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Statement of the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr. Geoffrey Makhubo, on COVID-19 Lockdown

25 March 2020

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo, today, 25 March 2020, convened an urgent Mayoral Committee meeting as a response to the pronouncements of President Cyril Ramaphosa pertaining to the escalation of the government’s response to COVID-19.

As announced by the President, the nation will be on lockdown for 21 days, beginning at midnight on 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. The President’s announcement of a lockdown means we are charting new waters as country and as a City.

Gauteng, and to a great extent Johannesburg, has become the epicenter of this potentially deadly epidemic. The situation in which we find ourselves is serious and requires that we step up, in response to the marching orders of the President, with urgency.

The City’s approach on COVID-19 is one that seeks to prevent, contain and manage the spread of the virus through efficient and equitable deployment of resources to regions and the most vulnerable areas, particularly areas of high volumes in human traffic and informal and densely populated settlements.

To this end, building on interventions announced on 18 March 2020, the City has taken further measures to ensure compliance with the declared state of national disaster and lockdown.

The City’s various entities and departments have set systems in place to ensure that essential services continue as per the President’s marching orders, and that we have continuity of services as we escalate the City’s fight against COVID-19.

Waste Removal

Waste removal has been classified as an essential service. Without hesitation, Pikitup will continue with operations and efforts are being made to ramp up frequency of collection during the lockdown period.

Water and Electricity

City Power and Johannesburg Water will continue operations whilst ensuring that they protect and minimize the impact of the COVID -19 pandemic to our workforce and residents of Johannesburg by implementing the following:

• All scheduled maintenance and planned interruptions in services are suspended. This is to release all available operations teams to effective management of unplanned and emergency interruptions over the lockdown period.

• As previously announced, four hundred (400) water tanks will be strategically located at various locations with vulnerable communities in the City to ease the burden of access to water and water tankers will be dispatched to unserved communities and informal settlements.

• We have also directed that the frequency for desludging chemical toilets located within informal settlements be increased from the current rate of twice a week to three times a week.

• Residents who are on the Expanded Social Package (ESP) will continue to get water until the lockdown is over and they are able to renew the service at the nearest customer centre.


Metro Bus and Rea-Vaya bus services are to further scale down operations while ensuring the availability of buses especially for those essential services staff needing to get to work.

As from Friday, 27 March 2020, Metrobus will be running 7 buses a day with 7 drivers weekly to rotate and 3 drivers will be on standby daily.

The intention will be to connect the following areas:

• Soweto to Sunninghill via Sandton, from 5am leaving Soweto in Protea returning at 16:30pm.

• Westrand, to Johannesburg CBD from 6am and 7am, returning at 12 noon and 17:30pm.

• Gandhi Square to Sandton, at 06:30 and 07:30, returning at 16:00 and 17:00.

• Rossetenville to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, from 06:00 and 07:00, returning at 12:00 noon and 17:00.

All buses will be sanitized once every 24-hours and washed twice a day. Sanitizers will be provided for commuters on buses as well as at ticket offices and depots.

Public Safety

All the City’s Licensing Centres will be closed down effective today, until further notice.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), working together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been directed to monitor and enforce strict adherence to the guidelines outlined by the President during the 21 days lockdown.

Our Disaster Management Centre remains in place and will be monitoring the implementation of our counter measures and response to cases reported and suspected cases.

Credit Control Measures

All water and electricity cuts across the City, as part of our credit control measures, are immediately suspended. All customers whose services have been disconnected (as of this announcement) in accordance with the credit management by-laws must still make the necessary arrangements, to ensure that water and electricity is restored, as these are necessary services in the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“The above measures we are announcing are aimed at maintain the safety and resilience of the City. Again we emphasize, the call by the President for all persons, to as much as is possible, stay home and self-isolate. We also echo Minister Mkhize’s sentiments that it is not the medical teams alone that will contain and defeat the coronavirus but it is how we as residents and citizens behave in line with the guidance being provided.” concluded Mayor Makhubo. 

The Department of Health and Social Development in the City will soon issue further information on operations at Clinics as per provincial directives and mitigation measures to support the homeless and elderly during this time.

24th March 2020

Hi all

SA faces a crisis like never before and it will be up to every one of us to bring the pandemic under control. We need to support the efforts of government and support each other.

At present the rule is – stay at home. Running, walking etc is banned.

Shops, pharmacies and garages amongst others will remain open. I am sure all of you have been following the news and the many of messages being posted.

Together we will have the answers on how to proceed come Friday. Let us not panic even though it is a very trying time.

We will do our best to keep up to date on our groups and if you receive news or have advice for the area, please post. But let’s try keep some of the noise down on the groups.

None of us have ever experienced the circumstances we are presently in but they will pass. We need to remain positive and resolute.

If you need anything, you may not be able to get to the shops, ask for help. If you want to just share a thought, feel over whelmed or just need an ear, the entire CKN family is there. Reach out.

Stay safe

4th March 2020

Hi all

Just a quick catch up as I haven’t mailed you in a while.

The first few months of the year have been relatively quiet but we did see an armed robbery and a hijacking.

Hijackings have become very common lately and occur as always, largely when you come home. In many instances, we have seen the victim taken with the car so one’s bank account can be accessed. The victim is found later dropped off and the car in some cases, found. Please always take care when returning home.

Crime remains a really big problem, and comes in so many forms that one has to be alert at all times and sadly has become very violent.

Many would have seen of late as to how residents of areas and even municipalities have had to start doing cleaning of areas for themselves. Service delivery in many areas in non-existent or sorely lacking. CKN, thanks to Joy and her team are making a huge difference in CKN and we can proudly say we do live in a well-maintained area.

The council cutting programme does not allow for regular clean ups etc. We have some illegal advertising in and around CKN and these are with JMPD and they will be fining and removing the eyesores.

Please sign the petition that has been drawn up around speeding and the dangerous intersection at Golf Club Terrace and Constantia Drive. Please see Cynthia between 17h30 and 18h30 on Thurday, 5 March in the Acanthus Street park.

To those that wanted vehicle stickers and their gates checked, the stickers are coming and Dowry will be in touch when I finalise the list.

Other than the above, I don’t have much.

In closing, I want to thank Johan who is our parting treasuerer, he is leaving the area, for all his help and support over the past years. Welcome to Lloyd from Bloubos who has agreed to take over as treasurer.

Then, we are also losing our vice-chairman. Keith and Barbara are moving to something smaller. Thanks Keith for the time and effort you put into CKN over many years.

Stay safe

13th February 2020

Hi all

Jenny, Surine and I sat the other night to go through our database to check where we are with membership, who is paying and just updating the CKN members.

Bit of a long process but for now we know where we are going into the new year.

Money always remains a sensitive issue but CKN cannot afford to function without the contributions of all its members.
In the same breath I wish to thank the many that have so faithfully supported the area and have shared our vision of a safe and clean neighbourhood.

I do not see any need for an increase in CKN subs this year but I am asking that everyone please pay regularly and where you are paying less than what is asked, you please consider increasing your contribution, even if by a few Rand.
We ask R350 per month but are open to assisting where finances may be an issue. We do have pensioners and retrenched residents and so we do understand.

Fund raising last year was by way of two markets where stalls paid to CKN to be present. These monies will go towards a lawn mower for the team that cleans CKN weekly.

Every CKN member will receive a monthly invoice just as a reminder of their contribution. We are also contacting some where we have not seen payments in a while.

A discounted rate is available from Dowry to those connecting their alarm to Dowry.

Again, thank you for your ongoing support.

Stay safe

28th January 2020

Hi all

Just a quick run down on the incident of Saturday afternoon.

Just before 16h00 on Saturday a white SUV stopped outside the house on Constantia Drive and a suspect got out and proceeded to look over the wall. ( I have footage of the incident from the complex across the road). A second suspect got out and between the two of them broke the rail on the gate and opened it. This took approximately 2 minutes. The two suspects entered and proceeded to the security gate which they also broke open. They entered the house and proceeded to take a lap top, cell phone, TV and other items.

A few minutes before they arrived the husband had left to the shops. His wife and children were at home and in the garden. One of the children went to the mom to tell her there were people in the house taking things. She was surprised at this but went to check.

Whilst the SUV was parked outside one of our patrol cars came from Jim Fouche and saw the suspects putting things in the SUV. He stopped a few houses back. Suspects must have seen him and hurried things along. He fired a shot at the vehicle and you can see the SUV very quickly leaving.

When the wife entered the house, she pressed her panic button. At this time the patrol car was already engaging with the suspects. The SUV leaves and the patrol officer joins the wife and children at the gate as she had come out and advised the officer they had taken items in the house.

No one was hurt in the incident which lasted 4 minutes from when they entered the gate till the SUV leaves. 6 minutes in total for the incident.

Shortly after I arrived I tried to ping the stolen phone but it was already off.
Why was this targeted on a Saturday afternoon? We cannot say.
Please again ensure your gate cannot be forced open from the outside and you have all your phone details, tracking company details, bank details etc stored somewhere.


Our crime incidents this year so far have been on the weekend and a plan is already in place for the coming weekend.

Stay safe

8 January 2019

Hi all

Happy new year to all and I trust it will be a crime free one and that all your hopes and dreams will be realised.
As we start to get back into the daily routine, I would just like to mention a few things around some CKN housekeeping.

Two matters have been highlighted to me over the last few weeks.

Noise, please be respectful of those around you when it comes to load music, grass cutting (on a Sunday) and the same with angle grinding etc at night or on a weekend.
Of course, many were up in arms with regards fireworks. So many animals are still looking for their homes.

Then secondly, the maintenance of the area. Most garden services went on leave, council the same and then we have had a fair amount of rain.

Refuse collection was a real nightmare. We also have dumping in the area.
So to help get on top of the area maintenance:
·Please cut your pavement and sweep your gutter.

On 18 Jan we will have a CKN clean up to help our CKN team get on top of things. I am asking for as many people to assist with picking up litter and cleaning our entrances of gra
ss etc. Just two hours.
More details beforehand. Please help us as the more hands the more we can do.
Many want a well-maintained area and the only way is to get our hands dirty. The council cutting programme is not comprehensive enough.

The past few weeks not having the CKN guys work has shown just how valuable they are.

I mentioned in my last email we need to get a heavy-duty lawn mower. Thank you for the donations to date. Many asked how much we are asking. Can I ask for R100 per household/complex
or whatever is affordable?

Finally, please send me a list of anything that needs to be tackled in the area. We will compile a consolidated list and with volunteer helpers start working on the items.

In February I would like to tackle and mark our fire hydrants. I really hope for help on this as well. I am sure you can see the value in this.

Thank you for your concern for the area. We all want a clean and neat neighbourhood.

All the best.

Stay Safe

8th January 2020

Hi all

CKN was initially formed as a crime fighting community where the neighbourhood could be the eyes and ears of the community to try and keep the crime levels under control. John has led this initiative and he puts in a great deal of time and effort apart from holding down a full time job.

We have been using WhatsApp Groups in CKN for several years in order to keep the Community in touch with events that affect us all.  These groups have grown and we now have 8 CKN groups and an Animal care and Enviro Group.

Since this has become a simple way of reporting neighbourhood issues many residents have passed this responsibility on to "somebody else" .  As a result John, Cynthia and Amelia are inundated with complaints about things like power cuts, water outages, fallen trees, street lights not working, potholes, speeding, parks that need attention and a number of other issues.

I would like to urge all residents to take responsibility for reporting all these issues themselves, and then posting reference numbers on the Ward 89 group so that matters can be escalated when necessary. 

Please download and print the attached form giving the relevant departments and contact details to report to.


As a community we are amazing - supportive, helpful and kind.  We look after our animals and keep our community tidy.
Let us start the new year by being positive and responsible.  And may 2020 be a wonderful year for us all.


27th December 2019

Hi all

Feedback on the incident in the early hours of 20 December in which a motor bike was taken in LIchus Street.
The feedback is from the resident who I saw later that day.

Some time before 02h00 his dog that sleeps in the house woke him. He thought it strange hat the dog was looking out the window which he does not do.
He got up and went to check outside.

Prior to this a white bus (appears to be a 22 seater) drove into the street turned and awaited outside 835/837 Lichus. (pan handles and hence the various house numbers mentioned). Whilst driving in, three suspects ran to 833 Lichus.

The pedestrian gate was broken and the motor overridden and the gate opened. They proceeded to steal a motorbike. It was one of three standing next to the house.

On seeing the owner, the suspects fled in the bus. He feels they were coming back for a second bike.

Simultaneously, 829 Lichus came home and reported the vehicle as suspicious. The bus left seconds after this.

When one of our cars arrived, they found the owner of 833 Lichus in the street and stopped to ask him for information. He advised what had happened and they checked the property with him.

The owner has his suspicions of who may be involved but has no proof. Motor bike theft is rife. Please see ensure that if you have a motor bike, it is not seen from the road.

Stay safe

20th December 2019

Thank you to each of you who took the time to complete the Recycler Interation survey that was emailed to the CKN database in the beginning of December. It is so important to hear from you.

Out of approximately 480 emails that went out I received a total of 57 surveys.

I have started going through each response in detail and find this to be a most valuable experience. High level findings: Of the 57 respondents 46 are for, 7 are against, and 5 are ambivalent (undecided or neutral) about the initiative. I am going through your constructive suggestions, queries, and truly good points raised. Thank you for these!

I am taking a pause over the holidays, spending some time reflecting on your feedback. Please be aware that a lot of the Recyclers have gone home for the holidays although a few locals are still working and will be hre on Christmas eve and Christmas day going through the trash/bags put out. We can expect all the regular collectors to be back and resume their efforts in January.

2020 will see the Recycler initiative evolve further. The key areas of focus is already identified; Recyclers are getting more organised through a relevant system that makes sense, more communication and education for the community as well as Recyclers. For certain we have kinks to iron out and improvements to make, all of which can be achieved through a cohesive community effort. I remain here and committed to assisting with change in our community.

I am putting together a small team to assist with tweaking and enhancing the strengths of our initiative. If you are passionate about this programme and making it better for all concerned please contact me. This woman is no Island. Thank you for the support, criticism and hands on help received thus far. A very special thank you to our angels Patricia and Joy who supply the Recyclers with sandwiches week after week. It would be great to get some more angels involved in this.

I will be taking a drive around next Wednesday on Christmas morning to greet and give thanks to whichever Recyclers are around. Anyone who is feeling the true spirit of Christmas and is willing to contribute anything savoury or sweet, cool drinks, etc. for the few guys please let me know.

Wishing you all the best. May peace, love and light fill your homes and hearts now and always.


11th November 2019

Domestic Watch meeting on 28 November at 11h00 to 12h00 at the guest house in Calendula Street.
Please share with your domestic and gardener and I urge you to please allow them to attend.
Only for an hour.
The police have been invited to address them.

The clean up along Hendrik Potgieter this Saturday was a success. Majority of CKN Recyclers arrived to clean up the extensive rubbish dumped along the busy roadside.

Our partners in integration African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) joined in and brought their truck so we could dispose of the the 20 plus bin bags at the local dump. None of the rubbish collected was fit for recycling and certainly not left by our group.

Luyanda had a talk with the Recyclers explaining the importance of integration and getting organised. This was well received by the men. We will be registering our Recyclers with ARO and two of the men and I will be attending a registration day in the near future.

ID badges were handed out and the rest will be handed out on bin days. Thank you to the one resident, his brave young son and dog who participated in this community clean up.

Thank you to those who supported in other important ways with food, sweets and refreshments, all very appreciated. Thank you to Dowry security for their supportive presence. You can find pics of the day on the CKN website and Facebook page. Here is a link to an article written about our initiative.

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci

5th November 2019

Hi all

Just a quick catch up and it seems mostly some housekeeping matters.

Things in the area remain relatively quiet and if we can see the year out as things stand, we will have had a good year with regards the crime fight. Hijackings, burglaries and car theft remain rife around us.

Two families in the area recently had other family members experience a hijacking, one where the children were taken with the car and the other, children and baby held at gun point in their complex.
Crime is real. Take care at all times.

At the recent committee meeting the question of the newly erected cameras was raised. These are the camera poles and some have cameras on. CKN has had a proposal and cost estimate from Vumacam for three poles. However, until such time as these poles are legal and the dispute between the city and Vumacam is resolved, we will not be participating in the venture.

A date will be finalised for a domestic watch meeting in the last week of November. It will be for an hour and I am urging you to please make time for your domestic and gardener to attend. We entrust them with so much, lets make sure they know what to do in an emergency.

Is there anyone who will take over the maintenance of the CKN website. Jenny does so much for the area and is asking that someone please free her up from the website.

We still plan to mark the fire hydrants in CKN. I really hope for some help when we do set a date. The last request saw no volunteers.

Saturday, 9 November, sees a clean up along Hendrik Potgieter which is being organised by Lorin and her group of recyclers. Please come along and support her. She has done an amazing job of co-ordinating the Wednesday recyclers and deserves support. The recent talk was an eye opener on how the recyclers operate in the city and so please follow Lorin and her new group and Face Book page.

There will be a CKN market day at the end of the month. Many asked for another one and Liesl has once again been busy.

Finally, over the past years we have always given our dedicated officers a Christmas bonus. This year we will do the same. We will not be asking for any additional money towards the bonuses but I am asking that you please ensure your CKN contribution is up to date. Should you wish to contribute something extra, please feel free to do so.

Anyone up for providing Christmas lunch for the officers working on Christmas day?

Welcome to 5 Bamboes, 15 Bamboes, 55 Kroton Street, 6 Lukwart Street, 1015 Bloubos, 22 Boomgom, 23 Stamperboom and Dio Velento Complex who have all joined the CKN family in the last week or so.

I think that is all for now.
Stay safe

CKN Recyclers

Please see

Community clean up this Saturday 9th November from 9AM – 11AM. All Residents and Recyclers are invited and encouraged to participate. This is the opportunity to get to know your Recycler and find out what valuable recyclable materials they collect. Luyanda from ARO will be joining in the clean-up. I will be handing out the ID badges now that all 29 Recyclers have been documented. Anyone want to sponsor some refreshments and snacks on Saturday?
Visit CKN website and Facebook page for details on the clean-up and to see our Recyclers.

On 24th October we had a talk with ARO at Kleine Constantia. Feedback received from some who attended was that it was informative and gave them a whole new perspective and respect for these people. Luyanda shared a wealth of information about recyclers/reclaimers, their long history and current stance today, as well as interesting facts, statistics and experiences.

I highly recommend all South Africans take the opportunity to attend one of these talks. ARO is currently very busy piloting projects around Johannesburg and are assisting us with our initiative already underway.

Please continue to separate your recyclable materials from general bin waste. You can put all your various recycle materials in a separate bag for the Recyclers so they no longer have to dig through unhygienic waste to get to items of value. Please rinse dirty food and beverage containers before. In terms of bags you can simply use a bin bag (standard black bin bag or another colour bin bag) and place it next to your dustbin. Alternatively, you can start using a reusable bag (such as the large white garden bags on sale at Builders Warehouse for R10) that you or domestic helper hands to your recycler. He will give it back to you (wait for the bag and communicate what you want the first few times). Currently our Recyclers are collecting on Wednesday bin day mornings from early.

