Ekurhuleni Council Road Closure Policy Review – A few months ago we mentioned that council was reviewing road closure policy. We, along with several other road closures, submitted a proposal to council on the benefits of a closure and how closures should be approved/operate. 2 weeks ago an article was published in the Bedfordview and Edenvale news saying council would only look to remove closures that are operating illegally. The legal obligations of a closure were published in our welcome letter and, on several occasions, we have sent out emails explaining these legal issues. We must stick to this or we could put our closure at risk.

We normally average 445-450 contributing members a month. This has slipped to 430. It is an ongoing battle to maintain and increase these numbers.

The fences and gates have been repainted and we are in the process of replacing the chevrons and gate signs. Since the painting a truck has collided with gate 3 – this has been repaired and repainted.

The button/camera upright at gate 2 was hit by a truck. The owner has agreed to pay for the repair. Please not that we do carry insurance for damages but as a first option we try to get the owner to pay repair costs.

At the AGM we said we would be refurbishing the huts this year. We will put this off to next year but will be replacing the umbrella canvas at all gates instead.

Our monitoring indicates that the guards usage of the touch (baton) button system is improving. We are working on improving use of the dual button entrance/exit system. Please remember that if you have any issues with the guards or the service to let us know.

Mamba have provided us with their guard of the year to assist in further training our guards. You may notice that some guards are no longer around – they have been removed because of performance issues. Mamba and the committee are committed to providing the best service to the residents and will always act on any concerns or complaints of the residents.

Number Plate Recognition Pilot – technically the system works as per our requirements and the committee was impressed with the working demonstration provided by Mamba. The solution cost is beyond our budget (non-contributors?) at the moment and we will have to look to future budgets to determine if we can do this.

All boom motors have been serviced and we now have a permanent standby motor in case there are any future service or damage issues.

Crime Incidents or Suspicious Activities – If you see anything please report immediately to Mamba (who will co-ordinate with SAPS and Emergency Services) and warn all residents on Twitter by using the id @ESRCAlert in your message. In ALL cases after the event please send an email to the committee. Do not assume we get to hear about everything. The committee cannot act on events we do not know about.

Whenever we publish an email about @ESRCAlert we always get some questions about Twitter and why not WhatsApp? We know that there are many WhatsApp groups throughout the suburb and in the last week it was brought to our attention that yet another group had been created. The committee does not have any issues with this but do believe it leads to fragmented and ineffective communication in times of an emergency when the rapid distribution of information is required. On a WhatsApp group a few homes may be warned but, unless messages are passed on between groups, the rest of the suburb is blind to what is going on.

Our main reasons for going @ESRCAlert on Twitter are –

Unlimited number of users who are all immediately informed of any incidents. We currently have 325 following @ESRCAlert.
No administration required or knowledge of a persons details required (cell number in contact lists). Individual user administers him/herself. Easy to join, easy to leave the group.
Can privately message individual users or remove abusive users.
No dependency on individuals – no group administrators or users required to pass massages on from one group to another or someone to maintain contact lists.
No dependency on devices – what happens if a WhatsApp group admin user (or any other user) loses or does not have use of his phone?
Immediate alerts – both WhatsApp and Twitter do this via notifications but if there is fragmented WhatsApp groups then the message will take longer to get out and may not reach everyone.
There are a few other minor requirements. If anyone could demonstrate WhatsApp could do the job then we would gladly switch. To date we have no indication that this is the case.

We have recently seen an email warning people about robbers posing as Home Affairs officials who are bringing details up to date for the elections. Please be aware of this scam and as per all other incidents such as this – do not invite people into your home you don’t know unless they have produced the correct identification and you are satisfied they are genuine. Please warn you family and domestic workers.


Remember to always maintain a high level of awareness, especially when you are leaving or entering your home/driveway. Please tell your family and domestic workers to also be on the lookout. Report all suspicious behaviour to Mamba control room (tel number below) and warn the residents using @ESRCAlert.

Regards,

Derek

On behalf of the Edenglen South Road Closure Committee

Committee: Kim Johnson, Des Kelly, Derek Gowans, Dave Lones, James Taylor.

Emergency – Mamba (011 609 0227)
SAPS Sector 3 vehicle 071 675 6844/5

Twitter – report any suspicious activity or crime in progress to all residents of our suburb by including the word @ESRCAlert in your twitter message. Make sure you are following @ESRCAlert to immediately receive any crime related messages.
www.edenglensouthclosure.co.za – Our official web site, all past newsletters are posted here.
www.edenglensrc.blogspot.com – Community notice board. Do not post crime reports or closure operational issues here rather use our email for this.