The NKRA is grateful for the support provided in the 4th Street park by PAM GOLDING PROPERTIES and VISION TACTICAL SECURITY
MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 15th JULY 2015
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 15th JULY 2015 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Chairman); Raphael Ndlovu; Councillor M Ravid; Jo Marais; Abe Sher, Margaret Urban; Harry Rutenburg; David Kramer; Paul Denham; Ruth Kuper; Johnathan Hoojier; George Kymdell; Jeanneke Malan.
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Audrey & Frank Kobrin; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Deon Pelser; Mike Kalk; Kayte Denham; Charles Whyte; Laurence Sachs; Edna Peres, Alexandra Leisegang; Dalien Rutenburg.
3. DISCUSSION OF TIME CONSTRAINT
• We will strive to keep the discussions short and relevant, so as to finish by 6pm.
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
• The Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read, and were approved.
5. SECURITY FEEDBACK / SECTOR CRIME FORUM
• Captain Moonsamy is on leave, but emailed in the detailed crime statistics since the last meeting. The crimes included: attempted house breaking 1; carjacking 1; fraud 1; shoplifting 1; theft 1; thefts of vehicles 9.
• The thefts of vehicles were again very high this month, with 6 of the 9 vehicles being VW Polos. Last month the targeted vehicles were Toyota 4×4’s, so the syndicates obviously target cars depending on what is in demand that month. Please all consider using old-fashioned crook-locks, as they take time to deal with and might thus deter the thieves.
• The AGM of the Hillbrow CPF will be held on 5 August, at the hall at the police station, at 6pm. All members of the community are welcome to attend and participate – it is a chance to meet the commander of the Hillbrow Station, and to ask questions.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• Clr Ravid reported that all regions are suffering from very slow service delivery, not only us.
• The street lights were fixed in 5th Street.
• The excavations on the pavement in 4th Ave were filled in but have not yet been paved over.
• The water excavation in 9th Street has not yet been addressed, and is quite dangerous.
• The water valve at Chartwell in 3rd Street is still leaking, after being reported six months ago.
• Everyone is encouraged to report problems to the municipal hotline – 011 375 5555. Please obtain, and retain, the reference numbers.
• The Vumatel excavations are complete in places and are being filled in already, but no streets have yet been dug up – that disruption is still to come.
7. TRAFFIC ISSUES
• It was reported that the subsidence of the road surface in 10th Street is getting steadily worse, and there has still been no action.
• The dangerous loose boulders on the eroded embankment have not yet been addressed either.
8. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• It was unanimously agreed to create a new NKRA portfolio called Urban Regeneration, to address the park revitalisation, as well as various other improvement projects from time to time. It was unanimously agreed to co-opt Edna Peres into this new portfolio, with immediate effect. Edna has done a lot of valuable work for the suburb in this arena already, and has demonstrated much vision as well as a willingness and an ability to get things done.
• City Parks are still ambivalent about their ability to supply playground equipment. It was agreed that we should obtain park equipment ourselves, abiding by all the council rules and channels. It will cost about R35,000. It was agreed that the NKRA could pay for half of this, but that we will need to source donations from businesses and the general public to cover the rest of the costs.
• Kayte’s gardener in the park is working miracles. We have received many compliments on the new look. Many thanks to Kayte on this excellent initiative.
• The Think Tank meeting agreed that the next Killarney Festival will be on the 4th Saturday of October, to get slightly warmer weather and to have the jacaranda trees in full blossom. The main focus will be on fun for children, and will concentrate around:
? a humungous jumping castle, the biggest one we can get – Pam Golding Properties offered to hire and organise a jumping castle for the day;
? sports-events for children – we will need to source basic equipment and prizes for these events please;
? face painting;
? art-events and perhaps an exhibition;
? 3-4 food and drink stalls;
? ice-cream and pop-corn;
? music – preferably soft rather than an electric band with amplifiers – we would prefer to have resident musicians giving recitals, but we will contact Buskaid as well.
• Killarney Art Project – the Think Tank is researching a relationship with an art school to source sculptures for the park, as part of a project to improve the aesthetics of the suburb.
• The Vumatel fibre-optic project is now building up some steam. They intend to be finished by the end of September. Vumatel can be contacted directly at Killarney@vumatel.co.za or on 086100VUMA, or check their website at www.vumatel.co.za
• There has been an increase in visible rats. This is potentially due to the noise of the Vumatel excavations flushing them out of the drains. Please put down extra poison if you are affected – it probably won’t last very long after Vumatel are finished.
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• Nothing to report since last month.
• The street dustbins are being abused by residents and their employees, who dump kitchen garbage in them. This overloads the bins quickly. Our park gardener will clear the bins in the vicinity of the park, but it would help if all buildings could clarify to their residents and their employees to put kitchen garbage in the building’s own wheelie-bins please.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 2015 AT 5PM
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS