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 SEPTEMBER 2016
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (chairman); Raphael Ndlovu; Ruth Kuper; Trish Terry; Elena Joaquim; Faye Susser-Sher; Estelle Jacobs; Jonathan Hooijer; Clr Mia Snyman; Dean Dada; Dalien Rutenburg; Julie Wilson; Vivian Cobbett; Katia Lodder; Valentino Gerber, Zak Kajee; Mahmood Sonday; MA Lemao (JMPD); TG Swara (JMPD); N Mazibuko (JMPD).
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
George Kymdell; Charles Whyte; David Kramer; Harry Rutenburg; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Margaret Urban.
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, subject to the correction that was circulated by email.
5. SECURITY FEEDBACK / SECTOR CRIME FORUM
• Captain Moonsamy is absent with apology, due to a death in the family. However he did send us the crime statistics for the past month. These were: 1 burglary at business premises; 2 theft; 1 common robbery; 1 robbery with firearm; 1 carjacking; 5 thefts of motor vehicles. Thefts of motor vehicles were high again this month.
• In addition, there is a light blue VW Jetta (with damage on the driver-side) targeting pedestrians in quiet streets. The passenger climbs out, approaches pedestrians and promises them jobs. He then borrows their cell-phone to call his boss, but drives away with the phone. Please warn everyone you know about this scheme.
• There is a problem in Johannesburg lately with intruders dressing as municipal workers, and demanding entrance to premises in order to attend to some fictitious municipal repairs. Please warn your security guards and residents.
• The security project in 1st Street is progressing well, but the buildings concerned still need to sign the contracts. We are also still awaiting feedback from the Mall concerning their possible participation in this project.
• We are looking for a volunteer to represent us at the Hillbrow Community Policing Forum. It only involves one meeting per month, as the actual work is done at the sector level.
• All residents are reminded please to take photos as evidence of wrong-doing, as this helps the police and the JMPD enormously.
• Vision Tactical security have encouraged all residents to call their control centre if you note a problem in the area – 084 222 2222.
• If you call the SAPS patrol van and get no response, please call the Hillbrow Joint Operations Command Centre on 011 488 6712 or call 10111.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• The excavations in the Riviera Road pavements and intersections have not yet been fixed, although some progress has been achieved. We look forward to a finalisation of this problem.
• Inspector Lamao of the JMPD was reminded of the various by-law problems in the area, and he committed to increasing the pressure on by-law infringements. He also asked for the community to report problems, and to obtain photographic evidence wherever possible.
• Clr Snyman has arranged for a city official to inspect the backyard shacks which are being built in the back yard of Martindale Mews. The owner has been issued a formal notice that these shacks must be demolished, and the owner has been fined for non-compliance, but no corrective action has yet been taken. The municipality is now in the process of taking court action against the owner.
• There is also a problem in this building with access control, and residents and visitors have to hoot at all hours of the night for the guard to let them in.
• The ward committee has not been effective of late, as many members have quit. New ward committee elections will be held early in 2017.
• A turning arrow has at last been installed at the intersection of Riviera Road and Main Road, to assist cars to turn down into Main Road across the traffic. Many thanks to Councillor Snyman for making this happen, after many years of lobbying.
• The old electrical sub-station in Riviera has been derelict for many years. It is a constant problem in terms of weeds, rubbish and rats. Clr Snyman was asked to pressure City Power to maintain the land properly.
• We urgently need to have the road markings repainted, as the modern road paint doesn’t last very long. This is particularly important with speed-humps, which are difficult to see in dim light once the paint has faded.
• Various road signs have been damaged or stolen, including a no-parking sign in 3rd Street cnr Killarney Avenue, a no-parking sign in 2nd Ave outside the park, and the stop-sign in 3rd Street cnr 4th Avenue.
• Clr Snyman will send Wayne the standard form for the petition which we need to undertake to obtain permission to build a traffic circle in Anerley Road cnr 7th Street.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• We now have two street-cleaning projects. The security company RCS will be sponsoring a street-cleaning project to cover the entire suburb 5 days per week, with particular focus on the high-traffic areas and overflowing dustbins. Vered have indicated that they are able to resume their original project, but reduced to only three days per week. The Vered project will be focused in 1st Street and 2nd Street where the taxis and shoppers park.
• The planning for the October Community Event in the park is at an advanced stage. The event will be held on Sunday 30 October. We are still waiting for the written authorisation from City parks. Clr Snyman will speak with the officials to ensure we get the letter in good time. Stalls will be available to all who want them, free of charge, provided they bring their own furniture. We are still looking for sponsors for prizes for competitions please. If anybody else would like to join the project team, please let us know.
• We have a directory of recommended suppliers on our website, as well as a directory of “Neighbours with Skills”. Please consult the website at www.nkra.org.za. If you would like to recommend an additional service provider, please contact us.
• Spring has sprung, and we are asking for donations of suitable (drought-resistant) plants for the park. We are trying to grow a hedge of greenery around the ablution-block. If any building is digging out viable plants at present as part of your spring re-planting, please would you consider donating those plants to the park instead of dumping them?
• The renovation of the Lhenveolan building is continuing, but the present emphasis is on renovating the interiors of the apartments. The exterior will be repainted as the last step only. Hopefully this will be done by the end of the year, but there is no definite completion date.
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• We had some resignations from the NKRA ExCo recently, which reduced the ExCo to only three members, whereas the constitution requires at least four members. We therefore asked for nominations for a new treasurer, and Estelle Jacobs of Killarney Park was nominated. Since there have been no other nominations, Estelle was appointed unanimously as the new treasurer of the NKRA.
• With the new sponsorships of the street-cleaning projects, we again have enough funds to undertake further projects. Suggestions are welcome.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 19 October 2016 at 5pm
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS