A Publication of the Stonehurst Mountain Estate Homeowners Association
K E YSTONE M A G A Z I N E fine living - naturally
ISSUE TWO | AUTUMN 2013
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ESTATE MANAGEMENT | GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ON OUR DOORSTEP | CONSTANTIA GLEN WINE ESTATE
ESTATE PROJECTS UPDATE
ON OUR DOORSTEP | DAWID MOCKE
STONEHURST ARCHITECTURAL GUIDELINES
ON OUR DOORSTEP | FISH HOEK
HEALTH & FITNESS
MUSINGS FROM A WANNABE INDIGENOUS GARDENER
ONE MAN’S JUNK IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE
AND HERE IS THE WEATHER REPORT FOR YOUR AREA
STONEHURST FIRE HYDRANT LOCATIONS
PROVISIONAL CALENDAR 2013
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DESIGN & LAYOUT Amy Soule
The Keystone magazine focuses on the Stonehurst Estate.
It is mailed on behalf of the Homeowners Association and
Landowners. It is published in collaboration with several
Carmen Barhuizen, Terry Brewis,
freelance companies and does not necessarily portray the
Chris Brewer, Cynthia Simpson
opinions of these companies.
ESTATE MANAGEMENT STONEHURST AS THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH
n a series of brand strategy workshops, led by marketing
by Steenberg Road, Ou Kaapse Weg and Boyes Drive. These
Trustee, Terry Brewis, Stonehurst Mountain Estate Trustees
are all arterial routes, linking the Southern Suburbs of Cape
and the Management team have been working over the
Town and the far South Peninsula with easy access to the
past year on a ‘Brand Blueprint’, in order to build an identity
routes into the City itself. This positions Stonehurst as somewhat
for the Estate and a ‘roadmap’ from which to work towards
of a ‘Gateway to the South’. Residents and visitors can easily
achieving our vision: South Africa’s most sought after residential
access the local amenities from the Estate, such as Muizenberg
security estate - recognised for providing an environmentally
beach to the East, as well as the popular recreational areas
sustainable, safe and family-orientated lifestyle.
in Noordhoek and the Fish Hoek (see page 16). We also are
In order to achieve our vision – we will:
looking at meeting more of the surrounding areas’ ‘famous
Protect, preserve and enhance the natural beauty of our
sons’, such as Dawid Mocke – Surfski World Series Champion
unique mountain-side environment.
(see page 12).
With the Estate also being in such close proximity to the
protocols - applying industry best practices and investing
Constantia Valley, the residents have easy access to local wine
in leading- edge technologies .
farms such as Constantia Glen (see page 8), Klein and Groot
Foster a friendly, sociable, welcoming community where a
Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg,
spirit of “good neighbourliness” is a way of life.
High Constantia and Eagles Nest, all of which are located
Ensure the proactive management and maintenance
along what is said to be the Cape’s most ‘intimate’ wine route.
of the Estate’s assets by encouraging and implementing •
As well as being in close proximity to upmarket shopping
innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
malls, restaurants, private schools, private healthcare facilities
Ensure that all in the Stonehurst community participate in
and luxury activities such as spas, Stonehurst Mountain Estate
our economic opportunities, social upliftment programmes
also borders one of the most scenic, unique and interesting
and employment initiatives.
natural environments - the Table Mountain National Park,
The Brand Blueprint – shown on page 6 - details what Estate
where adventurous nature-lovers can walk through the unique
would like to stand for. Naturally there is much work to be
Cape Floral Kingdom.
done, but the blueprint gives us the opportunity to measure our
Because of this, the Estate encourages and in fact, insists on
efforts and the results thereof. The “Personality Glossary” and
the planting of indigenous flora, so that our gardens are both
the “Brand Values Glossary” clarifies and gives meaning to our
water-wise and suit the climatic conditions of the area. The
desired values and personality.
article Musings of a Wannabe Indigenous Gardener (see page
GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH
20) gives the reader a perspective of the options available. One
In keeping with the values of being welcoming and
of the implications of this proximity to the fynbos is the threat of
neighbourly, as well as collaborative and inclusive, the Estate
fire – a critical component of the fynbos’s life cycle – requiring
is taking a broader view of its position in the wider community.
responsible management of our rural–urban boundary.
Geographically, the Estate is positioned on the north-facing
The Architectural Guidelines section of Keystone detail ways of
mountainside below Silvermine Nature Reserve, and is bordered
protecting properties from fire, as well as detailing the building
design considerations which should be taken into account.
You can visit the website at : www.jabulani-daycare.org.
Another aspect of the geographical orientation of Stonehurst
Other Charity initiatives we intend continuing or starting to
Mountain Estate is the prevailing South-Easterly wind during the
support include the Toy Run® Cape Town (www.toyrun.co.za),
summer months. The article And Here is The Weather Report for
Cape Mental Health, Race for Rhino (www.wildlifeact.com)
Your Area ( see page 24) is a humorous look at living with the
and the Carthorse Protection Association (carthorse.org.za).
wind and provides some interesting perspectives - including
We welcome other suggestions.
that wind can be a positive - just think how pointless the Cape
OPERATIONS - HELPDESK
Town International Kite Festival would be without it!
implemented a Help-desk system to be found at http://
helpdesk.stonehurstmountainestate.org which allows residents
to submit queries or concerns via a ‘ticket’ which is then
The Marketing team have been hard at work to build the ‘Stonehurst Brand’ by creating a seamless “look and feel” and leveraging opportunities to highlight Stonehurst
tracked until the matter is resolved. S TERRY BREWIS MARKETING TRUSTEE
events, activities and benefits. The Stonehurst Post – our blog,
Terry is a Stonehurst property owner and resident.
created and managed by resident Cynthia Simpson (www.
He is married to Anita. They have two daughters and a grand-
stonehurstpost.org), is updated every two weeks with the
latest useful information and events feedback. Page 7 shows a graphic indicating the various marketing platforms being utilised and the intended ‘feel’ and role of each of these. Currently the website is being redesigned to better suit the blueprint and will be launched soon. The Facebook site (www.facebook.com/StonehurstMountainEstate),
magazine are all up and running. The Access leaflet is still in the design stage, but is intended as both a practical source of information (such as contact details, the Estate Map, etc) as well as a marketing tool providing visitors with a “take away” from their visit.
With 36 years local and international retail experience, Terry retired as Woolworths’ Marketing Executive in 2006. As the Marketing Trustee he leads the Stonehurst Marketing Team, working closely with the estate’s Trustees and Management to develop and implement Stonehurst’s Brand Vision & Strategy. Terry is a Brand and Business Strategy Consultant and can be contacted at •
Home: +27(0)21 702 3356
Mobile: +27 (0)83 414 7558
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CHARITY Key areas identified in the brand strategy worskshops are community involvement and social upliftment. As a result, the Estate supports various community charitable initiatives, in particular the Jabulani Day Care Centre, situated in Westlake Village, from where the Estate draws some of its staff.
VISION, MISSION & BRAND BLUEPRINT
STONEHURST BRAND BLUEPRINT
clear, simple & transparent
honest, law abiding, ethical
responsible & trustworthy
consistent & dependable
Stonehurst to be South Africa’s most sought after residential estate. Recognised for providing an environmentally sustainable, safe and family orientated lifestyle.
alert & protective
OUR BRAND ESSENCE
peace of mind - family safety exciting - there’s always something new confidence in investment decision sense of belonging - community contributing to sustainability proud to live here
We just love the community spirit, the tranquility and beauty of living on the mountainside and the peace of mind we get from our secure investment in this exceptionally peaceful safe, family orientated environment.”
contemporary & modern
calm & peaceful excellent taste
WHAT OUR RESIDENTS SAY
innovsative & smart
considerate & fair
safe, secure & peaceful environment scenic, modern, beautiful & sustainable unique family orientated facilities access to major roads & facilities good property value growth affordable levies
collaborative & inclusive
proactive & effective
friendly, sociable & engaging
STONEHURST VALUES GLOSSARY VALUE TRAITS
aware of financial impacts, sensitive to cost creep, shops around and looks for the best deals but knows that the cheapest is not necessarily the best, considrate of the financial realities of others.
seeks out items and solutions that last, always looks for improvement and better ways of doing things, is aware of what’s available, up with key trends, proud of what we do
not accepting but looks for better alternatives, is alert, aware and proactive, doesn’t take things for granted
CONSIDERATE & FAIR
CLEAR, SIMPLE & TRANSPARENT
RESPONSIBLE & TRUSTWORTHY
takes the needs of others into consideration when making decisions, the same rules and protocols apply to all - at all times what you see, read or told, is how it is, there are no hidden traps, language used is simple to understand, all rules and protocols are clear to all, consistent across all communication channels always acting in the best interests of all partied involved, the truth is always told, potentional vested interests are clear to all when decisions are made
CONSISTENT & DEPENDABLE
there when you need it, rules agreed are applied to all, decisions are well thought through, the long term interests of the Stonehurst community are always taken into account
HONEST, LAW ABIDING & ETHICAL
uphold all rules, whats good for one is good for all, vested interests to be cleared upfront or recusal when making decisions, don’t willfully break the countries’ laws
COLLABORATIVE & INCLUSIVE
look at the entire picture at all times, allow time for consideration and debate, consider the needs of others, be open about problems and solutions, share information
WELCOMING & NEIGHBOURLY
be engaging, make it pleasant and enjoyable to live and work at SME, welcome new members of our community - help them to settle in quickly, enforce rules equitably and without malice
VISION, MISSION & BRAND BLUEPRINT
THE FUNCTIONS OF OUR VARIOUS MARKETING PLATFORMS WEBSITE
Glossy, coffee table
DL ACCESS LEAFLET •
Welcomes, informs &
Easy reading & fun
General Info about
Build community spirit
News & updates
History and features
Vision & Brand
Calendar of events
SME social pages
Information about SME
Social activities &
Vision & Brand
Self Funding through
Calendar of Events
Self Funding via
Educates & informs
Policies & Procedures
Hints & tips
ticket control system
Health & Fitness
Key external platform
Take home marketing & promotional
to position SME brand
Security Competitions for residents
STONEHURST PERSONALITY GLOSSARY PERSONALITY TRAITS AUTHENTIC
ALERT & PROTECTIVE
INNOVATIVE & SMART
CONTEMPORARY & MODERN
FRIENDLY, SOCIABLE & ENGAGING
EXPLANATION original, genuine, reliable, trustworthy, is believable
security conscious, wide-awake, watchful defender, vigilant, keeping safe from harm, aware of what is going on in the broader environment, proactive planner
always looking for new ideas, seeking better ways of doing things, up-to-date with modern trends, thinks outside-the-box, solution orientated
up with key trends, simple, streamlined, not old fashioned or fuddy-duddy, always in touch with what’s going on, open to new ideas appealing to all ages, considers the needs of families-especially those with childrenwhen making decisions, provides environments and solutions that satisfy the needs of modern families always conscious and protective of our natural environment, seeks out “greener solutions”, encourages recycling, creates opportunites for indigenous species and wildlife to thrive considerate of the needs of others, takes time to listen, is prepared to share, includes all, takes a “win-win” approach to problem solving, has a sense of humour, enjoys a party
is respected and looked-up-to, opinions are sought, a trend setter, considered to set the standards for aesthetics, quality and excellence, aware of and in touch with leading trends
PROACTIVE & EFFECTIVE
aticipates problems, plans in advance, swiftly deploys well considered practical solutions, considers “the other side of the hill” when planning for the future, sees things through
CALM & PEACEFUL
quiet, serene, creates positive environments where all feel at ease, strives to prevent conflict, is considerate and respectful of the needs of others
constantia glen WINE ESTATE BY TERRY BREWIS
he seven major attractions that draw tourists to Cape
RETURNING THE FARM TO ITS HISTORIC ROOTS
Town are the Cape Town Waterfront, Robben Island,
Originally known as Benydendal and later Klein Benydendal,
Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical
the farm was registered to Johannes Gregorius van Helsdingen
Gardens, Boulders Beach Penguins, Cape Point Nature Reserve
in 1813. When his nephew Johannes Frederick inherited the
and the Constantia Valley Wine Route.
property in 1832, it was a productive farm under 15 000 vines.
Of of these draw-cards, only the first three are located more
In 1843, Sebastiaan van Reenen, a grandson of the formidable
than twenty minutes away from Stonehurst Mountain Estate,
Cloetes, the famous Dutch VOC merchant family, bought the
the rest being literally just a few minutes away.
farm and renamed it Glen Alpine. Glen Alpine prospered and
As Capetonians, we tend to be rather laid-back and seldom make the effort to enjoy the leisure facilities available on our
became a renowned wine estate visited by many callers to the Cape including Queen Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Prince Alfred.
doorstep. More often than not, it takes a specific reason to get
In 1851 the land was sold once more and the property
us off our rear ends to explore the treasures within easy reach
changed hands several times after that. During this period the
of our homes.
land was used to farm fruit, wine and dairy products. Today,
So, needing to research an article about wine estates located
the old dairy is home to the Constantia Glen wine tasting room.
close to Stonehurst, my wife Anita and I decided to pay a visit
Since the late 1950s, the sixty hectares of undulating landscape
to Constantia Glen, on the Constantia Valley Wine Route.
that make up Constantia Glen have been under the
It took us under ten minutes to drive from Stonehurst to
custodianship of the Waibel family - firstly as a rolling Pine forest,
Constantia Glen and we arrived just before lunch on a
then as an Angus Stud before being returned to its historic wine
Wednesday in early March.
Within minutes of our arrival we were seated on the stoep of
Shortly after the completion of the picturesque manor house,
the outdoor tasting area, enjoying a glass of crisp Sauvignon
the family, being eager to transform the land back to its original
Blanc, sharing a delicious Cheese and Charcuterie Platter and
purpose as an acclaimed boutique wine estate, commissioned
having a very informative chat with Nadine Otto, the Wine
a comprehensive survey by viticultural experts and changed
Tasting Venue Manager.
the name from Glen Alpine to Constantia Glen.
We experienced all of the above whilst enjoying breath-
The survey revealed an almost perfect environment for the
taking views - from the mountain peaks to our left, down over
cultivation of high quality dry-land vineyards. The clay-rich
the sloping vineyards, to the sweeping vista of the Cape Flats
subsoil allows for excellent water holding capacity and the
and False Bay.
rainfall in the Constantia Valley provides sufficient water for the
Nadine is a great host as she is not only exceptionally helpful and friendly, but is also very passionate and knowledgeable
Constantia Glen vineyards. THE CONSTANTIA GLEN WINES
about Constantia Glen and the superb wines being produced
The first vines were planted in 2000 with the very first vintage
on the farm. Janine enthralled us with the story of Constantia
of Sauvignon Blanc being harvested in 2005. The first two
Glen, from its earliest history through to the boutique cellar that
Sauvignon Blanc vintages were made at neighbouring cellars
it is today.
until the completion of the Constantia Glen cellar in 2007 just in time for the harvest season.
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The wines owe their elegance, complexity and distinctive character to the unique location of the vineyards and the almost magical extended sunlight hours just below Constantia Nek. Unlike the rest of the valley, the Nek allows extra sunlight onto the vineyards of Constantia Glen ensuring consistent ripening in this remarkably cool wine growing region. During summer, visitors can enjoy the new crisp Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc vintages which are marketed under the estate’s Constantia Saddle brand. This range is not available from any external wine merchants and can only be purchased directly from the farm.
The combination of sunny summer days, a remarkably cool climate, close proximity to the sea, altitude and the diversity of soil types, together with the loving care taken during the production process, all contribute to ensuring the production of award winning wines. Only grapes grown on the farm are used for the wines produced
painstaking attention to every vine, eliminating superfluous bunches by allowing only a single bunch per shoot to ripen the secret behind the extraordinary concentration of flavours in the wines. The thirty hectares of vines (80% red and 20% white grape varieties) are situated between 110 to 250 metres above sea level. Many of the thirty-one vineyard blocks are planted on sites characterised by decomposed granite sub-soils; a feature of which is their ability to impart a wonderful minerality to the wines. Each vintage grown, vinified and bottled at Constantia Glen has a unique “fingerprint”, balance and character, created by winemaker Justin van Wyk. Under the Constantia Glen label, the farm produces a Sauvignon Blanc as well as Constantia Glen Two - a Sauvignon/ Semillon Blend and two classically styled Bordeaux red blends, the Constantia Glen Three and Constantia Glen Five - named in accordance with the number of Bordeaux varieties in each blend.
A WONDERFUL PLACE TO RELAX AND RELISH AS A CAPETONIAN The facilities at Constantia Glen are excellent, the views are beautiful and the wine tasting at R30 per person (to sample four different wines) and the platters (priced from R80 to R100) are good value for money. The Cheese and Charcuterie Platter which Anita and I tucked into included: La Petit France Brie, Gorgonzola, Gruyere and Goats Cheese with homemade Rosé Grape jelly and olives. Freshly sliced prosciutto, coppa and salami served with a freshly baked baguette, smoked Rooibos Butter and fresh seasonal fruit.
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We agreed that the R100 we paid for the platter (which was delicious and more than enough for the two of us to share) was very fair. As we ended up purchasing a case or two of wine, we were enrolled into the Constantia Glen Wine Club and did not have to pay for the wine tasting. This is free for members who also enjoy a 15% discount on tasting room prices. We didn’t book in advance and even though it was midweek, we were very lucky to get a table. The venue was empty when we arrived at 11h55 but by 12h15 all the tables on the stoep were occupied. I suggest that you reserve a table, especially on weekends, rather than be disappointed on arrival. The estate is open on weekdays from 10h00 to 17h00 and weekends from 10h00 to 16h00. Private functions and after hours parties can be hosted in the tasting room and the Manfred’s Legacy pool area, located on the lower area of the farm below the vineyards, is a magnificent venue for weddings and functions. Anita and I thoroughly enjoyed our few hours at Constantia Glen and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience some of South Africa’s best wines, views and hospitality. We’ll be returning there soon with our friends and family. S Constantia Main Road, Constantia Cape Town, 7806 Sales, Functions & Tasting Room: +27 (0)21 795 5639 Sales email: firstname.lastname@example.org Functions email: email@example.com Website: www.constantiaglen.com
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DAWID MOCKE BY TERRY BREWIS
LIVING AT STONEHURST, WE DON’T ONLY HAVE EASY ACCESS TO
that we learn, to our dismay, that yet another South African
SOME OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS BUT WE
sporting celebrity has a very dark side.
HAVE A FOUR TIMES WORLD CHAMPION WORKING AND LIVING JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM US.
Which of our current major sports stars can boast of having won a World Championship on four occasions - let alone, consecutively, four years in a row? I don’t know of any – other
WORLD SPORTING PHENOMENON Dawid Mocke is the personification of what many of us hope a sporting hero would be like if we ever get the opportunity to meet one in the flesh; athletic, strong, charismatic and intelligent, yet also funny, humble and very down to earth. Sadly however, Dawid, unlike the leading achievers in our major national sports, is not known to most South Africans and can certainly not be described as being a household name. This is a great shame as Dawid Mocke meets all the requirements to be a South African sporting legend.
than Dawid Mocke. So why is it that Dawid, having become the Surfski World Series Champion for the fourth consecutive time last year, is virtually unknown to most South Africans other than those of the paddling fraternity? It’s a good question because the man is a sporting phenomenon. I had the pleasure of meeting Dawid soon after Raymond Rix (Stonehurst Security Trustee) and I got the crazy idea that we should take up surf-skiing as a sport. Clearly ignoring the fact that we are both well beyond our best sporting years, over a beer or two at the Stonehurst pub a few weeks ago, I agreed to book the two of us onto “The Ocean ABC of Surfski Paddling” programme designed by Dawid. And
e as South Africans are desperate for sporting
so, on a blustery Saturday morning on Fish Hoek beach in early
champions that we can look up to. We yearn for
March, I became acquainted with the man. But more of that
sporting heroes who will make us proud - respected
later, let me tell you about Dawid Mocke.
not only for their sporting prowess but also for being great role models.
THE MAN AND THE COMPETITOR
Far too often however, these “superstars” end up letting
Dawid’s dad Godfrey Mocke, who sadly passed away
themselves and us down. Perhaps they get caught up in the
earlier this year, an active swimmer and lifesaver, founded
hype surrounding their sporting achievements and start taking
the False Bay Lifesaving Club. Godfrey’s love of the ocean
the accolades they receive for granted. Sooner or later it seems
clearly made an impact on his young son because at the
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age of eleven, of his own volition, Dawid became a “Nipper” member of the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club. In his late teens Dawid began to surfski but it was not until 2002 that he decided to take part in an “Open Ocean” event. For the uninitiated, this means paddling one to two kilometres offshore and racing over twenty to thirty kilometres in the open ocean in all weather conditions. Having completed a BA Information Sciences degree with honours at Stellenbosch University, Dawid assisted a friend to develop a software business. It wasn’t long however before he and Nikki (to whom he is now married), decided to turn their hobby into a full-time job and they set up their surfski school. Nikki is a World Surfski Senior Champion (2010) in her own right and also represented South Africa in the Ladies K4 event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Apart from being his wife, Nikki is also Dawid’s coach. Dawid knows that he is extremely fortunate and blessed to have been able to turn his sporting passion into his job. In this regard he shared one of his favourite quotes with me the other day: “There is nothing greater that a man can do than to find satisfaction in the work of his hands”. In 2004 Dawid decided to pit his skills against the world’s best and went on to win his first international competition in Auckland, New Zealand. The way he explains it is that he had no alternative but to win the race, as he needed the prize money to cover his expenses.
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Dawid has won the Surfski World Series Championship for four consecutive years - 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In order to be the champion, Dawid has to compete annually in ten international competitions and score the highest overall points across these every year. Apart from being the Surfski World Series Champion, Dawid’s incredible accomplishments include: • Winning the US Championship in five out of the six years that has he competed there • 6 x National Team Caps (three for Surf Lifesaving 1999, 2003 and 2004, one for the Canoeing Marathon in 2002 and two for Canoeing Sprints in 2005 and 2007) • 8 x South African National Surfski Titles 2004 – 2012 • 2 x Aquatic World Records • 14 x South African Lifesaving titles FAMILY, BUSINESS & PHILOSOPHY Dawid runs his surfski shop, The Paddling Centre, in Fish Hoek and together with Nikki shares his love for the sport with others through his surfski school.
Dawid is a committed environmentalist and is the global ambassador and driving force behind the NGO organisation “Paddle for the Planet” - the aim of which is to highlight the increasing damage being caused to our oceans, to drive home the fragility of our eco systems and to highlight the criticality of protecting and conserving the seas and life therein. He is a multi-tasker and has developed his own MOCKE brand of surf gear and apparel which is manufactured to the very highest international standards. Dawid is a truly inspirational man. His physical toughness and mental strength become quickly apparent when you first meet
These sporting and business partners are also parents to
him, but what isn’t immediately apparent is the depth of his
Samuel (three and a half years old) and Sarah (one year old).
commitment to his chosen profession. Unlike the professionals
Whenever they can they try to travel together as a family to all
involved in major international sports, Dawid has to fund almost
the international sporting events that they participate in.
all of the costs associated with competing internationally himself. Because surf skiing competitions do not enjoy extensive
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media coverage, there are no large sponsors available to fund the competitors (even the top ones.) Apart from a small sponsorship from the kayak brand FENN towards his travel costs, Dawid has to fund his participation from his own earnings and from the prize money he wins at international events. Only once this reality is fully comprehended does the scale of Dawid’s accomplishments really sink in. THE MOTIVATOR AND ROLE MODEL Dawid inspires children at the talks that he regularly gives at local schools. He encourages them to pursue healthy outdoor activities and through his own life story motivates them to try to be the best that they can be and to always reach for their dreams. At his surfski school, Dawid shares his passion and knowledge with anyone interested in learning to paddle, irrespective of their age, gender or ability. He does so with patience, empathy and enthusiasm. Raymond and I can testify to this as on our first lesson, he treated us old-timers with the utmost respect and understanding. Clearly relating to the fears and concerns we harboured for our first surfski experience. Following an in-depth theoretical explanation and safety drill, Dawid coaxed us into launching our crafts into what, in our minds, was a raging maelstrom of wind-tossed ocean. In our defence, the surf was being driven onshore by 25 to 30 knot winds, so we weren’t just imagining the scale of our
challenge. After thirty exhausting minutes of trying to get beyond the surf line (the “impact zone” according to Dawid’s ABC approach) and then back again, we were relieved when Dawid called us all back to shore. It had been a marvellous experience. Even though we both battled to remain in our surfskis for any length of time, we left the beach with a sense of accomplishment and an all-round good feeling. We were chuffed with our perseverance, uplifted by the experience, invigorated by a sense of camaraderie and humbled by the power of the elements. Dawid Mocke is an action man, deep thinker, proudly South African, a family man, entrepreneur, tough competitor and a very articulate communicator. He is a superb ambassador for the businesses, brands and organisations with which he is associated and which are synergistic with his lifestyle, philosophy and beliefs. To all corporations and business people out there, here is a true South African sporting legend in the making. In order to truly fulfil his potential he needs a sponsor. He is also available to lead team-building and motivational sessions. Dawid is a very good public speaker and his ability to achieve the goals he sets are borne out by his extraordinary achievements. Dawid’s philosophical approach is best summed up in his own words: “There’s only one life – so follow your dreams.” S
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FISH HOEK BY TERRY BREWIS
Fish Hoek, or Vissers Baay or Visch Hoek, appears on the earliest maps of the Cape. The town which nestles at the eastern end of the Fish Hoek Valley is located only ten minutes away from Stonehurst Mountain Estate, via scenic Boyes Drive. Located just 32 kilometres south of Cape Town, the valley is bounded by mountains to the north and south, with False Bay to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Measuring 13 kilometres from west to east, and between 3 to 6 kilometres across from north to south, the valley is home to several rivers and wetlands.
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
The predominant vegetation type in this valley is Hangklip
When sea levels were higher than they are today, the valley
Sand Fynbos, whilst the sides of the valley are home to Cape
used to be a sea passage that separated the area into northern
Granite Fynbos, with Peninsula Stone Fynbos being found higher
and southern islands.
up on the surrounding mountains. All three vegetation types
By 20 000 years ago when the sea had receded, the channel that separated the islands from the mainland had become dry land and the islands had formed a peninsula. Cape Granite is the bedrock of the Fish Hoek Valley and has in places been deeply weathered. In the past the rotted granite was mined for pockets of the mineral kaolinite, which is used to make ceramic goods such as hand basins and bath tubs.
are endangered and are not found anywhere else in the world. The surrounding mountains are pitted with complex caves in sandstone from the Table Mountain Group. This is an unusual feature as caves are usually found in limestone and it is not common to find complex cave systems in pure sandstone. By the first century AD, Khoisan people were living on the slopes of Slangkop. A midden containing mussel, limpet and abalone shells, and various stone implements was uncovered there in 1972.
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The arrival of European settlers in 1652 forced the indigenous
By 1940, the population had grown large enough to become
population to leave the area. During the 1700s farmers
a municipality and in 1996 Fish Hoek was incorporated back as
appeared in the Noordhoek area and Fish Hoek beach was
part of greater Cape Town.
used on an informal basis for whaling and fishing.
The present Homestead Naval Mess located near the railway
Crown land was granted to Andries Bruins in 1818 and
crossing is built on the site of the original farmhouse, which over
changed hands several times before being bought by Hester
time had become a hotel (sadly this building burnt down in
Sophia de Kock, a 51 year old spinster, in 1883.
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Although she farmed wheat and vegetables, Hester started providing accommodation for people who wanted to stay in Fish Hoek, so becoming the first local tourism entrepreneur. At the age of 71, Hester married Jacob Isaac de Villiers, a local farmer. They, with other members of their family, are buried in the small graveyard next to the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) in Kommetjie Road. Hester left instructions in her will that the land be surveyed and sold as building plots. The township of Fish Hoek was laid out in 1918 when the first of Hester’s plots were sold.
Initially holiday cottages
predominated, but as there was a good train service to Cape Town a more permanent community soon developed. Fish Hoek became internationally famous in 1927 with the discovery of the “Fish Hoek man”. So named after a 12 000 years old paleolithic skeleton found in a cave, now known as “Peers Cave” on the north-eastern side of the valley, by Bertie Peers and his father.
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which the surrounding beauty can be enjoyed.
Fish Hoek has one of the loveliest and safest beaches on
The Fish Hoek Valley Museum: This museum houses
the False Bay Coast. With the hot summer days being cooled
interpretative displays of the Peers Cave excavations as well as
by the onshore south-easterly wind, the mild weather and
collections of local interest.
superb wave conditions have made the beach very popular
Silvermine River Wetlands Route: The area is fabulous for
with ocean-sports enthusiasts and a favourite of wind surfers,
bird-watching and is home to the endangered Leopard Toad,
lifesavers, paddle-skiers and hobie-cat sailors.
which is endemic to the area and breeds for only 10 days a
The town is home to Dawid Mocke, the Surfski World
year in August.
