Kenton on Sea Ratepayers Association
Please note - water restrictions apply:
Our area has been subject to water restrictions since December 2017.
KOSRA is well aware of the on-going and ever-escalating water crisis as a result of Amatola Water being unable to supply water adequately.
Please, please stop paying ‘car guards’!
The new section is live! We hope you will find this new page useful.
We will publish on our website each application we receive from the municipality for information purposes only
KOSRA is a leading contributor to the Kenton Community Camera Fund and we continue to work closely with SAPS, Hi-Tec Security and the Night Watch and Neighbourhood Watch teams…
Being a member of the KOSRA committee means dedicating a good proportion of a working day to protect YOUR community’s rights.
The Community Camera Fund is run by a committee of dedicated locals
Current water levels in the reservoirs are below 20% and there major problems at the RO plants and Diaz boreholes.
We’re sure you’ll all be pleased to know that the Chamber of Business (COB) and some individual members have sponsored a permanent security guard to patrol Kenton’s CBD.
Recycling remains a frustrating and challenging concern for KOSRA.
We are pleased to report that a meeting was held on 18 February 2021 with senior officials of Ndlambe regarding possible alternative solutions to the Kenton sand dune
The KOSRA Committee is sad to announce the untimely death of a dear friend and colleague.
Ndlambe Municipality went out of its way to investigate and respond to the media frenzy regarding two “sewage incidents” that allegedly took place on successive days this week.
In order to make recycling feasible, we need everyone in the greater Kenton area to recycle
Domestic waste, household waste, garbage, trash: no matter what we to call it, we all have to get rid of it.
KOSRA shares the deep sense of sorrow and outrage felt by all concerning the tragic murder of 23 December 2020.
Take note of this important notice regarding parking areas adjacent to the sea beaches, the curfew and fireworks.
The “Great Dune Debate” took place at the KOSRA AGM between Kenton Sand Dune and Nature Association and Estuary Care.
As we welcome in the New Year, KOSRA will be welcoming a new, duly elected committee for 20/2021.
KOSRA’s URGENT response to unlawful river and public space closure.
In response to the beach closures, KOSRA sent a letter to the Honourable Minister, President, Premier, Municipal Manager and Mayor:
Hi-Tec Security Coastal and Hi-Tec Security are excited to announce the launch of the Buzzer App in our area!
Water restrictions from 10am – 2pm and again from 10pm – 4am. Effective immediately.
The KOSRA Executive Committee wish to advise that KEVIN VAN HUYSSTEEN was elected as the new Chairman of KOSRA at a meeting held on 1st December 2020.
As the date for our AGM draws closer and closer, we wish to notify all members that the KOSRA reports have been published and are available to you online.
All members are invited to our AGM
The Community Camera Fund was started in 2011, to answer the ground swell of crime in our entire area, being, Kenton, Merryhill, Riversbend and Boesmans.
Readers are advised that George Poole has resigned as Chairman and as a member of the Committee with effect from 19 October 2020.
KOSRA has been notified by the Ndlambe Town Planning Department of an application to consolidate two vacant plots on the northern side of Beaufort Street, abutting on the Spar property.
KOSRA was asked by Talk of the Town to appear on their weekly video show last week. Here we addressed the hair-raising topic of SANRAL’s proposed service station at the entrance of our beloved, small coastal town Kenton On Sea.
Reported daily cases of Corona Virus are on the decline, however we need to guard against a second wave
KOSRA has been asked by Ndlambe Town Planning department to clarify this matter.
Notice of intention to review the Ndlambe Spatial Development Framework and request for interested and affected parties
With current and future development proposals in Kenton constantly referred to the Town Planning Portfolio of KOSRA, it is up to us to identify areas of concern common to all residents and ratepayers and to work together to promote cohesiveness and fairness, within our community.
Siyakhathala is a Marselle and Ekuphumleni Township driven project, supported and encouraged by the local church and community, to provide food security to all residents.
Here are the latest crime stats from Hi-Tec Security Coastal, for the month of September 2020, for Kenton-on-Sea, Bushman’s, Riversbend and Merryhill.