As a first step get familiar with your street Recyclers. A cool drink of water or refreshment and snack will be well received. It is gruelling labour and especially tough on hot summer days.

Kind of materials that Recyclers typically look for and collect; paper (newspapers, magazines, books, office paper, envelopes), cardboard, cans (beverages, food tins, aerosol, aluminium, steel), juice and milk plastic cartons, various plastics, polystyrene (plastic trays/tubs but not dirty clamshell food packaging) They do not take glass so please dispose of glass responsibly at one of the many depots in the area – one of the closest is behind Hillfox.

If you want to meet your Recycler but are not feeling confident to reach out I will be more than happy to assist with meet and greet. Please contact me directly (0825234095). Dowry security patrollers will also assist with introducing you to your Recycler as they work with them.

Currently we have one volunteer making sandwiches for the Recyclers on Wednesdays. Can we have more please? Bottled water, snacks, anything is always so very appreciated. This morning I took my usual drive around, greeting Recyclers and handing out Sandwiches and apples kindly donated and I promise you they really appreciate any small act of kindness.

We have various Whatsapp groups in CKN so let’s use them. I and others would really like your feedback and want to know how it’s going with you and your Recycler, what you have experienced, what you have learned, etc. Please use the Community and CKN Enviro Care Whatsapp groups for this. Feel free to contact me directly.

Visit CKN website CKN Enviro Care page and CKN Facebook page for info on Recyclers and the ARO pilot projects in other areas. Follow ARO on Facebook

Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

25th October 2019

Hi all

A couple of things going on this weekend.

Annual Trick or Treat is happening tomorrow evening from 18:30 20:00. Families will be going around and calling on the participating houses who have responded.

These are; 17, 23, 28, 37, 46 Boomgom, 34 Worsboom, 834 Acanthus, 3 Stamperboom, 1023 Firethorn.

Trick or Treaters please make an effort to pass by all these homes as we eagerly await to treat you. During this period Dowry will be patrolling close by as they usually do on this night.
Be safe and be FUN!

starts this weekend for 5 days. To all our Hindu neighbours we wish you a blessed festival of lights. During this period, we may expect firewors from surrounding areas as our Hindu residents do not participate in celebrating with the use of fireworks.

We cannot control what others do and so we must prepare instead. Companion animals and wild creatures are often terrified by the intensified sounds and vibrations given off by the fireworks. It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct. Please be mindful of this.

If you know your animals stress please take the necessary safety precautions to settle them ahead of time. Best is to stay home with them and provide support in a peaceful and calm environment. If you are going to be out please arrange for a pet sitter. There are loads of tips available on what to do to help calm your animals. I think most of us know about them. If not please look into it.

The CKN Community Animals WhatsApp group members will be more than happy to guide and support you. If you would like to join this group please do so by using this link
Consult your vet for natural calming products (such as Calmeze) if needed.

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci

17th October 2019

Dear Residents,

Yesterday meet up I spent some time finding out where some of the Recyclers come from and where they live - a mix of Gauteng, Lesotho origin. Of the several gents I managed to have this chat with none of them live nearby. Some travel from Florida, Fairlands to work and they rotate in surrounding areas at the different waste days. Joshua stays in Braam Fischer and even volunteered his physical address. As to how and why they come to us to work in the past years I am finding out. As with this programme, it is a process, and all is transpiring as it should. 

The growing knowledge and understanding I am gaining in this venture is fascinating. Some of the gents have been working in this area and surrounds for years. I know that two of them have kids they are putting through school on the little they make for reselling materials to industry. 

Registration efforts and reflectors continue. We now have 27 registered Recyclers, all of who are recognised by each other and Dowry. They do not want others to come in here as much us, if not more than us. You will see a lot more with their jackets on next week and again the following week. Photo badges will be issued in due course. All is progressing quite well. As with any change we must anticipate teething issues along the way. If you have an issue with any Recycler or concern please contact me, and I will need names too.

BIG thank you to Patricia and Marietjie for stopping in to supply much appreciated food and refreshments to these hard-working men. This is a great way to be involved and support. I really appreciate it too as my plate is rather full and I welcome help and kindness with this community initiative. Bring it on people!

Don’t forget to diarise the talk with ARO next Thursday evening 19:00 – 20:00 at Kleine Constantia, and to let me know if you are coming.

Sharing some food for thought and info on recycle materials collected – why some items are taken and others left. More about this and what role we need to play at the talk.

 As provided by a fellow resident (as posted on the Facebook page I’mStaying) …

So many people gripe about the Waste Reclaimers that roam our suburbs.  Reclaimers are often harassed, stigmatised, treated like human waste and dispossessed of their livelihoods by JMPD and SAPS etc.

