Newsletter | 30 September 2019

Sep 30, 2019 | Highlight News, News, SafeParks News

Newsletter – 30 September 2019

Key dates


  • 5 October: MOTH fundraising, Moth Steelhelmet Shellhole, Live band (Vagabonds), R50 entrance fee (kids under 12 free), cash bar  (1pm onwards)

  • 6 October: Westdene Graffiti Art Project Ride, 4th Ave Coffee Roasters (7am)

  • 12 October: SAPS Open Day, Zoo Lake

  • 19 October: Spruit Day

  • 27 October: 6th annual bra dash, Craft (10am)

  • 3 November: Parkhurst halloween, Verity Park

  • 9 November: Community Based Planning Process for the Integrated Development Plan (Parkhurst recreation centre, 8:30am-noon)

  • 19 November: PRABOA AGM, MOTH Hall (6:30pm)

5th October

MOTH Fundraising

DATE: 5th October. | TIME : 13h00 onwards | VENUE: Moth Steelhelmet shellhole Parkhurst.
ADDRESS  Cnr 16 street and 2nd Avenue Parkhurst
LIVE BAND – Vagabonds  For around 14h00
ENTRANCE FEE: R50-00 per head kids under 12 free.
CASH BAR boerie and pregoroll available
Come enjoy the day,we will also relaunch Steelhelmet shellhole.

6 Oct:  Ride the Graffiti Art Project Ride

E Bikes and normal bikes are all welcome.People riding a normal bike will need to be quite fit.The ride,which starts at 7am from the popular 4th Ave Coffee Roasters coffee shop in Parkhurst,will be to Melville and Westdene The approximate distance is 26km and we will see more than 100 top quality graffiti walls.Many of the walls are part of the Westdene Graffiti Art Project.The cost is R150 per person.NO HELMET NO RIDE.The rides have become very popular so early bookings are essential.Your host for the ride will be Eelco Meyjes whose Scott 930 E Bike is very kindly sponsored by CycleLab in Fourways.

CycleLab now has a very attractive Rent 2 Buy plan for cyclists that maybe considering to buy an E Bike.The graffiti rides are an excellent opportunity to rent a bike that suits your particular needs and budget.A proper bike fitment will be done at the store to ensure maximum enjoyment on the ride. For more information please contact us on 082 457 4936 or email or see

12 October: SAPS Open Day at Zoo Lake

SAPS, in collaboration with the Parkview CPF, and with the co-operation of the Zoo Lake Users Group, are planning an OPEN DAY on 12 October 2019, from 10h00 to 15h00. 

The venue will be in the same area as where the Art in the Park is exhibited on the cnr of Jan Smuts Ave and Westwold Way.

SAPS will be in full force and will aim to show the Public what they are all about. 

There will be additional exhibitors, including local security companies, the victim support unit, the dog unit, etc. 

For more info, contact Fran on 082-887-1469 /

19 October: Spruit Day

3 November: Halloween, Verity Park

Please contact Mike Rosholt ( if you would like your house included on the halloween list.

9 November: Community Based Planning Process for the Integrated Development Plan

The City of Joburg is bringing Community Based Planning workshop to Wards 117, 90 and 99 on Saturday 9 November at the Parkhurst Recreation Centre as part of the 2020/2021 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budgeting cycle.

An IDP is a super plan for an area that gives an overall framework for development. It aims to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an area. It should take into account the existing conditions and problems and resources available for development. The plan should look at economic and social development for the area as a whole. It must set a framework for how land should be used, what infrastructure and services are needed and how the environment should be protected

Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019

Time: 8:30 am to noon

Address: Parkhurst Recreation Centre, Cnr 5th Ave and 13th St, Parkhurst

Call for applications: administrative assistant

PRABOA is looking for an administrative assistant. Please contact Catherine Grainger for details: 


  • 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.

Car guard initiative

Parkhurst now has 39 car guards vetted by the SAPS, with photo IDs and Ukheshe accounts. The results thus far have been really positive, with numbers of crimes having declined significantly. Please support these registered car guards, rather than giving money to other unvetted car guards hanging around. We need some help in respect of addiction and other social problems. Are there any volunteers out there that could help? We also need help with scheduling / coordinating the car guards. 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

Useful contacts for repairs (please sign up for Cllr Tim Truluck’s newsletter for more information):


  • 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.
  • 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.



Owl Box Initiative

After the installation of an Owl Box in 21st Street/Hamilton Park, there are 23 Owl Boxes in Parkhurst, unfortunately none of these boxes are currently occupied, however in Parktown North one of the boxes is occupied. For more information please contact EcoSolutions on 011 791 7326, alternatively please contact Lize Hough at


21st St / Hamilton Ave Park

Thank you to everyone who joined the cleanup of 21st Street/Hamilton Park, it was a great success. The group of volunteers collected more than 30 bags of rubbish. Thank you to the sponsors who contributed to the success of the day. This is a lovely public space and should be enjoyed by everyone.

For more information on the park, send a WhatsApp message to 066 421 2406 to join our WhatsApp Broadcast, or visit our Facebook page “Hamilton Park-Johannesburg”.

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


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

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?

PRABOA is a Public Benefit Organisation and has to stick to SARS rules. Among these are NO REFUNDS. So we cannot reverse debits if you have already left!  

Please let us know as well as Cortac.  A simple email to is all that is needed. Please send it in the first half of your last month. Then I will usually cancel you by return of email. If the cancellation comes after the debit order run has been loaded (often about 22 of each month) you cannot be refunded.


Cutting down on expenses?

If you want to save money by discontinuing SafeParks while continuing Cortac alarm monitoring, think carefully. The rate you pay Cortac is a reduced rate for SafeParks contributors. If you do not contribute to SafeParks, Cortac would charge around R900 per month, which is more than the combined rate of R799, which is why they don’t offer it. Cutting either of these might affect your insurance cover.