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STREET NUMBERS - IT COULD BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

As the village has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to find a property by its Lot Number as they bear no relation to the street, are not consecutive, and change with each consolidation or sub-division.

The time has come for ratepayers to clearly identify their properties by using the formal street numbering system which, believe it or not, does exist.

Think about it ... How does a police van, fire engine or ambulance navigate its way to Lot 929 Eagle Road?  Its neighbour is Lot 584 and the three houses over the road are on Lots 176, 918 and 263!  And this, when it could be a matter of life and death.

In an effort to ensure that Street Numbers are displayed as soon as possible, Southbroom Urban Improvement Precinct, in conjunction with Southbroom Sector Policing, has agreed to supply every ratepayer with a uniform Street Number sign at no cost. 

The sign will be a 15cm wide plastic oval with dark green lettering on a reflective white background.  As soon as they have been manufactured, the signs will be hand delivered to ratepayers, failing which they will be erected on your behalf as best possible.

We appeal to ratepayers to support the change.  Should you need additional signs they can be ordered from Signland.  Call Johan on 039-317-3052.

PROPOSED REZONING TO INTERMEDIATE RESIDENTIAL - LOTS 735 & 736 SOUTHBROOM

The July 2006 issue of Southbroom News advised that your Association had objected to the proposed rezoning which would increase the density of permissible construction from 5 houses to 15 houses per hectare.

We have now been advised that the matter will be heard by the Provincial Planning & Development Commission on 31 October 2006.  Details of the time and venue will appear in the press under Legal Notices nearer the time.

The hearing is a public hearing and any persons interested in the deliberations and outcome, or wishing to show support for the objection, are welcome to attend.  Should you wish to receive an e-mail advising the time and venue, please click here.

ESTATE AGENT'S BOARDS - IS THE WHOLE VILLAGE FOR SALE?

We accept that when ratepayers wish to sell their property and leave Southbroom, its the selling that is top of mind.  We also accept that Estate Agents wish to secure as many positions as they possibly can to advertise their businesses.

In terms of the Municipal Bylaws, only one estate agent's board is permitted per property and steep fines have been set in an attempt to ensure compliance.  However, municipal resources (ratepayers money!) should not be wasted on personnel policing estate agent's boards and we accordingly appeal to all sellers to ensure that only one "For Sale" board is positioned on their property.  Even if you are leaving town, rather continue to support the up-market image that has partly resulted in your investment out-performing property in neighbouring villages.  Even in the selling, it is in your best interests.

We urge Body Corporates to consider making the "one-board-policy" part of their House Rules, if they allow "For Sale" boards at all, and then to apply the policy to the complex as a whole.  Your development loses considerable prestige when a litter of "For Sale" boards clutter the entrance.

And, to our Estate Agents?  Please stop the signage pollution and respect the bylaws. Protect your patch if yours is the first board. You may just find that it elevates your image and reputation in the village.

AGM OF URBAN IMPROVEMENT PRECINCT AND SECTOR POLICING PUBLIC MEETING

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Southbroom Property Owners Association (Section 21 Company) which will be held in the Southbroom Community Centre at 17h00 on Thursday 26 October 2006.

Apart from the usual public company formalities, Southbroom Sector Policing will give ratepayers and residents an update and an opportunity for questions, and Superintendent Slabbert will brief the meeting on the restructuring of South African Police Services.

The media has given extensive coverage to National Police Chief Jackie Selebi's vision of reducing crime through the redeployment of area personnel to police station level.  It will be good to hear the inside track from Supt. Slabbert who views the restructure as "a positive thing that will bear fruits into the future".

SIGNAGE ON REFUSE BINS

We have been successful in having the three large plastic dustbins, carrying advertising on all four sides, removed from the village.  These had been positioned in the name of cleansing at North Entrance, Main Beach and Umkobi Beach but were in fact just vehicles for businesses to secure prime advertising positions.  They each stood less than 10 meters away from existing bins!

Council have recently renegotiated the refuse bin contract and have assured your Association that bins will only be placed where bins are legitimately needed, and then only with the consent of the affected community.

Southbroom has always positioned understated concrete pipes as dustbins and your Committee is of the opinion that this practice should be maintained ... even if it means that we foot the bill for additional bins as required into the future.

If you agree with this sentiment, please join/continue to support Ratepayers Association.  Your subscriptions and donations enable us to make the difference.

