The NKRA is grateful for the support provided in the 4th Street park by our park sponsors RUSSELL FISHER PROPERTIES and VISION TACTICAL SECURITY.
MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 21st JANUARY 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 21st JANUARY 2015
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Chairman); Ruth Kuper; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Laurence Sachs; Raphael Ndlovu; Deon Pelser; Kayte Denham; Andrew Royal; Jo Marais; Debbie de Beer; Adam Golding; Paul Denham; Rose Magabane; Trish Terry; Shirine Dudhia; Lindy Hoffman; Niel Schoeman; Gorgio Iovino; Margaret Urban; Dean Dada; Mathilde Margolis.
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting of 2015, and wished everyone a happy and productive year.
Celeste Mulholland; Frank & Audrey Kobrin; Keith Edmeades; Charles Whyte; Mike Kalk; Yogan Naidoo; Edna Peres; Councillor M Ravid; George Kymdell.
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 detailed crime statistics for the two months since the last meeting. The crimes included: 5 common robbery, 6 theft out of vehicles, 3 theft of vehicles, 1 attempted theft of vehicles; 2 shoplifting; 3 malicious damage to property; 2 burglary; 2 fraud and 2 drunken driving.
• Considering that these statistics are for two months, which included the high-crime holiday period, it seems that the crime was well controlled over the festive season.
• The main crime problems are still those relating to parked vehicles. The SAPS request that buildings mount security cameras covering areas where vehicles are parked, as this deters some crimes and can also help to catch car thieves.
• If you notice crime-risks or vulnerabilities, please communicate these to the NKRA.
• In particular, please be aware of the theft of cables and water meters, and ensure that your own power and water equipment is protected. If you notice wiring is being tampered with, or the lights or fences or gates etc, please suspect that a burglary is imminent and fix that equipment urgently. In particular car-thieves tamper with street lights to create dark spots in which to operate, so if you notice that a street-light has stopped working, report it immediately and alert your security guards.
• If you happen to notice a suspicious activity in progress, please contact the SAPS patrol van IMMEDIATELY. It doesn’t help to call the police a few days later. If the patrol van is not answering their cell-phone, please call the 10111 emergency number. Take note of the time and date, and send this info to the NKRA as soon as possible for follow-up.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• There were no councillors attending.
7. TRAFFIC ISSUES
• No manholes were fixed since the last meeting that we are aware of.
• However the broken storm-water drain in 3rd Street has been repaired, as has the pavement in 4th Ave outside Killarney Court.
• The hole in the road in Riviera Road outside the mall is a serious hazard, and requires urgent attention please.
• The entrance and exit to the petrol station are damaged and difficult to negotiate.
• The new traffic lights at the intersection of Riviera Road and Main Road are working well.
• It was reported that the traffic light at the M1S off-ramp into Riviera Road is malfunctioning – it sometimes stays green for everyone simultaneously.
• Now that the turning arrow has been installed at the intersection of Riviera Road and Main Road, the Gautrain-bus can be rerouted.
• Clr Ravid will be asked to follow up on these issues please.
8. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• We have still not received any response to our formal request for playground equipment. We will ask Clr Ravid to pursue this, failing which we will consider buying equipment of our own.
• A Development Plan for Killarney is being formulated, and will be circulated in the next month or two for comment. The development of the park will be included in the Plan.
• It was suggested to create community vegetable gardens in the park.
• A picnic area with additional concrete furniture will also help. Does anybody know where to get concrete garden furniture?
• The idea of a coffee caravan was again supported. It was also suggested that the coffee caravan could set up at Martindale Mews, where the owner has built a huge marble patio in the Riviera Road garden.
• The new jacaranda tree died. We will need to get a proper full-sized sapling from a nursery to give it a chance to survive.
• Russell Fisher has been asked to relocate his new pavement bins slightly to reduce the extent to which they block the visibility for motorists.
• Please continue to report malfunctioning street-lights, on 011 375 5555.
9. FIBRE OPTIC SYSTEM
• Neil and Gorgio from Vumatel attended to brief the meeting on their service offering.
• They announced that they will be starting to install the fibre-optic network in Killarney-Riviera in March or April, and units can start connecting as soon as the cables to their particular street have been installed.
• There will be no minimum number of customers – Vumatel are confident that once the network is in place a lot of units will choose to use the service in preference to the Telkom system.
• About 300 people have already contacted them to express interest in signing up.
• There will be some road-works involved to lay the cables, but it will be kept to a minimum.
• This fibre-optic network will support CCTV security cameras in a big way. The availability of the service will also add a lot to our resale values in the future, even if we choose not to make use of the service ourselves.
• The connection fee will be R1500 per unit, but only those who want the service will need to pay – other residents will not be affected.
• Those residents that want the service are asked to assist by lobbying their trustees to support the roll-out, as some wiring will need to be installed on common property.
• The meeting thanked Laurence for his considerable efforts in making this happen.
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• It was agreed that the subscriptions will be increased to R50 per unit for the 2015 year. The invoices will be sent out soon.
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 FEBRUARY 2015 AT 5PM
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS