Annual General Meeting 2017

October 1, 2017

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December Newsletter

December 2, 2016

Welcome to this newsletter from the RRA.

The aim of this newsletter is to introduce new residents to the RRA and to highlight some of its activities during the year.

If you own property or live in the area you will share a love for this wonderful environment. There is a special charm to Kalk Bay and St James that is hard to beat. The combination of sea, mountains, tidal pools, charming shops and good restaurants has a wide appeal not only to the residents but to many visitors both local and from abroad.

However this environment is under pressure from many quarters and cannot be taken for granted. Ward 64 of the City of Cape Town of which KB/SJ is a small part, is a large area that includes Muizenberg, Capricorn Park, Lakeside, Clovelly and Fish Hoek. Both the SAPS and the City Council have their resources stretched in dealing with the economic, social and crime issues in the whole ward.

The RRA represents ratepayers and residents living between Carisbrooke Steps and Clovelly Station – some 700 households or about 2,000 people. The primary focus of the RRA (which has been in existence for nearly 50 years) is to protect and promote the interests of Kalk Bay/St James in all matters and to promote civic awareness. We aim to ensure that the City Council and other public service providers such as SAPS, provides the best possible services. The RRA works closely with the SRA in this regard.

The jurisdictional pattern in our area is complex. The area from the sea front to Boyes Drive falls under the City Council, the rail corridor and certain adjoining properties belongs to PRASA, and the Harbour and its beach fall under the Dept. of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Additionally Boyes Drive abuts Sanparks land above. Working with these different bodies to get the best outcome is complex and time consuming.

A word about the main differences between the RRA and the SRA:

The local SRA (special rates area) which was founded in 2014 is a separate “not for profit” company that is funded by the City Council via a rates levy. The mandate of the SRA is limited to supplementing core services of public safely and cleaning. The SRA funds and directs the Lake Security patrolmen and street cleaners in the area. The RRA works closely with the SRA in this regard.

Some of the activities of the RRA are as follows.

Main Road upgrading.

The RRA members attend the bi-monthly Community Liaison Meetings run by Chand Environmental Consultants in association with Martin & East the Main Road contractors. They work closely with the contractors to help ensure that this long and complex project progresses in a way that causes minimal disruption to local residents and that the outcome is as good as possible. Bert Stafford, a retired civil engineer, plays a leading role in this work.

Security.

The RRA meets regularly with the SRA, SAPS, Mountainmen, Sanparks and Baywatch the local neighbourhood watch. Crime is an ongoing problem and a coordinated crime prevention strategy that is regularly reviewed is the best way to keep this to a minimum.

Heritage /Development.

The City Council requires that the heritage subcommittee of the RRA inspects and comments on all new building plans for the area before plans can be passed. We live in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ) where the whole area is considered of heritage value and all new building plans need to conform to heritage requirements. While this requirement may seem onerous to residents planning to build or alter existing buildings, it is the reason that Kalk Bay and St James retain their unique character and do not become another Sea Point. We are lucky to have the tireless services of Barrie Gasson who is a retired town planner to lead this work.

Green spaces and beaches.

The City Council is responsible for regular clean ups of all the green spaces and alien clearing along the lower side of Boyes Drive. The RRA highlights problem areas and encourages the City Council to deal with these. We have recently taken our new ward Councillor Aimee Kuhl on a walkabout and drawn her attention to the need for park maintenance, repairs to the tidal pools and storm water outlets, and maintenance of the Community Centre. A landscape architect is advising on the landscaping and replanting of Danger Beach Park. Beach clean ups are undertaken in conjunction with the SRA and environmental groups.

Harbour affairs.

The RRA, headed by Tony Trimmel who has extensive knowledge of the fishing community, is actively involved in helping to maintain a clean and safe harbour environment. This iconic harbour is a highlight for locals and visitors alike. However vagrancy, squatting, alcohol abuse and littering are ongoing issues that need attention from all the stake holders. We liaise with DAFF to help make the harbour experience as good as possible.

Sadly the fishing industry is in decline and the main business of Kalk Bay is now tourism and local residents are increasingly dependent on this for a living.

Art Exhibition. Public Art

The RRA has been approached by renowned wildlife sculptor Dylan Lewis to hold an outdoor exhibition in Kalk Bay. Dylan has previously had similar exhibitions in Stellenbosch and Kirstenbosch. The project is still in its formative stages and will be put before the community before any decisions are taken.

Are you a member of the RRA?

We need your support to help keep our environment in shape.

Membership is open to all property owners and permanent residents of the area.

If you are not a member or are not sure, will you please reply to this email with your details and we will sign you up.

Subscriptions are R50 annually and can be paid on line.

Please see attached membership form.

ratepayers-membership-form-2014

For further information please contact the secretary Barrie Gasson. gasson@sybaweb.co.za

November 29, 2016

Annual General Meeting 2016

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Annual General Meeting 2015

September 9, 2015

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KALK BAY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION TALKS SCHEDULE FOR 2015 – 16

April 11, 2015

KALK BAY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
TALKS SCHEDULE FOR 2015 – 16

1. OF FISH TRAPS AND TIDAL POOLS
 
DATE:  Tuesday 26 May at 8pm
VENUE:  Kalk Bay Community Centre
SPEAKER:  Graham Avery
 
Fish-trapping by means of barriers constructed in rivers and estuaries, and rock walls in shallow coastal waters, is a tradition that carries on to this day. In the Cape it has long been believed that the stone-walled traps (visvywers) so prominent in the Cape Aghulas – Still Bay area, and the few on the Peninsula, dated to pre-colonial times – perhaps up to 2000 years ago when sea levels settled at their present level and herder groups lived in the area. Recent research has, however, called this antiquity into question. On the Cape Peninsula, tidal pools, built during the last 100 years, have obliterated several traps.
 
Dr Graham Avery is a retired archaeozoologist who spent his working life at what is now Iziko South African Museum. He has a keen interest in coastal archaeology and will discuss all aspects of this subject in an illustrated talk.

2. A SOCIAL & ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY OF THE QUARTERDECK ESTATE AREA

DATE: Tuesday 28 July at 8pm
VENUE: Kalk Bay Community Centre
SPEAKER: Steve Herbert

The Quarterdeck Estate area is bounded by Main Road – Boyes Drive, and Kimberley Road – Dalebrook Road. It comprises some of the earliest, and also the most recent, land subdivisions in Kalk Bay with a range of house types and ages, as well as unknown and well-known owners and architects.

Steve Herbert will bring this history to light based on his extensive research into title deeds, house plans unseen for 100 years, biographies and anecdotes.

3. THE FORMATION OF THE CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE: A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDERS

DATE: Tuesday 27 October at 8pm
VENUE: Kalk Bay Community Centre
SPEAKER: Jim Hallinan

Cape Point / Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve was established on June 1, 1939 at a time when developmental pressures upon the area were mounting. When Smith’s farm of over 500 morgen was put on the market in 1929 it triggered concern about the future of the broader, almost wilderness, area. It was saved for public use in perpetuity by the spirited action of several families (Smith, Hare) who owned large areas, and in particular the actions of Dr Sydney Harold Skaife (1889–1976) and officials of the Divisional Council of the Cape. Through the purchase of this area the Divisional Council became the first local authority in South Africa to accept nature conservation as one of its public services.

Jim Hallinan is a professional environmental scientist and heritage resources manager at the City of Cape Town. He has an intimate knowledge of the social and natural history of the Reserve from many years of work there and will provide an illustrated talk on this subject.

4. HISTORIC MOVIE OF THE CAPE PENINSULA

DATE: Tuesday 23 February at 8pm
VENUE: Kalk Bay Community Centre
SPEAKER: Barrie Gasson.

