Notice of Annual General Meeting

May 10, 2013


Tuesday 14 May 2013

19h45 for 20h00


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.

Main Road rehabilition – Invitation to Open House for Phase 3

May 7, 2013

In March 2008, the City of Cape Town commenced with the rehabilitation of a 4.5km portion of the road from Atlantic Road in Muizenberg to Clovelly Road in Fish Hoek. The work is being undertaken in three phases and entails the rebuilding of the road and replacing all the underground services including the bulk water main, the local water main, gravity sewers, stormwater pipes and culverts.

Phase 1 (“Labia” to Leighton Road) was completed during December 2010. Phase 2 (Leighton Road to Bible Institute) is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed by end May 2013. Phase 3 is anticipated to commence in August 2013 and includes two sections, Main Road from the Bible Institute to Clovelly Road, including the structure supporting the footway above Clovelly station, and the section of Main Road from Labia to York Road.

Kayad Knight Piesold Consulting Engineers have been appointed by the City of Cape Town to undertake the design work and to supervise the appointed contractor for the duration of the contract. The tender documentation for Phase 3 is currently being prepared by the engineers.

In preparation for the commencement of Phase 3 of the construction works, a public Open House is to be held on Thursday, 16th May 2013 between 16h00 – 19h00 at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church (hall), Kalk Bay.


DATE: Thursday, 16 May 2013

VENUE: Holy Trinity Anglican Church (hall), 42 Main Road, Kalk Bay

TIME: 16h00 – 19h00

You may attend at any convenient time between 16h00 and 19h00

The Open House will not involve a formal presentation. Invitees are welcome to visit any time between 16h00 and 19h00. Informative material concerning the project will be on display in poster format. Furthermore, the project team will be in attendance should you have specific queries in relation to the project.

Should you or your organization wish to attend, kindly RSVP by no later than the 14 May 2013 to Kim Diedericks, Community Liaison Officer, Chand Environmental Consultants, PO Box 238, Plumstead, 7801; Fax: 021-762 3240; Tel: 021-762 3050 or Email:

Statement regarding the rehabilitation of Main Road

April 16, 2013

As a consequence of various complaints , the road building team issued the following statement:

The project is an extremely difficult and complex project. It is not the contractor who determines the contract period but the client who is guided by the Consulting Engineers who use industry norms and their knowledge of the design detail to determine a reasonable contract period. The current contract has a specified construction period of 102 weeks, inclusive of non-working days (Sundays) but exclusive of special non-working days. (Annual builders holidays and public holidays). The Contractual commencement date was 17th January 2011 and the original contractual completion date was 16th March 2013 however a total 34 days extension of time has been granted for legitimate delays not caused by the contractor, but by unforeseen circumstances, making the new completion date the 8th May 2013. The extension of time is made up by, amongst other things, 10 days for the delay with the start of section H, 9 days attributed to the uncharted position and removal of two high voltage 66kv electricity cables and 6 days for the increased depth of the water main opposite the Olympia building.

The current contract was restricted to contractors who are registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) as 8CE or higher, indicating that they are independently assessed as capable of undertaking work valued up to R130 million. The current contractor is registered with the CIDB as 9CE indicating that there is no financial limit on the size of the project they may undertake. The Value of the current contract is R59 325 207.00.

Should the contractor not be granted any further extensions of time and should the project not be completed on the 8th May 2013 then the contractor will incur penalties.

With respect to the apparent lack of progress on the site we would like to point out that the laying of the new 700mm diameter ductile iron water main is on the critical path, which means that no other activity may take place until this water main has been laid and tested. The 700mm diameter pipes are 6 metres long and weigh 1078 kg each. These pipes are lifted by a machine and only require a few workers to manipulate them into place and to connect it to the pipes already laid. Workers are also used to wrap the pipe in a PVC blanket. Minimal labour is used in this activity, the nature of which is slow. The pipes have to be laid at a certain depth and in the current section are on a curve. The laying of the pipes on a curve adds to the time consuming nature because to comply with the manufacturer’s specifications, each pipe may not be deflected by more than 2 degrees requiring additional supervision to ensure compliance with this requirement. Furthermore the new pipe has to traverse an assortment of electricity cables, sewer connections and stormwater pipes.

