Notice of AGM and February Newsletter of the Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers & Residents Association 

AGM to be held on Thursday 01 March at 19h30 at Fish Hoek Civic Center.  

Guest Speaker: Alderman Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape town will speak about the “issues of our time and the way forward”.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.

Chairperson, Janet Holwill, P.O. Box 22125  Fish Hoek 7974  Tel: 021 785 1328   Cell: 082 920 7306   Email 

MEETING AGENDA

  1. WELCOME, Introductions and Apologies.
  2. Guest Speaker  Alderman Patricia de Lille
  3. MINUTES of Meeting held on 24th November 2011 & matters arising. 
  4. COUNCILLOR’s Report.
  5. TREASURER’s Report.
  6. CHAIRPERSON’s Report
  7. GENERAL
  8. ELECTION OF FHVRRA EXCO COMMITTEE FOR 2012.

About our Executive Mayor of Cape Town appointed on 1st June 2011

Patricia de Lille (born 17 February 1951 at Beaufort West)’ is the outspoken current Mayor of Cape Town, (the 33rd, having been preceded by Dan Plato). She is also, concurrently, the leader of the Independent Democrats (ID), a political party she formed in 2003.

In August 2010 the ID merged with the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s official opposition and she has taken on dual party membership.

De Lille was voted 22nd in the “Top 100 Great South Africans” and is particularly noted for her role in investigations regarding the controversial Arms Deal, having taken parliamentary privilege to be a whistle blower on the issue. She was not allowed to attend the meeting of the National Prosecuting Authority on 5 April 2009 to announce the case against President Jacob Zuma, who had been implicated in the Arms Deal (worth R30 Billion S.A. Rands in 1999). In the Sunday Times (South Africa), following that meeting, De Lille predicted that the charges would be dropped:

“Am I angry? Of course I am angry. I am angry because the majority of our people are not seeing the warning signs that are coming from the ANC, a liberation party that has no respect for the Constitution and the rule of law and is prepared to erode both just so that one man can become the leader of our country.

By letting these ANC crooks off the hook we are sending entirely the wrong message to our people. Government is saying that there is a way out for those who break the law”.

From the Chair: Local Matters

Firstly I am sure you would all like an update on the local Road situation.

 Kommetjie Road/Riverside Road: The design for the new traffic signal was completed and approved in 2011. The intention is to begin implementation in the first quarter of 2012 and the Council is on track with this.

Kommetjie road markings and islands: A design has been completed for this work. The Transport Network Development Dept. wish to present this design to a small group of local interested parties in a type of peer review before implementation.

Ou Kaapse Weg/Silvermine Road: A conceptual design has been completed for the proposed intersection improvement. This includes the addition of a right–turn lane for south bound traffic turning into Silvermine Road and the removal of the koppie that restricts sight distance from the side roads. Specialist environmental studies were completed towards the end of 2011 and the reports on these studies are presently being completed. An “Applicability Checklist” will be submitted this month to the Dept. of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning and they will determine if there is a need for a more basic Environmental Assessment. If not, then the Council hopes to go to tender in April 2012.

 Traffic: Sun Valley residents will be pleased to learn that traffic calming measures, a “speed bump” to us locals, will be installed in Corsair road.

Beach issues are always important and an ongoing concern to your Exco committee. The general cleanliness and the state of the toilets and benches are things we constantly review. Whilst Alderman Felicity Purchase feels that, generally, cleansing coped very well over a hot and busy Festive season, there are still things we will be focusing upon. The main one is water purity. The chief culprit here appears to be what is emerging from the storm water drains and then across the beach. The problem starts higher up in the valley and obviously comes from litter that is blown and/or thrown down the storm water drains, gathering steadily over the dry months. Then, with the heavy rain, it is flushed out across the beach. There is a catch trap/basket but it obviously doesn’t cope. We also need to investigate just how often the sewers overflow into the storm water drains.  We are following up on all of this.

Eskom CFL exchange programme: This project to exchange energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps for the old incandescent light bulbs will be based at the Silverglades Road depot. Points will be set up in public areas, which will be advertised.

Exco committee: I am again appealing for members to make themselves available to serve on the Exco committee. Our Secretary and Meeting Convenor, (who also organises the speakers), are both resigning due to pressure of work and family commitments. The few members now left are now stretched almost to breaking point. If you feel strongly that you wish to have a say in the future of Fish Hoek – the housing developments, roads, amenities such as libraries, clinic and beach as well as ensuring that services are properly provided and maintained – please join the Exco committee.     

There is one Exco meeting a month (except December) and 4 public meetings a year.

Please think about this. If you sit back and don’t act, you then aren’t in a position to complain when the town you love changes in ways that are not to your liking.  Getting involved doesn’t have to be arduous if everyone helps a little bit. Call me on 021 785 1328.

DIARY NOTE: Our next FHVRRA Quarterly General Meeting will be on Thursday May 24, 2012.

FHVRRA SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscriptions:  Membership: Allen Rose-Innes – Tel/Fax: 021 782 4279   E-mail:                                     Postal Address – PO Box 22125, Fish Hoek, 7974          

Annual Subscriptions (R60 per household) became due on 1st. January 2012.

Your address label / email letter indicates the current status of your subs.

We appeal to members in arrears to pay their outstanding subscriptions.

Members unable to afford the subscription fees are advised to contact the Association’s Chairperson

(Tel: 021-785-1328), in full confidence and no obligation, to discuss a reduced fee.

Details of our bank account and convenient points of payment for Subs:

Bank deposits or EFT payments:

Indicate: “subs-your initials-your surname” in the payment reference.

A/C Name: FHVRRA. A/C No: 374203091. Bank: Standard – Fish Hoek.

Bank Code for deposits: 036009. Bank Code for EFT payments: 051001.

Subs can also be posted to P.O. Box 22125 Fish Hoek 7974, or paid at the following establishments:

Regal Cycles, Weavers, Pennylane (Valyland) and Thundercloud Music (Sun Valley Mall).

Please note: CASH ONLY for deposits and at pay points – due to exorbitant bank fees for cheques.