Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Cell Phone Tower Objections

    Good Day Everyone from the RRRA,

    I would like to draw your URGENT attention to the latest cell phone tower onslaught from CELL C.

    Please bare in mind when reading the latest proposed cell phone tower application -  that RICHWOOD WILL BE GETTING FIBER.  Fiber is way better / more stable and healthier!


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    An application for rezoning has been submitted to the municipality by the owners of No 9 Buitengracht Drive Richwood to allow CELL C to build a 15m cell phone tower on their premises. 

    The application was done by Warren Petterson, who appears to be the force behind all the cell phone tower applications around the Cape. Most, if not ALL suburbs have STRONGLY OBJECTED to cell phone towers been erected in their backyards!

    This application can be viewed on the fence of No 9 Buitengracht Drive Richwood. You will have to look very carefully for it,  as it is a very small sized notice! It was also apparently advertised in the Argus & Die Burger newspapers? Did anyone see it? 

    The application can also be viewed at the municipality buildings in Parow.

    EnquiriesThe application may be inspected at the office of the District Manager at Parow Administrative Building, cnr Voortrekker Road and Tallent Street, Parow, 7500, 021 444 7843 during office hours.
    Objections, comments or representationsAny objection, comment or representation on the proposal, with reasons therefor, may be submitted to the following e-mail address: comments_objections.tygerberg@capetown.gov.za (or submitted in writing to the office of the above mentioned District Manager) to be received before or on the closing date mentioned below.
    GeneralAn objection, comment or representation which does not meet the requirements in this notice may be disregarded. Objections, comments or representations form part of public documents and are forwarded to the applicant for response. 

                                        OBJECTIONS MUST BE IN BY THE 20th MAY!!

    If you like a copy for the application or help filling in your objection - please send your request to richwoodratepayers@gmail.com email address.


    I trust Richwood Residence can count on everyones support regarding objection against the cell phone tower?

    regards
    Dave Smith
    Chairman RRRA


    Sunday, 5 May 2019

    Tree Trimming Along Tygervalley Road

      Good Day Everyone,

      Some of you may or may not have noticed, the municipality are busy trimming the trees along Tygerberg Valley Road today, so drive carefully.

      They have also started in our parks.

      regards
      Dave Smith
      Chairman RRRA











      Saturday, 4 May 2019

      Greetings from Dave Smith, the new Chairman of Richwood Residence Ratepayers Association

        Good Day Everyone,

        I've really been busy trying to catch up with all the ongoing projects left behind by the previous RRRA (Richwood Residence Ratepayers Association), so now finally I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all who voted for me.

        First order of business is the upcoming elections.

        In case you have not heard about it yet the IEC have moved our voting station from Richwood Community Center to Burgundy Estates. The IEC's reason for this move is due to the growth in the area.

        Voting will now be held at the:

        RIVERSIDE COLLEGE
        CORNER CARMINE DRIVE & 6 CELLARS DRIVE
        BURGUNDY ESTATES

        SPECIAL VOTES:

        take place between 9am - 5pm on the 6th & 7th May 2019

        The elderly & frail who filled in the forms and handed back to the RRRA will be contacted by the IEC, who will do the home visit.

        VOTING IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL.
        SO PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT!

        Best regards
        Dave Smith
        Chairman RRRA







        Monday, 15 October 2018

        Alternatives to Fibre?

          As mentioned in our previous post about our Richwood Fibre Initiative, many of us can not wait until our area will finally get connected via Fibre. Either due to our Job, usage of Netflix, multiple people household - or gaming, we are just not happy with ADSL.

          So what are the alternatives until we get FTTH? Luckily there are some:

          ADSL/VDSL

          Yes, this seems obvious, but unfortunately only applies to those lucky who can at least get 10Mbit ADSL or VDSL (20 or 40Mbit).

          • Pros:
            • semi-available (speeds differ from street to street - e.g. VDSL won't be available everywhere in Richwood)
          • Cons:
            • dependent of Telkom (think twice about this)
            • requires a DSL Line
            • higher latency
            • no guaranteed bandwidth
            • relatively expensive
          • Costs: R1767 for a bundled and uncapped/unthrottled VDSL line from Afrihost

          LTE

          Again, high-speed coverage may vary. Very flexible installation though. Anyone with experience on how well Netflix works on LTE?

          • Pros:
            • cheapest solution
            • easiest to setup (e.g. no installation needed)
          • Cons:
            • unreliable / speeds can differ greatly
            • no uncapped nor unthrottled offerings
          • Costs: R799 for a throttled and capped package from Telkom


          Wireless (Wifi point-to-point)

          You guessed it: no coverage guaranteed (see how important FTTH is?)

          • Pros:
            • available
            • guaranteed bandwidth
            • low latency
            • if you can spend the money, you can achieve 100 Mbit already now
          • Cons:
            • can be unstable (due to interferences)
            • most expensive
            • quite intensive/complex installation required
          • Costs: R1553 for a 20Mbit uncapped/unthrottled Line from Wibre
          • Please see this following thread for some recommendations: https://www.facebook.com/Richwood.WC/posts/10156712943947953

          Please use the comments below to share your experience :)

          Tuesday, 9 October 2018

          Richwood Fibre Internet Initiative


            Dear Richwooders, kindly join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/richwood.fibre/ if you are interested in receiving faster, better & cheaper internet via a fibre connection to your home (FTTH).
            Let's use that Group to organise ourselves as a collective and finally get heard by last-mile fibre providers such as: Vumatel, Frogfoot or Octotel.





            What is Fibre Internet?

            Traditionally your home is connected via a copper-line (Telkom owned) to a network. That copper-line is not only used for your telephone (POTS - plain old telephone system) but also for data (ADSL/VDSL).

            Fibre Internet - or better known as "Fibre to the Home" (FTTH) connects homes via a fibre optic cable network. It is completely digital and meant to only transport digital data, with voice/telephone being done via data as well (VOIP).

            You can completely get rid of your Telkom line once you switch over to fibre.

            Why do I need it?

            Fibre is a much more reliable medium than copper. Data on a fibre optics cable has less interference and can transport much more data. In short, some of the key advantages:

            • higher bandwidths possible than any other medium
            • no interference, no matter how far your home is to the next connecting point
            • lowest possible latency
            • ideal for Netflix!


            Why should I get it?

            Apart from the general advantages above, specifically for us Richwooders we would benefit greatly from:
            • higher internet speeds
            • generally cheaper data packages
            • more reliable connection
            • freedom of choice on data packages (as this is offered by various competing companies)

            How can I get Fibre Connected?

            1. Join our Facebook Group so we can quantify people who are interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/richwood.fibre/
            2. Show Interest for Octotelhttps://www.octotel.co.za/coverage-map/ (Enter your address to get started -> Show your Interest -> Fill in your details)
            3. Show Interest for Frogfoot (we are still working on getting their contact details)
            4. Show Interest for Vumatelhttps://vumatel.co.za/coverage (Enter your address -> Show my Interest -> Enter details)

            When will Richwood be connected to the Fibre Internet?

            Unfortunately we can not give any ETA yet. The Facebook Group was created to connect with people with the same interests. Installing FTTH is unfortunately not cheap and roads have to be dug up, which is why we need to show greater interest towards companies such as Vumate, Frogfoot or Octotel so they will invest in our neighbourhood.

            The good news: Richwood is surrounded on both roads (N7 + Tygerberg Valley Rd) with Dark Fibre. Additionally surrounding areas are already getting connected (Table View, Burgundy Estate, Bothasig, etc.) - so technically and physically it is very much possible.

            It's now on ISPs to catch-up on our area.

            What is it going to cost me?

            Packages will differ depending on which provider will connect our neighbourhood. As an example though:
            • 20 Mbit Wifi from Wibre/PCN: R1553 per month (uncapped)
            • 90 Mbit LTE from Telkom: R799 per month (capped + throttled after certain usage, speeds will vary)
            • 40 Mbit VDSL from Afrihost: R1767 per month (uncapped) 
            • 100/100 Mbit Fibre from Frogfoot + PCN: R999 per month (uncapped)
            It is very clear that Fibre will give the cheapest, fastest and most reliable internet connection compared to other mediums.

            What are the alternatives?

            Check out the following blog-post for more information on alternative internet solutions to fibre for our area.

            Lets though pray that we won't have to use an alternative for too much longer ;)

            Thursday, 16 February 2017

            Hoaxes of Facebook uncovered: The "Sticker Gang"


              In text:

              URGENT
              ALL DOG OWNERS
              BE AWARE :-
              KEEP AN EYE OPEN FOR SMALL COLOURED STICKERS ON GATES, WALLS, FENCES AND DOORS. GANGS ARE MARKING HOW MANY DOGS LIVE, IN THE PROPERTY, TO STEAL THEM. THEY ARE USING THEM FOR DOG BAIT FOR FIGHTING DOGS, AND DOG FIGHTING!!!!!
              RED: STICKER FOR BIG DOGS YELLOW: STICKER FOR MEDIUM DOGS
              PINK: STICKER FOR SMALL DOGS
              IF YOU SEE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS,
              PLEASE CONTACT THE POLICE OR YOUR NEAREST SPCA.

              This was recently shared on our Richwood Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Richwood.WC/posts/10155005343092953 - though originally a photo posted/uploaded in the "Lost and Found Pets Edgemead/Bothasig" Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154959839877154&set=gm.1086294001497088&type=3&theater

              I'll be honest. I know pictures say more than words, but I react very allergic on such shared pamphlets. Especially those with a big and bold title "URGENT" or "CAREFUL", because they just cry for too much attention.

