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Dune Ridge Estate Newsletter - March/April
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Dune Ridge Estate Newsletter


March 2016 

Wishing you peace, love
and happiness at Easter and always.


With the month of March upon us, there is no denying that the year is in full swing.

For those who’ve put in three day’s leave from work and getting a whopping 10 days off - Relax, enjoy and unwind with your family and friends!  

Dune Ridge Estate Development

Upgrades and Additions

Our Entrance and fish pond and the new tree are all looking beautiful and so are the refurbished parks and new benches.  

Please spend some relaxing and quiet time in these beautiful surroundings; whether you’re out for a walk or run or enjoying time with your children, dogs or a magazine!  

Discover the hidden treasures in our tranquil Estate - we bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover new nooks and crannies you never knew existed!

The new sign for Dune Ridge 2 has been erected and looks great!

The stabilizing of the dune that was pushing our boundary wall over is just about completed and the contractors assigned to the project have done a wonderful job.  We can now push the fence straight and rebuild the boundary wall columns.

After riding in 650 m2 of sand to stabilize the dune, we then had to build a retaining wall to support the dune and prevent any further movement.

Barry is overseeing the project to ensure everything runs to plan.
Local Newspapers (Table Talk and Tygerburger)

Are available from the Guard House every Thursday.

Remember to collect your free copies
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Meet the Team

Over the next few Newsletters, we will be introducing Dune Ridge Estate Personnel whom you come into contact with regularly, but may not have been introduced to.  

Meet Archie and Mkhanyisi today:

Archie is always smiling and loves his job!  He is the main breadwinner for his family and has 4 sisters and 2 brothers who are still at school.  Archie lives in Gugulethu with his parents and siblings and says that on his off-days, he likes to rest and he enjoys watching movies and series on TV, but there’s never enough time!

Mkhanyisi is the father of a very energetic 4-year old son and loves spending time with his family at home when he is not working. He lives in Khayelitsha and he especially enjoys watching “soapies” on TV and follows Generations and Ozalo avidly!  Mkhanyisi’s wife also works as a Security Guard.
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Keep in touch with your neighbours, share information, post important info and sightings and network in our Estate online.  Our closed group Facebook page is Dune Ridge Residents.
Join today if not already a member.

Community News

As has been reported recently in the press, and during the address by Dr Johannes van der Merwe at the Public Meeting held at Blouberg Library Hall on 2nd March, there is currently a proposal for a Table View Beachfront Local Area Policy Plan underway. 

The erosion of dunes, collapsing parking lots and buried boardwalks are among the main concerns.  The proposed policy plan includes various development possibilities including the conversion of Marine Drive into a dual carriageway.

At present, the first draft of the overall policy is in the process of being completed - estimated by June. This will be taken through formal public engagement once endorsement from Council has been received.
Should any of our Residents wish to receive a copy of the documents giving background to the project by Lorryn Steenkamp, Senior Professional Officer: Spatial Planning & Urban Design - please request by email to our Trustee for Communications:  gabi@gabiweck.co.za and a copy will be sent to you with pleasure.
School Terms are the same for all Provinces in 2016:

Term 1: 13 Jan - 18 Mar      Holiday: 19 Mar - 04 Apr

Term 2: 05 Apr - 24 Jun       Holiday: 25 Jun - 17 Jul

Term 3: 18 Jul - 30 Sep       Holiday: 01 Oct - 09 Oct

Term 4: 10 Oct - 07 Dec 

Top 10 Free Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town During the Holidays!

Looking for inspiration and things to fill these holiday hours whilst keeping your kids happy and entertained?  

Take your pick from these ideas which cost nothing and offer so much beauty and activity alike!
1. The Beach

We are so blessed to live in one of the most scenic countries in the world with so many beautiful beaches.

Some favourites for children are Fish Hoek which has a great playground, small waves and lovely catwalk, St James for the rockpools and pool, Muizenberg for body boarding, our very own Blouberg – build sandcastles with a view, Bakoven on the Atlantic Ocean side for private places to paddle between the boulders, Noordhoek for long walks and Windmill beach near Boulders for snorkelling. 

2. The Arboretum

Near Tokai Forest is lovely for a summer day when the beach is too crowded and hot or in wet conditions, when a walk in wellies and a bit of drizzle is very atmospheric. This is a great place for nature treasure hunts and exploring.

3. Visit a Harbour

There are a few to choose from. The seals at Kalk Bay Harbour and a walk along the pier to watch the fishermen and boats is always a popular choice. The Waterfront is the ultimate harbour with lots to see – seals, boats, bridges, yachts, musicians, tourists etc, but bear in mind that there are many tempting things to spend money on! Hout Bay Harbour and beach is also well worth a visit.

4. Ride bikes

Or skate boards or prams along the Sea Point Promenade and stop to play at the various parks. A great one is located right near the Mouille Point Lighthouse.

5. Pack a picnic for the park.

Some great parks are Deer Park in Vredehoek, Claremont Park, Liesbeeck River Park, Newlands, Keurboom Park in Rondebosch, Palmboom Park in Newlands, Arderne Gardens in Claremont, Maynardville Park in Wynberg, Brocker Way Park in Tokai, Seabreeze Park in Kirstenhof and Green Point Park in Green Point.

Also remember quite a few nursery centres have got great children’s play areas – Stodels in Bellville, Earthworkx in Hout Bay, Ferndale in Constantia. Die Oog Bird Sanctuary in Bergvliet.  Remember to not only pack some sandwiches for yourself but bread for the ducks too!

6. A walk along the Green Belt

There are a few fantastic green belts in Constantia which are very popular for dog walkers and families with bikes and trikes. One of the best is the trail which starts just behind the Alphen Hotel. It runs alongside a river and is especially beautiful in Autumn when all the leaves change colour and start to fall.  Another great Green Belt is situated in Kirstenhof - it is much shorter, but has a duck pond and park and a path for bikes and dog walkers.

7. Take a trip to the City Centre

Lots of beautiful old buildings to see especially at the top end of Adderley Street. A trip to the Central Library as well as one of the amazing old bank headquarters is also great. While you are there walk up Government Avenue and feed the squirrels in the Company Gardens.

If you happen to be around town just before noon, take a drive up through the Bo-Kaap and past the many colourful houses to the Noon Day Gun on Signal Hill and listen to a short talk about the history of the firing of the cannon. Boys are sure to love the loud explosion at exactly 12. Don’t be late!

8. A visit to the vineyards

The Constantia Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa and there are some really stunning vineyards dotted all over the valley. A favourite is Groot Constantia - there are great views down to the Indian Ocean, ducks to feed, green lawn under gorgeous oaks to run along and some lovely historic homesteads.
If you are up for a trip further afield, there are hundreds of wine farms from which to choose and some have great plays areas for kids. Just the fun of visiting a working farm is worth it.

9. Rhodes Memorial

Climb the huge stairs, enjoy the panoramic view of the city, do a short walk and explore the surrounding forest area. 

10. Visit Noordhoek or Rondebosch Common

On opposite ends of the Southern Suburbs/ Peninsula. Both are great open places for kids to run, jump and explore. Pack a kite for windy days!

Source: becomingyou.co.za/author/kathryn/
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