Series Champion (see the article on Dawid elsewhere in this
Apart from the beach, the walks and natural attractions,
magazine). For those interested in aquatic sports The Paddling
there are a number of rather quirky and quaint shops worth
Centre, which is owned by the Mocke family, is an essential
exploring in the town itself.
stop whenever visiting the area. Fish Hoek Galley situated right on the beach, offers a restaurant and take-aways and is a prime whale watching site to view the Southern Right Whales between July and November. Jaeger Walk: A beautiful wheelchair friendly footpath which cuts alongside the Indian Ocean, following a gentle, undulating curve between granite boulders all the way to Sunny Cove. The path is officially named after the town’s first mayor, but is also known as “The Catwalk” by many locals. Sign boards along the route provide fascinating information about the dolphins that play in these waters throughout the year and of the whales that come into the bay to calve. Along the way one passes the many rock pools that dot the coastline and there are a number of benches provided from
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MUSINGS FROM A WANNABE
indigenous gardener BY CYNTHIA SIMPSON
re you looking for a pretty, low-maintenance, easy
Even my rather harsh scissor handed method was tolerated, it
to grow shrub? No doubt you also want it to be fast
simply keeps on flowering.
growing, to flower on and off for most of the year and
Appearance wise, I find it to be most attractive. The oval
be evergreen… and, of course, living on Stonehurst, it also has
shaped leaves are in various shades of green and are rather
to be indigenous. Do you think this is a rather tall order and are
velvety to the touch; very unlike the harshness of the usual
you now smirking and shaking your head wondering what I am
sweet-pea like flowers which seem to flower most of the year,
In my quest to become an indigenous gardener, I have
It has extremely pretty mauve to purple
but peak in the spring months, hence the common names of
found it quite difficult to find plants that tick all the boxes.
Augustusbossie and September bush.
One of my favourite pastimes used to be wandering around a
local garden centre - it was a bit like being in a candy store,
Delving further into this species, I found out that there are
so much to choose from… now, I mostly have “plant envy”. I
about 500 – 600 Polygala species all over the world. However,
yearn for those days when I could fill up my boot with “pretties”,
of that, 88 species are indigenous to southern Africa and, luckily
but then I remember that ever escalating water bill and smile
for us, these mostly occur in the fynbos area of the Western
rather smugly. I may have a reduced the selection of plants
Cape. Three of these species can be purchased easily at one
to choose from but then again, so has my water bill reduced!
of the local nurseries or the Kirstenbosch Nursery. They are the
My garden is now about 18 months old and I am quickly
Polygala myrtifolia, Polygala fruticosa and Polygala virgata.
learning which plants grow quickly and which ones need
Apparently the fruticosa species is very similar to myrtifolia,
endless patience. If, like me, you tend to be a little impatient,
the one difference being that it is a much smaller shrub,
well then I hope you are going to find my suggestion useful.
growing up to between 1 and 2 metres.
POLYGALA MYRTIFOLIA I planted three Polygala Myrtifolias in my garden, which
The virgata, commonly known as the Purple Broom, is also better suited to a small garden.
If you have a large garden,
being a small garden proved to be a bit of an overkill. Within
then I would suggest planting them in groups to give a lovely
less than a year, I had already removed one of them as it had
display. They also grow to about 2 metres, are not as bushy as
become too big and the other two I continue to prune back.
the myrtifolia and the leaves are narrow in shape.
Although the Polygala Myrtifolia is a shrub, I have pruned mine
The most important thing that I have learnt from all of this is
into a small tree. In a larger garden it can grow up to 3m and
that they have ticked all the boxes over this past year so I can
mine would easily have been that tall had I not cut it back.
confidently say, “Plant a Polygala in your Stonehurst garden
The beauty of this shrub is that it does not seem to mind being
and be rewarded with a soft, velvety evergreen shrub with very
“pruned” at all.
pretty purple flowers that flower on and off all year.”
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TIPS • You can plant in full sun. Mine are planted in areas where the sun changes from full sun to semi shade depending on the season and have done very well. • Best time to plant is winter which will give the plant time to establish itself before the harsh dry summer – I suggest towards the end of April, early May. • Water well until established (normal gardening 101 practice for any plants), thereafter, keep well mulched and they will need little water. • Polygala myrtifolia respond well to being pruned if you prefer it to be bushier or to train it into a small tree. You can though leave it to grow naturally and it will form a very attractive tree bush. • Ideal in a new garden if you need a hedge or some sort of screening or wind break. • Stake it well while it is still establishing itself, once grown, it will tolerate the wind.
Cynthia Simpson lives in Stonehurst Close – she does not claim to be an expert in gardening, but rather an indigenous “gardener in training”. Cynthia is the editor of our Blog, the Stonehurst Post, she also writes an entertaining
• One can propagate from cuttings taken in spring and autumn
Travel Blog called “Hapidayz” (www.hapidayz.com).
and they tend to seed themselves, so look out for seedlings
you enjoy travel or are wondering what to do for your next
appearing underneath the shrub – I have lots!
getaway or holiday, go take a look at her site where she
• The Polygala virgata would do well as a container plant.
shares her personal travel experiences.
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ONE MAN’S JUNK IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE A VISIT TO THE RECYLING PLANT BY GLYNIS COETZEE Next are the thin plastic bags which are sorted into colours and placed into bigger bags – also destined for the compactor. Cardboard and paper are next, with the group right at the end selecting the glass items and dropping these through a hole in the floor into a skip, with a loud crash. If this sounds quite labour intensive to you, it is. However, since we have so many unemployed people, this is a great way of providing work, saving the planet and making revenue out of what would otherwise end up in yet another landfill. Apparently, clear plastic is the most sought after and most
valuable with black being the least – most likely why ‘black his plant is a relatively small facility based in the Airport
bags’ are the most prevalent and cheapest.
Industria just off the N2 near Cape Town. We were
At the moment, however, the plant is operating at just about
first taken to the drop-off area where the Wasteman
break-even and they are encouraging everyone to recycle, as
trucks deliver the clear bags of recyclable material. There is a
increased volumes will make a difference to the profitability of
really big heap of rubbish from where the trucks tip the bags
the programme, besides being the right thing to do. So, please
and material onto the ground, and it is slowly loaded onto a
conveyer belt which hauls the load up a storey into the main building onto a raised platform. The guide noted that there was generally a lot of contamination in the recyclables, although Stonehurst’s recovery was much higher than the average, at around 98%. (This means you are doing the right thing!) What struck me first was the level of noise in the sorting area. The conveyor belt running from the offloading area to the sorting section operates all day, with a clattering regularity reminiscent of a freight train. The guide explained that 95% of the sorting work is carried out by hand, by the 20 or so women that were positioned on the raised conveyor section. They each have a type of material which they need to pick out of the debris rolling past them. The ladies selecting the plastic containers are at the beginning, just alongside the tins, which are apparently easy to pick out. These plastic bottles, tubs and receptacles are tossed over the side of the balustrade into a pit where another conveyor pulls these up into a hopper which then compacts these into bales.
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TODAY THERE WILL BE CLEAR BLUE SKIES OVER STONEHURST WITH
One of the things my father-in-law and I always agreed on
AN ACCOMPANYING HURRICANE AND STRANGE THINGS FLYING
was when the start of Summer happened and when it ended.
THROUGH THE AIR.
Every year, the Sun heats up in October and the weather is
efore I bought our house at Stonehurst, several friends
glorious and summery. It’s happened every year I’ve lived in Cape Town – which is before The Beatles split up.
warned me about this area saying, “it’s far too windy”.
Then, sometime in November or December, the rains come
My friends in Gauteng, naturally, said the whole of Cape
back and everyone says “what unusual weather! What
Town was far too windy. So I just ignored everyone of course. The day after we moved in I experienced a rather
happened to Summer?” and they say that every year – regular as clockwork.
embarrassing moment when I saw a pair of my underpants
I was also told about some maps somewhere which say the
flying off in the direction of the 18th green at Westlake Golf
area where Stonehurst is sited was designated “Uninhabitable
Club (I posted a reward but nobody responded).
– Wind!” It’s complete codswallop by the way.
Before you start wondering about what I do with my underwear let me hasten to add that they had been hanging on a washing line until that moment.
Wind is wonderful. It’s refreshing, healthy, lusty and so easy to live with. It’s just like any other weather condition insofar as you have
Since then we’ve been more careful and, apart from the
to be prepared for it. If you live in Toronto then you wouldn’t
odd cat being picked up in a gust and hurled off the wall or
dream of going outside in winter wearing shorts and sandals;
my Panama hat heading out towards Wynberg, it hasn’t been
you’d put on longjohns and some thermal gear. Then, nice and
toasty, you can walk around and enjoy the city. And if you live
But people still ask me how I put up with the wind and “isn’t it just impossible to live there?” It’s common knowledge that we all complain about the
in London you’ll always be prepared for rain. If you live in Dubai then you pretty much don’t need any of the stuff you had with you in Toronto or London.
weather. It’s always too hot or cold, windy or dead still and
If you want to live in Cape Town you have to prepare yourself
suffocating. Too much rain or too much sun. Too bright or too
for heat in the summer, rain in the winter and wind in between.
cloudy. Too much pollen in the air. The sun rises too early or too
So it’s not a good idea to put lightweight things in the path
late. And we always say “I can’t ever remember so much rain
of the South-Easter or walk out in the wind carrying loose
at this time of year.” (This is, of course, repeated at the same
paperwork or wearing no knickers.
time every year).
