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2015-12-15 06:00
 The city centre saw endless protests during 2015, including #Feesmustfall.  PHOTO: Tina Hsu/News24

The city centre saw endless protests during 2015, including #Feesmustfall. PHOTO: Tina Hsu/News24

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As the year draws to a close, People’s Post takes a look at some of the breaking news in 2015.

January . Drowning incidents over the festive season dropped remarkably, with Camps Bay recording no drownings compared to three in the previous festive period.

. The Green Point Ratepayers’ Association releases numbers from Heritage Western Cape showing that over 300 provincial heritage buildings were demolished in 16 months.

. Social media postings claim Table Mountain has seen more deaths in the last century than Mount Everest.

However, the South African Mountain Accidents Database says the two mountains cannot be compared.

February

. A derelict building at Cape Town station is dubbed a crime hotspot by police. The building fell into disrepair after funding for an upgrade in 2010 fell through.

. A public participation process is launched based on a proposal to upgrade the area around Clifton 4th Beach. The proposal suggests the sale of land for the possible development of a three-storey parking lot and over 25 000m² of retail space.

. The former Tulip hotel is demolished to make way for the development of two hotels.

March

. The Tana Baru Cemetery is in urgent need of a security boost following reports of vagrancy, theft, drug trade and prostitution.

. A new leasing system is investigated for traders at the Grand Parade, after the current system, which sees the site leased to five organisations and then sublet, is put under review.

. A derelict farmhouse in Higgovale, the source of numerous safety complaints, is put up for sale in the hope of attracting a residential development.

April

. Fencing is installed around the road reserve at the intersection of Burnside Road following numerous complaints of drinking, fighting and littering on the site.

. A vacant plot is flagged as a danger to Trafalgar High School pupils. The site, which houses over 30 street people, is linked to drug dealing and dumping.

. A recommendation is made by the City of Cape Town to have Sea Point graded as a Grade 3A heritage resource.May

. Sea Point police are pitted against law enforcement over the area’s alcohol trade, after concerns are raised that no fines to liquor outlets have been issued by the police since January.

. Reports of prostitution on Long Street grow following a number of complaints from public sector forums and safety and security roleplayers.

. Vagrancy and dumping create a fire risk at the kramat in Oudekraal, as witnessed in nine fires in six months.

June

. A traffic impact assessment, done as part of the rezoning application for the stadium, finds that although the development of the stadium can be accommodated on the existing road infrastructure, the development of other sites as well as the stadium would increase congestion.

. About 35 buildings are earmarked for demolition in the development of the Somerset precinct as part of the provincial government’s plan to redevelop it.

. A joint solution is sought to prevent illegal parking along Signal Hill Road as an influx of hikers during events or good weather limits emergency access to Lion’s Head.July

. Renovations begin to transform a heritage building at 81 Dorp Street in Bo-Kaap into an early learning centre after it was declared a problem building site.

. A District Six victim support centre, the Trauma Centre, calls for a commission of inquiry into efforts to end gang violence in the province.

. Three suspects are arrested following an investigation breakthrough by the Sea Point police in a spate of house burglaries.

August: . A shortage of officers at the Sea Point police station sees the area only able to run one vehicle on some days.

There is also an estimated shortage of 15 detectives.

. The first licence plate recognition cameras are installed in Bantry Bay, as part of a system running across the Sea Point area.

. Warwick Mansions, a Green Point heritage building, is to be incorporated into a multi-storey development while retaining all of its historical features.September

. City Bowl residents are warned to be vigilant after a number of hijackings in the area over two months.

. A plan is to be developed by Iziko Mu­seum­s of South Africa to care for its heritage and other buildings which will enable the organisation to prioritise the maintenance of these buildings.

. Security measures are added to the awarding of beach trading permits, including voluntary background checks.

October . Tests are to be carried out by by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research on the City of Cape Town’s marine sewage outfall sites, as part of an investigation of the City’s permit application for the pipes.

. Six CCTV cameras are installed along the Sea Point promenade to monitor crime hotspots and parking areas. The installation costs about R500 000.

. Historical granite curbs are incorporated and preserved in a project to build bump-outs across the CBD.

November

. Thousands of District Six claimants march to the mayor’s office, complaining about a lack of transparency in the restitution process.

. The French School of Cape Town is recognised at the Efficiency Forum Awards for the eco-friendly remodelling of the school.

.A pilot project by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District to bring healthcare to street people proves successful.

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