Newsletter: 16 May 2019

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Newsletter – 16 May 2019

Key dates


  • Saturday 18 May 2019 at 8h00: PRABOA will be partnering with the Craighall Residents Association (CRA) to clean Hamilton Park, corner of 21st St and 2nd Avenue.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 ( Please visit our Facebook and website pages

Facebook: Parksec / Safeparks:
Website: and


Residents would have noticed new camera poles being installed throughout Parkhurst. These poles are being installed by Vumacam (a Vumatel subsidiary). SafeParks are in discussion with Vumacam and once these are finalised will update the community further on this safety initiative.

Tennis Club

There is a new tennis club at the Parkhurst Recreation Centre. The tennis club was successfully launched with 30 adults attending on 9 March. There will be a social every Saturday.

Juniors: 9:30-1030

Seniors: 14:00-1700

Visitors fee R50

Annual junior membership R1190

Annual senior membership R1690


Contact 082 859 8565 or for more information.


Verity Park


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:

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

Car guard initiative

Parkhurst has launched the second phase of the 4th Ave Car Guard initiative. The initiative, brought about by 4th Avenue businesses, with support from PRABOA / Safeparks, Cortac and the South African Police Service, aims at assisting existing car guards in the high street precinct earn a more consistent and supportive living from the service they provide visitors to the suburb, by offering them more formal training and support from the businesses along the strip. The results thus far have been really positive, with numbers of crimes having declined significantly.

Further details, including the scheme rules and application form are available here: For more information, please contact Ryan Hawthorne:

Parkhurst Recreation Centre timetable

Parkhurst Clinic – 0117881526/7
Parkhurst Library – 0117884510
Joburg Connect – 0860562874
Verity Park Swimming Pool – 0110251992

A Re Sebetseng – Bring It Back Home

The problem with the Mayor’s voluntary monthly A Re Sebetseng clean up in the ward is that most people are all busy on a Saturday morning. So Cllr TIM TRULUCK put some thought into it and came up with the following idea…


Take a step outside into the street and look around, up and down. Make a note of what you see and either sort it out there and then by picking up the litter, putting a street number up, installing a light or two on your wall if it is a bit dark, tidying up, trimming a branch, cutting the grass, etc, or, logging it to be fixed. Here are some useful tips to logging common problems.

Look Down

  • Small Potholes & Reinstatements (where another entity has dug it up and left it) – log with
  • Blocked Kerb Inlet (stormwater drain) – log with
  • Sidewalk a mess – you can try logging it with JRA as above, but they probably won’t fix it as they have limited budget and are really focussing on roads. If you can sort out this yourself, it would be a great help. Please try and keep it walkable with tar or brick paving.
  • Weeds growing in kerbs? The city allocates very little money for what they call skoffeling – so please could you clean out the weeds yourself?
  • Missing covers – this is a continual problem as they are always being stolen by metal thieves. Log them with and see what happens.
  • Water leaks/leaking hydrants – log with
  • Sewer blockages – log with
  • Water meter damaged or blocked – please carefully dig around or remove earth clogging it up. If it is leaking or damaged – log with
  • Street sign missing? Log with When they have stock they should replace it.
  • Street markings faded? Log with When they have stock of paint they should be able to repaint it.
  • If there is trash dumped by yourself, please pick it up and put it into your trash bin, or take it to a Pikitup Garden Site like the one at Pirates. If someone has dumped the trash – have a look through it to see who dumped it and contact them to tell them to remove it. If that doesn’t work, then call 011-375-5555 option 4, to request Pikitup to collect it.

Look Up

  • Does the street tree need trimming? Are there dead branches? Log with 011-375-5555 option 0. Then send your councillor an email every 2 weeks with name. cell, address, ref #, date logged, problem – it usually takes a few months to sort out due to budget issues.
  • Has your tree got shothole borer? Look for little holes, discoloured stains, sawdust collecting on the trunk, gum coming out from the trunk and branches, dead branches, discoloured leaves. Report it to You can try and water it and feed it fertiliser to keep it strong. But certain trees like oaks, planes, box alders, Chinese maples, liquid ambers will probably die. Follow instructions in the point above to request for dead trees to be removed.
  • Street Light out – log online with Include the exact address and pole number.
  • No street number, or the number is on the wrong street (for corner houses) – please put up a number. This is especially important for emergency vehicles and for when cut-off teams from COJ go out.

Sewer Replacement in Parktown North and Parkhurst

The old sewer in 13th Ave Parktown North down to 20th St in Parkhurst is going to be replaced. This should start in the next month or so. It will involved the old sewer pipes being replaced in the road and there will some disruption in these streets.

