Win a Ticket to View Implosion | Emergency Water Outage on Sat | Spruit Day

Sep 13, 2017 | News, Ward update

Win One of 2 Chances to View the Implosion on Sun Morning, 17 Sep 

I am allowed to take a few guests with me to view the Implosion this Sunday 17 Sep. We will get a birds eye view of the implosion from the adjacent 16 storey Rosebank Towers. The implosion will take place at 8am sharp and invited guests need to be inside Rosebank Towers before 7am. 

I have 2 tickets left over and I would like to offer them to the readers of this newsletter. Please click on this link to complete the online form. I will draw the winners on Friday evening at 5pm.

Good luck!!! Watching an implosion live is an amazing experiencing. To read about the implosion timings and road closures, please see my last newsletter.

Save the Date: Public Meeting on Tue 19 Sept:
Guest Speaker from the COJ Ombudsman’s Office


When: Tuesday 19 September @ 6’30pm
Where: Parkhurst Primary School, cnr 15th St and 4th Ave, Parkhurst

I met the staff in the Ombudsman’s Office at the Region B Billing Day. Since the office opened a couple of years ago, they have been swamped with billing problems. They will talk at this meeting about what they should be doing beyond billing issues. The meeting has been organised by the members of the new Ward Committee and I will be introducing them at the meeting to you. Please RSVP if you are coming to me on  

Billing Day

It looks like the next Billing Day will only take place in early October. I will let you know more details as I get them.

Open Gardens Meander on Sat 16th and Sun 17th

The Johannesburg Garden Club will be having an Open Gardens Meander in the suburbs of Parkhurst, Parktown North, Saxonwold, Craighall Park, Houghton and Westcliff this weekend fm 10am to 5pm. There will be themed plant sales and tea gardens at each garden. Cost is R200 pp (children under 12 are free). Proceeds will be going to Jhb Child Welfare. Contact for more info and to buy tickets.

Gerald Fox Memorial Race: Sun 17 Sep 2017

The Rocky Road Runners would like to give notice that runners will be passing through the Saxonwold, Parkwood, Forest Town and Zoo Lake area on 5, 10 and 21 km courses starting at the Zoo at 7am and ending at abt 11am.

No roads will be closed at any time during the race and at all race intersections there will be traffic officers appointed by the municipality to assist the traffic flow. In addition, there will be marshals at every intersection along the route to assist both the runners and residents in the area. There will be gaps in the runners to allow residents to cross intersections and they will endeavour to disrupt the residents and traffic flow as little as possible

Spruit Day this Saturday 16 September

Spruit Day is a day where the different communities along the Braamfontein Spruit organise events and clean-ups of the river and the river banks. The Blairgowrie Community Association said the following about Spruit Day:

“We intend for 2017 to be no different from previous years Spruit Day successes and for an even greater impact to be made with some 20 RA’s participating. Spruit Day is a coordinated restoration, improvement and clean-up of the Spruit. It creates an excellent opportunity for those living in your neighbourhood to spend a morning together making a difference in your RA and getting to know one another!”

This year’s activities in the Ward are:

Parkhurst/Victory Park:

9am-noon: Meet at the green pedestrian bridge accessed via the gate at the bottom of Parkhurst Rd/12th St and Zonda Ave/Rustenburg Rd, Victory Park. You can take part in the clean up. Jacques Hough from the Parkhurst Residents Assoc is leading the group: “Join us as we work together to care for our stretch of Spruit. What to wear: comfortable clothes, a hat and sturdy shoes. What to bring: sunscreen, water, gloves (we have refuse bags). Contact Jacques on 


This year the Blairgowrie Community Assoc will be partnering with the Old Parktonians Sports Club and the Craighall Residents Association (CRA) from 9.00 am onwards! We will be meeting at the Old Parktonians Sports Club! You can park behind the Bowls Club where parking is available – entrance at Garden Road, Bordeaux South (just off Jan Smuts Avenue).

We will be cleaning up along the Spruit and planting 90 trees! Sixty (60) trees donated by City Parks and an additional thirty (30) trees donated by a Landscaper, Patrick Watson! Much work has already been done along this section of Spruit by residents in the area and the difference already made is amazing but more work and beautification is still required! Please bring a hat, sunscreen and rubber gloves! Refuse bags will be provided and the holes will be dug already for tree planting so bring along a spade if you can too! Water and cold drinks will be provided by the BCA and CRA! Look forward to seeing you there!

Emergency Water Outage on Sat 16 Sep fm 8am-3’30pm


Joburg Water will be replacing a 300 mm stuck valve on cnr Riviera Rd and 4th Ave, Killarney. They have noted that the affected suburbs will be Killarney, Saxonwold, Houghton & Riviera.

HOWEVER, this pipe also carries water to the suburbs between Jan Smuts and Oxford (Parkwood, Rosebank and Dunkeld). As well as the portions of suburbs adjacent to Jan Smuts and Oxford (Lower Parkwood, Parktown North, Craighall Park, Hyde Park, Melrose).

I assume that JW think it will be a quick fix, but from previous experience, it is often more complicated that at first thought and there may be subsequent pipe bursts caused by the work. Also if lots of people water their gardens or use up too much water and repairs extend beyond 3pm, then the other suburbs mentioned above may have low pressure and/or lose supply.

As always the best method of getting updates is via the Joburg Water Twitter acct – @jhbwater – I usually also tweet and retweet on @jozi117. 

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