Peoples Post Woodstock-Maitland 24 July 2012
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E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday 24 July 2012 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481
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PROPOSALS to tackle the ongoing trafficconcerns in Observatory are set to be dis-tributed within the next week.
The traffic and parking concerns are driv-ing residents up the wall.
Complaints and suggestions have been fedthrough to officials at the City of Cape Town,but the lack of answers has left residentsfrustrated.
According to the Observatory Improve-ment District (Obsid), the main problem isthe lack of parking for residents due to theinflux of visitors to Observatory.
Ancois Bester, the office manager at Obsid,remains adamant that parking and trafficproblems in Observatory is a very big is-sue.
Bester explains: We have had numerousmeetings with council and the local wardcouncillor. We were able to present plans orsuggestion to these problems, but finding asolution is not that easy.
Obsid was informed that plans were being
drawn up by the City, but understands thatsolving the parking issue will not happenovernight.
When Peoples Post drove through Observa-torys Lower Main Road last week, problemswere clearly evident, with delivery trucksdouble parking and large volumes of trafficattempting to make their way through thenarrow street. Many residents have yet toadapt to the crazy traffic situation and en-courages the City to come up with amicablesolutions to the problem.
Resident Jeffrey Stevens always has carsblocking his driveway when the hype picksup in the Lower Main Road. He completelyunderstands that the nightlife must contin-ue, but says: We do not have to burdenedwith these problems and although the resi-dents understand that the parking spaces donot belong to residents, there is still a matterof respecting peoples space.
For Wilma Adams, cars speeding past herhome in Trill Road searching for parking isa common occurrence.
However, she fears leaving her home oreven vacating the parking space in the front
of her home, as finding a new parking spotclose to her home would be near impossible.
Adamssays: You takeagambleand its notright. Why should we live in this sort of situa-tion only for people to be hunting down a goodtime.
Bester was aware of residents fears, butsays: Plans are being worked on at the mo-ment and we do understand the communitysfrustrations.
Obsid also highlights that employees at anearby office complex chose to avoid payingfor parking, opting to park in the streets.
Transport consultants have noticed thatparking inside the office park is routinely un-der-utilised, but investigations into this mat-ter have been conducted, a report from Ob-sid states.
Brett Herron, the Mayoral Committeemember for Transport, Roads and Stormwa-ter, confirms that the City is aware of the traf-fic situation and is currently attending to anumber of traffic issues in the Observatoryarea.
Herron says: The Citys Transport De-partment is working closely with Premier
Foods to develop a plan for truck access to theSalt River mill and bakery, that will not makeuse of the residential roads.
He anticipates that this plan will be pre-sented to the Obsid and the local civic associ-ation within the next four weeks.
Herron believes that closing off the LowerMain Road for extended periods on the week-end, would place an unacceptable burden onsome of the more minor parallel streets.
Proposals have also been developed forCollingwood Road, but will be distributedwithin the next week to residents for com-ment before a final decision is taken on thematter.
One only needs to drive through the Ob-servatory area to know that the narrow roadsare difficult to navigate with traffic and on-street parking causing congestion and grid-lock, says Herron.
Parking mayhem in Obs
CONGESTED: A truck slowly navigates its way through the LowerMain Road in Observatory, leaningmere inches from the businessesalong the trendy stretch.
Photos: Tauriq Hassen
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Wishing all our Muslim clients and staff well over the month of Ramadaan
RED: Manchester United mascot Fred The Red and Natasha Playton, Kairos Harmse andKieran Mulligan, all from Cape Town, were among the local fans at Cape Town Stadiumon Saturday to support their team against Ajax Cape Town. The friendly ended in a onealldraw. Photos: Rashied Isaacs
SUPPORTERS: Liana Isabel and Grabiela and Lidia de Arauyo, all from Cape Town, woretheir Manchester United gear with pride at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Devils unleashedDear reader,
We are well into the first week of Ramadan,a holy month during which Muslims through-out theworld gowithout food, drinkandphys-ical intimacies from sunrise to sunset.
The month is spent performing extraprayers (Taraweeh), remaining spirituallycontemplative and repentant, and showingempathy and charity towards those less privi-leged.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam andis known for its spiritual and health benefits.
Those who have fasted for many years willknow how testing a journey it can be. Forego-ing food and drink is the easier part.
Remaining steadfast in yourspiritual resolve and resistingprovocation is the hard part.
It is especially trying when, inaddition to the usual demands ofyour professional and personallife, you are faced with extrachallenges.
The beauty of being in a stateof fasting though is that yourbody and mind automaticallytranscends base urges and, evenif you wanted to lash out in an-ger at someonewhohasannoyedyou, you invariably find your-self unable to.
Usually by the end of Ramadan, Muslimsfeel sad for a host of reasons.
Some regret not optimising the spiritualgrowth opportunity, others feel a sense of lossof the unity ex