MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 21st JANUARY 2019
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT BOARD ROOM OF THE MALL OFFICE TOWER
ON WEDNESDAY 21st JANUARY 2019 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Charles Whyte (Beverley Heights); Julie Wilson (Killarney Hills); Vivienne Cobbett (Biarritz); Tony Mantle (Gleneagles); Dalien Rutenberg (Glenhof Gardens); Eleanor Huggett (Ward Councillor); George Kymdell (NAMA); Sgt Mdlolo (SAPS); Michael Kalk (Brenthurst Court); Hussein Dudhia (Hampshire Mews); Dean Dada (RCS Security); Annica Marincowitz (Chartwell); Margaret Urban (Hanover Gate); Colin Wasserfall (Houghton Estates RA); Elena Joaquim (St Johns Wood); Jenna Segal (Interlaken); Buitumelo Sebambo (Mentone Court)
Charles took the chair as Wayne was not present due to illness. The members wished Wayne a speedy recovery. The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Wayne Ford (Killarney Village); Adrienne Egbers (Cranwell Hall).
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
• Sergeant Mdlolo presented the crime statistics for the period 1 December 2018 to date, as follows: Attempted theft 2; Common assault 2; Fraud 2; Rape 1; Shop lifting 1; General theft 5; Theft MV 1; Unlawful possession fire arm 1.
• The NKRA’s new high-resolution camera has been installed at Daventry Court in 1st Street. It is working well. Dean will help us download the video evidence which we will distribute to Councillor Huggett and to Romi Reinecke our Community Policing Forum representative. We look forward to getting valuable evidence from this investment, to assist the police in solving crimes as well as in resolving the street drinking problem.
• Daventry Court has also installed extra LED floodlights at their end of 1st Street, to support the cameras as well as to deter bad behaviour. The street is now very brightly illuminated.
• The behaviour on 1st Street in December has been a mixed bag. Some weekends were quiet, largely due to wet weather, but police had to be called in on other occasions to restore order.
• Sgt Mdlolo was again asked to follow up on the sector patrol van, where the dedicated cell-phone was still not working. The camera will be at its most valuable if the guard on duty can call the SAPS van as soon as a problem is noted, so that the van can arrive within minutes and hopefully catch the perpetrators in the act.
• It was again noted that most of the anti-social behaviour is not actually criminal in nature, and therefore it must be addressed by JMPD rather than the SAPS. Cllr Huggett was again asked to convey this need to the senior executives in the Council.
• Clr Huggett undertook to remind JMPD once again of the need for them to co-operate with the SAPS in managing this problem. She also undertook to invite the mayoral committee member for the security portfolio to attend a future NKRA meeting.
• Sgt Mdlolo can be contacted on 071 675 6000. Please call her directly if there is any problem requiring the SAPS.
• When you notice a problem developing with a street party or similar, please first call the City emergency hotline on 011 375 5911 and ask the operator to log a call for you. Don’t let them just transfer you to JMPD, make sure they first log a call for you with a reference number. If JMPD don’t thereafter arrive within about 30 minutes, then contact the Councillor with your reference number and ask her to chase JMPD for service.
• Councillor Huggett can be contacted by the community at any time, by SMS or WhatsApp, on 071 785 8068.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• There are still many outstanding problems, which are well known to all. JRA will be leading a team to inspect all the problems in Killarney
• Cllr Huggett once again explained that all City departments are still struggling with a lack of capacity and resources to attend to all issues. This problem will continue for many months to come, but issues are being solved as quickly as resources permit. Clr Huggett urged the community to keep on logging issues, as this is the only way that any action will happen.
• A letter addressed to Cllr Huggett and dealing with street-lighting problems was read out. Cllr Huggett is working with City Power and others to resolve this matter properly.
• The problem with homeless people is very serious. By law, COJ must provide them with alternate accommodation if they move them. COJ does not have the facilities to do so.
• There is a serious problem in obtaining new dustbins as they have not been ordered from the suppliers. COJ are trying to resolve the problem with the supplier.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• Vision Tactical Security has created and funded a “Green Team”, which cleans up litter and rubble in suburbs where Vision Tactical Security is active. They have started working in our area as well, and are making progress.
• The councillor explained the process to follow if a building wishes to plant more trees on the pavement. More detail will be obtained and circulated in due course.
• It is a well-established fact that clean and attractive pavements will receive less litter and grime than untended pavements. Residents are asked to continue with sweeping pavements please, but also to address weeds if there are any, and perhaps to plant seeds on pavements wherever they have a bare patch of earth.
• 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 keep the reference numbers for follow-up.
• Please also 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 call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342. Please keep the reference numbers for follow-up.
8. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• There was no change from the previous month.
• The invoices for the 2019 membership subscriptions will go out at the end of January.
• Charles advised in reply to an enquiry that there are no firm proposals on the table to increase the number of units in Hyde Court through sub-division of existing units.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for hosting us.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2019 at 5pm
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS
JMPD call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342
JMPD Control Room – 011 758 9620
City emergency hotline on 011 375 5911
SAPS patrol van – 071 675 6001
If you get no response from the patrol van, please call 10111
Councillor Huggett – by SMS or WhatsApp – 071 785 8068