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Bank Balances: as at 09/04/2021
Cheque A/c                             R      75 841.43
Archcom A/c                          R    328 678.33
Money Market A/c             R    655 736.25
Total                                        R 1,060,256.01

MDG Crime Report March/April 2021

    UitsigShearwater07.03.2021Suspect/s came over wall, managed to force open window and stole laptop and other small goods through the window. Alarm was not activated.
UitsigPelican Dr07.03.2021Suspect/s came over wall, broke into flat, took car keys and stole goods out of car. They then put car keys back entered main house through unlocked front door and stole laptop and cell phones.
UitsigShearwater07.03.2021Suspect/s tried to gain access to house through the dog flap in door. Daughter saw the suspect and he ran away.
UitsigRed Roman14.03.2021Suspects came from canal and left same way
UitsigCormorant14.03.2021Resident heard noise in yard 5min after load shedding started. Shouted and suspect ran away
UitsigShearwater14.03.2021Garage broken into. 
UitsigShearwater17.03.2021Garage broken into
UitsigShearwater19.03.2021Jewellery box with jewellery taken through open window
UitsigOudevlei22.03.2021Suspect ran away when outside beam triggered
UitsigCoot27.03.2021Resident’s mom heard someone in the yard, made a noise and the suspect ran away
Cannon IslandCannon Island Way31.03.2021Resident’s wife heard a noise and her husband went to investigate. He found the suspect in the yard, suspect then attacked him with a knife and stabbed him in the arm, hand and leg. DBS notified about screaming by neighbour. Upon arrival the officer jumped over the fence and caught suspect in the yard with bloody knife still in his possession. Case opened, suspect arrested.
UitsigConifer Close01.04.2021Resident heard someone in the yard. Suspect fled when lights was switched on.
UitsigShearwater05.04.2021Garage broken into.
UitsigShearwater07.04.2021Resident heard someone in the yard. 
UitsigCoot07.04.2021Forced garage window. Nothing taken.

There have been 62 LPR alerts with 9 unique new vehicle alerts and many alerts on the same vehicles = 53

PAROLE BOARD – REPRESENTATIVE: I had raised this concern at a Parole Board meeting in Vrygrond held by the Vrygrond Community Development Forum (VCDF) last year. It was as a result of long-term prisoners being paroled without input from the community. We are cognisant from past experiences that a certain category of long-term prisoners are not fully rehabilitated and continue with their nefarious behavior when released back into society. In context, I therefore motivated that a person from the community serve on a consultative basis on the Parole Board in order to have a say before prisoners are paroled. To this end, I followed up the subject at the last meeting of the CPF, at which Colonel Naidoo and Councillor Kuhl were present. Heidi, the CPF Secretary confirmed that the Parole Board has counter-proposed that we could nominate a member of the community to be trained to serve as parolee monitors. The meeting nominated that I serve on the board.

I’m including this in my report as the release of prisoners also impacts on the safety of the Marina.

CLEANING OF STREETS (follow up) Councillor Kuhl requests that this should be reported directly to the department concerned if and when the service is required.

OUTSTANDING ISSUES reported in previous reports remain unaddressed by the departments concerned

Marina da Gama

The Archcom meeting held on 18 March 2021 was attended by Eduardo Nunes, Gordon Hart and me.

Five new plans were submitted, and three plans were approved. Two plans need minor additions before they may be approved.

An objection to an application for departure for alterations of No 13 Waterside Close was submitted.

Current radar movement: –
5 Additions
3 Edits (reminders)
3 Resolved

The Communications team has been working closely with Janine Avery to develop and launch the new Marina blog, which has replaced the Marina da Gama News magazine. The blog went live on 9 April with an announcement in the weekly email newsletter. Over the next month, we will be focusing on adding more content and images to make the blog a go-to online destination for our members.

Photo credit: Jens Kargaard

There is presently an outpouring of complaints about the condition of Zandvlei and our canals. This is with good reason as, if one looks at the vast areas of uncleared floating algae, at the colour of the water and at the volume of litter entering the vlei, and if one smells the not infrequent sewage odours, then clearly we have a crisis on our hands.

There is now a petition, promoted by Marina residents on, circulating. Most of the problems that they highlight and most of the questions that are asked are pertinent. Many of the statements are critical of the council employees working directly in the Nature Reserve, in Stormwater and Drainage and in Sewage. Some of this is justified, but, in fact, these people are left sitting between a rock and a hard place:  all of us complaining on the one side and and on the other an overly controlling head office that allows little or no delegation of authority in matters such as acquisition of necessary supplies and equipment, or in arranging for the repair and/or replacement of equipment.

Having rigid supply-chain management is one of the reasons why the Cape has little corruption and always receives clean audits, in contrast to the rest of the country. However, when a simple repair to a weed-harvester conveyor cannot be effected without the approval of some high council official (whom I imagine has other important things to do); when the acquisition of a new harvester which was agreed to years ago has still not occurred; when someone building a wooden walkway must use unsuitable iron nails instead of the correct stainless steel screws; and when someone cannot get the correct batteries for his devices because supply-chain management will not allow it, then we have an unacceptable level of frustration and inefficiency.  Somehow the city needs to work out a way of satisfying  the objectives of both efficiency and transparency of procurement.

Sewerage spills
12 March – Park Island spill, reported by Nick Bode. It took unusually long for Reticulation to respond, even though the spill was bad.

6 April – Spill reported in Battleridge. Reticulation responded extremely quickly and checked all pump stations. No spills found. Kyran came to inspect and feel that it isn’t sewerage but rotting algae. Residents report dead fish and crabs crawling out of the water. Kyran and his team spend the day doing testing. Oxygen levels are found to be extremely low in the Battleridge Canal. Several other places within the Marina waterways are also very low, while the main waterbody is unaffected. Stormwater have agreed to open the vlei mouth. That was on Tuesday and nothing has yet been done.
UPDATE: Oxygen levels have increased in all canals and the current windy conditions could help increase the levels.

13 April – small sewerage spill from the Sand River canal. It was picked up early, dammed and sucked out.

Feedback on ZPAAC meeting:
Lockdown had a huge effect on work for the ZENR as only 3-4 people were permitted to work. However no water quality issues over the lockdown period.

Dredging was done in June and September. More dredging will be done.

Brackets have been installed at the Sand River to catch and dam any sewerage spills. The honeysucker then comes and takes away any spills. This has been very effective. There has been no significant sewerage spill from the Sand River this year.

The new sewerage plant at Seawinds is near completion.

The average response time from reporting a sewerage leak until response from reticulation is about 3 hours. A team has been put together, with members from different departments. Response time is critical, so this has had a positive impact.

Signage for the vlei has been a long time coming. Apparently we can expect it soon.

There is a new eco-monitoring plan, paid for by money from Councillor Kuhl’s allocation. A probe will be purchased, which will be able to give instant results for salinity, turbidity, water quality, oxygen levels and phosphates. This will allow, not only fast results, but also easier to collate data and share results with other similar waterbodies.

A new wetland restoration project is about to start on Promenade road in the section between the road and the railway. This will act as a link between the Vlei and the Table Mountain National Park.

Park Island
The new dog park is taking longer than initially anticipated. They are waiting on the fencing contractor to start work. Hopefully this will be finalised soon.

It was mentioned that there are 5 grysbok on the island and that the lamb that was killed was the first evidence of lambing on the island. It is felt that this was due to lockdown and the closure of the park. Please do not walk your dogs off-lead on park island.