In preparation for the busy festive season, we encourage all residents and business owners to purchase and install water storage tanks if they haven’t already done so.
KOSRA has suddenly been inundated with vehement e-mails from numerous property owners in the area near Main Beach.
So far this year – and this is according to HiTec stats – we have had 62 incidents. That equates to 7,75 incidents per month.
This is one of our many controversial topics. The fact remains that no matter what we do, they remain.
Ndlambe Municipality COVID-19 joint operations committee
The applications to the various authorities for a new service station at the entrance to Kenton continue.
This is the last of the 32,000L of milk that was donated and distributed to residents of Ekuphumleni.
As at 28 th July, there are a total of 688 confirmed cumulative Covid-19 positive cases in Ndlambe. There are presently a total of 115 active cases; and 570 patients have recovered, and sadly we offer our sincere condolences to the families of 3 members of our community.
Since last year, KOSRA has written several letters to SANRAL (The South African Roads Agency Limited), expressing concern at the dangerous situation and the number of accidents and fatalities on the R72 in the Kenton/Boesmans/Marselle area.
KOSRA wrote to the consulting engineer employed by the Eastern Cape Provincial Roads Department, expressing concern about the bush and grass encroaching on the roadway on the R343 between Kenton and Salem.
Closing in on corrupt tenders. We have received the following message from the DA
A group of busy people who are not prepared to sit back and wait for the worst to happen…
Media release: 21 July 2020
In terms of the Municipal By-Laws, car guards must be licensed by the Municipality to operate.
After 3 tranches of delivering food aid to Ekuphumleni during the lockdown periods, the position of the Food Aid Fund, as at 23 June is set out below.
The proposed new garage at the entrance to Kenton. Many of our ratepayers are probably wondering what has transpired with regard to this project.
The Municipality wish to inform the residents that we will be closing the majority of our offices.
A recent meeting with Amatola revealed that there were 3 main causes for the water problems we experienced over the weekend of 7 June.
Last week we completed the food parcel delivery for this part of the project.
Some of you who contributed so generously to KOSRA’s Food Aid Fund may have looked at recent posts on Kenton Rotary’s Facebook page.
The total contributions to the KOSRA Food Aid Fund as at Friday, 8th May were R548 835,40.
You might have heard that Amatola has been put under “Administration”. There is a big spat between Amatola’s CEO Ms Vuyo Zitumane (Ex CEO!) And the Minister of water affairs Lindiwe Sisulu.
At the end of cycle 2, KOSRA would have provided 2347 food parcels in total!
A group of residents who may be adversely affected by the build-up of the sand dune at the car park at the southern end of Westbourne Road…
Due to the enormous generosity of the residents of Kenton and the commitment of our project team from Ekuphumleni plus the members of the Kenton security initiative…
At long last, almost four months late, the Amatola RO plant has been completed. The maintenance contractor is still under contract so will be around for another year.
Let’s take stock of this remarkable community achievement. Day 1 to 5 of our community outreach.
The Eastern Cape Department of Health requires everyone living in Ndlambe at the present time to complete a COVID19 screening form.
At last, in response to numerous communications by KOSRA to various officials at SANRAL, Africoast Consulting Engineers has been appointed by SANRAL to carry out a road safety investigation of the R72, including the section through Kenton-on-Sea.
We knew you would but THANK YOU, thank you to all the generous Kenton residents who have donated to the KOSRA Covid-19 Relief Fund already.
We anticipate that when the lockdown starts to really bite, some members of our community, especially those in Ekuphumleni will become short of resources and be unable to buy food.
We have just entered Day 1 of 21 days of lockdown, a necessary intervention if South Africa is to successfully slow the spread of COVID-19 infections.
The immediate problem I see with this ‘lockdown’ is that there are no clear and distinct guidelines; everybody seems to be interpreting the guidelines the way that suits them best.
Xhosa information on Coronavirus and precautions to take. A fact sheet for you to print and distribute.
We have been advised that the application for subdivision and reconsolidation has been approved.
It appears that the Ndlambe Municipal Manager has been on annual leave so KOSRA’s letter.
Madera vine is on the rampage! We appeal to all residents to please check your garden and spray when necessary. Thank you
After several meetings with Amatola Water a successful application was made to Eskom for this relief.
Middle Beach Wall & The Unqualified Contractor… Similar to the Talk of the Town report on the RO plant in Port Alfred – starring the same ‘Julius’?!
The National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) in South Africa has a clearly laid out plan for the testing, control, management and treatment of suspicious and proven cases.
Whilst the Buzz Bar, on Middle Beach during the festive season, provided a great view and decent refreshments it left quite a lot to be desired.
Following several complaints by Kenton residents regarding the location of the Municipal Skips…
KOSRA lodged an objection early in July 2019 to an application for the subdivision and consolidation of the three erven involved.
You cannot have failed to notice the unsightly broken and tumble-down braais on the approach to Middle Beach.
Apart from the ongoing water issues that KOSRA reports on regularly, representatives from our committee also attend the Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum (NRF), a federation of all the Ratepayers Associations in Ndlambe.
KOSRA appeals to all non-resident home owners in Kenton to turn off their municipal water supply at the mains when they vacate their houses.
KOSRA has been trying hard to change the culture on the beaches and pavements of Kenton.
October 2020 is going to be an exciting month for gardeners in Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea when 15 carefully selected and diverse gardens will be on show for everyone to see!
The Polyphagous Shothole Borer Beetle was first discovered in South Africa by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) team, University of Pretoria in 2017.
We are most grateful to the Rotary Club of Kenton for awarding them a ‘Community Vocational Award 2020’
Redmond’s next mission is to document and report all the non-working street lights in Kenton.
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the few businesses in Kenton who contribute to the Security Fund and a BIG THANK YOU to those individuals who make their regular donations.
The Festive Season is usually synonymous with crime spikes, but by being tough on crime we are very happy and proud to report an extremely low crime Festive Season period!
Bushmans Recycling Depot is very short of recyclables, especially glass bottles. It may be a bother for you to sort your plastics and cardboard but surely you can deliver glass and cardboard boxes!
A Joint Operations Committee (JOC) has been established to manage and look for remedial action on the water crises Ndlambe is facing.
Notes from the stakeholder water committee meeting held on 12 December 2019
Amatola upgrade the Reverse Osmosis Plant at Bushman’s River Mouth
As I was receiving mixed messages about the state of the RO Plant, I asked Redmond to arrange a visit for me.
You are invited to the book launch of Exploring our Estuaries – Boesmans & Kariega
Our area has been subject to water restrictions since December 2017.
If you arrive at your holiday home and find that there is no water please carry out the following checks:
Local residents pick up possible jamming activity in Kenton!
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the water supply in Kenton. Redmond explains!
MTN tower proposed for Kenton CBD.
We thought it right and proper to bring to your attention various issues that may have serious consequences for the forthcoming holiday season.
Interim news on the current water situation!
A Provincial state of disaster in the Province of the Eastern Cape has been declared due to the drought which has affected the Province.
The Kenton main street and parking areas have been battling with an ongoing car guard issue for several years now.
SAPS Kenton aim to jack-up service delivery to all community members.
Criminal activity has notably increased, but we’re doing our utmost to curb it.
The first round of clearing alien invaders in the Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve is complete.
Over the years, there have been odd instances of unruly behaviour, often by teenagers, in Kenton during holiday times and weekends.
We’re not sure how the first 15 KOSRA Annual General Meetings ran but we certainly know about the last 15 – and it’s definitely time for a change!
I’m sure you’ll all remember last year’s festive season water crisis in Kenton! What a disaster that was and what a devastating impact it had on our businesses, homes and visitors alike!
How lucky are we in Kenton to have vast expanses of clean and pristine beaches on which to walk and play. But are our beaches really as clean and pristine as we’d like to think or do they harbour diseases and bacteria?
Crime Stats and arrests made: 13 September – 30 September 2019 – from Boknes to Kenton.