There are obviously a few other things to avoid too. Opening an umbrella is asking for trouble. Eating an ice-cream may end up with a flying snow cone hazard. Juggling any kind of sharp objects should be avoided and playing shuttlecock is not recommended. One lady who owns a trampoline is still trying to get her toddler out of a tree when he bounced one too many times. On the other hand, if you’d like to fly a kite then where could be better? There’s no conclusive research available anywhere about which is the windiest part of Cape Town. For a start you’d have to define what “windiest” actually means – strongest force, continuous gales or heavy gusts etc? However, the general consensus seems to be that Cape Point probably wins – but nobody lives there. The same goes for the airport (which is quite handy for planes taking off I suppose). The others are Camps Bay, Blouberg, Woodstock, Cape Town Harbour, Foreshore and Kommetjie. I can find no reference whatsoever to this area being windy. We don’t even make the list. Finally, consider this, Cape Town has one of the bluest skies in the world. Others in the top 5 include Rio de Janeiro, Bay of Islands, Ayers Rock and Fiji. And the reason for the remarkable blueness? The Cape Doctor blows away smog and all the other rubbish in the air which makes our skies picture-postcard-perfect. AND that same wind replaces bad air with fresh breezes from the sea – and Stonehurst is one of the first areas to get all this wonderful oxygen - making it a very healthy place to live. On the walkways around Stonehurst you can actually feel your lungs swelling with fresh air (by the time it gets to the suburbs and, even worse, the CBD it’s actually quite filthy). It’s glorious and just like one huge air-conditioner. So we’re blessed to live here – and the myth about it being too windy was started by people who are jealous, or Estate Agents, or both. The truth is that we don’t get much wind here, but when it does it comes at exactly the right time because, without it, it would be far too hot. And by the way, the reward for the return of my underwear is still valid. S
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Resident Function 21st
10.00am - 12.00pm
Resident Function 40th
Resident Function 40th
Resident Function 40th
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Conference - full day
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*WORRIED ABOUT THE WIND? – LET’S GO FLY A KITE... ‘New Horizons’ is the theme for the 19th Cape Town
International Kite Festival, which is happening on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2013 in Muizenberg and
is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health.
Resident Function 21st
Launch Event *
Resident Function 50th
Africa’s biggest kite festival and attracts over 20,000 visitors, including some of the biggest names in kiting in South Africa and the world who fly in to show off their magnificent kite creations. With kite-making, kite-flying, food stalls, kiddies’ rides, a full programme of entertainment and an eclectic craft market, this is family entertainment at its best. The Cape Town International Kite Festival will be open from 10h00 to 18h00 each day and takes place on
the lawns surrounding Zandvlei, Muizenberg. There is lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is just R20 for
adults and R10 for children. “More and more people are suffering from stress and mental ill-health,” said
Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health. “By
Chairman’s cocktail Function
the connection between physical and mental well-
Personal Trust Function
being, we hope to uplift minds and bodies.”
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11.00am to 1.00pm
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bingo in aid of leaps 9 NOVEMBER 2012
Jennifer Norman and Carmen Barkhuizen hosted the second BINGO evening at Stonehurst in aid of LEAPS, an animal welfare organisation tending to the needs of township animals. The event was sold out, prizes were overflowing from generous sponsors and just over R20 000 was raised for this good cause.
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when blues meets rock 17 NOVEMBER 2012
With Natasha Meister and her band as the supporting act, this sold out event impressed all music fans. Tombstone Pete kicked off the show followed by Natasha and finally Pebbleman who chose Stonehurst as the venue to launch their debut album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life inside a dream.â&#x20AC;? Yet another great music event on our doorstep!
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MELLOW & JIVE 9 FEBRUARY 2013
Mellow & Jive - a top duo from Gauteng (Linda & Derek Gordon) entertained a sold out crowd by playing some of the greatest hits of the last 50 years. Guests reminisced listening to the “Golden Oldies” while making sure that the dance floor was well used!
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natasha meister 8 MARCH 2013
With the Lounge transformed into a comfy Revue Bar for the night, Natasha Meister provided guests with an amazing repetoire of original hits off her Halfway album as well as renditions from the likes of Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Adele. This talented, young performer rocked!
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ladies nights Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already hosted four successful Ladies Nights over the past few months. These evenings are a great, informal way to meet your fellow neighbours while having a drink and listening to interesting talks. Make sure you join us at the next one!
ESTATE PROJECTS BOREHOLE & DAM The dam and borehole was commissioned on 28 January 2013. There have been a few teething problems in that the new system is very unforgiving of any leaks. Previously, because the water was supplied by the Municipality and was under relatively constant pressure, if there was a leak it would not directly affect the operation of the system. However, we paid for these leaks as these would remain unnoticed and undetected until we received the meter readings each month! However, now that it is a self-contained, self-pressurising system and has to maintain a particular range of pressure to work, even a smallish leak inhibits the efficiencies and we can immediately detect a problem on the system. While this makes it a bit more work, it considerably reduces the potential for wasted water â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something we consider a good thing! From commissioning to end March, a period of just two months, according to our borehole meter, just on 6000 kilolitres has run through the system. Yes, that means nearly 6 MILLION litres of water has been pumped through the system. This represents a considerable saving to the Estate, even factoring in the electricity consumption of the pumps. At the current rate, this is a saving of approximately R100 000 in two months, which would mean full recovery of the costs of the project over just 15 months, whereafter the saving represents a real saving to the Estate. With the success of this project, we would like to explore the possibility of a second borehole and dam to the West side of the Estate, and in the long term perhaps make some of this water available for residents to reduce their own irrigation costs. Fencing will be erected in April 2013 around the dam area to provide security for the equipment and safety for the residents.
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LIFESTYLE CENTRE - STAFF CANTEEN The staff canteen and store area planned for the Lifestyle Centre is also progressing well and soon our complement of 9 ground staff and Lifestyle Centre support staff will have a suitable rest area. The additional, very necessary storage area will also mean that valuable equipment will be more easily protected and accessible.
Over the last year of operation, the Estate Management office has identified that a well-manned reception area to the Lifestyle Centre is growing in importance. With the increase in activities, both in the gym and in the rest of the recreational areas of the Lifestyle Centre, a well-managed comfortable entrance
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WHITE CLIFFS The final stages of the landscaping of this area should begin in April, with the installation of plant ‘sausages’. These are hessian rolls, sewed up to take soil, and into which will be planted a variety of spreading ground cover and flowering plants. The walkway planned for the balance of the path between the West end of the White Cliffs lower pathway, over the stream way which feeds the lake, to the Lifestyle Centre, is in the planning and budgeting phase, and should begin construction towards the end of winter. WEST BERM On the Ou Kaapse Weg side of the Estate we have been creating a ‘berm’ from excess fill from the White Cliffs project. Landscaping will begin in late April by Intebe Landscaping to create a shield from the noise of the traffic on this busy road, as well as to create a visual privacy barrier, without detracting from the views of the surrounding mountainside.
TRAFFIC CALMING Estate Management has begun implementing traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps and rumble strips, as well as additional warning signage to counter the unfortunate reality
that a few visitors and residents do not adhere to the speed limit
Intebe Landscaping in collaboration with Estate Management
other residents and our indigenous wildlife which enjoy their
is implementing a nursery in the area of the new reservoir, in order to cultivate plants for the private open spaces for the Estate, and in time, to offer these to the residents for their own gardens. The ideal outcome is that the Estate will become almost entirely ‘self-sufficient’ when it comes to sustaining the landscaping requirements for the Estate. Any contribution residents would like to make to this project will be most welcome, whether it be volunteering to check on the plants over weekends, seedling donations, or other.
RECYCLING We are implementing recycling initiatives at the Lifestyle Centre to complement the existing recycling that takes place on the Estate. Residents are strongly encouraged to recycle as the Estate enjoys a significant rebate against the costs for this service for the volume of recycling achieved. It’s easy. Simply put all tin, plastic, paper and glass into the clear plastic bags provided and leave it out for collection early on a Monday morning.
on the Estate, posing a serious danger to the many children, freedom in the public areas. Residents are requested to bear with the disruptions in the roadways that will occur during this process and to be extra-considerate of labour and other vehicles during this phase. Some of the speed tables are deliberately higher than others, specifically at the stop streets to ensure that vehicles have to come to a complete stop in order to negotiate these.
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SHADING TO PARKS
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In order to provide further shading to the park areas in Stone Village, Stonehurst Close and on the West side of the Estate, we are exploring the option of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;flyingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tent structures. These would provide immediate shade and due to the design, will not be as subject to wind as would plants on trellises, which was an alternative proposal.
The Network Operations Centre planned for the security entrance is progressing well and the structure should be complete within the next three weeks. The installation of a generator will ensure that the security systems will remain operational even if there is a power outage, and the monitoring station will mean that our additional cameras will be fully utilised to protect the Estate from unwanted visitors. This renovation will also streamline the biometric administration systems and provide our Security Manager with an office to be able to more efficiently administer our security service provider.
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Your landscaped garden is an integral part of your property/house design and should not be ignored or left until after the house has been completed to be considered. The information below is particularly pertaining to the design and landscaping of your garden with the intention to reduce the risk of wildfire. This extract is taken from the Stonehurst Mountain Estate Wildfire Prevention OEMP, including the Recommendations for property owners and occupiers: reducing fire risk to properties on the urban edge – Cape Peninsula prepared for CPNP by RA Chapman and GG Forsyth CSIR Stellenbosch.
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY TO DESIGN TO REDUCE FIRE RISK In six days in January 2000, over 9000 hectares of vegetation burned in an uncontrollable wildfire which swept through the southern end of the Cape Peninsula. Had the winds not been as kind, the fire could have become the most expensive fire in the history of the country and caused a catastrophe on an unprecedented scale. In the wake of the fire came flooding and mudslides which damaged property which had escaped the fire. As a direct result of the “Millennium” fire, the mainly privately sponsored and State supported Ukuvuku “Operation Firestop” was initiated. In order to give some context to the following points, it may be instructive to attempt to understand the main points of fynbos ecology and the effects of fire on it. Fynbos is prone to fire and is adapted to it; without occasional fire, fynbos becomes senescent and species diversity of plant communities becomes impoverished. Adaptations to fire include the following fire-stimulated features: seed release, seed germination, new vegetative growth and flowering. Fire in fynbos naturally occurs with a frequency of at least once every four to 40 years. Fire with a frequency of less than four years or more than every 40 years leads to changes in fynbos plant communities e.g. the dominance of fynbos by a few large Protea family species and a concomitant reduction in species diversity. Fire is an essential component to the maintenance of healthy, vigorous and diversified fynbos; many fynbos species require fire for reproductive success.
