MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 19th OCTOBER 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 19 OCTOBER 2016 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (chairman); Raphael Ndlovu; Ruth Kuper; Trish Terry; Elena Joaquim; Faye Susser-Sher; Estelle Jacobs; Jonathan Hooijer; Clr Mia Snyman; Dean Dada; Dalien Rutenburg; Julie Wilson; Vivian Cobbett; George Kymdell; Harry Rutenburg; Deon Pelser; Christa Roller, Gisela Seidel.
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Charles Whyte; David Kramer; Katia Lodder; Mike Kalk; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Margaret Urban; Hussein Dudhia.
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.
• We were warned last month about intruders dressing as municipal workers, and demanding entrance to premises in order to attend to some fictitious municipal repairs. This month a building suffered an intrusion by two men dressed as plumbers. Another building suffered a burglary by a thin youth who squeezed through the bars of the fence. Please warn your security guards and residents.
• The security project in 1st Street is progressing, and appears to be making a difference in the one block, but the problem is far from solved. The blue Polo that sells alcohol on the street is still a problem, and the police need to get more involved here please. The guards must be able to call in the police whenever that Polo shows up, and the police need to respond rapidly to catch them in the act of illegally selling alcohol.
• Residents are encouraged to interact with the new guards, to help them to feel they are part of the community, otherwise they might start to see the loiterers as their friends instead. Vision Tactical security have encouraged all residents to call their control centre if you note a problem in the area – 084 222 2222.
• 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
• The excavations in the Riviera Road pavements and intersections have been fixed, but more excavations are then started, often by different companies. Some of these are for fibre optic cables, and some are municipal.
• Clr Snyman was again asked to pressure the JMPD to focus on by-law infringements. They have pleaded resource constraints, but we cannot ignore the problem while it gets steadily worse. Clr Snyman will escalate this problem to the mayoral committee.
• The backyard shacks which have been built in the parking lot of Martindale Mews, are illegal. The owner has been fined, and has been given notice to demolish them. If he ignores this order the municipality will take him to court.
• The ward committee has not been effective of late, as many members have quit. New ward committee elections will be held early in 2017. Focus groups are being held soon to get an overview picture of the needs of the ward.
• Clr Snyman has sent Wayne the standard form for the petition which we need to undertake to obtain permission to build a traffic circle in Anerley Road cnr 7th Street. This has been modified to our needs, and has been circulated to the buildings in the affected streets.
• Resolution of the taxi problem is likely to be very slow, as all taxi-related issues have to be implemented as part of a global structure and process. Clr Snyman will raise a request for a municipal bus service, with a bus stop at the Mall, to link people to the Rea Vaya bus service in Louis Botha Ave.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• The planning for the October Community Event in the park is at an advanced stage. The event will be held on Sunday 30 October. We now have written authorisation from City Parks, but it limits us to a much smaller event with no electric noise, no alcohol and no braai fires. The Killarney Mall is sponsoring the event this year, and they have arranged a jumping castle, a face painter, and some food vendors. Marketing posters will go up in the Mall shortly. Katia was thanked for her extensive efforts in this regard. Extra advertising posters have been printed, and we ask people to put these up in your buildings to advertise the event to your residents. They can be obtained from the Mall information desk, outside Woolworths.
• We have a directory of recommended suppliers on our website, as well as a directory of “Neighbours with Skills”. We are looking please for recommendations for reliable companies that paint large buildings, and for people who repair appliances in our home. Please consult the website at www.nkra.org.za. If you would like to recommend an additional service provider, please contact us.
• It has started to rain a bit, so we are asking for donations of hardy flowering plants for the park. We are trying to grow a hedge of greenery around the ablution-block.
• We note that some ladies have created an extensive vegetable garden, which is a wonderful asset for any public park to have.
• It was agreed to undertake a formal project to plant fruit-bearing trees in the park, eg avocado trees, to help provide nutrition to people who have limited access to proper food. Avocado trees are easy to grow from a pip, and we are encouraging residents to cultivate avocado saplings in pots at home. They will need to be at least waist high before they can be planted into the park with confidence, but thereafter they grow quickly.
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• More than half the buildings in Killarney-Riviera are now paid-up members, so we look forward to a healthy cash-flow next year.
• That will enable us to undertake more expansive projects. In the meanwhile, we will focus on plants and trees for the park, which are more affordable – especially if all the keen gardeners in the community help to cultivate plants and trees.
• Faye invites all residents to join the library, to become members, and to participate in their various activities. In particular, please donate to the library any books that you no longer wish to keep – they are always short of budget to buy new books. Fiction and non-fiction books are all needed and welcome. If you don’t have time to go in, or cannot get there during office hours, you can donate books simply by putting them into the book-return slot in the door – the staff will know what to do with them.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 16 November 2016 at 5pm
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS