Photograph: Aloes in bloom at Dassie Rock

 

SOUTHBROOM NEWSLETTER :: AUGUST 2010

A Southbroom Ratepayers, Conservancy, Policing and Library Initiative
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IMPORTANT MEETING: Domestic Worker's Forum

Please encourage your staff to attend. Their interaction and co-operation with our Sector Police is critical to fighting crime in Southbroom.

Southbroom Community Centre at 13h00 on Friday 17 September 2010


UPDATE: UIP Voting Process

Southbroom has returned a majority vote in favour of the continuation of the 'Special Rating Area'.

Of the 1069 Southbroom properties, 660 (61.7%) votes were received:

>  603 (56.4%) in favour;

>  57 (5.3%) against.

We thank the Southbroom community for their continued support of this initiative.

The matter will be on the HCM Council Agenda on 31 August 2010.


NEW PREMISES: Southbroom Sector Police Station

Our Community Police Station will be relocated from Imbezane Road to the Southbroom Community Centre in the near future.

This decision was taken in response to constructive criticism received during the UIP voting process.

The new location will improve visibility and place our Sector Policing operation in the heart of the village.

Furthermore, SAPS Reservists appointed to man the telephones will receive additional training to ensure good telephone technique, improved diction, and sound knowledge of the Southbroom street names and network.

The ex-Police Station premises will serve as the Community Centre.


PLEASE HELP: Criminals need to be convicted

Our police risk their lives to arrest crime suspects but they keep on having to let them go free!

Why?

Because we, the complainants, are often not prepared to give witness in court and, without our testimony, suspects walk free.

This might be because our permanent residence is not in Southbroom and, having received the insurance replacement, its both cost and inconvenience to return down south? We possibly also dread wasting our time in court and fear that, having made the effort, the case might be postponed?

The police have assured us that, when an out of town witness is present, the case will proceed even if only to receive their testimony.

The police need all the assistance we can give them to rid our streets of criminals. Please make every effort to help them - see your case through.

SAPS has advised that, in an effort to 'encourage' witnesses to appear, in future stolen goods will only be returned to the rightful owner after the court case.


SUBSCRIPTIONS: Our work cannot continue without your support

The annual subscriptions of Southbroom Ratepayers Association and Southbroom Conservancy are R200 each. Please support these community efforts and make payment as follows:

• Southbroom Ratepayers Association: Standard Bank Margate 057528, Account Number 053386744

• Southbroom Conservancy: Nedbank Port Shepstone 139828, Account Number 1398104930

Please E-mail proof of payment, your details and stand number to southbroom@icon.co.za

Sincere thanks to those Ratepayers and Residents who have paid their subscriptions.


CONTACT NUMBERS

Ratepayers Chair:

Bruce Mackenzie

Mobile: 083-702-1311

Email: bruce.mackenzie@telkomsa.net

Conservancy Chair:

David Halle

Mobile: 082-300-4283

Email: marfurn@telkomsa.net

Policing Forum Chair:

Kingsley du Plessis

Mobile: 083-441-6986

Email: lynne@mcdup.co.za

Concerned Residents Against Pollution Chair:

James (Jim) Davey

Land line: 039-316-6595

Email: jmacray@vodamail.co.za

Library Chair:

Annette Brink

Mobile: 082-448-4115

Landline: 039-316-6243

Library: 039-316-6999

Email: mwgvolck@iafrica.com

Ward Councillor:

Dave Watson

Mobile: 082-374-4114

Landline: 039-311-2653

Email: dave@kzncoast.co.za

DISCOUNT: Assessment Rates - Early Settlement Incentive

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality is offering ratepayers a 4% concession on the current 2010/2011 rates levied amount (not on arrears or other services) if the amount is settled in full annually on or before 30 September 2010.

You can download an Application Form from their website  http://www.hcm.gov.za/default.aspx?pid=51 (it was still reflecting last year's form as of this morning but may be updated by now?) or direct your enquiries to the Customer Service Centre in Margate on 039-312-8312/14/24.

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2010.

You may also wish to arrange to receive your rates statement via e-mail. Your request needs to be submitted in writing to the Customer Service Centre and you would need to update all contact details.


ALOE PROJECT: Why the thraskii's on the beach have bags and cages over them

A pollination ecology research team headed up by Prof Steve Johnson at the School of Biological & Conservation Sciences, UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, is assisting Ms Kirsten Patrick with her MSc project on the Aloe thraskii.  She is being helped in the field at the moment by Dr Karl Duffy, a post doc from Ireland.

One of the aspects of Kirsten's project is to identify the main pollinators of Aloe thraskii. There are three ideas as to who can be contributing to pollination: 1) bees, 2) sunbirds, and 3) other birds that only occasionally drink nectar, but don't specialise on it as sunbirds do (e.g. white-eyes, weavers, bulbuls, etc.).

