Bold and beautiful, the NEW RENAULT KADJAR SUV Crossover is the embodiment of the brand’s entire DNA and set to make its mark on one of South Africa’s most hotly contested vehicle categories. New Kadjar expands Renault’s presence in this segment and follows the successful launch of the Renault Captur in May last year.

Renault Kadjar is the result of the integration of three vehicle categories: capable SUV, dynamic hatch and versatile sportswagon. Solid and sporty by design and exuding an air of ‘dare to live’ determination, Kadjar’s aggressive grille is complemented by a sleek yet muscular build which underscores the fact that this is a vehicle geared for action and adventure. Athletic, dynamic and sturdy by design, its length, width, wheelbase and ground clearance dimensions exceed those of comparable competitor models making Renault Kadjar a serious contender in SA’s SUV stakes.

The New Renault Kadjar line-up comprises three models all powered by forced induction turbo engines. At the top end of the range is the turbo diesel-powered Dynamique 96kW 1.6 dCi (320Nm) 4×4 followed by the turbo petrol-powered Dynamique 96kW (205Nm) and entry-level Expression variants.

These new generation low-inertia turbo engines boast efficient and advanced technologies derived from Renault’s Formula 1 expertise affording the New Renault Kadjar significantly lower fuel consumption and CO² emissions.

Renault continues to emphasise its new brand identity and its hallmark diamond-shaped centrepiece dominates the new crossover’s front grille. Kadjar’s innovative new lighting signature: distinctive C-shaped LEDs on its daytime running lights double as a bold visual statement and a safety feature. The full LED headlights on the Dynamique variants are 20% more powerful than conventional halogen lamps.

New Renault Kadjar’s generous and well-appointed cabin makes driving on-or off-road a comfortable and luxurious experience. From the elegant double topstitching and body-contoured seats to the soft touch dashboard – with chrome-bordered gauges – the onboard environment is stylish and refined. Leather seats (electric and heated) are available as an option on the Dynamique trim.

A high-tech touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control (Dynamique) and intuitive digital instrument cluster make motoring even more enjoyable and effortless. Safe and user-friendly in the extreme, the New Renault Kadjar does away with convention: its efficient engine, multiple driving assistance features and intelligent modularity make it the ideal vehicle for the great outdoor escape.

To make motoring easier and more fluid, high-tech Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including Self-Parking with Blind Spot Detection and 360° Park Distance Control with rear camera are available as an option (Dynamique).

The New Renault Kadjar comes to the South African market only a year after its international reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015.

The Renault Kadjar will retail from R 359 900 and comes standard with a   5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. In addition the entire Kadjar range comes standard with a 5-year/90 000km service plan.

De Grendel Lions host Bag a Burger


On Saturday 16 April the Lions Club De Grendel held a Bag a Burger event at Wolraad Woltemade School in Bothasig.  The event saw approximately 30 learners cleaning up litter around the school.  Around 16 refuse bags filled with rubbish were collected.  Afterwards the learners were treated to burgers and cold drinks.  Wolraad Woltemade teacher Karen James assisted with organising the event.

Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch receives two-way radios

Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch Chair Mark Richards receives two-way radios from Ward Councillor Helen Carstens to allow them to connect directly with Metro Police to ensure rapid response to any incidents that occur in the area.
Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch Chair Mark Richards receives two-way radios from Ward Councillor Helen Carstens to allow them to connect directly with Metro Police to ensure rapid response to any incidents that occur in the area.

Ward Councillor Helen Carstens handed over two-way radios to the Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch. The security equipment was made available through ward allocation funding.

‘Neighbourhood watches play a pivotal and sometimes unrecognized role in our communities and community volunteers often do selfless acts that go unnoticed by many.

‘It is in the interest of the greater community to assist and capacitate these wonderful people who give up so much of their free time for the greater good of the community and I trust that these radios will aide and assist them further.

‘These radios will put them in touch with each other while they are out patrolling and one radio, held by the chairman, will connect to the Metro Police base station.  This will mean that serious activities can be logged directly with Metro Police to ensure rapid response,’ said Cllr Carstens.

“On behalf of the Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch I would like to say a very big thank you to our Ward Councillor, Helen Carstens for the much welcome donation of radios for use by the ENW patrollers.  We have to fund every bit of equipment ourselves, over and above petrol and running costs, so donations like this are hugely appreciated,” said Mark Richards, Chairman of the ENW.

