Here you can read the latest news concerning the Fish Hoek CPF and the community it serves. Last Updated:  6 January 2024

SANPARKS – FIRES AND SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Between January 1, 2024, and January 18, 2024, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) witnessed a notable increase in fire incidents, responding to a total of 22 fires in the month of January 2024 A concerning pattern has emerged with the majority of recent fires occurring in the southern section of the TMNP, namely in the Kalk Bay, Oceanview and Redhill areas, as well as in the north of the park, in the Signal Hill and Pipe Track areas. Fires in these areas can pose a significant risk to communities living adjacent to the park, particularly with the hot temperatures and strong wind conditions currently being experienced.

SANParks firefighting teams, comprised of contracted crews from Nature Conservation Cooperation (NCC) Wildfires, Working on Fire and Volunteer Wildfire Services with Cape Town City Fire and Rescue Services have demonstrated swift response and effective containment of fires.

Following investigations into the fires by Environmental Wildfire Services, it is suspected that the three major fires on were started with malicious intent.

Kalk Bay Fire – Malicious Intent
The fire above Boyes Drive in Kalk Bay, which started on 17 January 2024, burnt approximately 73 hectares of veld and was contained (i.e. stopped spreading) at 21h45 with the collaborative efforts of over 115 firefighters, management staff, three Huey Helicopters, an AT 802 air tractor bomber, and a spotter plane. Firefighters are still busy dealing with flare-ups from hotspots in this fire area.

Slangkop (Ocean View) Fire – Malicious intent
A veld fire erupted in the Ocean View area at approximately 17h15 on 18 January 2024. Preliminary reports suggest the use of dry-cut alien vegetation, potentially ignited with a cigarette lighter.

Pinehaven Fire – Malicious intent
This fire started between Pinehaven and Da Gama and spread towards Scarborough at approximately 23h30 on 18 January 2024. Current indicators strongly suggest that the Pinehaven fire was ignited with malicious intent. Further investigation is underway.

SANParks’ dedicated crews, supported by NCC Wildfires and VWS, are on standby throughout the season and prepared for immediate deployment upon activation to ensure a robust response to emergent situations. A strong partnership with the City of Cape Town and Provincial Disaster Management ensures joint response to fires of consequence. Efforts are underway to increase patrols in the south where many fires have occurred.

Further appreciation is conveyed to the public for their support, the Checkers group for their donation of goods and to Spur Steak Ranch and Nando’s for sponsoring meals for firefighters.

SANParks would like to take this opportunity to request that the public continue to be vigilant and report any fires or suspicious activity immediately. Information in the form of pin locations, photographs and/or video clips of the early stages of any fire occurring within the Park is very valuable for an investigation into the cause of the fire in order for investigators to reconstruct the sequence of events on behalf of South African National Parks.

Fires and illegal activity in Table Mountain National Park can be reported to the emergency number on 086 110 021 or the Newlands Fire Base on 021 689 7438.

10 NEW RECRUITS FOR FISH HOEK

The new constables will begin their induction with three months of public interaction in the Community Service Centre (CSC). They will complete a full six months of training at the Station and this will bolster the crime-fighting capabilities of our local police but in the interim they will take a little time to find their feet… so please be patient should you encounter a new and possibly nervous face behind the counter at the Fish Hoek SAPS.

NATIONAL SHELTER MOVEMENT

Helping women and their children  affected by gender-based violence. For more information see their website at https://www.nsmsa.org.za/. They can be contacted by calling 0800001005, or send an SMS, Whatsapp or *Please* Call Me to 0820578600/ 0820582215/ 0722307147 or send an email to infohelpline@womanscentre.co.za.

NEW IPID NUMBER FOR REPORTING MISCONDUCT

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has launched a toll free number (free from land lines only) (see below) which can use by the community to report alleged poor police service delivery, police misconduct and or criminality of a serious nature.

0800111969

This number must be used responsibly and is a mechanism to report or escalate issues if you feel that your  official complaint to the FH Police Station Commissioner has not been addressed satisfactorily.

For example, police members who

  • sleep on duty,
  • harass or intimidate citizens,
  • fail to act to crimes (gender-based violence, domestic violence, child abuse etc)
  • abuse and misuse of police weapon, state resources and state vehicles, and
  • are involved in drug trafficking and and gangs.

Incidents relating to death in police custody, trafficking, poaching and rape, to name a few, should also be reported.

On calling the number, a complaint receptionist will take down your complaint, register your call and give you (the complainant) a reference number. Once a complaint was registered, it would be allocated to an investigator.

The Fish Hoek CPF Chairman (FH CPF) invites members of the community to make formal complaints to the concerning the Fish Hoek Police Station  to the Station Commissioner directly or directly to the FH CPF.

LATEST THREATS – 11 September 2020:

Invasion of Public and Private Property with a View to Erecting Structures

The threat of land invasion is very high and the City of Cape Town has asked the community to be vigilant of and to report any perceived illegal activity in this regard. It is therefore important that information on such activities be communicated to the City as soon as possible.

Public Areas
Residents are to be mindful of any structures erected/ being erected on public land, pavements, roads and road verges.  If it is considered to be blocking the normal thoroughfare of pedestrian- or motor vehicle traffic as well as constitute a safety concern, such sightings must be reported without delay as detailed below.
Law Enforcement Officers (LE) can issue transgressors with a compliance notice should they be found to be breaking any CoCT by-law regarding invasion of public areas through the erection of such a structure.

A LE has the power to remove such a structure or its construction components if the offender has ignored a previously issued compliance notice.  The LE will then issue the offender with a Section 56 Notice relating to that specific incident. The offender will also be allowed to remove any of his/her personal items on the site. A tent is deemed to be a personal item and cannot therefore be removed by anyone except the legal owner of the tent.

Private property
When non-authorized person(s) enter and gather on one’s private property or are building a structure (including a tent) the owner of the property cannot contact LE to effect an eviction / cessation. The owner has to obtain an eviction order in terms of the Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 (1998) and the PIE Act.

Reporting Mechanisms for In-progress or Existing Invasions

Report incident to:
Emergency Call Centre – 0214807700 and log a service matter on the City of Cape Town C3 Portal – Click here.

City Community Safety Liaison Officer
Marco Boer  Area South  Marco.Boer@capetown.gov.za  073 236 5903

When reporting information, it should contain a clear description of the affected area, description of the perpetrators, estimated number of perpetrators and photos or video footage if available.

Ensure that reference numbers are obtained and you follow up on the progress thereof. It is also recommended that you provide these reference numbers to the Fish Hoek CPF via contact info provided on the FH CPF website.
The Land Invasion Unit  0860765423

THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SAFETY ILLEGAL FIREARMS REWARD PROJECT

The Department has long studied the deadly effects of the illegal possession and distribution of firearms; which sit at the centre of Cape Town’s high murder rate and gang related activity.

Last year, the Small Arms Survey reported that approximately 5.4 million South Africans have guns in their possession, but only three million of these firearms are licensed. Globally, South Africa sits at number 20 on the list of civilian held legal and illicit firearms. According to Gun Free South Africa, an astonishing 9855 guns are either lost or stolen each year. It is these firearms that are harder to keep track of and essentially lead to increased gun violence in South Africa.

To learn more and how you can qualify for a reward click here