Maynardville Open-Air Festival: the programme

Following a successful first season for the expanded Maynardville Open-Air Festival, the atmospheric park setting in Wynberg will once again play host to a three-month feast of classically inspired shows. Says producer Brian Heydenrych, “Last year’s maiden Maynardville Open-Air Festival was really well received and we have been encouraged to bring back our wonderful partners to perform an exciting season of classical works with a contemporary edge. We look forward to welcoming audiences new and old to the 2019 Festival.”

Lower priced early bird tickets have opened for each of the shows in the season so audiences are encouraged to visit to get the best prices on tickets. All tickets can be booked via Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

Shakespeare in the Park

The 2019 Shakespeare is one of the Bard’s greatest tales, Richard the Third. In this production, the infamous hunchback will be played by award-winning actor Alan Committie and takes the audience on a journey through palace politics, coruscating corruption and macabre machinations in order to become the new king of England.

Award-winning Shakespeare director Geoffrey Hyland also returns to Maynardville after the triumph of Twelfth Night (2017) to direct this comic-tragedy. With a cast of 14 and costumes by the talented Leigh Bishop, this production promises an action-packed, theatrical rollercoaster romp as it depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III.

Catch the season from 6 February – 9 March, and be sure to book early for the popular Valentine’s night performance.

Music inspired by the Bard

The season will open with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Famously Incidental, a selection of well-loved famous plays. Expect to be transported into the world of Grieg, Beethoven and Bizet in this exploration of light and lovely classical works conducted by Brandon Phillips and narrated by Rodney Trudgeon. There are only three of these concerts from 17-19 January 2019 so audiences should book sooner rather than later.

Starlight and Swingtime

The Cape Town City Ballet is bringing their popular Swingtime in the outdoor setting for Swingtime in the Park; Sean Bovim’s ballet performed to the music of the swinging sixties. The Cape Town City Ballet dancers will be interpreting nostalgic hit tunes such as It had to be You, Unforgettable and Fly me to the Moon. Catch the ballet from 23-27 January 2019, booking is live.

The Jesters are back

Audiences who caught last year’s riot of wit will be first in line to get tickets to this year’s comedy under the stars. Kurt Schoonraad’s Cape Town Comedy Club will bring a line-up of top names to the stage under the hilarious host Rob van Vuuren for Jesters in the Park – Season 2. This chance to laugh at the stars, the world and ourselves is not to be missed and best enjoyed with friends and family. Catch the Jesters from 31 January-2 February 2019.

Sunday night sessions

A series of one-off Sunday evening concerts take place throughout the 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival.

Catch Derek Gripper once again with his unique infusion of classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and even Indian classical music has which has carried him to the world’s stages including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. A special concert from Cape Town Opera, the much-loved Graham Weir, a resident of Wynberg, bringing his special breed of madness to the park and finishing up with the gospel voices for Vumani Choral Projects to close the season.

Keep an eye on Computicket’s Maynardville page as bookings for these will open soon.

The Maynardville theatre tradition

The Maynardville Open-Air Festival brings an opportunity to turn a theatre night out into an experience. Patrons can pack a picnic and bring along their blankets to spread out on the park lawns before the show as per the Maynardville tradition. There is also the option of pre-ordering a gourmet take-away from a special menu that the Festival is offering in partnership with the local restaurants. Dress up, get a crowd together, mark a special occasion or anniversary or make it a first date.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served prior to the show and during interval as will the bar that will stock Drifter beers, buchu gin and tonics, Diemersfontein wines and soft drinks. A snack kiosk will also be serving refreshments.

For many, Maynardville is where Shakespeare’s works are brought to life on stage for the first time. The Festival will again allocate block bookings to schools at a reduced price.

Ticket and booking information

Each production has special offers for early bird bookings, block bookings (over 8) and there are concession prices for schools and seniors. Audiences can also take advantage of preview show prices for Richard III

Booking has now opened on Computicket for some of the productions and all will be online soon and Artscape-dial-a-seat 021 421 7695

The Festival is produced and presented by Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust and LiquidMatch Productions and is supported by Artscape and Diemersfontein Wines.

Visit http://maynardville.co.za for more information about the Maynardville Open Air Festival

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The Maynardville Open Air Festival takes place at Maynardville Open Air Theatre in Maynardville Park, entrance on the corner of Church and Wolfe Street, Wynberg, Cape Town.

  • Press release by Sascha Polkey, Rabbit in a Hat Communications, sascha@rabbitinahat.co.za
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Join the Wynberg Garden Meander!

Summary: To celebrate Garden Day, there will be a Wynberg community garden walkabout on the morning of Sunday 21 October. Anyone is welcome to walk along and/or open their garden.

Afsana Khan

Afsana Khan

Sunday 21 October is Garden Day and keen Wynberg gardener Afsana Khan has taken the opportunity to celebrate it by organising a community garden walkabout.

“As many green fingers will know, Wynberg’s climate can make for tricky yet rewarding gardening,” Afsana says. “The idea of the walkabout is to admire each other’s gardens and share our knowledge and experience of a wide variety of gardening practices and inspirations.”

Who can participate?

Everyone is welcome to include their garden and/or join in the walkabout. Your garden does not have to be extraordinary beautiful or large. “It is a community initiative by and for the community where we can share ideas and enjoy each other’s gardening efforts,” Afsana says.

What to expect

Practices to be discussed in the walkabout include permaculture, hydroponics, composting, pest control and irrigation.

There will also be a look at beekeeping and chicken keeping.

Gardens already participating include features such as vegetable gardens, waterwise gardens, small gardens, fynbos beds, pot-planted patios and tree ‘walls’ planted to safeguard privacy.

How to participate

If you want to open your garden and/or join the walkabout, please contact Afsana on 083 226 3564 or via Messenger.

When and where

Date: Sunday 21 October

Time: 9 am

Where: Meet at Maynardville Park across the road from Four & Twenty.

More information

A Facebook event has been created.

A seven-storey building for Berwick Road?

SUMMARY

  • An apartment block of seven storeys with 47 flats is planned for Berwick Road.
  • Interested parties have until 15 October 2018 to comment.

Picture of Berwick Road, taken from the top close to Victoria Hospital

Berwick Road. An application has been made to consolidate the four properties on the left and erect a seven-storey building with 47 apartments.

Developers have applied to erect a seven-storey block of flats in sleepy Berwick Road. The application has been brought by Andrew Pratt of APTP Town Planning.

The WRRA has received letters of concern from residents in Berwick Road as well as in Lindley Road, as the latter road will also be affected by the proposed building.

Both streets are located on Alphen Hill just below Victoria Hospital, and currently sport cottages and small blocks not higher than two or three storeys.

The proposed new block will be erected at 5-8 Berwick Road and is expected to consist of 47 flats, for which the four properties will be consolidated.

Map showing where Berwick is and where the development will be

The green section indicates where the proposed development will be.

The developer has applied for a series of departures from City bylaws, some of which are related to boundary setbacks, which are to be expected in the light of erf consolidations. They also applied for only 59 off-street parking bays (instead of the required 94, i.e. two per apartment), and for departures with regard to carriageways.

Read more:  The full application

The area is zoned GR4, which permits buildings of 24 meters high, into which seven storeys would fit.

However, one of the departures applied for is rezoning part of the consolidated property to GR5. It is unclear why. GR5 permits buildings of 35 metres high, but also has different requirements for boundary building lines and street set-back.

Read more: Do you know how your street is zoned?

Concerns

Residents in the area have expressed their concern about the influence of the new block on:

  • Parking – Berwick Road already handles overflow traffic from visitors to Victoria Hospital;
  • Traffic – the road is used as a short-cut to schools;
  • Drainage and sewage – these are already under pressure;
  • Mountain views – these will be spoiled;
  • Privacy – new neighbours will be able to look straight into surrounding properties;
  • Streetscape – such a high building will not fit the look and feel of Berwick Road; and
  • Heritage – there are buildings graded IIIB behind the proposed development.

Do you wish to comment?

