Councillor’s Corner

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Dear Residents

I would like to assure residents that the untidy state of the parks and verges will be attended to.  The contractor has taken the City to court and unfortunately the court case is taking long, and until the court makes it ruling, the City is unable to appoint another contractor.  This is an unfortunate situation that is affecting us City-wide.  We ask that you please be patient and as soon as the Parks Department gets the go-ahead, a contractor will be on-site to start working on our parks and verges.

One of the best announcements that I have been privileged to deliver is most certainly this one.  The Bothasig Clinic has come under much scrutiny and much negative publicity and it has been something that I have been working on for the past two years.  The facility as it stands provided primary health care through the City of Cape Town.  The need for an expanded range of services has been the plea for many years, especially the appointment of a Doctor and a Pharmacist at the facility.

On 3 February this year, a public meeting was held where we announced that the Western Province Health Department agreed to take over the Bothasig Clinic.  It was at this meeting that we said that the wheels were now in motion and that it would take some time to iron out all the processes that had to be done.

It now gives me great pleasure to announce that this has all been done and from Monday 3 October, the Western Province Health Department will be operating from the facility which we know as the Bothasig Clinic with their full complement of staff.

This means that there will be a resident Doctor and Pharmacist on the premises every day and that the full curative package will be available.  All chronic patients who are currently filed at Goodwood Day Clinic will be transferred to Bothasig and all medication will be available at Bothasig as well as the Doctor and Pharmacy.

The facility will be available for a wide range of services, from a splinter in your finger to chronic diagnosis and will benefit many in the community.  As with all changes, there are bound to be one or two hiccups so please bear this in mind.

I would like to advise residents that the IDP – Integrated Development Plan – is open for suggestions.  This is the 5-year plan that the City works off with respect to what is needed and must be done over the next 5 years.  This is the time that residents have the opportunity to make suggestions.  It is very important to place your suggestions on the IDP.  These suggestions are for what would be needed to improve on the ward in general, as opposed to what you would want in front of your house.  To access this you can visit www.MyCapeTownNeeds.co.za or dial *134*633# and leave a voice message.

Regards
Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor

Drive for him and for her

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oct16-13-1Smart FourTwo 900 coupe
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Some people call it a bumble bee; maybe it was the green/yellow colour of my test unit?  But it is the Smart FourTwo Prime and hails from the stable of Mercedes Benz.  It is smaller than small and it is compact from the outside.  The Smart is certainly a car that brings forth many opinions.

The proportions are so different that confusion reigns going from the boot to the door, because you walk right past the door.  Actually, right past the car!

Okay, so we have established that the car is small, but it is also feisty and vibey, and the quality of Mercedes shows in the interior and all round.

The FourTwo is for two people only and provides you with a nippy drive where you sit in leather seats, stitched in white, with heating buttons on the side of both seats.

The interior is curvaceous with a mixture of textures, from a cloth dash to black gloss trimmed in silver.  There is a very circular feel on the inside with big round air vents as well.

The leather-bound multi-functional steering wheel features a number of controls and is adjustable.

With five forward gears and capable of reaching a top speed of 180km/h, the Smart FourTwo can certainly perform.  The sportiness of the Prime, from the silver pedals to steering wheel more than shows through.

The features on my test unit included cruise control, Bluetooth streaming and telephone, electric windows and side mirrors, manual air-conditioner and a touch screen display with Aux and USB inputs.

The drive is easy, light and a bit on the hard side, but this is bearable thanks to comfortable seats.  The Smart must be the easiest vehicle to manoeuvre.  It is super easy to turn, park and make a U-turn in even the narrowest space – I absolutely loved it.  It has power that loves to be used.

The boot is tiny – naturally, but there are little ingenious packing spaces and little extras all over.  The only drawback is that you can only carry one passenger.  That aside, as the driver, the Smart is smart.  It drives nicely, has a style all of its’ own, and somewhere it will no doubt suit perfectly.

oct16-13-2Renault Captur 66kW dCi Dynamique
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Dynamic styling, cross over SUV with curves and large wheel arches, the Renault Captur is certainly stylish and appealing.

The appeal is based on the exterior and interior appearance, as well as performance and features.

The exterior presents with all that is an SUV  large wheel arches, higher ground clearance and lines and style of design.  I found all of this to be rather appealing.

