The City of Cape Town has warned Fish Hoek residents that their water supply will be disrupted from seven o’clock this evening due to emergency maintenance. It will affect the water supply to all avenues below Main Road. Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Farouk Robertson, says the repair of a 300-millimeter valve will take place this evening due to heat conditions experienced during the day. Farouk has urged residents to store water for domestic use in clean, sealed containers before the repairs take place. He says two mobile tankers will be made available for residents, one at False Bay Hospital and the other will be positioned based on residents needs.
Every day we make mistakes that leave our homes vulnerable to a break-in. A burglar will always choose the easiest target and that’s good news for you – it means you have a lot of influence on whether you become a victim or not.
- Hiding keys by doorways – leaving keys near door ways is very risky as you risk someone duplicating your key and breaking in whenever they want.
- Leaving out mail – an overflowing mailbox is a good sign that no one is home as well as it allows criminals to steal your mail and gain personal information.
- Open windows – windows are often the easiest entry point for burglars to access your home as doors can be sturdy and deadlocked.
- Leaving valuables in sight – valuables should be left out sight so that burglars and stored away as expensive items signal that you have money and is a clear indicator to a burglar that your home is worth targeting.
- No visible security – securing your home with burglar bars and visible security measures is a huge deterrent to burglars.
- Not maintaining your yard – a messy yard is a signal to a burglar that you are an easy target as untrimmed trees and hedges make for potential hiding places.
- Updating social media – avoid using social media to let strangers know your whereabouts as you never know who is following you online.
- A lifeless home – leaving lights and the TV / Radio on a timer can signal to a burglar that someone is home.
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Fish Hoek residents are invited to join a fund-raiser in aid of SA Guide Dogs.
SA Guide Dogs are celebrating their love for their working dogs. Come along and meet Janice Salthouse’s new working dog, the first standard poodle service dog in South Africa.
A Mediterranean style platter will be provided.
Please bring your own beverages as there will be no bar.
Friday 26 February 2016 at 19:30
Fish Hoek Civic Centre
R160 per person
There will also be two R20 raffles drawn on the night – please consider buying at least one ticket for each.
SA Guide Dogs are thrilled to announce that our emcee for the evening will be Sandra Prinsloo and we will again be entertained by Michelle Botha and her Guide Dog Panda.
The Fish Hoek blog and Chas Everitt would like to wish all the Fish Hoek residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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*Showhouse is this Sunday, 20 December 2015 from 2pm – 5pm.
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, but ensuring your home is properly protected against festive crime should be made a priority.
Christmas is a time when many of us are spending time away from home visiting family or travelling abroad. It is also a time when the house is full of valuable items such as gifts, food and wine. Because of this, Christmas traditionally sees a sharp increase in domestic burglary, with criminals targeting houses when they are at their most vulnerable.
To avoid being a victim of festive theft, take a look at these tips for protecting your home this Christmas.
While out shopping:
- Try to avoid doing most of your shopping in one trip as you may struggle to carry all your bags therefore you will be distracted, making it easier for a thief to steal from you.
- Keep your handbag closed and hold all bags securely to make it more difficult for the pickpockets. Keep mobile phones out of sight. Try not to keep too much cash and keep your cheque book and credit card separate.
- Try not to go back to your car in the middle of the shopping trip to put gifts in the boot, thieves may be watching car parks for this opportunity.
- Always ensure that Christmas shopping/gifts is placed in the boot of the car and out of sight. Check that all windows and doors are shut and locked.
- During the month of December we have many Christmas celebrations and social events to attend: remember pubs, restaurants and other venues are often crowded.
- Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair where its easy for thieves to run off with them. Keep your bag zip closed and your wallet and mobile safely inside.
- If you will not be driving to the place make prior arrangements as to how you will get home. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be back.
- Avoid any potential distraction on the street and don’t get too drunk as you could become an easy target.
- Try to avoid putting Christmas gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve!