Service in the first instance: this Service is responsible for fires on the mountain to a distance of 100m around the Estate. The Fire Service will assess which other role players, such as Cape Peninsula National Parks or City of Cape Town Parks and Bathing Amenities also need to respond to the fire.
DESIGNING THE GARDEN FOR FIRE PROTECTION The first task is to identify the fuel hazards in the garden. The home-owner should strive for a garden which has a low elevated fuel hazard, defined as ‘Easy to walk through in any direction’ (McCarthy et al. 1999). The garden litter load should not be greater than 15mm deep (leaf litter is a surface fine fuel - see Section 2.1). Eucalypt leaves and pine needles don’t turn into humus easily and are usually always highly flammable. A variety of plants can be used as potential barriers for screening out radiant heat, intercepting wind-borne burning embers, or to slow down or stop the progress of the firefront. In general, the broad-leaved, high foliar moisture plants are the most suitable. They should be sited at the edge of the property on the fire-ward, that is, the CPNP side. See Table 2. Avoid flammable shrubs under decks, up against walls, against wooden pillars or in hanging baskets. Trees with large amounts of dead leaves hanging down, such as palms, should not be in close proximity to the building. Burning branches may fall onto the house or they may be blown into the house by the strong turbulent winds. The dead leaves should be removed regularly where such trees cannot be removed.
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To illustrate the above, almost 90% of Leucadendron species
Trees should be spaced at intervals and must not touch, so
and two-thirds of Leucospermum and Protea species are
as not to form a continuous canopy. Lower branches should
unable to release their seeds without the influence of fire. Fire
be pruned so as to leave a gap between the ground and the
clears all undergrowth, dead branches and leaves, returning
lower limbs of the tree of at least 2m. Maintenance must be
the nutrients in this plant material back to the soil as ash, and
done regularly however, the undergrowth below the trees must
killing many seed-eating animals. With a cleared, fertilised
be removed and dead branches should be thinned out of the
soil free of competing plants and seed-eating animals,
tree (See Figure 1).
many fynbos species shed their seeds into ideal germinating
Hedges can also be used as barriers, but more caution
conditions. These result in a greatly increased species diversity
should be exercised with this method than for trees (See Table
and richness post-fire compared to the situation pre-fire.
3). Cypress hedges can have cores that are old, dry and brittle
In the event of fire, the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service is to be immediately contacted. Fires in the mountain
and are therefore highly flammable.
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They should not be used as a barrier, or be located near
lames under the structure. Lawns should be kept as short as
buildings. Other hedges can have significant cores of thin
possible. Long grass is a definite hazard. Slash this where a
woody stems, hidden by a canopy of green leaves. These types
mower cannot reach it. The arrangement of lawns should
of vegetation should be avoided. Species like the Australian
be organised so that there is no direct linear path from the
myrtle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leptospermum laevigatum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; besides being highly
property boundary along which wind could drive a fire right up
invisible, have very fine leaves and are highly flammable. The
to the house, and flowerbeds act as barriers to fires paths (See
more broad-leaved and sap filled plants are more suitable.
FIG 1 Trees established at the edge of properties are useful for screening out potential fires provided that certain guidelines are adhered to: the maintenance of gaps between canopies,
Hanging baskets that contain dry material are a threat, because flying embers could set alight the dry vegetation and bring flames into contact with roofing, wooded beams, curtains and highly inflammable material inside the house.
between canopies and the ground and a ground surface free
of litter or fine fuels reducing fire risk to properties on the urban
List of plants suitable for use in hedges as a barrier against
radiant heat and wind borne burning embers.
TABLE 2 List of trees suitable for use as a barrier against radiant heat and wind-borne burning embers. Note that under severe fire
TABLE 4 List of plants suitable for use as ground covers as a barrier and a means to prevent carrying flames through gardens.
conditions all trees will suffer scorch damage, nevertheless, their purpose is to provide screening at the critical time.
FIG 2 Gardens should be designed so that there is no clear run for a fire moving from the periphery to the main building.
Succulents have a very high foliar moisture content, are quite fire retardant and therefore are very suitable as a low-level barrier. There are many indigenous succulents ranging from aloes to the much shorter ground covers; they have further merit in that they do not require much watering (Table 4). Lawns will burn, albeit relatively slowly. If lawns are growing under wooden decking, there is a possibility of them carrying
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SLOPE Slope dramatically increases the speed at which a fire can move. Each 10 per cent increase in slope, doubles the speed of a bushfire (Luke and McArthur, 1977). So a fire travels twice as fast up a 10% slope as on level ground and four times as fast up a 20% slope (100% slope = 45° slope angle). Fires can travel up a cliff-face within seconds. Conversely, fire is considerably slowed when the head fire is going downhill. See Section 2.1 for an overview of the effects of spread rate on fire intensity. When slopes exceeding 15-20° are combined with wind in the direction of the slope, the effect is to push the flames almost parallel to the surface and the flame front can cover the whole slope, that is, the whole slope becomes one sheet of flame. This can present an exceptionally dangerous situation for fire fighters. Properties located on hillsides to take advantage of scenic views are especially vulnerable if they are upslope of areas with high fuel loads. Or, they may be on the borders of drainage systems. If the streamline has a steep gradient, these features form gullies, chutes or funnels in which a wildfire can be concentrated, which may be reinforced by wind turbulence exacerbated by the uneven terrain. In these
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situations, convective heat as well as radiant heat, can be a source of ignition. Vegetation below these properties should be a specific target for management action, with the goal of reducing fuel loads. Properties down-slope of a fire, and where there is sufficient gradient, are vulnerable to burning material, which rolls under gravity into the urban zone. This is a particular risk where forest plantations, or old plantation lands containing debris from past logging activities, exists above the urban zone. Property owners
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in this situation should consider installing a suitably anchored wiremesh fence on the boundary of their property, or erect some other barrier such as a hedge. S
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One of the worst things to do is to pile furniture outside the
One of the chief sources of ignition in a house is through
house in case a fire ignites in the house. A big fire will rain
ingress of burning embers. All buildings are at risk when
burning embers onto the furniture piled outside. A house that is
situated close to fire-prone vegetation. Although brick and
well defended is quite a safe place to be. S
concrete masonry walls are inherently non-combustible, many architectural features are vulnerable, such as window openings, exposed timber gable ends, exposed timber roof members, barge boards, fascias and doors and loose roof tiles. Window glass can fail relatively easily during a fire, allowing high levels
FIG 3 Sources of vulnerability on a building. Vents, gaps and windows should be protected by wire gauze screens.
of radiant heat to penetrate the interior and allowing entry of burning embers, exposing the combustible furnishings (e.g. curtains) to direct heat and ignition sources. Buildings with combustible external walls, for example â&#x20AC;&#x153;log cabinâ&#x20AC;? type constructions, are also at risk, as are buildings with thatch roofs or other combustible roof cladding such as bituminous-based fibre sheeting or plastic, as might be found in informal settlements. Adequate fire breaks need to be provided at property boundaries, and gardens clear of dense flammable vegetation. Accumulated dead vegetation or other combustible material such as wood-piles, are a significant risk factor under buildings constructed on piles (stilts). Wood-piles can generate large amounts of heat over an extended period, adding to the heat load from the wildfire itself (Wilson andFerguson, 1984). All under-floor areas should be kept clear of combustible materials and vegetation. Timber decking and combustible walls are subject to regulations that specify that they must be a certain minimum distance from the property boundaries. Adherence to building regulations in the South Peninsula Municipality is monitored. PVC gutters and down-pipes are not considered as high risk items as they would tend to char and melt under high levels of radiant heat and they do not contribute to the fire load as they only burn for as long as they are exposed to flame; they are self extinguishing i.e. they stop burning once the flame is removed (Bryan Wallis, Fire Engineering Sciences, CSIR, pers. com.)
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six fireboxes specifically placed along the Piketberg/Wolfberg/
residents, guests and staff at all times. As a result, homes
Pilansberg/Drakensberg/Waterberg mountainside edge. These
can reasonably be deemed “lock-up-and go”. These security
are supported by fire-fighting equipment and are tested on a
monthly basis, with any anomalies addressed accordingly.
tonehurst Mountain Estate has comprehensive security
26 fire hydrants have been positioned on the estate – with
measures in place to, as far as possible, ensure safety of
• 24 hour PSIRA registered security officer presence • Strictly controlled access through one main entrance with booms where all visitors are confirmed and signed in
Stonehurst houses are required to be designed with fire hose reels, accessible from the street, for emergencies. Estate Management strongly recommend to residents/owners that these are regularly serviced and tested. There are a number
• Biometric access system
of houses being built and the agreement with the contractors
• CCTV with recording of all movement
prohibits open fires and smoking on building plots and open
• Alarm monitored 3m perimeter electrified security fencing
spaces. Security Officers and Stonehurst Ground staff (as well as
• Alarm response
some residents) have received wildfire fire-fighting/suppression
• Internal foot and vehicle patrols
• External vehicle patrols • Perimeter fence foot patrols • Traffic calming measures • Close co-operation with neighbourhood watch and local security providers/law enforcement
concentrated on four areas, namely: • General wildfire fighting techniques, dangers, organisational structures, communications and equipment (as per the TMNP and City Fire Dept protocols) • Initial attack techniques for fires originating within the Estate (i.e. the first 10 minutes of a fire being reported), and then
• Fully equipped fire trailer for 1st response, hydrants and fire
slotting in with the formal fire fighting services of TMNP and City
boxes positioned throughout the estate
Fire, including helicopter assistance
• Preparing for an advancing fire that has originated outside
In addition to the above security measures, intended to reduce the potential for housebreaking, theft or breaches of the security systems, the Estate has also designed and implemented a number of strategies to combat other threats such as fire. The Estate borders the area of Table Mountain, managed by Cape Nature, which is susceptible to bush fires, by the nature of the flora and conditions.
of the Estate, and • Practical scenario sessions at sites where fires are most likely to occur or enter the property, using existing equipment.
