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SOUTHBROOM NEWSLETTER :: DECEMBER 2011

A Southbroom Ratepayers, Conservancy, Policing and Library Initiative
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SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION ROLL:
The Ratepayers Association would like to bring to your attention the Supplementary Valuation Rolls which are now available on the Hibiscus Coast Municipality Website www.hcm.gov.za (Southbroom falls under Impenjati).

We would advise all ratepayers to check their updated valuations; if you feel your valuation is excessive it is your responsibility to lodge an objection with HCM on the required form which you can download from the website.


SOUTHBROOM RECYCLING

The Southbroom recycling depot at the entrance to the Southbroom Community Centre and Municipal Offices (behind the Bowling Club) in Imbezane Drive, has been up and running successfully for several months now and we would ask all home owners to support this Conservancy initiative.

There is no need to separate your recycle waste, merely pop all your clean plastic, paper, cans etc into a pink bag (available from the Store). You can even include glass but there is a separate glass igloo which may be more convenient.


SOUTHBROOM TENNIS CLUB

The Tennis club would like to invite all visiting tennis players to join them on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm at a small cost of R30 for an afternoon. Tea, Coffee and biscuits are served after the games.

Visitors can also hire a court for R30 even when the Club is closed (please place your money in the honesty box provided).

The Club are delighted that from mid January until mid March players will have the opportunity to get some excellent coaching and up their game with the assistance of Ernst Lukawinsky from Austria, who has been coaching for 4 years. All monies raised from coaching fees will be donated to charity.

The Club would also like to thank the Ratepayers Association for financial assistance towards some much needed maintenance work, some minor repairs should be completed in time for the holiday season, while the resurfacing of two courts will be undertaken early in 2012.


SOUTHBROOM BOWLING CLUB

The Southbroom Bowling Club would like to invite visitors to come and play Tabs in on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14H15. Friday is “Sundowner Bowls” starting at 15H15. If you did not bring your bowls the club has some which you can loan.

The quiz evenings have been a popular event at the Bowls club this year and the last quiz of the year will be held on Friday 9th December.

Christmas Lunch will be on Friday 16th December.

For further information contact Hans: 082 871 3097. Email: corecut@codeonline.co.za


CAROLS IN THE PARK

MONDAY 19TH DECEMBER - GATES OPEN 5pm

Enjoy an evening of carols and conversation, hosted by Ramsgate Conservancy and Lions at Bellevue Estate (opposite pistols) There is a kiddies play area where the children can run around in a secure environment while parents and grandparents relax with their chosen beverage.

Father Christmas will be coming around to hand out sweets to the children and we would ask parents to provide each child with a gift to give to Santa for distribution to the needy.

Lions will be selling Boerewors Rolls and drinks but you are welcome to bring your own picnic basket and don't forget your chairs and/or blanket.

Entrance fee will be minimal, children free.  Queries - Sally Booker : 039 316 6097

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:

George Henderson

Mobile: 082-771-4276

Email: george@remaxbythesea.co.za


A very warm welcome to all our friends and visitors from up-country, we do hope we have seen the back of the awful weather we have been having the last few weeks, a bit of rain was welcome but now it would be good to see some sun so our visitors can enjoy some beach time during the December holidays. We have wonderful beaches in Southbroom but if you are taking the plunge, please keep to the designated swimming areas, whilst the rocky pools are temping, there are dangerous currents and even experienced swimmers can be swept out to sea.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Saturday 17th December 2011
The AGM will be held at 9am at the Golf Club, Notice of Meeting and Agenda has already been circulated. We look forward to meeting you there and getting your input.


HUNTERS NEW YEAR PARTY AT SOUTHBROOM MAIN BEACH

Southbroom will again play host to the popular new year party at Main Beach. Music will be supplied by Good Luck and East Coast Radio’s Rowan Clelland. Gates Open at 18h00. Tickets are R150 pp and are available from Computicket or Realty 1, Southbroom. For more information contact Wozani Africa Events: 082 812 7944.


GRANNIES POOL

GRANNIES POOL developed a leak a couple of months ago which has, unfortunately, taken some time to identify, however Conservancy have now taken the matter in hand, the leak has been found and the repairs will be carried out at the next spring tide on 9th December.

Workers will be operating in the area, bringing in materials etc so we would advise beach goers to stay away from the area for a couple of days until the job is completed. We do apologise for the inconvenience.


LAND CLAIMS UPDATE

Howard Kelly, Chairman of the Lower South Coast Claims Group, and his committee have been working tirelessly for several years now on behalf of all landowners in our area. Ratepayers Association have supported the LSCCG on your behalf and Howard reports that progress is being made, albeit very slowly. The matter is currently in the hands of an advocate and should soon be heard in Land Claims Court.


TOURISM

Congratulations to the newly appointed Southbroom/Impenjati Tourism Association committee, Chaired by Gary Purtell assisted by Vice Chair Craig Booth.

