Become a member of the Stikland CID NPC

Membership of the SRA, which is a non-profit company registered under the Companies Act, is open to all the registered property owners who are encouraged to apply for membership so that they may exercise their rights to influence the business of the SRA. Membership cannot be denied to a registered property owner and as a member the property owner is entitled to attend, participate and vote at members meetings of the Company held under the auspices of the Companies Act.

Should a member be unable to attend they may give another individual their proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. Non-members may attend and participate at members’ meetings but cannot vote and as such may thus have limited influence on the SRA’s activities.

Membership application forms can be downloaded from the link below – once complete please send the form back to info@stiklandcid.co.za

Click below to download the Membership Application Form

 

MEDIA RELEASE – Mayor Plato announces City’s move to Level 3 ‘recovery’ restrictions

  • From Saturday 1 December 2018, water restrictions and the associated tariffs will be lowered from Level 5 to Level 3 recovery restrictions, which includes increasing the daily usage from 70 litres per person per day to 105 litres per person per day; or from 500 million litres to 650 million litres of collective usage per day
  • Tariffs will also be lowered to Level 3. If for example residents use less than 6 000 litres per month (Step 1) they can expect to pay 35,5% less
  • This decision follows on from the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest water assessment
  • Restrictions remain on a fairly strict recovery level as a precaution to deal with rainfall uncertainty in 2019 and 2020
  • We encourage Cape Town’s water ambassadors to maintain their water-wise approach during the recovery phase and as the metro moves towards becoming a more water-sensitive city in the near future
  • The 40% restriction on water usage applicable to businesses has been removed but the sector is strongly encouraged to continue implementing and investigating the further efficient use of water in their operations

 

The City of Cape Town’s water users can expect a considerable reduction in the cost of water to be reflected in their municipal invoices from next month. This is due to the lowering of water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 recovery restrictions from Saturday1 December 2018.

 

The City views 2019 as a recovery year after having successfully emerged from the unprecedented drought.

 

This decision to lower restrictions comes after a meeting between the National Department of Water and Sanitation and the water users of the Western Cape Water Supply System, namely the agricultural sector, Western Cape Government, municipalities and the Cape Town metro regarding the water assessment for the year ahead.

 

Based on National Government’s assessment of the hydrological year, a saving of between 10% and 20% for urban water users has been proposed. However, the City has decided to implement a more cautious 30% saving to help with the recovery of the dams and to cater for the uncertainty that exists around rainfall volumes and frequency in 2019.

 

‘I want to thank all the residents, officials, and visitors to Cape Town who played their part in helping us get through one of the worst droughts this city has ever seen. While the drought is not yet over, we have seen that there is room to bring some relief to our residents. I know it has been tough and I hope that this reduction in tariffs will bring some comfort over the festive season. We will still need to be water-wise though, as we do not know what the next rainy season holds.

 

‘We are no longer in a period of extreme scarcity, but it does not mean that we should forego some of the great water-wise ways that we have made a part of our daily lives – and for which we have become world famous. We are situated in a water-scarce region and the water-wise efforts and ways to diversify and augment our water supply should and will continue.

 

‘If one looks at international drought experience, water restrictions are either implemented too late or lifted too early. Hence our decision to take a conservative approach to the recovery while we continue to monitor the situation,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.

 

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg added: ‘We see 2019 as a recovery year after having successfully emerged from the severe and unprecedented drought. Based on our own assessment, we are following a conservative approach in the light of rainfall uncertainty over the coming two years. These Level 3 recovery restrictions are also a measure to help support the great change we have seen in the relationship that we have with water while, at the same time, providing some financial relief to residents and businesses. This is not only a period of recovery for our dams, but also for our economy as a whole as well as for our residents and businesses who truly made huge sacrifices to help us get Cape Town through the drought.’

 

Due to the extreme economic and rural hardship that has been suffered as a result of the drought, the agricultural sector will only reduce water usage by 10% as it too enters a period of recovery. The City fully supports this move as the agricultural sector also supported the City as an urban water user during the height of the drought.

