Summer is here!

Welcome

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the 54th AGM of Kosra. It is interesting to note that the ANC had their 54th Conference last weekend.

Council matters

I think you will have noticed that Ndlambe has been working in Kenton. River road has been completed, a few roads have been slurried and I understand that that this will be done on an on-going basis. Mike Peters, a civil engineer, has offered to advise the municipality in order to make this process more effective.

The lawns in and around Kenton have been well maintained during the year.

Household waste and skips have been taken to Port Alfred and in general this process is working well. Re-cycling is working to a degree. Unfortunately, the government funding for this initiative has dried up and on current volumes will not sustain this project. Will you all please re-cycle into clear bags and encourage your friends to do the same. This is not only the right thing to do but it substantially reduces the amount of waste that has to be sent through to Port Alfred.

Garden refuse is being handled by an initiative in the industrial site supported by Ndlambe and Wot compost on the R343. Once again I ask you please to support these initiatives by buying compost not only to make them sustainable but also to make place for new material.

The one area that Ndlambe is failing miserably is the management of builders’ rubble. Builders are depositing rubble all over Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein. Ndlambe is aware of who is doing this but refuses to take any action. Chester Wilmot has done great work in trying to tidy up the mess but as soon as he has done this more rubbish is deposited. We are trying to find a more sustainable solution to this this problem.

Court case

I don’t imagine that the Judge, when he passed down his ruling that when Ndlambe should shut down its illegal refuse dump that it would be years before they opened a new legal dump. This has resulted in the problem I have just discussed. In a subsequent court appearance the judge said he was not sure why this process was taking so long and encouraged Ndlambe to resolve the matter quickly. However he did not put pressure on them to resolve the issue of builders’ rubble. He has asked for another report back in 90 days and we will try and resolve it then if we haven’t already done so.

We have submitted our bill of costs and expect to get a refund shortly.

Chamber of Business

We work very well with the Chamber of Business and have supported a few of their initiatives. We sponsored the paths in the gardens in the main street and arranged for plants to be harvested in Salem. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nita Pollock and Shirley Usher for the wonderful work they and their team have done. 

We want to work more closely with the Chamber in order to avoid any duplication of effort.

Security

Our security team have done sterling work to reduce crime in Kenton. This has been achieved by working closely with Hitec and the police. The team are available at all hours of the day or night and supervise the additional staff that we employ to be the eyes and ears of Hitec and the police. Despite having sent out a number of requests for contributions towards the costs of this effort we are struggling to collect what we need to keep the guards on the road for the whole holiday period. I urge you if you have not already done so to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.

Your committee 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank your committee who put in a lot of time and effort to improve our facilities, for what they have done over the year. Rather than vote people on or off the committee will you allow us to thank those that leave and want to join the committee as and when the need arises?

Finance

While we are grateful for what we get in subscriptions, we are finding that we have to do more and more to support Ndlambe’s efforts. Some residents are putting their shoulder to the wheel. These include the gardening team and members of the public who help with the gardens, repairing walls and moving sand from car parks. Unfortunately we need more to make a real impact. We have just increased the annual levy to R400 and I am keen to gauge what you think is a reasonable annual levy?

We are also trying to increase the number of Kenton homeowners that are members of Kosra.

Community Trust Fund

I was asked whether we would create a better and safer society if we did more in the community. I explained that there were a number of initiatives to uplift the community. These include:

  1. Rotary:
    1. Contribute to a soup kitchen;
    2. Protecting the game in and around Kenton;
    3. Handing out presents to children over Christmas;
    4. Functions for the youth and the aged.
  2. Other organisations include Round Table, Hospice, Lions and SA Legion.
  3. Various people do things in their private capacity. These include:
    1. Supporting sport at the local school – Periwinkles has supported this;
    2. Helping with reading and support teaching
    3. Building a safe house.
    4. Providing veggie seeds 
    5. Putting jungle gyms in schools

When I mentioned all these initiatives to my guest said he was unaware of any of these projects. He would love to contribute to making our community an example of what can be achieved, not only in Kenton but throughout the country. I would like to put this to meeting to hear your thoughts.

Kosra’s approach to Ndlambe

As you know when we couldn’t persuade Ndlambe to provide basic services we took them to court over the dump, sewerage and communication. The Judge stopped just short of holding the various directors and Ndlambe in contempt of court in not dealing with these issues when ordered to do so by the court some years before. He also said that in order to ensure that Ndlambe did meet the requirements of the court Ndlambe should report back to the Courts every three months.

Some people are questioning whether we should be continuing to apply pressure on Ndlambe to meet the orders of the court. I am of the view that we should not take our foot off the peddle until the whole job is complete. I would like to hear your thoughts on this matter.

Conclusion

In closing I would like to thank;

  1. Your committee for their service during the year;
  2. You for your continued membership;
  3. Ndlambe for what they have done.

We wish you all a safe and festive season.

Thank you

Click here to view our minutes

AGM 2017 Chairman’s Report and Minutes

04-Jan-18 | KOSRA News

Kosra Chairman’s Address – 2017 Read more

Refuse schedule

12-Dec-17 | KOSRA News

  Refuse removal schedule Read more

Update on Security and our bank details

05-Dec-17 | KOSRA News

We would firstly like to take this opportunity to thank all those members who have contributed to the security fund. Read more

Update on Recycling

05-Dec-17 | KOSRA News

Recycled material is being collected on Tuesdays in Kenton and Merry Hill and on Mondays in Bushman's. Read more

KOSRA AGM 2017

29-Nov-17 | KOSRA News

Please join Kenton Ratepayers Associations for their Annual AGM:   Read more

Estuary Care AGM 2017

29-Nov-17 | KOSRA News

Please join Estuary Care for their Annual AGM:   Read more

Fire prohibition notice

21-Nov-17 | KOSRA News

Important notice!  Due to the Veld Fire Season and prevailing Drought conditions,no burning or open fires as defined in the attached pdf. Read more

Security update November 2017

06-Nov-17 | KOSRA News

Feedback on the current crime activity, and our plans for the next 6 months   Read more

Water restrictions and stray animals

05-Jul-17 | KOSRA News

It's been a very dry year and our reservoirs are in critical state. Read more

AGM

14-Dec-16 | KOSRA News

Join us for our Annual General Meeting  Date:  Saturday 24 December 2016  |  Time: 10h00  |  Venue:  Kenton Town Hall Read more

Security Update KOS

13-Dec-16 | KOSRA News

We, the Security Sub Committee, would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have contributed to the security fund and who continue doing so by means of monthly contributions. We would also like to give feedback on how the contributions have been spent and how effective the security efforts have been.   Read more

Estuary Care AGM

08-Dec-16 | KOSRA News

Please join Estuary Care for their Annual AGM:   Read more

Recycling for Kenton

09-Nov-16 | KOSRA News

Iwars have undertaken to collect recyclable waste from homes in Kenton from Tuesday 15 November 2016 and every subsequent Tuesday.... Read more

The High Court delivers its ruling

23-Sep-16 | KOSRA News

KOSRA, Estuary & Nature’s Landing v Ndlambe Municipality & others: the High Court delivers its ruling Read more

Follow-up: KOSRA court application against Ndlambe

14-Dec-15 | KOSRA News

The case against Ndlambe Municipality and its senior officials for lack of various aspects of service delivery was due to be heard in court on several occasions during this year... Read more

Follow-up: Approval for the petrol station complex

14-Dec-15 | KOSRA News

The DEAET has approved the proposal to establish a petrol station with "associated infrastructure" at the entrance to Kenton. KOSRA will appeal. You should too. Read more

Reminder: AGM

14-Dec-15 | KOSRA News

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on the 24th Of December 2015 Read more

AGM

11-Nov-15 | KOSRA News

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on the 24th Of December 2015 Read more

Update: KOSRA court application against Ndlambe

05-Oct-15 | KOSRA News

What KOSRA hopes the court will grant this month Read more

Update: proposal to develop a petrol station complex at the entrance to Kenton on Sea?