However, it is the reclaimers who unofficially started the recycling economy in South Africa by separating valuable materials from waste. We all have a place here. If like me, you are saying "I'mStaying!" then let's be mindful of how we can play our role in recycling and assist these guys for the greater good of our suburbs. These guys work exceptionally hard and often we tend to get frustrated with them.

Respect the fact that digging through waste is a disgusting job for anybody – imagine yourself having to do this job!

Today I ask you to reconsider your stance on these overlooked members of our society - be informed and assist where you can. I would like to share some insights :

Who are the waste reclaimers?
Independent people who are currently without jobs who are making an honest living so that they can feed, clothe and school their families.  They often travel many kilometres a day collecting waste expending enormous energy in the process – often their carts weigh 200kg or more!   It takes 23 x 2 litre PET bottles to make up 1 kg which can be sold for around R3/kg.  Do not delude yourselves that these people have an easy time earning money!

African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) is an organisation which is collaborating with Government and reclaimers in order to get the already functioning informal waste reclaiming sector regonised by govenment.  Waste reclaimers currently get no financial support from government.

What value do they add?
Informal waste reclaimers extract discarded recyclable items that would normally land up in landfills and the environment and sell these to buy back centres for recycling. Waste reclaimers are doing a valuable job which requires intellect, commitment and a great deal of hard work.  Their work is saving our municipalities millions of rands in waste management and disposal every year.  Due to their efforts in the recycling industry South Africa is now on par in the recycling arena with European countries.

What DO they collect?
The reclaimers only collect what has economic value at the buy back centre:
PET bottles (eg coke bottles), plastic milk containers, creepy crawly pipes, plastic plant pots, large yoghurt containers, aluminium colddrink tins, paper.

What do they NOT collect?
The reclaimers do not take anything that the buy back centres will not pay for including:
• Bottle tops (these are recyclable but the buy back centres will not pay any money for them)
• Translucent fruit containers (eg. strawberry packaging – these are recyclable PET but the buy back centres will not pay out for them)
• Polystyrene
* Green and brown PET bottles (eg appletiser and ginger beer bottles)
*  Chocolate, sweet and chip packets

How can residents assist them?
• Separate waste at source and place only what has value to the reclaimers in boxes or clear packets on the pavements on collection day.  The easier we make it for these reclaimers the less time they will have to spend in our suburbs!  Respect the fact that digging through waste is a disgusting job for anybody – imagine yourself having to do this job! 
• Rinse out ALL dirty containers so that they are clean for collection.
• Remove bottle tops as these are not taken and are often discarded around suburbs.
• Get to know the person who frequents your street – build a relationship with that person and find out what they will and won’t take.
• Show kindness to your local reclaimers – offer bottles of water on hot days  or a cup of tea on freezing winter mornings.  A little kindness goes a long way.
• Be mindful of the reclaimers who risk their lives on our roads and give them a wide berth while driving.
• Encourage reclaimers to join ARO and become ‘registered’ reclaimers in your suburb.
• Supply reflective vests and reflectors to your resident reclaimers.
• Work with ARO as a community so that residents learn how best to work with the reclaimers for the benefit of all.

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

15 October 2019

Dear Residents

As you are aware we are in the process of implementing a programme to improve and include recycle efforts and security in CKN by working with the Recyclers.

Thank you for the feedback received thus far, overall there is a lot of support for this initiative. Concerns and criticism are equally importance, so thank you for those too.

Last week (7-11 October) was a very busy one. Lots of progress in a short space of time and exciting outcomes!

• On Wednesday morning some of the Recyclers received their reflector jackets printed with the CKN logo, registration and distribution continues this week. Photo ID name badges will be issued to the Recyclers as well. They know that they must be wearing their vests with ID badge, both required. This will be done over the next couple of weeks and I will confirm when all Recyclers have been issued with their jackets and ID badges. We will also be continuing with weekly meet ups with the Recyclers at Kroton park for some time. Over and above registration and identification efforts I will use this time to check in with them, find out what is working, what can be improved, and find out more about them.

• On Wednesday evening I attended the talk by Dr Melanie Samson and comrades from African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO). This was very informative and provided a lot more insight into who Recyclers are (also referred to as Reclaimers and Waste-Pickers), their history, what they do and the role they play in society. ARO work closely with recyclers and communities and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this regard. Their model of integration is very much in line with what we are implementing here in CKN. They are currently very busy piloting integration systems in Johannesburg. The good news is we are already well under way. After further discussions with Luyanda (ARO Waste Ambassador) about what we are doing, where we want to be, what we need assistance with, etc. he has committed to helping us with this journey. This opportunity is a big advantage to us!

Which brings me to our next steps...
Together with the ongoing practices and relationship building with our Recyclers and community at large, ARO will be coming to talk to us about recyclers and the integration system. They will also be doing a community clean up with us.

The talk will be held at Kleine Constantia next Thursday 24th October from 19:00 – 20:00. All residents - CKN members or not, are encouraged to attend. Please let me know by Wednesday if you will be attending - see my contact details further below.

