Photograph: Path leading from 11th green to 12th tee of Southbroom Golf Club

 

SOUTHBROOM NEWSLETTER :: JUNE 2010

A Southbroom Ratepayers, Conservancy, Policing and Library Initiative
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REPORT CRIME

Please report all criminal activity. It assists the police to map crime in the area and to take appropriate action.

CALL : 039-316-6760

We congratulate Warrant Officer Welcome Shusha and our team of police  reservists on the recent arrest of a gang that were stealing building materials off construction sites.


2010/2011 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Meetings have been held with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and the rates increase for 2010/2011 has been agreed at 4.5%


PLEASE RECYCLE GLASS

The Glass Igloo is situate at the Municipal Offices on Imbezane Road, Southbroom.


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

Land line: 039-316-6999

Email: mwgvolck@iafrica.com

Ward Councillor:

Dave Watson

Mobile: 082-374-4114

Landline: 039-311-2653

Email: dave@kzncoast.co.za

URGENT: SOUTHBROOM SPECIAL RATING AREA - ALSO KNOWN AS UIP (URBAN IMPROVEMENT PRECINCT)

You will by now have received a Notice from the Hibiscus Coast Municipality requesting you to confirm your consent for the UIP to continue providing additional policing services to Southbroom.

If we do not get a majority vote from ratepayers, this personal service will fall away. We will no longer be able to maintain our own local police force; we will lose the security we are currently enjoying; and crime is bound to increase.

The UIP was established by majority vote some 5 years ago and, through the close co-operation of our Community Policing Forum and SAPS Sector Policing, crime in the area has substantially reduced year on year and is well below that experienced by neighbouring villages.

Southbroom now needs to confirm that the majority of owners (ratepayers) are still in support of this community initiative, failing which the Municipality will have no option but to cease collecting the levy from ratepayers on our behalf.

This would result in SAPS Sector Policing withdrawing the 18 police reservists and additional patrols that are currently funded via the levy.

There are 1069 registered ratepayers in Southbroom and we need 536 to give their written consent.

We urge owners to complete and return the Notice to the Municipality immediately, and to please give their consent. Greater peace of mind, safe beaches, and increased property values are worth far more than R63.90 per month per property!

The budget is managed and controlled by elected volunteer members of the community and started at R57.00 per month per property some 5 years ago. Your money is well managed and well spent in providing a dedicated group of police reservists who are able to give us personal service.

PLEASE GIVE YOUR CONSENT BY COMPLETING AND RETURNING YOUR FORM IMMEDIATELY.

PLEASE ALSO MOTIVATE YOUR FRIENDS TO DO LIKEWISE.

If you did not receive a notice, please click here for a copy.

We thank you for supporting our efforts.

SOUTHBROOM COMMUNITY POLICING FORUM

SOUTHBROOM RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

 

IMPROVED GROUND WATER BRINGS WILDLIFE BACK INTO SOUTHBROOM

The efforts over the past 3 years of the now fondly named CRAP team (Concerned Residents Against Pollution) are starting to pay dividends. The quality of ground water in Southbroom is much improved (E-coli counts have been substantially reduced) and this is evidenced by the number of bird species that are now frequenting the dams on the golf course.

Wildlife knows what to drink and what not to drink and, on Friday 22 May 2010, golfers stood amazed at the sight around the dam between the 1st tee and 13th green. There were Woollynecked Stork (14 in total), Egyptian Geese, Blacksmith Plover, Cape and African Pied Wagtail to name but a few of the species. Interesting to watch were the intense efforts of the Plovers to chase the Storks away! Can anyone tell us why??

Regular testing of our natural water courses, and following the contaminant upstream to the source, has been rewarded by the co-operation of both Ratepayers and District Government. Offending septic tanks and package plants have been repaired and the E-coli counts have been dropping as a result. Sincere thanks to all.

Further cause for celebration is that the Umkobi Lagoon, that once tested >10,000 parts per million of E-coli, tested sparkling clean and E-coli free last week. The most recent report of "Wildlife Back into Southbroom" was a pair of Cape Clawless Otter that were sighted in the lagoon right of the Trattoria Restaurant.

Ratepayers are reminded to please continue to treat their septic tanks especially when coming down to a home that has been unoccupied for more than two months. Pro-Bac products are available at the Southbroom Supermarket and we should all be using them - especially now that we know that we can collectively make a difference in a very short space of time.

The success of Southbroom's ground water testing has resulted in the initiative being rolled out throughout Ward 1 (Southbroom to Port Edward) as part of the Green Town Pilot Project approved and funded by the UGU District Municipality. Ramsgate has also come on board and it is hoped that the public / private partnership will eventually span the entire district.

The private sector (members of Ratepayer Associations and Conservancies) are taking the samples, plotting the results, and making the initial contact with owners of offending systems whilst the public sector (the District Municipality) is testing the samples at the UGU water treatment laboratory in Boboyi and its Health Officials are there to assist and enforce the By-laws were necessary.

UGU District Municipality has also amended its By-laws to ensure that new buildings separate their black and grey water and will also be playing a more active role in inspecting septic and conservancy tank systems throughout the area.

The Green Town Pilot Project is Co-Chaired by Ward 1 Councillor Dave Watson and Southbroom resident James (Jim) Davey. If you need advice on your system or think it necessary to test ground water in your area, please contact Jim on jmacray@vodamail.co.za

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

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

COME AND ENJOY A WHALE OF AN EVENING

Marine mammal presentation in aid of Crag's View Wild Care Centre

Wayne Harrison of the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board, will do a presentation on marine mammals with special focus on the Humpback and Southern Right whales.

The cost of the evening will be R100 and includes an excellent dinner, with R25 of your ticket price being contributed to Crag’s View Wild Care Centre. There will also be a Raffle to raise further funds for wildlife rehabilitation.

Thursday 24th June 2010, Southbroom Golf Club @ 18.30.

Numbers limited to first 64.

Reservations necessary - call Southbroom  Pro Shop on 039-316-6051.

Buffet style dinner served at 19h00 follows:

Selection of Starters with dinner rolls
Country Vegetable Soup
Chicken Livers Peri Peri
Creamy Mussel pot

Salad Bar

Roast Gammon
Chicken casserole
Rice & Gravy
Baby potatoes
Vegetables in season

Selection of dessert

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