New Home for Zip Zap Circus Academy in Salt River

The Zip Zap Circus Academy now has a new address in Salt River.

The two founders of the academy, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, officially opened their permanent premises with its striking building on Shannon Street a few months ago. There is much reason to believe that this new kid on the block has certainly been the talk of the town and will continue to be!

 

The academy was moved from its former venue in Founders Garden at Artscape on the foreshore to Salt River, where it is believed that a greater capacity will be accommodated, allowing for the growing outreach and youth programmes.

Zip Zap Circus was founded in Cape Town in 1992 to inspire young people and help to build a new diverse culture of peaceful coexistence in those troubled times in South Africa.

 

Work is conducted in varied communities with children and the aim is to develop a need for a “dare to dream” mindset, whilst fostering children to achieve the impossible. With the new building at 6 Shannon Street, Zip Zap Circus Academy will be able to enhance the programmes for the kids by awarding them the opportunity to participate in a state of the art environment.

It is easy to foresee that before long the place will be a like a beehive, filled with young energetic people running up and down shaping themselves for the future.

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Apparently, the dome on the foreshore will continue to be used for performances, to conduct workshops, and to train professional performers. It will also available for hire for corporate functions.

 

Van Rensburg says ‘We have long dreamed of having a permanent home and our dream is finally becoming a reality. This is a great message for our young performers as we always tell them: ‘Dare to dream.’  Now they will see how our dream is coming true.”

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The designer of the building, Y Tsai of Tsai Designs Studio, says: “The vibrantly painted academy captures circus magic in its structure. The centrally-located performance stage projects a theatrical atmosphere and the variety of rooms and spaces create the possibility for different learning experiences.”

Facelift for Salt River forms part of upliftment plan

As initially set out in the business plan of the SRBID, the work of the SRBID includes urban beautification.  After initially focusing on crime and grime the SRBID reached a stage where some of the urban beautification projects could be launched.

Here’s a quick update on two of the programmes:

Poster removal and painting

Many of the lamp posts and street sign posts in Salt River had been very old and had either become rusted or had simply not received a coat of paint for far too long – until a team from the GROW Job and Life Rehabilitation Programme, employed by the Salt River CID, got stuck in and started introducing the much needed cosmetic touch-up operations.

GROW (‘God Restores Our World’) is the job rehabilitation programme of MES (Mould, Empower, Serve), a country-wide organisation which in turn has the vision ‘To change the heart of the city’ and the mission ‘To empower people holistically to live independent, sustainable and meaningful lives.

According to the MES website, the GROW Job and Life Rehabilitation Programme creates shift opportunities where cash is earned for work done, whilst being part of a coaching and developmental programme. It provides the homeless and unemployed community an alternative to aggressive begging and petty crime.

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Participants in the programme are enabled by earning an honest income in cash, to restore their dignity, buy their meals from the MES canteen, pay for overnight shelter accommodation, apply for ID’s and even save.

In turn, GROW teaches participants to be diligent and disciplined, as well as empowering them with the skills to seek employment. The GROW programme is primarily supported through the occupational services provided to clients such as the respective CID’s.

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In terms of the MES principles and the universal application of the Social Work Action Team concept, Geocentric offers this shift employment by using work teams for the beautification of CID’s. In the case of Salt River the teams are used predominantly for graffiti removal and for the painting of lamp posts and street sign poles. Many of the poles had also been defaced by illegal posters. “So, using specialised paint and our SWAT team, we have beautified all these elements,” says Geocentric general manager Ralph van der Brock. “The result is a clean and well maintained urban environment.”

Greening projects

Cape Town is currently experiencing one of worst and longest droughts and this would ordinarily place a halt to all beautification that include landscaping and greening initiatives.

However, Management company Geocentric decided to continue with beautification through the use of “potted gardens” rather than traditional landscaping work.

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Large concrete pots were sourced from local suppliers in Maitland and placed at various locations in the SRBID

By grouping a number of these large planters together the impression of a potted garden was created.  These pots are easy to maintain and even easier to keep watered – the contained environment makes it easy to keep the plants green with limited water resources.

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Combining this with some hardy plants a beautiful green spot can be created.

Geocentric invested in a large number of water storage tanks before the recent winter months and harvested more than 80 000 liters of water during the limited rains that fell during the winter months

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Now, using our custom built water truck, we are able to water our potted gardens with rain water harvested earlier in the year thereby sustaining our greening projects.  We have competed three such projects in SRBID already and plan to do the next project in Yew Street Park

Salt River Business Improvement District AGM 2017

SRBIDAll members of the Salt River Business Improvement District NPC and all property owners of property situated inside the Salt River Business Improvement District SRA are invited to attend the Annual General Meetings to be held on 23 October 2017 at 16:00 at the Conference Venue, Double Tree by Hilton Cape Town, Upper East Side, 31 Brickfield Road, Woodstock where the following items will be discussed.

Please confirm your attendance / non-attendance by email to info@srbid.co.za.

Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted on by bona fide members of the Salt River Business Improvement District NPC. This membership is available free of charge to all owners of commercial and industrial property within the Salt River Business Improvement District SRA, but they must be registered before 9 October 2017.

If you are not the registered owner of this property, kindly forward this notice to the registered owner immediately.

