ABOUT THE NKRA
The NKRA is a voluntary association of the residential buildings and businesses in the suburbs of Killarney and Riviera, which exists to provide a forum for the sharing of information, and to enable our community to speak to the plethora of City Council departments with a unified voice in order to safeguard the interests of all the residents.
All residents and employees of businesses in the Killarney and Riviera suburbs of Johannesburg are automatically members of the NKRA, and are all welcome to attend and participate in public meetings.
A voluntary donation is requested from “member” buildings willing to contribute, at R40 per unit per building with a maximum of R2500. In the case of businesses, we request a flat amount of R2500 per annum. Although all inputs and suggestions are welcome, only contributing buildings and businesses have a vote in matters of expenditure, as it would be unfair to allow non-contributors to decide on how the contributions of others are spent.
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Our biggest project ever thus far has been the very successful Killarney-Riviera Centenary Celebration in September 2013. This well-attended public event was combined with creating and unveiling two heritage plaques – one at the top of 2nd Ave to commemorate the old Transvaal Automobile Club (which lives on as the Killarney Country Club) and one in the 4th Street Park commemorating the founding of the suburb, which was accompanied by the planting of a Symbolic Centenary Tree.
Our current projects are a street-sweeper who cleans the main pedestrian routes in the area five days a week (which is currently sponsored by Vered Estates), efforts to get playground equipment for the 4th Street Park, and the roll-out of the Fibre-to-the-Home project across Killarney and Riviera. We liaise constantly with the ward councillors and the SAPS, and we have initiated a number of recycling projects over the years.
Our other significant successes over the years include:
• acquiring speed-humps in 4th Ave and in 3rd Street, to provide a degree of safety to the many people who live along this high-traffic avenue;
• acquiring a traffic circle and an additional traffic island at the corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue, to prevent the taxis from taking short-cuts down the on-coming lane during rush hour;
• the implementation of a three-way stop at the “Chaos Corner” of 3rd St and Killarney Road, together with a raised pedestrian crossing across Killarney Road outside Pick ‘n Pay and another outside Clicks, to encourage ill-mannered motorists to at least slow down and give pedestrians a chance;
• the painting of street names on kerb stones at all intersections in the area;
• repairing potholes in the streets;
• repairing dangerously uneven pavements;
• re-painting the poles of the many road-signs in the area;
• the removal of the squatter camp at the corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue;
• the fencing of the affected area, with funds donated by residents and businesses, to assist the JMPD to prevent the squatters taking up residence again;
• the construction by the Council of a security fence along the southern embankment of the M1 for the length of 7th St, to hinder muggers and further inconvenience squatters;
• the fencing of The Wilds on the Killarney side of Houghton Drive, and its later reinforcement with razor wire;
• getting new trees planted on pavements and in the park;
• getting existing trees pruned and maintained;
• the removal of the squatter communities in Federation Rd, and on the heritage site in Oxford Road next to the Temple Emanuel;
• liaising with the developers of the Splice project to ensure that all municipal by-laws were observed and that the inconvenience to residents was minimised;
• liaising with the Council and the Mall during their construction project to minimise their disregard for the rights of residents and to ensure that the municipal by-laws were not ignored too often;
• the implementation of a traffic light at the motorway off-ramp into Riviera Rd;
• the upgrading of our electricity supply infrastructure;
• the repair of various water leaks in various roads and pavements in the area from time to time;
• arranging sponsored competitions to incentivise individual buildings to improve the appearance and attractiveness of their gardens and pavements;
• installing additional fencing on the bridges over the motorway, to prevent vagrants climbing over onto the embankments;
• researching and implementing a recycling program for the buildings in the area;
• representing the area at the Community Policing Forum of the Hillbrow Police Station;
• working with JMPD to police the stop streets and parking restrictions in Killarney Road, and the by-laws generally;
• working with the SAPS to break car-theft syndicates active in our area, and to improve police visibility generally.
We are continually in communication with the various City departments and the SAPS, to improve infrastructure and the enforcement of the by-laws.
Our meetings are held monthly, and all residents are welcome to attend and to participate. All meetings are held at the Management Offices at the Killarney Mall (1st floor of the Office Tower), and they will always be held (unless it conflicts with a public holiday) on the third Wednesday of every month, at 5pm.