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Pilates Update!

Stonehurst Pilates Aug 2016


Dear Groovy Pilates Peeps …

Attached please find our current Stonehurst Pilates schedule … including our NEW Monday 8.30am class – as of Monday 5 September 2016.

I am super keen to get some more classes up and running … starting with an early morning – Mon 7am , and an evening – Wed 5pm or 5.30pm .  We have had some interest for both sessions … so spread the word and let’s gather some more people to grow our Pilates Community.  Privates and duet sessions are also available !!

People outside of the Stonehurst Estate are also most welcome

I look forward to seeing you rolling around the mat at some stage this week !!

Happy Day !


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Quality educational toys for your children… right on your doorstep!






Born to Fly – 22nd Cape Town International Kite Festival – 29 & 30 Oct 2016


July 2016

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Shark & elephant - Photographer Cathy Williams 8502 (MAGS)#BornToFly is the theme of the 22nd Cape Town International Kite Festival which will fill the sky with incredible kites on 29 & 30 October 2016 in Muizenberg.

“We believe everyone is born with potential to fly beyond life’s circumstances,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health, the organiser of the annual kiting extravaganza. “Our mission is to help people realise their potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels lighter when they simply lift their heads and look up.”

This is Africa’s biggest kite festival. Kiters from Canada, China, Germany, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and all over South Africa are expected to attend. It is also South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event, with 100% of the profit going to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond.

Kite Festival 2015 Cape Mental Health. CMH Kitefest2015 Photo©emiller@iafrica.com eric Miller 0832259675

Kite Festival 2015
Cape Mental Health. CMH
eric Miller

The festival offers affordable, feel-good, family fun with free kite-making workshops daily, including specialist sessions with master kite-maker Ebrahim Sambo (from Athlone) who be showing how to create a traditional Cape Swaeltjie (Swallow) kite. With a market, food trucks and tea garden there are plenty of food options, or bring along a picnic and let your spirit soar as you watch some of the world’s most amazing kites embrace African skies.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is R30 (R10 for children 12 years and under).

Tickets available online www.capementalhealth.co.za and at the gate. For info go to www.capementalhealth.co.za, contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 / info@cmh.org.za or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CTKiteFest.


Africa’s biggest kite festival @CTKiteFest, 29 & 30 October, Muizenberg #BornToFly www.capementalhealth.co.za

Family fun in support of @CMH_NGO @CTKiteFest, 29 & 30 Oct, Muizenberg www.capementalhealth.co.za #BornToFly

Incredible kites & family fun @CTKiteFest, 29 & 30 Oct, Muizenberg www.capementalhealth.co.za #BornToFly

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Incredible kites & family fun @CTKiteFest, Africa’s biggest kite festival, 29 & 30 Oct, Muizenberg www.capementalhealth.co.za #BornToFly

Support @CMHNGO and go fly a kite @CTKiteFest, 29 & 30 Oct, Muizenberg #BornToFly www.capementalhealth.co.za

Links / URLs:

Email info@cmh.org.za

Web: www.capementalhealth.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest

Twitter: @CTKiteFest @CMHNGO

Instagram: @CTKiteFest

Hashtag: #BornToFly

Note to the Editor – Cape Mental Health

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been active for 103 years and continues to work towards a society where people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to education, training, work and social opportunities. For more information call 021 447 9040, email info@cmh.org.za or visit www.capementalhealth.co.za.

Issued on behalf of Cape Mental Health by On Course Communication.

For media queries contact Megan Bosman or Cathy Williams of On Course Communication on 021 782 0877 / 084 682 2847 / Info@OnCourseCommunication.co.za.

Dogs – Your responsibility as a pet owner

The HOA has reDog_01cently been alerted to a number of incidents of dogs biting residents or visitors, or other dogs in various circumstances. Pets are typically a sensitive subject for residents of gated Estates such as Stonehurst and the responsibility remains with pet owners to manage their pets in a way that is not a nuisance or danger to other residents.

Residents must be reminded that dogs are not permitted to roam free on the Estate, and may only be on common property on a leash. We request that should you note a resident walking a dog off-leash that you remind the pet owner that this is not permitted, and report this to Estate Management, preferably with a picture, so that we can also advise the resident of the regulations.

