The YouTube video of the PRABOA AGM is available here.
The PRABOA Annual General Meeting will be held on 9 November, 2016 at 1830 at Parkhurst Primary. We welcome all members, residents and users of Parkhurst.
If you would like to join PRABOA and / or SafeParks before then, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports by each of the Committee members are available here. These documents include minutes of the 2015 AGM, financial report for the year ending 29 February 2016, the Chairman’s report and reports from other committee members (including on SafeParks & Parksec security matters).
The Chairman’s intention is that these will not be read out. However, the committee encourages members and others attending to raise any queries or other matters relating to Parkhurst at the agm. To ensure a complete response, please send a note of your query to email@example.com.
At least half the committee has to retire (they serve for two years). An election will be held. Members who stand must signify their willingness, either to the meeting or in writing.
The committee welcomes you and asks that you inform neighbours of this meeting. It is essential that the new committee has the broadest support possible to deal with matters on behalf of all residents and users of Parkhurst.
We rely on the work of volunteers, either on the committee or just helping.
Current vacancies include environmental matters and events organiser, but any help will be valued. The chairman will be happy to discuss this.
PRABOA, together with the Craigpark Residents’ Association and the Parktown North Residents’ Association will be hosting a public meeting on City Power service delivery, infrastructure failures and unplanned electricity cuts for Craighall Park, Craighall, Parktown North and Parkhurst residents. Besides the very obvious inconvenience and frustration that we all feel during a power failure, electricity cuts have serious implications for security too.
Ward Councillor Anthony Still (Ward 90 – Craighall) has arranged for key City officials to attend. We hope very much to see you there.
Dear Councillors and Ratepayers
Compliments of the new season.
It’s that time of the year again where we will be reviewing the property rates policy as required in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act. We are required in terms of the ACT to annually hold public meetings prior to the adoption of the Rates Policy. These meetings will be held around the regions, starting from 25th January 2016.
Attached, kindly find the advert indicating the Regional dates.
Download Regional Dates
Group Finance: Property Unit
This circular gives notice to members that the Annual General Meeting of Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners’ Association (PRABOA) will be held at Parkhurst Primary School on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at Parkhurst Primary School at 18:00 for 18:30 sharp, to deal with the following business:
Notice as referred to above should be given to
Cheryl Labuschagne at firstname.lastname@example.org
For members’ information, it is the intention of the members of the committee, to the extent they remain committee members, to call a meeting in February 2016, to give members a full assessment of the security situation in Parkhurst, and to give members full opportunity to ask questions and to discuss these matters in full.
Some explanation as to the current power issues we're having and what "Load Rotation" is...
You would have over the past few days suffered a few power unplanned power outages, that were not on any loadshedding schedule.
Here is the back story:
Eskom supplies power to City Power via many inbound supplies, one being in Randburg on Hans Schoeman Street. There are three transformers here and one has failed, leaving only two to supply power to the many suburbs the station feeds. During peak periods the demand exceeds what the station is able to supply and then trips. To get the power back on, City Power has to switch back on all the affected areas one by one to ensure that it does not trip again. If it trips again, the whole switch on process starts from the beginning.
Eskom has conducted repairs to their transformer and said that the failed transformer will only be brought back online on 4 August 2015! City Power is doing their best to get Eskom to switch it on sooner.
What does this mean for you?
City Power due to the Eskom transformer fail has today introduced “Load Rotation” for the suburbs (see below) affected to limit the load during peak periods and to hopefully prevent a total trip again. It is unknown how long this will last for (possibly till 4 August). This “Load Rotation” will attempt by suburb rotation to only switch off power during the two peak periods of the day once (instead of twice) to the affected areas of supply.
How can I be kept up to date?
The best way is to follow City Power on Twitter (@CityPowerJHB). Here the latest updates are tweeted, quite regularly and City Power at times responds to individual tweets. The Call Centre is not run by City Power, but rather the City of Johannesburg and they often do not have updated information or it takes an age for your call to be answered.
What is the long term prognosis?
Councillors are all frustrated with City Power and the way they function. Never think that Councillors have all the latest updates at our fingertips! Whilst we often request updates from the local depot as to what is happening, we often do not get them.
What is “Load Limiting”?
