Community information services
|Date and time||Section||Details||Action taken|
|06 Nov 2017||8 (BkHall)|
I'm taking this opportunity to write about the Banking Hall and the festivities that occurred there last weekend. [The occupant of my apartment] informed me that she tried to oppose the closing time (2am!) but was told by Moira that the space is zoned G7 and that the City of Cape Town approved the timeframe. The space was basically used for a trance party. She had to vacate the flat to sleep somewhere else as the noise was unbearable.
I find the whole event unacceptable and want to know what the body corporate is doing to stop this kind of misuse of the space in a building that is predominantly residential. If this is not dealt with speedily it will impact on the value of the properties on the levels affected by the noise and trashy appearance and use of the space.
I have never lodged a complaint to the BC as I have always prided myself in the fact that Mutual Heights is beautifully managed but this definitely warrant strong opposition.
The complainant has been informed of the extensive efforts of the trustees and managing agents to understand and manage the compliancy issues, having regard to all the body corporate, city and legal requirements. Any evidence that is available about excessive noise or unacceptable behaviour must be collected and provided to the office.
|01 Nov 2017|
There was more noise made by some short term tenants again ... Maybe an idea would be for Afribode to have clear rules or whatever on a noticeboard in the units as people walked in. When people talk loudly (and scream across the atrium at their friend in the apartment across the way) it reverberates like you cannot believe.
This report has been communicated to Afribode. There is no direct evidence that this instance arose from one of their short-stay visitors, but the suggestion is now available for their comments. Updates will follow.
|31 Oct 2017||8 (BkHall)|
I just wanted to add my comments regarding the possible new events company in the banking hall.
Based on past experiences with how parties and events have been run in the banking hall - it's generally not the most professional bunch. They generally go on after 12 and the music choice is hilariously terrible and loud enough to rattle my windows ! ( my flat is on the first floor)
I expect this new company to be exactly the same.
I am really against this new proposal - I dont trust the company to stick to our rules. I do not approve of the attempt to cover up the glass in the passage way. It's already a dark corridor - the glass helps the natural light and allows us to save electricity by turning off the lights. From a heritage and visual aspect - the glass/design is a vital part of what makes these flats appealing. I think making permanent changes to the internal design just for monthly parties isn't beneficial for residents.
Anyway, this is long winded but essentially I am just writing to say - I don't support it.
Moira Johnston has provided some explanatory notes about the approach they are taking to their business which should help. You can see them here.
|31 Oct 2017||8 (BkHall)|
[Regarding the Halloween Party] – I moved out for the night due to the event. To add: the building smelt like a bar when I arrived on Sunday morning – I am not sure what the law is exactly but people are not allowed to smoke within x meters of a blg entrance – this needs to be enforced for any events.
Moira replies: The CCID as well as the fire department were there on the night and said that we were completely compliant – the CCID spoke to Colin and said that they had no issue with the smokers outside the front entrance. However, I mentioned to Colin that I didn’t think it looked great or would be nice for residents to come to, and that we’d like to be able to send smokers out of the side entrance on Parliament street to avoid this unsightly spectacle. We are waiting for feedback as this request was previously denied.
|02 Oct 2017||8 (BkHall)|
There is currently a crew of people moving items into the building and in front of Flat M15. I intially heard them after 8 on Sunday 1st October.
I was woken by loud voices, banging noises etc. at 00:50 am.
It is unacceptable that this is allowed at this time of the night.
All the activity is in front of my flat.
This is the first incident concerning noise and disturbance since 'EventRoom' took over the management and operation of the Banking Hall, as an events venue. The management office is dealing with this.
|23 Sep 2017||413||The short term lets in unit 413 are becoming a problem. The noise – loud shouting and screaming, loud music and partying in the corridor area are causing intolerable disturbance late at night. Reported to security who attended to problem and noise abated for a short while but soon increased again.|
The registered owner has been requested to deal with this problem and the building management are investigating. [Update] The owner responded without delay authorising that these tenants be told they must leave if there were any further disturbance. This apartment is managed by Afribode and we are reviewing the way that these short-lets are managed. The visitor registration facilities on this web site are a step in the right direction.
|21 Sep 2017||It worries me that the window cleaners walk on the 4th floor walkway roof. They do walk on the metal connection above the wooden beam and not on the plastic roof itself, but it is definitely not safe and they have been walking up and down there so often that the structure is most likely not so safe anymore. I have warned them several times. If they continue to use the roof, I suggest you order the company to install a safety line for the guys to clip into. It is quite a long drop if the roof collapses.|
The window cleaning contractor has been requested to ensure that cleaners do not work without safety lines.
|30 Jan 2017||607||I had a disturbing incident on Friday 03 Feb, at approximately 16:45.|
I was upstairs in my loft, when I heard a disturbance downstairs - to find a strange woman looking through my belongings. She had let herself in - as my door was open (to get a draught flowing through to alleviate the heat!)
When I confronted her she looked shocked- probably thought no one was home. I asked her what she was doing in the apartment but she couldn't give me any answer. I asked her to leave, and as soon as I looked outside she had already vanished.
I reported it to security, but the man on duty was not very helpful - I was hoping they'd look for her immediately as I gave a detailed description. I went to check with the security guard on duty after him, but he had no idea that I had reported this...
Description of intruder:
She is about 1.7m tall, very thin (emaciated), straight black hair tied up, Cape coloured, dark skin tone, lots of prominent (visible) South African prison-style tattoos- one across her back saying 'AMERICO' in all caps.
She was wearing pants, a tank top and a checked shirt tied around her waist.
My best guess is that she is a sex worker and was let in (but not escorted out) of the building. We have many more Air BnB tenants now, including the apartment next door to me (607) where she may have come from? [I have noticed other sex workers in the building on other occasions too- but they were escorted out]
Can we please warn tenants or let security know that guests MUST sign out too?
Or I can offer to do a sketch + description of her to be kept with security, so they won't let her in again?
The Management Office has things in hand - the incident was recorded in the book and security are already aware of the problems with this unit (607).
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