JULY 2006

A Southbroom Ratepayers, Conservancy & Community Policing initiative.

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CONSERVANCY NEWS

BEACH WALK - SUNDAY 9th JULY

A beach walk on a crisp winter morning is one of the special delights that the South Coast has to offer visitors & residents - especially when it is low tide.  Good news is that the Southbroom/Mpenjati members of the Hibiscus Coast Tourism Association have arranged a walk from Mpenjati Nature Reserve to Southbroom main beach on Sunday, 9 July.  Walkers will be able to take part in a treasure hunt as well and the most successful gatherer of 'treasure' will win lovely prizes. 

Meet at Southbroom main beach car park (Riptide), at 7.30am for 8am.  Children are welcome and should easily manage the walk.  You can even bring your dog along provided you keep it on a lead.  The walk is approximately 9 km's so allow 2 to 3 hours.  The cost is R10 per person and you are urged to remember your hat, water bottle, sun block & slops!

 

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN UP - SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

If you are willing to give an hour or two of your day to participate in this international event, please click here and tell us.  Litter bags will be provided and it is our intention to have at least 50 people blitz the village, its beaches and admiralty reserve between 08h00 and 10h00.  Volunteers will start at their designated point and meet after at Riptide to check their bags in and compare notes over coffee and muffins.

If you don't feel up to it, how about donating a staff member to the cause?

POLICING NEWS

CONTACT DETAILS FOR SOUTHBROOM SECTOR POLICING

Our Sector Policing Office is now fully operational out of the old protection services building in the municipal depot complex on Imbezane Drive.  Contact the call centre 24/7 on 039-316-6760.  Your issue will be logged by the Duty Officer and a patrol vehicle dispatched if needed.

 

CRIME DOWN IN SOUTHBROOM

Our year on year crime statistics are down thanks to the efforts of our UIP.  A stolen car was recovered in under 24-hours and 5 arrests were made last month.  Please report criminal activity (even if you don't need to for insurance purposes!) as crime mapping and intelligence plays an important role in crime prevention.

 

YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER IS REQUIRED FOR SMS ALERTS

Please click here and e-mail your cell phone number.  Important alerts will be SMS'd to residents as and when the need arises.

RATEPAYERS NEWS

REZONING APPLICATION TO BE TAKEN ON APPEAL

Your committee is doing its level best to deliver your mandate and ensure that the existing zonings contained in the town planning scheme are upheld.  Thanks to the property boom, our village is continually under threat and the latest onslaught involves the proposed rezoning of Erven 735 & 736 from "Special Residential 2" (1 residence per 2000m2) to "Intermediate Residential" (15 residences per hectare).  If successful, 21 houses could be built instead of 7.  Triple the density!  Council has declined the rezoning and the owners are now taking the matter on appeal.

The global impact that would result if such a precedent is set is considerable and your committee has accordingly appointed legal property expert Michael Hands of Shepstone & Wylie to lead counter-argument before the Appeals Commission. 

Fortunately, the legal fee will be shared by Ratepayers Association, Conservancy and certain individual objectors.  Suggestion has been made that a "fighting fund strategy" needs to be put into place as, whilst being the first, this may well not be the last time we need helping "Hands".

 

LAND CLAIMS - THE NEVER ENDING STORY

Close on R500,000 has been spent in historic research and legal fees and we have still not had our day in court!  "Without prejudice" negotiations have been held with the claimants but Land Claims Commission representatives seem intent on scuttling the process.  The most likely scenario is that the matter will have to be settled in court.

The Lower South Coast Claims Group currently has a shortfall of around R60,000 and will most likely require a further R400,000 to see the matter through.   Farmers have been asked to contribute R200 per hectare.

Please assist in covering the shortfall to date and future expenses.  Deposit R200 into Southbroom Ratepayers Land Claims, Standard Bank Margate 7528, Account number 053273176.

 

WARD 1 COUNCILLOR - EDWIN BEZUIDENHOUT

Your Ward Councillor, Eddie Bezuidenhout, can be contacted on edwin@mearchitectural.co.uk or 072-603-8697.  Your Ward Committee representative is Joy Crutchfield on niblick@icon.co.za or 083-292-7788.