We know just as much as you know! City Power nor the City of Johannesburg has briefed Councillors on “Load Limiting”. We will attempt to get more information from City Power so we can better answer our residents. It seems from 1 August 2015, customers with smart meters “must choose between loadlimiting or load shedding”, a Tweet that City Power put out yesterday. Again, without informing Councillors of their plans so we can answer your questions!
Ward 117 Newsletter
Cllr Tim Truluck / email@example.com / 083-619-2419 / Twitter: @jozi117
Ward 117 covers the following suburbs: Pine Park, Pierneef Park, Victory Park, Blairgowrie (portion around Primary School), Delta Park, Parkhurst, Parktown North, Rosebank, Parkwood, Saxonwold, Braamfontein Spruit, Johannesburg Zoo, Zoo Lake, Craighall Park (Deansgate,
Correction to Earlier Email
The new loadshedding block for 8B is 2A and not 1A.
Planned Water Outage on Thurs 23 July fm 7am-2pm
Joburg Water will be working on the pipes in the areas fed by the Killarney reservoir. I would expect there will still be water in the system for a while after they turn off the supply. The higher lying suburbs will lose their water first and the lower lying ones will have water the longest.
Remember that they also can’t turn on the valve after they have finished and, hey presto, you have water. It takes about 2-4 hours to fill the pipes again. And that there may well be problems with pressure and pipe bursts.
Log all outages and bursts on firstname.lastname@example.org
Parktown North (I expect the section along Jan Smuts down to around 2nd Ave will be affected).
Melrose and Ext
Here are the changes in Loadshedding Blocks for the suburbs in our ward:
Parktown North West,
Parktown North East,
Parktown North (Sutherland Ave),
I would take this under advisement. You are going to have to wait until stage 2 loadshedding to see if you are still in 8B. I have a feeling that you will all be 1A.
Same as above. I am sure you should be in 1A.
Load Limitation Starts In Joburg
For those of us with smart meters (see the list of back issues in the right hand column for more on smart meters), we entered a new unannounced world of LOAD LIMITATION.
Today, suddenly, our lights went out for 30 seconds a few times, and then POW – no more power. What happened was that City Power were warning you to cut your electricity usage. So you needed to turn off your heating, oven, pool pump - anything to reduce your power consumption.
If your power does go off, you may need to rest the smart meter by pressing and holding down the Scroll/Reset button near the bottom of the Itron meter. You can also try turning off your mains switch – this will reset the meter as well.
The reason they are doing this is to try and cushion us from loadshedding. If 90 000 households can save 50% of power, then we won’t have to be completely cut off when Eskom requires City Power to reduce electricity useage.
The only problem, is the complete lack of any kind of warning, advice, notice. City Power is dreadful at communicating with its customers and this is another example.
Load Limiting to Kick Off in Joburg
By Anna Cox, www.iol.co.za
Joburg residents who are using “too much” electricity will now have their power disconnected remotely by City Power.Load limiting, as the new system is called, kicks in for the first time this week.
It affects about 92 000 households who have smart meters.
Residents will experience repetitive disconnections for 30 seconds over five minutes until they have reduced their consumption to the required levels. If they fail to do so, they will be disconnected remotely via smart meters.
“So if your electricity is disconnecting for 30 seconds, don’t panic, simply comply by immediately switching off heavy electricity-consumption appliances.
“When every household reduces consumption to required levels during periods of constrained supply, it will spare the affected areas from load shedding as pressure on the grid will be lessened when the entire neighbourhood collectively reduces consumption during peak hours to the required threshold,” said City Power managing director Sicelo Xulu.
By the end of next week, City Power plans to have uploaded an additional 30 000 smart meters with load-limiting capabilities.
“We are using the power of technology to avert the implementation of the early stages of load shedding,” he said.
City Power successfully piloted the system in Aspen Hills, south of Joburg.
The smart meters curtail usage for an average household from 42 amps to 21 amps. This will allow affected households to still run light, power-consuming appliances such as lights, TVs and alarm systems, but energy-intensive appliances such as geysers, stoves and pool pumps cannot be operated.
If they are left on, power to the entire household will be remotely switched off until the energy supply has normalised.
Xulu said load limiting would slash average household consumption by half, thus reducing pressure on the grid and ensuring security of supply.
“In the first two weeks, household usage will be limited to 21 amps between 7pm and 10pm during peak hours when the grid is generally under severe constraint. After this period, load limiting will run concurrently with the loadshedding schedule which will be published on the City Power website,” he said.
