Food Glorious Food

Christmas is all about food! A turkey roasting in the oven with all its trimmings, Christmas pudding, cakes, chocolates we all know that we don't hold back at this time of the year! But what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander, especially if the 'gander' is your dog or cat!

Below are some foods you should and shouldn't share with your pet.

Good Food Stuff!
. Cooked Meat - Turkey, ham etc this is fine in small quantities try to avoid giving your pet too much fat and skin as this can cause an upset stomach and diarrhoea.
. Vegetables - most cooked vegetables (carrots, beans, courgette brussel sprouts etc) are fine in moderation but remember that potatoes are hard for dogs to digest.
. Eggs are fine cooked or raw
. Fruit is ok but can be acidic and cause upset stomachs. Don't give your pet fruit with pips or stones, Rhubarb is toxic!
. Dog /cat treats - the best way to treat your pet at Christmas!

Bad Food Stuff!
. BONES! Go easy on the bones, they can cause constipation and obstructions. Please do not feed your dog or cat cooked bones! These bones splinter easily and can cause damage to your pets mouth,
oesophagus and intestines.
. try to make sure that meat/veg scraps are not covered in spicy sauces or contain too much fat.
. PUDDINGS! Your pet really does not need pudding! Most puddings contain ingredients that are toxic to your pet.
. CHOCOLATE contains theobromine that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle twitching amongst other symptoms and can kill your pet. The sugar substitute XYLITOL is highly toxic to your pet. A tiny amount of this substance can cause seizures, brain damage, hypoglycaemia and liver failure and will kill your pet!
. ALCOHOL! Please do not allow your pets' access to any alcohol.

Moderation is the key to a happy stomach!

General tips for happy healthy hols!
. Cats love trees- especially Christmas trees! If you have an inquisitive cat try to make sure that access to the tree is supervised! Baubles and decorations can be dangerous!
. give your pet space - Christmas time can be hectic with a constant stream of visitors your pet may become over active or anxious. Take your dog for a good walk before visitors arrive, a tired dog is a good dog! Make sure there is somewhere quiet and safe they can go to chill, perhaps with that special
doggy chew treat!
. Be especially vigilant of your old pet, they may get disorientated in a crowd.
. Don't let your pets have access to rubbish bins or bags!
. Don't overfeed your pets.
. Ask your visitors not to feed your pet titbits.

Do buy treats that are specially formulated for your dog and cat from your vet or pet shop.
Playing with your pet will help distract them from all the glitzy decorations!
Most of all enjoy that special time at home with your best friends.

Kenilworth Veterinary Hospital
47 Kenilworth Road, Cape Town, Kenilworth, South Africa
Tel: 021-671-5018
www.facebook.com/kenilworth.vet

Graffiti an illegal nuisance unless permitted!

Many Cape Town suburbs have bits and pieces of graffiti on walls and buildings. Some range from childish defacing to off-putting images and content, others show amazing skill and application. They often appear to sprout up in the still of night, so the creators cannot be seen (or caught?). But are these necessarily illegal and how does our local authority deal with these?

The City of Cape Town's 2010 Graffiti By-Law aims to regulate the display of graffiti and to restore 'surfaces affected by graffiti'.

What is Graffiti?

'Graffiti', for purposes of the By-Law, refers to:
. 'any inscription, word, figure (other than a figure indicating a street number), letter, sign, symbol, sketch, picture, drawing, mural or design';
. applied to any natural surface or man-made surface;
. on any property;
. which is visible to a person from a public place; and
. has not been authorised by the City.

''Mural art'' means art in the form of a painting, applied directly to a wall, fence or structure.

Disallowed without a permit

The By-Law prohibits anyone to apply graffiti in any street or other public place without a permit. The point of departure of the City of Cape Town (the City) City is that the existence of graffiti within the City's area of jurisdiction is a public nuisance and is thus subject to removal in terms of the By-Law.

Section 9 of the By-Law deals with permits, allowable graffiti in other words . It permits graffiti (which will be visible to a person from a public place) where the artist has obtained the required permission from the City. An application for permission must be made in writing and must include:

. the intended size of the graffiti;
. the materials and implements to be used;
. an accurate likeness, illustration or depiction of the intended work;
. proof of the consent of the owner of the property and of others affected thereby; and
. motivation why the artist wants to create the work.

An applicant must be advised within 30 days after submitting the application of the outcome.

Designated areas

The By-Law also provides that the City may designate certain areas and spaces to be utilized for graffiti after consultation with the relevant communities and subcouncils. Anyone wanting to make use of these spaces for graffiti, still needs to obtain permission from the City and is also obliged
to remove the art or decorations after the expiry of a three month period (unless a three month extension has been applied for).

Property owner's liability'

The person applying the graffiti may be ordered by the City to remove the graffiti and if this is not adhered to, the City may have it removed.
However, property owners should note that the By-Law also provides (in section 4) that if the City cannot identify the creator of the graffiti , it may serve a notice on the property owner requiring him or her to remove the graffiti.

Section 6 further lists the duties of owners as follows:

(1) Every owner and every occupant of property must, at all times maintain free of graffiti any wall, fence, building, structure or thing located on such property.
(2) Every owner of property must remove from that property any unsightly graffiti within 10 days of the owner becoming aware of the graffiti on his or her property. "

Who to go to

In terms of the Graffiti By-Law, an application for permission to apply graffiti can be made to lesley.truter@capetown.gov.za.
On the other hand, if you want to report illegal graffiti, you can contact lawenforcement@capetown.gov.za or call 021 596 1999.
Otherwise contact STBB SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES on www.stbb.co.za for
assistance with all aspects of your property ownership.

Christmas Recipes

Christmas is a time of celebration. And many of us spend lots of time in the kitchen! Here are 3 delicious recipes for you to enjoy this Christmas! Have a fantastic festive season and New Year's celebration. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie


Serves 3-4

Ingredients
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
225g turnips or parsnips
½ punnet button mushrooms
2 medium carrots
1 medium leek, chopped
1 large stalk of celery, chopped
1 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 sprigs sage, minced
1 sprigs rosemary, minced
2-3 sprigs thyme, minced
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1-2 cups vegetable stock
1kg sweet potatoes, boiled
2 egg yolks
Olive oil
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon black pepper

Method
1. Roast the carrots, turnips, and mushrooms for about 20 minutes
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, celery, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Sweat the veggies for 5-8 minutes until translucent. Add the herbs, black pepper, and tomato paste, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly so the tomato paste doesn't stick and burn
3. Add the rest of the olive oil and the flour to the pot. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes. Slowly add the vegetable stock while stirring, starting with about 1 cup. Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring to a simmer, then add more stock if necessary to bring the sauce to a thick stew-like consistency. Remove from the heat
4. Mix together the chickpeas, mushrooms, turnips, carrots, and the filling.
5. Mash the sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Whip the egg yolks until smooth, and add to the mashed sweet potatoes. Mix until everything is combined.
6. Heat the oven to 180°C. Spread the filling in the bottom of a casserole dish. Spread the mashed sweet potatoes evenly on top. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.

