April 2017

Dear Jacqui
April is always a slightly tumultuous month sprinkled as it is with holidays celebrating  Easter, Passover and Freedom. April 2017 brought with it a new element of change - the rising up of a broad- based social consciousness united in its fight against corruption, greed and self serving policies. Ordinary citizens from every background, political affiliation, race and class are standing firm behind our constitutional values. May the spirit of co-operation and resistance prevail.
Change happens one step at a time and each person has the power to contribute towards positive change. You can help by logging by-law transgressions. Martin Williams our city councillor has shared with us best methods of dealing with these. He has explained that for many local government service delivery issues, the key to getting things done is a reference number. Without a reference number, resources are unlikely to be allocated to a job, and it becomes difficult to track progress.  A basic guide on how to log issues is available here or on lookandlog.co.za.

In brief:

  • Complaints regarding road signs, road conditions, pavements etc falls under the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA).  Use hotline@jra.org.za . ASK FOR REF NUMBER.
  • Traffic issues: 080 872 3342
  • Illegal dumping: 082 779 1361 (SMS or WhatsApp)
  • Reporting faulty traffic signals 082 827 8250 (SMS / WhatsApp)

There was an attempt to gain access to a home in Arbroath road while the owner was opening the gate for the someone and over the long weekend we experienced a follow home incident also in Arbroath where the perpetrators gained access to the home as the resident drove through the gates. Please remain vigilant at all times and remind all people who have access to your home to be vigilant when entering or exiting.
Various public meetings have taken place regarding the Integrated Development Plan (IDP). The intention of the meetings is to allow public participation  in the process surrounding the allocation of budget by the City. The issues our residents raised included: cleaning up our green belt and finding alternative accommodation for the homeless; re-surfacing of roads; as well as new road signage and traffic calming measures to reduce the speed of cars using our suburb as a rat run.A representative from the HGC attended the meeting for our ward. In short, it appears that provision is being made for the resurfacing of the roads starting with the main roads.
The Precinct Plan represents what the majority of residents in the neighbourhood have said they feel is appropriate with regards to subdivisions, property density and height restrictions. To access the Precinct Plan click here . The HGC is privileged to be able to rely on a volunteer who is dedicated to zoning issues. If you are concerned about a development in or near our area please forward the details to zoningissues@hurlingham.org.za and if the proposed plan is in conflict with the Precinct Plan or is otherwise undesirable, we will assist in the process of circulating details and consolidating objections as may be required.

Also read highlights from Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's State of the City address here.  

Upcoming events: 
Amberley Open Day - An exclusive showing of homeware, crafts and gifts in aid of the Salvation Army, Ethembeni Childrens Home.  Friday 26 May 2017 and Saturday 27 May 2017 from 9h30 to 16h00 at 18 Lovat Road, Entrance is R20. Click here for more details.

Rosehaven is holding a fundraiser on 20 May at 2pm.  Guest Speaker, Carolyn Steyn - Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day - explains how this initiative has grown into a global phenomenon, and how those in the Prisons are knitting their broken lives together. Also hear the story of Yolande and Pierre Korkie captured by Al Qaeda in Yemen and held hostage and be entertained by top musicians Craig Urbani, Eddie Eckstein, Leanne Dlamini, Cherry Pill, Kristel, Michael Riff Themba. Click here for more details. 

Until next month, take care.
Thanks for caring about where we live.

Important Contacts

BEAGLE CONTROL ROOM: 011 678 1972 www.beaglewatch.co.za
HGC Committee: info@hurlingham.org.za security@hurlingham.org.za environment@hurlingham.org.za membership@hurlingham.org.za
Flying Squad: 10 111
Randburg SAPS vehicles: 071 675 7115 / 6
Ambulance: City: 011 375 5911
ER24: 084 124
Netcare 911: 082 911
Randburg Police: 011 449 9115 / 9110 / 9117 10111 for an emergency
Joburg Metro Police: ​011 375 5911
Joburg call centre: 0860-JOBURG
Includes City Parks and Pikitup
See Community Info --> Overview section for a full list of numbers
Water Issues: Joburg Water

011 375 5555
Electricity Issues: http://​www.citypower.co.za ​and click "Fault Reporting" or on mobile http://citypower.mobi
Road Issues: ​hotline@jra.org.za
Environmental Contraventions: 011 587 4232 1st point of contact for any issues arising from the Health Act (noise, restaurants, unsanitary backyards etc) abednigot@joburg.org.za
Pollution: 011 226 8328 WisemanN@joburg.org.za
Revenue Queries: ​011 375 5555
Traffic Signs and Markings: Jurie Swart JRA - Assistant Manager, Traffic Signs and Markings section for Region B jswart@jra.org.za
Region B Contacts and Information: http://hurlingham.alpha.structureit.net/media/48375/Region-B.pdf
Building regulations: 011 407 6111
Eskom: 086 003 7566