INCIDENT The Stonehurst team’s knowledge of reaction to, and suppression of, fires was tested recently with the incident of
Stonehurst Mountain Estate has comprehensive measures in
a fuel-based fire on the OuderaapkraalFarm adjacent to the
place to ensure that a fire incident is dealt with rapidly and
Estate’s Northern perimeter. The Security Manager, Richard
efficiently. It must be noted however, that it is not a primary
Wilbraham, was on the scene within minutes and Security
responsibility of Security personnel or Estate Ground staff to fight
personnel advised the Lakeside Fire Department.
any fire – this is the job of the fire department. What we aim to
The Stonehurst Estate team ‘scrambled’ to the scene with
achieve is prevention and an initial strike, in order to delay the
fire-fighting equipment and began to wet down the fence
spread of the fire. We have approximately a 15 minute window
perimeter area to ensure that should the grass fire caused by
to keep the fire in abeyance until the fire department actions
the initial fire spread in the direction of Stonehurst, it would be
contained. The Estate Management advised the residents in
In order to remain informed of the general, as well as the
the area of the imminent threat by our emergency SMS system
specific conditions, Estate Management and Security receive
and, when the fire was contained and the Estate staff could
a daily FDI (Fire Danger Index) from CPFPA (Cape Peninsula
stand down from the emergency status, Estate Management
Fire Protection Association) forecasting fire danger in our area.
again informed the residents that all was under control. S
The mountainside is subject to bush clearing and the cutting of fire breaks regularly, both by the City of Cape Town and by Cape Nature.
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HEALTH & FITNESS BY KEVIN MUSIKANTH
t’s always difficult to push oneself to get into a training system and look forward to exercise. This is potentially the reason that running groups or “the good old aerobics
class” (think Jane Fonda!) or organised exercise is so popular purely because of the accountability aspect. Like brushing your teeth or taking the kids to school, the human mind likes to work with structure and operates best when it is accountable to something or someone, particularly loved ones. Well it is time that we became accountable to ourselves and begin loving ourselves and valuing our health as a priority. We know that despite global intelligence, lifestyle disease such as obesity, heart attack and strokes are at an all-time high and we are getting smarter by the day but we are also getting fatter and unhealthier. By the time you have read this article 20 people in the USA would have died from a heart attack (roughly every 30 seconds someone in the states dies from a heart attack – I am assuming that it will take you 10 minutes to read this), this is not to say that exercising will be the absolute difference between living or dying but it certainly will tick a box on giving you your best chance to maximise your energy in life and enhance longevity.
As human beings we are designed to exercise, work and more than anything else be physical. Exercise is a perfect outlet for today’s fast pace lifestyle and the high pressure that exists in our daily lives. We are expectancy driven and aim to please. This is a positive and a negative. From a positive point of view we will be accountable to others in getting things done and making sure that we honour commitment, then the corollary
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exists too as it can mean that our lives are so structured and the value of “me time” seems to fall by the way side as we are always trying to please others; the reality that exercise always seems to be the first thing that gives. Stephen Covey has Habit 7 (in his Seven Habits of highly successful people) being that of “Sharpening the Saw: Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle...” This primarily emphasises exercise for physical renewal. As a personal trainer and lifestyle coach, the excuses to not train from clients spew forth daily. ”Something work wise has come up,” “I have to attend a PTA meeting,” “I am stuck in traffic can we reschedule...” and so on. The problem with exercise is it is something that cannot be fast tracked or done over a P.C, it is a physical thing that cannot be “caught up”. The reason that we feel depressed when we don’t train is simple; it is that our modern lives, albeit pressurised and fast
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paced, does not allow us to be physical. We are naturally becoming more unhealthy by the day, as daily activity becomes “easier”: we don’t take stairs, we take the lift, we drive everywhere and look and often wait for the closest “rock star” parking space, all our work is done sitting at a computer,
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our lives are fast and everything seems to happen in front of
too tough, we are most certainly the world’s greatest excuse
a computer or TV screen. This is non-physical, stressful and
makers. But like anything in life, hard work does pay-off, there is a
particular reason as to why most of the world’s highly successful
Our physicality in general is getting thrown out the window to
people make time to exercise every day. It is a planned hurdle
accommodate modern day society. Supplements are part of
and something that makes the strong... stronger. We all know
one of the biggest industries in the world as everyone is looking
the value of exercise and know that it makes us happier, more
for a quick fix to lose weight. At the expense of health, not
positive, feel better, less likely to get ill and best of all more likely
that all supplements are unhealthy but a supplement is there
to be positive about our lives and the future, but yet by nature
to “supplement” an already healthy lifestyle and is not used
we will still find excuses.
to form a replacement or a “shortcut” to “cosmetic fitness”.
The best way around this is to prioritise exercise as part of
We have adopted the philosophy of, “let’s take the quick fix
our daily lives and make sure that we stick to the system, every
road...” We have forgotten what our genetic makeup is, the
day getting closer and closer to doing it as part and parcel of
fact that for the most part of human existence we have been
life and as a consequence it becoming the norm rather than
physical beings not driving around, but running around, fighting
for survival, hunting for our food and protecting our families, not
Correct exercise should be both enjoyable and rewarding
with electric fences but with the ability to be strong. It is only in
and from a results perspective, motivating. Obviously your
the last 60 to100 years or so that we have become “soft.”
best bet would be to get the advice from fitness professionals
Menssana in corporesano (a healthy mind in a healthy body)
so as to work out where to start, or where you are at in your
is a famous Latin quotation, often translated as, “A sound mind
current journey. We are happy to assist Stonehurst residents
in a healthy body.” It is derived from the aphorism, the famous
from a fitness life coaching perspective at no charge for the
saying of the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Thales. So let’s get
physical... sure, but let’s do it in the right way. The mind is a natural pessimist, turning us off the things that are difficult - our own worst enemy. When we find something that is tough to do, we almost always want to give up. Our mind is telling us this is
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All in all, if you’re not making use of the Stonehurst gym, you’re missing out! So get down there, sign in and start construction on
One of the major attractions of Stonehurst Mountain Estate
your new body and nexus of friends.”
is the on-site gym available to the residents at the Lifestyle
Other fitness offerings, apart from the beautiful Estate where
Centre. Managed by Body Excel, the gym caters for a wide
residents can cycle, walk and run in safety, include Pilates and
range of fitness training options, including a half-Olympic size
training pool. One of our residents who uses the gym regularly, Richard Browne, had the following to say about his experience in the
PILATES & YOGA Larissa Matthews teaches Pilates at Stonehurst on Tuesday
gym: “Having a wonderful facility such as our well-equipped fitness
morning from 8.30 - 9.30am and on a Thursday evening from
centre inside the estate is a great opportunity to tone-up and
5.00pm - 6.00pm at the Lifestyle Centre and gives us the
keep in shape on a frequent basis. In fact the only downside to
this convenient amenity is that one has to find a rather good
excuse not to make use of it! Not only do I find that the training
“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body
experience is varied and complete but the onsite professionals
uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the
are ready to offer a helping hand or friendly advice whenever
mind and elevates the spirit. If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30,
you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
There is added to this, the opportunity to meet new faces
and fellow estate dwellers, enjoy some social down-time
Pilates focuses attention on core postural muscles that help
and perhaps make an interesting business connection or
keep the human body balanced and provides support for the
networking moment. The array of equipment is varied which
spine.In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath
offers the chance to train from a purely weight based scenario
and of alignment of the spine, and strengthens the deep torso
to strength conditioning or just cardio and swimming.
and abdominal muscles.
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It teaches body awareness and good posture. And while it may flatten your stomach it will also give you a well-rounded, full body work out. You should leave a session feeling refreshed yet calm. If you haven’t done Pilates before, a private session or two might need to be arranged to introduce the basic principles and exercises of Pilates to you in detail so that you will be able to join an established class. To make a booking please call Larissa on 083 458 2054 or Email matthewslarissa@ gmail.com. Hope to see you there! “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in,” JIM ROHN. “Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows.”
WHAT IS YOGA? If you thought that yoga was all about bending and twisting your body in odd shapes, it’s time to rethink. Yoga is much more. In very simple words, giving care to your body, mind and breath is yoga. This means that the century-old practice includes yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas) and meditation. Through these, the body, mind and breath come in harmony with each other and it is in that very moment that yoga happens. The practice of yoga has immense benefits for the body, but also the mind so that you enjoy a perfect healthy state of being. At Stonehurst, Restorative Yoga is taught by Briony Kamer. It’s a relaxing style of practice that leaves you feeling open and refreshed. Movement will give your body a chance to
Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate
shed its restlessness and busy-ness before settling into a place
successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavour.”
of stillness. The practice will improve flexibility, strength, muscle
“We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.” JOSEPH PILATES
YOGA “Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.” Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana. “Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to
tone and focus. Briony teaches on a Monday and Wednesday evening from 6.00pm - 7.00pm at the Lifestyle Centre in Stonehurst Estate. JOIN US FOR A FREE TRIAL CLASS IN THE MONTH OF MAY. CALL Larissa Matthews on 083 458 2054 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. We would love to introduce you to the wonderful world of yoga!
subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to
“A mind free from all disturbances is Yoga,”
and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is
THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI.
one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.” Ravi
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and
endure what cannot be cured.”
“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” Paramahansa Yogananda.
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HALLOWEEN PARTY 31 OCTOBER 2012
Both adults and children got dressed up for another fun filled Halloween Party at Stonehurst. The Lifestyle Centre was transformed into an eery venue and witches and vampires entertained the kids with science experiments and games while they waited anxiously for it to get dark to begin their trick or treating.
father christmas makes an appearance at stonehurst 17 DECEMBER 2012
There was much excitement as Father Christmas came to visit, laden with stockings for all. His elves kept the children entertained with face painting and games while the parents socialised over boerie rolls. Thanks to resident John Botton for taking these great photos - many happy memories for all!