We suspect it is group 3, especially weavers, that are the main pollinators of this species. It is a red data book species, and with current development levels down the coast it is useful to study it's basic breeding biology in order to help assess it's conservation status and threats.

Most Aloes are unable to self pollinate (set viable seed without a pollinator), yet it has been suggested that Aloe thraskii can - Kirsten will also be examining this too. The cages on the plants are used to exclude birds but not insects, which allows us to determine the role of each of these groups in pollination, and the bags exclude all pollinators to see if the plant can self pollinate.

I would appreciate any observations of birds feeding on these plants, and will get Kirsten to get in touch with you later this week too. Any help you or other conservancy members could give here in terms of identifying birds when she is in the field would be most appreciated. I would be happy to come down later in the year to give a talk to the conservancy on bird pollination work if you would like.

Mark Brown brownma@ukzn.ac.za


SOUTHBROOM LIBRARY: Growing from strength to strength

In order to protect the books from the severe humidity of our coastal conditions, a Dehumidifier / Air Conditioner has been installed. Not only will the books be protected, but the cooler atmosphere will make for more pleasant conditions in the hot summer months – for librarians and visitors alike.

With the increase in books via new purchases and book donations, the existing shelving has proved inadequate. New shelving has been acquired and our grateful thanks is extended to Russell Mackenzie who made the shelves at no cost after we supplied the timber.

The cost of these improvements has been financed by the Southbroom Ratepayers Association together with a much appreciated “grant-in-aid” of R3809 from the Hibiscus Coast Municipality.

Since taking over the operation of the Library, approximately 95 new books have been purchased out of funds generated from donations by members and annual fund-raising efforts. The Library Committee is determined to maintain a high standard of modern reading material and to this extent future fund-raising is planned for December 2010.

Although the finances of the Library are in good shape with some R6500 in the bank, donation income remains necessary as the cost of new books continues to escalate.

Sincere thanks go to all members and friends of the Library.


FIREWORKS: Keeping them out of Southbroom

With the Festive Season fast approaching, we need to encourage residents and visitors to consider our wildlife, pets and life-style and to refrain from celebrating with fireworks.

To increase awareness, it is intended to place banners at both entrances - "Please. No Fireworks."

If you have any other suggestions to still the Big Bangs, please e-mail southbroom@icon.co.za

Thank you.


SINCERE THANKS: Southbroom Conservancy Fund-Raising Golf Day

Southbroom Conservancy raised a whopping R46,521 from its golf day and sincere thanks go to all the sponsors and players who made this possible.

The funds will be put to good use in improving our natural heritage and walking trails.

Congratulations go to Dawne Murray and her team of willing helpers. The day was exceptionally well organised - so much so that even the weather toed the line!


HOUSEHOLD REFUSE: Monkey proof your solid waste

If you are a permanent resident, please consider purchasing a 'wheelie-bin' to contain your black bags on refuse day. If you are not, and need to put your refuse bags out on any day other than Monday, please consider placing a secure metal basket on your pavement.

Wheelie bins and various sizes and designs of metal baskets are available from Lood van Eden at Professional Security in Eagle Road, Southbroom. Why not buy local - delivered to your door and fully installed.

Call Lood on 082-558-1075.


SPRING DAY: Time to take a good look at the street where you live

If you walk Southbroom, you will be amazed at the amount of litter in the coastal vegetation just off your road. Who knows why some people choose to throw their black bags into the bush, but they do. Monkeys and dogs also add to the problem when ripping black refuse bags open in search of treats.

Here's the challenge:

On Spring Day (1 September), lets all get out onto the street where we live and help to tidy our town. A black bag, a pair of garden gloves and a Spring flower in your hair (?) is all that you need before taking your stroll.

If you would like a swivel-based office chair, head for the upper reaches of Mendip Road. Where it becomes Avon, you could also acquire a roll of garden fencing!

Southbroom Community Initiatives employ Christopher on a full-time basis to trundle the streets with his litter cart. Let's all give him a hand on Spring Day and clean up.

"A little Madness in the spring Is wholesome even for the King." Emily Dickinson

Sincere thanks to Hazel Voice for donating the litter cart that Christopher is now using. His old cart was very tired .... ripe to be thrown into a vacant plot?

This newsletter is intended for ratepayers and residents of Southbroom, KZN, SA.

Southbroom Ratepayers Association; Southbroom Conservancy; Southbroom Community Policing Forum; Southbroom Property Owners Association; Southbroom Library

P.O. Box 13, Southbroom, 4277, South Africa •  southbroom@icon.co.za