Get involved

Residents are urged to consider joining their local neighbourhood watch to assist in making the community safer for all residents. For further information, contact your local ward councillor who can put you in touch with your nearest neighbourhood watch organisation.

Report crime

To report suspicious activities, contact Law Enforcement on 021 596 1999 or call your nearest SAPS office. For emergencies, call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700.

My Viewpoint

The other day I was fortunate enough to hold a tiny baby in my arms.  This little creature of perfection got me thinking. We come into this world as perfection, yet somewhere down the line and through the years we forget this.

Anyone with a young baby will know that that baby has no qualms about stating exactly what it likes and does not like, what it wants and does not want.  It will laugh and smile when happy and cry and shake it’s little hands and feet when not happy.  If it does not like the food you offer, it will spit it out, if it does not want to eat, it won’t open its’ mouth.  A baby is focused on itself and has no shame in letting you know this.  This beautiful perfection starts to fade as the baby grows and is, all too soon, lost.

I was pondering how nice it must be to see the world through those young eyes – where everything is new and every experience is exciting.  Where life is a kaleidoscope of colour, ever-changing.

Today we, as adults, see the world through a totally different lense, one covered with anything but a kaleidoscope of varying hues.

Are we better off, or is the baby in the better position?  I am sure that there are a myriad of opinions on this, not least of all that knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss.  I can digress on this one but will leave it at that.

So, during the month of May we celebrate Mother’s Day and, as a mother myself, the memory of holding my own children as babies is quite precious.  Therefore in this month of mothers, let us be thankful to the woman who gave us life, who nurtured and guided us the best way she knew how to – because we all know there is no instruction manual!

To all the mommies and grannies out there, may you have a special month.

See ya, Nats

April Competition Winner

Above: Congratulations to Betty Lang (right), the winner of our April Competition.  She entered via SMS with the correct answer, 7.3 seconds, and won a R200 gift voucher from Victor’s Pizza & Pasta in Bothasig. Betty received her prize from Victor Treu (left) of Victor’s Pizza & Pasta.

To enter our May competition and win a prize contact us via Twitter, Facebook or our Webpage or SMS  0218018487 and you could be a winner.  To stand a chance to win, simply find the answer to the following question in this edition of The Guardian and send it to us via facebook, twitter, our website or SMS it to us along with your name and contact  number.

Read the article on page 6 and answer the following question: The Renault Kadjar is the integration of three vehicle categories.  Name one of these categories.

Competition closes 25 May and entries received after this date will not be accepted.  The May winner will be placed in the June edition of The Guardian.  Please note you must provide us with your first and last names as well as your contact number in order to go into the draw for the monthly prize.  You must be able to collect the prize to enter.  Entrants who have won a prize in our competition must wait three months before they are able to enter again.  Only one entry per person.


City Health cautions against growing diabetes burden

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate would like to appeal to residents to have regular tests for diabetes mellitus (commonly referred to as diabetes) and to keep in shape to avoid contracting the disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has singled out diabetes for World Health Day as it has become one of the biggest threats to public health.

According to the WHO, about 350 million people worldwide have diabetes and the disease was responsible for 1,5 million deaths in 2012  most in low- and middle-income countries.

Many patients with diabetes have no symptoms (or very mild symptoms) and go undiagnosed until they develop diabetic complications. To prevent this situation, adults should visit a healthcare facility to do random glucose tests for diabetes screening. While there, patients will receive advice on diabetes prevention to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, such as lifestyle modification tips including weight loss, exercise and diet. People who are at high risk of developing diabetes are those who are overweight, inactive, hypertensive or have a family history of diabetes.

Treatment of diabetes is aimed at preventing complications associated with the condition. The corrosive effect of high levels of blood sugar for a prolonged period of time can lead to organ damage like kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and strokes. In addition to controlling blood sugar levels, dietary changes like reducing sugar and starch intake are also advocated.

Healthcare providers place heavy emphasis on patient education to overcome other challenges like possible side effects of diabetes medication.

City removes over 2500 invasive wasp nests

As part of the City of Cape Town’s Invasive Species Programme, the Wasp Control Team is making every effort to attend to the increasing number of reports for removals as wasp season comes to an end.

The increase in reports stems from the rapid expansion of the invasive wasp population as well as more residents being aware of the matter.

During the summer of 2014/2015, the City responded to 1 600 reports. For this summer of 2015/2016, over 2 500 reports were received and the reports continue to arrive daily.