Residents are warned that there might be planned outages during the roll-out phase, however the utility said the duration of these disconnections would be kept to a minimum.
“We are pleased to be embarking on this exciting leg in our network roll-out and we are confident the residents of Joburg will reap immense benefits from the deployment of smart technology.
“We plead with the ratepayers to bear with us during this time, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. The roll-out of load limiting is one of the ways in which City Power is helping the city to achieve its vision of being a world-class African city,” said Xulu.
Each user is different and residents will have to test their appliances to see how much they use to stay within the limit for the day.
“At the end of the day, if people use electricity correctly, they will see a big reduction in their bills,” said Xulu.
Residents who want to receive an SMS telling them to reduce consumption should phone the call centre with their meter numbers.
Time-of-use tariffs came into effect at the beginning of the month.
People using power during peak time now pay premium rates for electricity, but little for off-peak hours.
This is voluntary, and residents have to register to go on to this tariff.
City Power is also using the geyser ripple control system, which has been implemented in most houses across the city and is being extended to sectional-title buildings.
Through this system, it can switch geysers off remotely when electricity is constrained.
For load-limiting details or to register for time-of-use tariffs, call 087 022 0540 or visit the website www.citypower.co.za.
Managing Your Subscription to This Newsletter
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At the bottom of each newsletter, there are several options available to you. You can unsubscribe, change your email address, send the newsletter to someone and add a someone to the mailing list.
I also usually include a list of links to the online version of the back issues in the bottom section of the right hand column.
Events and DisruptionsThis Weekend
Ben Howard Concert at Zoo Lake on Sat 25 July
Expect some disruption at Zoo Lake on the above date. The event starts at 1pm and continues until dark around 6pm.
Walk the Talk – Sun 26 July
The Walk the Talk route on the day after the Ben Howard Concert won’t be coming into the Ward. But, it will disrupt any of you trying to get into or through the Greenside, Parkview, Parktown, Emmarentia, Melville area. Be aware of the road closures and make contingency plans.
Parkhurst Village Fair – Sat 25 July
The Parkhurst Village Fair will take place at Verity Park on Sat 25 July.
Following the launch of the suburb’s GoGreen community renewable energy initiative, the 2015 Parkhurst Village Fair will have a distinct ‘green’ flavour with various exhibitors displaying their goods to help make the shift to a greener lifestyle.
The Fair will showcase all things quintessentially Parkhurst – from food, craft beers, bespoke retailers, live entertainment and a variety of kids’ activities. There will also be a bike track exclusively for kids.
Funds raised through the Fair will be applied 100% towards the further improvement of the suburb.
Tickets can be pre-booked at www.parkhurstvillagefair.com or at the gate (R50 for adults and R20 for children aged 2-16). If you book online, you can win a fabulous prize from the 4 Seasons Westcliff Hotel.
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Back Issues of Ward Emails I often get requests for info in past emails, so here is a back catalogue of the old newsletters.
- Loadshedding Changes & Joburg Ombudsman
- Loadshed Mitigation
- Metrobus Crash
- Time of Use Metering | Street Pole Cell Masts
- Smart Meter Problems
- Pikitup Bulky Waste Service
- Zoo Parking Deck
- Why Am I Loadshed All the Time
- Generators | Air Pollution in Joburg
- Electricity Grid Collapse
- Loadshedding Boundaries
- Loadshedding With a Vengeance
- Loadshedding Shambles Pt2
- Loadshedding Shambles Pt1
- Calling in the Cavalry on Billing Problems
- Pre-Termination Notices | Building Regs
- Good News | DIY Logging Guide
- Looming Billing Crisis
- Escalation of City Power Problems
Here are the latest numbers for the SafeParks signup:
Sign-ups are steadily growing...
Discounted rates available should you take PSS + Home Security from CSS.
Take Note: If you sign up for the PSS+Home Security, this will count as TWO signups to the initiative.
A number of residents have been in contact with Egoli Gas enquiring about the location of gas lines in Parkhurst, as well as the possibility of connecting households to the lines.
Unfortunately the gas lines do not cover the entirety of Parkhurst.
Egoli Gas have asked that residents who are interested in getting a gas line to their home, please fill in a survey which will enable them to gaugethe plausibility of extending the lines.
The map below indicates the following: Blue lines are existing gas lines and the green lines are what will be installed, should there be enough interest.
Please note your interest by filling in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZFC6Q6Y
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