MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 20th SEPTEMBER 2017
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2017 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Killarney Village); Julie Wilson (Killarney Hills); Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Paulo Joaquim (Sevenoaks); Amora Visser (Killarney Park); Estelle Jacobs (Killarney Park); Trish Terry (Gleneagles); Elena Joaquim (St Johns Wood); Eleanor Huggett (Ward Councillor); Tony Mantle (Gleneagles); Vivienne Cobbett (Biarritz); Lee Muller (GES).
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Colin Froneman (Chartwell); Dave Jones (Chartwell); Margaret Urban (Hanover Gate); Jaco le Roux (Chartwell); Ruth Kuper (Gleneagles); Tim Davies (Chartwell); Dean Dada (RCS Security); Fay Sher (Whitehall Court).
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 presented the crime statistics; as follows: 3 theft of motor vehicle; 4 theft out of motor vehicle; 1 attempted theft out of motor vehicle; 1 malicious damage to property; 4 shop-lifting; 2 theft general.
• The cheaper brands of Toyota are being targeted at present – perhaps because they have simpler anti-theft mechanisms.
• We have seen these thefts taking place on security camera recordings, and the cars are literally stolen in minutes. If you have to park in the street, please get an old-fashioned crook-lock or similar to protect your car as well – the thieves have fancy electronic equipment, but they don’t seem to carry hacksaws around with them.
• The SAPS again reminded everyone that you are probably at your most vulnerable in your driveway. Please watch your mirrors when driving, especially before you turn into your gate. If you are potentially being followed, drive past your gate and go to a Mall or other place where there are security guards. Get the cell-phone number of the guards at your building, and then if necessary you can call call ahead to the guards to meet you at the gate when you arrive.
• Please park inside at the Mall rather than in the street – Mall parking is free on the roof of their Killarney Avenue parking lot for two hours.
• Hawkers, car washers and all other forms of by-law contraventions are being addressed by the JMPD as often as resources permit. The councillor will liaise with the JMPD Urban Management department, who co-ordinate these things.
• We have finally found the law that prohibits drinking alcohol on roads and pavements – it is the Gauteng Provincial Liquor Act. This has been brought to the attention of the Hillbrow SAPS via the Hillbrow CPF, and police action has been promised against the alcohol selling and drinking in 1st Street.
• It was noted that the SAPS cannot provide a permanent presence in that street. Once the police have dispersed a party or moved hawkers away, the police leave and the problem drifts back again. The only long-term solution is for the community to “take back” the pavements by regularly walking around on the pavements, maybe with dogs or in groups, and generally maintaining a constant presence. This approach worked has very well in the park. However residents are cautioned not to confront the law-breakers, as some of them might potentially be violent – especially if they have been drinking.
• It was suggested that the community should hold monthly “action days”, where volunteers come together in numbers on pavements to remove weeds and litter, to plant new growth, and to generally “own the space”.
• As the weather warms up, some residents will start leaving upstairs windows and balcony doors open at night. This once again will attract the cat burglars, who are remarkably athletic and who can climb up to the upper floor windows with ease. Please consider putting burglar bars and gates on all your upstairs windows and balconies, if you haven’t already done so.
• There has been no further progress with the restarted process to build a taxi rank inside the Mall premises.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• There is no further feedback yet on the municipal process to compel Martindale Mews to rectify the illegal structures they built in their yard. Clr Huggett is liaising with the appropriate departments on our behalf.
• JRA is busy with a project to replace all missing manhole covers with non-recyclable lids. Killarney-Riviera are supposed to be included in this project, but the project is starting in the inner city. The meeting previously agreed that, if the restoration project takes too long to reach us, we should look at buying and fitting these manhole covers ourselves, at our own expense. We have identified that these covers cost between R1100 to R1600 each, plus we would need to get a handyman to fit them to the existing frames – which are of various different sizes and shapes. This is not going to be easy or cheap, but it can potentially be done.
• The councillor was requested to urgently obtain the repainting of all the stop streets and speed-humps in Killarney-Riviera – many of them are badly faded and non-residents don’t know that they are there. This is now becoming dangerous in places, especially at night.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• The 2017 October Community Day Picnic in the Park will be held on Saturday 28 October. RCS Security, the Killarney Mall and Vered Estates have already come on board as sponsors and facilitators. We are trying to arrange with some of the Mall restaurants to provide food to the park on the day. All vendors of crafts etc are welcome to attend, at no charge, provided they bring along their own furniture. No alcohol or loud music is permitted in the park.
• It has been proposed that the NKRA should attempt some pavement repairs. There has been no response to this suggestion so far, so we will keep this idea on ice for a while until we get more inputs.
• We have obtained a quote to repaint the street names on all the kerb stones. The quoted amount is R24,359, of which R13,089 is for materials and R11,270 is for labour. This job will use proper white road paint. There are about 26 intersections in Killarney-Riviera, and they all have between three and eight “name-boards” on them, depending on whether it is a three-way or a four-way intersection. The quote includes cleaning off the old paint with a wire brush, painting the area with proper undercoat, painting the back-ground and then painting the name with a stencil. It is a turn-key job, with one contractor doing everything from buying materials to actual painting and cleaning up. The meeting considered this to be a reasonable cost, and approved the proposal unanimously. However many member buildings were not represented on the night, so we need to hear from the other members before the contract can be approved. If you are a representative of a member building, please let us know urgently if your building disagrees with the project, or is able to obtain a better quote.
• We have lodged requests with the JRA for improving the existing speed-humps in 4th Ave outside the park, and for a small new traffic circle in the intersection of 7th Street and Anerley Road. JRA will be performing the traffic surveys, and we have been promised a response by the end of September. If either of these measures are approved, we will need to assist with the financing thereof, otherwise it could take years.
• It has been proposed to build some permanent exercise equipment in the park. The idea is for a simple frame with a pull-up bar, and parallel handles for “dips”. We requested input on what design will be most useful, and of how many residents would find such an apparatus useful, and we received zero feedback. This idea is thus now on hold.
• Please report problems of potholes and pavements to the JRA at http://www.jra.org.za/find-and-fix-mobile-app, or call 011 375 5555.
• Please use the number 0860 562 874 to report all road and pavement-related problems to the municipality. This includes all cases of rubble being dumped on pavements, potholes in roads or pavements, road signs in need of repair, streetlights not working, blocked storm-drains, or traffic lights out of order. You can also report all of these issues to the new call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342. Please keep the reference numbers for follow-up.
8. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• Please keep sending in your ideas and suggestions for projects.
• Lee Muller of Greenberg Energy Solutions gave a brief presentation of their service offering, which includes solar systems and generators and inverters and energy optimisation solutions etc. You can visit their website at www.greenbergenergy.co.za
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for hosting us.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017 at 5pm
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS
JMPD call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342.
SAPS patrol van – 071 675 6001
If you get no response, please call the Hillbrow Joint Operations Command Centre
on 011 488 6712, or call 10111.