Southbroom Ratepayers Association
Do You Know That:-
• Only 1 in 3
Ratepayers in Southbroom contributes to our Association –
better put, every 2 out of every 3 persons offer NO
financial or other assistance to the Association. Are you
one of those who is happy to benefit from the generosity of
others without making a contribution?
Association’s Constitution details as its main objective
“the promotion and protection of the interests and welfare
of the members of the
Association”. The Association goes well beyond this
objective – it promotes and protects the interests and
welfare of all
property owners in Southbroom.
Association is in constant contact with officials from
Hibiscus Coast Municipality, UGU and colleagues from other
Ratepayers Associations on the Lower South Coast. The
Association will remain committed to such dialogue provided
that all parties recognise the benefits of such dialogue and
that fair progress is made towards improved service
Committee is presently meeting monthly to deal with pressing
matters such as:-
The Meeting with senior management of the Hibiscus Coast
Municipality to debate the current Budget, with particular
reference to the new Assessment Rates, Debt Collections,
Capital Upgrades, Salaries and Employment Costs etc.
The enforcement and protection of the Southbroom Town
Planning Scheme (we don’t want Southbroom to become a high
density metropolis such as Ballito or Amanzimtoti).
poor delivery of services by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality
– condition of the roads, verge cutting, cleanliness etc.
The contamination of the water in the lagoons, streams,
beaches and dams within Southbroom. In this regard the
Association is financing the water testing, in the hope that
the results will force/urge the Hibiscus Coast Municipality
and UGU to recognise the seriousness of the problem and to
take appropriate action. In this regard, owners are reminded
of the importance of regular treatment of septic tanks, and
where possible the modification of piping to separate black
and grey water, the latter to by pass the septic tank and go
directly into the soak pit.
The Southbroom Library and its role in the Community. Here
also cash is required to finance new shelves, replace the
faulty burglar alarm and cover the costs of light and water,
telephone, garden and tree maintenance etc. With regard to
the “Library Tree” costly efforts are being made to save it
from destruction by wood borer.
• Through the
efforts of the Committee (past and present), Southbroom’s
Granny’s Pool is now the proud owner of a new changeroom and
toilet facility which is both attractive and wheel chair
newsletter, designed to keep Southbroom residents and other
friends informed on items of interest to the community, is
prepared and generated by Sandra Wright, the Secretary of
the Southbroom Ratepayers Association.
Association appreciates the extreme generosity of some
ratepayers who contribute more than R100 per property, but
equally we must appeal to those non-contributors to “sign
up” and be part of an important initiative.
be made directly into our Bank account and copies of such
deposits should be posted to Southbroom Ratepayers
Association, P O Box 13, Southbroom, 4277. Accompanying
these copy deposits should be the Ratepayers full details,
particularly one’s stand number and e mail address.
For the record
the Account is a Cheque Account in the name of Southbroom
Ratepayers Association at Standard Bank, Margate Branch and
the Account number is 053386744.
Tragically, one of our police assists Dhekisisa Sedric Shusha
was shot and killed at 5am on Sunday 24th June, after being
called out to a disturbance in Trafalgar. Our heartfelt and
deepest sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.
WILD LIFE CORRIDORS
(extract - “From my Hide”)
With thanks & acknowledgment to David Holt Biddle, South
WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL TO GIVE WILD LIFE SOME SPACE.
The villages of the Lower South Coast are remarkably rich in
wildlife such as the Blue & Grey duiker, Bush buck, leguans,
Nile monitor....... Even Genet, mongoose and porcupine may
Sadly much of our wildlife is on the decline. There are a
number of contributory factors:
(both illegal hunting with dogs and by domestic dogs that
are allowed to roam free).
kills – speeding.
It is a fact of life, good for some bad for others!.
With development comes loss of habitat for wildlife.
Most species have a range
area or home range which they consider theirs and in which
they are accustomed to move at will. For most wildlife on
the Lower South Coast what is left are islands of wildlife
habitat. Some are formal nature reserves and other conserved
areas such as the Frederica Preserve and Bush buck Trail in
Southbroom, undeveloped municipal & government land or, very
importantly, private gardens.
completely indigenous or not, private gardens can be vital
sanctuaries to wildlife. The more indigenous the more food,
shelter and building material they provide A private garden
with wildlife friendly fencing can provide an essential
corridor from one piece of natural habitat to another for
all sorts of wildlife. If your fence is not wildlife
friendly you may consider creating a corridor within your
boundary from one side to the other.
