SOUTHBROOM NEWS - DECEMBER 2009

A SOUTHBROOM RATEPAYERS, CONSERVANCY & COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVE.

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>> SOUTHBROOM RATEPAYERS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA - 2009 

To be held at 9:00am Saturday 19th December at Southbroom Golf Club

AGENDA
1.  Welcome
2.  Notice
3.  Apologies
4.  Approval of minutes of AGM held 20th December 2008
5.  Matters arising
6.  Chairmanís Report
7.  Treasurerís Report
8.  Mandates
9.  Increase of Annual Subscription to R200
10. Election of Committee Members:
     Doug Campbell, Bruce Mackenzie, Graham Volck &

     Sandra Wright are not available for re-election
     Kingsley du Plessis and Dick Plaistowe are available
     Nominations from the floor
11. General

Please Note:

If you would liked to serve on this Committee, please make contact with:

* Bruce Mackenzie 039 316 8786 or

* Doug Campbell 039 316 8331

>> WARD 1 BYE-ELECTION

The Ward 1 Bye-election was held on 9th December 2009 and resulted in a victory for the DA candidate, Mr Dave Watson from Port Edward is your new councillor.

>> SOUTHBROOM COMMUNITY POLICING

HARDEN THE TARGET

Itís that time of year again and Southbroom Sector Police again remind ratepayers and visitors to harden the target.
Please remember to lock your cottage properly and not to leave anything tempting lying around.
Please also remember to set your alarm Ö especially after a few frosties with friends on the patio

>> SOUTHBROOM CONSERVANCY

Guided Walk
Port Edward Main Beach to the Umtamvuna River and back, on a loop which is partly inland. It is a very pretty, seldom walked area of our coastline and well worth it. Those interested must be at Port Edward Main Beach ready to leave at 7am. There is a cover charge of R10 which will go to conservation. A lucky draw will take place and the winner will win a flip for 5 people in a small aircraft along our coast from Hibberdene to Port Edward.

Farewell To Pearl McGregor

It was with sadness that the Conservancy Committee bid farewell to Pearl at their last meeting. Pearl has worked tirelessly for the Conservancy for many years. She has been involved in many Conservancy endeavours amongst those being Secretary, has planted and maintained a large section of roadside garden at our South Entrance and has been the Convenor of the very successful Conservancy Golf Day.
We will miss her enthusiasm, willingness and support over all these years. Pearl and Neville have recently moved to the Village in Margate where we wish them lots of happiness. We have heard they are settling in well.

Dassies
We would like to warn all Southbroom residents about the problems dassies cause should they decide to live in your roof. They appear to be such loveable looking little creatures but can cause huge damage to ceilings and homes if left unattended. If you see dassies in the vicinity of your home, investigate further to see that they are not already in your roof. It they are, call in an expert to help you get rid of them before the damage is too far gone.

Acacia About To Be Hijacked

There's an insignificant penal colony near the bottom of the world that's rumoured to play a bit of sport which, not content with its attempts to denude our Wild Coast Xolobeni dunes of their vegetation and minerals, is pressing a well-advanced plot to steal forever our own Acacia genus. Visit Professor Braam van Wyk's website http://www.acaciavote.com/ to voice your outrage.
 

>> LIBRARY NEWS

The Library is alive and well!

>We have introduced 30 brand new books into the library from November '08 to November '09.
>We have had 2641 (203/month) people walking through the library doors for the same period.
>Those people have taken out 6356 (489/month) books.

We want to say to all of our regulars, please keep visiting us and making our work in the library very rewarding and enjoyable. For all the holiday makers, remember you are most welcome. We have modern and up to date reading material. Come see for yourself. We don't even need your marriage certificate to open membership!! You pay nothing and you get to keep the books for as long as you need to read them!

Auction & Raffle

The well-known auctioneer, Gus Bonini, has been kind enough to offer his services free of charge to the Southbroom Library to auction off 10 paintings donated to the Library by the highly talented local artist, Ann Harvey.  The money raised by the auction will be going towards the purchase of new books. Please visit the Library and take a look at the high quality of the paintings. The draw for the raffle will take place after the auction. The raffle consists of an enormous Christmas Hamper as 1st prize and 2 spectacular paintings as 2nd and 3rd prizes. This promises to be a very happy and fun occasion and please bring everybody along to enjoy with us. You can see for yourself what influence this little library has on the community of Southbroom and how many people it gives pleasure to during lonely hours.

DATES TO DIARISE

Wednesday 16th Dec

3-4 hour guided walk organized by David Hallť, starting from

Port Edward Main Beach

07h00

Friday 18th Dec

The Library are hosting a Cake Sale

from 09h00

until all the cakes are gone!!!

The venue for this fun event will be in front of the Southbroom Supermaket

at Ilala Boulevard

Saturday 19th Dec

All Ratepayers are invited to attend and to vote in the new committees.

Annual General Meeting Southbroom Ratepayers Association

Saturday 19th, Dec 2009;

09h00

at the

Southbroom Golf Club

Annual General Meeting Southbroom Property Owners Association (Urban Improvement Precinct) & Community Police Forum

Saturday 19th, Dec 2009;

10h00

at the

Southbroom Golf Club

Sunday 20th Dec

Carols by Candle Light

18h00, Eyles Park

If it is raining - the alternative date is 21st Dec, same time - same place!!

Bring your picnic hamper, beverages and deck chairs and whatever you do, don't forget the children.  They made it extra magical last year.

Candles and Carol sheets will be provided.

Parking at the Tennis Courts.

If you want to enjoy a guided walk of the Bushbuck Trail please arrive at 17h00.

Tuesday 22nd Dec

Cheese & Wine Evening

Auction & Raffle

to be held at

17h00

Outside the Library

Tuesday 5th Jan 2010

Annual General Meeting

of the

Southbroom

 Conservancy

17h00

Southbroom Bowling Club

A guided tour has been arranged along the Bushbuck Tail prior to the AGM.  Interested parties must meet at the Southbroom Tennis Club at 15:30

Food Gardens

Even if your domestic worker hasnít asked you yet, please consider granting permission for a few vegetables to be grown in your garden.
At the domestic workers meeting, ladies raised this issue. Some of them have tried to grow food plants but the Ďmadamí has ordered them removed!
With the current cost of living, every bit helps and domestic workers can tend food plants easily whilst looking after your home.
 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all Southbroom Ratepayers a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2010 - Please drive safely through this holiday season

Once again a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this Newsletter and,  as always, a special thank you to Sheena James for the photos& Annette Brink for the Raffle photo.