Halloween Safety Tips

indexThis 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.

Walk Safely

  • 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.

Private Hospital Planned

doctor+hospitalProvincial government has received an application for a private hospital to serve Noordhoek and Fish Hoek.The proposed hospital would have 20 adult medical beds, 26 adult surgical beds, 12 obstetrics beds, 10 cribs, an adult intensive care unit (ICU), a neonatal ICU, four adult high-care beds, eight paediatric high-care beds, one isolation ICU, three major theatres, two delivery rooms and an emergency unit.

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.

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State of the Nation – Win 2 tickets to this event!

state of the nationIf you are confused as to where we stand and where we are going; you cannot afford to miss the most eagerly anticipated morning session of the year.
Political expert, Justice Malala and economic scenario planner, Clem Sunter will divine the future for us, under the informed control of award winning radio journalist, Stephen Grootes.
The best way to “future-proof” your life and your business is by having access to superior information.
Our experts will help to get a better handle on the future of South Africa and its place in the world.
For more information click here or call Decision Makers 011 880 4808 or Book Now

To be entered to win two tickets to this event subscribe to this Fish Hoek blog.

Draw will take place on the 15th October, at 12:00.

15 of the Very Best Braai Side Dishes

The Fish Hoek blog and Chas Everitt wish all our Fish Hoek residents a very happy Heritage Day.Heritage Day
We have rounded up 15 of our favourite braai side dishes for you this Heritage Day! Enjoy!

1. Creamiest potato au gratin

2. Grilled sweetcorn

3. Creamy mushroom potato bake

4. Buttery, cheesy garlic bread

5. Creamy potato bake with caramelised onion

6. Butternut and onion gratin

7. Mielie bake

8. Biltong, feta and mushroom pap tert

9. Cauliflower with bacon and onion sauce

10. Baked bacon and spinach stuffed blooming onions

11. Bacon-wrapped mushroom

12. Potato salad with a twist

13. Creamy bacon potato salad

14. Braaied potato halves

15. Caramelised onion, potato and feta bake

Lekker braai” * Sourced from Food24

OK Fish Hoek… Let the Games Begin!

Rugby-World-CupThe Fish Hoek blog and Chas Everitt bring you the key information for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, including dates and kick-off times for every fixture in England!
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament will be hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October 2015. Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final.

Increased shark activity with the arrival of spring

Shark WarningThe City appeals to all beach and ocean users to be aware of the expected increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months. Typically, shark sightings start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported in mid-summer.

‘White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach users should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals. However, surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the stretch between Sunrise and Macassar Beaches during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that the shark presence in these waters increases at this time of year.

‘Please always remain alert while enjoying the ocean. I thank our City staff and our partner, the Shark Spotters, for all of the hard work that is currently underway to ensure that our residents can enjoy a safer beach experience,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The Shark Spotters Information Centre at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is open to the public from 08:00 to 18:00 seven days a week. The centre provides up-to-date information on sharks and marine ecology, basic first-aid, general public assistance and emergencies, storage of valuables and lost property.

In addition, the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net will again be deployed for the annual Fish Hoek Spring Splash on 6 September 2015.

The exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure, by creating a physical barrier that prevents sharks from entering the bathing area. It will be in full operation during the 2015/2016 summer season.

On days that the exclusion net is deployed, the operating hours will be from 09:00 to17:00 and may occasionally be extended to allow for lifesaving training or events. The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed about the deployment of the net via Twitter and Facebook, and signage is displayed when the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research, please visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/SharkSpotters).

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Proudly Maintained in Fish Hoek

FishhoekProperty2The attraction of the area is that in Fish Hoek, people can buy a coastal property with mountain and sea views that is affordable, close to shops, good schools and warm water beaches.

This sunny and light spacious three bedroom property is positioned in the heart of the Valley. Located within the school belt and within easy walking distance to the Valyland shopping centre, CBD and Fish Hoek beach. Read more about this Fish Hoek property for sale.

Contact Hazel Tappan on 072 698 1313 or Sandra van der Merwe on 083 235 5351 for further queries.

Fill a Bag, Win a Board

It’s that easy to win a surfboard in the Tuffy Beach Clean-Up competition. Fill a Tuffy bag with litter collected from your favourite beach and send the evidence to comps@zigzag.co.za, which will put you in line to win a brand new board sponsored by Firewire and Share the Stoke Foundation each month until the end of January 2016.

Chas Everitt False Bay will be keeping stock of Tuffy bags whilst the initiative is running at their Fish Hoek office for those that need them.  Contact Scott Tait on 076 156 2619 for more information.
TuffyAdFind out more about our Tuffy Beach Clean-Up competition – in which you can get rewarded for your good enviro-deeds by winning big.

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Chas Everitt signs deal with Gumtree

mail.google.comEveryone knows Gumtree.  Gumtree is primarily a Classified Portal founded in the UK, AUS, NZ and SA. In 2005 it was bought by the global giant eBay. They are SA’s #1 Classified Site, the 6th biggest Website in SA.  Their focus on a simple mobile interface and a easy to use App is paying dividends and their across the board popularity is increasing. Their App is the 11th most downloaded App in Android free Apps.

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Due to their size Gumtree is also now 2nd in SA on Property after Property24 and better than PrivateProperty. Gumtree attracted over 1 300 000 visits in June (P24 2 400 000 and PP 1 100 000).

Gumtree are about to launch a major drive into real estate sales the from August 2015. With the traffic and eyes they control, their funding via eBay and their already being a Top 10 site, they are a major player.

Our Marketing Solutions ensure maximum exposure to qualified buyers.  As from this week all Chas Everitt listings are now on Gumtree. 

Sewage Pipes in Fish Hoek Relined

Fish HoekIn a bid to reduce harmful bacteria spilling onto Fish Hoek beach, sewage pipes in Fish Hoek are being relined.

The project, which will cost just under R2m, will address a number of issues such as sewage leaks or the incorrect disposal of organic waste which creates E. coli bacteria that enters the stormwater system and is then washed out onto the beach.

Pipes are being relined for different reasons in different places, explains Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services.

“Corroded sewer pipes under Main Road are being relined to regain lost capacity and to prevent blockages in the system, and the old clay pipes in First, Second and Third avenues are being lined as part of the City’s scheduled pipe replacement programme, aimed at preventing future collapses and lowering the risk of leaks,” he says.

“Inspection of the sewerage network throughout the Fish Hoek and Clovelly areas also revealed a few minor leaks that were allowing sewage to enter the stormwater system. These leaks are also being repaired as part of this project.”

However, in the Fish Hoek area, these are few and far between, and are generally quickly reported and immediately addressed, says Brett Heron, mayoral committee member for transport.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of August.