02-Oct-15 | KOSRA News

By far the greatest majority of those who submitted comments to SRK Consulting were against the proposal to establish a petrol station complex at the entrance to Kenton. Read more

KOSRA's objection...

24-Jul-15 | KOSRA News

The Kenton Ratepayers Association have submitted their objections to srk consulting to the proposal for establishment of a Fuel Service Station and other developments at the entrance to Kenton on Sea. Click here to view the letter Read more

A petrol station at the entrance to Kenton on Sea?

27-May-15 | KOSRA News

Please help us to block this proposal! On Thursday 14 May 2015 a small, obscure notice concerning an application for the establishment of a petrol station at the entrance to Kenton on Sea was published in Talk of the Town... Read more

Christmas greetings to all ratepayers, residents and visitors to Kenton.

28-Nov-14 | KOSRA News

The Chairman and the whole KOSRA committee wish all our members and all Kenton ratepayers, residents, visitors, and their families and friends a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year If you are travelling to Kenton, Nihambe Kakuhle! and we look forward to welcoming you to Kenton at our AGM in the Kenton Town Hall at 10 am on 24 December. Read more

Kenton update & Legal Action

27-Nov-14 | KOSRA News

On 31 October 2014 KOSRA sent a newsletter via email with a short report by the Commitee on issues of interest to all Kenton Property Owners. One of these topics was the legal action against Ndlambe Municipality. Read more

Diarise it - AGM 2014

27-Nov-14 | KOSRA News

KENTON RATEPAYERS ESTUARY CARE     Date Wednesday 24 December 2014 Time 10h00 Venue  Kenton Town Hall     Click here for the agenda Date Tuesday 23 December 2014 Time 10h00 Venue  Kenton Town Hall Read more

Recycling and the dump site

27-Aug-14 | KOSRA News

The dump at Marcelle: Litigation proceedings are at an advanced stage. Read more

What KOSRA does for you

27-Aug-14 | KOSRA News

The minutes of KOSRA’s meeting of 24 July 2014 make sobering reading. Read more

Recycling in Kenton-are we making progress?

05-Nov-13 | KOSRA News

By Anthony Bayley Kenton and district residents should have no difficulty in seeing the build-up of waste materials in our environment.  Look in any street at paper and plastics in the hedgerows. It is abundant along beach access paths and to a lesser extent on the beaches. Read more

KOSRA continues to find ways to improve relations with Ndlambe

28-Mar-13 | KOSRA News

KOSRA continues to find ways of improving relations with Ndlambe. It is very difficult to do anything in our community without their support. Read more

KOSRA Chairmain's report 2012

07-Feb-13 | KOSRA News

Kenton-on-Sea Ratepayers’ Association Chairman’s report 27 December 2012 Read more... Read more

Public Toilets

29-Nov-12 | KOSRA News

At long last we have toilet facilities in the village for use by the public. They are not officially 'Public Toilets' but are available during normal working hours for those who need them. They are located in the Municipal building through the entrance past the Tourist Information Centre, down the passage and then on one's right. Signage has been fitted. Facilities of... Read more

Middle Beach wall deteriorates further

12-Nov-12 | KOSRA News

The adverse weather conditions have led to further damage to Middle Beach which has been declared a potential Blue Flag beach for our area. Read more

Ratepayers Associations-Now needed more than ever

02-Oct-11 | KOSRA News

Over the years, some Ratepayers Associations have either aggressively sought confrontation with Municipalities or have resigned themselves to the fact that “nothing can be done about it”. Not so in Kenton-on-Sea…….. Read more

KOSRA Management

15-Sep-11 | KOSRA News

Kenton Ratepayers Associations- Living in Kenton and would like to join the KOSRA Management Team? The Kenton-on-Sea Ratepayers Association (KOSRA) in cooperation with Estuary Care, has a powerful Mission Statement which states that KOSRA is determined to preserve the character and natural beauty between the Kariega and Bushmans River in a sustainable manner. Its management team seeks... Read more