MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 16th NOVEMBER 2016
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2016 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (chairman); Raphael Ndlovu; Trish Terry; Elena Joaquim; Mike Kalk; Paulo Joaquim; Estelle Jacobs; Jonathan Hooijer; Julie Wilson; Vivian Cobbett; Katia Lodder; Mahmood Sonday; Stefan Mohl.
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Charles Whyte; David Kramer; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Margaret Urban; Clr Mia Snyman; Dean Dada; Deon Pelser; Ferdinand Viljoen.
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 was not in attendance, and no crime statistics were presented. (However since the meeting, Captain Moonsamy has communicated that two VW Polos were stolen in the street near the mall, and a Toyota Corolla was stolen from the Killarney Mall parking lot. Residents are reminded not to park in the street, especially overnight.)
• The security project in 1st Street was making a valuable difference, but Vision Tactical have since withdrawn from the project. Gleneagles are therefore contracting a guard from the RCS security company to continue the project in their block of 1st Street, in conjunction with St John’s Wood. Dukes Court and Mentone Court are also interested in resuming the project in their own block, on some basis still to be agreed. Wayne will ask the Mall management to consider participating in this part of the project as well.
• The taxi problem and the alcohol-selling problem might actually have developed into separate issues now – we have noted that the alcohol problem persists even at times when the taxis and their passengers are not around, so it seems that many of those concerned are residents in the area. This will need to be taken into account as we attempt to solve these problems.
• There is also a growing problem in 3rd Street, involving hawkers, car washers and people selling illegal substances. There are no taxis here, but the problem is growing nonetheless.
• The Mall has started a process, involving the Johannesburg City traffic engineers and the two taxi associations, to identify possible options to build a formal taxi facility somewhere on Mall property. This will need to be a slow and careful process, as the buy-in of the taxi associations is critical for the success of any future relocation. The residents will also be formally consulted once input is available about what is actually possible, and the available options are known.
• The new fences around the Mall parking lot are intended to allow the Mall to seal off its premises overnight.
• If you call the SAPS patrol van and get no response, please call the Hillbrow Joint Operations Command Centre on 011 488 6712 or call 10111.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• Clr Snyman has resigned from her position as our councillor, to pursue an opportunity to complete her Master’s degree. There will have to be a by-election early next year to elect a replacement, and another councillor will serve as a caretaker for our ward in the meanwhile. We do not yet know who that person will be.
• The excavations in the Riviera Road pavements and intersections are still a problem. In particular the trench across the bottom of 2nd Ave is washing out and becoming a hazard. Wayne has reported this to the JRA.
• A petition is being circulated, asking for a traffic circle at the corner of Anerley Road and 7th Street. If you live in the affected area, please contact us to participate in this petition.
• The JMPD focus on by-law infringements is still virtually non-existent.
• We have been informed that the owner of Martindale Mews has been ordered by the municipal authority to demolish the backyard shacks which have been built illegally in the parking lot of Martindale Mews. We wait to see action here.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• The October Community Event in the park went off successfully. The jumping castle was very popular, as always. We need in future to obtain a castle which only requires one compressor, as two compressors overload the available power supply. There were a number of parties picnicking on the day, and since the Event we have seen a number of other picnics taking place, so hopefully this pleasant trend will continue – especially as the grass is now lush and thick. Many thanks to all those who assisted in the Event, and to Katia and the Killarney Mall for sponsoring the Event.
• We have a directory of recommended suppliers on our website. We are constantly looking for recommendations of all types of suppliers, but at present particularly for welders, boreholes, jojo tanks, and companies that paint buildings. Please let us know if you have encountered a reliable supplier whom you are prepared to recommend.
• Despite the recent rains, the country’s dams are still struggling. It was mentioned that accumulating rainwater for garden use is easy, and can be done simply by placing a container at the base of a gutter downpipe, or putting a tub in the shower to catch the clean water that is wasted while you wait for the water to warm up. More sophisticated methods are also possible, depending on the design of your particular building. We encourage all residents to make whatever efforts you can to save water.
• Roof gardens were discussed, although some buildings might have problems with water-proofing. Solar panels on roofs are more practical. Paulo mentioned a company that provides buildings with solar systems at zero initial cost, and accepts payments over time based on the amount of municipal power (and thus money) which the system saves the building. You can research these at https://www.creovision.co.za/ and at http://www.oneenergy.co.za/
• The Lhenveolan building in 1st Street has started to repair the many cracks in the outer walls, in preparation for the repainting thereof. We are holding thumbs for some visible progress to be made before the December holiday shut-down.
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• There is nothing new to report.
• This is our last public meeting for the year of 2016. If anything arises that needs urgent attention, please feel free to communicate by email.
• The chairman thanked everyone who had contributed through the year, and wished all present a happy holiday.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 18 January 2017 at 5pm
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS