Report back from City Councillor Ian Iversen – Ward 59

Report back from City Councillor Ian Iversen – Ward 59

November 2016

Dear Residents,

I hope that you will find the following information about City & local municipal matters of interest.

Newlands area: I am supporting the Newlands Residents Association project to establish a boardwalk in the Papenboom Meadow – off Newlands Avenue. The Parks Branch have been requested to remove all the ivy that is covering trees in Newlands Avenue & Klipper Road. The pathway along the Liesbeek in Paradise Park is to be repaired & steps will be taken to prevent the soil in certain areas from being washed away.

Health update: A donation of R81 million has been received from the Global Fund which will be used in the fight against TB, HIV and teenage pregnancy.

Roads Branch: Before the end of the year Mains Avenue, Kenilworth & College Road Rondebosch will be resurfaced.  The Roads Department have also been requested to repaint a number of road markings & stop signs etc. Rubber / plastic ‘bollards’ have been placed near the traffic lights in Imam Heron Road leading up to Stanhope Bridge.  The introduction of these bollards will prevent motorists from cutting in in front of other vehicles plus improve safety on our roads.

Alien /invader trees: If you see a Pepper Wattle tree which has been classified as a category 3 invader or a Tree of Heaven – category 1b invader please advise the Environmental Resource Management on 021 712 1434. Further information can be obtained at

Energy: Mayor de Lille has written once again to the National Minister of Energy asking for her permission to begin purchasing electricity directly from independent power producers (her letters haven’t been responded too!). The City has asked for a Section 34 determination in New Generation Capacity Regulations in the Electricity Generation Act to allow the municipality to procure solar & wind energy from IPP’s.

Newlands Swimming Pool: The swimming pool and the roof are being repaired by contractors and the work should be finished in time for the December school holidays.

Rondebosch CBD parking problems: A real ongoing problem is being used by sedan taxi operators who take up most of the public parking in the CBD while they wait for customers. At present parking is limited to 60 minutes. I have requested that the time limit be reduced to 20 minutes which will allow shoppers to pop into a shop and transact business. In addition, Traffic Branch officials will be needed to enforce the new time limits