The interior is spacious, uncluttered and neatly and clearly laid out.  My test unit was among the top end and included snazzy zip covers. These are indeed a unique and an ingenious and handy idea!  The seat covers can unzipped and taken off to be washed and then zipped back on again.  The seats themselves do have decent covering, so while the covers are being washed, at least nothing looks amiss.

The dash is neat and culminates in the middle with a touch screen display edged in black gloss.  The screen provides various options, from navigation, to media and a host of vehicle settings.  The leather-bound steering wheel is multifunction, with a number of controls and is adjustable.

Neatly stocked, the Captur caters to all your needs.  Features include cruise control, Bluetooth streaming and telephone, Aux and USB inputs, electric windows, electric side mirrors, auto lights with LED daytime running lights, push button start/stop, keyless entry and auto-locking on walk-away  this is a feature I really enjoy.

With a five-speed gearbox and an eco-mode, the Captur provides and easy, smooth ride.  The gears change effortlessly and the handling and maneuvering are easy and comfortable.

The dCi in particular is the new Diesel variant that has been added to the line-up.  This is definitely a good idea in my opinion as the inclusion of a diesel variant greatly improves on the economy offered by the Captur.

The Captur can be quite sporty and provide an interesting ride, I found. However, the power was a bit lost when driving in eco-mode.

The versatility of the Captur means it can appeal to a diverse and different group.  From family to fun, all can be achieved in the Captur.

Volvo reveals adventurous side with new V90 Cross Country

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Volvo Cars has unveiled the eagerly-awaited V90 Cross Country, completing its 90 Series line-up.

Since the introduction of the first Cross Country almost 20 years ago, Volvo Cars has become synonymous with the rugged all-road, all-weather product category, with a growing stable of Cross Country models.

Volvo Cars’ Cross Country models fulfil an increasingly important part of the Swedish automaker’s product portfolio as luxury car buyers seek out a more experienced-based lifestyle that occasionally takes them off the beaten track.

“The new V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort and performance in a capable and adventurous package,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.

With some of the harshest winters on the planet and over 77 per cent of the country covered in forest and lakes, Sweden is the perfect place to develop and test extreme durability and all-weather capable cars. This hard-won expertise represents a large part of Volvo Cars’ heritage, reflected in the company’s Cross Country model line-up.

From secret testing facilities in the frozen north of Sweden, where temperatures regularly hit -40 degrees centigrade, to the searing desert heat of Arizona, where Volvo Cars performs its high temperature testing programme, the V90 Cross Country has been built to last.

With a design that clearly stands out from the crowd, the V90 Cross Country’s rugged character belies a sumptuous interior that delivers a level of luxury uncommon in the segment, combining all the benefits of the connectivity and entertainment features that were launched with the new S90 and V90, including a high-end sound system by Bowers & Wilkins.

The V90 Cross Country’s exterior design cues communicate the powerful and dynamic capability that the car exemplifies, while offering the flexibility to choose from both rugged and elegant expressions.

The new V90 Cross Country takes this well-established segment to a new level of comfort-inspired capability. Production of the car is set to start during the northern hemisphere autumn at Volvo Cars’ Torslanda Plant in Sweden.

The new Volvo V90 Cross Country is destined for South African roads, with timing and availability currently in planning stages.

NEW RENAULT MEGANE HAS ARRIVED

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Launched locally in 1996, 20 years have passed since the birth of the popular Renault Mégane. Accorded the prestigious title of flagship model of the French automaker’s line-up, it’s now time to welcome the fourth generation New Renault Mégane range to South Africa.

Bigger, bolder and boasting a classy road posture, the New Renault Mégane’s sporty exterior styling is more sensual than ever. Perfectly proportioned and well-balanced, its volume seems to be drawn from a single line with generous and contoured shoulders reinforcing a perception of quality and strength. This, together with the brand’s trademark vertical diamond-shaped logo and wide grille, is inherent to Renault’s new design philosophy.

At first glance, it’s immediately apparent that the consistency of New Renault Mégane’s exterior and interior design, together with the quality of the materials used throughout, is attributable to a vehicle competing in an upper segment.

New Mégane boasts distinctive front and rear lighting signatures which are illuminated by day and night. The front C-shaped lighting features 3-D Edge Light (LED) technology while as previously mentioned, the New Mégane GT comes equipped with full LED headlights.

