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  • TUESDAY 28 April 2015 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za

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    Dumping, vagrancy and vandalism have plagued a vacant Mountain Road property after it was destroyed by fire. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

    WOODSTOCK

    House falling apart

    NICOLE MCCAIN

    @nickymccain

    A

    vacant property on Mountain Road is

    spiraling into a crime haven, a neigh-

    bour says.

    The property, which was gutted in a fire

    last year, has become easy pickings for van-

    dals and a sleeping place for vagrants, resi-

    dent Charmaine Treherne says.

    Endless vandalismhas seen theft of every-

    thing from the geyser to the taps, which re-

    sulted in water flowing out the property and

    onto the street during one incident, Treher-

    ne says.

    Drug dealing and prostitution commonly

    take place on the property, she says, and

    dumped refuse covers the front porch.

    It stinks to high heaven, she says.

    I feel vulnerable living next door to it.

    The doors andwindow are open, giving easy

    access to anyone. Im scared the house will

    be set on fire again.

    Trehernehas also been left battling a cock-

    roach infestation, which she believes is

    caused by the filth at the derelict property.

    The City of Cape Towns problem building

    unit is aware of the property, says JP Smith,

    mayoral committee member for safety and

    security.

    This is a fairly new addition to the units

    caseload and must still be investigated. It is

    therefore too soon to determine whether or

    not it actually constitutes a problem build-

    ing in terms of the by-law or whether the

    matter should be referred to another depart-

    ment for remedial action, he says.

    Treherne says the property, which has

    been on the market since the fire, was re-

    cently sold.

    However, she has not been able to resolve

    any of the ongoing issues with the estate

    agent responsible for the sale.

    The estate agent had also not responded

    to Peoples Post at the time of going to print.

    Safety concerns at the property have led

    Treherne to report it to the police on several

    occasions.

    Woodstock police had not responded to

    Peoples Post at the time of going to print.

    Smith urges residents to lodge complaints

    about problem properties through the Citys

    call centre. This will then be routed to the

    correct department for action.

    It is important to log such enquiries and/

    or complaints via the correct channels to en-

    sure that they can be tracked and resolved,

    if required, he says.

    V Complaints can be logged at the call centre on

    0860 103 089.

    Peoples Post

    joining

    News24

    Readers who like reading their news

    on thePeoples Postwebsite (www.peo-

    plespost.co.za) will have an even bet-

    ter reading experience from 1 May

    when the website will be relaunched

    and integrated with that of News24.

    The news will still be free and read-

    ers will still be able to post comments.

    Readers of Peoples Post on the web

    will now become part of the 3 million

    monthly SA users that get their news

    on News24.

    Articles will still be posted on Face-

    book to keep readers informed about

    breaking news.

    By making Peoples Post part of

    News24, a new world and reading ex-

    perience will open up for readers of

    Peoples Post, says Marita Meyer,

    group editor of WP Media which pub-

    lishes Peoples Post.

    The move will be so easy that read-

    ers wont even have to use a new ad-

    dress because www.peoplespost.co.za

    will point to the new integrated web-

    site.

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    Table Mountain National Park (TMNP),

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    boosting tourism numbers, which in turn

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    This entails upgrading a range of existing

    tourist spots.

    First on the list for an upgrade is Boulders

    Beach, which sees 650 000 annual visitors.

    Visits are growing by over 5% a year. The

    visitor facilitywill be redesigned to enhance

    visitor experience and visitor flow, the plan

    states. Other upgrades include the board-

    walks, parking area and interpretive infor-

    mation.

    A proposed upgrade of Cape Pointmay see

    infrastructure improvements to the roads,

    water pipeline and sewerage system, as well

    as the visitor centre.

    The Rhodesmemorial sitemay also see in-

    frastructure upgrades. An investigation is

    underway to explore uses for the old zoo site

    there, which could serve as a gateway to

    the Groote Schuur estate and the park.

    The Tokai Manor area is also in line for

    upgrades, according to the plan. It proposes

    developing the area into a vibrant multi-

    purpose gateway to the parkwhere the envi-

    ronmental, cultural and social significance

    of the area is celebrated through the restora-

    tion of [the Tokai Manor and surrounds].

    An upgrade of the Signal Hill and Tafel-

    berg roads interchange is needed, according

    to the plan, whic