Neighbourhood Watches can operate under alert level 3

Neighbourhood Watches can operate under alert level 3

PRESS RELEASE BY ALBERT FRITZ
WESTERN CAPE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
Date: 1 June 2020

Neighbourhood Watches can operate under alert level 3

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, welcomes feedback received from the National Secretary of Police that Neighbourhood Watches (NHW) may now operate under Alert Level 3.

During a meeting today between officials of the Department of Community Safety (DoCS) and the National Secretary of Police, it was confirmed that the restrictions placed on NHWs have been lifted under Alert Level 3.

Within the targeted COVID-19 hotspot areas, NHWs will be deployed to assist in:

• Promoting adherence to regulations in terms of social distancing at places of gathering and queueing;
• Sharing communications as prescribed by DoCS, acting as a nodal point of information for DoCS; and
• Patrol in their community.

Minister Fritz said, “The presence of NHWs will serve to prevent crime. During the lockdown, we have seen an increase in vandalism of schools and shop robberies, in rural and urban communities alike. I have heard the call of the many NHWs and Community Police Forums (CPFs) who have raised their hands and offered their support during this difficult period and am pleased to announce that NHW may now operate.”

Minister Fritz added, “As it stands, CPFs which have not yet held their electoral AGMS have been dissolved by the SAPS. My Department will engage with the Provincial Commissioner to expedite the outstanding elections.”

The Department of Community Safety will ensure that measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst NHW members including:

• The provision of cloth masks and hand sanitisers when operating;
• Setting the number of those who are permitted to operate and encouraging self-distancing between volunteers; and
• Ensuring that those who show symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 are not permitted to operate. They should quarantine at home for 14 days, and be guided by advice of our dedicated Covid-19 Provincial Hotline.

For further clarity on the conditions of lockdown, please see the following FAQs: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/d…/frequently-asked-questions
Attention broadcasters, English audio clip available here: https://clyp.it/4fgtq3ux

Media Enquiries:

Cayla Ann Tomás Murray
Spokesperson for Minister Albert Fritz
Tel: 021 483 9217
Cell: 064 121 7959
Email: Cayla.murray@westerncape.gov.z

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MOVING HOMES, PREMISES OR BUSINESSES

MOVING HOMES, PREMISES OR BUSINESSES

MOVING HOMES, PREMISES OR BUSINESSES: REGULATIONS ADAPTED
Thursday, 14 May 2020

Regulations published this afternoon by virtue of Government Gazette 43320 have made the movement of persons and businesses easier than the previous regulations allowed for during Level 4.

Moving across provincial, metropolitan, and district boundaries is now allowed, once-off, no matter when the lease agreement or transfer of property took place. In addition, the window period for the move until  7 June, has been dropped.  Domestic abuse victims have also been included in the new regulations.
Those who want to move must travel with the relevant documents, including a permit, lease agreements (indicating the date of expiry of the old lease or the date of commencement of the new lease); proof of purchase of residence and occupation date, including transfer documents for a new property; a domestic violence order, or proof of change or new occupation of business premises.

You can view the regulations here.

Government Gazette 43320

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With thanks to STBB 

 

Meals on Wheels Update

We successfully completed the 3rd delivery session to our Elderly in the areas from Claremont to Muizenberg

  • WE are grateful for the assistance of the volunteers assisting us cooking, packing and delivering 170 cooked  meals to 17 of  our elderly that is unable to cook for themselves due to health, lack of a stove and is dependent on our cooked meals.
  • We delivered 350 bags of groceries and Vegetables witch was received with warm and peaceful hearts.

We practice social distancing and the hampers and food helped the elderly to be safe and secure during this time.

Thank you to all the helpers  for showing you care, the effort , time, cars and petrol  and your own safety to help us make it happen in 3 days.

No words can describe our and the elderly’s gratitude – you help them to have peace of mind and love and care in their lives currently, and not anxiety and fear.

A quote from one of our Elderly :

“ Toni, God is good, everything I needed is in the parcel. Thank all of u so much no words can say how grateful I am to all of  you may it all come back to you all treble the amount and bless you all for your work    LOVE Jni”

We still in need of donations please, and thank you for your contribution to all out there.

ABSA
Cheque: 4050917055

From Meals on Wheels Plumstead Team
Judith and Stephanie

Plumstead Diep River (CAN)

Plumstead Diep River (CAN)

Dear neighbours, allies, friends, and family,

We all find ourselves in unprecedented circumstances due to the challenges posed by the arrival and spread of the COVID-19 virus in our country. As the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to rise, and the country
navigates the new normal of lockdown levels and social distancing, the economic and social consequences of this crisis intensify. Despite all the challenges, we have seen some inspiring community-based responses around the city.

Cape Town Together is a rapidly developing community-based response to COVID-19 and it is growing every day. CTT has inspired ordinary people in communities across Cape Town to form local Community Action Networks or CANs. CANs are committed to self-organising to take action at the neighbourhood level to educate each other on accurate information, support the most vulnerable and high-risk residents, and share ideas and resources with other CANs.

