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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 24 January 2012 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

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    Anger over problem houseTAURIQ HASSEN

    A DERELICT house owned bythe Oasis Asset Manage-ment Group in Walmer Estatecontinues to cause problems inthe community.

    Peoples Post reported on the mat-ter, Broken building bugs resi-dents (30 August), highlighting thelarge numbers of unsavoury char-acters lurking inside and outsidethe building, using drugs, theamount of waste being dumped in-side the house and the state of thebuilding.

    According to Moosa Sydow,chairperson of the Walmer EstateResidents and Civic Association,the house is now on a list which fea-tures several other derelict proper-ties within Walmer Estate.

    The list was been put together byresidents and other role-playerswithin the community, will behanded over to Ward CouncillorBrett Herron, for urgent attention.

    We have identified many dere-lict properties within the area butthis one especially is really bad. Werequire feedback and action, be-cause this has been dragging for along time and not enough is beingdone, says Sydow.

    When Peoples Post visited thebuilding recently, a large group ofmen were lurking around suspi-ciously. When they spotted the Peo-ples Post vehicle, they moved awayto avoid the photgrapher. Severalpiles of rubbish and building rubblewere found at the entrance of thehouse, with the facade damaged.Window and door frames had beenstripped out.

    One resident living close by, whoasked to remain anonymous forsafety reasons, was disgusted thatthe owners had never attended tothe problems.

    When you own a piece of land,the least you can do is ensure thatit remains safely secured and clean,but its no secret that the house isa complete mess. We residents areexpected to put up with these prob-lemsonadailybasis,while theown-

    ers are living a lavish lifestyle intheir fancy homes, says the resi-dent.

    In recent times, the resident hasreported illegal activities, mostlyusage of drugs, to the local authori-ties.

    These is nothing much anybodycan do but wait for the owners to ac-tually decide whether or not theywill use this property for some-thing, but the least they can do isclean up the place and fence it off,says the resident.

    Richard Bosman, Executive Di-rector for Safety and Security forthe City of Cape Town, was awareof the conditions around the prob-lem and confirmed that the ownershad been contacted by City Healthand the Problem Buildings Unit.

    The owners knew about theproblems and wanted to demolishand rebuild the property, but Herit-age Western Cape did not want toapprove their plans, says Bosman.

    He added that the owners wouldonce again be contacted and asked

    to board up the building. If the own-ers fail to comply, council willboard it up and bill the owners.

    The Problem Buildings Unit hasinspected this property numeroustimes in the last six months and atno stage were any vagrants encoun-tered. The public have free accessto the property and there is a healthrisk with all the rubbish and hu-man faeces, Bosman explained.

    According to Bosman, under theProblem Buildings By-Law, theowners can be liable to a fine up to

    R300 000 or imprisonment for threeyears or both.

    Peoples Post forwarded a detailedquery through to the Oasis AssetManagement Group, but they failedto respond at the time of going toprint.

    TRASHED: The building in Coronation Roadis slowly falling apart, and is not being maintained by its owners. Photo: Tauriq Hassen

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    Greener, prouder schoolsAS part of the Back to SchoolCampaign, Proudly South Afri-can will feature three membercompanies making a positive dif-ference in education, the lives ofchildren and job creation.

    This week, Minieze Taylor, cor-porate social investment managerat greenOFFICE, is featured.

    His focus is educating the youthabout environmental responsibili-ty and the positive difference theycan make to their schools and com-munity.

    The greenSCHOOL programmewas launched to get learners, theirparents, teachers and the communi-ty involved in making a positive dif-ference on our planet, says Taylor.

    The greenSCHOOL programme

    is a corporate social investment(CSI) initiative of greenOFFICE,which aims to assist learners in ac-tively participating in recyclingprogrammes, raising funds fortheir schools green initiatives suchas waste management.

    He says learners collect usedprinter cartridges and take them toschool, where greenOFFICE col-lects them. Some schools have beencollecting for the last five years.

    The funds go to the school, andfor every 100 cartridges collected,greenOFFICE donates a tree to theschool. Over the past year greenOF-FICE has donated more than 30trees to schools nationwide. ThegreenSCHOOL programme is con-stantly educating learners about re-cycling and the benefits.

    greenSCHOOL attends school as-semblies and various school func-tions. The greenSCHOOL pro-gramme reaches future recyclersand conveys the message of beingsustainable in simple and practicalways, says Taylor.

    The highlight has been the abili-ty to grow the greenSCHOOL pro-gramme. It has certainly been anachievement for us. The pro-gramme started with only fourschools in 2006 and grew to assistover 55 schools in 2011.

    He says challenge is that the lackof education prevents a lot of peoplefrom recycling properly.

    The greenSCHOOL programmeis constantly educating the commu-nity, to counter a lack of knowledgeand skills. We are slowly but surely

    reaching a group of young mindswho will grow up to become the am-bassadors of recycling in theirhomes and communities.

    The greenSCHOOL programmehopes to collect 100 000 cartridges in2012.

    Naturally, we would like to addmore schools to our programmes.Continuing a great relationshipwith current schools is vital to thesuccess of greenSCHOOL, so this isdefinitely a goal for 2012 and be-yond, says Taylor.

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    Mobilitate is an online platformthat allows people to register at nocost and to report municipal issuessuch as faulty streetlights or pot-holes by using Google Maps to pin-point the exact location.

    Mobilitate notifies the relevantmunicipality and also the wardcouncillor in question.

    All the communication and up-dates happen in one place visiblefor everybody to see.

    To date, 103 issues have been re-ported in Cape Town, of which 90have been fixed.

    According to Mobilitate spokes-person Zelda Potgieter, the City ofCape Town responds to Mobilitateissues quickly and gives feedback

    and updates.It has only been a few months

    since Cape Town started to activelyparticipate on Mobilitate and wewant to congratulate them for usingthe function that other metros haveshown interest in but have not yetfully committed to. The City of CapeTown has not just shown interest,it has really risen to the occasion,said Potgieter.

    Mobilitate has also created infra-structure for all 4 277 wards in thecountry, enabling ward council-lors, proportional councillors,ward committees and their constit-uents to participate.

    A link to all of the Cape T