February 2012 News

February, although it is a leap year has come and gone with haste.  Many issues were dealt with during this month by the BCID team.  We restarted the greening competition that has already had a few entries, we began a project to address street naming within the Industrial Area and had to face a lot to do with crime, both petty and opportunistic and also serious crime within the area related to robberies and armed robberies.

If you manage cash on-site, be warned.  There is a group of 6 or more Black Males who are armed and dangerous and who are committing robberies throughout the Blue Downs Area.  The SAPS are investigating and doing everything they can to track down and apprehend these persons.  A tip-off led to a foiled robbery in Blackheath three weeks ago, where 3 armed persons were arrested  Two escaped and a policeman from the local Police Station was implicated, later arrested and charged.  We appeal to you to manage and hold as little cash as possible at your premises and to immediately find other means to manage cash in order to deter a would be criminal from victimising you at your premises.

Please contact Colonel Nel of Mfuleni Police Station who is the head of Visible Policing in the area for support and information or speak to ST3 Security for assistance with Security advice at your premises.

February again saw many cases of dumping within the Blackheath Industrial Area and especially the dumping of tyres.  It seems that the persons drive through the area and roll the used tyres off of the back of the vehicle as they drive through, creating a long line of dumped car and truck tyres in their wake.  I am offering a reward to anybody who can provide me with information as to the registration number and a description of this vehicle, we are very keen to catch this person who is responsible for dumping tyres throughout the Blue Downs area and now also in Blackheath.

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 monthly during the Summer months starting in February.

Our previous competition winner was MacAdams International!

Our previous competition winner was MacAdams International!

MacAdams

MacAdams

MacAdams

MacAdams

 

Area Cleaning

As previously stated we attempted to cleanse every street within the Blackheath CID Area in January and succeeded in doing so.  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 Jacobus Rossouw.

In addition to this we mowed verges along Wimbledon, Range, School and Buttskop Roads, tended to weeds along these routes and dealt with alien vegetation along the main routes.  We also watered all the Acacea Trees throughout the area, whilst tending to those that needed a bit of TLC due to whatever reason.  We irrigate with compost to ensure health and good growth during the summer months.

Verges before and after cleaning

Verges before and after cleaning

Verges before and after cleaning

Verges before and after cleaning

We tended to the verge outside of Continental China, removing reeds and mowing the verge. We are in discussion with the City to undertake the scheduled mowing of this area, but due to budgetary constraints, we need to assist still in this area.

Minor and major incidents of “dumping” occurred throughout the area and were addressed at the Corner of Trafford Road and Buttskop, in Nebula Crescent, School Road, Nicole Avenue and various other areas. Please keep an eye open for the persons who are currently dumping tyres within the area as incidents of this nature are occurring almost daily at the moment and we need to catch the perpetrators as soon as possible before this matter gets more out of hand.

Keep Blackheath Clean!

Illegal Dumping and Littering
We appeal to everyone in Blackheath to prevent littering. The BCID team collected 250 refuse bags of litter from the road verges this month of which 90 bags were used for clearing the road verges from weeds and grass and 160 bags for picking up litter along the road side.  This is an indication that we face a massive challenge here!

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!

Nicole Avenue before and after cleaning 

Nicole Avenue before and after cleaning

Trafford Road Before and after cleaning

Trafford Road Before and after cleaning

Trafford Road Before and after cleaning

Trafford Road Before and after cleaning

Security Contacts

Don’t forget the BCID emergency number on 086 000 BCID for all Security related emergencies.  Call Law enforcement on 107 from the Landline or 021 596 1999 from a cell phone.  Call the SAPS on 10111!

Be secure

Crime stats indicate that crime in the area is on the rise since the middle of December 2011. Make sure that your premises is secure and that you have tested and serviced your alarm.  Call your alarm company and make sure that they have your key-holder information correctly stored on their database so that they can contact the key holder swiftly in case of an event.  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.

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.

Traffic Issues

Speeding remains a big problem in Blackheath and throughout the country as a whole. The BCID is working with the Cape Town Traffic Department to prevent and address speeding within the Blackheath Area.  Regular VCP’s, speed enforcement and joint operations occur within the Blackheath Industrial Area and are co-ordinated between Law Enforcement, the Metro police, SAPS and Traffic Services through the Sector Security Forum that was set up by the Blackheath CID.  Regular visits and spot-checks are also carried out to the local scrap and second hand dealers in partnership with the SAPS and Law Enforcement’s Metal Theft Unit.

Application has been made to the City of Cape Town for approval for the implementation of a new 4-way stop at the corner of Wimbledon and Heath Roads to shorten the distance between traffic calming points.  We appeal to owners to request their employees to obey all traffic laws and be extremely careful near the “Temporary Relocated Area” of Happy Valley.   Clearly this development brings families and children and domestic animals et al closer to the edge of Wimbledon Road, exposing them to the dangers of this main route and the sometimes poor driving habits of road users.

There was a fatal accident on the 10th of January at the corner of Range and Stellenbosch Arterial Roads when a truck ran over a 5 year old boy who was walking with his father who was pushing a trolley.

Happy Valley Housing Development

Storm water canals being installed next to Wimbled on Road

Storm water canals being installed next to Wimbled on Road

The project that is currently getting the most attention is the Happy Valley formal housing development on our Western border with Wimbledon Road.  ASLA reports that they are currently on schedule and set to finish the housing development by October 2013. The first step is to move the first phase of the Happy Valley residents to Temporary Relocated Areas (TRA’s) alongside Wimbledon Road and to then also begin installing the bulk infrastructure for Water, Sewerage and Storm Water services to the area.

Also included in the first phase is the bulk earth works.  ASLA reportedly have moved about 24000m² of the 128000m² of landfill to date. To complete phase one 78 Houses need to be built by 18 July 2012. Notwithstanding the 22 full time ASLA workers on the project, 29 casual workers from Happy Valley are also employed on a daily basis to man the contract, thus creating employment for the local area.

The timeline for the rest of project of erecting 1340 houses are as follows:

–    Phase 2 – 93 Houses by 22 August 2012.
–    Phase 3 – 104 Houses by 25 September 2012.
–    Phase 4 – 117 Houses by 22 October 2012.
–    Phase 5 – 102 House by 19 November 2012.
–    Phase 6 – 88 Houses by 9 January 2013.
–    Phase 7 – 87 Houses by 31 January 2013. 84 Houses by 25 February 2013.
–    Phase 8 – 143 Houses by 18 April 2013.
–    Phase 9 – 97 Houses by 10 May 2013.
–    Phase 10 – 180 Houses by 10 July 2013.
–    Phase 11 – 152 Houses by 22 August 2013.
–    Phase 12 – 60 Houses by 19 September 2013.
–    Phase 13 – 67 Houses by 7 October 2013.

ASLA will only build one Crèche on the four Crèche sites that have been identified, so funding for further Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres will have to be found from other sources and ofcourse we will relocate the Happy Feet Creche to one of these sites. The development will also make provision for a Primary School.

The development of one of the two TRA’s next to Wimbledon Road

The development of one of the two TRA’s next to Wimbledon Road

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the January version of the Blackheath City Improvement District Newsletter.
May I start by wishing you and your family and staff the very best for 2012!

This has been a busy start to the New Year as usual for the Blackheath CID team. We started the year with many dumping issues to contend with, large scale littering continuing over the shut-down period and the further state of the verges that needed to be mowed and tidied after a well-deserved break for us all.

Capetonians urged to conserve electricity as Eskom warns of possible load-shedding.

CITY OF CAPE TOWN STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR, ALDERMAN PATRICIA DE LILLE

10 JANUARY 2012

Capetonians urged to conserve electricity as Eskom warns of possible load-shedding Eskom has officially informed the City of Cape Town that, due to its inability to meet the rising high demand for electricity throughout the country, there is the possibility that Cape Town may experience load-shedding in the next few weeks. The risk of load-shedding has been exacerbated by on-going maintenance works that Eskom has undertaken as it grapples with the task of boosting capacity to supply electricity to avoid sustained power outages. As the round of load-shedding in 2008 revealed, the process of load-shedding is a difficult one. Sustained power outages would be an inconvenient and adverse disruption of our daily and economic lives, to say nothing of the social impact. Continue reading

Security Tips for Blackheath CID Members

SAFETY WHILE SHOPPING

  • Secure your belongings
  • When shopping do not leave your bag or valuables (eg Cell phones) unattended.
  • When trying on clothes make sure your belongings are secure
  • Do not leave valuables such as cell phones or lap tops in plain view in your motor vehicle when the vehicle is unattended and/or while driving.
  • Ensure that you have control over your bag and valuables at all times and when paying for goods or processing money at a bank make sure that you do not place your bag on a counter and leave it unattended.
  • Be aware of strangers who may try to distract you.
  • Be alert when drawing money Continue reading