  • Closing date for objections, comments or representations: 15 October 2018
  • Email address: comments_objections@capetown.gov.za
    Note from editor: We tested this address and it is incorrect. Correct address will be supplied as soon as someone picks up the phone.
  • State your full name, address, contact details, the method by which you may be notified and what your interest in the application is. Also supply the reason for your objection or comment.
  • You can also make an oral submission. Find the details here:  The full application

INSPECT THE APPLICATION

Office of the district manager
Plumstead Administrative Building
3 Victoria Ave
Plumstead

Tel. 021 444 7721 (Mr Ndyavane)

READ MORE: Wynberg Development Watch

 

Wynberg: what can be solved and what will persist?

liz brunette

Cllr Liz Brunette

Summary:

  • Issues that may improve: Illegal taxi ranks; illegal trading and crime at the Public Transport Interchange; the unclosed lane at Egglestone Road; littering
  • Issues that remain stubborn: Problem buildings; people living on the street; off-route and speeding taxis
  • And did you know that Main Road would have had surveillance cameras, were it not for the drought?

In August 2018, Cllr Liz Brunette (City councillor for Ward 62) updated residents on how the City was trying to solve the suburb’s crime, grime and traffic issues at a meeting hosted by the WRRA. Here are some of the most important topics discussed:*

WYNBERG PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE (PTI)

The Wynberg PTI is used by about 60 000 people per week, Brunette said. It is used mostly by people who go to or return from Victoria Hospital, the military camp and businesses or places of work in the area, or those who use taxis to travel to and from the PTI to Constantia, Tokai and Hout Bay.

Plans are now afoot to upgrade the whole PTI area. This will happen in conjunction with the deployment of MyCiti buses to Wynberg – in other words, the upgrading project and the Wynberg MyCiti project have been combined into one project that will include large MyCiTi buses arriving at the PTI and smaller taxi-type buses branded MyCiTi that will transport commuters between the PTI and surrounding suburbs.

At the moment, however, the area tends to attract crime, antisocial behaviour and illegal trading.

Two years ago, CCTV cameras were installed, Brunette said. “But if any untoward activities are seen on the cameras, City Law Enforcement or the police have to be contacted to respond, and they are not always immediately available as they cover a very large area.”

She believes the best solution would be to deploy City Law Enforcement officers permanently to the PTI and surrounding area and has submitted a request to this effect.

Currently Law Enforcement in Wynberg works from 7 am to 4 pm – the ideal is to have permanent Law Enforcement officers at the PTI who are on duty from 6 am to 8 pm.

One of the biggest headaches in the area is illegal trading. The traders arrive at about 3 pm to catch public-transport commuters. Sidewalks become crowded, forcing people to walk on the streets. This causes traffic havoc when commuters start returning home, Brunette said.

She said she hoped that more Law Enforcement officers would address this, as well as the illegal taxi ranks in the streets around the PTI. Illegal ranks have sprung up because of limited space, and it is hoped that the upgraded PTI will provide more parking space for taxis and trading spaces for the traders.

HOMELESS PEOPLE

Many homeless people are in Wynberg specifically because they regard it as a safer space than the places they come from. It is also illegal for the police or Law Enforcement to physically remove street people against their will and take them to another location.

The City’s social development department is responsible for homeless people, but they work closely with Law Enforcement and Cleansing. Hotspot areas in Wynberg are regularly visited to make sure the environment is not destroyed.

Cllr Brunette said she initiated a local network of care through the City’s social development department. The network assists homeless people, helps them adjust back to their communities and encourages them not to live on the streets as this endangers their safety. The issue is complicated by a lifestyle that often includes drugs.

The Morom/Wetton road area is close to the Public Transport Interchange and there is a very active community of homeless people at night. A lot of dumping occurs and by day there are many illegal traders.

Brunette’s advice: If you are concerned about a homeless person, refer them to The Haven. Many however don’t want to go because of the rules there, but they will get a shower, meals and possibly some clothes. The Haven tends to be full at about 6 pm at night but will soon be expanded.

GRIME

Littering in open plot in Piers Road

Littering in an open plot in Piers Road

The Wynberg Area Coordinating Team identified a lack of bins as one of the causes for the grime problem in the suburb, Brunette said. Many people would leave black bags out along the road and by the time the cleansing department came around the contents of the bags would be strewn all over the area.

A bin audit was done and more than 2 000 extra bins were issued in the whole of Wynberg West. Each bin as a unique number and ID chip that identifies it location, so it can be traced if stolen.

