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UPGRADE: BUSINESS HUB
DILAPIDATED and vacant buildings, open
plots which have become dump sites and
streets strewn with litter.
The Retreat business hub, from Seventh
to Eleventh Avenue and Retreat Road, is in
desperate need of an upgrade. The once
thriving business hub and first choice shop-
ping area has become a home for vagrants
and a crime hotspot.
While businesses are struggling to gener-
ate a profit and pay salaries, the area is no
longer frequented by residents of the greater
Retreat area, who have chosen to do their
shopping at nearby shopping malls.
But in a bid to increase business and visi-
tors to the business hub, local business own-
ers and the City of Cape Town are calling for
support from residents and other businesses
for the upgrade of the business centre.
Local business owners, togetherwith local
ward councillor Jan Burger and the Citys
Department of Economic Development, will
meet to discuss the way forward tonight
(Tuesday 19 March).
Business owner and Steenberg Communi-
ty Police Forum (CPF) chairperson Kevin
Southgate says business owners in the area
have been concerned about the negative im-
pact of crime and the state of total neglect
of buildings for a number of years.
Building owners have allowed the build-
ings to reach its current state, despite those
renting these premises having requested
that landlords fix and clean it, he says.
This has led to a limited scope of progress
for businesses, with very few if any in-
vestment in the area. First impressions
leave lasting impressions and many owners
Southgate says he often receives phone
calls fromprospective customerswho, in the
end, do not visit his store once they are
aware of its location.
He adds that the establishment of the
South Peninsula Business Forum a year ago
was not well supported.
We are now planning a new initiative
with the businesses in and surrounding the
industrial area, with the hope of mobilising
all business owners in the area, Southgate
We have met with Steenberg police and
the CPF, as we realise the importance in a
partnership with the organisations. At the
meeting the challenges were discussed,
while the support for a business forum was
Southgate says key issues, such as
crime, safety and security and parking, will
be high on such a forums priority list.
Peoples Post previously reported on the
departments plans for development econo-
mists to survey the current economic situa-
tion and design a business retention and ex-
pansion plan for Retreat (Business survey
in Retreat, Peoples Post, 29 January).
The survey will focus on businesses and
industries located along Retreat Main Road,
MilitaryRoad andRetreat Industria the ar-
ea bordered by Station, Main and Military
roads, and the railway line.
Burger says plans to upgrade the business
district were initiated in 2006.
Since then we have exhausted all ave-
nues for funding and support.We seem to hit
a brick wall everywhere, Burger says.
The upgrade of the business area will
work hand in glove with the upgrade of Re-
treat train station, while it will also create
jobs during and after the process.
Itwill also assistwith skills development
for the unemployed people of the greater Re-
treat area. We just need the buy-in and sup-
port of a sponsor tomake these ideals a reali-
V Tonights meeting will be held at Nortons Panel
Shop in Tenth Avenue, Retreat, at 18:00. All interested
parties are welcome.
The annual Cape Town Carnival was held in the CBD on Saturday 16 March. The event,
featuring dancers, floats, music and pretty girls in colourful costumes, saw the parade
pass through the City centre, along the Fan Walk, and finish in Green Point. See page
4 for more photos. PHOTO: JACO MARAIS/PHOTO24
PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
N THURSDAY South Africans cele-
brate Human Rights Day. Is it just an-
other day off work or do Capetonians
give special attention to their hard-fought
human rights? Peoples Post interns Tarren-
Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini polled
WENTZEL DANIEL: He feels the right to
education is important, especially for the new
generation. In my days we didnt have the
opportunities the children today have and I
dont want my children to struggle.
PHOTOS: TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN AND LUZUKO ZINI
ODENDAAL GERBER: He is most passionate
about the right to access to water. People
should use water sparingly. There are so many
people who dont have access to drinking
water. Yet you get others who can afford it
and then waste it.
TOBIE STEENKAMP: The right to life is the
most important right, he says. I feel if you
take away someones right to live, your life
should be taken away. In our country that
right is absolute, not even the State can take
away your right to life.
LEE-ANN PEDRO: She says freedom of speech
should be supreme and feels it is what our
country needs to move forward. It is impor-
tant and will help our country if people could
express what they want, when they want and
how they want.
TERRI-LEE JENSSEN: She believes it is
important for people to express themselves.
Freedom of speech is the most important
human right because people should be able to
say what is on their minds.
CHARLES MERRINGTON: The right to freedom
of movement is important. This is not (like
in) the old days when you needed permission
to enter certain places. We dont want to go
back to those days, so that right shouldnt be
LAWRENCE LUBBE: I think the right to
education is the most important because
when a person is educated, they have a
chance to land a decent job. Should that right
be taken away a lot of people would be
hopeless education is everything.
Sassa re-registration for safetys sake
CONFUSION about where State pension-
ers can collect their monthly payout has
This comes after the South African So-
cial Security Agency (Sassa) adopted and
introduced the biometric- based system
for all social grants in February.
The systemaims to ensure that the right
grant is paid to the right individual at the
right time and place. Its immediate plan
is to eradicate fraud and corruption.
It will also allow beneficiaries to use
their Sassa branded card anywhere in the
But Peoples Post received a number of
frantic calls from readers, who claim the
new system was time consuming and
One such reader, Beatrice de Wett (78)
from Diep River, tells of her experience at
a local supermarket. I was not there to
draw my monthly pension I will only
have to do so in April, but I was horrified
and shockedwhen I sawwhatwas happen-
ing, she says.
When I arrived at the supermarket, the
place was very crowded. I thought the peo-
ple were rioting, but soon realised they
were there to draw their pensions.
She describes the atmosphere as abso-
lute chaos, as pensioners queued in long
lines inside and outside the store. They
all had to stand; there was no place for
them to sit. Some of the people were stand-
ing with walking sticks, visibly uncom-
fortable, De Wett says.
I also found out that they had been
standing there for a very long time some
of them had been there for up to four
hours. And there are no ablution facilities
for them to use.
De Wett claims she was informed that
the chaos was the same the previous
day, with three of the pensioners having
been transported to hospital for medical
treatment after they had fainted while
waiting in line. The staff at the supermar-
ket also told the people that they had to re-
turn the next day, because there was no
more money, she says.
I cannot understand why Sassa
changed the process of drawing your pen-
sion. Why must we go to supermarket? It
is heartbreaking and sad to see the pen-
sioners suffer this way.
However, regional Sassa spokesperson
Shivani Wahab says supermarkets Pick n
Pay and Shoprite are not the only places
pensioners can draw their monthly
The beneficiary has the option of ac-
cessing their social grant at a Sassa