Thursday, September 10, 2009

There’s a need for a uniform approach across Cape Town prompted by the drafting of the proposed Parking By-law. Find out more

By Denisia Adams

Lack of power or effectiveness; weakness.

What South African monument was uneiled on 12 October 175?
A – English Langu Monument B – Afrikaans Langu Monument C – doesn’t exist

Answer: B – Afrikaans Langu Monument
It is built on the southern slopes of the Paarl Rock mountain range and looks out over the farmlands of Stellenbosch and Paarl. It can be seen on the hillside as you approach Paarl along the N1 highway. It was designed by the architect Jan van Wijk who was inspired by the environment with its round granite rocks, and the words of two Afrikaans authors.

The amount of time that people spend on travel has been consistent at 1,1 hours per person per day in all societies. ALSO DID YOU KNOW Traffic jams are nothing new. In 45 BC, Rome banned all vehicles from within the city - and in other cities vehicles, including horses, were allowed only at night... because of traffic jams.

How to Be Proactive
Being proactive means thinking and acting ahead - basically, this means using foresight. It's a great method for avoiding more work down the road but also can be extremely important for averting disasters, planning well for the future and for instituting systems at work, in study, and at home that make life easier for not just you, but others as well. Many of us look to proactive people as the instigators of action and creative ideas in society. Here are some suggestions for helping you to become a more proactive person.

1.Take a good look at your responsibilities. Ask yourself some questions:
What kinds of tasks do or don't come your way regularly? For example, at work, at home, during study etc.
What kinds of tasks come in large groups?
What kinds of tasks need immediate attention when they arrive?
2. Examine critically how you might perform those tasks more efficiently.
Before the next rush:
Create a plan, procedure, checklist or routine to accomplish the task.
Recruit and instruct others to assist with an urgent or large task.
Gather information you will need to perform a task, or if necessary information comes from a flow of people who bring the tasks, create a script, checklist, or form to capture it consistently.
Look for steps in the process to eliminate, consolidate, or shorten.
3.Try to prevent problems from ever arising. This means tackling possible failings in advance to prevent them from becoming a reality. Get into the habit of taking precautions and developing fallback plans.
4. Develop a mindset that looks to solve problems instead of dwelling on them. Here’s how:
a. Define the problem (what is it exactly?)
b. Decide what needs to happen to overcome the problem and how you’re going to do that; and
c. Get on with it!
5.Get ahead and stay ahead of less-urgent, day-to-day tasks. Doing so means that they'll be out of the way when rushes come and will not be worrying you unnecessarily. Pay particular attention to preventative maintenance, whether that means checking the fluids in your car, restocking your pantry, or setting aside a bit of money in savings each week. A little effort up front could save you from a larger crisis later.
6. Know which tasks are priorities and which can wait. Write out daily lists of tasks and head the list, ‘I will do’ and not ‘to do’. Boldly cross off each item as it is achieved. Keep this list close at hand and let it direct your actions. If it goes too long without crossing anything off, reassess what you are doing to make sure that you do finish the tasks listed on it.
7. Eliminate altogether any task that is truly unnecessary. Some things do not need doing, or do not need to be done by you. Do not waste time on them and do not allow a misplaced sense of guilt lead you into thinking that somehow you are responsible for them. If tasks are unnecessary, they will not add to your effort and are thus, a waste of energy. Be ruthless in making this assessment about the value of a task.
8. Evaluate your procedures and processes as you use them. What works and what does not? Make notes for improvements, and incorporate those improvements during the next lull. Discard anything that does not work but take care to note when something is in need of tweaking and adjust it accordingly so that it does work.
9. Try to anticipate needs. Are rushes seasonal? Are there extra activities associated with certain times of the day, week, month, or quarter? Can you prepare in advance? Look ahead and do not be afraid of the unknown. A small amount of future stability can be self-generated by planning ahead and being ready for those things over which you do have some control.
10. Try to anticipate things you will need to know. Can you learn a new skill ahead of time? Can you apply a skill you already have in a new way? Watch the trends around you; keep up-to-date by reading and continuous learning. Proactive people are successful because they are immersed in unfolding history as well as understanding the lessons of the past.
11.Look for ways to automate routine tasks. Computers can manipulate data in all sorts of ways. Even having a template or a standard plan of action can save time. If you work in a team context, delegation is also a form of automation, in that knowing the best person to do a task will automatically result in its being done to the best level possible, removing it from the pile of "to-do's". Thus, have in place a system that automatically moves tasks to those best suited to them.

Councillor Elizabeth Thompson the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater. She joined us because the City of Cape Town is inviting the public to submit written comments and provide input on the Draft Parking By-law.

The purpose of this by-law is to provide a legal framework for the regulation of public parking within the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town. Once proclaimed, it will facilitate the enforcement of parking regulations. Conduct that will not be permitted within public parking is also covered in this proposed by-law.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, 14 September 2009 from 10:00 until 15:00 in the Conference Hall at the Bellville Civic Centre. At this hearing registered participants will be allowed a 10 minute slot in which they may make oral submissions which must be accompanied by their written comment. Interested and affected parties can register for a 10 minute slot on Tel: 021 400 4874.

For those who can’t make it to the hearing their voices could be heard by simply visiting their public library, get the forms and submit before the 30th September 2009.

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

That’s it for the Morning Cruise, where we cruise through your weekday here on BushRadio 89.5fm live on your stereo between 9am – 12pm with me Denisia Adams. Take Care ... make the best of your day and Keep the Faith. Stay Real!!!!!!!!!!

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