPS.  Please as I ask every month, report all crime to the SAPS at the charge office at the Blue Downs Police Station.

We have just had news that the City of Cape Town has approved funding for the last phase of our street lighting project in Gooderson, Anfield and Trafford Roads during the next financial year.

We now start our Winter preparedness program and if you are concerned about any blockages in the storm water inlets or drains or within open culverts that need to be cleared, please inform us immediately via email on bcid@kingsley.co.za or via telephone on 0219050929.  We will be looking at all areas within the BCID boundaries during this intervention, but we would like any concerns to be brought to our attention as well so that we can be sure we are fully prepared for the rainy season that I am told starts on the Easter weekend.  So no surprise there I guess.  We are blessed by Mother Nature when it suits her and not us!

Climatic Technologies enters Greening Competition

Climatic Technologies situated at 12 Anfield Road have entered the greeoing conpetition with a wonderful garden at their property.

The Blackheath City Improvement District awards the company who makes the most effort to beautify their verge and factory area with a meal voucher to the value of R1000.00 that is donated in part from the Skilpadvlei Restaurant on the Stellenbosch Road.
We are looking for winners again, so please make the effort to “green” your front of house, enter the competition and win!! I am in a position to assist with plants and trees and at this moment have Palm Trees, Yukkas, ground coverings and Fever Trees available at “NO COST” to members.

Please call me immediately and I can ensure that we assist you in making sure that you not only make your premises more pleasing to visitors and staff alike, but also stand a chance to win the prize that is awarded during the Summer months. Here are photos of some of our entries thus far.

Climatic Technologies Before

Climatic Technologies After

More on the greening competition

The Blackheath City Improvement District awards the company who makes the most effort to beautify their verge and factory area with a meal voucher to the value of R1000.00 that is donated in part from the Skilpadvlei Restaurant on the Stellenbosch Road.
We are looking for winners again, so please make the effort to “green” your front of house, enter the competition and win!! I am in a position to assist with plants and trees and at this moment have Palm Trees, Yukkas, ground coverings and Fever Trees available at “NO COST” to members.

Please call me immediately and I can ensure that we assist you in making sure that you not only make your premises more pleasing to visitors and staff alike, but also stand a chance to win the prize that is awarded during the Summer months. Here are photos of some of our entries thus far.

Warrior Construction in Electron Road

Warrior Construction in Electron Road

G & R Building in Nebula Crescent
G & R Building in Nebula Crescent

G & R Building in Nebula Crescent

Fire!

ASLA helping to contain fire

ASLA helping to contain fire

On the 21st of February one of the houses in the Temporary Relocated Area (TRA) alongside Wimbledon Road started burning. ASLA phoned the fire department and attempted to stop the fire using one of their own water trucks. Three Houses however burned down.  ASLA provided mattresses and food packs for the victims and the Council helped with materials to rebuild the houses.

Projects update

Happy Valley Housing Development

Main sewage line with connections to houses

Main sewage line with connections to houses

ASLA is glad to report that they are still on track with timing relating to the Happy Valley Formal Housing Development, even having suffered some minor complications. ASLA found vast amounts of clay at a specific site were houses need to be built. They moved the clay to the area planned for the sport ground and took sand from that area to replace the clay. They are currently still busy with bulk earth works and the relocating of the last houses before construction can begin.

After people have been moved to TRA’s ASLA prepare for earth works

After people have been moved to TRA’s ASLA prepare for earth works

Traffic Issues in Blackheath

Various roadblocks and VCP’s were held in the local area by the traffic services and SAPS during February.

Buttskop Rail Crossing

Minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys was handed down an effective 20-year jail sentence in the Western Cape High Court on the 28th of February. His driver’s licence was also cancelled with immediate effect.

He was convicted of murder, following the accident on August 25, 2010 at the railway crossing. While taking children to school, he ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks. A train hit the taxi, killing 10 of the children he was taking to school. Four others were seriously injured.

Security Update

Crime stats indicate that crime is still on the rise and the statistics in the surrounding areas are even higher. Make sure that your premises are secure. Ensure you DO NOT make yourself a target of crime by leaving valuables unattended or easily accessible, whether in your vehicle or on your desk. We are asking for all businesses to keep cash trading to a minimum as there were 4 armed robberies from December last year till now.

