Gardens Watch has a vision: it
wants to see the streets of Gardens
cleared of crime and grime. It wants to
create an environment that encourages
economic, social and cultural
development in the cosmopolitan
community on the fringe of the busy Cape
Town CBD. To this end, we have
embarked on an aggressive program to
tackle crime and to clean up the
streets, pavements and public open
Neighbourhood Watches are not-for-profit
entities. Our neighbourhood
watch relies exclusively on donations
and the goodwill of its volunteers. Running a successful
neighbourhood watch requires funds to
purchase day-to-day equipment and
services (e.g. a radio repeater base station,
handheld radios, patrol jackets, website development
and hosting, pamphlet printing etc).
THE ONGOING LITTER PROBLEM -
2011 the Cape Town City Council no
longer employs full-time street sweepers
in our area, nor does it do regular
street cleaning. The City only organizes
two street clean-ups a year, with some wards
organising extra top-up cleansing if
The result of irregular clean-ups was
very evident in our area. The two photos
below depict how our area looked like
In August 2017 Gardens Watch put out a
call to local residents and businesses
to make small donations towards a new
area cleansing program. We indicated we
would be sweeping pavements, clearing
clogged gutters and rehabilitating areas
where litter and squatting had made the
area filthy and unhygienic. Some welcome
donations poured in and we got straight
to work. We raised sufficient funds to
buy some basic cleansing equipment and
immediately hired two part-time cleaners
for the first few days.
Blocked gutters were
unblocked, litter was swept up and tall
weeds were removed by hand. Within
a week the transformation was
clearly noticeable and residents were
delighted with the results.
Our cleansing team now work three days a
week after bin collection days.
Thursday is our bin collection day in
Gardens, when most litter is generated.
Bin collection days attract many
vagrants into the area who scavenge in the bins.
Many of them don't put
back what they took out of the bins while scratching
for food and other things to recycle,
leaving it on the ground. If it is a windy day, this litter quickly
spreads all over the suburb.
There are four major pedestrian
thoroughfares in our area, namely Buitenkant
St, Maynard St, Hope St and Hatfield St which are traversed by
hundreds of pedestrians who walk to and
from the CBD to work and back each day.
Many of these pedestrians toss food
packaging, plastic bottles, cigarette
packets and cigarette butts on the
pavements. This is compounded with
nearby fast food restaurants where some
careless patrons don't throw their trash
in a designated bin.
We currently collect over 1000 large
blue Council refuse bags of trash each
We have arranged with the city's Solid
Waste department to remove the
bags of litter at select collection points after
WEED CONTROL - In December 2017
we experimented with various natural and biodegradable weed control
roads to see which methods worked
best on an affordable and sustainable
basis. Since then we have perfected our
and clear all pavements and gutters of weeds
twice a year in during September and March.
Crime and Grime fit hand in glove. We
strongly believe a clean, tidy area
makes for a happier community
experience, and shows
criminals and vagrants that our area is
actively managed and is not a place to bed down,
make a mess
or commit crime.
WE NEED YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT TO KEEP OUR
AREA GRIME FREE!
Gardens Watch can not continue to keep
our area crime and grime free without
your generous financial support.
Over the last year we have demonstrated that
we can reduce crime significantly, and
can eliminate grime successfully on a
very small budget of just R7 000 during
a regular month and R10 0000 during a
We would therefore like all home owners,
flat owners, businesses owners and
tenants to donate R100 or more a month,
so we can keep the neighbourhood clean,
safer and attractive.
That's the cost of just 1 cup of
cheap take away coffee a week.
make your donations using two simple
Firstly, you can do an EFT donation
directly into our bank account (see
details below), or use the popular
Zapper smartphone phone app.
If you are a home owner or
residential tenant please use your
street name and street number as a
If you are a business, use your
business name and street as your reference.
2.) ZAPPER Donations -
can now make safe and secure donations to us
an easy to use mobile payment system
that uses a QR code for payment of
goods, services and for making voluntary
donations from your smartphone. Simply
download the Zapper App onto your
smartphone and register for the service
takes less than 1 minute! Then
scan the QR code below with your
phone, enter the amount and the
donation is done.