Winter 2018

In this Issue
Athol Swanson
Introducing Nadia Ismail
Waste Not
Give Responsibly



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Keeping public areas safer and cleaner and the community informed of developments and happenings in and around the Wynberg Improvement District area.   



Across Athol Swanson's Desk

While we welcome the long awaited rain we need to be mindful of the current drought we are experiencing and maintain our efforts to conserve and reduce our water usage at home and in the workplace.

Our Urban Management team have been focussing on the clearing and maintenance of the rain channels and storm water catch pits as a preventative measure to prevent flooding when the forecast heavy rains arrive.


In addition to maintaining a level of cleanliness in the WID area and addressing environmental concerns the Team removes aprroximately 3 500 bags of litter per month from public spaces, in addition to what City Cleansing remove. This includes general litter, illegal dumping and abandoned goods which could end up in the storm water system and cause flooding. To this end we have introduced a night cleaning team.

Through the 24 hour Control Room, the Security Patrol Officers and Cleaners address issues that are within their capacity. Anything else is referred to the appropriate City Directorate.  


Introducing Nadia Ismail

Librarian at Wynberg Library

There's a new Head Librarian at Wynberg Library, well, Nadia Ismail is not so new, she has been with us since September 2017. Nadia cut her teeth in a library, her mother was a lover of books and an avid reader, Nadia was always with her and her love of books and libraries started early and she still does. It shows...

She started her career at the Mitchell's Plain Library as the Children's Librarian. It was here that her love of encouraging children to read started. Before heading up the Library at Wynberg she was the Head Librarian at Observatory Library for 10 years, a much loved member of the community there. In Wynberg, there have been musical evenings, computer classes, chess club and an active knitting club all much enjoyed by the community. There is also story-time for toddlers.

To find out what is planned please have a look at the Wynberg Library page on Face Book or why not pop in and meet Nadia. Notices of activities are also displayed in the Library, there is something for everybody.

She has managed to get teachers involved in tutoring for those pupils who need it. This takes place in the afternoons. Many people don't know that Wynberg Library has an extensive musical section with music on offer to suit all tastes or should we say ears...

There is a book sale on the first Saturday of every month from 10h00 to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome and activities are free.    


Waste Not

No this is not about water and the current drought which has brought about a very real awareness of the environment, our carbon footprint, climate change and the sensitivity and threat to the natural resources we sometimes take for granted. It is about:

That generated in our homes and businesses and how we can be help to protect the environment and reduce the ecological impact.



The City's Wastewise Programme promotes environmental awareness and encourages action.
Reduce littering, minimise waste, stop illegal dumping and increase recycling.


Why Recycle?
Reduce amount and cost of transporting waste to landfill.
Landfill sites are a limited resource



What to Do...

• Separate recyclables from your waste. Drop this off at the Rosmead Avenue facility next to the Fire Station. They take - garage waste, clean garden waste, motor oil, cans & metal, paper, cardboard, glass bottle, plastic, E-waste, clean builders rubble, polystyrene and tetra pak.

• Use a Contract Recycling Service Provider for collection. Such as Kool Waste Management. Call 072 129 5787 or email


• Remove the risk of having ‘bin scratchers' around your property and area throughout the night.
• Some are looking for recyclables and reusables and others for criminal opportunities.




• As a ladder to climb over your wall; a hiding place.

• Ask your neighbour/s to help if your routine makes this difficult.


Support NGOs in the area with any reusable goods and clothing as well as edible food.
•  The Haven – Wynberg (021 7628243)
•  U Turn (021 6746119)

City of Cape Town Bylaws


The City has numerous bylaws which govern urban issues. For information on these visit the City's website

Did you know...


It is illegal to:
• Dump your waste in somebody else's bin or on street corners.
• Have any outdoor signage or seating without a permit from the City.
• To trade on any public area without a permit from the City.
• Post any stickers, posters or paint without a permit from the City.


Give Responsibly: No one should have to live on the streets...

The Haven started the "Buy a bed" campaign to make The Haven Shelters more accessible for people living on the streets.

Most homeless people know that they have to pay shelter fees starting from R12 per night. These shelter fees are a goal to teach homeless adults to take responsibility for their lives again. Sometimes homeless people use the cost as an excuse not to come to the shelter. 


With the "Buy a bed" campaign the community is encouraged to cover the shelter fees for the first 5 nights for a homeless person to help The Haven to be a sustainable organisation. The campaign is intended for a homeless person with no income. There are more than 2500 new clients per year.


Your help would be much appreciated.  



"You Can't Score a Goal Sitting on the Sidelines"
'Get involved; Go the extra mile; there is very little traffic on that extra mile!'

Keep an eye on WID's Facebook; Twitter and Website for up to date information and new activities. (All links are on the left hand side of the information section of this newsletter).