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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SFB RATEPAYERS & RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

Please join us for an opportunity to discover what the Association that represents you as a ratepayer on the Atlantic Seaboard is doing to ensure that all of us live in a safe, clean and nurtured environment

Date:               Wednesday 5th April 2017
Time:               5pm for 5.30pm
Venue:            The President Hotel, 4 Alexander Rd, Bantry Bay
RSVP:             SFB Coordinator - admin@sfb.org.za       

Guest Speaker:  Alderman JP Smith (MC for Social Development and Safety & Security)
 
Voice your opinion and express your concerns in an open forum where you will be heard and action taken.
Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by ~ Lou Holtz

Just over a year ago, in response to a noticeable increase of crime and grime in the neighbourhood, SFB undertook to replicate Mouille Point’s successful security and cleaning project in Sea Point. In August 2015 The Sea Point Fresnaye Bantry Bay Ratepayers & Residents Association (SFB) launched and is currently rolling out this very same project in Sea Point. With SAPS resources under increasing pressure and an ever increasing influx of people to the area the need was obvious.
Phase I tackles Beach Rd from Three Anchor Bay to Saunders, including the Promenade. The area is split into three Zones each with its own security officer who patrols 24/7 on a Segway (mobile unit).  


The entire area is then cleaned bi-weekly by Straatwerk an NPO who rehabilitates the homeless.

Contributions range from R60 per month per flat to R1500 per month for Restaurants and R2500 for Hotels.
The team has been going block to block presenting the project to residents and as the contributions started coming in they put security officers on segways on the streets and got Straatwerk an NPO to do the cleaning.
The Project is now in its tenth month and the team has been going block to block presenting the project to residents, owners, trustees, Body Corporates etc. The restaurants and hotels and 27 blocks have signed up and contributing. This has led to the team being able to field three dedicated Segway patrollers 24/7 and cleaning via the Straatwerk bi-weekly.

Jantjie BooysenImportantly the team has also been able to employ a fieldworker, Jantjie Booysen, to assist with the homeless in the area in getting rehabilitated and to also highlight the crime hot spots in the area, hold operation sessions, so the security team and SAPS can respond.

In the time since inception the segway patrollers have facilitated numerous arrests; responded to many incidents and served to dissuade any amount of would be criminals. The cleaning teams have removed over 1500 black bags of litter (this is over and above that which the city is removing once a week) and the field worker has helped to reunite a number of homeless with their families and assisted many to get back on their feet and into a shelter.

We have also installed doggy poo bag dispensers and are excited to announce our new sponsors Doggy Do and @Fritz and sponsored bags by Tuffy.  We request all residents, when strolling the promenade, to politely request dog walkers to co-operate.

We find this approach is a winning formula and can seriously turn the tide around and keep our area safe and clean for all who live in and visit it alike.  Importantly it can also make a positive impact on the homeless in need.  But, the project is currently stretched very thin with each Segway having to patrol an area of more than 1km which lessens the impact.

Our current goals are:-

• To add two further segways to Phase I– having five Segway patrollers 24/7;
• To increase the Straatwerk cleaning from two to five days per week;
• To employ the fieldworker full time in the area.

SFB are moving into Phase II, the tributary roads between Beach and Main Roads. As we get sufficient uptake in a tributary road we will include this into the patrol.
We need to rally together as a community and take this opportunity to keep our neighbourhood safe and clean.  The city and national government are under huge pressure to deliver services to all areas of Cape Town with the most pressing need currently and rightly being in the underprivileged areas. We cannot and should not rely wholly on them to solve our problems especially when the solution is now within our reach.
For further information contact the SFB Coordinator:
Toni van Eyssen Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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