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The Constantia Crush

Constantia CrushThe Constantia Crush aims to bring wine farms from all over the province to your neighbourhood in a family focused festival.

On the 13th February 2016 they invite you to crush, sip and swirl over 100 beautiful wines from 25 spectacular wineries from across the Western Cape.

Whether you a wine connoisseur, a Sauvingnon Blanc sipping soccer mum, a cash strapped box wine fundi or tantrum throwing toddler this is the wine festival for you.

Bring your children along, they will be looked after and entertained while you taste through the wonders of the winelands in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

We have all your needs catered for; Craft beers for the non wine drinking partners in crime, plenty of food options to satisfy all appetites young or old, we even have free parking available for your designated driver.

Then once you’ve finished tasting, and ready to start drinking, all wines will be on sale at cellar door prices. So buy that bottle of your favorite new discovery, chill on the grass and enjoy the live music in the glorious Constantia sunshine.

Before you go don’t forget to stock up your wine rack at home and the one your friends don’t know about in your garage.

Buy tickets on Quicket https://www.quicket.co.za/events/14155-the-constantia-crush/

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Update on the Ladies Mile Waste Site

ladies_mile_depot-300x151Rumours are rife regarding what is happening at the ‘Ladies Mile site’ and the owners/developers have at last allowed us to provide an overview.

In August 2015, the CPOA attended a presentation by the owners (represented by Mr Rashaad Solomon), Shoprite Checkers Property Division and members of their project professional team.

Firstly, it is important to define the property in question as it is not the entire site bounded by the M3, Ladies Mile, Spaanschemat River Rd and Kendal Road (i.e. erf 4724). It is limited to erven 13707 and 13708, together comprising a trapezoidal shaped land portion of approximately 1,5 hectares between the traffic lights and the M3 – around 20% of the whole site.

Rashaad gave an overview of the history of the property which the Solomon family purchased in 1902. They farmed vegetables and grapes for both local consumption and export. The property was considered to be Constantia’s commercial hub and there were 3 farm stalls (fresh produce, butcher and a dairy) where other farmers (of all races) sold their produce and bought provisions. The family were forced to leave the property in the 1960’s under the Group Areas Act.

Having been awarded the property in a protracted land restitution claim process, the family are keen to “bring back what was there”, although obviously farming is not a viable proposition. The Land Claims Commissioner required a business plan from the claimants as part of the Settlement Agreement. Thus the vision for the entire site, including another portion east of the M3, is for a mixed use development including residential and public open spaces which can be cross subsidized with some commercial and retail components.

The proposal for this first portion is for an ‘upmarket’ retail centre comprising a flagship Checkers on the M3 side and signature buildings on the Ladies Mile side including restaurants and convenience shops. A basement will cover the entire site to accommodate parking, services, storage and loading. The intention is to create an ‘open environment’ with low level walling, landscaping and lighting will be ‘low intensity’. Checkers will have a trading space of approximately 2900 m2 and the total development is approximately 9850m2 including basement parking etc.

A lot of thought has gone into dealing with site access/traffic and the planners have discussed the possibility of a traffic circle at the Ladies Mile/Spaanschemat River Rd intersection with the City.

The application process has commenced, with applications having been submitted to Heritage Western Cape, the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the City of Cape Town – the Application Pre-Consultation Phase has been concluded with the City.

Subsequent to finalisation and formal acceptance of the Land Use Application by the City, the application will be advertised in terms of a public participation programme whereby the public will be afforded the opportunity to comment on the proposed development.

View Map of Waste Site Here

Original Source: Constantia Property Owners’ Association

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Do you live in a Burglary Hot Spot or a Suburb Safe Zone?

neighbourhood“If property owners do not take collective action as a neighbourhood community, the affect on everyone’s property values in that neighbourhood could be very negative”, says Cape Town real estate broker, Andre de Villiers from Cape Town.

De Villiers was previously a Neighbourhood Watch Chairperson for a popular Cape Town coastal suburb. “My experience is that there are far too few residents prepared to get involved in neighbourhood security unless there is a dramatic spike in crime or a violent attack. The majority of residents it seems are only too happy to leave the collective security concerns to someone else”.

“As the owner of four real estate offices in Cape Town, I can confirm that buyers are increasingly asking agents for more details about security issues in the neighbourhood of the house they are interested in. The focus on the individual house’s security is correctly seen as something that can be resolved by the buyer, but the area’s reputation and crime statistics are a greater concern, as a buyer knows this will probably be an issue that falls outside their immediate control.”

There is certainly a demand for reliable data but this is not as easy to obtain as some may think. Many smaller incidents are not reported to the police and many private security services treat their information as confidential and many neighbourhood watch groups are understandably concerned that their neighbourhood could suffer if their efficiency in keeping records resulted in a negative message!

“I think any professional estate agent should have some reasonable methodology to answer security questions from buyers objectively about the neighbourhood. We can’t put our head in the sand over this issue and a lack of access to reliable data is certainly a challenge,” said de Villiers.

The message to property owners is to ‘buy in’ to the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood safe and crime free through collective action, and thereby collecting a ‘collective security dividend’. “Imagine if you will, a pocket of houses that is able to claim and where the seller or agent can statistically show, that the subject area is the safest area in this suburb! If that’s not a great selling feature then, as a real estate professional with over thirty years experience, I am not sure what is!” said de Villiers.

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Water Saving Tips

Cape-Town-Water-RestrictionsThe City of Cape Town is currently implementing Level 2 Water restrictions. This is due in part to the low dam levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to save water.

Here are some useful tips on how you can save water:
Save water throughout your home
  • Ensure all taps are fully closed – a dripping tap at 1 drip per second wastes up to 30 litres a day – that is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.
  • Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow. This saves water yet feels like you are using the same amount of water.
  • Ensure your plumbing system is regularly checked for leaks and engage a plumber when necessary.
Save water in your garden
  • Water your garden before 09:00 or after 16:00 (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.
  • Re-use your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional greywater recycling systems are also available for purchase.
  • If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath the drips and use the saved water to water pot plants.
  • Mulching flowerbeds keeps down the weeds and holds moisture in the soil for longer.
  • Use a mulching lawn mower that allows clippings to be finely cut and blown back into the lawn.
  • Don’t mow lawns below 4 cm in length, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you wash your car, and use short bursts of water – this can save up to 300 litres each time. Or, to save even more water wash your vehicle using a bucket of water.
  • Use a trigger nozzle with automatic shut-off on your hose when you water your garden.
  • Check and maintain your irrigation system regularly, to ensure no water is running to waste, or that paved areas are being watered.
  • Adjust your irrigation system for the season and switch it off during rainy weather – even if it is borehole or wellpoint water.
  • Watering the garden less frequently, but deeper (for longer) encourages a deeper root system, which results in stronger plants. This practice can make water-wise plants out of most established plants.
Save water in your kitchen
  • Ensure washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before running them.
  • Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse the water for pot plants or in the garden.
  • Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.
  • Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.
Save water in your bathroom
  • Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.
  • Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water. This saves up to 45 litres per month.
  • A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres, a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. Shower rather than bath, if you have to bath make it a shallow one or share it.
  • Reuse bath water in your garden.
  • Install a new water-saving toilet or put a clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand in the toilet cistern. This could save you up to 7 300 litres each year.
  • A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour – check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak, which should be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Install a water-saving shower head, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force and turn off the shower when soaping or shaving.
Save water in industries, businesses and schools
  • Automatic flushing urinals are the ultimate water wasters. If they cannot be replaced immediately, turn off the water after hours and over weekends – schools doing this have saved up to R5 000 on their annual water bill.
  • Flush valves should flush for just two to four seconds and urinals for six to eight seconds.
  • Regular maintenance of toilet fittings will save unnecessarily flushed water.
  • Ensure your plumbing systems are regularly checked for leaks.
  • Use a broom to sweep forecourts and other paved areas. Do not use a hose for this purpose.
  • Potable water must not be used to dampen building sand or other building material to prevent it from being blown away.

Original Source: Cape Town Green Map

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Constantia Waldorf School Recycling Depot

Area: Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Physical Address: Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 794 2103
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 1105
GPS Co-Ordinates: -34.030807, 18.438823
Web: www.waldorfconstantia.org.za/recycling-centre.htm
recycle002Embracing the vision of sending minimal waste to landfill, the Constantia Waldorf School is wholeheartedly involved in recycling. Sorting stands take the place of dustbins, both in the classrooms and outdoors. The pupils take responsibility for emptying their classroom sorting stands into the collection bins. A composting bin transforms the school’s domestic organic waste into compost, which is used in the grounds.

The different categories that you can bring to the depot are as follows:

    • Glass bottles and jars.
    • Corrugated cardboard – please flatten boxes.
    • Mixed paper and card – such as egg trays, cereal boxes, loo rolls, phone books, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, coloured paper, low quality white paper.
    • High quality white paper – such as office paper, exam pad paper, books with covers removed.
    • Tin cans and aluminium cans – food, beverage and aerosol.
    • Foil.
    • Polystyrene – trays and packaging.
    • Bread tags.
    • Opaque bottles – such as milk bottles – MUST BE RINSED.
    • Transparent bottles – such as beverage and oil bottles.
    • Miscellaneous plastic – we collect number 5, we take the rest to another collection point for recycling.
    • CFLs (energy saving light bulbs).
    • Small batteries.
    • Computer ink cartridges – in good condition for re-use.