As there is a monthly charge for each bin, the project increased income for the City with R275 000 per month.

Another problem was the cemeteries in Wynberg, which became a dumping ground and drug dens. The Wynberg Improvement District employed homeless people to help clean up the cemeteries as far as possible, St John’s Parish is looking at erecting a fence.

Brunette’s advice:

  • Report an area with lots of litter on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za.
  • Don’t leave bins out overnight.

RECYCLING

Recycling of solid waste must happen privately. There is an app on the City website called Recyclers, which can be used to identify which companies collect different forms of waste in one’s area: web1.capetown.gov.za/web1/wasterec/map.

PROBLEM BUILDINGS

Ebor Road, Wynberg

Ebor Road

There are several problem buildings in Ebor Road belonging to Uli Heydt and Jonathan Katz. They also present a debt management problem for the City as water and electricity are not paid.

In addition, the occupants of the buildings don’t always operate above the law.

Water and electricity to some of the buildings have now been cut off.

As a result, this has become an undesirable part of Wynberg. The Neighbourhood Watch cannot patrol there and no City safety and security operation is possible without police accompaniment.

Another issue is properties owned by national government, such as the Waterloo Green property. It seems the government was unaware that they owned these properties and decisions about them are made in Pretoria. Local representatives are powerless and not able to do much except forwarding the information to Pretoria, so nothing gets done, Brunette said.

She says she reported these properties to the Problem Buildings Unit, and residents are also keeping an eye on them. Two of the properties contain heritage buildings.

TAXIS AND TRAFFIC

Taxis parked illegally in Morom Road next to the transport interchange. Pic: Google Maps

There is an enormous number of illegal operators and taxis. Both legal and illegal taxis often travel off-route.

Each taxi organisation has a particular route and taxis are not allowed in the area between Waterloo and Main, nor in Piers Road or Wolfe Street. (They are allowed in Car Hill Road.) But they run off route, which is very frustrating for residents.

Brunette’s advice: Take a picture or number plate and send it to her at Elizabeth.Brunette@capetown.gov.za. She will pass it on to the transport regulation department. They can build up a case history which will be taken into consideration when licences have to be renewed.

The City’s traffic calming policy aims at protecting the most vulnerable road users, i.e. kids going to school. There are several schools in Wynberg, so the City is focusing on speed bumps outside schools and access roads to schools.

Speeding is a universal problem in city areas and cannot be used to justify the need for traffic calming, Brunette said. The City develops a systematic programme and decides where the bumps are applicable.

Brunette’s advice: Many streets in Wynberg are quite narrow. At the same time, many people park on sidewalks which is illegal. If residents would park in the street, it will slow down or divert the traffic.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Wynberg Law Enforcement is in Wellington Road (there is a sign outside the building). There is a growing number of officers at that office, Brunette said. One can also volunteer for the auxiliary Law Enforcement service which patrols mostly at night.

Of concern is the lane in Egglestone Road, which is a dumping place and even used as a toilet. The roads department has agreed to close the lane but it has still not happened.

Langley Road and Hollywood Bets are also areas of concern for residents, with littering, people drinking on the pavement, loiterers, rats and drug dealing out of cars. Residents have tried to clean up the area themselves but it lasts only for a while.

Cllr Brunette suggested the residents keep on reporting the problems so that a case history is built up. She also suggested that the community fund a security camera for the area.

There was in fact a plan to install security cameras along Main Road in Wynberg, but in the 2017/18 drought that budget was re-allocated to the City’s water-saving strategy.

Brunette’s advice:

  • Always open a case at the police station, no matter how small the crime. The only way to build up crime statistics is with   cases. Crime statistics ultimately determine how many police officers are stationed in an area.
  • Join the Neighbourhood Watch: wynbergwatch.com

*This article combines  Cllr. Brunette’s talk with matters that arose in question time.

Public meeting: Let’s engage with our councillor!

Pic of Liz Brunette and raised hands

Councillor Elizabeth Brunette

Summary:

  • A date and time has been set for the promised townhall-style meeting between Cllr Liz Brunette and Wynberg residents.
  • Wayne Aldridge, the City’s head of problem buildings and an expert on crime, street people and drug issues, will also attend.