              Apart from the spelling errors and the multiple exclamation marks, I was very suspicious on the content itself - or in other words: it just did not make any sense, and it left me with more questions than answers. Why would a criminal raise the risk by visiting the target site a second time instead of stealing the dog the first time? Why even leave traces in form of a sticker, only for it to be found by the owner who would then just tighten up the security? Why not just use a map of the area or even a smartphone? Is it not cheaper to just breed dogs for those usage? And why am I hearing about this the first time?

              I mean, it even seems like some have already been targeted!




              Fortunately the logo at the bottom left corner is real, DBV SPCA does exist - it is an organisation to help animals (simplified version of what they do, so if you are into that, just support them) and they do have a website: https://capespca.co.za/ - with a very competent and helpful media spokesperson (Belinda) who was kind enough to answer some of the questions I had via email - with the first answer directly being:

              We can confirm that the image below did not originate from the SPCA and is in fact a hoax. Dog fighting is however a very real threat to not only our animals but to society as well. I have answered some of your questions below, let me know if you require any further information.

              Interesting. My suspicions were in fact correct. The image being shared is nothing but a hoax, a lie. There is currently no evidence that can back it up, but most importantly it was not created by SPCA, nor is being endorsed by them!

              Some further questions were answered as well:

              How many of such cases are known per year?
              We have no reason to believe that the "sticker gang" is real. The SPCA logo has been used without our knowledge and as a movement we do not endorse this message.

              In what areas are dog fights popular (e.g. is this even a Cape Town problem? If so, which suburbs?)
              Dog fighting in Cape Town is very real. With varying levels of engagement in this blood sport, participation is widespread across all socio-economic sectors.

              Why is it important to steal dogs, wouldn't it be risk freer and cheaper to breed dogs for fighting?
              Breeding a winning bloodline is expensive.  A dog with all the physical characteristics of good fighting capabilities are targeted potentially for breeding and fighting purposes. Small breeds / very submissive animals are stolen for bait purposes - explained further below.

              What is "dog bait"?
              Bait dogs suffer the worst fates imaginable and are essentially the dogs used to train fighting dogs to attack. Picked for their submissive demeanours and unwillingness to fight, they become the practise dogs to encourage unbridled aggression, often with their mouths taped shut to ensure no injury to the attacker.  These dogs can be used over and over again until they are eventually killed or left to die. The attached article will provide you with more information on the training process and the use of bait animals.

              So why would this even bother me to write a blog article about it? Well with all the chatter about fake-news on Facebook and Donald Trump becoming president, this is sadly something that is real and I had to experience as well. People will share things without checking the facts as long as it fits their narrative. Why did the person original upload this image? I can't tell as she did not reply to my messages. Maybe she just wanted to troll, maybe she wanted to spread some good old fear amongst others - I would not know.

              People are just naively believing what some stranger shared on the internet without even checking the facts - or using just a pinch of common sense in first place.
              We have enough real problems in our community (like does nobody smell that stinky air pollution from that caltex refinery??), and also a bunch of great people helping out - no reason to spread false information.

              Saturday, 28 January 2017

              How to simply save R10 on Weet-Bix!

                The pricing scheme in Cape Town (or maybe whole of South Africa even?) always baffled me. I am used to a pricing scheme where there is a price reduction on higher quantities, but shopping here might not show any difference on larger quantities or have even the opposite effect.

                For example Cell-C, for many years would sell different sized data bundles but the bundles would always break down to the same price per unit (in this case MB) - this has only changed recently, so buying larger bundles today actually effects a cheaper price per unit/MB.

                Now with groceries I am seeing something similar, and every now and then I would even see the opposite pricing scheme being put in place. Meaning: the smaller the package, the lower the price per broken down unit.

                So let me explain how we saved almost R10 on buying Weet-Bix at the Shoprite in Bothasig as it was pretty obvious:


                vs.


                There were different Weet-Bix packages in the shelf, the main difference was the weight. The first picture is of the 450g box priced at R18,99 - one would assume the box with double the weight of 900g (e.g. second picture) would be at a minimum double the price, if not even slightly cheaper.
                However the math tells a different story: 2 x R18,99 = R37,98 😱

                Thats right, the 900g box is almost R10 more expensive than just getting two of the smaller 450g box which would equal to the same weight!

                I am sure this is not news to a lot of peeps, but meant as a reminder: always check & compare the prices! This can be done across different products and packaging by looking at the price per unit:


                So watch the price, sometimes less is more ✌

                (This blog post is meant as an example and the prices were accurate on the date of the picture but do not necessarily reflect current prices)