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Petition to upgrade K60 (Witkoppen Rd) through Paulshof

The K60 (Witkoppen Rd) between Main Rd and Maxwell Drive is a Provincial road which has become a traffic nightmare. The unmaintained verges are a danger. We urgently need to get this upgrade project moving again. To that end, please read, download and get all residents to sign the petition. The link to it is below. When signed, please email it to Councillor Candice James at the address on the form.

Background:

A number of years ago the Gauteng Province created plans to upgrade and re-route this road through the “Clay Oven” site and behind the suburb of Paulshof to join up with van der Bijl Ave through Sunninghill, thence across Maxwell Drive near Eskom’s head office and onward through Waterfall. It would complete a single major arterial route from Honeydew through to Midrand and beyond.

Thus, this new upgraded road, complete with a new intersection on Main Rd, was to replace the existing Witkoppen Rd with its narrow and crumbling sections and dangerous low-level bridges to become the main thoroughfare for traffic eastwards from Fourways.

Plans were fully in place for the Province to commence construction on this project in 2019. However it would appear that the budget for this road suddenly “evaporated” at the last minute and the project has been left abandoned.

To improve our area and its access, our Johannesburg ward councillor, Candice James (Ward 93), is seeking to get this project put back into the budget and under way. To assist her in this, she needs a strong public petition. To that end, a petition has been prepared and is available to download here. We urge all residents of Magaliessig and surrounding areas (and especially those who use Witkoppen Rd) to sign and return this petition urgently. With your help we and Candice can hopefully get this project started again.

As part of the project, it will be necessary to relocate the informal settlers dwelling on the land alongside Witkoppen Rd between the Clay Oven site and the river below the Porsche dealership because this area will become a project construction camp and ultimately form part of the route for the new road. We believe that the relocation of these people will not only help reduce the crime and grime in the area adjacent to our suburb but will also result in an improvement in conditions for the relocated residents.

We cannot guarantee that this will completely elliminate “smash and grabs” on Main Rd and Witkoppen Rd or all the other crimes, but it will be a very good start.

Voter registration 26 – 17 January 2019

Register to vote! LAST CHANCE before the elections.

Check your registration status, be sure to update your address details if you have moved since your last registration.

The 2019 national elections are coming up! Your last chance to register to vote in the elections will be this coming weekend of 26 and 27 January 2019 at our polling station (for Magaliessig area), which is at St Peters Prep School, Witkoppen Road Paulshof.

You can use an app: check.da.org.za to check to see whether you are correctly registered on the voters’ roll. First-time registration can only take place at your local Electoral Commission office or on 26 or 27 January at St Peters Prep School.

You can also SMS your ID number to 32810 to check if you are registered, but this doesn’t give residential details, which are essential for the 2019 elections.

However, those who have registered before can update their details online by visiting https://www.elections.org.za/MyIEC/Account/Register.

If you are not registered or your details are incorrect you very well might be turned away and not be able to vote, come election day! Don’t lose out.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

The SEVENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Magaliessig Action Forum (MAF) will be held:

Venue: Merrow Down Country Club, Pool Room, 40 Troupant Avenue,
Magaliessig

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Time: 18:30 sharp

All members of MAF (and those wishing to become members) are invited to attend.

Please RSVP to Mary Hanna at amhanna@worldonline.co.za.

For security reasons, the guards at Merrow Down Country Club will be authorized to allow entry only to those registered on the acceptance list and who are in possession of their driving licence or ID.

Your response must please include your surname, first name, home address, telephone number/s and email address for each attendee.

If you are unable to attend and wish to have your apologies recorded, please contact Mary Hanna on 011 465 3298 or email amhanna@worldonline.co.za

AGENDA

1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Report on activities of the organization for the period under review.
4. Financial
4.1 Financial Report
4.2 Appointment of auditors
5. Election of Directors
5.1 The following directors retire by rotation and offer themselves for
re-election:
Steve Appleton, Denis Grace, Mary Hanna, and Mike Hogan
6. General

If you would like to propose an item for the agenda please submit the information in writing to amhanna@worldonline.co.za no later than 5 November 2018.

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Reminder: Rates rebates for pensioners

Reminder: Rates rebates for pensioners

City of Johannesburg offers attractive rates rebates for pensioners and property owners aged 60 and older. There are two broad categories of rebates applicable, one for for pensioners aged 70 or greater and one for lower-income persons aged between 60 and 69.

The City of Johannesburg budget for 2018/2019 was finally approved on 12 June. Applications can now be made either for the over 60s or the over 70s Rates Rebate which comes into effect from 1 July 2018. Pensioners must be over 70, own and live in their house which does not have a municipal valuation of more than R2.5 million.

Rebates are also available for persons aged 60 to 69, but these are income related and a different form is to be completed. Houses registered in the name of family members or a Trust are not eligible to receive the rates rebate.

Completed application forms need to be submitted before 30 June (the date the existing rates rebate falls away).
All application forms and a copy of your ID have to be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths. Completed forms should be physically taken to a CoJ office (not emailed or posted) to make sure they are recorded correctly and a reference number received.

Qualifying persons are urged to apply NOW (before end June) before the old rebate scheme ends and the new July 1st general valuation roll applies.

The City’s group finance spokesperson, Kgamanyane Maphologela, explained that pensioners can, however, still apply before September for their rates paid from July to be reversed. Pensioners will still be able to apply for rebates after that, but without a promise of any reversals.

The available rebate categories:

1. Persons aged 70 years or older.
These persons are offered a 100% rates rebate if they own and live in their property and its municipal valuation does not exceed R2.5 million. Criteria: You are the owner of the property​ in respect of which the rates are charged. You live on the property. You are at least 70 years old. Documentation required: a completed application form and a certified copy of your identity document.
​Download the application form here: Pensioner rates rebate application form 70+

2. Persons aged 60 to 69 years.
There are three categories of eligible persons and applicable rebates:
a) Pensioners dependent on a national security grant – 100 percent rebate (subject to criteria);
b) Pensioners whose gross monthly earnings are less than R7 850 a month – 100 percent rebate (subject to criteria);
c) Pensioners whose gr​oss monthly earnings are higher than R7 850 but less than R13 458 a month – 50 percent rebate (subject to criteria).​
Criteria: You are the owner of the property in respect of which the rates are charged; You live on the property;
You are at least 60 years old; The total value of the property as per the General Valuation Roll, that is, the land plus the improvements, may not exceed R2.5 million. Documentation required: your identity document; proof of income for the previous tax year (a SARS assessment); and proof of current income.
Download this application form here: Pensioner rates rebate application form 60 to 69

MAF AGM 8 November 2017

MAF’s 2017 AGM will be held at Merrow Down Country Club on Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 18:00 sharp. Please, we beseech you, do come and catch up with MAF’s activities including the latest on the ‘Makro’ saga (a Builders’ Warehouse is now proposed). Have your say in the suburb’s affairs too. Make sure you reply to the invitation and encourage your neighbours to do likewise. This is necessary for security reasons so that you can be admitted to the complex. Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license of ID too!

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

The Sixth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Magaliessig Action Forum (MAF) will be held

Venue: Merrow Down Country Club, Pool Room, 40 Troupant Avenue, Magaliessig

Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017

Time: 18:00 sharp

All members of MAF (and those wishing to become members) are invited to attend.

Please RSVP to Irene Pellegrini at pbeirene@icon.co.za

For security reasons, the security guards at Merrow Down Country Club will be authorized to allow entry only to those registered on the acceptance list and who are in possession of their driving licence or ID.

Your response must please include the surname, first name, home address, telephone number/s and email address for each attendee.

If you are unable to attend and wish to have your apologies or a proxy recorded, please contact Irene Pellegrini on 011 465 1541 or email pbeirene@icon.co.za

AGENDA

1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Report on activities of the organization for the period under review.
4. Financial
4.1 Financial Report
4.2 Appointment of auditors
5. Election of Directors
5.1 The following directors retire by rotation and offer themselves for
re-election:
Steve Appleton, Denis Grace, Mary Hanna, Mike Hogan
6. General

If you would like to propose an item for inclusion on the agenda please submit the information in writing to magaliessig@gmail.com no later than 25 October 2016.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served after the meeting.

