ABOUT THE NKRA

The NKRA is a voluntary association of about half of the residential buildings in the suburbs of Killarney and Riviera, which provides a forum for the sharing of information, and enables our community to speak to municipal departments with a unified voice in order to safeguard the interests of our residents.

“Membership” of the Association is voluntary, but it requires an annual membership “subscription” of R50 per each unit in the building (with a maximum of R4000 per building). In the case of businesses, we request a flat amount of R4000 per annum. However all property owners, residents and employees of businesses in the suburbs of Killarney and Riviera are welcome to attend and participate in public meetings. Our meetings are held monthly, at the Management Offices at the Killarney Mall (1st floor of the Office Tower), and they are always held (unless it conflicts with a public holiday) on the third Wednesday of every month, at 5pm.

You can contact us at wdford@global.co.za

Our biggest projects thus far have been the very successful Killarney-Riviera Centenary Celebration in September 2013, and the creation in 2016 of a children’s playground.

The well-attended Centenary event was combined with 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 Park in 4th Street commemorating the founding of the suburb, which was accompanied by the planting of a Symbolic Centenary Tree. As a legacy thereof we now have an annual community event in the park, to encourage residents to come out and mingle with each other in the fresh air. It is usually held in October, to coincide with the blossoming of our many priceless jacaranda trees.

The playground was completed in 2016. It incorporates a jungle-gym, a large sand-pit, and a netball post. The jungle-gym and sand-pit were paid for with donations received from residents specifically for this purpose, and the netball post was funded with a donation from the Killarney Mall.

We also recently built a drinking fountain in the park, with a basin for dogs as well. This was sponsored by Nomsa Nene Properties. Recently it was clad in an artwork by Johannesburg artist Drew Lindsay.

Our current projects include a gardener in the park – sponsored by Pam Golding Properties, and a Park Ambassador who ensures safety and peace of mind in the park – sponsored by Vision Tactical Security. We also have a street-sweeper who cleans the main pedestrian routes in the area five days a week.

We are continually in communication with the ward councillors, and with the various municipal departments and the SAPS, to maintain and improve infrastructure and to improve security and the enforcement of the by-laws.

Our other significant successes over the past 12 years include:
• lobbying the Gautrain organisation to amend their bus route, partly to reduce traffic congestion at tight intersections and partly to make the bus accessible to people higher up on the hill;
• acquiring speed-humps in 4th Avenue and in 3rd Street, to provide a degree of safety to the many people who live along these high-traffic roads;
• 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 corner of 3rd Street and Killarney Road, together with a raised pedestrian crossing across Killarney Road outside Pick ‘n Pay and another outside Clicks, to encourage motorists to slow down and to drive a bit more carefully;
• 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 implementation of a traffic light at the motorway off-ramp into Riviera Rd;
• 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 series of recycling programs 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.

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