 

Please see the following links for information on:

·       Level 3 FAQs: http://bit.do/L3-faqs

Development Management Information (DMI) Guidelines Series

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DMI Guideline Series – A5 flyer

 

Full information (content of the booklets) can be downloaded from the following link :

http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/City-publications/publications-and-reports/building-planning-and-development

Let us work together to keep crime at bay

As some of you may be aware, many parts of our City has suffered an increase in criminal activity in recent months. The increased crime did not go unnoticed by the SICID management and behind the scenes we have been working very hard to make a positive contribution to combating crime and stemming this new increase.

The SICID management and Public Safety Service Provider meet with local SAPS officials and Law Enforcement on a weekly basis. In doing an analysis of crime with our primary crime fighting partners, the SAPS and Law Enforcement, the analysis showed how the crime incidents are of different types, times of the day and days of the week. We also noted that most of the reported crimes are on private property.  The other incidents of crime is mostly motor related crime, either theft of motor vehicles or theft from motor vehicles. In the case of theft of motor vehicles, the focus seems to be on older model vehicles that are easy to steal. On further investigation we can also note that the theft of vehicles has mostly happened during the daytime while property related crime mostly occur at night.

As an additional response to all matters crime-related, we have prepared the THE CITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT GUIDE TO CRIME PREVENTION – INCLUDING SAFETY TIPS

Some of the basic tips are included below but we have dedicated an entire page of the Stikland CID website to Safety Tips covering the following topics: – You can click on each item and we will link you to that section of our Safety Tips Page

The most important element for all readers of this guide is to change your mindset.  If you are under the impression, albeit subconsciously, that crime only affects others, then it’s time for a reality check.

Prevention is better than cure, therefore we urge property and business owners to make every effort to prepare their properties, businesses, staff and themselves against criminal action.

Although we distribute local SAPS and Law Enforcement contact details we suggest the following: “If there is an emergency, call 10111. You could be wasting time in an emergency if you contact a sector vehicle or local SAPS. A sector vehicle could be attending to another crime. It is best to call 10111 because available police officers will attend. People also tend to call the SAPS first if someone is stabbed or shot for example. In instances like this, first call an ambulance. It could save the person’s life.

We scoured various guides and articles on safety and security and have summarised the following safety tips and guidelines.  We realise that not all these may be applicable to everyone, nor do we suggest that our lists are comprehensive and all-encompassing.  We do however believe that these tips make good business sense.

SAFETY TIPS TO PREVENT PROPERTY CRIME

  1. Ensure that your property can be secured properly. This includes checking all locks, gates, doors, windows and roller shutters.
  2. Ensure there are no gaps in your fence or perimeter wall or unintentional points of access to your home which may need additional security.
  3. Make sure that all bushes or trees close to your walls, gates and fences are trimmed, to avoid the possibility of intruders hiding behind them or using them to access your property.
  4. Adequate lighting around the perimeter of your house acts as a good deterrent
  5. Connecting outdoor lights to timers and motion sensors act as an additional deterrent.
  6. Have an alarm installed by a reputable security company with armed response.
  7. The key to effective security lies in being able to detect a potential intruder before they gain access. Adding detection beams and sensors of electrical fences vastly contributes to property security
  8. Ensure that your alarm is in working order. Business and property owners should test their alarms at least once a month and should the system require servicing this should be arranged as early as possible.
  9. Please ensure that all the key holder information is available and ensure that key holders are available and able to come out to the property should the alarm activate, and checking be required.
  10. Don’t leave ladders, spades or tools outside as these can be excellent break-in tools.
  11. Ensure that remote controls for automatic gates and garage doors are not left lying around.
  12. Always be alert to vehicles or persons following you into your entrance or the parking area.

Access control

  1. If people arrive to read electricity or water meters on your property, insist on seeing official identification and if possible, follow up with the relevant department before you allow them in.
  2. Be aware that people may present themselves with a ruse that they are doing collections for various ‘charities’ – this is almost guaranteed to be a scam.

