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September 2017

SPRUIT DAY: TEAM WORK FOR A CLEANER HGC

Abandoned car seats, plastic toys and even old clothing. These were just some of the items pulled out from the Spruit on 16 September when volunteer residents, members of the SkeemSaam initiative and even some of the homeless living on the river worked together to clean up a section of the river from the Waterfall to Glenn street as well as Hurlingham Park.

Within just a few hours, much of the unsightly mess had been collected in nearly 70 refuse bags, and piled, ready to be collected by Pikitup. That's team work! Thanks to all those who helped out.

The message is clear though: It's not someone else's problem. Think before you buy and think before you chuck: plastic is clogging up our waterways and our parks. Buy in paper, separate your plastics and recycle them responsibly monthly.  That way we keep our rubbish out of our green spaces.
Click here to see more pictures of the day.
PROJECT FLOWER: RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS JOIN FORCES TO SORT OUT THE SPRUIT
Project Flower is a collaborative effort by the residents associations whose areas abut the river in the area between Jan Smuts avenue, William Nicol Drive and Republic drive. Contractors will be employed to remove all illegal structures and refuse that has been stockpiled in our green spaces and ensure that they remain removed. Updates to follow in the next newsletter.
HALLOWEEN 2017
This year's trick or treat festivities take place from 6pm on Friday 27 October 2017. Last year saw teenage rock bands, ever-more creative tricks and treats and the now famous Creepy Cave on the corner of Arbroath and St Andrews.  We ask that visiting guests please bring along some extra candy to top up supplies along the way.
MAKE MY DAY: A WORD WITH WILSON 

For the past few years, the HGC has enlisted the services of private individuals to step in where the City has been woefully inadequate at maintaining our public spaces.
Wilson “Millions” and  Gershom Dube help keep grass cut, repaint street names, paint fences and undertake general maintenance.  
If you’ve ever met Wilson, you’ll know how impossible it is to forget him. His caring face, infectious belly laugh and gentle stature belie a keen intellect and sharp wit, which he is always keen to share.  Legend has it that an HGC resident pays Wilson for his conversational company, eschewing traditional garden services for a cup of tea and tete-à-tete!
Click here to read  Kerry Chunnett, our environmental representative's interview with him.
SANDTON GATE: OBJECTIONS SUBMITTED 

The HGC's zoning committee submitted objections on behalf of the community to the City.  
BOREHOLE OR NOT:  SAVE WATER
 

The City of Johannesburg is a net importer of water, and although the City supports the usage of accessing water from alternative sources, please be mindful of your usage, borehole or not.  

Restrictions currently in place in Joburg for those connected to municipal water sources: 
  • No hosepipes to clean paved areas and driveways.
  • No irrigating gardens between 6am and 6pm for the period 1 September - 31 March AND between 8am and 4pm from 1 April - 31 August. Please adjust your irrigation timers to fit in with these regulations.
Observing the above irrigation timeframes imposed on those reliant on the municipal resources, please would all borehole and grey water irrigators be mindful of the time that your gardens are  currently irrigated.  Consider switching irrigation timers to early morning or early evenings and not during hot midday sun.
 
Please ALL ensure as we enter the rainy season that automatic irrigation systems are not negligently irrigating during rainfall.
 
REPORT LEAKS! (011) 375 5555 / 0860 562 874
OR Email:  CUSTOMERSERVICEEmails@jwater.co.za
A CRIME FREE SEPTEMBER!

We are pleased to report that September was a crime-free month with no incidents to report. Of course, ensuring crime rates in our suburb are lower than surrounding areas does not come from doing more of the same. It involves constant vigilance and innovation in crime fighting measures - like Project Flower (see story opposite) and our new camera initiative. 

We expect to be the recipients of 29 new license place recognition camera throughout our neighbourhood, a project made possible through your contributions and the co-operation of  Vumasafe (a division of Vumatel our fibre suppliers) and CSS/ Beagle Security. We'll update you on progress in further newsletters.


BOTTOM LINE:  Remain vigilant; get to know your neighbours so that you can distinguish between normal and unusual activity; be aware of out- of- the norm activity and activate your alarm when your house is unoccupied.
CRIME STATS: 19 YEARS OF STATS SHOW HGC HAS ONE OF LOWEST CRIME RATES

We recently assessed our crime statistics over a 19 year period. These statistics revealed the following:
  • During the period of 1998 to 2000 the average number of incidents per month was 6.4;
  • During the period between December 2000 and May 2003 the average number of incidents was 1.36 per month;
  • For a year between 2003 and 2004 the average was 0.7 incidents a month (we suspect this is a bit of anomaly because of the short period. If one were to select certain one-year periods between Jan 2011 and now one could get averages of less than 0.5)
  • Since January 2011 to date the HGC area has experienced and average of 1.38 incidents per month
To read more about the incidents we have experienced over the past four years click here.
s18A CERTIFICATES - CHECK THE NUMBER


If you have not yet submitted your tax return, please don't forget to claim your HGC contributions (per your s18A certificate from the HGC).
 
We regret that a transposition error crept into the HGC’s PBO number in the original batch of s18A certificates that were sent out in May this year.  Should your s18A claim have been rejected by SARS, it may be as a result of having used the PBO number in one of the original batches.  You should have received a revised s18A certificate (from the same address) in mid-July 2017.  Please refer to the revised s18A certificate of July.
 
The correct PBO # should read:  930051344
 We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 
MONTHLY COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAYS IN SUPPORT OF MAYOR'S CAMPAIGN


Working together to clean our community is not limited to an annual event. In August Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba launched his latest project, the AreSebetsebeng initiative that aims to work with volunteers and stakeholders on a monthly basis to clean up Johannesburg. In the words of the Mayor “There’s no way that you can drive economic growth in a filthy city, we must get the basics right.”
We will be supporting this initiative in our own way by selecting an area to clean as a community each month. T. The dates for the clean ups are:
  • 28 October 2017
  • 25 November 2017
  • 30 December 2017
Read more here.
COUNCILLOR NEWSLETTER 


Read Councillor Martin William's latest newsletterhere.  he covers the following: A new Facebook page for Ward 90; Billing Crisis update; traffic and road updates; townplanning applications received; and a new approach to homelessness.
 
THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT WHERE WE LIVE!
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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 statements@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
Ward Councillor: 083 459 6152 Martin Williams martcw7@gmail.com
Joburg call centre: 0860-JOBURG
0860-562-874
Includes City Parks and Pikitup
See Community Info --> Overview section for a full list of numbers
Water Issues: Joburg Water

011 375 5555
​customerservice@jwater.co.za
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