It must also be noted that unfortunately when residents in Stone Village and Stonehurst Close open their doors or garages, sometimes their dogs run out onto the roadway and behave in an aggressive manner toward other residents who happen to be walking by, sometimes with their own dogs on leashes. Please ensure that your pets are not able to run out in this way, as we have has several incidents of untethered dogs attacking passers-by and their leashed pets.

Please note that Security personnel are not mandate to rescue dogs which are left to wander, nor are they in a position to confront pet owners when you report that the pets have defecated on your property. Regarding lost pets, if you know who a lost pet belongs to, Security can assist by informing the pet owner. Otherwise, please contact 0217004140 (SPCA) should you not know who the dog belongs to for them to collect.

Regarding pets defecating on your property, please try to take a picture of the pet, and send to helpdesk@smeoa.org with your report of time and date, and Estate Management will try to determine the owner and advise them accordingly of the penalties linked to allowing pets to wander off leash and / or defecate on others’ property.

Please note the Estate Regulations and City By Laws below:

Stonehurst Code of Conduct Rules dated 30 April 2013:


5.2.1  No more than two dogs/cats may be kept without prior written consent from the Trustees.  The grant or withdrawal of such consent and the conditions attaching thereto shall be entirely at the discretion of the Trustees.

5.2.2  Each pet should be registered with Estate management.

5.6  No homeowner/resident shall permit their dog(s)/cat(s) to cause a nuisance to other residents.

5.7  The Trustees shall have the right to prohibit, restrict and control the keeping of, or remove any pet which they regard as dangerous or a nuisance to other occupants of the Estate.



Clause:  22.10.3  the right to prohibit, restrict or control the keeping of any animals which they regard as dangerous or a nuisance;


The full City of Cape Town By-Law can be seen HERE

Section 5 has details on prohibitions relating to the keeping of dogs
5. (e) says:
No person shall keep any dog which barks for more than six minutes in any hour or
more than three minutes in any half hour.
5. (f) says
No person shall keep any dog which
by barking, yelping, howling or whining; or
by behaving in any other manner,
causes a disturbance or nuisance to inhabitants of the neighbourhood;

However, over and above the letter of the law, we request that owners and tenants respect the fact that we live in a close community and please be considerate of your neighbours. We would like our pets to be part of the community in a positive way.

2nd Development – Restricted Access

Dear Residents

It has come to our attention that residents and children have been walking on the area known as the ‘2nd Development’ above Drakensberg Road below the Navy Base

Please note that this area is technically still a building site, and it is therefore strongly discouraged that anyone traverses this area, as there are inherent risks due to ongoing works.

We have been formally advised by the Developer that no persons, other than authorized Contractor personnel, are permitted in this area for safety reasons, as there are still open manholes, unstable areas and potentially dangerous areas within this precinctArcView Print Job

We therefore request that no persons, especially children, use this area at any time, and we ask that any activity that is noted here, is reported to Security and our office.

Please note that the HOA accepts no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury that may arise from persons entering this area, and have no liability in terms of the risks associated with accessing this site.

We would very much appreciate all residents cooperation in this regard and ask that you advise your household, especially your children, that this area is restricted.

Bird Deterrent Specialists – The answer to bird nuisance



One of our young residents, Daina de Agrela, has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and has lots of wonderful business ideas. One of her offerings is “Design-A-Cushion”

Anyone wanting customized scatter cushions with pictures of anything you like, such as your pet, child, grandchild or a loved one who has passed away, can have this made up by Daina.


There are other options too, such as: wildlife and special occasions. Please email her at design-a-cushion@hotmail.com or you can click on the link below for further details if you are interested.


Please note that the images have to be in high resolution in order to have the image printed onto textile and the DPI must be between 150 and 300.

BKM Article – Stolen Goods Found in Claremont

Claremont SAPS have advised that they have arrested 2 Malawian National males and two c/males who the SAPS believe belong to a syndicate that operates in the area.


The items recovered include 21 bicycles, some of which are imported, household goods, construction implements and flat screen T.V.’s to the value of R1 million !

These items will be displayed at the Claremont SAPS on SATURDAY 23RD JULY between 10h00 – 14h00 and residents who have had goods stolen recently are welcome to go to the station with their I.D. documents and identify their property. For further information, contact Sgt. Lindile Dubeni on 079 894 1492 or Capt. Eshly Naidoo on 021-657 2266.


High Water Bills & The Borehole

High municipal water bill? There are options…

So you have received high water bills and are concerned that the readings are incorrect, there is a faulty meter, or that there is a leak. There are ways to eliminate these three factors as possible contributors to the high bill, and thereafter the consumption can only be as a result of usage.


Many people say “I couldn’t have used so much water, there are only two of us in the house!” However, it is deceptive how much water can easily be used and as just an indication of how quickly this can add up, the calculation below illustrates this, if, for example, you have automated irrigation to your garden:

  • Static pressure at on the Estate is around 5.5 to 6 Bar at the individual properties.
  • The normal domestic water meters are 20mm and if your irrigation line is 25mm (the most common), this delivers about 76 litres per minute (regardless of how many outlets the irrigation system has)
  • 110 000 litres (110kl) would therefore require the irrigation line to run for only 22 hours a month – about 45 minutes every day – to get up to the 100kl mark through the irrigation system
  • 110kl of municipal water  (including the sewerage component calculation) would attract a bill at the current City of Cape Town tariffs of approximately R10 000! (Tariffs attached) – Cluster
  • Normal domestic use inside the house (bathing / showering / toilets at NORMAL use) is approximately 7500 litres / month (7.5kl) so relatively negligible

To calculate the costs associated with your current municipal consumption you can use the following calculator:


  • Ensure you put in the correct number of DAYS as this affects the result. Your meter is read on the 10th of every month or the closest day to that that is a working day
    ·  Put in the Total Consumption (this would be the last reading minus the one before)
    ·  This calculator can be used for the old and new tariffs, you just need to change column G2 indicated below to “2” for last year and to “4” for this year. The tariffs will change automatically likewise.BOREHOLE

    The Estate embarked some years back on a project to provide borehole water for the irrigation of the Private Open Spaces (POS’s) on the Estate. At that time, the cost of the municipal water supply to the Estate to irrigate this HOA property was in the region of R120k to R150k per month, depending on the season. Our internal borehole water supply system comprises now of two reservoirs (dams) situated on the East and West sides of the Estate (A & B) , with currently 5 boreholes serving these reservoirs. The capital cost of the irrigation infrastructure, boreholes and reservoirs is being recovered by these savings.

    The daily output of these boreholes and the 360 000 litre reservoir storage currently has the capacity to provide water for irrigation purposes to private homes on the Estate, as well as watering common property, and we therefore are linking properties to the system for owners who would like to use the facility. The terms & conditions of use are detailed below. It is important to bear in mind that the irrigation of the common property takes precedence over the supply to private property and therefore the HOA reserves the right to restrict or stop supply to individual homes when necessary.

    We can therefore provide a link to the borehole supply, at your property boundary. From there you would get your landscape / irrigation person to link up to your existing irrigation. Ensure you are able to swap between the municipal and borehole supply if for some reason the borehole supply is interrupted. The borehole water has been tested and is suitable for irrigation and is perfectly fine although not officially  ‘potable’. The borehole water supply to each residence is separately metered and you would receive a separate water bill to the bill you receive for the municipal water supply. Looking at the tariffs below, you can easily see the potential savings if you are a relatively high water user. For very low water users, (if your water bill is less than R500 per month) it may not be viable to use the borehole supply.

    2016 Borehole Water Supply – T&C’s & Tariffs

    Should you choose to participate in the borehole pilot project:
    Please note that this is not a guaranteed service and that it is switched off when it is raining. Lead time for installation is currently approximately 1 month

    Stonehurst HOA also reserves the right to withdraw this service in its entirety, or change the tariffs (we will notify you if we intend changing the tariffs)

    The following costs / tariffs will apply:

  • Fitting of piping all materials & labour to your account, by our team : R2000 – up to the boundary of your property
  • Any extra piping / tap / standpipe required within your property, will be extra at cost.
  • Water Meter     : R500.00 once off cost
  • Service Fee      : R175 / month regardless of whether you use water or not, and will be implemented from the time your installation is completed and you start using the water.
  • Water tariff for usage       : As per table below, per kl (the council figures, totals are in the extreme right column

Water saving recommendations:

  • Plumb in the toilets in your home to the borehole water with a switch over to potable water
  • use of water conservation measures in all bathroom/ablution facilities such as Low volume shower heads / low flow taps – Max flow rate for wash hand basin taps is 6l/m and showers 10l /min Set flow rate on showers etc to minimum
  • Pool Cover required to minimise heat loss and water evaporation
  • WC’s are required to be fitted with a Multi-flush system
  • Storm water infiltration must be promoted through minimising hard paved areas and the use of porous paving surfaces, where paving is required
  • Rainwater runoff from roofs must be directed into gardens and/or into rainwater tanks, rather than directly into storm water drains. Where practical and possible in relation to the elevation above the street. (Storm water management plan must be submitted for approval)
  • The provision of rainwater tanks on site must be specified in the design plan as to the location and screening thereof
  • Grey water capture and reticulation and re-use for flushing is also recommended
  • Water wise garden
  • Underground drip-feed irrigation is recommended to reduce water wastage