The permanently-lit rear LED lights also feature a unique 3D-effect signature with the slender brush stroke-like lines emitting a deep red light.

The interior is modern, sporty and inviting and has been designed to draw in driver and passengers with its invitation to settle comfortably into the contoured seats in back and front.

The New Mégane GT model is the first vehicle in its segment to have 4CONTROL technology which affords the driver control, handling responsiveness and absolute precision. A Renault innovation, 4CONTROL chassis turns the rear wheels (maximum 3.0° angle) which affords the driver exceptional cornering ability.

It brings energy and precision on winding roads, stability at high speed and offers handling responsiveness at low-speed and when manoeuvering. The four-wheel steering system’s ability to react immediately is extremely reassuring in emergency situations; driving control is cleaner and more precise offering more peace of mind and genuine driving enjoyment.

New Mégane comes with the Renault MULTI-SENSE button or settings can be accessed from the R-LINK 2. MULTI-SENSE affords driver and passengers the ability to immerse themselves in a uniquely personalized driving experience; technology unprecedented within the highly populated vehicle segment in which New Mégane competes.

MULTI-SENSE enables users to modify driving dynamics:  accelerator pedal mapping, variable-power steering response, gearbox mapping, powertrain response (injection ECU) and 4CONTROL chassis behavior (New Mégane GT only).

Leading the New Renault Mégane petrol-powered pack is the GT flagship model. Powered by the marque’s new generation Energy TCe 205 151 kW (1.6 litre) engine, the New Mégane GT has a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gearbox plus Renault’s 4CONTROL chassis four wheel steering system.

Next up are the two New Mégane GT-LINE variants. Both powered by Renault’s Energy TCe130 97 kW (1.2 litre) engine, there are two transmission options: seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gear box (just like the GT) or six-speed manual gear box.

New Mégane’s Dynamique model is powered by Renault’s 84kW 1.6 litre engine and mated with a five-speed manual gear box.

New Renault Mégane has been awarded the prestigious 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

The new Renault Megane starts at R279,900 for the Dynamique.

The New Renault Megane line-up comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Also standard is a 5-year/90 000km service plan. Services take place at 15 000 km intervals (10 000km on Megane GT).

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Coaching for Positive Change

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As a COACH, my priority is to assist you to make POSITIVE changes to your life, be it personal, business or as a learner in school!!

We ALL go through challenges, but we have a CHOICE as to how we cope with these challenges, what we take out of these challenges by way of learning, and what we plan to do going forward.

So, WHAT can Synergy coaching do for you??

It can bring you CLARITY, direction, motivation, inspiration. It allows you to SEE life from a different perspective. It will BOOST your business. It will teach you TOOLS to use and apply within life as a whole.

Students flourish with STRUCTURE and PLANNING, so do businesses … most of us that are HAMSTER WHEELING need structure and planning too. Coaching will IMPACT on you in the most POSITIVE way.

You will start to LIVE life rather than exist.

Synergy offers:

  • Grade 9 – Clarification on Subject Choice
  • Grade 10~12 – What should I be studying after school
  • High Schoolers – Mentorship regarding schoolwork
  • GR 8 ~ University – Study Schedule for Exams (2 hours)
  • POWER 3 HOUR sessions to see personal change
  • POWER 3 HOUR sessions to see business growth
  • Workshops on: Time Management; Career Info Evenings

My passion is to SEE you SUCCEED … to walk the pathway with you, to work as a team, to discover what works, and what doesn’t, to change what needs to change and chuck out what you don’t need to hold onto.

My favourite saying: If you ALWAYS do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!!

So, if you feel that you’d like to chat over coffee and see what I can do for YOU or your loved ones, then please give me a call or email me.

Let’s UNLOCK your POTENTIAL together!!

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BURRITO BAKE

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This is such a quick, easy and delicious all in one dish to make for lunch or for unexpected guests.  Most of the ingredients can be found in your grocery cupboard.

Ingredients

  • 6 wraps
  • 2 cans tuna / 2 cups of leftover chicken / mince
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can tomato and onion braai relish
  • 1 can mixed beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

To serve:

  • Cottage or cream cheese
  • Chopped spring onions or parsley (optional)

Method

Place 2 wraps next to each other in the bottom of a rectangular ovenproof dish.  Spread tuna or chicken or mince over both wraps.  Season the tomato and onion relish with the salt and pepper and spoon half over the tuna.  Sprinkle over half of the beans and a third of the cheese.  Continue layering with 2 wraps, tuna, relish, beans and cheese.  Finish off with the last 2 wraps and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.  Bake at 180°C for 20 – 25 minutes.