THE TALKS ARE OPEN TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC. NON-MEMBERS ARE ASKED FOR A DONATION OF R20.00

THE ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL MEETINGS

THE ASSOCIATION’S NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE MEETINGS

PLEASE DIRECT ANY INQUIRIES TO BARRIE GASSON @ 021 788 1855

Kalk Bay Historical Assocation : Schedule of talks for 2014 – 15

July 16, 2014

THE STORY OF SILVERMINE VALLEY AND FARMS

DATE: Tuesday 29 July 2014 at 8pm
VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay
SPEAKER: Derek Stuart-Findlay

The Silvermine Valley has always been strategic in terms of access to the South Peninsula. The DEIC used the heights above the valley as a ‘buitepos’ lookout from the very early days while the valley itself was used for grazing cattle. Three silvermine shafts were excavated in the area in 1687. Defensive positions were built in 1805 and the first farms in the valley were granted three years later. These enjoyed a reasonable supply of water and became the home of many early Cape families like Kirsten, de Villiers, van Blerk and van der Poll. The ruins in the valley, including those of the well-known ‘Kruithuis’, will be explored and an attempt will be made to explain the roles of these structures.

Derek Stuart-Findlay will examine the geographic and military significance of the valley in its wider context.

THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA: ITS ORIGINS, PURPOSES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

DATE: Tuesday 28 October 2014 at 8pm
VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay
SPEAKER: Mike Walker

The Rev. Thomas Edward Marsh was one of the most outstanding residents of St James (1903-1912) and Kalk Bay (1912-1935), yet little is known of this great man. He was founder of the Observatory Methodist Church (1894), the Marsh Memorial Home (1903), and the Bible Institute of South Africa (BISA) (1923). The history of the Bible Institute, which is the focus of this talk, is fascinating in itself as are the life and times of Edward Marsh (1853-1935) himself.

Mike Walker will trace the life and work of the Rev. Marsh and the significance of the BISA.

HISTORIC MOVIE OF THE PENINSULA

DATE: Tuesday 24 February 2015 at 8pm
VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay
SPEAKER: To be announced later.

THE TALKS ARE OPEN TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, NON-MEMBERS ARE ASKED FOR A DONATION OF R20.00

THE ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL MEETINGS

THE ASSOCIATION’S NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE MEETINGS

THE BIBLE INSTITUTE VENUE IS SITUATED AT 180 MAIN ROAD, KALK BAY JUST SOUTH OF THE HARBOUR ENTRANCE

PLEASE DIRECT ANY INQUIRIES TO DEREK STUART-FINDLAY @ 021 788 2502

AGM 2014 Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

July 16, 2014

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Treasurer’s Report:

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Crunch time for Brass Bell as city threatens action

June 18, 2013

The owner of the Brass Bell restaurant in Kalk Bay could face heavy penalties if controversial extensions at the restaurant near the Kalk Bay children’s tidal pool are found to be in contravention of environmental law.

The provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is investigating and says if it confirms the extensions contravene the National Environmental Management Act, the Brass Bell could be ordered to demolish them and restore the site.

Brass Bell owner Tony White could face a fine of up to R1 million.

He may, however, apply to the department to keep the site as it is, but approval is not guaranteed and he may have to pay the R1m fine even if the department allows him to keep the decks in place.

The construction of two decks, doors and two access points near the Kalk Bay tidal pools and “private property” signs near the pool have outraged residents, who have called the extensions a “privatisation” and “takeover”.

For years, the public used the pools and moved freely through the area for walks. In recent weeks, members of the public on walks along the scenic route have been blocked when the Brass Bell’s doors have been shut.

The establishment’s management said doors would be locked late at night and opened early in the morning to protect the restaurant’s assets.

White leases the land from the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa). He said he would not restrict public access to the swimming pools near the decks, but signs were erected near the small pool saying it was for the use of patrons under 10 years. He said the public had access to the two main pools, but that the children’s pool was on Prasa land.

White said yesterday: “As far as I am aware I have done everything that is legally required.

“The land in question, including the kiddies’ pool, had been in a state of neglect for the past 40 years. Nobody had shown any interest in it and it was almost never used, except by loiterers and the homeless, who would sleep overnight in the summer months.”

White said the area was now a useful amenity and he had received nothing but praise from patrons. Regarding access, White said the two tidal pools were not popular with the public and residents went to the more user-friendly Dalebrook pool.

“Those who use the tidal pools have not complained that access is hindered or denied by the new development,” White said.

He said the two doors at the access points were closed between 1am and 6.30am. Although there had been occasions when one door was not opened on time, this had not been intentional. “I am actively engaged with Prasa in making sure that the public has access at all reasonable times to the tidal pools,” White said.

The department is to carry out another inspection at the Brass Bell this week to confirm whether the decks are illegal.

Residents have complained to the city that public access has been cut off. They also say there was a lack of public consultation before the extensions were built.

The city lodgeda complaint with the provincial administration. The city’s view is that the construction of the decks contravenes the act.

Prasa has said that no environmental authorisation was obtained as the changes were deemed “minor works”.

City environmental management officials have disagreed and say Prasa may not issue approvals for construction in a seashore area within the 100m high-water mark.

Two weeks ago, city officials met Prasa representatives to discuss improved access for the public.

The city asked that public access be retained at all times, the area where the decks are be kept free of restaurant tables and activity, the area be allocated as a public space, all Brass Bell infrastructure be removed from the tidal pool area, no tent structures be allowed on the tidal pool walls, and the signs around the children’s pool be removed.

The city said it hoped Prasa would agree to the recommendations and ensured the Brass Bell complies. It would take legal action if necessary.

Cape Times

City council undertakes to ensure access to Kalk Bay tidal pools

June 13, 2013

Cape Town city council has said it would “ensure through legal action if necessary” that public access to the tidal pools near Kalk Bay’s Brass Bell was restored.

Garreth Bloor, mayco member for economic, environmental and spatial planning, wrote to the Cape Times yesterday to say it was not “passing the buck” in dealing with the illegal structures built by the Brass Bell restaurant on the beach and the restaurant’s restriction of public access to the tidal pools.

However, it was unable to take action about the decks as this fell under the jurisdiction of the provincial government.

Last week, the city had met the owners of the land on which the Brass Bell has built the decks, Bloor said. The land, a strip of coast along the railway line, is owned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa Corporate Real Estate Solutions (Prasa Cres). Prasa Cres has a lease agreement with the Brass Bell.

There was a public outcry when the first deck was built by the Brass Bell on the beach in December, and a door and signs which restricted public access to the pools erected.

Since then, the Brass Bell has built a second deck. Both have tents erected over them.

Bloor said the city had told Prasa Cres it would like the parastatal to ensure that the deck next to the tidal pool be allocated as public space and kept free of restaurant tables and restaurant activity, and that it be used for public activity. The same applied to the back of the pool area.

The city would like to see all electric cables and other Brass Bell items removed from the tidal pool area, the bolts in the tidal pool removed, no tent support structures allowed on the tidal pool walls, the Brass Bell sign above the children’s tidal pool removed and the sand area and the pool being kept as public space.

“The city is hopeful that Prasa Cres will formally agree to these recommendations and ensure compliance by its tenant, the Brass Bell.

“Legal action will be taken if necessary, but remains a final recourse as it can drag on for many years at significant cost to the ratepayers.”

Bloor said the city’s view was that the two decks built on the beach were illegal as they contravened the National Management Environment Act (Nema).

Environmental authorisation should have been obtained from the province prior to their being built.

Cape Times
Thursday 13 June

AGM Minutes : Kalk Bay – St James Ratepayers and Residents Association

May 17, 2013

Minutes of the AGM of the Kalk Bay – St James Ratepayers and Residents Association held at 20h00 on 14 May 2013 at the Kalk Bay Community Centre.

1. Welcome
The Chair Tony Trimmel welcomed all present (about 75 members and friends) including Cllr D D’Alton, Paul Booth (City Council), Andy Rush (Kayad), Janet Holwill (Fish Hoek Ratepayers), Yvonne Bulgen (Muizenberg-Lakeside Ratepayers), and Captains Knapp & Jephta (Muizenberg SAPS).

2. Apologies
8 were received

3. Special Interest Topic: Main Road Phase 3
Paul Booth reminded the audience of the Open House to be held on Thursday 16 May from 16h00 to 19h00 at the Holy Trinity Church Hall.

This will be a static exhibition of detailed material relating to the forthcoming Phase 3 and the project team will be in attendance to answer questions.

Bearing this in mind he then referred to a 1931 article in the SAICE journal describing the 1926 construction of the Quarry Road – Clovelly section of Main Road. A

ll of the considerations then present (narrow roadwidth, lack of footways, pedestrian unsafety, rising traffic flows, and promenade prospects over the bay), existed now, but magnified many times over. The column and beam viaduct built at that time would be replaced by a back-filled retaining wall encroaching into the rail corridor.

Andy Rush summarised Phase 3:

  • the 500 m North section from Casa Labia to York Road would take about a year from an expected start in September 2013. Instead of lifting York Road the sewer to the Cape Flats, and water main, would be taken across the station parking area. A stop-go arrangement would operate on Main Road and through traffic would be encouraged to use Boyes Drive.
  • Concurrently the 700 m long Clovelly retaining wall (to be stone-clad) would be constructed but with minimal traffic disruption. Once back-filled, a 4.5 m foot and cycleway would be laid on top.
  • For a while traffic would be routed along it until the remainder of the section had been completed. Thereafter the Harbour – Woolleys Pool section would be completed.
  • Q. Do these proposals form the basis of the Ph 3 tender documents?
    A.: Yes.
    Q. Is traffic calming not possible along the completed Ph 1 & 2 to reduce the increased speeding?
    A.: No, because humps would inhibit trucks’ and general flows.
    Q. Can the coastal walkway to Clovelly corner not be part of the project?
    A.: It is not part of the brief and lies on Intersite / Prasa land. But Clovelly station will be demolished and the material used as back-fill.
    Q. What is the duration of Ph 3?
    A.: Two years from September 2013 to 2015.
    Q. Can work not be done at night to save time?
    A.: There was public objection to this – and even during quiet work eg. when relining the sewer.
    Q. When is the current stop-go to finish?
    A.: 27 May.

    4. Special Rating Area Report-back
    Jim Russell reminded the meeting of the in-principle support given at the 2012 AGM for investigating the feasibility of establishing a Local Improvement District (Special Rating Area).

    Both Muizenberg and Fish Hoek have already done so successfully. A committee of eight had subsequently driven the process, meeting monthly in liaison with the Council.

    A Community Perception Survey was done during November 2012 with the results being analysed and compiled into a document by an independent consultant. This will be placed on the website. The cost of the Survey was borne by the SRA committee alone and they were congratulated by the meeting for doing so.

    Next steps are:

  • the SRA website goes live on 1 July;
  • a public meeting takes place on 22 July in the Community Centre at which many of the operational details and prerequisites will be explained;
  • 1 July 2014 the SRA commences operation provided all requirements have been met.
  • 5. Councillor’s Report-back
    Cllr Dave D’Alton is our Ward Councillor and Cllr Felicity Purchase is Chair of the South Peninsula sub-Council. All matters should therefore be routed via him and he recommended that he be invited to RRA committee meetings to strengthen mutual communications.

    He referred to a variety of local issues on which there was little progress to report:

  • control of public behaviour at Harbour Beach during the Festive Season,
  • Holy Trinity Church fence,
  • Brass Bell beach appropriation,
  • and Kalk Bay Pools upgrading proposal;
  • on homelessness the DA Caucus is contemplating a change to the bye-laws to strengthen control measures.
  • Q. What Council action can be expected regarding the abandoned hotel on Muizenberg Main Road?
    A.: The owner is insolvent and vagrants appear to be taking over. It is unclear where the project currently resides within the Council system.
    Q. Why the Council inaction?
    A.: The sub-Council Manager has been requested to report on progress on the various matters and this is awaited. Some Council departments do underperform but most of them do ‘brilliant’ work eg. Roads, Electricity.
    Q. What can be done about the continuing noise from the Brass Bell, Cape to Cuba, and Kalk Bay Theatre?
    A.: As no complaints had reached Cllr D D’Alton he assumed the problems had been solved.