The latest incident was on the 8th of February where persons were apprehended in front of Pallet Supply. Luckily police received an anonymous tip and could make arrests. Three men were arrested and two illegal firearms were confiscated by the SAPS. Our security company is working closely with the SAPS to take crime prevention steps as all the areas around Blackheath and throughout the Cape Metropolitan Area are experiencing a very high crime rate relating to robberies and break ins.

Please visit www.bcid.org.za to find our security weekly and monthly incident reports that may assist you in identifying trends and prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. Incident reports are filed on the home page under incident reports and weekly and monthly reports under documents.

We will continue to send out monthly crime updates so that we can keep up to speed with and warn of crime trends within the Sector that includes Blackheath (both Industrial and residential), Westbank and Driftsands.

Verge cleaning and tree trimming – we are busy and keep Blackheath clean

We attempted to cleanse every street within the Blackheath CID Area in February and succeeded in doing so although it was a short month.  Please report any specific issues to us for immediate attention from the CID Cleansing team on 021 905 0929 who respond to matters immediately under the stewardship of Mr. Jacobus Rossouw.

In addition to this we mowed verges along Nebula Crescent, Heath Circle, Buttskop, Trafford, Gooderson and Anfield Roads, tended to weeds along these routes and dealt with alien vegetation along the main roads.  Illegal dumping sites were cleaned in School Road twice for tyres and papers, Roker Close for tree branches and black bags full of general waste, Trafford Road for tyres and unwanted waste and in Nebula Crescent for concrete and building rubble.

Although the number of incidents of dumping has decreased significantly from last month it is still not at acceptable levels and we urge all to please report illegal dumping.  All Law enforcement related issues can be reported directly to 107 from the landline or 021 596 1999 from a cell phone.  Try to get a photograph of the event for the purpose of having evidence to support the complaint and be sure that we can bring the perpetrator to book!  One single case is too many in my books!

We trimmed the trees across the road from the Station in Range Road to increase visibility as the area was becoming home to vagrants and those in need of ablutions.  We also cleared trees along the side of Anfield and Gooderson Roads.  The ver

ges were cleared at the circle as you enter into Blackheath from the Mfuleni side at the corner of Wimbledon and Buttskop Roads as well as the pavement in front of Colcab Pty Ltd in Buttskop Road. We also cleaned the trench in Rand Road to prevent blockages.

Drain repaired in Barewood Close

Drain repaired in Barewood Close

Drain repaired in Barewood Close

Drain repaired in Barewood Close

Before trimming of trees in Range Road

Before trimming of trees in Range Road

After trimming of trees in Range Road

After trimming of trees in Range Road

Keep Blackheath Clean – Illegal Dumping and Littering

Dumping in Roker Close cleaned up

Dumping in Roker Close

Dumping in Roker Close cleaned up

We appeal to everyone in Blackheath to prevent littering and dumping. The BCID team collected 135 refuse bags of waste from the road verges this month of which 45 bags were used for clearing the road verges from weeds and grass and 90 bags for picking up litter along the road side.  We further call on every one to call the BCID security vehicle when spotting a suspicious vehicle that may be dumping building material or garden refuse or even tyres as this has been a serious problem during January. The 24h ST3 Security Patrol vehicle can be contacted on 021-905 3399 or 079 274 9841 /on the BCID emergency no: 0860 00 BCID!

Mr. Carel van der Merwe from Leo Car Engineering CC (7B Buttskop Road) saw a green Ford Cortina Bakkie dump building materials after business hours and took a photo of the vehicle and the registration number. He informed BCID the next morning who immediately reported the matter to Law Enforcement. An officer was on scene within 15min after it was reported. Law Enforcement will fine the offender and force him to remove his mess. This kind of participation is welcomed and is exactly what we need to curb dumping in the area. Let’s send these perpetrators a strong message! No pun intended!

We attempted to cleanse every street within the Blackheath CID Area in February and succeeded in doing so although it was a short month. Please report any specific issues to us for immediate attention from the CID Cleansing team on 021 905 0929 who respond to matters immediately under the stewardship of Mr. Jacobus Rossouw.