To serve: Top with spoonfuls of cottage cheese and parsley, and cut into large squares.

7th round of WPMC Short Circuit Championship at Killarney International Raceway

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The seventh round of the Western Province Motor Club Short Circuit Championship took place at Killarney International Raceway on 10 September.

A gruelling and exciting event yielded some interesting results from the competitors and as usual the audience were kept on edge thanks to some intense adrenaline-fuelled racing.

Above: Arnold Lambert (6) keeps Mustapha Enus (47) at bay in a battle which was fought over all 3 heats of the 125cc Gearbox Kart class.

My Viewpoint

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If you read our front page article this month, you will see that the City of Cape Town is putting forward the idea of flexi-time and carpooling in Cape Town.

To this I have to give a huge high five.  I believe this is the start of something fantastic.

Gridlock morning traffic will cease; energy drain on electricity will cease; stress levels will be lower.  These are just some of the benefits.

Now we just need businesses to jump onboard.  I guess there will be the usual resistance, but people, get with the programme – first world countries have been doing this for years.

I do not know how anyone can arrive at their office, full of life and be proactive after spending hours of frustration in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Cape Town has more cars than road, and I guess in the great scheme of things there will never be enough finance to fulfill the required needs!

I agree, this is going to be a mindset and paradigm shift and won’t fly off immediately – unfortunately.  However, before we knock it, we should at least investigate it and even give it a try.  I am sure once you start with flexi-time, you won’t look back.

So, what I think is that if you run a business, a company etc, look at ways to implement flexi-hours to your structures.  I am sure you will all be pleasantly surprised.

Well, as usual, that is my view…

See ya, Nats

CITY PROPOSES FLEXI-TIME AND CARPOOLING TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

The City is spending R750 million on road infrastructure projects over the next five years to address the three main congestion hotspots in the city, namely Kommetjie, Kuils River and Blaauwberg. A total of R40 million was spent in the past financial year (2015/16) to kick-start the Congestion Management Programme and another R118 million is earmarked for the current financial year (2016/17).

The draft Travel Demand Management Strategy (TDMS), which is available for public comment until 28 October 2016, makes proposals about how the City will take the lead in changing the travel patterns of officials.

The City’s draft TDMS makes proposals on how the movement of people across the city can be better managed for the efficient use of the current road capacity, as well as promoting more sustainable choices – be it making use of public transport services, carpooling, or working at different times.

‘Car ownership among Capetonians is higher than ever before. Due to the demand and population growth, many residents spend about three hours on the city’s arterial routes during the peak-hour traffic periods on week days. Also, historic and inflexible working hours require most employees to start and finish working between 08:00 and 17:00. This contributes to the traffic congestion and is exacerbated by the general trend that employees travel in the same direction towards the centres of employment,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

As such, the TDMS proposes that the City leads by example through flexi-time or remote working arrangements for officials where it is workable.

‘Flexi-time, for example, can allow officials to begin and end working at non-standard times within limits set by management; others may be allowed to work from home during the peak and can then travel to their workplace during the off-peak. Or, some officials could be allowed to work from a satellite office for a specified number of days or hours a week. The City cannot do this alone. The TDMS will only succeed with the buy-in from all of us living in the city – from the City itself, to our residents and business community,’ said Councillor Herron.

Once the final TDMS is adopted by Council, the City will seek to implement these measures within the next three to five years.

Residents should also consider changing their travel behaviour to help reduce the demand for additional road space and lowering our carbon emissions by relying less on private vehicles, using public transport services and making use of carpooling where two or more passengers travel in the same direction.

The draft TDMS is available on the City’s website at www.capetown.govza/haveyoursay, at libraries across the city, and at subcouncil offices.

Flexible working programmes have been implemented successfully in other countries. If managed correctly, this can increase job satisfaction and productivity, and it definitely helps to reduce the stress of sitting idly in peak-hour traffic and can lower our carbon emissions. We all have to work together in alleviating traffic congestion and in building a more sustainable and functioning city where we all can fulfil our potential,’ said Councillor Herron.