Phase 1 will cost R8.6 million & take 3 months. It will replace pipes in 13th Ave, Parktown North from 4th Ave to 1st Ave West; 1st Ave West from 13th Ave to 20th St; and 20th St Parkhurst from 1st Ave West to 5th Ave.

Phase 2 will run concurrently, will cost R12 million and take 4 months. It will replace pipes in Parktown North in 4th Ave from Sutherland Ave to 13th Ave; 13th Ave from 4th Ave to 3rd Ave; and 3rd Ave from 13th Ave to Sutherland Ave.

As there are 2 phases to the Parktown North and Parkhurst project, 2 Community Liaison Officers are needed along with labourers, local contractors, security and a training provider. Application letters and CVS to be submitted at a box that will be provided at ACA Krans Building, 35 Symons Road Auckland Park. Closing Date, Friday, 8th of March 2019. They can also be emailed to

Electricity meters

Tabuka SUSA have been re-appointed to do meter reading in REGION B. They encourage customers to load their reading on their portal site:

Readings should be submitted between the 20th and 27th of each month. Include your contact details, name of acct, acct # & a pic of your meter showing the reading. This is only for old dial meters, not smart meters (although if you are having problems with your smart meter readings, you can contact them to see if they can help).

Tabuka SUSA

P:  +27 (0) 11-493-0293




Owl Box Initiative

There are 22 Owl Boxes in Parkhurst, unfortunately none of these boxes are currently occupied, however in Parktown North one of the boxes are occupied.

For more information please visit the latest news letter by Ecosolutions, alternatively please contact Lize Hough at

21st St / Hamilton Ave Park

Residents of Parkhurst and Craighall Park have recently set up a joint Steering Committee to manage the up-keep of the Park situated between Hamilton Ave in Craighall Park and 21st Street in Parkhurst. “The Committee has established a robust and active interaction with City Parks who have taken a keen interest in supporting us”, say Joss du Trevou, Chairperson of the Steering Committee. “What has been most gratifying is the collaboration between the residents of the two suburbs and the support of the respective Resident Associations”, says du Trevou.

The Committee is embarking on an Adopt a Park proposal to City Parks which will address projects to improve usage of the park, including better pathways for the elderly living in Deansgate, up-grading of the kids play area, and solutions to the erosion problems along the riverbed. For more information, send a WhatsApp message to 066 421 2406 to join our WhatsApp Broadcast, or visit our Facebook page “Hamilton Park-Johannesburg”.

To get involved, please join us Saturday 18 May 2019 at Hamilton park, 9h00-12h00. We’ll meet at the 21st street entrance. We as a community would like to clean Hamilton Park to make it a safer park for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to PRABOA and Juliet Pitman for sponsoring an Owl Box. EcoSolutions will be there to install the Owl box.

Please keep an eye out for notices on the I Love Parkhurst Facebook page and please contact Lize Hough at to get involved!

Built environment, heritage and town planning

The plan review sub-committee will meet on 24 April, 10 May, 22 May, 5 June. Please submit your plans at least two days in advance of the meeting. Plans can be marked for the attention of Catherine Grainger and Gabriela Seco and delivered to: Perch, 2nd Floor, 27 bath Avenue, Rosebank.

The plans review sub-committee introduced a processing fee for building plan submissions of R1000, discounted for members but higher for business premises, effective from April 1st 2019. Submission documents must be accompanied by a printed proof of payment in order to be accepted for review by PRABOA. Please use your ERF number as the payment reference. Payments are to be made to PRABOA:

Account name: Parkhurst Residents and Business Owner’s Association

  • Bank: Standard Bank
  • Branch: Jan Smuts Avenue
  • Branch code: 004205
  • Account number: 422263346
  • Account type: Cheque

PRABOA have recently engaged Eduard van der Linde as a Town Planning advisor to the Committee to assist with town planning and zoning issues in Parkhurst. Further information regarding the PRABOA submission process can be found here:

Catherine Grainger and Gabriela Seco head up the PRABOA Architecture portfolio. They will be handling all building plan submissions and heritage issues. They can be contacted at

Parkhurst Primary

PRABOA has a close working relationship with Parkhurst Primary. To get involved, please contact Kundayi Munzara (

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 ( to volunteer.


If you don’t manage to get sufficient support from your ISP please send an email to You can also contact Ryan Hawthorne ( 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.  

AGM 2018

You can find the YouTube video of the 2018 AGM and all of the PRABOA committee member reports here:

Leaving Parkhurst?

If you intend leaving Parkhurst, and want to cancel your SafeParks debit order, send an email to with your name(s) and address and if possible, the contact details of the new owner, tenant, agent or landlord. You must cancel your home alarm contract with Cortac separately. No other email addresses for SafeParks should be used for cancellations.