This is your chance to be informed, to network and ask the questions on your mind. Furthermore, this is your chance to be an active participant in change for the better. Remember this is a community effort and only works when we are all doing and playing our part, no matter how seemingly small.

Find out more about African Reclaimers Organisation by visiting their Facebook page – Link available on CKN website and shared to the CKN Facebook page. Attached is the about info as taken from their page.

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

4th October 2019

Recyclers (aka bin pickers) are people who carry out vital waste service in this country in nasty conditions. Please watch this short video by Dr Melanie Samson to get a glimpse of the importance and how things are moving forward through key collaboration efforts
I will be attending a talk on community integration by Dr Samson at Randpark Primary next Wednesday at 7 PM. If anyone is interested in joining, please drop me a mail or Whatsapp.

The CKN committee and like-minded residents are embarking on a programme to improve and include recycle efforts and security in CKN by working with the Recyclers and encouraging all residents to participate. The fact is we can chase these people away but they will come back. They are fully within their legal rights to be digging through the bins on municipal streets. We believe that working together is the best solution and way forward to support security, environmental care, and basic humanity.

On Wednesday we had a very positive first meeting with the Recyclers in our community. We took down a register of our first group of 14 Recyclers. Our Dowry partners (Marcel and Leon) took photos of the Recyclers and will be working with them to keep things tidy and safe in CKN. They also provide a valuable source of crime spotting and reporting to our brave security men and women.

It will take some time to further assess and work towards a recycle drop off facility here in CKN. A survey will follow on method in the coming week – we will keep you updated. In the interim residents can participate by doing the following…

Gather recyclable waste and put out on bin day. Place bag of collected recyclable material in a bin bag or reusable bag next to bin. Tip - Large white garden bags are available at Builders Warehouse for R10 if you opt for a reusable. Recyclers have been instructed to leave the reusable bags under the bins or in post boxes, much like the Ronnie bag system. Please keep in mind that no one can control bags going missing, others passing by or Pikitup themselves could take bags left outside so you may prefer to use a bin bag.

The Recyclers collect various materials, from different grades of plastic to tin, glass, paper, etc. Tidiness is important as we have relayed to the guys. This goes both ways. We should give them tidy waste to work with. Please rinse out food containers, milk cartons, tins, etc. before adding them to your recycle bag.

Next week we will be handing out official uniforms and source of identification. Bright yellow hooded jackets that will be printed with their job title "Recycler" - a BIG thank you to Rene from Barnswallows for donating these.

Important note: Authentic Recyclers will NOT be escorted from CKN unless posing security threat. Dowry will handle this as they would with any threat in our area. Dowry will facilitate checks while they are on street patrol. Any suspicious behaviours can be reported following usual methods.

The Recyclers Programme will enable all of us to identify authentic Recyclers, get to know their faces and perhaps even their stories. From a security vantage, Dowry will be able to better identify and work with authentic Recyclers and escort suspicious persons posing as Recyclers out of our area.

Like it or not the Recyclers are part of this community and are valued by a growing number of South Africans who see the positive difference they make to the environment. We live in a unique country which presents unique opportunities to better tackle the mess we humans make. Now all we have to do is open our minds just a little to the opportunity and efforts already in motion, work together and learn from each other.

Please join our CKN Enviro Care group by following this link or by emailing or texting me.

Thank you for doing your part and living the difference,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻ 082 523 4095

30th September

Hi all

Indigenous to South Africa, Spekboom has incredible carbon-storing capabilities which makes it a critical natural source to combating the climate change crisis.

I am taking orders for Spekboom plants from Owl Rescue up until this Friday 4 October. Bulk orders of 400 or more qualify for delivery to areas in Johannesburg from Owl Rescue at Haartbeespoort. There are near
ly 200 orders from the the CKN Enviro Care group members alone, at this rate a bulk order of 400 and even more for CKN is highly likely. The cost will be R20 per plant. R10 for the plant cost goes to Owl rescue, and R10 will go to the CKN community recycle project.

There will be a drop off point in CKN for recyclable materials where the recyclers (aka bin diggers) will collect these on a weekly basis.

We ar in discussion with the recyclers and our partner in security, Dowry. Funds raised by Spekboom orders will go towards costs for recycle receptacles and printed t-shirts for the recyclers. More info to be shared on this community recycle initiative and various enviro care projects as they progress.

If you would like to join the CKN Enviro Care WhatsApp group, you can find the group link to join in the Community WhatsApp group or send me a WhatsApp 082 523 4095 and I will send the link. All ages welcome, we encourage youth involvement.

How to place your Spekboom order

Send an email to
with your name, address, contact number, order quantity, and attached proof of payment (R20 per plant).
EFT payment to:
FNB Bank
Branch: Clearwater 251141
Account name: L Leuci

Account number: 62028313526
Reference: Name+Spekboom

All orders must be placed by Friday 4 October, so I can place the bulk order and make payment to Owl Rescue on Monday 7 October. Please keep the order due date in mind to avoid disappointment.