(Recipe adapted from Harvard.edu)


Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese


Ingredients:
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
¼ cup flour
500ml fat free milk
500g broccoli, cut into florets
75g mature cheddar cheese
1kg cauliflower, cut into florets
½ cup bread crumbs
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
25g flaked almonds

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Lightly sauté the garlic in the butter
3. Stir in the flour for a minute to make a paste, then gradually add the milk, whisking as you go, until it is smooth
4. Add the broccoli and simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked through and starts to break down
5. Mash with a stick blende
6. Grate in half the cheese and season
7. Arrange the cauliflower in a baking dish, pour over the broccoli white sauce and grate over the remaining cheese.
8. Mix the breadcrumbs, thyme leaves and almonds together and scatter evenly over the cauliflower cheese
9. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden and cooked through

(Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver)


Spiced Berry Jellies


Serves 12

Ingredients
500ml berry juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 gelatine leaves, hydrated in cold water
125ml blue berries

Method
1. Bring the berry juice and spices to the boil. Remove them from the heat and take the spices out of the pot
2. Stir in the hydrated gelatine leaves until completely dissolved
3. Pour into a bowl together with the blue berries
4. Divide into 12 shot glasses and chill until set (about 1½ hours)

Optional:
Replace ½ the juice with sparkling sweet wine and add 1 extra gelatine leaf

HVCID Overview

Who: HVCID is a non-profit community association, managed by volunteers to enhance the overall safety, security and community interests of Harfield Village.

What: The HVCID have successfully negotiated with ADT to reduce their monthly fee for Harfield Village ADT clients, who are part of the HVCID initiative.
The new agreement not only provides cheaper household Armed Response, but ADT have also given us 2 dedicated Harfield Village response vehicles to patrol the Village. Before, we shared vehicles with clients in neighbouring suburbs.
Additionally, ADT household subscribers can access the new Street Patrol coverage, meaning that customers can also call for help for an incident outside of the home - in the street or park (as long as within the boundaries of Harfield Village, up to Kenilworth Road).

The result of this negotiation means cheaper Armed Response, dedicated 24 hour security presence for our village, and quicker response times as the patrol cars are already in our area (versus travelling to us from Wynberg or Lynfrae, for example).

How: The above benefits are only available through the HVCID, so make sure you have signed up - the only way we could negotiate such a good deal was by committing to a large number of  participants.

Existing ADT clients - once signed up through the HVCID, will have their premium adjusted to reflect the new fixed rate of R399 (including VAT) per month. This covers both household armed response as well as the new street patrol.
New ADT clients - once signed up through the HVCID will receive the same reduced rate and service package. A basic alarm system can be included in their fee.

Should you wish to sign up (new or existing ADT clients), please do so online at www.hvcid.co.za/adt-sign-up/ or email us for a sign up form at admin@hvcid.co.za or call Jenni on 081 412 6109. For new contracts, ADT will then contact you directly.

Non-ADT clients - Should you choose to remain with your current security provider (such as Princeton or Chubb etc.), or you prefer not to have alarm monitoring at your home, you can still join the ADT Street Patrol option. The cost is R199 (including VAT) per month. Princeton, who support the HVCID initiative, have kindly offered to reduce their household armed response fee to R285pm (including VAT) for their HVCID clients who wish to add the ADT Street Patrol to their security portfolio.
Please sign up via our website, click on the ADT Sign Up page and tick the Street Patrol option. Contact Princeton, who will adjust your contract accordingly.

CONTACT LIST

SituationResponseContact #
 
House break inStep 1
Home owner to hit panic button or call own service provider (ADT, Princeton, Chubb etc.)

Step 2
Notify the police: SAPS National or Claremont

Step 3
Notify Jenni @ HVCID
ADT – 086 1212 301

Princeton – 0860 222 820

Chubb - 0861 444 911

SAPS National – 10111

SAPS Claremont – 021 657 2250

Jenni - 081 412 6109
 
Street or public park incident / concern
Call Jenni who will contact the ADT patrol cars
And/or

Call ADT – Only if you are an ADT / HVCID member

And/or

Contact HARLYN Neighbourhood Watch
Jenni 081 412 6109

admin@HVCID.co.za

ADT - 086 1212 300

HarLyn NW – 071 802 2454 (manned by a volunteer patroller 24/7)
HVCID Hub Manager – Jenni Coleman – 081 412 6109 – admin@hvcid.co.za

What to plant in December

Plant List for December:

Amaranth, Basil, Bush and Climbing Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrot, Chard/Spinach, Chives, Chilli Pepper, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Ginger, Globe Artichoke, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Sweetcorn, Sweet Potato, Sweet Pepper, Tomato, Watercress, Watermelon, Zucchini

Tip of the Month:

There's no festive season gift that gives more than a plant. How about giving a family a punnet of various Lettuces for them to grow together, or a lemon tree for new homeowners, or a fruit tree for someone who has just had a baby? Giving plants is one of the best gifts you can give. Know someone's favourite herb? There you go! A happy, safe and bountiful festive season to all who celebrate!

Patchwork Business Listing on the Harfield Village Website
Patchwork Facebook Group

CHRISTMAS ICE-CREAM

INGREDIENTS

One jar Fruit Mince
100 mls brandy - or more (good idea to sample a cupful
(250mls) first to check quality)
60 gms chopped glace cherries
100 gms chopped pecans


METHOD

Soak fruit mince, brandy and cherries overnight.
Next day, mix into 2 litres vanilla ice-cream together with pecan nuts.
Freeze until needed.


"I have been an agent for over 30 years and have an excellent track record in the Southern Suburbs area. I am professional, love what I do and put my heart and soul into every aspect of my work."

Lyn Staples
Estate Agent
Cell: +27 (0)82 846 0739 | Office: +27 (0)21 674 1120 | Fax: +27 (0)21 774 4927
Email:lyn@norgarbproperties.co.za
Focus Areas: Kenilworth & Claremont Village

Friends of the Parks - November


What is coming up in the parks?
Our next work party is in Purley Park on the 21 November and the last one of the year in Surrey on the 13 December – please add them to your  diary.

We are calling for donations towards the irrigation of the 3rd Ave side of Hampstead Park, it will make such a big difference to this park not to have this area turn into its normal summer dustbowl.

Our monthly market is still on the cards for our fund raising but it has been a nightmare of red tape – the final application is now in and we hope to be able to have our first market in time for Christmas – so far it is scheduled for 5 December.

Christmas Carols – will be in Purley Park this year  - date to follow October was a fun park month

We had the final voting and prize giving for the Harfield Gardening competition.  Well done to all the entrants for a wonderful show of gardening genius and to all the sponsors who gave so generously.
Princes park got a much needed day of TLC and the lovely bed under the thorn trees is coming along nicely.  So good to see all our Aloes and indigenous plants attracting the birds and butterflies.

Some great work has been done in the veg garden in Hampstead,  and the old wooden Hut was finally dismantled,  opening up a nice area at the back of the park – which is our safe zone for kids.

We had the table tennis try out and this project received some nice feedback from residents but we would have to work around the wind issue – this is Cape Town.  We are waiting for some final designs and quotes.

We met with Cllr Kempthorne to discuss making the two entrances of Hampstead on 3rd Ave a bit safer so that kids and dogs cannot run out into the busy street area and we looked at ways of creating off street parking and reducing the traffic grid lock on that side of the park– drawings are in
progress and we hope to see some  action shortly.

Friends of Harfield Parks

Renal Faliure in Cats

Is your cat drinking large amounts of water, has a dull coat is sleeping a lot and looks like a piece of biltong?!! Well it may have kidney failure.
Kidney failure (renal failure) is one of the most common diseases we see in middle to ageing cats, so this month we are going to explore the ins and
outs of this condition.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE KIDNEY?           
In order to understand the seriousness of renal failure we need to look at the essential part the kidneys play in the maintenance of a healthy body.
The kidneys help to control your cat's blood pressure and remove toxic waste products from the body. The kidney is the body's filtration system. Each kidney contains hundreds of thousands of tiny filtration units called 'nephrons'. Nephrons are responsible for removing unwanted waste products
from the blood. After leaving the kidneys, about 95% of the total fluid volume of blood filtered (ie: clean blood) returns to the circulatory system, while the remaining 5%, containing waste products, is passed as urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

HOW DOES IT ALL GO WRONG?
When something happens to disrupt the complex filtration system of the kidneys, toxic waste begins to build up in the cat's blood stream. A disruption in the balance of waste, minerals and electrolytes such as urea, potassium and sodium in the blood stream can have a serious effect on the
normal functioning of other vital organs.
Unfortunately, the kidneys are vulnerable to many disorders that can lead to feline renal dysfunction, particular when a cat reaches middle age.

The most common causes are:
* genetic predisposition - breed predisposition
* acquired renal dysfunction

Most cases presented in practice have what is termed acquired renal failure. This is broken down into two stages:
* Acute renal failure
* Chronic renal failure

Acute Renal Failure
As the name suggests acute renal failure has a relatively sudden onset with the owner becoming aware of symptoms quickly.

Acute renal failure is usually caused by some kind of blockage that either:
* interferes with the blood flow to the kidneys
* interferes with the flow of urine from it.

It is also possible for a cat to develop acute renal failure if it has eaten something that is toxic such as certain pesticides or cleaning fluids but as cats are usually discerning eaters so this is rare. The inappropriate administration of human medications, particularly ibuprofen, can cause severe, acute renal failure.
 
Chronic Renal Failure
Chronic renal failure usually occurs in older cats and the onset is much longer over months, even years. Renal failure is classified as chronic when 75% of the kidney tissue has been destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.

The cause of chronic renal failure is unclear. However, it is thought that it is a natural progression for many common conditions including:
* advanced dental disease
* kidney infections
* obstructions (i.e.: blocked bladder)
 
What are the symptoms of Kidney Failure?
The most common symptom that you will see is excessive water drinking and urinating. Your cat may begin lose its appetite and lose weight, become dehydrated and or have bouts of vomiting. If you suspect something is abnormal - take your cat for a check up.
 
What will your vet do?
The first thing your Vet will probably do is run a series of blood and urine tests. This really is the only way to determine how efficiently the kidneys are working. Your vet may do the tests in the practice or may have to send the samples off to an outside lab. The blood tests will show what
percentages of waste products are circulating in the blood. The urine tests, among other things, will determine how well the kidneys are able to concentrate the urine. Your vet may need to take x rays or do an ultra sound examination. With the results of these tests your vet will be able to establish the extent of the kidney damage and form a treatment plan.
 
How will my vet treat my cat?
The first thing your vet will probably do is to put your cat on a drip. In acute and chronic renal failure it is important to try to correct the fluid and electrolyte balance as quickly as possible.
In acute renal failure, if possible, your vet will try to establish the cause of the renal failure and will treat your cat accordingly. When diagnosed and treated early cats with acute renal failure have a good
prognosis and should be able to recover fully.
Cats suffering from chronic renal failure will never recover from the loss of renal function. Treatment is usually palliative and aimed at maintaining a good quality of life for the cat for as long as possible.
It is important to adjust your cat's diet in order to help reduce the work load of the kidney and your vet may well suggest the use of prescription diets specifically formulated for cats suffering from  renal failure. These diets are an excellent addition to the treatment plan. If you have any concerns regarding your cat's health make an appointment with your Vet!

- Article by Kenilworth Vet

WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW WAS PART OF THAT LEASE AGREEMENT

In an effort to protect the rights of tenants, the Rental Housing Act lists certain provisions that are deemed to be included in each and every rental agreement of residential accommodation. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, or your lease agreement is in writing or was concluded orally, the
deemed provisions are applicable to the agreement. It does not matter that the landlord and tenant did not specifically negotiate these terms.

The deemed provisions are found in section 5(3) of the Act. In the below bullet points, we highlight the most important of these:

· The landlord is required to furnish the tenant with a written receipt for all payments received from the tenant. The receipt must show the date, address of the rented premises and what the payment was for, such as arrears, monthly rental, and so forth.

· If the agreement provides for the payment of a deposit, the landlord must invest it in an interest-bearing account with a financial institution. At the end of the lease period, the landlord must pay the
interest (and deposit) to the Tenant, or the balance thereof, if repairs for damages were required. The interest rate applicable to the deposit must at least be equal to the rate offered by the relevant financial institution on a savings account. If the landlord uses the services of an estate or rental
agent to manage the lease, then the deposit may be paid to the agent who will, in turn, invest it in an appropriate interest bearing account, as provided for in the Estate Agency Affairs Act.

· In addition, if the tenant requests written proof of the interest that had accrued on the deposit during the lease, the landlord must oblige.

· The deposit (plus interest) must be returned to the tenant within 7 days of the expiry of the lease. If all or part of the deposit was used to pay for repairs of damage caused by the tenant, the balance must be returned to the tenant within 14 days after the repairs were effected. In the latter case, the relevant receipts to indicate the costs incurred, must be available to the tenant for inspection.

· The tenant and landlord (or their agents) must jointly, before the tenant moves into the premises and also before he moves out, inspect the dwelling to ascertain the existence or not of any defects or damage.

· If the landlord (or his agent) fails to inspect the dwelling in the presence of the tenant as required, he is deemed to acknowledge that the dwelling is in a good and proper state of repair. The landlord thus risks losing a claim against the tenant for damages.

The list we provided above is not exhaustive and section 5 of the Act catalogues further deemed provisions. Certain changes to these deemed provisions may soon become effective, as the Rental Housing Amendment Act was promulgated recently. Property practitioners are awaiting the
publication in the Government Gazette of the date on which the amendment Act will become operational.

STBB Claremont
For assistance with lease matters, contact us on info@stbb.co.za or at
www.stbb.co.za             

Health Food Myths

1. Eggs are unhealthy

Egg yolks contain a significant amount cholesterol and have for years been deemed to be unhealthy. What studies have shown is that it is not the
cholesterol we eat that affects our blood cholesterol, but the foods that the body uses to make cholesterol (i.e. saturated, trans-fat and refined carbohydrates). The current guideline is 6 eggs per week, either one a day or 2 every second day.

2. Carbohydrates make you fat

It is not just one nutrient, but overindulgence of ANY nutrient that can make you fat. It is true that the sugary, refined carbohydrate rich foods are unhealthy for our body and may cause weight gain, but only because they cause unstable blood sugar levels, often cause cravings, and this generally leads to overindulgence. Carbohydrates such as dairy (milk and yoghurt), fruit, legumes, starchy veg as well as some grains such as brown rice, quinoa and oats are a healthy addition to meals. But remember that for best control of blood sugars it is best to add lean protein and healthy fat with the carbohydrates.

3. Potatoes are unhealthy

Potatoes are a good source of fibre, potassium and vitamin C, but they have been given a bad rep because they are white and are a high GI food (raises the blood sugar level quickly). The potato is also a food that many people overindulge in, especially when it has been prepared in an unhealthy way. Roast potatoes, slap chips, crisps are definitely an unhealthy choice, but a medium sized baked potato added to your meal of protein and veggies is a perfectly healthy choice (and the 'meal' is not high GI because of the protein and veggies).

4. Fruit is unhealthy because it contains too much sugar

It is true that fruit contains sugar, but this does not make it an unhealthy food choice. Firstly, the sugar is fructose rather than sucrose (you want to try to avoid added sucrose and specifically limit foods that are high in this added sugar, such as sweets, biscuits, chocolates and fizzy drinks).
As well as containing sugar, fruits are also a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre, so if you eat fruit you are getting healthy energy as well as other goodness. Fruit are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but remember portion is important. You should not overeat on any food, healthy or unhealthy!

5. Certain foods can burn fat and make you lose weight quickly

People often believe that foods like grapefruit, celery or cabbage soup willhelp them lose weight. These are healthy foods which you could definitely incorporate into your daily diet, but they don't contain any magic ingredients that 'burns' fat and helps you to lose weight.

6. Frozen vegetables are not as healthy as the fresh ones

Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious. This is because they are picked and packaged at their peak, which is when the nutrient levels are the highest. Fresh produce has often started losing some of its nutrients along the pathway from picking to buying. Frozen vegetables are also very convenient, allowing you to have vegetables available at all times.

7. Calories eaten at night are more fattening

Calories are calories, whether eaten at night or during the day. However, I have found that when people eat too little during the day the tendency is to eat too much at night, leading to weight gain because of the overindulgence. Bottom line is you can eat a good supper meal (with healthy carbs), just don't overindulge!

Kim Hofmann
56 1ST AVENUE
021-674-4666
kimh.rd(at)mweb.co.za

News from the HVCID

Dear Residents,

For those of you who have not yet signed up, and are questioning the effectiveness of this initiative, please remember that the 2 patrol vehicles and funding are only a starting point. And in order to increase the security we really need community buy in. The more people who sign up with
ADT, the more the neighbourhood will benefit. And the goal posts are getting closer.


CAMERAS:
We have just been informed that ADT is willing to supply and install two LPR (License Plate Recognition) cameras in the village if we can get 60 new people to sign up for the R399 option. This is amazing news! These cameras are expensive and we are unlikely to buy them on our own without the support of a big company like ADT. Let's make good use of their resources.

Please spread the word and encourage your neighbours and friends in the Village to sign up. You can do so by completing this online form:
www.hvcid.co.za/adt-sign-up/. And if you have any questions, please send them to admin@hvcid.co.za

CRIME REPORT: (please note we are not allowed to report specifics)

Below is only as reported by ADT (2 - 9 Nov):
- House break and Theft - Third Avenue

HVCID-ADT PATROL CARS (2 - 9 Nov):
The two dedicated vehicles for the HVCID have either D19 or D20 on the back of the vehicle.
Mileage per vehicle: D19: 2378; D20: 2281.
Call outs per vehicle: D19: 32; D20: 133.

False Alarms: 144 Incidents (Increase)
Over Active Alarms (4 +): Dungannon, Hereford, Imam Haron, Princes, Princes
Sq, Roseville, Rutland, Surrey, Wade.

Please test your alarms regularly. And notify your Security Provider beforehand.
Also, if you have an entry/exit delay on your alarm, try to keep the delay time as short as possible. If someone was to break in through your entrance door they have the advantage of your delay time before your alarm is triggered. Every second counts.

PLEASE NOTE:

You can find additional information about needing proof of address for vehicle licence disc renewals here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/Proofaddressrequiredvehiclelicencediscrenewals.aspx
This article also mentions this: "In addition, the City wishes to inform motorists whose vehicle licence discs will expire on 30 November 2015 and are renewable by 22 December 2015 and whose discs expire on 31 December 2015 and are renewable by 22 January 2016, that they will not be receiving renewal notices."

So please check the expiry date on your licence disc.

And well done to Gail Brown and the Friends of Harfield Parks who work tirelessly around the village. And in this example at Claremont police station. You can read more about it here:
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Peoples-Post/Locals-tackle-station-2
0151109 And please, if you can, do assist Gail and the FOHP to improve our police station.

IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS:
ADT Emergency: 086 1212 301
Police (National): 10111
Police (Claremont): 021 657 2250
Police Sector 1 (Harfield & Lynfrae) vehicle: 082 378 9449
Police Sector 1 Manager - W.O. Colin Geneke: 079 894 1555
HVCID Manager: 081 412 6109 / admin@hvcid.co.za
HarLyn neighbourhood watch: 071 802 2454
City of Cape Town Emergency services (When life or property is endangered by
fire, accidents and natural disasters etc.): From mobile: 021 480 7700; From
landline: 107
Metro police & Traffic: 0860 765 423

Stay Safe!

Kind regards, The HVCID team

081 412 6109 / admin@hvcid.co.za
In an emergency call ADT on 086 1212 301

Holiday hints for A happy and healthy hound (and a contented cat)

Those of us with pets, go into the holiday season with some trepidation.
Some of us will leave our beloved pets behind while others choose to travel with them. Here are a few hints to make sure that the Holidays remain a joyful time and not turn into a nightmare for everyone, including your pets:

For those who stay behind:

If they are going to a kennel, make sure it is a reputable kennel and that dogs get exercise time and cats a place to play. Cages need to be of a sufficient size and clean. Also make sure that your animal is a welcome customer (i.e. some kennels don't take animals requiring medicine) Take along your pets favourite toys and blanket to make them feel at home. For those who stay at home make sure that a trustworthy, responsible person is looking after them and not the neighbour's kid who screams every time Bubbles try to lick her hand. Remember that this person needs to be responsible enough to take them to the vet should something go wrong.

Ensure your pet is healthy, vaccinated and treated for parasites beforehand.
The last thing you want is to get a phone call to say that Kitsy's got snuffles or that Bruno got billiary two days into your holiday. Make sure that any medical or feeding requirements as well as other
idiosyncrasies (i.e. Rover will try to run into the street every time somebody opens the gate or Whiskers only drink water from a dripping tap) is known to the caretaker or the kennel manager. Be sure to leave the details of your vet with your house sitter or the kennel manager. Don't forget to
leave your own contact details too.

Make sure you pets have either been micro chipped, or wearing a collar and tag, even if just while you are away. Very often dogs escape when owners are gone due to a stranger being in the house. Gates are accidentally left open frequently so it can happen to anyone.

For those who travel:

Start off slow: make sure they are used to travel beforehand by slowly making regular car trips and that they are used to being restrained (i.e. you don't want to have Katy screaming from here to your destination because she's not used to the cat-box).
Make sure they can travel safely i.e. leads, collars with name and contact number. If your animal is not used to travelling then a crate or travelling box is advised. This is so that you can drive safely and in case of an accident, your animal is safe.

Always take a water and food on your journey. You never know when your car will break down between Nowhere and Nothing. Take-away snacks, and anything that is not their usual food, might lead to an "Oops" on your back seat, so rather avoid it by feeding the normal amount at the normal time of their usual food.

Make sure to pack your pets medicine with your own and that way you will never accidentally leave it behind. Never leave your animals unattended in you car. They overheat very easily.
If you stop, park in a shade, and take them for a toilet break and a drink of water. This helps them normalize their temperature and you also get to relax even if it is for a short break.
If there is a chance of your pet turning green every time the car moves make sure to get something for motion sickness from your vet beforehand. There is many products on the market and you vet will know what works. Also you will need extra for the return trip.
Please bear in mind, you are going to new places, so be aware of unexpected dangers i.e. undiscovered rubbish bins, cats and dogs getting lost, busy roads etc.

Animal Rescue Organisation
www.animalrescue.org.za

PORK FILLETS

INGREDIENTS
750g pork fillets
100 mls water
200 mls apple juice
1 pkt brown onion soup


METHOD
Cut up pork fillets.
Mix soup with liquid.
Add all together in microwavable dish.
Microwave at 70% power for 10 minutes.
Stir then microwave on 100% power for a further 4 minutes.

Serve with rice or potatoes and some vegetables.


"I have been an agent for over 30 years and have an excellent track record in the Southern Suburbs area. I am professional, love what I do and put my heart and soul into every aspect of my work."

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Estate Agent
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Focus Areas: Kenilworth & Claremont Village

What to plant in November

The days are warming up and things are thriving in the garden this November.
It's a good time to try to grow pretty much anything you can get your hands on!

Plant List:

Amaranth, Basil, Bush/Climbing Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot, Chard/Spinach, Cape Gooseberry, Chinese Cabbage, Celery, Chives, Chilli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Ginger, Globe Artichoke, Leek, Leaf Mustard, Lettuce, Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsnip, Parsley, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Sweetcorn, Sweet Pepper, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Tomato, Watercress, Watermelon, Zuchini.

Planting tips:

This summer, if there is one new gardening practice to adopt if you haven't already, let it be MULCHING. For those who don't know, this is where you cover all the visible soil in your garden with leaves/bark/wood chips/straw/plant matter, enough so that you can't see the soil beneath.
Mulching has many benefits: It retains moisture, which is going to be vitally important this summer to help keep the soil moist and plants nourished, it prevents the soil from burning and thus preserves the organic matter and life in the soil and it provides extra nutrients to the plants while building the soil at the same time. I will leave you with this thought: Would you stand outside in the sun in one position all day naked without water, sun cream, clothes or shade? I didn't think so. The soil is
similar to our skin in a way, in the sense that the top layer protects what is beneath and is exposed to the elements - it can be burnt by the sun, and when soil burns, the life/organic in the top layer dies, which negatively impacts any plants rooted into it. So as we come into hotter summer days,
when you look around and see exposed earth in your garden and around Harfield, imagine the soil was your skin, and go cover it up with some leaves.

Best,
Gabriella

Patchwork Business Listing on the Harfield Village Website
Patchwork Facebook Group

The 1st Annual Garden Competition was a roaring success!


Princes Park is looking for some TLC so is our next park where we invite you to come on down and be a part of a gardening party. 9am Sunday the 25 October. Bring hats, water, sunscreen and tools. We will have some breakfast egg rolls and coffee. Compost, plants, pavers and any other donations welcomed.



The 1st of our Annual Harfield Gardening Competition was a roaring success! From the entry to rushed weekends of preparation in the rain, Judgement Day where the weather was perfect (thank goodness) to the Open Garden Day Tour and prize giving in Purley Park – we all had amazing fun. It was interesting and friendly and a great deal of tip swopping by gardeners was done.

We saw some amazing gardens, wild & wonderful, neat as a pin, classical elegance, English country, indigenous paradise, modern & minimalist, quirky & creative and our winning traditional garden is a wonder to behold - so very special, but what impressed the most, was how well the gardens where designed around the needs of the families that lived in them. All were well used and an extension of the living space. Many had vegetable patches and herbs in pots could be found everywhere. Most where totally organic and it was pleasing to note that our Harfield Gardeners would rather let the moles disrupt there neatness than put down poisons.

Congratulations to Cheryl Farquharson for being the overall winner of the 2015 Harfield Garden Competition. Not only did she take home the blue ribbon, but also R1000 voucher from Hart’s Nursery and a weekend for two at the Craigrownie 5 Star Bed and Breakfast.
    



This is the Judges comment on Cheryl’s special space:

“This is a garden that lives and breathes the love it receives, from a dedicated and passionate gardener, it carries through from the pavement, through the house, to the patios that invite you to sit and enjoy the tranquil beauty of a rich assortment of flowering plants, herbs and veg that blend into a harmonious whole. Everything is perfect in a way that can only be achieved by loving attention, at least 360 days a year.”

It was R50 for each entry and all funds raised go the cleaning and greening fund of the Friends of Harfield Parks.

Every entrant received a bag of Volcanic rock dust and some sample organic fertilizers from Hart Nursery and they all had the benefit of a one on one chat with Pam Hart, who was our main judge and who generously gave of her time to talk to each gardener and give advice on problem areas.

The winners of each category received a R500 Hart Nursery Voucher and a dinner for two at one of our lovely supporting restaurants, Banana Jam, Oblivion, Graze, Blue Fin, First on 2nd & Fat Harry’s. The runners up all received a R250 voucher and a bottle of Spier wine courtesy of Daniela of Remax. Congratulations to all.

Traditional Garden - Vanja Garth 1st, Cecelia Loy 2nd

Patio Garden - Cheryl Farquharson 1st, Lala Kruger 2nd

Pavement Garden - James Fernie 1st, Micki and Nicola 2nd

Veg Garden – Gabriella Garnett 1st, Fiona Pfeiffer 2nd

Complex Gardens – Aziza Isaacs, Dormax 1st, Fiona Pfeiffer, Monte Vino 2nd

Special Mentions went to Yasmin Ebrahim for her lovely indigenous pavement, Geni Spyker for creativity and excellent recycling of items and Denise King for her wild garden that is paradise for birds.

There were also some lovely spot prizes for those who did the tour and come to the prize giving and tea sponsored by Norgarb Properties, Hats and Bags by Oggi and Tropical Traders, a yellowwood from Heartwood, Pots from Stoneage, gorgeous Egg cup set from Francine Becker, Potted succulents from Ingrid Riemeyer, a wooden planter from Dylan and a lovely gardeners manicure from Milk & Honey. A Big Thank you to Ingrid, our new FOHP Chairlady, for the all the organising and for rounding up our Harfield bakers to turn out some great cupcakes for the tea party.

Purley Park was festive for the afternoon with tablecloths, flowers and people in hats and we can’t wait for next year.


BIG THANKS FOR THESE AMAZING DONATIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE HARFIELD BUSINESS COMMUNITY

As a community organisation we have no income, so entirely dependent on donations from the residents and businesses in the community – and we are so blessed this month with the amazing generosity of

1. The Donation of a truck load of Beautiful hardy indigenous plants by Chris of Julip Landscaping and a commitment to donate plants to us on an ongoing basis

2. The Doctors of Medicross Kenilworth who donated a whopping R5000 towards our irrigation fund and sent us this letter

“Hi Gail

Thanks so much for all that the Friends of Park do within the community. Our practices services many patients in Harfield Village and we encourage any initiative that promotes people getting outside whether its for relaxation or for exercise. Taking a walk in one of the lovely parks in the area not only gets the heart rate up but it also clears ones mind – so its fantastic on many levels.

We really hope this donation will help towards that and once again thank-you for all the hard work you and your committee do.

Kind regards, The Doctors of Kenilworth Medicross, Rosmead Avenue”

The Friends of the Park have to reply that we are blown away and so very grateful for the great strides we can make with these donations.

Why Meatless Mondays are so Important - Sustainability of our Environment

We are doing a very poor job of protecting the environment that we depend on for food and water.  We need to start becoming interested in learning where food comes from, how it is grown and produced, and what this is doing to our environment.  Food production system and diets play a crucial role in the issue of sustainability.
Sustainability is the ability to maintain the qualities that are important in the environment.  

We cannot have a secure food supply unless that food supply is sustainable.  Food sustainability is essential so that that our rapidly expanding population will have enough food to eat and be able to get high quality, nutritious foods.  Even though currently a billion people are getting enough food, about 7 billion people are eating a diet that is poor in quality. 

Food production places a huge demand on our natural resources.  Meat production, and especially beef production, contributes significantly to the global greenhouse gas emissions (almost half caused by livestock production alone).  This is what is driving our climate change.  Raising and transporting livestock also requires more food, water, land and energy than plants. 

Working toward a sustainable food supply can only be achieved if there is a shift in the way our food is produced.  We can help with this by choosing a diet that includes more fruit and vegetables and less processed foods and meat.  If you look at the US, vegetables, fruits, and nuts account for only about 2% of crop land, and only 10% of the corn and soybean grains grown are for consumption by humans.  As individuals, if we ALL shift our diets towards more vegetables and fruit there will be a shift in the food production (it’s all about supply and demand), which will ultimately help sustain the planet.