The invasive European paper wasp (Polistes dominula) population has expanded rapidly since the establishment of the Invasive Wasp Control Project during the summer of 2014. This summer, populations were discovered in Newlands, Constantia, Plumstead, Kenilworth, Claremont, Parklands, Atlantis, Bothasig, Morningstar and, most recently, Hout Bay. Read more

De Grendel Lions welcome new members


The De Grendel Lions Club inducted two new members into their fold.  A huge welcome to Glenda Hon and Roy McRobert.  The De Grendel Lions wish them many happy years in the Lions.

right above: Lion Yolanda de Jager placing the Lions pin on Glenda Hon, with Zone Chairperson Rocky Wright.

right below: Lion Martin Kallis placing the Lions pin on Lion Roy McRobert with incoming president elect Lion Patrick Pillay.

Councillor’s Corner


Dear Residents


Important feedback on the Bothasig Clinic is that the process of the transfer from a City-run facility to a full curative Provincial-run facility is on track.  There are a number of processes that must take place before actual services can be rendered, not least the property and the staff.  I can confirm that this process is underway and as soon as all legal processes are in place, services will be rendered.  We are waiting for the all current legislative processes to comply and once this is the case, change will take place.  I can advise that all processes for legal compliance have been lodged and are currently awaiting approval.

I will certainly stay on top of this and keep you informed all the way until the doors to the upgraded facility open.


I would like to remind residents that there are various ways to report service request matters to the City.  You can either sms a complaint to 31373 or 31220 (no more than 160 characters) or you can phone the call centre on 0860 10 30 89 or email or even better you can report a complaint on-line on the City’s website.   On the website, under the heading Service Requests there is a 1-pager that must be filled in. This is called a C3 notification.  The C3 system is quite easy to use and it goes directly through to the correct department for action.  Once created you will receive a dedicated reference number which you can follow up yourself to keep track of progress.  You will also receive a report when the item has been dealt with and from this point I receive a report each month at the Subcouncil meeting from which I can monitor and chase up outstanding matters.  I certainly wish to encourage as many residents as possible to make use of the C3 logging system.

I would like to further remind residents that there is a page of useful contact numbers for various departments and emergency numbers at the back of the telephone directory.


It is with a deep gratitude and indeed an honor for me to announce that I have been appointed by the Democratic Alliance as the candidate for Ward 5 in the upcoming Local Government Election on 3 August.  I am deeply honored and privileged.  My current term has been a short one, but one that I have focused all my attention on a few key developments in the area.  Not least of these is the Bothasig Clinic transfer to Province, the play apparatus and gym apparatus as well as the soon-to-be installed disability apparatus on our parks, the upgrades to both the Edgemead and the Bothasig Community Halls, the upgrade to the skate park which is due to take place, the fencing in of the cricket fields, upgrades at the Abe Sher Sports Fields,  the disability parking at the Edgemead Shopping Centre, funding to the Edgemead and Bothasig Libraries, traffic congestion relief for Adam Tas and De Grendel Avenues, the painting of street names, the street sweeping and litter picking, the Rent-a-Cop as well as the two-way radios for the Neighbourhood Watch.


The YOUR STREET campaign is all about taking back your street, your community.  This initiative I started last month where I met with a number of residents in different streets and we set up the YOUR STREET campaign.  I would like to roll this out to as many streets as possible so that bit by bit we can stand together against unwanted behaviour and action and bring back a pride and camaraderie in our communities.  If you are interested in having YOUR street participate, please contact me via my email address above.

Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor 

Edgemead Library events and maintenance

Magicnick had visitors of all ages enthralled with his tricks and illusions at the magic show at Edgemead Library on 2 April.
Magicnick had visitors of all ages enthralled with his tricks and illusions at the magic show at Edgemead Library on 2 April.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library hosted a number of activities for the community including a colouring workshop for adults, presented by Marelize Wiese.

On 2 April they hosted a magic show with Magicnick which proved quite entertaining.

The library will be hosting another colouring workshop at a later date, which is still to be decided.

The Edgemead/Monte Vista library will be running an Autumn reading programme for junior members and toddlers. To find out more info please call the library on the numbers below.

Unfortunately the dates of the maintenance which will be taking place at the library are still unknown.  During this time they will be closed for reference and the Smartcape computer service.  Customers can call Edgemead Monte Vista library for specific requests for books which can then be collected from the library.  The operating times are Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 8:30am to 1pm.

The Edgemead Monte Vista Library will reopen after maintenance has been completed.  New books purchased by the Friends of the Library will be on offer.

If you require any further info the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library can be contacted on 021 444 7352 or 021 444 7353.