Note: D elivery will be arranged with Owl Rescue and communicated only once the bulk order has been placed and paid for. Date and time to be advised, collection from Kroton Park

Links to learn more about Spekboom for your info

Visit Owl Rescue Facebook page for more info on their Spekboom project

Idea! Order an extra Spekboom for Kroton park and plant them together with others doing the same thing.

Your involvement in the Spekboom project supports Owl rescue, recycling in CKN and climate change crisis.

Thank you.

Kind Regards
Lorin Leuci

18 September 2019

Hi all in CKN

Herewith another printed newsletter. Please read it and please treat it with the importance your safety deserves.

I am going to address the recent crime stats and then also CKN and its initiatives.

Every September the police release the national crime stats for the country. They are dated by the time of release, but they do give is an idea how the police faired in the previous financial year. Once again Honeydew did not perform well.

I always look at the major crimes and of course some we experience in CKN.

Amongst others, here are some stats from Honeydew.
Murder – up 24% -61 cases
Common robbery – up 12% - 333 cases
Car-jacking – down 30% - 128 cases
Robbery at homes – down 8% - 329 cases, that is 329 homes invaded.
Burglary at homes – no change – 1 264 cases. On average just over three homes burgled per day.
Cars stolen – up 7% - 666 cars taken.
Theft out of cars – down 15% - 1 065 cases.

Sobering reading. In the 21 years I been involved crime just remains at stubbornly high levels.
Of the 18 913 cases opened in Honeydew, CKN contributed 19 cases.

I would agree with your thoughts that 19 are too many, especially if you were one of those affected. Crime is not coming down and will in no way come down significantly anytime soon.

Which leads me to CKN. CKN was established to fight and prevent crime in the area. I have been involved in CKN for 21 years and for the same period, been involved with the Honeydew police. I have seen on so many occasions that where residents take a stand, crime is much lower. The collective can make a difference. I would hate to think that if we did not do what we do, how different the area would be. I see areas, not precincts, where neighbourhoods report crime on a daily basis. I really feel sorry for some chairman when they report at meetings.

No one can guarantee a crime free area.

Despite the incident today (18 September), CKN is not falling apart and we have had a very quiet year. When we do have an incident, it is understandable people get concerned and at times tempers run hot. Bear in mind, no one is alone in this fight and we have a good service provider, you have a committee that cares, and neighbours want to help.

Please also remember your committee do what they do for the love of it and for your safety. People want to join CKN and we have a high membership. I must think they see the value in what we do and share our vision. No one has to join us and the security company you link to is your prerogative.

It is sad to see that some promise to join CKN, link to Dowry and then forget CKN. They get the benefit of the cars riding around, quick response times and a preferential rate. This has now ended and where this is happening, they are being given notice by Dowry. So sad.

I have always maintained your safety first and we will make a plan on cost. Dowry are also prepared to make a plan. Why abuse a volunteer association? To our many supporters I say thank you and once again, thank you for believing in us. We will always do our best for you as there is no compromise on safety.

Today, I did not get the news out as quickly as I would have liked, and some took exception.  I will do my best to keep you in the loop on what happens as quickly as I can, but at times work does get in the way. WhatsApp messages will always be for emergencies and then emails will do the rest.

The committee is there for everyone and we are happy to take criticism and suggestions for how we can do things better. CKN is one big family and there is no need to point fingers at us and think we do not take things seriously. What is more serious than one’s safety?

On our service provider. Dowry were selected by residents based on a number of criteria from a list of some 13 companies. Three we approached and when the word got out, another 10 approached us.

Cost remains a huge factor in crime prevention and to keep our cars and bicycle on the road is costly. Our cars run 24 hours, so you can think what the petrol cost. Remember CKN pays for these cars. Many have come to rely on these dedicated officers, and I see it so often that when one needs help, they are called on.  They go beyond their mandate to help you.

Please also remember their mandate is limited by law when it comes to searching people or cars and questioning a person.  We – that is Dowry and CKN – must be very cautious with regards confronting people and we can both be held criminally liable for impersonating police. In the same breath, our constitution allows freedom of movement and so anyone can come and go on our roads. We may not chase anyone out of the area, and you can also not prevent entry to an area by booming it.

At the end of the day you expect the security officers to put themselves in danger.

Crime remains a scourge. Daily we have to think twice about coming home, is the person walking down the road a possible burglar and can I sleep soundly tonight?

I want you to feel safe at home, walk the dog, run in CKN and visit our parks. CKN can only survive with your support.  This is both financially and timewise.

I hope I have covered everything I wanted to share, and also addressed concerns and comments made during the course of today. Please feel free to contact me or the committee.

Only together can we make a difference. We have something special in our neighbourhood.

Stay safe