Fibre rollout delay

Kiklo Fttx has informed us that it is experiencing a lengthy delay in getting a wayleave for their fibre backbone from Eskom. As a result, final installation in some places will be delayed. However, Kiklo is going ahead with the internal installation in the affected complexes and will be ready to connect them quickly to the backbone as soon as it is available. Kiklo’s update letter is available here: MAF-Kiklo-Wayleave

Security update: 8 June 2016

In the past week, two “follow-home” robberies occurred in Magaliessig. In each instance the victim was apparently followed back from a shopping centre and then firearms were brandished by the perpetrators who forced their way into the properties (one into a complex) after the victim. This is a serious “contact” crime and one that causes considerable personal stress to its victims. Fortunately no injuries were reported in either case. The targeted items were valuable jewellery and electronics such as cellphones.

In this type of robbery, it is probable that the victim being resident in Magaliessig was not relevant. The victims would probably have been followed home regardless of which suburb they lived in.

Nonetheless, MAF warns residents to:

  • avoid wearing or brandishing expensive jewellery or watches when out and about,
  • be extra careful when returning home from shopping centres in particular,
  • keep a continual lookout for vehicles following you,
  • not approach your gate until you have established, as best you can, that nobody has been following you.

If you do think you are being followed, go to a secure place which has camera surveillance and a security presence; ideally a police station but failing that, a filling station or major shopping centre.

Note: MAF security camera project subscribers and TRSS home security clients have the option of arranging with TRSS for a “meet and greet” service if they are uncertain about their security when arriving home, especially late at night. This service is free of charge and is only available to those subscribers or clients – another good reason to join up and subscribe now to the camera project.

We have been asked whether the cameras were useful in these two follow-home robberies. Regrettably, two cars driving in tandem into the suburb is commonplace and this was not in itself suspicious enough to raise concerns.

Yet more regrettably, due to the financial apathy exhibited towards the camera project by most residents, we have not been able to install the remaining phases of the system. We have therefore been forced to accept large gaps in our camera surveillance coverage. The additional cameras would have enabled near blanket coverage including the locations where the incidents occurred. Indeed, due to the financial constraints, several streets presently have no coverage at all. This means that right now even if an alarm is raised, criminals and their activities cannot be monitored nor can their movements be continuously followed all around the suburb. Without those extra cameras, the control room operators’ effectiveness is severely reduced, the deterrent effect is diluted and video evidence useful to prosecute and convict offenders is not captured.

With the deteriorating economic climate and consequential job reductions, crime is, or will be, on the increase everywhere. We, in this suburb are not immune to that fact. We must do everything we can to deter criminals from operating with impunity in our community.

A functional and complete camera surveillance system is one such deterrent – a major one according to security experts. Affording a dedicated, linked patrol vehicle directed by the camera observers will raise the response rate and considerably enhance that deterrent. To implement these deterrents we urgently require much greater commitment of financial support from all residents — support that until now has been disappointingly weak.

We again appeal to all residents and business owners in Magaliessig, who have not already done so, to sign up and contribute towards making our suburb a safer one for us all. Don’t wait until your own home or complex security is breached. Help us to head off criminals before that happens to you or your neighbours. Don’t leave it to your neighbours and other residents to provide protection for you. Help us to provide a layer of deterrents and protection for everyone in this suburb including you and your neighbours!

Subscription, including membership of MAF is only R100 per month. An application and debit order form can be downloaded here. Subscribers may also commit to pay monthly by EFT if they wish. Complex residents should urge their Home Owners Association to negotiate a bulk deal and include the cost in their levies.

Every incident in Magaliessig is an incident too many.

MAF: Working for a cleaner and safer suburb.

Issued by Magaliessig Action Forum, NPC.