THE AGM DOCUMENTS ALONG WITH OTHER INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO OUR AGM PAGE

Click here to go to the AGM 2017 page

For further information, AGM documentation and how to register go to www.srbid.co.za or e-mail info@srbid.co.za or call 083 255 7657

Become a member of the Salt River BID NPC

Membership of the SRA, which is a non-profit company registered under the Companies Act, is open to all the registered property owners who are encouraged to apply for membership so that they may exercise their rights to influence the business of the SRA. Membership cannot be denied to a registered property owner and as a member the property owner is entitled to attend, participate and vote at members meetings of the Company held under the auspices of the Companies Act.

Should a member be unable to attend they may give another individual their proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. Non-members may attend and participate at members’ meetings but cannot vote and as such may thus have limited influence on the SRA’s activities.

Membership application forms can be downloaded from the link below – once complete please send the form back to info@srbid.co.za

Click below to download the Membership Application Form

Overall city water use still exceeding restriction target

The City of Cape Town is calling on residents to intensify their efforts to save water. Overall usage of drinking water is currently approximately 10% higher than the required savings target to prevent drawing dams down to dangerous levels by the end of summer.

 

The City of Cape Town advises residents that overall water consumption since the imposition of Level 3 restrictions is still 10% above the savings target of 800 million litres per day. In order to protect our water resources, residents have been asked to keep their water consumption over the coming summer months in line with their consumption over winter.

 

“The start of the hot summer months generally carries with it a spike in water use as residents fill up their pools and use more water in their gardens. If we are to meet our targets, residents will need to cut these activities back to winter levels, or intensify their efforts to save in other areas to keep their consumption in line with how much they used during winter. Approximately 70% of water in Cape Town is used by residential customers, and as such these consumers will have the biggest influence on how secure our future water supplies are”Alderman Ernest SonnenbergCity Mayoral Committee Member: Utility Services

 

Residents who would like to save water could consider harvesting rainwater or installing a borehole or water-well provided they register these with the City. This investment will also result in savings for residents in the long-run.

In addition to adhering to restrictions, residents can also employ the following tips in their homes:

 

  • Ensure that washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before running them
  • Rinse dishes and vegetables in a basin of water rather than under a running tap, and reuse the water for pot plants or in the garden
  • Reuse rinse water for the next cycle of washing up
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, at room temperature, in a basin of water, or in a microwave rather than placing them under running water
  • When using taps, don’t let the water run down the drain while waiting for the hot water or for the water to cool. Rather collect the water in a bottle
  • Close the tap when brushing your teeth
  • Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water
  • Shower rather than taking a bath – a half-filled bath uses 113 litres of water, while a five-minute shower uses about 56 litres
  • Install a water-saving showerhead, take shorter showers, don’t run the water at full force, and turn off the shower when soaping
  • Reuse bath water in your garden
  • Install a new water-saving toilet
  • Check if your toilet is leaking. Furthermore, residents can place a 2-litre bottle filled with sand into their cistern to reduce the amount of water used with each flush
  • Ensure that gardens do not require large amounts of water to maintain

 

For more information on water restrictions as well as a more exhaustive list of water savings suggestions, residents can visitwww.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater. The City will also be advising consumers of restrictions in an insert in their next municipal invoices. We encourage residents to familiarise themselves with these restrictions and display them prominently in their homes.

 

If residents would like to get clarity on any of the restrictions, they can also view the FAQ document at the link above. If this does not provide an explanation they need they can send an enquiry to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za. Residents who would like to report contraventions by members of the public can do so by contacting the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089, sending an SMS to 31373, or sending an e-mail to contact.us@capetown.gov.za.

 

Click here to read and download the formal water restriction notice from the City of Cape Town

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2016

SRBIDAll members of the Salt River Business Improvement District NPC and all property owners of property situated inside the Salt River Business Improvement District SRA are invited to attend the Annual General Meetings to be held on 15 November 2016 at 16:00 at the Conference Venue, Double Tree by Hilton Cape Town, Upper East Side, 31 Brickfield Road, Woodstock where the following items will be discussed.

Please confirm your attendance / non-attendance by email to info@srbid.co.za.

Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted on by bona fide members of the Salt River Business Improvement District NPC.  This membership is available free of charge to all owners of commercial and industrial property within the Salt River Business Improvement District SRA, but they must be registered before 1 November 2016.

If you are not the registered owner of this property, kindly forward this notice to the registered owner immediately.

THE AGM DOCUMENTS ALONG WITH OTHER INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO OUR AGM PAGE

Click here to go to the AGM 2016 page

For further information, AGM documentation and how to register go to www.srbid.co.za or e-mail info@srbid.co.za or call 083 255 7657

Give where it will make a difference

The Salt River BID team would like to urge business owners not to give recycled material to homeless people and in the same light, also help to discourage members of the public to give money to beggars. “In both cases, this humble gesture causes more harm than good”, says Gene Lorentz, manager of Geocentric Urban Management.

Gene says that by giving money to people begging, in whatever form, causes them to stay on the street without trying to find jobs and create better lives for themselves. It is easy to collect money or material which they can recycle for money and live of that for a day. The next day they do the same. It is just not sustainable.

He is a great supporter of the Give Responsible campaign, an initiative of the City of Cape Town and the Central City Improvement District. The campaign urges the public to rather give their money or donations to NGOs such as shelters of halfway houses that are helping provide people living on the streets with warm beds, hot meals, family reunification services, trauma therapy and the necessary life skills to help them built a new life for themselves. For more information on the Give Responsible Campaign, go to www.giveresponsibly.co.za