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AGM 2014 Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

July 16, 2014

Click on this link to download the minutes of the AGM 2014

Treasurer’s Report:

KBRRA TreasReport2014


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.

    Notice of Annual General Meeting

    May 10, 2013


    Tuesday 14 May 2013

    19h45 for 20h00

    A G E N D A

    1. Welcome and Apologies

    2. Special Interest Topic: Main Road – Phase 3 (20 mins + 10 mins)

    Andy Rush (Kayad Knight Piesold Civil Engineers), Paul Booth (City Council) will present the engineering challenges, design concepts, and time frames for construction of the sections from Wooleys Pool to Clovelly Road, and Casa Labia to York Road.

    3. Progress Report on the Special Rating Area concept (10 mins)

    Alain Russell will report on the SRA’s progress.

    3. Councillor’s Report-back (20 mins)

    Cllr. Dave D’Alton will present a progress-report on local issues he has been championing during the year.

    4. Adoption of the Minutes of the 2012 A G M

    5. Treasurer’s Report and Discussion

    6. Chairman’s Report and Discussion

    7. General

    8. Election of 2013 – 14 Executive Committee

    According to the constitution the Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson,

    Treasurer, Secretary and five additional members. Up to 4 further members may be co-opted.

    The 2012 Committee stands down as a matter of course but existing members may be re-nominated for the in-coming Committee. The members of the present Committee available for re-election are: Alan Espey, Rodney Dennis, Revel Donald, Dennis Evennett, Alain Russell, Bert Stafford, Derek Stuart-Findlay, and Tony Trimmel.

    Nominations for the 2013 Committee may be made either to the Secretary before the Meeting, or prospective candidates may be nominated at the meeting.  Candidates must be paid-up members of the Association and have been members for at least three months.

    The meeting will end at 21:30 – Refreshments will be served

    All residents and ratepayers are welcome to attend the AGM and the Association welcomes new members.

    Annual Subscriptions are due in January each year.

    Kalk Bay Historical Association – Schedule of Talks for 2013-14

    May 10, 2013


    DATE: Tuesday 28 May 2013 at 8pm

    VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

    SPEAKER: Barrie Gasson

    After more than a decade of dispute and preparation the foundation stone of the Breakwater was laid on the morning of 7 June 1913 by the Hon. Henry Burton, Minister of Transport in the Union Government. By 1919, after wartime delays, the Breakwater, Fish Landing Quay and Slipway were complete. Twenty years later the North Mole and Wooden Jetty completed the enclosure of a basin of 5 acres that has provided shelter to fishing and pleasure craft ever since.

    The talk will deal with various themes covering 100 years of harbour history.


    DATE: Tuesday 30 July 2013 at 8pm

    VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

    SPEAKER: Elizabeth van Heyningen & Tony Murray

    During the first post Anglo-Boer war decade the zeitgeist of Unification ran strongly in southern Africa and culminated in national union. It filtered down into municipal politics on the Peninsula and after much wrangling resulted in the amalgamation of seven small municipalities with the ‘giant’ of Cape Town. Many forces drove unification, the chief one being financial weakness in the face of costly infrastructure development, particular-ly tapping the water supplies that lay in the distant Hottentots Holland mountains.

    The talk will expose the politics and the personalities behind the movement and explore the engineering and financial difficulties of bringing water to the amalgamated municipalities.


    DATE: Tuesday 29 October 2013 at 8pm

    VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

    SPEAKER: Steve Herbert

    The brothers John and William Delbridge were builders of many public works in the Wynberg area in the 1880s – 90s (Wynberg Water Scheme and Dams; Mowbray Town Hall). From the early 1900s they became major investors in and contributors to the Kalk Bay – Muizenberg area where they built dozens of homes, notably in finely dressed stone. John Delbridge was the last mayor of the Kalk Bay – Muizenberg Municipality in 1913, the year his brother completed Muizenberg Railway Station which was opened by the Hon. Henry Burton on the afternoon of 7 June 1913. John’s son, the well-known architect William John Delbridge, also designed many homes in the area.

    The talk will explore the legacy of this talented and industrious family.


    DATE: Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 8pm

    VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

    SPEAKER: To be announced later.

    Road closures for the Cape Argus on 10 March

    February 18, 2013

    Main Road will be closed to vehicular traffic between from 06h15 and 13h00 (or until re-opened by the Traffic Department) on 10 March 2013 during the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.

    Parking will be allowed in parking embayment’s along Main Road and in St James and Kalk Bay parking areas before 06h15 on Sunday 10th March. However please note that vehicles will only be able to exit these parking areas and embayment’s after 13h00 that same day, once Main Road has been opened to traffic.

    If you require the use of your vehicle during the hours of 06h15 and 13h00 on Sunday 10 March, then please rather park your car elsewhere, with access to roads which are not closed to traffic.

    Province to investigate Brass Bell extensions

    January 15, 2013

    The provincial government is investigating whether the outdoor extensions at the Brass Bell restaurant at the Kalk Bay public tidal pool contravenes national environmental law after city officials have lodged a complaint.

    Last month, the Kalk Bay Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association cried foul over the erection of an outdoor deck on the public beach and a door built on the walkway between Kalk Bay Harbour and the train station.

    Residents complained that no public consultation took place and feared the public’s access to the pools and along the walkway would be restricted after the owner of the Brass Bell put up “private property” signs around the beach area.

    Darryl Colenbrander, a city coastal co-ordinator from the environmental resource management department said the city has asked provincial government to investigate whether the extensions at the Brass Bell contravene the National Environmental Management Act.