What can we do?
You have more power than you realize!  If we all do our part, as a combined force we will be able to make a change in the environment.  Not only will it help the environment, but it will also help your health and waistline!  Here are a couple of ways that you can play your part:

1.    Eat more fruit and vegetables.  By choosing more of these foods, farmers would grow more of them!
2.    Eat seasonal.  By buying locally grown vegetables and fruit you will be assured that it is seasonal.  Food24.com has a simple list of seasonal vegetables and fruit for South Africa.
3.    Grow your own!  Nothing is better than the nurture you can get from growing your own vegetables in your garden!
4.    Eat less red meat.  Beef (41%) and milk production (19%) account for the majority of livestock emissions, with pork (9%) and poultry and eggs (8%) contributing as well.
5.    Meatless Mondays.  If we all do our part and have just one day a week without meat it would have a huge impact on our environment. 
6.    Avoid overeating.   Limit the food you waste by tuning into your hunger and satiety signals.  You may realise that you don’t need as much food as you though!  Learn what portion sizes you need and savour your meal by eating mindfully.  Mindful eating also means thinking about where your food came from and how it is nourishing your body
7.    Choose local.  If possible, find farmers markets where you can get fresh produce grown locally.

The Healthy Eating Plate was created to incorporate sustainable eating habits into the USDA’s My Plate.  When we focus our meals around vegetables and fruit the environment will benefit, so the Healthy Eating Plate suggests filling half your plate with vegetables and fruits.  The idea is to shift your eating towards a more plant-based way of eating.

Deworming your pets

Deworming your pet is an important part of its regular health regime. So this month we are going to look at worms!

Our pets are at constant risk of worm infestation. Regular deforming of your pet is an essential part of its general health, you may see no signs of worm infestation but that doesn't mean that they aren't there!

The four most common types of worms that affect our domestic pets are:
Round Worms - Toxocara Canis, Toxocara Leonis

Almost all dogs and cats will be infected with roundworms at sometime in their life but they are frequently seen in puppies and kittens. Round worms resemble cooked spaghetti and live unattached in your pet's intestines where they feed off partially digested food.

How does my pet get infected?


  • The adult worms shed eggs through the faeces of the infected pet.
  • Other dogs become infected by licking or sniffing the infected faeces. 
  • Roundworm eggs can have 'paratenic' hosts such as earthworms, cockroaches and birds.
  • If your pet ingests one of these it will become infected. 
  • Is it true that a puppy or kitten be born with roundworms? Yes!

Round worms have a complicated life cycle that includes many different stages one of which is encysted larvae. These larvae migrate through different body tissues and are capable of crossing the placenta of a pregnant dog or cat to the unborn puppy or kitten. They can also be found in the mother's milk. Therefore, when the offspring are born they will already be infested with adult worms which in turn will start producing eggs.

What are the symptoms?

An adult dog or cat may show no symptoms of roundworm infestation or may have diarrhoea. However, puppies and kittens are often presented with:

  • potbelly
  • stunted growth
  • persistent diarrhoea


Are Humans At risk?

If a human accidentally swallows an infected roundworm egg, the encysted larvae can migrate through various tissues and become a problem. This is an EXTREMELY RARE occurrence and normal hygiene control should prevent this.

  • wear gloves when handling faeces
  • clear away your pets faeces timeously particularly from areas where children play.
  • wear gloves when gardening
  • WASH YOUR HANDS after any of the above activities

How should I treat my pet?

Visit your Veterinary clinic. There are many excellent dewormers on the market and your veterinarian will be able advise you which is the most suitable for your pet. Modern dewormers usually kill the worm in the intestines, where it dissolves. These drugs are safe and should have no side effects. Depending on the severity of the infestation you may need to repeat the medication 10-14days after the initial treatment, or even complete a longer course.


Tape Worms - Dipylidium Caninum Tape Worm
Tapeworms are particularly important because of their association with fleas. They are segmented worms that attach to the lining of the small intestine in cats and dogs. Tapeworm segments develop behind the head of the worm, and move down the tapeworm as they mature until they are finally
deposited outside the body in your pets faeces. They are often seen as little 'grains of rice' on the fur of your pet and are mobile. As they dry out the segment opens releasing fertilized eggs into the environment.

How does my pet get infected?

The tapeworm MUST pass through its intermediate host -THE FLEA- before it can infect a dog or cat.
Fertilized tapeworm eggs lie in the environment and are then eaten by flea larvae.
Inside the flea larvae the tapeworm eggs hatch but do not develop into adult worms.
Only when the adult flea is accidentally eaten by a dog or cat, usually during grooming does the tapeworm itself mature and start producing more eggs.

What are the symptoms?

Tapeworms do not usually cause serious problems in adult pets. However in young puppies and kittens heavy tapeworm infestation can cause:

  • anaemia
  • stunted growth
  • intestinal blockages

Are Humans At risk?

This particular tapeworm does not pose any threat to humans.

How should I treat my pet?

FLEA CONTROL - IS PARAMOUNT IN THE MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION OF TAPEWORM INFESTATION.

Creating a flea free environment - which involves treating both your pet and the environment - is the only way to prevent recurring tapeworm infestation.
Deworming treatments for tapeworm are extremely effective but once again several treatments may be necessary along with good flea control to eradicate the infestation completely. There are excellent flea treatments available (for both house and pet) from your Veterinarian.


Hook Worms - Ancylostoma CaninumHook Worm Ancylostoma braziiense

Although not as common as the previous worms we have discussed, the hook worm is a particularly nasty little critter! Their mouthparts have hooks, which allow them to attach onto the intestinal wall of the cat or dog where they suck blood. The active worms often leave the bite site, which will
continue to seep blood. The adult hookworm lays eggs that pass from your pets faeces. The eggs hatch into larvae that are excellent swimmers and can travel in raindrops or dewy vegetation while waiting for a suitable host to come along.

How does my pet get infected?

larvae burrow through your pets skin and then migrate via the blood to the trachea and lungs where they are coughed up and swallowed.
Once in the intestines they settle down mature, mate and produce eggs!
larvae can be eaten in contaminated food or water. Most larvae will pass into your pet's intestines where they will mature. However, some may migratethrough tissue where they can encyst and lie dormant in muscle, fat and other tissue. In the female dog and cat these dormant larval cysts migrate into the mammary tissue thus infecting her nursing young.

What are the symptoms?

Hookworm can cause severe disease in adult dogs and cats as well as puppies and kittens where it can be life threatening.

  • anaemia -pale gums
  • black tarry stool
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • coughing
  • emaciation

Are Humans At risk?

Hookworm larvae can burrow into the skin (usually through bare feet) and can cause a disease called 'cutaneous larva migrans'.

How should I treat my pet?

Visit your Veterinarian if you are concerned about your pet. Hookworms are very small and diagnosis of an infestation is usually done through microscopic examination of the faeces. So you may be asked to take in a stool sample. There are excellent dewormers for the treatment of hookworm. A prolonged course may be required to eradicate the infestation.


Whipworms- Trichuris trichiuraWhip Worm

Whipworms are extremely small worms that live in the cecum and colon of your pet where they cause severe irritation. The adult lays eggs intermittently and it can take up to 12 weeks after maturing for the adult to begin laying eggs which are passed out in the faeces.

How does my pet get infected?


  • by eating infected matter
  • contact with infected animals
  • whipworm can live in the environment for years and be present in soil,
  • water, food, faeces and animal flesh

What are the symptoms?

Whipworm can affect dogs and cats of any age and can cause serious disease.

  • weight loss
  • water, bloody diarrhoea
  • general debilitation

Are Humans At risk? No.

How should I treat my pet?

Visit your veterinarian who can do a thorough examination. It may take several microscopic examinations over a period of time to diagnose whipworm, as eggs are not always present in the affected animals faeces. There are excellent treatments for whipworm available from your veterinarian.

When deworming your pet it is advisable to visit your vet clinic or vet shop and purchase a good quality product. Here you will be able to receive informed advice and instructions. Try to avoid buying dewormers from the supermarket or pet shops. Many of these products have been on the market for years and contain outdated active ingredients that can have side effects such as vomiting or diarrhoea. When in doubt ask your Vet..... that is what we are here for!

Kenilworth Veterinary Hospital
47 Kenilworth Road, Cape Town, Kenilworth, South Africa
Tel: 021-671-5018
www.facebook.com/kenilworth.vet

Plan Approval and Voetstoots

PLANNING TO SELL WITHOUT APPROVED BUILDING PLANS?

Few people appreciate the complexities that can arise when a property, on which minor or substantial buildings were erected without municipal approval, is sold. Let us explain.

IS BUILDING APPROVAL ALWAYS A REQUIREMENT?

Yes, as required by the Building Standards Act, local authorities prescribe that approval must be obtained for all building works on properties. Some leniency is afforded to "minor building works", as defined in that Act, in which instances a municipality may be approached for written consent that
formal approval need not be obtained. This is, for example, the position with regard to wendy houses smaller than 5 m², pergolas, carports and the like. (For more information in this regard, read here:
http://www.stbb.co.za/publications/need-building-permission-erect-wendy-hous e/)

VOETSTOOTS AND BUILDING APPROVALS

When a property is sold, the agreement will, in most instances, include a voetstoots clause. This means that the purchaser accepts the risk relating to defects in the property existing at the time of the sale, patent or latent (not visible). The exceptions hereto are instances where the seller fraudulently conceals the existence of latent defects that he was aware of.
In such instances, the seller remains liable for damages that a purchaser may claim. (Note that the position is somewhat altered if the Consumer Protection Act applies to the agreement between the parties, typically where the seller is a developer.)

Our law considers that a property on which buildings were erected without municipal approval, is a property with a latent defect. As indicated, a voetstoots clause ordinarily covers latent defects and a seller is not without more liable in the event of selling a property with unauthorised building works. However, if the seller knows that there are no plans - usually where he himself effected the renovations - and deliberately conceals this fact with the intention to defraud the purchaser, the seller
cannot hide behind the voetstoots clause.

THE PROBLEMS

The absence of approved plans may trigger a municipality to refuse further renovations a purchaser may have planned or, at worst, a finding that the illegally erected structure be demolished.

A defect that is of a significant nature and which affects the use and enjoyment of the property, allows the purchaser certain remedies. The most far-reaching of these is cancellation of the agreement, which is available if the purchaser proves that the defect is so serious that he would not have bought the property had he known of the defect. Other remedies include the reduction in purchase price or a claim for damages, depending on the gravity of the defect and the circumstances.

If you are selling your home or looking to purchase a new residence and you are concerned about the status of building renovations, let us assist you in the process.

Contact Martin Sheard at STBB Claremont – 021673-4700.

Festive Season Crime


Towards the end of the year, as festivities start to rise, decorations are being mounted, and families are getting together; the criminal lurks, waiting to pray on your vulnerabilities.

This is typically known as the Festival Season Crime Block. SAPS have recorded this block from 1 October 2015 to the end of January 2016 for this year. While SAPS and security providers implement special operations to assist in alleviating this crime, here are some helpful tips to keep you and
your family safe this festive season:

1.      Lock all doors and windows when leaving your home unattended (even if you leave for only a short while)
2.      If you are having a bath, or at the back of the house; make sure your front door is closed!
3.      Leave a radio on and a light on at night to give an 'at home' appearance. Don't leave an outside lamp burning through the day as this is a clear sign that no one is home
4.      Cancel all deliveries (such as newspapers) while you are away. If this is not possible, then ask a trusted neighbour to collect these deliveries and clear your post box daily!
5.      When you are at home, never listen to music, watch TV or entertain visitors with the doors to your house open or unlocked
6.      Never leave the key in the inside of an outer door which has a glass panel or window near the door
7.      Don't keep large amounts of cash at your home
8.      Ensure your house's street number is clearly marked on your fence, wall, or gate, so that it can be easily seen by any emergency service or police personnel
9.      Keep a list of emergency numbers on your fridge or near your telephone, and save them clearly labelled on your cell phone
10.  It is your right to see the identification cards of callers who claim to be from government, municipal officials or even SAPS members. Even if they are in uniform, ask to see their identity documents/cards and INSIST on this
11.  If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced entry, don't go into the house. Call your security provider or the Police
12.  Don't keep any valuables near a window!! NB! There have been so many reports of suspects jumping over walls and quickly grabbing the handbag or jewellery box which is near a window. This suspect is gone in seconds
13.  Do not throw the empty packaging from gifts received into your bin. This is the best 'window-shopping' experience for criminals
14.  Which leads onto. DO NOT ENCOURAGE BEGGARS. It is extremely difficult to spot the criminal amongst the actual beggars. Rather give them a voucher for U-Turn
 
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOUR…
Please report any suspicious activity/behaviour to our 24 hour control room: 0860 222 820.

The Princeton Team wishes you a safe beginning to the festive season.

Article by Princeton Armed Response