Sadly, we recently also noticed that more and more property owners are becoming apathetic towards the safety of their property and goods and we would like to suggest the following good practices/preventative measures to prevent loss/theft.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY AWARENESS APPEAL TO SICID BUSINESSES

Recently we have noticed that more and more property owners are becoming apathetic towards the safety of their property and goods and we would like to suggest the following good practices/preventative measures to prevent loss/theft.

 

RISK SOLUTION
OPEN WINDOWS (ESPECIALLY TOP FLOOR) ENSURE WINDOWS ARE CLOSED BEFORE LEAVING PREMISES
VALUABLES IN PLAIN SIGHT THROUGH OFFICE WINDOWS (CELL PHONES/LAP TOPS/MONEY ETC.) REMOVE THESE ITEMS WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR OFFICE – EACH AND EVERY TIME
OPEN/UNLOCKED GATES ENSURE GATES ARE CLOSED AND LOCKED BEFORE LEAVING PREMISES
VEHICLES ON PREMISES WITH WINDOWS OPEN, LIGHTS ON, VALUABLES (TOOLS/EQUIPMENT) IN PLAIN SIGHT SECURE YOUR VEHICLES, ENSURE LIGHTS ARE OFF, NO VISIBLE ITEMS ON/IN VEHICLE
VEHICLES/TRUCKS/TRAILERS PARKED ON PAVEMENT/ROAD/POS (PUBLIC OPEN SPACE) OVERNIGHT OR LONGER FIND SECURE PARKING FOR YOUR VEHICLES
VEHICLES/TRUCKS/TRAILERS PARKED WITH VALUABLE ITEMS (TOOLS/EQUIPMENT/METAL/WOOD ETC.) FOR LENGTHY PERIODS OUTSIDE BUSINESS PREMISES OVERNIGHT AND OVER WEEKENDS EVEN OVER DECEMBER – JANUARY HOLIDAYS SECURE ITEMS IN LOCKABLE CONTAINERS/BOXES AND FIND SECURE PARKING FOR YOUR VEHICLES
DARK, UNLIT EXTERIOR AND YARD AREAS OF BUSINESS INSTALL GOOD SECURE LIGHTING ON YOUR EXTERIOR AND VISIBLE YARD AREAS OF YOUR BUSINESS
WHEELIE BINS LEFT UNATTENDED FOR LONG PERIODS OUTSIDE OF BUSINESSES’ WHEELIE BINS SHOULD ONLY BE PUT OUT ON THE RELEVANT COLLECTION DAY AND BE BROUGHT BACK ONTO YOUR PREMISES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTERWARDS (THESE BINS CAN AND HAVE IN THE PAST BEEN USED FOR TRANSPORTING STOLEN GOODS AND AS A CONVENIENT LADDER TO GAIN ACCESS TO BUSINESSES’)
PALLETS/TYRES/WOOD/SCRAP LEFT OUTSIDE BUSINESS PREMISES ALL OF THESE ITEMS MUST BE DISPOSED OF RESPONSIBLY AND THEY ARE ALSO USED BY CRIMINALS AS MEANS OF CLIMBING/ENTERING BUSINESS PREMISES. ALSO THESE ITEMS POSE A FIRE RISK AND CAN CAUSE EVEN WORSE LOSS IF IT SHOULD CATCH ALIGHT

THE OLD SAYING

“PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”

ALSO MAKES GOOD PRACTICAL BUSINESS SENSE!

You can also download this document by clinking on this link

The City of Cape Town draft Budget 2018-2019 comment period is open

The City of Cape Town draft Budget 2018-2019 comment period is open
Dear Cape Town residents and businessesThe draft Budget 2018-2019 is available for comment until 16:30 on Friday, 4 May 2018.A budget of R 49.1 billion will be spent in the metropolitan area to ensure that services are maintained, improved and expanded, that capital projects are rolled out and that the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is implemented.

