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LATEST NEWS

 
PRA AGM - SAVE THE DATE

 

Please diarise to attend our AGM on Wednesday 10 October at Parktown High School for Girls. 18.00 for 18.30 . Further details will follow.

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UPDATE: DONEGAL AND RASTA PARK INTERSECTION

 

This intersection is slowly being upgraded by the PRA and some sponsors and it is starting to look great.

  • The long “graffiti” wall and the boulders have been painted by Top Paints Melville. The PRA will touch up the wall every 2 weeks if graffiti or taggers decide to decorate the wall again.
  • At “Rasta Park” the pedestrian paving has nearly been completed. Once the neighbours have finished building their walls, we will plant water-wise, low maintenance succulents. A bench will also be installed. The electricity box will also be repainted. The sponsors are Greenside Shul and Tyson Properties (Brad Neille). The Gardeners (resident Tim Conradie) will plant etc and will also maintain the park together with the PRA.

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UPDATE: STREET LIGHT CAMPAIGN

 

The second audit has been completed and resubmitted to City Power to fix the non-working lights. Thanks to all residents who helped.

 

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BUILDING AND RENOVATING HOUSES IN PARKVIEW

 

Please note that all building and renovation requires approved plans. For structures over 60 years, plans approvals in Parkview require three steps to be taken, for reasons of heritage protection: the JPC/PRA’s comment needs to be received, then PHRAG’s, and then the plans can be submitted to the City for final approval. See the PRA website
for more detail.

In recent months the PRA subcommittee dealing with these matters has noticed more building and renovation going ahead without the required approvals. A related problem is faced when residents who did not follow the approval process, now wish to sell their houses, and face the banks’ requirement of approved plans for buyers’ finance approval. This sometimes means that the building or renovation which those owners previously did without the requisite approved plans, now has to go through the 3 approval steps. This can be an unpleasant process for the PRA to undergo – we often experience the friction caused by aggressive consultants advising either anxious or dismissive owners, and the PRA being put under pressure to stamp ‘No objection’ for buildings or renovations, after the fact, which would not have qualified for heritage approval if the correct process had been followed, up front. This is time consuming and unpleasant for our subcommittee members, all of whom donate their time to do this work. It also amounts to the PRA being asked to condone what is essentially unlawful activity on the part of certain residents. We have also been accused of being selective in our approach. As it is not the PRA’s role to police adherence to the local and provincial regulations and bylaws, we have asked the COJ’s new and diligent building inspector for our area to conduct more frequent checks of building sites in Parkview to assist in remedying the situation.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 2017 - CHAIRMAN’S LETTER (STEVE LENAHAN)

 

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the PRA AGM last night at Parktown Girls’ High.  The stand-out task facing the PRA over the past 12 months has been the traffic calming project.  To remind you, our objective was to try and reduce the risk to pedestrians and other road users of speeding traffic on the major suburban roads in Parkview: Kildare, Tyrone and Dundalk Avenues. The focus of the traffic study and traffic calming measures was young pedestrians and traffic at intersections along the three main roads running north and south through Parkview. These often serve as alternative routes to local arterial roads, Wicklow Avenue and Lower Park Drive, on which the JRA will not permit traffic calming. Download Chairman's Letter.

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HALLOWEEN

 

The PRA’s Annual Halloween function will take place at George Hay Park from 4 to 8pm on 31 October, all residents, their friends and family are invited.   The format is the same as previous years, except that we now have an entry fee – bring a packet or tin of dog or cat food, which we’ll distribute to Animals in Distress.   Prize-giving will take place at 17h30. More details will be sent next week.  

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PARKVIEW SCHOOL'S 100 YEAR SCHOOL RUN

 

Please join us as for our annual 5km family fun run/walk in celebration of 100-years of academic excellence.  Hosted by Parkview Senior School, corner of Dundalk Avenue and Dee Road, Parkview - 28 October 2017. Registration open at 06:15am and the run commences at 07:30am.

If residents would like to make a personal contribution to the Fund, the bank details follow: Parkview Senior School, FNB, Craighall Branch, Branch Code, 255805, Acc No: 503 321 20133. Reference: Centenary Fund.  

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BUILDING AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION REGULATIONS

 

There have recently been a number of instances of property owners making alterations to buildings without the necessary approval of the City of Joburg and the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority – Gauteng (PHRA-G). In the spirit of being helpful, residents are reminded that the failure to abide by these regulations and the required actions (which are summarized on the PRA website) have onerous and potentially unpleasant consequences.  In the event that a property owner does not comply with the Municipal Planning Bylaw (2016) and other laws governing these matters, Section 62 of the Bylaw empowers the authorities to stop the work being done or enforce its removal or to impose a fine or a jail sentence. There’s also the matter of having to deal with angry neighbours, of course. In addition, many lenders are requiring property buyers to ensure that they have current building plans for the property they are acquiring.

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SAFEPARKVIEW NOTICE

 

Over the last six months we have witnessed  an alarming trend of our residents leaving their street gates/garage doors open.  The last two months 24/7 have recorded incidents of twenty a month. This is an open invitation for a robbery.  The one recommendation we can make is to link your doors to your alarm system so that after a set period your alarm will activate warning you of an open door.

Should you want to sign up with SafeParkview please email Vicky Drinkwater on safemanager@parkview.org.za

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ELECTRICITY METER READINGS:

 

Please refer to the attached letter from City Power/UMEC about the new details for Electricity Meter Readings in Parkview.

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COUNCILLOR BRIDGET STEER'S NEWSLETTER

 

Important details are in it, especially for logging queries. 

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POST-DIVORCE PARENTING PROGRAMME AT FAMILY LIFE CENTRE

 

This is applicable pre-divorce, during a divorce and post-divorce.
Venue:   1 Cardigan Road corner Crescent, Parkwood
Times:    19h00 to 21h00
Dates:     10, 17, 24, 31 October, attendance of all 4 evenings is essential
Cost:       R1500 per person paid in advance for all for the complete course
 
This course enables you and your ex partner to develop effective and practical ways of communicating with the other parent of your children, as well as help you develop additional parenting skills that will help your children adapt to the change in their family.
Facilitated by Heidi Reynolds – Social Worker (BASS, Hons). She has 19 years of experience working with Individuals, Couples and Families, the main focus in her practice is on families and relationships, including Case Management, Supervised Contact, Mediation and Facilitation, Parenting Plans and Parental Rights and Responsibilities Agreements. Bookings:
https://familylife.co.za/, 011 788 4784, marketing@familylife.co.za

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DATES TO DIARISE

 

If you have a Parkview function/activity that is open to the public, email info@parkview.org.za and we can try to include it in our newsletter.  You need to send the info at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance.  We do the reserve the right to publish the info or not.

October:

  • Wednesday 10 October – PRA AGM, 18.00 for 18.30 at Parktown Girls High
  • Saturday 13 October – Parktown Girls High School - The Spring Sports Festival. 7:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 25 October – Annual St Francis Church Golf Day
  • Saturday 27 October – Parkview Senior School’s Family Fun Run (open to public)
  • Wednesday 31 October – Halloween – George Hay Park - 16:00
     

November:

  • 30 November to 2 December – Nicarela Charity Parkview Christmas Market

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REPEAT: PRA MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2018 - NOW DUE

 

PRA membership fees for 2018 remain unchanged at R500 (R250 for pensioners) per annum and are now due. Prompt payment will ensure that our sub-committees can continue with their initiatives. Thank you to all who have paid to date.

Please note:

  • If you are a paying member of SafeParkview: At the full monthly rate R720, a contribution of R30 per month per household is made by SafeParkview to the Residents’ Association. However, this R30 is not enough to sustain all the initiatives the PRA undertakes throughout the year, so we appeal to all residents to pay their R500 PRA fees, or make a contribution over and above the amount SafeParkview remits on your behalf.
  • If you pay for the bike patrol, your SafeParkview membership does not include a contribution to the PRA. 

Our banking details are: Parkview Residents Association, First National Bank, Rosebank (253305), Current account – 50332119813. Please email info@parkview.org.za if you’d like acknowledgement. In order to track payments, please indicate surname and physical address on your EFT.