SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT NOMINATION: It is crucial that you join us in protecting and preserving the Green Point Common as public open space for the future.
The Green Point Ratepayers’ & Residents’ Association (GPRRA) is calling for your support to achieve yet another of its goals. After years of intense hard work we are nearing our dream of preserving the Green Point Common as public open space that will be protected and conserved in perpetuity for all the people of Cape Town, for all South Africans and for future generations. Proclamation as a Provincial Heritage Site will vest responsibility for heritage management with Heritage Western Cape (HWC) in agreement with the City of Cape Town (CoCT) (the property owner).
In 2015 the CoCT undertook to nominate portions of the Common as a Provincial Heritage Site, but did not follow through. GPRRA therefore took the initiative and asked Dr Antonia Malan to prepare and submit the dossier to HWC in 2016. A supplementary report was then developed in collaboration with heritage officials in the CoCT that clearly expressed the historic and heritage values of this unique urban cultural landscape. The outcome was that the very persuasive proposal was supported and enthusiastically endorsed by civic and heritage groups and, most importantly, HWC has acknowledged that the Common must be protected and conserved.
The next hurdle was to agree on the boundary of the heritage area (click here to read further background information and to view maps for Options B, C & D). GPRRA’s preferred Option B was based on the historic boundary of the area granted to the people of Cape Town in 1923, between Bay Road and Main Road. CoCT (/Council) had proposed only the park and selected sports facilities but not the stadia or tennis precinct (Option D). The joint proposal by GPRRA and CoCT heritage officials suggested Option C, which includes most of the core historic precinct between Bay Road and Helen Suzman Boulevard and the stadia. This boundary is supported by HWC.
We urge you to support the nomination and we recommend the compromise of Option C. Make your opinion known during the public participation process by writing/emailing before the deadline of 1 September 2017 (click here for address and suggested wording [but please adapt and expand in your own words]). Your letter should preferably be signed and scanned and sent as an attachment to an email. If you need further guidance, please call or email.
Nelson Mandela Day
Looking for ways to get involved to improve the lives of those less fortunate in or close to our community? Here are a few suggestions from the Green Point Ratepayers’ & Residents’ Association as to how to start on Nelson Mandela Day:
To all those who love children:
THE HOMESTEAD PROJECTS FOR STREET CHILDREN: Over 160 children are cared for, housed and educated for approximately R2000 each a month either at their Khayelitsha, Manenberg or Woodstock centres. Since 2000 they have reduced the number of children living on the street by some 90%. They are currently working on solving the problem of street children in the Green Point area. Your contribution will go towards bringing dignity to the most deprived, neglected, abused and traumatised children in highly dysfunctional and marginalised communities. Help one child leave the hurt of the past behind, to reunite with family and to grow into a successful young adult. The Homestead also organizes support for their graduates - R1500 a month can keep a graduate at CPUT.
Bank info: ABSA, Branch code 632005, The Homestead, cheque account 4052958568 (you can also donate/set up a monthly payment on The Homestead’s website).
AGM on Wednesday 24 May
The minutes of the AGM give an insight into the immense work undertaken by the GPRRA Committee click here and click here for the power point presentation with many interesting images.
• GPRRA's pressure on the City for more transparency regarding proposed developments to allow for public participation and objections if the heritage status and our 'village' character is threatened
• GPRRA's support of events in the Green Point Urban Park if run responsibly, they adhere to guidelines and are located in appropriate areas
• GPRRA appeals to the community to participate in its tireless lobbying to protect and preserve Green Point Common as a Provincial Heritage Site. Ways to be part of this process will soon be posted here and shared by email.
Councillor Dave Bryant’s presentation addressed the water crisis and traffic congestion, the City’s approach to densification, the groundbreaking new project to create a safe space for people living on the street etc etc.
Please renew your membership for 2017/18 (only R150 per household per annum) – complete the form here
Newsletter April 2017
Catch up on recent developments in the GPRRA Newsletter April 2017
NEW TEA IN THE PARK CAFÉ OPENS AT GREEN POINT PARK
Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, are excited to announce the launch of their new Tea in the Park café situated in the tranquil Green Point Park.
Tea in the Park with its spectacular backdrop of Cape Town stadium and Table Mountain embraces a spacious outdoor terrace where you may enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea set with your friends, or spoil yourself with a tantalising variety of sweet and savoury options. Furthermore the menu offers a wide selection of fresh and tasty lunches, or simply a snack on the way, seven days a week.
