NEW WARD COUNCILLOR:
Southbroom now forms part of Ward 2 of the
Hibiscus Coast Municipality which was won by the Democratic Alliance in the
We welcome our new Ward Councillor,
George Henderson, and look forward to his input and commitment to service
delivery in our village.
George can be contacted on 082-771-4276 or
URBAN WILD LIFE:
These Porcupine quills were found
outside 33 North Ridge Road.
Dave Halle is boasting Chameleon
in his garden and fireflies on a few occasions and
another resident claims to have seen a
Honey Badger and its young.
click here to let us know what
wildlife you have seen around town (not the Harleys please!) and also take time
to identify this feathered friend photographed on Berea Road.
Only on a Monday
Please do not place refuse bags on the
road verge on any other day as monkeys and dogs quickly turn it into litter.
Rather make arrangements with a neighbour if you are leaving your cottage on a
different day - please consider ordering a wire cage pr wheelie bin from Lood on
082-558-1075 of Professional Security Systems & Consulting in Ross ROad/Gilbert
As from September Southbroomers will be able to recycle glass, tins, plastic and
paper at our new Recycling Depot in Imbezane Drive in front of the old Municipal
offices. Pink plastic bags are available for purchase at the Southbroom
Supermarket into which ALL the above may be placed.
We need to differentiate between recycled goods and ordinary
rubbish so ask that the pink plastic bags be used for recycling and not black
bags. We wish to emphasise that no wet foodstuff or garden refuse is to be
placed in these pink bags. If you have stoves, fridges, computers etc which no
longer work and which you wish to dispose of, please contact Robyn Harty on 082
8825883 to make arrangements to have these collected. These items are also
SOUTHBROOM BOWLING CLUB
In the heart of the Village you will
find the picturesque Bowling Club which is well supported by both local and up
country members and visitors. The Club recently held their AGM and Hans Wijtman
now chairs the enthusiastic new committee. Bowls is not just a sport for “old
people” and young people are welcome; the Club now has a coach to help you enjoy
this very skilful game. Visitors are always welcome but why not become a member,
the Annual Membership fees have been reduced from R770 to R670 and there is a
Tab fee of R5 includes tea and biscuits. In the new season the Club will also be
implementing a Sunday lunch once a month as well as a “Quiz Evening” every third
Friday. For more info or to make a booking, contact Hans on Tel: 082 871 3097 or
or Audrey Botton Tel 082 478 5333
SOUTHBROOM TENNIS CLUB
At the entrance to Eyles
Park on Captain Smith Road the Tennis club is a hive of activity, especially on
Wednesday afternoons, Fridays and weekends.
Whilst members are serious
about their tennis, this is a very social club and all visitors are welcome.
If you are just wanting a
game when the Club is closed, the courts are not locked, feel free to go ahead,
but please use the “honesty” box to pay your fees.
Contact Jacqui Jones at
email@example.com for more information.
The Mpenjati/Southbroom Tourism
Association is in the process of forming a new committee and calls upon all
local business people to get involved. The Mpenjati/Southbroom group encompasses
Southbroom, San Lameer and Trafalgar and is the direct link to UGU South Coast
Tourism. It is extremely important that we have strong representation at S.C.
Tourism not only to bring tourists to our local businesses but also to prevent
undesirable tourism activities. Funding is also available from Tourism for
tourism related projects from time to time. Please contact Kate Clarence on 039
3166 982 if you would like to serve on the committee or assist in any way.
Policing Forum Chair:
Concerned Residents Against Pollution Chair:
James (Jim) Davey
Land line: 039-316-6595
Are you a member?
If you are new to Southbroom you may
not be aware that there is a very active Ratepayers Association who acts as your
HOTLINE to the local service providers such as Hibiscus Coast Municipality and
UGU District Municipality. The team work closely with the Southbroom Conservancy
and Community Policing Forum to help maintain our area in the pristine condition
we have come to expect. Please feel free to contact any one of the committee
members regarding areas of concern, in particular, the list of problem roads
(potholes) which we send each week to Council, this needs your input to ensure
every pothole is on the list.
