MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 21st MARCH 2018
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT ROOM 223 OF THE MALL OFFICE TOWER
ON WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Killarney Village); Faye Sher (Whitehall Court); Charles Whyte (Beverley Heights); Tony Mantle (Gleneagles); Ruth Longridge (Gleneagles); Ruth Kuper (Gleneagles); Hussein Dudhia (Hampshire Mews).
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Paulo Joaquim (Sevenoaks); Elena Joaquim (St Johns Wood); Harry Rutenberg (Sevenoaks); Dalien Rutenberg (Glenhof Gardens); Dean Dada (RCS Security); Vivienne Cobbett (Biarritz); Julie Wilson (Killarney Hills); Trish Terry (Gleneagles); Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Annica Marincowitz (Chartwell); Yogan Naidoo (Dukes 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 had apologised, but had submitted the crime statistics for the past four weeks. These were as follows: 2 Theft of motor vehicles; 1 Theft out of motor vehicles; 1 Burglary at business premises; 3 Common robbery; 1 malicious damage to property; 2 Robbery with weapons; 7 general theft.
• The motor vehicle crimes have dropped compared to last month, but contact crimes have increased. Residents should continue to be careful, particularly at night.
• The SAPS are conducting operations in Killarney every week, together with the JMPD. Action is being taken against offenders, but the problems have not yet been solved. The SAPS are being urged to focus on enforcing the Gauteng Liquor Act in particular.
• Please call the police immediately when you notice illegal or suspicious behaviour. It doesn’t help to call them a few days later to complain. We also need photographic evidence where possible, to help with identifications and prosecutions.
• We need a new person to represent us at the Community Policing Forum at Hillbrow Police Station one evening per month. If anybody has the time and the energy, please do volunteer.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• Councillor Huggett had apologised.
• Councillor Huggett will be asked to once again have the street-lamps repaired, where some of the maintenances covers have been removed and the wiring is exposed to curious children. This is particularly problematic in 2nd Avenue
• Councillor Huggett can be contacted by the community at any time, by SMS or Whatsapp, on 071 785 8068.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• The project to clean up the trees on the pavements has yielded good results, and many trees have been cleaned up. However new illegal advertising signs keep appearing, and we ask all residents please to keep an eye on the trees in your vicinity.
• Please also remove any rubble or rubbish which gets dumped illegally on your pavement, because if it is left there for any length of time the area rapidly develops into a dumpsite for all kinds of litter. Please call Philemon at the municipality on 071 855 4605 to report illegal dumping, and they will hopefully come to remove it.
• We have two quotes for the repair of the park benches. No objections have been received from members, so this project will go ahead. The meeting agreed to paint the benches dark green again.
• It was agreed that it will be impractical to maintain a small section of the park as a thorn-free picnic area, because the seeds of these weeds spread easily and so the weeds need to be removed from the park as a whole. If you are interested in helping to clear the park of thorny weeds, please do volunteer your services and support. You can donate bags for the refuse (preferably non-plastic if possible), or money to buy bags or to hire a gardener to help, or you can donate your own time and efforts to personally assist with this project.
• A number of people are now using the park regularly for exercise classes. Some requests have been received to install some form of permanent exercise equipment in the park. It was agreed to get updated quotes
• The project to repaint the street names on all the kerb stones has been completed, and we need to pay the contractor. Please let us know urgently if you have noted any errors.
• It has been suggested to add a top-up of fresh sand to the sandpit in the park play area. We are busy obtaining quotes. We will probably need about 8 tons of sand, and based on the costs of building the sandpit, this will probably today cost about R8500.
• 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 call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342. Please keep the reference numbers for follow-up.
8. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• The 2018 invoices for membership subscriptions have been sent out. Your support for the year ahead would be very much appreciated.
• We are trying to expand our website page of recommended suppliers. Please let us know if you have had good service from any contractors who you would like to recommend. The web-page is at http://www.nkra.org.za/recommended-suppliers/
• There is also a page specifically for the residents of Killarney-Riviera to advertise their own services, free of charge, at http://www.nkra.org.za/neighbours-with-skills-2/.
• We have not yet received any feedback from the We Love Killarney group, on the outcomes of their community survey.
• The Killarney Mall has previously loaned branded trolleys to buildings, to be used by residents in moving shopping from their cars up to their apartments. The Mall has a few left. If your building needs another trolley, please contact Katia at email@example.com
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for hosting us.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL 2018 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.