The NKRA is grateful for the support provided in the 4th Street park by our park sponsors RUSSELL FISHER PROPERTIES and VISION TACTICAL SECURITY and the KILLARNEY MALL, and for the street cleaning services provided by RCS SECURITY SERVICES.

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MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 21st JUNE 2023

MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE

NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION

HELD VIRTUALLY OVER THE INTERNET

ON WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE 2023 at 18H30

PRESENT:                      Wayne Ford (Killarney Village); Kim Robinson (Killarney Hills); Shakib Saiyed (Montevideo); Floh Thiele (La Carmague).

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1. WELCOME

  • Wayne opened the meeting, and welcomed all attendees.

2.  APOLOGIES RECEIVED

  • Eleanor Huggett (Ward councillor Ward 73).
  • Charles Whyte of Beverley Heights and Daventry Court was present but was unable to participate due to technical difficulties.

3. DISCUSSION OF TIME CONSTRAINT

  • Although we currently have no load-shedding in progress, we will still try to keep the meeting to one hour if possible.

4. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES, AND MATTERS ARISING

  • The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated to all attendees, and were approved by them. The details were incorporated into the monthly newsletter.

5.  STATUS OF OUR SUBURB, AND LIST OF ISSUES REQUIRING ACTION

  • Pavement and pothole repairs – Since our recent pavement repair project, the municipality has already dug new holes in 2nd Ave and in 4th Ave. In addition there is currently a serious water leak under the pavement in 4th Avenue, between 1st Street and 2nd Street, which will require some serious digging in the near future. On the bright side, some municipal work is now being done in Oxford Road to resurface parts of that road.
  • Overgrown pavements in 7th Street: The bulk of the overgrowth was removed by the NKRA recently. Members of the community are now helping to maintain that area.
  • Proposed dog area in park: Some of the dog owners want to allow their dogs to run freely in the park, but this sometimes results in dogs approaching and frightening small children. An enquiry has been made to City Parks about the possibility of building a fenced-off area inside the park for dogs to run free. No response has been received to our written enquiries, but efforts will continue. Please would owners and residents offer their comments and suggestions.
  • Illegal taxi rank in 1st Street: We are looking for a sponsor for an additional dedicated street cleaner to manage the litter at the illegal taxi rank, as well as for the parking area in 7th Street near the circle. It was suggested that we could also do a series of small community projects ourselves, using volunteer residents and perhaps the staff of our buildings to clean specific areas from time to time. Hiring total strangers to do this work is risky, in that we would be responsible for any damage which they might cause to cars etc, so hiring people we know, or a formal service provider, is safer.
  • By-laws issues: Our proposal to sue the municipality to enforce their own by-laws is bogging down, due to the lack of an attorney. If any resident is an attorney, or knows of an attorney who lives in Killarney, please would you approach them to assist us with this valuable project?
  • Martin buildings: The two buildings owned by Dr Martin have not yet been sold, but he has at least repainted his boundary wall in 1st Street. Although he has not repaired the hole in the wall, the clean paint does make a positive difference.
  • Safety and security: Phone snatching is still a problem, so please advise all residents and their visitors to be careful with their phones (and other possessions) while they are outside on the pavements.
  • There are squatters living on the motorway embankment, and they are now making fires to survive the cold winter nights. The councillor will be alerted.
  • Mandela Day on 18 July: We have been invited to undertake a community-oriented project, together with the Killarney Mall, as part of the annual Mandela Day celebration. At this stage, our best suggestion has been for all residents to donate non-perishable food toward the shelters which care for desperate people in our vicinity. The Mall has commenced with this plan already. It was also suggested to donate warm clothing and blankets as well.
  • New issues: We would like to get an update on the planned Mbeki Library in Riviera. The Ward Councillor will be approached.

6.  GENERAL

  • Some people struggle to participate in our Teams meeting. Next month we will try to use Zoom software instead.
  • We will add an “action” section at the end of the monthly newsletters, to facilitate communication.

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The meeting was closed at 19h17, with thanks to all who participated.

Our next public meeting will be held virtually on

WEDNESDAY 19 JULY 2023 AT 18H30

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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