The Plumstead Diep River Community Action Network (CAN) has formed to respond to needs in our immediate community, as we practice good neighbourliness and look out for one another’s wellbeing.

In our immediate community (as in many communities across the city) there are families who simply do not have what is needed to survive under the lockdown restrictions. Food insecurity is a major problem and we are seeing an increasing number of households reaching out for assistance.
Over the past 5 weeks, our Plumstead DiepRiver CAN has responded to help assist 70 families with weekly food vouchers for Shoprite Checkers.

We have also been supported by St Vincent’s de Paul who has contributed food packs as they have had capacity. Collectively we have shared over R30,000 to help our neighbours. As food insecurity expands, we need the commitment of businesses, organizations, and individuals in our
neighbourhood to pull together to meet the rising need.
Our vision going forward is to assist 80 households every week until such time as the economy opens up and pressure releases. Each week we will provide 40 families with food packs and 40 families with shop vouchers.
We can only reach that goal through the generous donations of our community.

How can you get involved?

• You can contribute R50 or R100 Checkers Shoprite vouchers by purchasing on Computicket
https://tinyurl.com/checkers-vouchers and sending to plumsteaddiepriverCAN@gmail.com
• You can contribute any items on our list of essential items for inclusion in weekly food packs.
• You can contribute time to help organize and deliver food packs in our neighbourhood.
• You can contribute time to help with fundraising and admin.
Together we CAN make a difference and lend a helping hand to our neighbours in this challenging time.
Drop us a line on plumsteaddiepriverCAN@gmail.com

In trust,
The Plumstead Diep River CAN Admin Team

Valerie Anderson, Ian Robinson, Mandy Moussouris, Sydney Church, and Keith Sparks

Constantia greenbelts are officially open to the public again

Constantia greenbelts are officially open to the public again

According to the latest CRRA press release on the Greenbelt pathways in Constantia during stage 4 Lockdown, the Constantia greenbelts are officially open to the public again thanks to a challenge by the CRRA regarding conflicting statements from Mayor Dan Plato and local Ward Councillor.

In a media statement on 30th April, the Mayor stated that various specific walkways/promenades were opened including ‘all other publicly accessible boardwalks or pathways’. The latter would presumably include pathways through the greenbelts.

On 1st May Cllr Liz Brunette sent out an email stating that: “Unfortunately we are not allowed to use the public parks, public open spaces, greenbelts and recreational facilities during Alert Level 4.

The National Government’s Covid-19 Regulations specify that residents may not use the City’s public parks and recreational facilities to walk, run or cycle. Please note that ‘public parks’ include public open spaces and greenbelts used by the public.”

This was obviously in conflict with the Mayor’s statement.

The CRRA wrote to Cllr Brunette and Mayco member for Transport, Ald. Felicity Purchase seeking clarity.

The City obtained legal opinion which supported the opening of the greenbelts and public walkways, lanes etc.

Read more: http://www.crra.co.za/

Purchasing property post lockdown

Purchasing property post lockdown

Here’s what property buyers need to know about the way forward after SA’s lockdown.

Questions around the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the residential property sector have been rife – and with good reason as property is a sector that contributes significantly to the GDP. More than that, property is inextricably linked to accommodation and shelter, one of our most fundamental needs. Both buyers and sellers are concerned about whether they will be able to transact in the coming months, while buyers in particular are asking questions about the stance banks are likely to take around lending money for home loans.

It’s useful to consider the broader context, before addressing the question of home loans specifically. Even before Covid-19 and lockdown the market conditions were that of a buyer’s market in which supply outweighs demand, giving buyers both more options and more room for price negotiation. All conditions suggest that a buyer’s market is likely to remain the status quo, which helps those looking to buy. The lower interest rate – the lowest it’s been in 47 years – also goes a long way in making property investments more affordable and more attractive to potential buyers. Add the fact that the threshold on transfer duty was raised to R1 million earlier this year and that the price of property in general is likely to come down somewhat as a result of the overall strain on the economy. All of this makes the outlook rather positive for those who can afford to buy at this time.

Affordability is king

While always important, affordability is set to be an even more pertinent consideration going forward and buyers are therefore advised to keep all accounts in good standing and save as much as possible for a deposit.

At this stage, it is unknown exactly how banks will respond to home loan applications after lockdown, but there is a strong likelihood that it will be with caution and that the qualifying criteria will be more stringent.

While the economic recovery from lockdown is likely to be slow, it’s important that the banks continue lending money in a responsible manner as a means of stimulating the property sector. Whatever the economic situation, people still need accommodation, which means there will be buyers and sellers looking to finance these transactions.

Having said that, it seems unlikely that banks will grant 100% home loans as readily as in the past and, because the cost of funding loans will be more expensive, this could potentially also result in lower interest rate concessions than we have seen in recent months. Furthermore, banks may potentially re-price their future offers, as well as re-assess approvals in cases where the applicant’s circumstances have changed, such as when someone’s salary is reduced owing to business slowing down.

Buyers’ market

In the coming months, we’ll see a situation where buyers are in a very favourable position to purchase property but, with lending criteria set to be more stringent, it’s a good idea to work with a bond originator who has the experience and expertise to help ensure buyers get the best deal possible. At BetterBond, for example, consultants are expertly versed in the requirements of the various banks and what their different home loan products offer, which means we can easily tailor an individual application such that it has the very best chance of being approved and thus increasing the likelihood of obtaining the home loan.

Source: Private Property

Schools Reopening Plan

Schools Reopening Plan

The Department of Basic Education has health precautions planned to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus when schools reopen. 

The precautions are outlined in the department’s Covid-19 basic education sector plan which was presented to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Select Committee on Education, Technology, Arts and Culture on Wednesday morning.

While the reopening dates have not been officially announced and the country waits for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s media briefing on Thursday, the plan they discussed on Wednesday morning outlined the planned health precautions.

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Meals on Wheels Plumstead

Congratulations John Gentz for the time effort and contributions to this effort!

“Thank you to all the volunteers assisting us cooking, packing and delivering 1400 meals to our elderly in the areas between Muizenberg and Claremont.” – Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels Plumstead

“We helped the elderly to be safe and secure during this time. Thank you for showing you care, they even appreciate that more.

Gratitude to all that assisted , its deeply appreciated from us and the Elderly”, Meels on Wheels.

We still in need of donations please, and thank you for your contribution to all out there.

ABSA Cheque 4050917055

From Meals on Wheels Plumstead Team

FNB’s Residential Property Barometer

FNB’s Residential Property Barometer

Excerpts from the latest FNB’s Residential Property Barometer for March 2020.

Main Points

  • The FNB House Price Index (HPI) showed that house price appreciation slowed to 2.8% y/y in March, the lowest print since May 2011 (i.e. in close to 9 years).  Importantly, the HPI is based on FNB’s mortgage approvals and mainly covers the period before South Africa went into lockdown on 27 March 2020. As such, the impact of the lockdown on volumes and prices is yet to reflect in the data.
  • FNB Market Strength Index (a composite index that gauges demand and supply strength, collected from a database of property valuers) has, since the beginning of this year, revealed a slowing trend in supply, and a deeper decline in demand (and thus reversing some of the 2H19 gains made).
    • This is on the back of heightened uncertainty over job security and souring sentiment due to a material deterioration in the economic outlook.
    • Disaggregation of the data by price segments shows that, on balance, the higher end market remains in excess supply, while the bottom end is still in structural supply-deficit. We expect these dynamics to play a crucial role in determining house price paths this year.
  • We expect mass job losses and heightened uncertainty to result in a sharp drop in transaction volumes, as buyers delay their purchasing decisions.
    • Preliminary deeds data shows that market volumes have declined by an estimated 40% y/y.
    • Interestingly, however, search engine data shows a rebound in web traffic to property portals in SA since lockdown (this is also a worldwide phenomenon).
    • While too early to definitively draw conclusions, this could be an early indication of burgeoning bargain hunting by investor buyers and/or pent-up demand from first-time buyers looking to capitalise on potential distressed selling.

Could we expect pent-up demand post Covid-19?

  • Empirical evidence suggests that pandemics tend to have a sharp but short-lived impact on property markets and that volumes tend to suffer more than prices. Market reports in developed countries, such as the US and UK, suggest that Covid-19 will have a similar impact – a short-term decline in transaction volumes (and prices) and a swift rebound.
  • Among key distinctions between SA and these countries is the divergent labour market trends prior to the Covid-19 shock. Robust employment growth in these countries built a strong demand base, which resulted in stock shortages and thus a surge in house prices.
    • Thus, a sudden drop in house prices could unleash pent-up demand from first-time buyers and investor buyers (buy-to-let purchases). The historically low interest rates in the developed countries (close to 0% versus 4.25% repo rate in SA) will only galvanise this demand, and thus facilitate a swift rebound in prices.
    • Unfortunately, conditions are not as favourable in SA. Notwithstanding prospects for further interest rates reduction, the uninspiring employment outlook effectively limits any prospects for such pent-up demand in SA.

What lies ahead?

  • We expect Covid-19 to have a sharp but short-lived impact on SA’s housing market. We expect that transaction volumes will, in the short term, take a bigger hit relative to prices. In contrast to international housing markets, however, the overall recovery in SA will likely be drawn out due to pre-existing weakness in consumer fundamentals.
  • While aggressive cuts in interest rates, and possibly a reduction in house prices, will eventually support purchasing activity, in the short term this will likely be outweighed by heightened uncertainty and second-round effects on the labour market.
  • In the end, the magnitude and endurance of this weakness will depend primarily on a rebound in the broader economy, sustained liquidity in the property market and material improvement in sentiment. The impact could linger for longer if liquidity dries up and lending standards tighten a tad more than we expect. We will keep a close eye on developments and revise our forecasts as more data becomes available.

Read / Download Full Report: Property barometer – Apr 2020

Siphamandla Mkhwanazi | Economist | FNB Economics |