Photo: David Hallé and polio victim Johannes Mthuli at the launch of the beach wheel chair.

Southbroom Newsletter :: 22 March 2010

A Southbroom Ratepayers, Conservancy, Policing and Library Initiative.
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Household refuse

Your are entitled to place a maximum of 5 bags of household refuse for collection.

Bags of soft garden refuse may be included in this number.

Domestic refuse is collected on Mondays. Commercial refuse is also collected on Fridays.

Please do not place bags out for collection on any other day


Crowned Eagle

Be on the lookout for a young crowned eagle that is about to take to the Southbroom skies. 'Rocky' was born along the bushbuck trail and has enjoyed a peaceful youth.

The nestling featured below was not as fortunate. Rescued from an individual who was trying to sell him, the bird has a wing injury and is being rehabilitated at Crag's View Wild Care centre.

Please support Crag's View in the essential work that they do. You can 'adopt' an animal or take a R10 raffle ticket online at www.cragsview.co.za


Library News

The library needs to fill its walls and is in search of paintings on loan - not for sale.

If you have a painting stuck in a cupboard (not a Pierneef!) please consider letting the Library 'air' it for you.

Please note that the Library will be open for business as usual over the Easter week-end and looks forward to being of service to its regular clients and visitors to the area.

20 Brand new titles have recently been added to the collection.


Contact numbers

Ratepayers Chair:

Bruce Mackenzie

Mobile: 083-702-1311

Conservancy Chair:

David Halle

Mobile: 082-300-4283

Policing Forum Chair:

Kingsley du Plessis

Mobile: 083-441-6986

Library Chair:

Annette Brink

Land line: 039-316-6999

Ward Councillor:

Dave Watson

Mobile: 082-374-4114

Landline: 039-311-2653

Email: dave@kzncoast.co.za


REPORT CRIME

039-316-6760

Beach wheel chair available to the public at Granny's Pool

Contact Southbroom Conservancy Chairperson David Hallé on 0823004283 if you wish to make use of the new beach wheelchair.

This high quality aluminium beach chair has been designed for everyone, including wheelchair users and mobility impaired people.

Play, relax and sunbathe on the beach and in the water ... yes, it floats and the passenger can rest in an exceptionally stable and comfortable position.

To date, this has been an impossible dream for many physically challenged persons. So, take it for a test drive and let the whole family enjoy a day on the beach ... together.


Update on main beach tidal pool

The meeting at Riptide was reasonably well attended. Bohlweki SSI explained the required environmental process and took questions from the floor.

View the Basic Assessment Report on: http://www.bohlweki.co.za/article.php?Item_ID=140

Needless to say, it is a lengthy process and ratepayers should not expect any corrective measures to be taken in the near future.


Update on Southbroom UIP - Special Rating Area

In terms of legislative requirements, the Ward Committee has formed a sub-committee to deal with the Southbroom Special Rating Area (SSRA).

The members of the sub-committee include the Ward Councillor, members of the Southbroom Community Policing Forum, the co-ordinators of the Southbroom Domestic Workers Watch, and a representative from neighbouring Gclima who enjoy our cooperation and support.

The municipality now needs to set the date for the public meeting and attend to the 'voting' letter that ratepayers will be required to complete.

Please watch your inbox, post box, local notice boards and press for further information as the statutory process unfolds. We are required to prove majority support by 30 June 2010.


DIARISE - 28 March - Organised walk

Join an 'out-and-back' meander on Sunday 28 March and get to know Southbroom on foot.

Walkers will set off from Southbroom main beach (Riptide) at 7 a.m. and walk along the beach to Umkobi (La Trattoria); head back along Outlook Road to the tennis courts; tackle the Bushbuck Trail; carry on through the golf course to Woodlands Road; down onto the beach again; and back to main beach.

The walk will take about 3 hours but anyone wishing to do a shorter version can leave the beach at Sea Village, do the trail and head back to main beach in under two hours.

Everyone is welcome, as are well behaved dogs on leads. The walk is hosted by Southbroom Conservancy and there is a fee of R10 per person. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of the beach chair which was launched at Granny's Pool recently.


Report from the CRAP team - (Concerned Residents Against Pollution)

Please always be mindful of your septic tank system and ensure that it functions properly at all times. Chemicals to help it stay in tip top condition are available at Southbroom Supermarket.

Jim Davey and John Kinghorn (the self-named CRAP team) continue to take ground water samples throughout Southbroom and, together with mindful residents, they have reduced the levels of E-coli considerably.

Areas of current concern include The Tenth townhouse complex and a serious sewerage leak in the proximity of Lot 379 Southbroom.

We ask that when approached by either Jim or John, ratepayers cooperate and immediately attend to their sewerage disposal systems. 


Capital Projects - Integrated Development Plan (IDP)

If you need the municipality to provide an item of a capital nature - new street light, new kerbing, tarring of a sand road, etc - it needs to be mentioned in their IDP.

In order that we correctly represent your wishes to Council, please advise any capital projects to southbroom@icon.co.za

Bushbuck food

Look out for a copy of Geoff Nichols guide to gentler gardening "112 plants for you and your bushbuck". ISBN 978-0-620-45803-0


Walk Hibberdene to Scottburgh

Walking with the tides, the first leg of this journey starts on Sunday 11 April 2010 in Hibberdene; 2nd leg follows on the 25th April; with the 3rd and final leg arriving in Scottburgh on 9 May 2010. Contact David Hallé on 082-300-4283 for more detail.

Southbroom Conservancy Fund Raising Golf Day - 17 July 2010

Join us for a day of great golf in beautiful surroundings with exciting prizes on offer, whilst supporting a good cause.

All funds raised are for the exclusive use of the Southbroom Conservancy who ensure that Southbroom remains an unspoilt and well-maintained village – by beautifying the entrances, keeping alien invader plants under control, re-establishing indigenous garden areas, clearing and maintaining unique walks like the Bushbuck Trail, maintaining the beautiful Granny's Pool area and protecting and managing the many forms of animal life that form an integral part of the natural beauty of Southbroom.

Your participation in this annual event will contribute to keeping Southbroom unique and special for the enjoyment of residents, golf club members, visitors … and our wildlife.

Competition Fee: R70
Format: Betterball Stableford
Book at Pro Shop: 039-3166051

To sponsor a hole, or donate prizes or cash, contact the Pro Shop or call Dawne Murray on 083-7032171


On Saturday 27 March, please switch your lights off from 20h30 to 21h30 in support of Earth Hour 2010.

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