    He said that following an inspection, they believe that activities on the property fall within the 100m high water mark of the sea and would therefore flout the law if no environmental authorisation was granted.

    He said the owner of the Brass Bell would have had to apply for such authorisation from the province.

    Brass Bell owner Tony White had said previously that he had leased the land from its owners, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).

    He had been granted approval to build a kitchen and the deck and had said that he would not deny the public access to the tidal pools, while the door along the walkway would only be locked at night to protect his assets.

    Residents called the move by Prasa and the Brass Bell a “takeover” and “privatisation” of the local beach and tidal pool area.

    Prasa and White said no public participation process took place as the land was privately owned.

    Henry Masimla, manager of Prasa’s corporate real estate division, said no environmental impact study or authorisation was requested or granted as Prasa deemed the changes as minor work.

    He said the area where the changes were made was previously neglected and underused and that Prasa was happy with the improvements on the property.

    Aziel Gangerdine, spokesman for the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development planning, confirmed that they are investigating the complaint that construction has taken place within the 100m high water mark from the sea close to the tidal pool.

    Cape Times

    Otter finds way into Kalk Bay restaurant

    January 11, 2013

    An otter appears to have got lost after a night of foraging along the False Bay coast and ducked into a Kalk Bay restaurant to hole up for the day.

    It did not make much effort to keep a low profile.


    First mistake: he walked in through the front door. Second mistake: he strolled across the feet of the cocktail waitress. Third mistake: he hid under a cupboard, but left his long tail sticking out.

    Penny Kleynhans, manager of the restaurant which is separated from the beach only by the railway line, said yesterday they had spotted the creature in the morning before opening up to the public.

    “It came in the front door. I saw it but didn’t know what it was. I got such a fright I jumped up on a chair. Then it disappeared.”

    Later the woman at the service bar was chopping fruit for cocktails and it ran across her feet. “I just heard this highpitched call ‘Penneeee!’ She didn’t know what it was,” Kleynhans said.

    Around lunchtime retired Kalk Bay harbour master Pat Stacey got a call from the restaurant owner.

    “He said he had an otter behind a cupboard. I asked if he was sure and he said: ‘Yes, I can see this huge tail sticking out,’ so I went to look and there it was.”

    Catching hiding otters was not something Stacey had much experience in, but he knew the creatures could be dangerous when cornered and scared.

    “I got them to clear all the patrons to one side of the restaurant.

    “Then the owner’s wife came and said: ‘Put all tables and chairs back. This is bad for business.’ I said it was cornered and dangerous but she didn’t seem to take that in. So I put a broom under the cupboard where it was and it bit a chunk out of it. That showed them it could bite,” Stacey said.

    He then called Gareth Petterson of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for help.

    “It was a fully grown adult and it was scared. We managed to get a net over him while he was under the cupboard – with great difficulty – then it took Pat, me and a waiter, three of us, to pull it out. It is a strong, strong animal.


    “The cupboard it was under was attached to the wall, so we couldn’t move it, but the otter managed to detach it,” Petterson said.

    Once they had it caged, Petterson took it to Glencairn wetlands to release it.

    He believes it is one of the adult pair that live there. Last year the pair had two young.

    Asked why he thought the otter had gone into the restaurant in the first place, Petterson replied: “Cocktails.”

    Cape Times

    Brass Bell cut deal with PRASA to lease land for beach deck

    December 27, 2012

    The city’s Kalk Bay councillor is investigating whether the land used for the Brass Bell restaurant’s new deck on the beach is owned only by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), after residents complained that no public participation process took place.


    A view from the new deck towards the kiddies’ pool in the background

    Residents are furious after Brass Bell owner Tony White built a deck next to the children’s tidal pool and a door along the walkway between Kalk Bay Harbour and the train station.

    Residents feared the public’s access along the walkway and to the bigger tidal pools behind the Brass Bell would be restricted.

    Prasa, which says it owns the land, has acknowledged that no communication took place with residents.

    Local councillor David D’Alton said he was investigating whether a public participation process had taken place and was also waiting for city officials to verify whether all the land belonged to Prasa.

    “My understanding is that the land on the beach is public property, but so far I am getting reports that the land belongs to Prasa and that they did not have to get permission from the city. But I have not yet verified this,” D’Alton said.

    Henry Masimla, manager of Prasa’s corporate real estate division, said: “For years that land near the kiddies’ pool has been unused and it became an eyesore because there is no control over that area, especially this time of the year.

    “The Brass Bell’s lease was renegotiated earlier this year and we agreed to lease the additional piece of land as well because it was derelict.”

    He said Prasa was happy with the improvements White had made as he had agreed to keep the neglected area tidy.

    “In our discussions with Mr White when he submitted the plans, we agreed that the public would have unrestricted access and that he would only lock the door on the walkway at night to protect his assets,” Masimla said.

    He said Prasa had not undertaken a public participation process as the land was privately owned.

    “The changes were minor and would improve that piece of land so we agreed to it on that basis. In terms of communication with ratepayers, that didn’t happen, but purely because we regarded it as minor work,” he said.

    “But we have agreed to start engaging with ratepayers regarding all Prasa issues in the area.”

    Members of the Kalk Bay/St James Ratepayers and Residents’ Association have described the move by White and Prasa as a “takeover” and “privatisation” of the beach and tidal pool area.

    Residents also took offence to the “private property” signs around the tidal pools which say that trespassers will face criminal prosecution.

    Both White and Prasa have given an assurance that the public’s access to pools and walkway will not be restricted.

    “Our stations are used by the public, “Masimla added.

    “We want to serve the community and provide access to them but we also need to keep our facilities upgraded.”

    Cape Times

    27 December 2012