GREEN POINT COMMON IS RECOGNISED AS WORTHY TO BECOME A PROVINCIAL HERITAGE SITE (PHS)
Nomination is supported in principle by HWC
The GPRRA and heritage officials at the City of Cape Town have made a successful joint nomination for Green Point Common to become a Provincial Heritage Site. In August 2016 Heritage Western Cape (HWC) agreed that the Common is heritage-worthy. It commented that it includes many sites of historic importance, but that the general heritage significance lies primarily in its long history as a public resource for sports and recreation. At the Inventories, Gradings and Interpretations Committee (IGIC) meeting on 16 February 2017, HWC was instructed to continue with the application indicating that the nomination is fully supported.
GPRRA’s AGM on 18 May had a record turnout
The recent GPRRA’s AGM on 18 May had a record turnout. Thanks to all residents who attended. The minutes of the meeting will be posted on this site in due course. Meantime herewith a brief summary of the proceedings.
GPRRA Chair Jenny McQueen and Vice Chair Luke Stevens gave informative introductory presentations regarding the work of the various committees. Stuart Burnett assured us of his committee’s vigilance in ensuring minimum destruction of our built heritage and preservation of public open space. Brenda King gave an account of her achievements in reducing the noise and disruption to residents from events at the stadium and surrounding areas. Councillor Jacques Weber gave a concise recap of the state of our village for 2015. Guest speakers included Brett Petzer on ‘Densification and its impact on Heritage and Open Space’ and Tina Krynauw’s presentation ‘’Recycle or Ruin!’ alerted us to the urgency to recycle with only two remaining landfill sites in Cape Town to cater from some 6000 tons that we dispose of per day.
Tina Krynauw’s presentation ‘’Recycle or Ruin!’
A must read for all Green Point residents
BET YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THERE WAS AN EVENTS COMMITTEE
By Paige Nick
Did you know that more than three hundred and something events take place in Green Point every year? Nope, I didn’t know that either until I was invited to join the Green Point Events Committee towards the end of last year.
In fact until then I didn’t even know there was a Green Point Events Committee. Every day is a school day. It’s part of the Green Point Rate Payer’s Association (I knew about that, but only vaguely) that runs a bunch of different committees, which see to the smooth day-to-day running of our area. All those things that just happen without us really noticing, like neighbourhood watches and recycling programmes and mountain-side clean ups. The little things that make Green Point the kind of place that sees people from all over the country and even the world, flocking here to enjoy some of those more than three hundred and something events every year.
Ward 115 - the new political home for Green Point
Earlier in 2015, the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) embarked on a process to rearrange ward boundaries. Because of growth along the Atlantic seaboard and in Hout Bay this was necessary to keep the numbers of registered voters in each ward below 18,950.
Following local government elections in August 2016, Green Point became part of a new Ward 115 together with Three Anchor Bay, Mouille Point, the Waterfront, De Waterkant, parts of the CBD, Woodstock, Salt River and Paarden Eiland with Dave Bryant as the Councillor.
The area with which the GPRRA concerns itself lies between Boundary road to the east and Glengariff, Mutley, Camberwell, Main and Rocklands roads to the west. The north and south boundaries are from the mountain to Western Boulevard incorporating the Green Point Common.
Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) has moved to our neighbourhood
Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers.
At the OZCF Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. Additionally, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.
Commercialisation of the Stadium
The City has entered the final stage in the process of commercialisation of the stadium and subdivision of areas of the Green Point Common.
The legal requirements triggered two processes for submission. The first, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required for the stadium precinct itself, and the second, an application in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (LUPO) concerns the subdivision and rezoning of both the stadium and remaining areas of the Common.
Recycling - Averda
Join this free initiative offered by Averda to improve our neighbourhood. Not only does recycling have a positive impact on the environment, it has been proven to reduce crime.
Here are more good reasons to be part of this initiative:
- free plastic bags are provided to store your recycling waste (to be used for recycling only not for garden refuse or ‘wet’ litter in City wheelie bins)
- it is crucial that we all recycle to reduce landfill and litter going into the ocean destroying marine life
- by law everyone should be recycling (although not yet enforced) – see notes below*
- you will be amazed at how little waste remains after recycling
What can be recycled: paper, glass, plastic (containers, cups, bags etc), cartons (tetra pack etc), tin, steel and aluminium cans, foam products (polystyrene), juice pouches and food packets. Bottles and containers should be RINSED. (No organic waste.) Averda will collect from your door once a week.
Redevelopment of the Somerset Precinct
The attached document provides you with information about the proposed redevelopment of the Somerset Precinct. It describes the following:
• Background information regarding the planning for this project;
• Information about the site and the proposal being considered;
• An overview of the environmental assessment and related Public Participation Processes
• Suggestions on how you can participate in the process.
Click here to download