Invasive alien plant species are besieging our beautiful nature reserves, green spaces and gardens in and around Kenton.
Apart from the damage that lorries and builders’ trucks do to our roads in Kenton the general state is pretty dire!
Crime Stats and arrests made: 15 July to 13 September 2019 – from Boknes to Kenton.
There’s only nine weeks left until the ‘Festive Season’ begins in full swing! Are you ready?
Be the first to answer one of the three questions below and you can win either…
We seem to be in a bit of a building boom in Kenton at the moment; which, considering the state of the nation, must say something for our quiet and peaceful sanctuary!
We have noticed numerous instances of severe damage to roads and pavements in Kenton…
We are trying to be more proactive and less reactive. So for the Easter and Christmas Holidays next year we want to be able to plan ahead.
This is how we are using Social Media to improve security and awareness in our area and improve security for all.
Spring is nearly upon us and the baddies certainly seem to have a spring in their steps at the moment.
Our main reservoirs are virtually 100% full most of the time now. This compares with the reservoirs being just over 20% full in mid-March this year.
In the quest for a ‘single-use-plastic-free-Kenton’ we would like to encourage you to follow the seven R’s:
The other day I counted seven ‘car guards’ in just one area of the car park at the shops in Kenton. A bit overwhelming I am sure you’ll agree!
One of KOSRA’s big challenges is to get recycling in Kenton up and running again. And the good news is – we’re nearly there!
With lots of new blood on the committee KOSRA has been much more active in the past months. Many systems have been put into place.
We have become aware of several dogs running into and around the reserve in the very early hours of the morning.
KOSRA would like to officially announce that they have a new Chairman as of 22 July 2019.
UNISA’s School of Criminal Justice conducted research into understanding and preventing house robbery in South Africa.
Redeployment of Mayor Phindile Faxi to Sarah Baartman Municipality.
A short while ago a bushbuck ram was attacked by two dogs in the Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve running along Coniston Road.
On Thursday, June 20, there was another three hour water meeting which was probably the most productive one so far.
Keeping Kenton safe is a community effort. See what you as a resident or holiday maker can do to help us.
Thanks to those of you who responded so enthusiastically to the Fibre Poll.
Since our last security news we have had very few major incidents although we have not been totally crime free.
KOSRA has received, for public comment, documents in support of two proposed possible commercial and industrial developments:
KOSRA has, for a while now, been trying to find out what plans are afoot for Telkom in Kenton! Unfortunately, we have not had a great deal of success.
Down in the bottom of the deep blue sea is exactly where we all might end up if Ndlambe doesn’t see fit to fix middle beach car park very soon.
Another meeting – another three hours – but that’s not to say three hours down the drain. There are some positive drops in this ocean!
We promised to communicate with our constituents more effectively in 2019! And we’ve been doing just that:
Over the last couple of months the use of CCTV cameras has proven to be a valuable asset…
Wow, have we had good rains in the past week, over a 100mm! All your storage tanks should be full by now.
There were lots of residents in Kenton who embraced the recycling project. The decrease in volume of waste going into the Port Alfred and Alexandria landfill sites was immense.
KOSRA committee members have attended many ‘water meetings’ over the past months.
The modus operandi of criminals is always changing and we need to adapt our response accordingly.
The Chairman welcomed all residents and gave an overview of the agenda, requesting that questions be held to the end of all presentations.
Just in case you haven’t heard: “Our village is in the Eastern Cape semi-finals!”
KOSRA has engaged in an extensive discussion and interaction process with a considerable number of interested parties.
Thank you to all of you who have already paid your KOSRA membership fees and contributed to the security fund.
Proposed amendments to the Ndlambe Land Use Scheme.
I am writing to provide you with feedback on security matters in Kenton during the holiday season.
KOSRA, BRRAG and Kenton Chamber of Commerce have been in discussion with Ndlambe Municipality and Amatola regarding the dire water situation during the holiday season.
Following on our AGM and the sharing of the Ndlambe Town Planning 3rd Draft Proposal.
Down on the beach during December, several parents reported that their children stopped their games…