FULL MOON - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR, BOTTLE & PLATE

Support Ramsgate Conservancy on Sunday the 8th of October 2006 at 17h00 and witness the full moon rise over the ocean from their newly approved Whale Watching site.  The "Bring Your Own" evening will include a brief overview of the planned project (Gareth Tennant) and a short talk on the methods of eradicating alien invader vegetation (David Hallé).

Park in front of the Lobster Pot or Crayfish Inn (street parking on both sides), cross the road and follow the signage up the hill to the site.

WOOLLYNECKED STORK - PLEASE REPORT YOUR SIGHTINGS

Woollynecked Storks have been seen in and around Southbroom and particularly on the golf course for many years.  Roberts describes this bird as generally uncommon and, in the past, more than 2 or 3 birds have rarely been seen.

During the last year or two, the population appears to have grown and up to 11 or more storks have been seen together.  This has prompted local birders to undertake a survey of the current population along the Lower South Coast (Port Edward to Port Shepstone).

Please click here and report your sightings.  Regular information is required concerning the number of storks, their location and habitat, dates seen and any unusual behaviour.

SAVE WATER, EVERY DROP COUNTS

In addition to the current call centre numbers, which are 039-688-5830/36, UGU Municipality has introduced a cell phone number 076-903-8772 for our convenience.  Call or SMS to report water and sewerage faults.  Save water, every drop does count.

LOOK AFTER YOUR PETS AND SPARE A THOUGHT FOR OUR DWINDLING WILDLIFE

Its that time of year again: Diwali (14 Oct), Guy Fawkes (5 Nov), Christmas (25 Dec) and then New Year ... and sadly, fireworks remain the preferred display of celebration.

We congratulate "Voice for the Voiceless" on their ongoing campaign to have fireworks banned on the Hibiscus Coast and especially for convincing the Loerie Awards not to stage their usual fireworks display this year.  Their efforts have reached far and wide and will result in more and more ratepayers bringing pressure to bear on Council to at least police and enforce the bylaw:  The releasing of fireworks requires Council's formal permission failing which a fine of R1,000 is payable.

We appeal to all ratepayers and residents not to release fireworks in Southbroom.  There are several wildlife-friendly and neighbour-friendly alternatives available on the market.  Please consider using laser-lights or more sensitive displays than fireworks to mark your special occasions. 

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Sincere thanks

to all who

participated

in the

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL

CLEAN-UP

Over 500Kg's

of litter were

collected from Southbroom to

Port Edward.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH BANNED ALIEN INVASIVES?

Many people ask this question and then defend their favourite alien!

It is true that many aliens are not invasive and our gardens would be poorer without them and that banned aliens, within their original environment, do not invade and take over every space available suffocating everything in their path.  However, outside of this environment, there are no natural enemies and hence no checks and balances.

A further problem in a country with limited water resources (South Africa receives about half the world's average rainfall) is that many aliens are water hungry and flourish along streams.  For example, the Bushbuck trail streams were lined with Cestrum (ink berry) and it is calculated that the 1.35 million hectares of alien plants in South Africa consume an additional 7% of our annual rainfall.

The major banned invasives in Southbroom are:  Chromolaena odorata (Triffid), Lantana camara (Latana), Solanum mauritianum (Bug Weed), Cestrum laevigatum (Ink Berry), Melia azedarach (Syringa), Clusia Rosae (Balsam Apple), Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian Pepper Tree), Psidium guajava (Guava).  Guava is very invasive on the grassland in the centre of the Bushbuck Trail.  In the worst areas, there were over 40 coppice root shoots and seedlings per square meter.

In order to improve recognition skills, Southbroom Conservancy intends setting out an area in the village for a managed display of the more common invasives.  If you need help with identifying invasives in your garden, please contact David Wigley on 039-316-6014 or click here to e-mail.

STORM DAMAGE ON BUSHBUCK TRAIL

Question:

Stork or Hamerkop nest?

 

Apart from a fallen fig tree, there was remarkably little storm damage on trail. This was despite the stream flooding to just above the height (3.5 meters) of the wooden bridge which was slightly dislodged.

Wild flowers are already benefiting from the downfall and the beautiful yellow clusters of the Black Bird-berry bush (Psychotria capensis) are in flower.

The trail steps need constant attention.  Please would anyone with spare treated gum pole off cuts of 1 meter or more in length and/or hardwood stakes e-mail David Wigley.

Answer:

Storm debris in main beach tidal pool!

SUPPORT THE SOUTH COAST INDIGENOUS GARDEN SHOW AND PLANT SALE

21st & 22nd of OCTOBER 09h00 to 16h00