- If you go out in the evening make sure that some lights are left on to make it look like someone is home. However, do not leave your Christmas tree lights on when you are out of the house, as these are a frequently the cause of domestic fires
- If you are going away for Christmas put an automatic timer on lights and ask a trusted friend to watch the house for you. Don’t forget to cancel newspaper .
- After Christmas, when taking your rubbish out, make sure that the boxes of your Christmas gifts are not easily visible… burglars will be on the look out to see who received top of the range equipment, worth breaking-in for.
Lee-Anne Flack is the author of the revolutionary children’s book Constitutional Kids, which is endorsed by Barry Hilton, Derek Watts and Mpho Kgosana. In a story format, the book explains the rights and responsibilities we have in the Constitution of South Africa in a fun and easy to understand manner.
As a new resident of Fish Hoek, and in light of the recent disturbing events in Masiphumelele, Lee-Anne has launched a campaign to get a copy of Constitutional Kids to all of our local underprivileged children. If you would like to sponsor one or more books, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. R70 per book.
Don’t get caught on the wrong side of the law, there are safe sites to discharge and enjoy fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day 2015 in Cape Town!
On Thursday, 5 November 2015, we celebrate Guy Fawkes Day (or Guy Fawkes Night) in Cape Town with explosive displays of fireworks (at designated areas).
CELEBRATING GUY FAWKES DAY IN FISH HOEK
In recent years in South Africa it has become illegal to discharge fireworks displays in backyards for safety and regulatory reasons; however, City of Cape Town officials have deemed certain parks and public areas safe locations for setting off certain sparklers and crackers.
Members of the public are urged to purchase fireworks from registered suppliers who can produce their permits issued by SAPS. Shop-bought fireworks discharged at approved locations are done so at the owner’s risk.
PLACES TO WATCH & DISCHARGE FIREWORKS FOR GUY FAWKES DAY 2015 (BETWEEN 6PM AND MIDNIGHT ONLY!)
· Tourism Centre, Athens Road, Table View beachfront
· Wesfleur sports field, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis
· Bishop Lavis sports field, Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis
· Metropolitan sports grounds, Melkhout Street, Bonteheuwel
· Delft Central sports grounds, Main Road, Delft
· Swartklip sports complex, Swartklip Road, Mitchells Plain
· Athlone Stadium parking area (eastern side), Klipfontein Road, Athlone
· Maiden’s Cove parking area, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
· Strandfontein Pavilion, Strandfontein
· Sarepta sports complex
· Blue Downs sports field
· Macassar Beach parking area, Macassar Road, Macassar
Citizens are urged to not use so-called Chinese lanterns. These candle-powered airborne lanterns are not only illegal but also considered a fire hazard. What’s more, the floating lamps resemble that of emergency flairs, which the NSRI is required to investigate and thus is a waste of valuable and expensive resources.
Law enforcement agencies will monitor the aforementioned sites.
To report fireworks that are being illegally discharged, please notify the Metro Police Control Centre on +27 (0) 86 076 5423, or the SAPS Emergency Control Centre on 10111.
In the event of a fireworks-related emergency, contact the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 107 (or +27 (0) 21 480 7700 from a cellphone).
This Saturday is Halloween, so dress to scare and remember that children in Fish Hoek often like to dress up for Halloween and go ‘trick or treating’. If you would like to participate and have them ring your doorbell, please decorate your gate with something “Halloween-ish” (e.g. an orange balloon, jack-o-lantern etc.) and have your bowl of treats ready.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
While some residents support the new hospital, others believe more affordable healthcare options are needed in the South Peninsula.
Mary Turok of the Fish Hoek Valley Older Person’s Forum says there are already a number of homes and frail care facilities and services for “better-off older people”.
“But we are desperate for these in the large, poorer communities. A new hospital should be affordable and accessible to them,” she says.
Residents have in general voiced support for a private hospital, says Noordhoek Ratepayers’ spokesperson Lynn Brown, especially with new housing developments catering for more “upmarket” residents.