Membership of the Ratepayers Association and Conservancy is only R200 p.a. per
organisation; the monies accumulated are spent on projects, which do not receive
funding from Council, to upgrade and enhance our village. Examples of this are
the Whale Watch Platform in the Frederika Preserve and refurbished Braai
facility at Main Beach. (see articles below).
Subscriptions of R200 fall due at the end of the year and can be paid at the
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING which will be held on SATURDAY 17TH DECEMBER at 09H00 at
the Southbroom Golf club or by direct deposit to Southbroom Ratepayers
Association, Standard Bank Margate Code 057528 Account number 053386744. Please
quote your Surname and Lot Number as Reference.
Frederika Nature Preserve boasts a
Environmentalist Leo Driessen donated this magnificent piece of pristine,
natural bush, located between Woodlands Drive and Sea Village, to Southbroom in
1977. The preserve has since been extended by further donations and now
comprises 8 hectares of mature, virgin dune forest. The Conservancy has set up a
new trail leading to a wooden viewing platform so that everyone has access to
this beautiful spot. You will be enthralled by the magnificent trees and the
views both through the Milkwoods to the sea and inland. You might even stumble
upon a shy duiker or bushbuck and for this reason we ask that you not take your
dogs whilst walking this trail. The Preserve has been proclaimed a South African
Natural Heritage Site for people to enjoy now and into the future and we are
privileged to have such a rare and beautiful stretch of dune forest right on our
Did you know that every October
a large roost of barn swallows arrives at the Umkobi Lagoon? Every evening,
just before sunset, thousands of these plucky little birds gather in the sky and
then settle into the reeds for the night. It is the most incredible sight and
we suggest you bring a deck chair, some mozzie spray and a picnic basket and
come and see them for yourself. Park at Umkobi Beach, walk towards the lagoon
and watch this wonderful phenomenon.
Festive Season Favourites
Come and join in singing at a
light hearted, family evening of popular festive season songs with special focus
on the children. Diarise 19 December 2011 and make your way to Eyles Park (next
to the tennis courts) with chairs, refreshments and the whole family.
Conservancy Golf Day
Once again this event, which
was held on 16 July, was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. A very big
thank you to all those people who worked so hard and contributed towards this
day – the committee members, volunteers, Derek and Sheena, the Sponsors, players
and the Southbroom Club. Dawne Murray, the convenor, did a wonderful job and we
raised R38 062 in a difficult economic climate. The money raised has gone
towards building a wooden viewing deck in the Frederika Preserve which is part
of a new trail for everyone to enjoy. We have also been able to upgrade various
signs around town.
MAIN BEACH BRAAI FACILITY:
Refurbished by Southbroom Ratepayers Association
Southbroom Ratepayers Association recently applied funds to refurbish the braai
and picnic facilities on the main headland and behind Riptide.
This is a
particularly popular spot on a moon-lit evening - the street lighting further
Year on year
Year on year, crime in Southbroom is up but we can still be proud of our efforts
Whilst the municipal bylaws permit fireworks at midnight on 1 January,
please note that they may not be used on any beach or part of the coastline
unless an approved permit has been obtained. Fireworks may also not be
discharged on any residential property unless the firing area is 100 meters away from any building, tree, telephone
wire or overhead power line.
Please report any unlawful activity or disturbance in your area to Southbroom
Sector Policing on 039-316-6760 or to Margate Police Station on 10111. No doubt
they will all be very busy on the night but at least the incident will be logged
and followed up in the morning.
Allowing nature to eradicate free floating fern
Salvinia in golf course dams
Chemical control of Salvinia, a free floating fern that has found
its way into the golf course dams, is impossible as all water flows to the
irrigation dam and the chemical would have dire consequences on the greens and
The Salvinia Weevil (Cyrtobagous salviniae) is a natural enemy of
this invasive weed and the first of several releases of this predator was
made on 13 May 2011.
The adult weevils are about 2mm in length and black in colour,.
They live for several months and are found on or near the growth tips or amongst
the plant roots. The weevils seldom fly. Rather they walk between the free
floating host plants.
The weevils breed well and the young feed on buds, growth tips
and roots whilst the older larvae tunnel into the rhizomes causing the leaves to
darken and drop off. Adults feed on growth tips and young leaves. Damaged plants
become waterlogged and sink.
The control by the weevils has been very successful wherever they
have been released, but total control can take up to 3 years.
The weevils have been released on the 3rd, 7th and 11th holes and
from there should spread down stream to the other affected dams.
SOUTH AFRICAN CENSUS - IMPORTANT MESSAGES:
Please read the message below regarding security
during the census period.
12 September 2011
Census - Workers
With the South African Census
process beginning, people are advised to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not
to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.
The first phase of the 2010
Census is completed where Census Workers verifying the addresses of households
across the country.
Eventually, more than 140,000
Census workers will count every person in the South Africa (START DATE 10
OCTOBER) and will gather information about every person living at each address
including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.
The big question is - how do you
tell the difference between a Census worker and a con artist?
1. If a Census worker knocks on
your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas
bag, and a confidentiality notice.
2. Ask to see their
identification and their badge before answering their questions.
3. However, you should never
invite anyone you don't know into your home.
4. Census workers are currently
only knocking on doors to verify address information.
5. Do not give your identity
number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they
need it for the Census.
REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY
ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.
6. While the Census Bureau might
ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO
ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.
The Census Bureau will not ask
for bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations.
Any one asking for that
information is NOT with the Census Bureau.
REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS
DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION.
No Acorn worker should approach
you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.
Eventually, Census workers may
contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home.
However, the Census Bureau will
not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the
Never click on a link or open any
attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the Census Bureau.
SMC – Security Management
DRAGON AND DAMSELFLY FAUNA:
Felicity Grundlingh overwhelmed by multitude of
species on Southbroom's golf course.
In January while travelling
through Southbroom, Felicity Grundlingh spent a little time around a few ponds
adjacent to Rivulet Road on the golf course. It was such an overwhelming
odonatological experience that Felicity felt compelled to email and inform of
the astounding diverse dragon and damselfly fauna that live and breed on our
"The three little ponds with
interlinking streams next to the natural stream that meanders its way through
Southbroom Golf Course was one of the most diverse locations I have ever visited
and I accumulated a species list of 26 species in just under an hour! This is
fantastic since there are only 158 species in South Africa and there will of
course be quite a few more to add if a little bit more time is spent researching
this at the correct time of the year. I live in Cape Town but hopefully I will
be able to break away for a long weekend in March/April this or next year just
to visit Southbroom again if possible!!"
Southbroom Conservancy agrees with
Felicity: It is great to see that a wonderful sport such as golf can so
peacefully coincide with nature and even contribute to the conservation thereof.
I am including a species list for you below plus attaching a collage of some of
the photographs I took at Southbroom Golf Course.
Highland Spreadwing Lestes
Common Citril Ceriagrion
Painted Sprite Pseudagrion
Masai Sprite Pseudagrion
Marsh Bluetail Ischnura
Sailing Bluet Azuragrion
Little Wisp Agriocnemis
Vagrant Emperor Anax
Orange Emperor Anax speratus
Julia Skimmer Orthetrum
Machado’s Skimmer Orthetrum
Grizzled Pintail Acisoma
Barbet Percher Diplacodes
Broad Scarlet Crocothemis
Monkshood Dropwing Trithemis
Violet Dropwing Trithemis
Kirby’s Dropwing Trithemis
Jaunty Dropwing Trithemis
Pantala Pantala flavescens
Red Basker Urothemis
Blue Baske Urtothems