The effect of the unprecedented and continuing drought is a strong theme and has influenced many factors, including tariff increases and reviews in tariff structure.
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2016-2017 Budget highlights: Created 45 370 EPWP job opportunities; invested R 3.7 billion (2015/16: R 3.3 billion) in repairs and maintenance; installed 1 747 subsidised electricity connections; provided 676 new taps and 2 085 new toilets to informal settlements; achieved 69,86% employment rate of people from employment equity target groups at the highest levels of management.

Highlights from Annexure A:

  • An allowance of R 76 million for indigent relief.
  • Introduction of a fixed service charge for both water and electricity.
  • Planned capital expenditure includes R 5 billion for Informal Settlements, Water & Waste. Services, R 1.7 billion for the Transport & Urban Development Authority and R 1.1 billion for Energy.
  • Simplifying the steps of the water and electricity tariff from six to four.

The proposed average rates and tariff increases for 2018-19 are shown the table below.

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Important things to remember:

  • The City does not make any profit on the sale of water or electricity.
  • The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) approved an average percentage price increase of 5.23% to Eskom for the 2018-19 financial year, which translates to a 7.32% increase for municipalities.

Frequently asked questions:

W57 | STATEMENT BY EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR: ALD. NEILSON: Let’s keep our water-saving focus Team Cape Town

CITY OF CAPE TOWN

 

20 MARCH 2018

 

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

 

Let’s keep our water-saving focus, Team Cape Town

 

As at Monday 19 March 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 565 million litres of water per day. Unfortunately, usage has increased by 54 million litres per day from last week’s record low of 511 million litres per day. Nevertheless, we are confident that our water users will again shatter water use records in the weeks ahead. Read more below:

 

Our dam levels have shown only a slight decline of 0,3% to 22,7% . This is the lowest decline in dam levels this year to date. This can likely be attributed to somewhat lower evaporation rates and small amounts of rainfall, especially in the Steenbras Dam area.

 

We will continue to monitor the water usage trend to see whether the increase in consumption is a once-off occurrence or whether there is another underlying reason that would need to be addressed.

 

Level 6B water restrictions are still in place. Water pressure reduction remains in place, water management devices continue to be installed on the connections of high water users and the bills based on 6B tariffs are reaching consumers. It is essential that we all continue to save water.

 

All water users are reminded that the City is still required by the National Government to reduce water usage to 450 million litres per day in order to stretch the available water supplies through the rest of the year. This equates to a reduction of 45% from normal usage. We are currently hovering at just below a 40% reduction. A sustained collective push is now required to reduce consumption by just 5% in order to achieve our target.

 

We will continue to drive our initiatives to reduce water consumption. This will include advanced pressure management, the installation of water management devices at the properties of high water users and proactively implementing advanced water restrictions and associated tariffs to encourage behaviour change.

 

If all Capetonians join us by keeping their consumption down to 50 litres of water a day, or less, we will avoid having to take more drastic actions.

 

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information, including Level 6B restrictions and FAQs about Day Zero as well as tips to lower usage even further.

Beehive of Activity in Stikland

Public Safety 

PSO’s & Law Enforcement regularly conduct operations in which any suspect persons or behaviour are investigated and action is taken if necessary including addressingllegal informal trading.


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Cleaning and Maintenance Team 

The Geocentric Stikland CID Urban Maintenance take care of de-weeding, grass-cutting, the sweeping of gutters, pruning trees and dropping off illegally dumped waste at a dump site. 

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Urban Renewal 

  • The Geocentric Stikland CID Urban Maintenance  joined hands with Groenvallei NHW to fix a gap along the railway line in order to prevent easy access into the CID or Groenvallei. 
  • Power Construction is building a new warehouse on the old SMD premises whilst the CoCT was seen to be replacing broken manhole covers and repairing a leaking valve. 
  • There is a new development behind Winelands Pork on Riveredge property. 
  • The road works are nearly completed in Cilmor Street at the new bridges and the new traffic lights on the corner of La Belle Road and Cilmor Road are still in progress. 

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SICID plays Vital Role in Saving Water

The Stikland CID plays a vital role in the efforts by all Capetonians to save water. 

 

Quite often our patrols vehicles detect the leaking water meters and burst pipes in the small hours of the morning and through the Stikland CID Control Room alert the City of Cape Town as soon as possible.  This results in a quick reaction from maintenance crews but more importantly, vast amounts of wasted water are prevented from leaking away into the storm water system because the City can shut off water supply and make repairs.  

 

Often the only evidence of this vital work is the sandy patch in the road from the work done while the rest of us were fast asleep.   

 

PICTURE: 

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Stikland CID patrol vehicle in background with water leaking in foreground at night 

 

Geocentric Launches New App

“As Geocentric we are very proud to launch our new mobile phone reporting application,” said Gene Lohrentz of the urban management company recently. “This is another way in which we are enabling our CID business and property owners to interact with their City Improvement District Management. 

 

“We want our CID contributors to become part of our family by interacting with us about issues they might encounter.  The mobile application makes that possible on the devices most people have with them every day.” 

 

The Geocentric app allows users to easily report issues in the City Improvement Districts managed by Geocentric Urban Management based in South Africa.  Currently the areas covered by this Application include Beaconvale Industrial Area, Elsies River Industrial, Glosderry, Maitland, Salt River, Somerset West CBD, Stikland Industrial, Strand CBD and the Tygervalley CBD.  

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With this application users can report urban defects, crime incidents, public safety issues and general comments.  “We will acknowledge your report and provide you with feedback throughout the process.  We will also send you ‘Alerts’ of problems in your CID area, such as water leaks or power outages and we can even send crime alerts and safety tips to your mobile phone. 

 

The Geocentric Reporting Application is Free of Charge 

Simply install it and register as a user when using it for the first time.  If you need any help, please contact support@geocentric.co.za 

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Let’s get started! 

 

  • Simply download and install the App from the Google Play or Apple App Store  
  • Register as a user, using the app when you open it for the first time 
  • We will send you a confirmation email and you will have to activate your app by clicking on the activation link in the email – this is to ensure we are dealing with people and not spammers. 
  • Go to your email and verify your email address 
  • Log in and you are ready to go! 

 

Urban Management Trolley Introduced

The Geocentric Urban Management Trolley Project was initiated in 2017. 

The aim of the project is to provide urban cleaning and maintenance teams with a platform to improve their daily tasks, assist with moving of equipment and tools and enable recycling while performing their tasks. 

A few design considerations were introduced into the design of the trolley including 

  • The ability to move heavy loads of litter or recycling from one point to another without effort or potential injury 
  • Create high visibility for the cleaning and maintenance teams 
  • Have quick and easy access to tools and equipment 
  • The ability, even when fully loaded, to easy ascend and descend kerbs and sidewalks 
  • Be able to separate waste as they work to support the recycling initiative 

To achieve some of these design principles, Geocentric looked at simple solutions from other designs, for example, the stair-climbing suitcases used by so many travellers.  By scaling up the design for the urban management trolleys, we could produce a sidewalk and pavement climbing trolley where the urban management worker needs minimum effort to get onto and off pavements to perform their duties.  

(See photos of step 1, 2 and 3 illustrating this concept.) 

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The trolleys were also designed to be pushed from any side with key tools located in the middle so that it is in fact easy to use it for a two-man team operation.  On each side of the trolley a plastic tool box allows storage for small tools. 

Recyclables like tin cans, glass and plastic bottles are collected by the urban management workers throughout the day as they clean the streets and public spaces and at the end of each day they separate the items into baskets whereafter Geocentric recycles the items. 

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This is another way in which we make CID operations more sustainable and environmentally friendly as we prevent a vast amount of waste from simply going to landfills. 

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Geocentric have rolled out these trollies in the Elsies River and Beaconvale City Improvement Districts and plan to roll them out to all the other CIDs under Geocentric management through the course of 2018. 

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