Website: http://www.magaliessig.co.za
Contact: Chairman: Mary Hanna,
Phone: 083-654-4357
Email: Magaliessig@gmail.com

Makro protest: Sat, 11 June – human chain

HUMAN CHAIN:
SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2016 FROM 9H30 TO 12H30

MAF IS HOLDING A HUMAN CHAIN EVENT ON THE CORNER OF WITKOPPEN ROAD AND MERROW LANE

JOIN US!

OUR AIMS ARE:
• To demonstrate that Magaliessig residents are still very opposed to the possible Makro development in our suburb.
• To show our very strong objection to the MEC of Gauteng Province overriding municipal decisions and interfering in the City of Johannesburg planning policies.
JHB: a world class African city!

It is vital that we all show our opposition to this proposed Makro warehouse in our residential suburb. It is not too late to stop this inappropriate development.

All are invited to attend. If you can’t come for the full period, come for a shorter time. Everyone will make a difference!

It will be peaceful and non-confrontational with participants standing or sitting holding placards.

Please bring hats, water and chairs if needed. Wear comfy shoes.

Placards will be provided.

Mary Hanna, Magaliessig Action Forum (MAF) Chairperson, 011 465 3298.

Makro update 10 May 2016

MAF Newsletter update on Makro development:

Tuesday 10 May 2016
Update on the proposed Makro development

In a letter dated 5 May 2016, the Office of the Gauteng Premier advised that the Provincial MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development had considered the Makro appeal and on 28 April 2016 had resolved that it be upheld and that the proposed Magaliessig Extension 68 Township be approved with certain conditions.

At this stage no reasons justifying the making of this decision have been provided and therefore MAF does not yet know what factors were considered in arriving at the approval.

As you would expect, as your suburb’s representative body in this matter, MAF is actively dealing with it. The strategy that MAF adopts has to be sound and is therefore being formulated with the robust input and advice of professional legal and town planning consultants.

As one step, subject to affirmative legal advice, MAF intends to approach the High Court to take the decision to approve the Makro development “on review” in order to have the decision set aside; a process that if successful could lead to the Province having to hold a completely new hearing.

MAF is confident that you appreciate both the complexity and the sensitivity of this issue and therefore the information MAF imparts will necessarily have to be limited. We also ask that residents do not speculate publically on this matter nor spread rumours. Please rest assured that MAF is serious when it says it is acting on your behalf to do everything legally possible to stop this totally inappropriate development within our residential area.

MAF: Working for a better and safer suburb.

Issued by Magaliessig Action Forum, NPC.

Website: http://www.magaliessig.co.za
Contact: Chairman: Mary Hanna
Phone: +27-83-654-4357
Email: magaliessig@gmail.com

Balloon Update 21 April: it must go!

Update on Balloon at Golf Driving Range, Thursday 21 April 2016.

Following representations by Magaliessig Action Forum to the City of Johannesburg’s Outdoor Advertising Department, MAF has been advised that a court order was granted yesterday requiring the owners and operators of the advertising balloon situated at the Golf Driving Range on Troupant Ave, Magaliessig deflate and remove the balloon and its associated structures within 10 working days. Of course neither MAF nor the CoJ can rule out an appeal by the defendants, but we do hope the balloon will be deflated pending the outcome and that all construction work will stop.

This is a great achievement for MAF and the residents of Magaliessig and shows how it is indeed possible to combat illegal or unacceptable activities when the correct channels and procedures are identified and followed.

MAF would like to express its very grateful thanks to all the personnel in the City’s Outdoor Advertising Department for their immediate action and unstinting efforts to deal with this unauthorised and unwarranted intrusion into our suburb. The interactions with and communications received from this department were absolutely exemplary. They are a huge credit to the City of Johannesburg.

Magaliessig Action Forum (MAF) is a non-profit residents’ association representing the interests of residents in the suburb of Magaliessig and immediate surrounding areas.

MAF: Working for a cleaner and safer suburb.

Issued by Magaliessig Action Forum, NPC.

Website: http://www.magaliessig.co.za
Contact: Chairman: Mary Hanna,
Phone: +27-83-654-4357
Email: Magaliessig@gmail.com