Southbroom Golf course offers
not only a green lung to Southbroom but also corridors of
indigenous vegetation for the wildlife. The added bonus is
we get to see the wildlife.
Housing estates can do the same.
Birds of course do not need
corridors or friendly fencing. They go where they please but
they are dependent on our protecting their food, shelter and
building material or they will go elsewhere or slowly
decline. So please keep planting those indigenous trees and
It never stops happening at the Library!
On the 13th of
April the raffle, made up to the amount of R1000, was won by
the lucky man, Danie Benade from Leisure Bay (see photo). We
raised R1520.00 from the sales of tickets at R 5 each. We
want to thank everybody who bought tickets and all the
volunteers who sold them so willingly. Congratulations to
stream of donated books still has not come to an end and for
this we say a humble thank you. Once again Kloof Library
sent 3 boxes full, and many wonderful readers brought
bundles of books. Give us another month, or so, and we will
be able to give you a break down, percentage wise, of books
owned by us and books belonging to the Municipality.
Mackenzie has offered to make us much-needed shelves and
charge us for the material only. What a nice gesture. A man
of many talents.
Margie Sherratt have donated a date stamp to the library,
‘regardless of the cost’, as they put it. Thank you so much.
has made an ‘offer we could not refuse’! As a service to the
community of Southbroom they have offered to maintain and
monitor a security service free of charge for as long as the
contract stands. For every installation sold through the
library, they will give the first month’s rental as a
donation to the library.
loose change from the Development Fund Bottle in at the
Pop-In Store, it was stated as being R10. But on counting it
at the tills, Tracy and Princess, discovered that it was
R100! Thanks to them for pointing this out to us.
Last but not
least: the R100 notes which keep finding their way into the
above mentioned bottle, the raffle sales, sales of duplicate
books, has made it possible for us to have surplus money,
which will be spent within the next month on brand new books
for you all.
DATES TO DIARISE
Conservancy & Southbroom Ratepayers
Invite you to
celebrate the completion of the new public facilities at
Join us at
Granny's Pool on World Environment Day:-
Friday 5th June 2009
The rising of
the full moon will mark the occasion!
sundowners, picnic basket, deck chairs and tables ... and
don't forget to include a warm top.
Music will be provided.
25 July 2009
This is our major fund raiser for the
With the community's very generous
support we raised R31,000 in 2008.
thanks to those who have already made a commitment for this
CONSERVANCY FUND RAISING
BB Stableford Comp:
Separate Men's & Ladies section
Sponsor a Hole : R500 and the hole is yours
for the day to do a promotion.
> Give a Donation:
Your name will be listed on the Sponsors Board on the day.
> Make up a 4 ball: R50 entrance
fee per person.
> Sponsor Prizes:
We need 2 prizes per position.
Become a Member: annual subscription is R200
Contact(s) Val Holtshausen
039 316 8543 or Pearl McGregor 039 316 6409 for further
Nedbank - Port Shepstone
BUY THIS BOOK !
informative book on Invasive Alien Plants in Kwazulu Natal
is available from David Halle at R50.00 per copy. The book
is published under the auspices of WESSA-KZN and every
household should have a copy.
Also, if you
would like a guided tour through the Bush Buck trail
Click here to contact David.
NOW ALSO OPEN ON SATURDAYS ...
VISIT US ON:
Tuesdays: 09h00 - 16h00
Thursdays: 09h00 - 16h00
Saturdays: 09h00 - 11h00
WINNER OF THE
Congratulations go to
Mr. Danie Benade from
wonderful prize to Danie are Pearl McGregor (I do believe
Pearl sold the winning ticket) and Heather Campbell - both
of these lovely ladies are volunteers at the Southbroom
Most Popular Golf Course
has judged Southbroom Golf Club to be the
“Most Popular Golf Club in KZN”
as it consistently features on the shortlist of favourite
golf courses. Important factors in the adjudication included
welcome extended to visitors, efficiency of general service,
and the quality of the course. Southbroom excelled in all
categories and in terms of value for money was ranked among
Mr. James Butterworth from Southbroom for
sending me his beautiful butterfly picture of a Common
Wanderer which he took while visiting Oribi Gorge.
James for Granny's Pool & 13th Hole pictures. Heather
Campbell for the raffle picture.
Holtshausen & Welcome for the picture of