EASTER EGG HUNT 31 MARCH 2013
What a lovely time we had - searching for 12 famous bunnies around beautiful areas of Stonehurst. Once all the clues were found we headed back to the Lifestyle Centre for more entertainment and yummy boerie rolls. It looks like Stonehurst might need to invest in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tug of Warâ&#x20AC;? rope - seems the adults had more fun than the kids.
COMPETITION The colouring-in competition is open to all Stonehurst resident
Prize options include either a 2 Oceans Aquarium visit for two
children and their friends between the ages of 2 and 12 years
adults and two children, or Movie Tickets for 5 persons, or a
old. Have your child colour in the picture as they wish and
daytime Jolly Roger Pirate Boat (http://www.pirateboat.co.za)
NAME THE SUNBIRD. Submit the completed picture before June
cruise for two adults and two children.
30 2013 to Reception @ the Lifestyle Centre. Winning Entries will be announced thereafter. The organisers reserve the right to publish submissions and retain ownership of the submitted entries. Entries may be displayed on the notice boards in the Lifestyle Centre. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Leah Barkhuizen excitedly shows off her prize of a family voucher for her, her brother Ryan and her parents to visit the beautiful Butterfly World in Paarl. Leah’s beautifully coloured picture of ‘Toady’, the endangered Western Leopard Toad found on Stonehurst Mountain Estate, was voted the best of the excellent bunch.
Name of Child:
Age: __________________________ Contact Tel No: __________________________ Name of your sunbird: __________________________
FAQ’s How do I note / query / complain of something?
How do my visitors get access?
Please log all incidents, reports, queries or concerns on
Visitors will only be permitted once telephonic or written
approval has been given by the homeowner/resident to
stonehurstmountainestate.org or phone the Lifestyle Centre reception on 086 106 394 and speak to Janine, the receptionist.
Hours of operation of:
Where can I or my visitors’ park? Visitors may only park on your property, or in a designated
visitors’ parking bay (Stone Village and Stonehurst Close.)
Monday – Thursday:
05h30 - 19h00
Vehicles may not park on open plots, public open spaces or
05h30 - 18h30
on the roadway.
07h00 - 12h00
08h00 - 12h00
07h00 - 13h00
LIFESTYLE CENTRE will be open according to the Gym hours or
When is the refuse collected? General refuse – Thursdays – please ensure your refuse is out early and in a City of Cape Town black wheelie bin
when there are specific functions e.g. Movie nights, etc.
Recyclable materials (glass, tin, paper, plastic) – Mondays –
please ensure your refuse is out early
Monday – Friday : 08h00 - 17h00
BIOMETRIC ADMINISTRATOR Monday – Friday : 08h00 - 17h00
STONEHURST PROPERTIES Monday - Friday : 09h00 - 17h00 Sunday
: 14h00 - 17h00
How do I get post? The post is delivered to the Post Boxes, situated at the entrance to the Estate, by the Post Office staff. This only occurs weekly. The nearest available Post Office boxes are at Blue Route Mall Tokai.
How do I get a telephone?
Monday – Friday : 08h30 - 17h00
Telkom and SmartVillage provide telephone services to the
Who should I speak to? SERVICES / BUILDING ISSUES – Estate Management LEVIES / ACCOUNTS ISSUES - CapeClassic – Diane
How do I move in? Estate Management and Security are to be informed, at least one week in advance, of all intended move in dates. No horse and trailers (articulated vehicles) or containers will be allowed
Estate and application could be made directly to either of these companies. The telephone number is to be provided to Estate Management as soon as the line is installed to enable contact by Security.
How do my service provider / builder get access? All contractors / labour etc must be registered with Estate Management, and register on the biometric system for access.
through the Main Gate. Please advise moving companies
What about my pets?
to use single axle vehicles or sprinter vans/shuttle vehicles.
Stonehurst allows pets, but please consult the Code of Conduct
The Emergency Gate is for emergencies only and serves as
for the rules surrounding pets. All pets must be registered with
an evacuation point for homeowners/residents and to allow
Estate Management (with a photo in case the pet is found or
emergency vehicles such as fire trucks access onto and off the
Estate in the event of an emergency/disaster. The only time that the Emergency Gate will be used for “non-emergency access” will be to allow heavy equipment access onto and off the Estate when required as part of the building operations for specific plots. Refer to Estate Code of Conduct for further info.
What should I know / read? Constitution Code of Conduct Architectural Guidelines
What is the speed limit?
What does Security do (and doesn’t do)? Security control access to the Estate ensure the perimeter fence is operational and patrolled, and do regular 24 x 7 patrols throughout the Estate. Security is not permitted to hand out business flyers, take messages for residents, accept post or parcels on behalf of anyone, keep keys or other items for visitors / residents.
Can I plant whatever I want? Stonehurst Mountain Estate is within the protected area of the Table Mountain National Park and as such, only plants
30km / hour at all times. Please drive carefully as there are
indigenous to the Western Cape may be planted. Other plants
children, residents, indigenous wildlife and pets around.
may be kept in pots in limited quantities, on written application
How do I get a Wheelie Bin?
to the Estate Management.
Apply through Reception email@example.com
FAQ’s CONTINUED What are the times of access / building hours for the
to submit their drawings (including two Landscape Plans and
Contractors or Service Providers?
an irrigation layout diagram) to the Design Review Committee
Monday to Friday 07h00 to 17h00 (Estate to be vacated by 17h30) Saturday By prior written consent only - 08h00 to 13h00 (Estate
(appointed by the SMEOA) for design approval, before submitting them to the local authority for final approval. Approval or rejection of the design is entirely at the discretion of the Design Review Committee.
to be vacated by 13h30) Sundays & Public Holidays No work permitted
What costs are involved to the HOA for building? •
Verge deposit – R5000
Builder’s Holiday - No work permitted from mid December
Scrutiny fees - Varies
through to mid January, actual dates are advised by Estate
Building Levy – R1000
management and vary annually
Can I use the gym and /or pool? All residents may use the gym and the pool, provided the levies
for your property are up to date All gym and pool users must be registered on the gym biometric system and use this system to enter
How can I hire the entertainment facilities? No children under 12 years of age may use the lap pool without being specifically supervised by a Body Excel employee Contact the Events Co-ordinator for a quote for your specific needs, the details can be obtained from Estate Management
Chairman of HOA/ Landscaping Trustee
at the Lifestyle Centre.
What levies do I pay and when? NORMAL LEVIES BUILDING LEVIES – While in the process of building (12 month period), penalty levies are stopped and a building levy is introduced PENALTY LEVIES – If the building period has been exceeded the vacant property will be subject to penalty levies FINES – There are a number of items in the Contractors
Stone Village Representative Trustee
Stonehurst Close Representative Trustee
Estate Management PA to Estate Management
Agreement and the Code of Conduct which may result in fines being issued by Estate Management for non-compliance. These normally follow written warnings. Property owners are ultimately responsible for any fines incurred by their contractors, service providers or visitors. NEW DWELLINGS
What are the Architectural Design Manual / Design Guidelines?
Estate Management Estate Manager
Stonehurst Mountain Estate is set against the slopes of the Silvermine Mountain and abuts the Table Mountain National Park, and the dwellings on the Estate should be designed and positioned in such a way that they would form an integral part of the natural landscape. The Architectural Design Guidelines (Design Manual) sets out the Urban, Architectural and Landscape Controls with which the homeowners will have to comply, and forms part of the Stonehurst Mountain Estate Owners Association’s (SMEOA) Constitution. In terms of the Agreement of Sale and the Constitution, owners will be obliged
Estate Management Security Manager
Entertainment & PR Trustee
INTERCOM (only the residents with instruments plugged into the
(On-site Sales Agents)
Smart Village Jack)
STONEVILLAGE – Dial 21 - 0 followed by the unit number
(Unit 9 = 21009)
STONEHURST CLOSE – Dial 22 – 0 followed by the unit number
(Unit 5 = 22 005)
SINGLE RESIDENTIAL - Dial 200 or 20 – followed by the portion
082 788 5728
number (20010 or 20164)
021 702 4854
Estate Management Offices:
080 022 5599
Glynis - free call (Intercall)
AMBULANCE (GOVERNMENT AMBULANCE)
021 702 4240 | 083 452 2916
PA TO ESTATE MANAGEMENT
CONSTANTIABERG MEDI CLINIC
Estelle - free call (Intercall)
021 799 2911 | 021 799 2196
021 702 4243
POLICE (EMERGENCY AND MUIZENBERG POLICE STATION)
10111 | 021 788 8754
Janine - free call (Intercall)
FIRE BRIGADE (LAKESIDE)
021 702 4243
021 788 1843
Fax number 021 702 4504
CAPECLASSIC PROPERTY SOLUTIONS (Pty) Ltd Managing Agents DIANE SMITH
021 702 4852 082 782 3566
021 948 9900 ELECTRICITY DEPARTMENT (24 HOURS)
0860 103 089
021 787 9909
(Stonehurst does not specifically endorse any of the following
SECURITY MANAGER (Richard Wilbraham)
free call (Intercall) 021 702 4862 BIOMETRIC ADMINISTRATOR (Yolanda Ordman) free call (Intercall) 021 702 4862 GUARDHOUSE
free call (Intercall)100SV CONTRACTORS GATE free call (Intercall)021 702 4242
083 3261607 | 083 326 1604 SPCA
021 700 4140 (Telephone Installations/Service) 0861 845 5243 SKYNET DSTV
BODY EXCEL GYM 302SV
SNAKE CATCHER SPCA
021 702 4242 | 079 493 8669
TRAINERS AND MANAGEMENT
O/H 021 705 9970 A/H 071 556 6720
021 702 4506
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