Newsletter – 12 February 2019

Car guard initiative

Over the past six months business and restaurant owners along 4th Avenue have been working in conjunction with PRABOA, Safeparks and the SAPS, on implementing a revised Car Guard scheme for the high street. The new initiative, a community upliftment program supported by our ward councillor Tim Truluck, is intended to overhaul and oversee that vital and often overlooked aspect of trade along 4th – the role and visibility of parking attendants in ensuring a safe and pleasant shopping and dining experience. The 4th Avenue steering committee will begin the first phase roll out of the new scheme this week, along with a public awareness campaign. The long-term goal of the scheme, as well as other initiatives planned by this committee, is the rejuvenation and revitalisation of 4th Avenue. Managing and regulating the informal sector along the strip, removing the criminal element and making the present participants more included in the community and accountable, is one way we see of achieving this. For more information please contact Ryan Hawthorne: technical@parkhurstvillage.com

Safety

Over the past few weeks there were a number of home invasions and burglaries in Parkhurst and surrounding suburbs. One modus operandi is the derailing of gates. We suggest that residents put an alarm on their gate motor which will trigger if their gate is being tampered with as well as installing secure anti-lift brackets on the top of their gates and a magnet when it closes so that the gate cannot be moved.

  • Do not leave doors or gates open, even only for a minute, to go outside your property. We also find an alarming number of garage or gate doors open, where the resident is not even visible, but instead went inside to fetch or do something.
  • Regularly test your alarm and panic buttons with the Cortac Control Room, as well as upgrade and review your home security and electric fencing.
  • We have a huge amount of false alarms (On average every 5 minutes  in Parkhurst over the last few months). Every alarm alert is responded to and the time taken and resources used means they cannot effectively patrol.
  • With summer coming up, please properly trim your garden plants and tree branches that can lead to false electric fencing and beam alarms during storms.
  • We also find that in addition to parking cars that are prone to being stolen in the streets, people also leave valuable or visible items in cars parked in the streets, leading to unnecessary break-ins that could have been avoided.
  • Install a Digipad or key lock-box at home to enable Cortac to access your property in an emergency or security event (do not allow a security company to use a master key solution to gain access to your property, this can and does lead to security breaches).
  • When you are driving or walking in our suburb, please be on the lookout for  any suspicious activity that seems unusual or out of place. Always remember: If you looked twice then call it in!

Please load the Cortac Control telephone number as a  Favourite or Speed dial.
Please do not talk on your phone while standing on the pavement along 4th ave in Parkhurst.

Please join SafeParks!


SafeParks/ Parksec  and our service provider Cortac have rolled out a number of proactive initiatives, including undercover operations,  to combat the spike in crime we unfortunately find over the year-end.

We can only deploy more security resources with community support. If you wish to sign up, please email Lynn Rushton (lynn@safeparks.joburg). Please visit our Facebook and website pages

Facebook: Parksec / Safeparks: https://www.facebook.com/ParksecSafeParks/
Website: https://parksecsafeparks.co.za and https://www.parkhurstvillage.com/join

Verity Park

Thanks to efforts of Billy Monger, who is a dog walker in the park, the doggie water station has been repaired and beautified. The trough no longer leaks, and it is now a far less muddy place for our furry friends to use. Thanks Billy!

The park grass was recently cut by a contractor appointed by JCPZ, so, at least it’s easier to spot the smaller dogs.

As always, a plea to park users: By not cleaning up after your dog, you are making the park an unpleasant place for others. Please be considerate and stay with your dog, cleaning up any deposit along the way..

If you would like to contribute to the fund that pays for the cleaning of the park, and the bags, please use the following information:

If you would like to contribute to the fund that pays for the cleaning of the park, and the bags, please use the following information:

Verity Park User Group
Nedbank Greenside
Account number 1003267173
Branch code  198765

Environment

Your contributions are helping to fund the cleaning of the Spruit! PRABOA contributes R3,000 per month towards the Craighall Residents’ Association spruit cleanup activities. This contribution ensures that the cleanup covers the Parkhurst sections of the Spruit as well. Community involvement is critical for these initiatives to make a sustainable impact – please contact Lize Hough at environment@parkhurstvillage.com to get involved!

Built environment, heritage and town planning
FAQ’s


Catherine Grainger and Gabriela Seco are now heading the PRABOA Architecture portfolio. They will be handling all building plan submissions and heritage issues. They can be contacted at architecture@parkhurstvillage.com

For updated information regarding requirements for submitting building plans, please visit https://parkhurstvillage.com/parkhurst/town-planning/

Parkhurst Primary

PRABOA has a close working relationship with Parkhurst Primary and we donated the proceeds from the Halloween maps to the school (R4,600). To get involved, please contact Kundayi Munzara (kundayi@parkhurstvillage.com).

Call for volunteers

PRABOA could use your help! Please get in touch and let us know what you are interested in. We could really use help in the town planning area. We need assistance with a car guard solution for homeless people. We could use help on our website and with communications. We can help put you in touch with Incredible Edible Parkhurst if you are interested. We could really use help with our website, communication and marketing particularly with the SafeParks/Parksec safety project. Do you want to help set up the next Village Fair? Please let us know! Please get in touch with Cheryl Labuschagne (chair@parkhurstvillage.com) to volunteer.

AGM 2018

You can find the YouTube video of the 2018 AGM and all of the PRABOA committee member reports here: https://parkhurstvillage.com/agm-2018

Internet

Vumatel have altered the packages it supplies. This will affect (usually increase) the download and upload speeds. In general, Internet Service Providers are likely to make relatively small, if any, changes in their tariffs. The exception is those subscribers on the lowest speed and tariff, 4/1 Mb/sec, which may increase to 10/2 Mb/sec., at a substantial cost increase. In recognition of Parkhurst’s pioneering role in first adopting fibre in South Africa, Vumatel may be making special rates available to ISPs for those on 4 Mb/sec tariffs. This is at the discretion of the ISP, with whom you have your contract. Contact the ISP directly, NOT PRABOA and NOT Vumatel. At least two ISPs make special rates available to Parkhurst generally, or to long standing subscribers. Ask your ISP for details: remember that the accounts/sales representative may need to be reminded of this. Vumatel have declined to make a statement, indicating that ISPs contract with subscribers and are responsible for setting tariffs.

If you don’t manage to get sufficient support from your ISP please send an email to aerial@vumatel.co.za. You can also contact Ryan Hawthorne (technical@parkhurstvillage.com). We are currently looking for solutions for member management and community interaction for PRABOA / SafeParks / Parksec. Please get in touch with Ryan if you have any ideas on this.