The strongest theme that is emerging from our continuing efforts on the various community concerns, is the sense of unity that is growing with the related organisations in the Kenton/Bushmans area.
More often than not, we find ourselves collaborating with BRRAG, the Chamber of Business and Tourism, Estuary Care, Merry Hill and Nature’s Landing on issues that affect us all.
This growing sense of cooperation is pulling all of us together on important issues and making us more effective in addressing the many challenges that face our community.
What follows is a summary of a few of the projects we are busy overseeing on behalf of the community. The projects are cumbersome and time consuming. Although progress is sometimes slow and often frustrating, we are committed to a successful outcome on each issue.
Kenton Garage Development
Those of you living in Kenton or having recently visited Kenton would have noticed the massive earth excavation at the entrance to our town. Further to the post on 1 February we would like to give you a further update on the current situation.
Pollos Purdon on behalf of KOSRA attended the first steering committee meeting on 18 March 2022, set up by Ndlambe. This meeting was attended by representatives of the Ekuphumleni, Ward Councillors, the Developer and the Main contractor.
KOSRA raised the following concerns:
- Transparency – The Developer plans to erect a site board with layouts and 3D renderings. Pollos requested permission to publish the development plans on our website.
- Water source for the development – The Developer stated that the water used on site is being trucked from Kariega Quarry and from Bathurst.
- SANRAL approval – The Developer is to ensure that the SANRAL adjustments/improvements are being adhered to.
- Aesthetics – KOSRA anticipates to get clarity in due course with a view to the Developer blocking off the construction site on Kariega road side. The Developers has agreed to install a fence
Ekuphumleni representatives discussed the local labour incorporated at a ratio split of 75%/25%. The Developer explained that highly skilled labour is needed to ensure a successful project and that it wil be difficult to maintain such a ratio.
The Service Station is expected to be opened by the end of August 2022 and the surrounding Mall will officially open at the end of April 2023.
The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for 22 April 2022 and we will continue to update you on the progress.
Although the developer has broken ground, considerable time has been invested to date communicating with SANRAL, our main concern is the road safety at the R72 intersection. We are in direct communication with SANRAL and certain timeframes have been put in place by them. SANRAL are fully aware of our concerns and list of improvements we require have been communicated in writing as long ago as 18 October 2021. We are aware of further comment and input provided by certain residents, particularly with regard to noise management which will be conveyed to SANRAL. We will provide updates as matters progress.
SDF (spatial development framework)
You are invited to formulate your comments on the proposed SDF. The deadline for submissions is 28 April 2022.
With concerning frequency, there are instances where Ndlambe have substantially increased rates by 200% or even 300% on certain properties. Kenton has the one of the highest rates factors per Rand, in the whole of the country. The mismatch of excessive charges versus the manifest lack of service delivery is glaring obvious and a huge cause of concern on both sides of the equation. It is to be noted that Kenton is not alone in facing perilously high rates increases. To date, individual owners are responding to the increases on a case-by-case basis. The Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum have considered the issue but apart from a letter to Ndlambe, have not taken any further steps as yet.
The Sand Dune
Members would have recently received a call for funding which summarises the issues between between the Kenton Sand Dune and Nature Association (KSDNA) and the now six opposing community organisations in relation to the first-stage approval obtained by Ndlambe. We believe that Ndlambe and the Department of the Environment would be receptive to the alternative solutions to channel sand through Dry Bones Valley but for the attitude of the KSDNA. We remain concerned that KSDNA’s approach to remove the Dune is not only massively expensive but could also have a significant detrimental impact on the immediate environment.
Waste and Recycling
As previously reported in our Blog post earlier this year, we had a successful start to the recycling program over the Festive season which ran through to end January 2022. It is unfortunate to report that there was insufficient domestic recyclables collected. This has made the program financially unviable.
KOSRA is engaging with Ndlambe who are looking for alternatives as part of a broader solution for waste management which may include the use of the facilities in nearby towns and possibly a local drop zone. There are a number of economic, social and political factors that have to be woven together to bring about an effective solution.
Kosra have agreed to a six-month suspension of Ndlambe’s reporting duties under the 2016 Court Order whilst concerted bilateral efforts are made to finally solve the problems.
This remains an ongoing issue for everyone. The regular cable theft continues to be a major challenge for everyone as do the services provided by Amatola Water.
The Board of Amatola Water has again been fired by the new Minister. Doug Swanson attended a meeting led by the Minister regarding the new Board appointments and how the problems are going to be addressed.
It has also been proposed that a second water supplier be considered. KOSRA will apply their energy in favour of a second supplier if immediate solutions cannot be found to the deficiencies of Amatola.
The failure of the internal reticulation system that affects Merry Hill, Norfolk Ridge and other parts of Kenton is an Ndlambe problem but which the municipality fail to solve.
Over the past few weeks we have agreed with Hi-Tec on a more proactive maintenance of cameras and a faster response to restoring offline cameras, the result is a vastly improved operator experience.
Great success with the monitors when a boat battery was observed being carried off on one of the cameras. Hi-Tec responded resulting in a successful arrest.
We continue to look for monitors to join the Camera Monitoring program.
Kosra is continuously endeavouring to expand our membership base. We need all of you as members! We depend on minimal contributions to keep Kosra’s wheels turning and to enable us to donate to key projects. We have a growing group of community members wishing to remain informed via our Facebook page and subscription to our posts. Simply click on this link and complete your details should you not have already done that.
Please encourage your friends, neighbours, family members, visitors to contribute to the KOSRA coffers. As you see from the above activities we need to cover the costs of legal advisers, an environmental specialist and security equipment provided to the Night Watch team, amongst a number of other costly initiatives.
Please support KOSRA to help us work for the community.
Yours in service
KENTON-ON-SEA RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION