Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 2:32 PM

In The Star newspaper today there is an article (front page) on the action the Johannesburg Council has taken against Hurlingham Manor North. The closure has been removed in a day. Council has taken down and confiscated all the gates, palisade fences, booms and any related access control infrastructure.  Council is saying that Hurlingham is not complying with the Johannesburg security access policy of 2014.  Hurlingham had implemented electronic access (I think this was either keypad or fingerprint access) and anyone who could not prove they were expected in the suburb was turned away.  One must be aware that we are talking about public Johannesburg roads that have been closed off and not a private estate where such security measures are permitted.  In a public space entry cannot be refused for anyone.

Illegally operating a closure and how access control is managed has resulted in the closure being removed. It looks like several closures in Johannesburg are now at risk of being removed.
Often when new residents settle in our suburb we get compared to other closure and asked why we do not do apply the same access control these closures have implemented such as signing in any non residents, finger printing, access cards for domestics, preventing mini buses from entering, searching cars/people, calling the home the person is visiting, not lifting booms for peak traffic, closing gates in the event of a crime etc.  There are some practical reasons for not implementing some of these procedures but the main reason is that we do not want our closure to be removed because of non compliance.
Year after year at the AGM our Chairman stresses how important it is to operate the closure of our public roads legally and to the requirements specified by Ekurhuleni Council.  Now we can all see the reason why.
On a brighter note –  we will be providing each of our guards with an end of year gift consisting of a hamper and a large box of assorted biscuits.  The guards are informed that these gifts have been provided to them by all the residents of Edenglen to thank them for their service. Based on the joyful response and goodwill created last year, the Committee feels this inexpensive gesture  is well worth repeating.
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.
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 –  use @ESRCAlert to report suspicious activity or crime in progress to all residents of our suburb. – Our official web site, all past newsletters are posted here. – Community notice board. Do not post crime reports or closure operational issues here rather use our email for this.