If you wish to be connected to the borehole system, please email borehole@stonehurstmountainestate.org

Parkscape – a “Safety First!” initiative

ParkScape_02Stonehurst Resident Nicky Schmidt sent the following contribution:

Seeking to create safe, biodiverse, open and shaded urban parks in the buffer zones of Table Mountain National Park where Park meets urban edge.

The increasing incidence of crime and fire in the buffer/transition zones of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) pose a serious threat to the urban edge.  The devastating fires of March 2015 (which destroyed several homes, resulted in numerous injuries and the death of a fire-fighting pilot), and the brutal rape and murder of 16 year old Franziska Blöchliger in Lower Tokai in March 2016, highlight SANParks’ current failure to adequately manage the 221 sq km Park.


Table Mountain National Park is uniquely situated in an urban setting, and is supposed to be a People’s Park.  Unlike rural parks such as Kruger National Park, it must meet a broad range of local user needs; particularly the needs of communities who lack urban green space.  Management strategies for the Park must therefore be specific to meet the demands of an increasingly densified city environment.  Unfortunately local users regularly run into issues and concerns that hinge primarily around safety with respect to crime and fire; access and creeping fees; a focus on biodiversity and touristic commercialisation to the exclusion of local user groups, ratepayers and communities; and, the failure to effectively manage buffer zones, particularly where they lie adjacent to dense urban edges.

The issues pertaining to the management of TMNP date back to over ten years to when it became apparent, through a flawed public participation process, that TMNP managers failed to pay heed to public concerns.  Over time the relationship between SANParks and many users and stakeholder groups has become increasingly fractious, with lack of safety within the Park being a key driver.

The terrible tragedy which occurred in Lower Tokai in March has brought the issue of crime and safety in the Park into sharp focus – yet when asked as to how they will manage this problem, SANParks have failed to respond. In fact, it would seem that SANParks do not have management plans for the many areas where the Park meets urban fringes.   In light of the Blöchliger tragedy, along with another murder, multiple rapes, stabbings and muggings throughout the Park – and the reluctance of SANParks to engage with concerned citizens – the vision was born to reclaim the buffer zones, for the people of Cape Town, starting with Lower Tokai Park (also known as Tokai Forest) as a potential model.  The objective is to create safe urban parks for all – and Parkscape enjoys the City’s support on all issues pertaining to safety and security for residents, including those on the mountainside .

ParkScape_03The guiding principle is that the buffer zones should provide safety from both crime and fire , and will also, where necessary, provide areas of safe, easy-access green parks for all Capetonians, meeting the needs of mixed user groups as might apply to each area.  Approaches might broadly follow the proposed Lower Tokai model, if appropriate, and need to be community driven.


The buffer zone parks will need to be created in collaboration and consultation with the City and/or Province, SANParks, relevant experts, and local communities and user groups.  Each community/user group will be responsible for crime monitoring in their own area via their local crime watch and residents’/ratepayers’ associations, and with instrumental assistance from Table Mountain Watch and other City driven safety initiatives.  They should also, together with the City and SANParks, take part of the responsibility for the management of their own park, if the buffer zone is to be used as a park.

ParkScape_07Parkscape, led by Stonehurst resident, Nicky Schmidt, is currently gathering supporters and members for its database.  Anyone interested in knowing more can contact Nicky at info@parkscape.org.za or those wishing to support the initiative can either sign up on the assocation’s website or on the forms on the notice board at the Lifestyle Centre.  As a community that lives adjacent to the buffer zone of Table Mountain National Park it is in our interests ensure that we are never again affected by the kind of fires that blighted our Estate last year, and that we have safe areas for recreation beyond the boundaries of our Estate.


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Wimbledon’s Men’s Final : Watch it on OUR big screen!



Please join us for the mens Wimbledon tennis final on Sunday 10 July on the big screen @3pm (bar opens 2pm)

R50 Glass of bubbly, scones, strawberries & cream RSVP functions@smeoa.org