What not to bring:

    • Windowpanes, mirrors, glassware, ovenware, crockery, pottery.
    • Waxed cardboard boxes – such as banana boxes.
    • Tetra Paks – such as juice, milk and wine boxes.
    • Photographic paper, wax paper, tissues and serviettes, disposable nappies.
    • Bubble wrap, cling wrap, crinkly-cellophany-type plastic.
    • Paint tins, scrap metal, garage waste.
    • Fabric, broken articles, e-waste

 

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8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

mistakesEvery 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.

Download eBook: 8 Home Security Mistakes you’re Making

Resource: Cammy

Cammy is an Australian company that captures motion detected events only, saving you from searching through meaningless footage.

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Constantia Fresh

constantia freshConstantia Fresh Fine Wine and Food Festival

Local produce, gourmet canapés and over 200 wines are ripe for the picking at this popular annual event.

The fresh green lawns of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate is where you’ll find foodies and wine enthusiasts on Saturday, 27 February 2016 for the seventh annual Constantia Fresh Fine Wine & Food Festival. Over 200 wines will be available for you to swirl, sip and savour, while you nibble on gourmet canapés prepared by some of Constantia’s most talented chefs (Peter Tempelhoff, Christian Harbeck, Brad Ball, Edgar Osojnik, Annemarie Steenkamp and Garth Almazan, among others).

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Leaps Adoption Day

12314082_10153691374510575_4182037549261376452_nThe Leaps Adoption Day will take place this Sunday 13 December from 10:00 – 15:00 at the Alphen Centre, opposite Constantia Village. Join Leaps and meet their rescues who are all hoping that Sunday will be their lucky day and that they will get to spend Christmas with their new forever families.

Please help spread the word by sharing this message and tell anyone who is thinking of adopting.

Their cutie pies need their second chance at life and love; if you’d like to get the ball rolling by filling in an adoption form, please contact Sharnelle on 083 447 0096 or sharnelle@leaps.co.za

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Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2015/16

The only place to be on Sunday evening…

kirstenbosch_LMcC_0833The annual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert season will be kicking off in late November. As usual, the magnificent gardens provide the backdrop for these open-air concerts – the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

New Year’s Eve show

To usher in the new year, Kirstenbosch will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party on 31 December from 8.30pm. The opening act is the talented Grassy Spark whose music fuses ska with rock, funk, reggae and Latin. Cape Town’s own Jeremy Loops will then take to the stage to entertain the crowd with his version of modern folk music.

It is a picnic-style concert, so bring a blanket and picnic basket.

Tickets cost R330 and are available from Webtickets.

The line-up

The 2015/2016 line-up is amazing with Freshlyground kicking off the season on 22 November, the Parlotones being the first show for 2016 on 3 January and Beatenberg getting on the stage on 27 March 2016.

22 November Freshlyground (R150)
29 November Zonke Dikana (R150)
6 December Arno Carstens (R150)
13 December Mango Groove (R150)
17, 18, 19, 20 December Carols at Kirstenbosch (R90 to R100, adults; R65 to R75, 6 to 18 years; R20 to R25, 2 to 5 years)
27 December Jimmy Nevis (R150)
31 December New Year’s Eve concert: Jeremy Loops / Grassy Spark (R330)
3 January The Parlotones (R175)
10 January Prime Circle (R150)
17 January Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke (R150)
24 January Mi Casa (R150)
31 January The Soil (R150)
7 February Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival (R150)
14 February Matthew Mole / Rubber Duc (R150)
21 February Goldfish (R150)
28 February The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (R150)
6 March Shortstraw / The Plastics (R110)
13 March Al Bairre / Bye Beneco (R110)
20 March Zebra & Giraffe / Monark (R110)
21 March Fundraiser: Performer to be confirmed
27 March Beatenberg / John Wizards (R150)
3 April December Streets / The Vanilla (R110)

Gates open at 4pm, and concerts start from 5.30pm to 7pm.

As always, the tickets for all the concerts are available online at Webtickets and at the gate on the day, depending on availability. Physical tickets will be on sale from the Tuesday before the concert at the Kirstenbosch Box Office. Come rain or shine, the concerts will go ahead.

Original Source: Inside Guide

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Level 2 water restrictions approved for Cape Town

100The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee has approved the implementation of level 2 water restrictions.

The proposal will be deliberated at a council meeting on 10 December. The city imposes level 1 restrictions, which is a 10 percent saving at all times.

The City of Cape Town says the water restriction proposal comes because dam levels are about 15 percent lower than the norm for this time of year.

Level 2 restrictions equate to a 20 percent saving. That means residents could pay more for water.

The city says if customers reduce consumption by 10 percent, their bill should remain similar. However, if consumption stays the same, residents can expect to pay more for water if the proposal is approved by council.

Free allocations will not be affected.

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

– Residents may not water or irrigate their gardens between 6am and 6pm or fill up their swimming pools.

– Hose pipes may also not be used to wash cars or paved areas.

– Although water will still be available around the clock, pressure in the city’s taps will be reduced.

– If the situation worsens, more restrictions will be imposed, including supply cuts.

Source: EWN

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