In the past Southbroom/Impenjati had a strong Tourism Association but for various reasons it broke up a couple of years ago, it is therefore good to see it up and running again with new and enthusiastic members. It is important for our area that we are represented at South Coast Tourism in order that we can control the type of tourism we attract to our area.

We wish them all the very best in their endeavours and will be working closely with them.


SOUTHBROOM LIBRARY

The Southbroom Library is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9am till 4pm and Saturday from 9am until 11am.

Visitors are encouraged to pop in and have a chat with the friendly volunteers who will help you select your holiday reading from the well stocked shelves. Money has been trickling into the Development Bottle (rather disappointingly) and donated books of good quality have also been coming in very slowly, please we need more urgently. Southbroom Ratepayers have kindly assisted with an annual grant which helps towards the buying of new books in December and April. There are also some excellent “surplus” books available for sale at R10 each. Visitors need not worry that they cannot return their books because the library is closed, you may place your books in a packet with a note of your name and contact details and hand them in at the Southbroom Store for one of the volunteer librarians to collect.

While you are browsing in the Library don’t forget to check out the stunning Christmas Hamper which includes wine, choccies all the usual goodies, buy a couple of tickets (2 for R20) and the hamper could be yours.


MONKEY BUSINESS

We love them and we hate them therefore we must learn to live with them.

Please, NEVER FEED THE MONKEYS and remember that refuse is only collected from domestic households on MONDAY so please do not put out your black bags out on any other day otherwise the monkeys will spread your refuse all over the road.

If you are closing up and leaving and cannot get a servant or neighbour to put out your bags please consider investing in a refuse bag cage. These are available from Professional Security Systems in Southbroom who will install a standard cage which holds 3/4 bags for R1500 + VAT. Call 039 316 8355, profsec@venturenet.co.za  “Fish” style and custom built cages are available on request. If you recycle you will be surprised how little refuse you are left with.


CONSERVANCY

The annual influx of Barn Swallows to our area is something rather unique and special; if you have never witnessed the swallows coming home to roost in the evening, then pop down to the Umkobi lagoon with your picnic basket, either on the Southbroom or Marina Beach side, just before dusk and watch these little birds just disappear into the reeds, quite an amazing site.

As COP17 and Climate Change are currently in the headlines, the following article is quite relevant: CLICK HERE for SANBI Media Release on Bran Swallow Migration Patterns on the Move.


THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF YOUR SEPTIC TANK

Jim Davy and John Kinghorn do an outstanding job, acting as “policemen” to ensure our sewerage systems are working properly and our beaches and lagoons are kept clean and free from contaminants. However each homeowner is ultimately responsible and Jim would like to bring this to your attention.

Folks, the Christmas season is again upon us, please keep in mind our septic sewage disposal systems. All holiday residents must be made aware of the "Do's and Don'ts" of septic tank operations. Only the good stuff, no plastic products, no rubber products, no stompies, no ladies textiles and no nylon products - PLEASE.

The "CRAP" team would also like to commend the owners and trustees of the Esmeralda Complex for their support by revamping their disposal system.

Regards - Jim

Septic tank friendly products and treatments are available from the Southbroom Store


LIBRARY BRIDGE DRIVE FUND RAISER

On Wednesday 19 October the Southbroom Library hosted a bridge drive to raise funds to be able to buy new books before Christmas. Kate Clarence opened her home and B&B, The Golf House, as a venue for the occasion. The 40 bridge players who supported the event had a fun morning of bridge and a delicious tea and lunch. Drinks were served on the veranda overlooking the sea and golf course.

The two Stellas, Stella Reid and Stella Scott, were the winning bridge players and many other prizes were up for grabs. With the generosity and help of so many people the Library was able to raise close on R4600. Richard and Les Savage were the best golf cart drivers in town, ferrying the players up and down Kate's steep driveway. The occasion was a wonderful joint effort of so many people and clearly displayed the great community spirit of Southbroom.

The Library would like to thank Ramsgate Stationers, Bargain Books, Reflect Accessories, Derek and Sheena James, Sarah Seth, Kan Quip Upholstery and Soft Furnishings, Sensasia Spa, Denise Durham, Migamed Pharmacy and Margate Furnishers who kindly donated prizes. A big thank you also to all those people in Southbroom who donated food and wine for the occasion and to Kate Clarence for the wonderful venue.


POTHOLES

Your Ratepayers Association is very much aware of the poor state of our roads; we update problem areas with the Municipality on a regular basis and they assure us that the work is being carried out but unfortunately progress is frustratingly slow.

Please keep to the 40kph speed limit and drive carefully around our village, especially during the holiday season when children and walkers with dogs are out on the roads.

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and good health and happiness for 2012. Travel safely if you are going away for the holidays and please come back soon if you are visiting.

Jackie Pratt - Secretary

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