Councillor Liz Brunette will chair a public meeting with residents of Wynberg on 7 August.

A City crime expert will also attend to speak to residents about crime and related issues in our suburb.

This is the first public meeting ever dedicated specifically to the issues of our suburb (the part of Wynberg that falls in Ward 62), so it is important to attend.

Date: 7 August 2018

Time: 6 for 6.30 until 8 pm

Venue: Church on Main, 3 Millbank Road (next to the library, across the road form Maynardville Park)

Map of Church on Main

 

In attendance will be Wayne Aldridge, head of the problem buildings unit of Cape Town. He will speak about and reply to questions on problem buildings, street people, drugs and crime.

Picture of Wayne Aldridge, Wynberg

Wayne Aldridge

Cllr Brunette can answer questions on taxis and traffic, two other topics Wynberg residents indicated they wanted to discuss at the meeting.

She will also inform us about plans to improve the Wynberg PTI (public transport interchange) and surrounding area.

The WRRA urges residents to attend, as our Facebook users often complain of lack of access to the councillor. This is your opportunity!


Cllr Brunette requested that the WRRA send her a list of possible topics for discussion. After consulting with residents, we supplied the following topics:

  • How to engage with the councillor most effectively
  • Taxis and traffic
  • Wynberg PTI
  • Development in Wynberg
  • Drugs and crime
  • Street people
  • Problem buildings

Quest for a clean suburb

Cartoon of 3 children cleaning up a dam

Summary:

  • The City’s solid waste department has undertaken to clean Wellington Avenue, Piers Road, the area around Maynardville Park and three green areas between Wellington, Kemms and Flamingo Road once a week.
  • This is thanks to the relentless efforts of two Wynberg residents who refused to take no for an answer.
  • All residents can help by keeping the street area outside their homes clean.

IF YOU’VE NOTICED that some streets in Wynberg are looking more pristine than before, your eyes would not have been be deceiving you.

That’s thanks to Ian McClenaghan, WRRA exco member in charge of cleansing and a man who has for months been meeting with and petitioning a large number of people connected to the City and its cleansing departments.

Pic of Ian

Ian McClenaghan, WRRA exco member in charge of cleansing

“We recently moved to Wynberg and are very happy living in a suburb where it’s possible to walk to shops, restaurants, the library and especially Maynardville Park,” Ian explains.

“I’ve always enjoyed a walk around the neighbourhood in the evenings. My first visit to Maynardville Park was late one afternoon, and I found a park that was pristine; a lovely example of a proper neighbourhood park. The contrast, walking back home was terrible – the side streets were filthy and full of litter.”

This worried him particularly as before he lived in Newlands, where the streets were always impeccable.

So Ian, who stays in Wellington Avenue, set to work with his friend Ross Finck, a Kemms Road resident. Together they lodged a request on the City’s website. They spoke to the Wynberg Improvement District. They met with The Haven. Ian joined the WRRA exco and set up a cleansing portfolio. They patiently wrote endless emails, many of which went unanswered. They petitioned and met with the ward councillor. They drove around the suburb with City’s waste management officials, pointing out problem areas.  They checked into the Expanded Public Works Programme.

At last, after being sent from pillar to post for many weeks, Ian and Ross  met up with Deon McDillon, manager of the City’s department for solid waste. And things started to happen.

Deon did not have the funds to clean the whole of Wynberg every single week, but he did undertake to do the following:

  • Clean Wellington Road once a week
  • Clean Piers Road and the area around Maynardville Park once a week.
  • Clean the three green areas between Wellington, Kemms and Flamingo Road once a week.

Sherard Square is also looking much better, Ian reports.

“Wynberg south of Maynardville is much cleaner than it was a few months ago,” he says, but cautions, “we must remain vigilant and continue to follow up.”

Note: The Wynberg Improvement District (WID) employs nine permanent cleaners in the area covered by them.

WHAT WE CAN DO

As the City of Cape Town has limited resources, Ian and Ross urge private residents to take responsibility for their own streets.

“Part of the success in the areas above was that neighbours also became involved,” Ian says.

“Just keep an eye on the area outside your own front gate. Sweep the pavement once a week and remove any rubble that should not be there. If you employ a gardener or gardening service, add keeping part of the street clean to their job description.”