    6. Adoption of the 2012 AGM Minutes
    Proposed Mike Mayne; Seconded Eric Stevens.

    7. Treasurer’s Report
    An accumulated surplus of R45 370 was reported. Proposed Derek Stuart-Findlay; Seconded Bert Stafford.

    8. Chairperson’s Report
    Tony Trimmel presented his report highlighting a variety of issues tackled by various committee members:

  • heritage and development (pressures on precinct character, walling and fencing-in of steps and streets, parking congestion on side streets; studies intended during the coming year);
  • new Integrated Zoning Scheme (officials, developers and the RRA committee are in process of becoming familiar with it);
  • Brass Bell beach appropriation (the latest step has been the installation of a roller metal door at the beach-mouth of the subway);
  • beach cleansing (while this has been satisfactory in many areas there was total lawlessness at Harbour Beach and total unwillingness by the relevant authorities to take the promised action during the Festive Season and eg. remove 300 bags of waste);
  • security (this had improved with the appointment of Capt Xesha and four more officers including Capt McKinnon), Don Yowell was thanked for maintaining the Crimewatch website, and Mike Townsend for providing 3 CCTV cameras to which the Olympia Deli and RRA make financial contributions;
  • green spaces are generally in good condition and all the local volunteers who maintain them were heartily thanked;
  • noise nuisance continues to be a problem and SAPS vigilance will continue to be essential.
  • 9. General
    Mike Mayne, on behalf of Holy Trinity Church, introduced Father Wilfred the new parish priest and committed the Church to greater involvement in the local community.

    He drew attention to the Church’s tight financial situation and the annual Fish Fare that was primarily a fund-raiser to cover maintenance costs, but had also become a popular community event.

    The church roof would again need short-term attention costing R40,000 and a larger amount later on. There had also been a fine to pay (R1000) in connection with the court appearance about the illegal fence.

    They were therefore not in a position to pay for the re-siting of the fence and requested that a meeting between the RRA and Church be held as soon as possible to discuss the whole matter. This was supported by the RRA and the meeting.

    Q. Why not close the Blue Bottle liquor store on public holidays?
    A.: This has been suggested many times and the way forward is to organize a petition among residents to this effect.
    Q. What is the underlying problem at Harbour Beach?
    A.: The 3 landowners (Public Works = the harbour breakwater-jetty-parking area-water surface, Prasa = the railway viaduct and the space in the arches below it, Council = the Point and the beach between the viaducts) pass the buck among themselves. The RRA has urged Council as the responsible local authority to play a leading role in controlling public use and activities there but they have failed to do so.
    Q. Cannot some of the available RRA funds be used to hire a lawyer to assist in bringing pressure to bear in the right quarters?
    A.: At the moment there is a Harbour Users Committee (on which we are represented), a Boatowners Committee, and a number of IAAPs – all of whom attempt to put pressure on the authorities. A lawyer might well be able to assist.

    Statement of intent: The situation cannot be allowed to carry on. The RRA must give notice that it will apply pressure, call the authorities and responsible individuals to account, and embarrass them publicly if they do not fulfil their commitments.

    Statement of support: The ‘Gatesville Road Action Group’ was pleased to see that the parking issue arising from guest-house / B&Bs was receiving attention by the RRA, and called for Council to keep proper records of approved establishments and levy higher fines on those operating without approval.

    10. Election
    Cllr D’Alton took the chair. No new nominations for the committee had been received and none was forthcoming from the floor. Mike Walker proposed that the out-going committee be re-elected en bloc and this was widely seconded.

    The meeting ended at 22h15 and enjoyed snacks provided by Ken McClarty of the Olympia Deli – and he was thanked heartily for his support once again.