OCA 2014 AGM

The Observatory Civic Association (OCA) will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28 October 2014 at 6 pm to be held at the Observatory Community Center, corner of Collingwood & Rawson Roads Observatory.
You are welcome to help shape Observatory in a positive way by your attendance and support.  The focus point of discussion will be ‘HOW SAFE ARE YOU?’


Venue: Observatory Community Centre

Time: 18h00 – 19h30

The meeting seeks the following 30 min slots:

Finalize the following changes to the 2010 OCA Constitution:

  • Name Change to Observatory Civic Association;
  •  Adopt the Interim OCA Committee 2013;
  •  Conform as a Non Profit Organisation;
  •  Amend a clause re: Financial Management.

Public Concern

Oil Fuel Burner Installation at Blue Ribbon Bakery

  • Guest Speaker: Mr Mr Ian Gildenhuys (Head: Specialised Environmental Health ,City of Cape Town)
  •  Brief Public Engagement Welcome –

Resume OCA Committee Business

  • Deliver Brief OCA Portfolio Feedbacks
  • Finalize Urgent Decision Making

Enquiries: Marc Turok – 082 377 3837

E-mail: oca@obs.org.za

What shall we play on Open Streets 26 October?

From Open Streets Cape Town:

Rain or shine, we are continuing with planning for the next Open Streets on Lower Main Road, and if you haven’t yet thought about how this time could be even better than the previous one, this is your chance.

This Thursday evening is an open meeting to brainstorm ideas, plan things to happen on the day and create awesomeness. Whether you would like to help with preparations, or are just curious, we would love to see you. Even if you have only a vague notion of an idea for an activity of your own, come along and we’ll help you think it through.

For those who are not from Observatory or Woodstock, and are wondering if you could plan an Open Streets for your area, we are here for you. These events are learning experiences for taking the concept of car-free streets from strength to strength, and the planning process is just as important as the day itself.

And please tell your friends, family and colleagues that Cape Town is opening its streets, and that we also need funding. If you haven’t already, check out the Thundafund crowdfunding web site, where anyone can contribute or just register their interest by becoming a Friend of Open Streets, or watch the inspiring video of the previous Open Streets.

WHAT: Planning meeting for Lower Main Road Open Streets

WHEN: Thursday 26 September at 18:00 (repeated every Thursday until the day)

WHERE: Observatory Community Centre, Lower Main Road

WHO: Anyone interested in helping or participating

Find out more about the day at our Facebook event page.

This event is being held in partnership with 100in1day and the Observatory Improvement District .

Open Streets – Lower Main Road – 25 May 2013

On 25 May 2013, Lower Main Road will become Open Streets! This will be your chance to enjoy your street in a new way by coming out to cycle, skate, jog, walk, dance, paint, act or simply watch Lower Main come to life.

Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, Open Streets are a temporary network of car-free areas and routes throughout the city. The concept has been successfully implemented around the world and the 25th of May will be the formal launch of Cape Town’s own Programme. Open Streets Cape Town builds on city and civic efforts, including events like the 2003-2004 car-free day festivals, 2012 Open Streets in Grassy Park and Moonlight mass bicycle rides amongst others.

The plan is to “open” Lower Main Road in Observatory (from Main Rd to Albert Rd.) on 25 May, 2013 from 13:00 to 17:00 to people and closing it to motorized vehicles. This will create a space for residents to interact, play, or just set up a chair and hang out.

Open Streets can only happen with your participation.

Examples from other cities include yoga, aerobics, chalk-drawing, hopscotch, scavenger hunts, relay races, martial arts, busking, face painting, hula hoops, bicycle parking, outdoor living room, flashmobs, art exhibits, etc. You can also just come, experience and feel the freedom of a car-free street.

All you need to do is step on to street that Saturday afternoon; and enjoy.

Read the Open Streets Newsletter  : 


However, if you would like to work with us to develop an activity or if there’s something specific you’d like to see and enjoy, please email info@openstreets.co.za with the following:

1. What would you like to see on Open Streets?

2. If you would like to organize an activity, what activity would you like to organise and where?

2. If you are not able to organise an activity but would like to help in the lead up and/or during Open Streets

4. Share your suggestions to make the day an unforgettable experience for those who live in Obs.

With only 30 DAYS to organize this event, we’d love to hear from you as soon as possible so we can ensure your comments are reflected on the day.

Please note that Open Streets welcomes everyone and there should not be a cost to the public for any activities that will happen that day.

There will be community planning meetings on May 2, 9, 16 & 23. We look forward to seeing you there, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Open Streets, Cape Town



Obs Art Walk 2012

The annual Obs Arts Walk takes place this weekend (30 Nov – 2 Dec). Please see the PDF below for the program and the participating artists and studios.

This annual stroll around the Observatory and  Salt River area is your opportunity to see the many artists (upcoming and well known) that work from studios in this area. Many artworks are available at good prices due to no gallery commission in most cases.

Obs Art Walk 2012 (PDF)