SOUTHBROOM NEWS -OCTOBER 2008


A SOUTHBROOM RATEPAYERS, CONSERVANCY & COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVE.

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>> SOUTHBROOM LIBRARY - SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Community volunteers have been hard at work and will reopen the Southbroom library on Thursday 2 October 2008. Please pop in to applaud their efforts ... and enjoy a cup of coffee whilst browsing the large selection of reading.

Organiser Annette Brink and the 'library team' have assembled municipal books from the libraries that closed in Munster and Marina Beach and are awaiting the arrival of two 'Wheelie Book Wagons' from Provincial Library Services. Hopefully they will be in place in time for the opening.

Those of you who are familiar with the library will be amazed at its new look - good and clean and fresh - inviting every reader to enjoy. And, if you would like to add to the experience, become a Friend of the Library. Donations in kind, books, cd's, dvd's, furniture, cash or whatever will all be put to good use.

Special thanks go to the community volunteers who have made it possible for Southbroom and its neighbours to continue to enjoy a convenient library service; and to Pam Quarmby who is currently revitalising the library gardens.

Grateful thanks are also extended to Municipal Manager Sbu Mkhize, for entrusting Southbroom Ratepayers Association with the operation of the library and to Director Sheryl Cwele, Thembi Khawula, and Librarians Susan and Leonie for the assistance that they have given and time spent in training volunteers.


>> VAGRANTS - THEY MAY BE RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE !

Community volunteers who participated in the International Coastal Clean-up Campaign, were amazed when they stumbled upon this humble abode ...

Believe it or not, it was just in front of 'The Roost' on Lewin Road and had clearly been there for some time.

SAPS Sector Police from the Southbroom UIP attended to the removal.


>> SOUTHBROOM'S WILDLIFE: WE'RE LOSING IT .... FAST

Cruelty to wildlife is on the increase and hardly a week goes by without an incident being reported in the local press. Be it through snares, dogs or brutality, wildlife is dwindling and Southbroom is not immune.

This week, John Kinghorn found a bushbuck caught in a snare alongside the UGU plant in Quantock Road. Help was quick to the scene but the doe could not be saved.

Other incidents included a buck cornered by building site workers - fortunately saved - and a blue duiker that Rogers found dead in a snare near Granny's Pool.

Please be on the look out and report all incidents to either David Halle on 0823004283 or Val Hotshausen on 0833061672.

Southbroom Conservancy will be organising a public meeting to create awareness on the importance of preserving wildlife. It is hoped that all ratepayers will attend and that they will ensure that their staff are also present.

Education is our only hope.

SOUTHBROOM LIBRARY

OPENING HOURS:

Tuesday: 09h00 - 16h00

Thursday: 09h00 - 16h00

Saturday am: Coming soon

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS

Organiser:

Annette Brink

Secretary/Treasurer:

Heather Campbell

Staff Co-ordinator:

Sue Westoby

Municipal Liaison:

Wynand Bezuidenhout

Marketing/Sponsorship:

Roy Morris

New Books Co-ordinator:

Doug Campbell

Team:

Barbara Biggar

Anita Lyall

Pearl McGregor

Shirley Pretorius

Graham Volck

Jean Corfe

Sandra Wright

Les Savage

John Moses

Maureen Moses

MUNICIPAL RATES OBJECTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION ROLL

The Municipal Valuers are currently attending to ratepayer's objections.

Responses are being mailed as each objection is dealt with and the entire process is scheduled for completion during November 2008.

Should ratepayers not be in agreement with the re-assessed value, the matter may be taken on appeal.

Following completion of the objection process, the Municipal Valuers will address errors, omissions and under-valued properties with a view to releasing a further Supplementary Valuation Roll during February 2009.

Ratepayers Associations have called for fair and equitable treatment and it is anticipated that Council will  reduce the Rates Randage should the Rates Base increase.

By that stage, Council should also be in a position to accurately assess Total Rates Income and ensure that the Budget increase is within the prescribed 10%.