Only once the pipe has been completed is it subjected to the required 18 bar pressure test, to see if any leaks appear. The other activities such as, the construction of sub-surface drain, kerb laying and the compaction of the base layers can only take place once the pipe has passed the pressure test. These latter activities are more labour intensive and will result in more activity on the site.

While the pipe laying activity has been in progress the remaining workers have been busy with the walkway, retaining wall, ramps and relaying of the sewer system adjacent to the public toilets and the Haven Night Shelter which is largely below the roadway. The relaying of this sewage system and the replacement of the sewage pumps will significantly reduce the likelihood of the harbour beach being contaminated with sewage caused by malfunctioning of the antiquated sewage system.

Kalk Bay Historical Assocation Bulletins for sale

April 2, 2013

Contents of Kalk Bay Historical Association Bulletins 1997 – 2011

Bulletin 1: 1996 – 97 (60 pp. incl. 24 illustrations) R 15.00

  • The Sonqua and Khoikhoi of the Cape Peninsula – Andy Smith
  • The Evolution and Development of Kalk Bay Harbour – Bert Stafford & Barrie Gasson
  • The Story of the Railway Line from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town -David Rhind
  • Families of Kalk Bay – Sandy Trull, Vincent Cloete, Cobie Poggenpoel

Bulletin 2: 1997 – 98 (99 pp. incl. 42 illustrations) R 20.00

  • The Palaeontology of the W Cape from 10 million years ago to the present – Graham Avery
  • John D. Gilchrist, the St. James Aquarium, and False Bay Alec Brown
  • The Schools of Kalk Bay and St. James – Mike Walker, Greg Gordon, Roger Goodwin, Bessie O’Shea, Alistair Stephen, Arthur Harrison
  • Early Water Supplies of the Peninsula Municipalities & Kalk Bay – Terence Timoney

Bulletin 3: 1998 – 99 (124 pp. incl. 58 illustrations) R 25.00

  • Nomadic Pastor: The Life and Work of Bishop Robert Gray – William de Villiers
  • Bishop Gray and Kalk Bay – Mike Walker
  • The Significance of the Kalk Bay Caves – Peter Swart
  • The Hotels and Boarding Houses of Kalk Bay and St. James – Mike Walker & Barrie Gasson
  • Shops and Shop-keepers of Kalk Bay and St. James Barrie Gasson, Noel Pratten, John Adams, Mike Rudolphe
  • Book Review – The Traditional Way of Life George Stibbe

Bulletin 4: 1999 – 00 (116 pp. incl. 62 illustrations) R 30.00

  • Kalk Bay under the D.E.I.C. – Dan Sleigh / Mike Walker
  • The Summer Season: Pavilions, Pools, and Personalities – Mike Walker, Maarten v Diggelen, Vincent Cloete, Marais Carse
  • The Story of Whaling in False Bay-  Irene Toerien, Willoughby Cleghorn,Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • The Cape Beach Boats – Henry Aikman
  • Remembering the Group Areas Proclamation of Kalk Bay – Anna Bohlin

Bulletin 5: 2000 – 01 (148 pp. incl. 76 illustrations) R 30.00

  • Muizenberg Pot – Pourri – Barbara Titley
  • The Wynberg – Kalk Bay Connection – Helen Robinson
  • The Story of Boyes Drive – Barrie Gasson
  • Disasters at Kalk Bay – Mike Walker
  • The History of the New Kings and Majestic Hotels – Mike Walker
  • Kalk Bay and Holy Trinity Church 1874 – 2001 – Robin Burnett

Bulletin 6: 2001 – 01 (217 pp. incl. 81 illustrations) R 50.00

  • Lighthouses of False Bay and the South Peninsula – Mike Young
  • The Story of Kalk Bay Point – Barrie Gasson & Antonia Malan
  • Kalk Bay during the War Years 1939 – 1945 – Barrie Gasson
  • Homes and Home-owners of Kalk Bay and St. James – Mike Walker
  • Public Health in 19th Century Cape Town and Kalk Bay – Elizabeth van Heyningen

 Bulletin 7: 2002 – 03 (175 pp. incl. 85 illustrations) R 50.00

  • The Cape of Arthur Elliott – Hans Fransen
  • Elliott’s Photographs of Kalk Bay: Then and Now – Barrie Gasson
  • The Mayors of Kalk Bay – Muizenberg Municipality and their Achievements – Mike Walker
  • A Comparative Social History of the Fishing Communities – Barrie Gasson, Tony Introna
  • of Rogge Bay, Simon’s Bay, Hout Bay and Kalk Bay – Herbie Lewendal, Lance v Sittert, Vincent Cloete
  • The Story of Kalk Bay Police Station – Mike Walker
  • Book Review: A Century of Kommetjie – Denise Joubert

Bulletin 8: 2003 – 04 (268 pp. incl. 199 illustrations) Price R 65.00

  • Msritime Charts of the Cape – Neil Guy
  • The Age of Steam: Steam locos and their successors on the Simon’s Town line – Malcolm Bates
  • Boats, boat-owners and skippers of Kalk Bay Harbour – Tony Trimmel & Ken Evans
  • Sculptors and Painters of Kalk Bay (1):  Wynne Quail – Barrie Gasson
  • Book Review: Fish Hoek Looking Back – Joy Cobern

Bulletin 9: 2004 – 05 (219 pp. incl. 134 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • Maritime Archeology of the Cape Peninsula – Jonathan Scharfman
  • The History of Postal Services at Kalk Bay – Mike Walker
  • The Tiles of Olifantsfontein – Douglas van der Horst
  • The Age of the Automobile: Motoring comes to the Cape Peninsula  -Bob Johnston
  • Painters and Sculptors of Kalk Bay (2): George W. Pilkington  – Simon Cooper
  • Book Review: The Story of Camps Bay and the Story of the Book – Gwynne Shrire

Bulletin 10: 2005 – 06 (211 pp. incl. 134 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The Story of the Fishermen’s Flats – Mike Walker
  • Cemeteries, Tombstones and Ghosts of old Kalk Bay – Barrie Gasson & Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • The Age of Flight: Pilots, Planes and Airfields of the Cape Peninsula – Guy Ellis
  • Film clips: The Blooding of the Nets 1943 – Faans Kloppers
  • Book Review: Admiralty House, Simon’s Town – Boet Dommissee

Bulletin 11: 2006 – 07 (162 pp. incl. 105 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The South Peninsula during the Great War 1914 – 18 – Barrie Gasson
  • The Age of Electricity and Gas: Lighting up the Peninsula & the False Bay Coast -Peter Coates
  • The Geology of Building Stones and Quarries in the South Peninsula-  Doug Cole
  • Film clips: Die Vissers van Kalkbaai, 1960 – Marais Carse

Bulletin 12: 2007 – 08 (124 pp. incl. 106 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The Age of the Horse: Horse transportation in the South Peninsula – Mike Walker
  • The Greek Community of Kalk Bay – Judy Herbert & Alec Bassios
  • The Origins and Forms of selected Cape Peninsula Villages – Hans Fransen
  • Film clips: Kalk Bay – The Golden Years of Fishing, 1930s  – Maarten van Diggelen

Bulletin 13: 2008 – 09 (195 pp. incl. 181 illustrations) Price R 65.00

  • The Year 2008: The 150th anniversary of St James RC Church and yhe 100th anniversary of Star of the Sea Convent School – Mike Walker
  • The Making of Main Road, 1742 – 1930 – Barrie Gasson.
  • The Ladan Family of Kalk Bay and the Life and Work of Eduard Ladan, Artist – Steve Herbert
  • Film clips: Kalk Bay – St James in the 1930s – 60s – Paul West & Derek Stuart-Findlay

Bulletin 14: 2009 – 10: (185 pp. incl. 184 illustrations) Price R 70.00

  • The Early Mines of the Cape Peninsula – Peter Spargo
  • Myths and Mysteries of the Ou Kaapse Weg – Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • Milestones along the Main Road, Cape Town to Simon’s Town – Mike Walker
  • Film clips: African Mirror Newsreels, 1920 – 1939 – Barrie Gasson

Bulletin 15: 2010 – 11: (162 pp. incl. 177 illustrations) Price R 60.00

  • The Findlay Family – Residents of St. James / Kalk Bay for 125 years – Derek Stuart-Findlay
  • Architects & Homes – The Homes & Buildings of St. James and Kalk Bay and their Architects – Mike Walker
  • Excavations in Kalk Bay & Fish Hoek Rock Shelters and the Origins of our Species: A narrative of on-going work – John Parkington, Cedric Poggenpoel
  • Shipwrecks of the Far South – Mike Walker
  • Film clips: African Mirror Newsreels 1939 – 1951 – Barrie Gasson

Please note: Bulls. 1-6 are out of print.

Bulletins may be purchased from Barrie Gasson: 788  1855

Explanation of Main Rd stop-go timing

March 11, 2013

The road building team has received several complaints last week regarding the “longer than usual” delays and would like to explain the operation of the stop-go system which has been set up and the contributing factors which can cause delays.

The maximum time allowed for each queue and the sequence in which the cycle must operate is as follows:

1) Traffic from Muizenberg towards Fish Hoek (Southbound) – 7 minutes

2) Traffic from Clairvaux Road (Boyes Drive) – 5 minutes

3) Traffic from harbour into Main Road.

4) Traffic from Fish Hoek towards Muizenberg (Northbound) – 7minutes

5) Traffic from harbour into Main Road.

Runs 1 to 5 are repeated on an on-going basis. No deviation from this set up is allowed. The maximum cycle times are never exceeded on any one approach to prevent the queue lengths becoming too long on the other two approaches. The aim is to attempt to balance the 3 queue lengths at all times.

The harbour parking availability is being carefully monitored and the VMS signs are activated to read “FULL” whenever necessary.

Should you notice any change to the system as set out above, please report this to Chand. We request that you provide us with a detailed account of what you have experienced i.e. direction, time of day, date etc. so that we can relay constructive complaints/comments to the engineers and project team on site.

There are a number of factors that have a considerable negative effect on the smooth flow of traffic which include inter alia:

  • The good weather we have experienced recently is believed to have encouraged an influx of visitors to the area;
  • The area is also believed to be experiencing an increase in the number of tourists, most likely due to the Argus Cycle Tour as well as general seasonal tourism;
  • Kalk Harbour entrance is extremely difficult to manage due to the railway level crossing. Limited queuing space and the fact that the general public tend to ignore the VMS signboards and the flagmen advising them that the harbour is full all contribute to the tailbacks which have been experienced;
  • Regular vehicle breaking downs and stalling is experienced;
  • Access for emergency service vehicles causes delays as these vehicles must be given priority;
  • Regular incidents of drivers falling asleep whilst waiting for the signals to turn green;
  • General tendency of motorists not keeping up with the vehicles in front of them thereby reducing the traffic volume per cycle.

    The team understands that the prolonged nature of this project is creating a heightened sense of frustration for the residential component of the community, business owners, general road users as well as communities surrounding the Kalk Bay area.

    Please know that the project team is very much aware of the issues and is continually monitoring the traffic system and trying their best to manage the traffic while undertaking the much needed road rehabilitation and infrastructure upgrading.

  • 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.

    Kalk Bay road works

    February 1, 2013

    Main Road, Kalk Bay will revert to a stop-go system on Monday, 4th February 2013 from 09h00.

    Rehabilitation of Main Road – Notice of night work

    January 21, 2013

    Night work to repair the Carisbrook and Star of the Sea pedestrian crossings, will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday 22 January and will be completed on Thursday night, 24 January 2013.

    A stop/go traffic accommodation system will be in place at each of the work areas and will operate between the hours of 18:30 and 06:30 on each of these evenings.

    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