November 2015 – Newsletter

 

STCA Newsletter
November 2015

Update from the STCA General Meeting 21st October, 2015

Thank you for those who supported us at the meeting, the feedback was very positive.
For those who were not there, we missed you, but here are the contents of the Meeting:

There were refreshments and snacks to welcome everyone and about 80 people were present.
We had a lot of new Members so that was really good news !!
If you are not a Member yet, please sign up… as this is a commitment to your town as a Ratepayer to be informed of what is going on and to be part of keeping it this beautiful place, as we know that without the ratepayers interest the area deteriorates very quickly we have seen this happen in other parts of the country.

Richard Kenny, our Chairman began the meeting by welcoming everyone and spoke about the successes that the STCA have had as an Association.

There were 3 main objectives for the year:

BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
With the assistance of the City of Cape Town, we were able to clear the street of unwanted and drunk persons, as well as handling the issue regarding dustbins lining the streets before the time of collection and polluting the area 

GREENING OF SIMON’S TOWN AND SURROUNDING AREAS
We have joined forces with STADCO, to use the Green Men to beautify the area, as well as the removal of alien vegetation and this has been done very successfully. This was a display done by Brigid our “Greening lady”

KEY STAKEHOLDER INTERACTION

NAVY
We have made contact with the Navy and communicating a working partnership that benefits everyone, as this is a Naval town and we want to focus on this as it is unique to Simon’s Town, and many tourists visit our area for this purpose.

PRASA
A letter was received from Prasa, guaranteeing the commencement of the rebuilding of the wall, and restoring Simon’s Town railway line.  This was promised 3 months ago, but they had to undergo an ecological test first.   We are very happy to announce that the front end loaders are there and the sand is being cleared and great progress has been made.

 

DID YOU KNOW?? THAT SIMON’S TOWN STATION WILL BE 125 YEARS ON 15 DECEMBER 2015!!!

We touched on the finances, Building portfolio, Communication, and most importantly Membership.  We have increased our Membership from 99 last year to 155 this year, but our target is 400, which is only 2/3 of our database.
So if you are not yet a Member please support us for only R220.00 for 3 years.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

Our main speaker was our own DAN SMIT, who presented a very interesting talk on where do we see Simon’s Town and the surrounding area in 2030.
After showing us some of the places that were famous for special things ie structures and themes, he asked the audience to participate in giving their feedback:

The Most important reason why you live in Simon’s Town
The Positives
The Negatives

It was a very interesting outcome, but we will be following up on this at our next Meeting, so be sure to be there so you don’t miss it!!

LETTER FROM PATRICK DOWLING RE CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is affecting us already and will our children and grandchildren as well. Despite the Paris atrocities world leaders are meeting there for COP21 in December. Citizens need to state clearly what is needed to prevent runaway climate change.

Please encourage your members to support the Climate March being organised by a the Cape Town NGO collective that includes: WWF, Green Peace, WESSA, 350.org, Project 90×2030, the UCT Green Campus Initiative, SAFCEI, Food and Trees for Africa, AIDC, Green Pop, the Green Times and more.

It is happening on the 29th November, Sunday, starting near the Cape Town CPUT campus on Keizersgracht. We convene at 11 a.m. with the march starting at noon and finishing at parliament at 1 p.m. with a symbolic handing over of memorandums to 3 tiers of government. Music, street art, big puppets and useful information will be included in the event. Bring a hat, sun screen, water and a sandwich.

It would be great if you could advertise this and encourage support for this.

For those interested in helping poorer people from townships to join in we have started a fund using the WESSA membership account:

Bank: FNB
Acc. Name: Wessa-WC
Acc. No.: 62545835003
Br. No: 220725
Reference: Climate and your name, e.g. “Climate Jane Citizen”

All the best

Patrick Dowling

 

LATEST NEWS:

DEVASTATING FIRE IN SIMONSTOWN

On Thursday 19th November, 2015 Simon’s Town experienced a huge fire that destroyed houses and vegetation in the Froggy Farm and Murdoch Valley areas as well as at the Oatlands Resort. This started on the 18th November, in the Klawer Valley, and was being contained with the helicopters from the Navy dropping their buckets of water on the mountain through the night and in the morning of the 19th November it was still burning, but fire engines were standing on guard and all looked calm, then the wind picked up and it totally got out of control, and swept down the mountains at an incredible speed and turning the day into a devastating disaster.   The fire engines could not keep up with the raging flames and everyone was running with buckets of water and hosepipes to protect their houses, communities pulled together in the most amazing way but there were many homes destroyed.  A big Thank you to all the Firemen and pilots of the helicopters who worked tirelessly in that smoke and heat to save what they could.  In the evening the rain came down which was so welcome, just to settle all the ash and heat and I think there were some very heavy hearts and shock at what happened and what could have been more devastation.

ON A HAPPIER NOTE:

Simon’s Town is having a Big Light Turn On for the Festive season in Jubilee Square on the 11th December, 2015 see all the details below.  So come and join the fun.  There is a “SANTA SURPRISE” as well.

CONTACT:

stcamail@gmail.com  for further information:

Our Banking Details are:
SIMONSTOWN CIVIC ASSOCIATION
STANDARD BANK
FISH HOEK
BRANCH CODE: 036009
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 073 815 209
REFERENCE: YOUR NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS

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