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News updates from the Chairman will be published here

Please email John with any important news

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 ♻

lleuci@gmail.com
0825234095


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.
https://www.facebook.com/africanreclaimers/

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

lleuci@gmail.com
0825234095


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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rc7NcmA5Gs
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. https://chat.whatsappp.com/H4OWkdHsvfy3Wb6WSVkSlr

Thank you for doing your part and living the difference,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻
lleuci@gmail.com 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
lleuci@gmail.com
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


https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/spekboom-miracle-plant/

https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/spekboom-miracle-plant/ttps://www.samara.co.za/blog/five-things-didnt-know-spekboom/

https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/spekboom-miracle-plant/ttps://www.samara.co.za/blog/five-things-didnt-know-spekboom/ttps://www.gardenandhome.co.za/gardening/7-reasons-plant-spekboom-garden/

https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/spekboom-miracle-plant/ttps://www.samara.co.za/blog/five-things-didnt-know-spekboom/ttps://www.gardenandhome.co.za/gardening/7-reasons-plant-spekboom-garden/ttps://www.shamwari.com/5-amazing-facts-about-spekboom/

https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/spekboom-miracle-plant/ttps://www.samara.co.za/blog/five-things-didnt-know-spekboom/ttps://www.gardenandhome.co.za/gardening/7-reasons-plant-spekboom-garden/ttps://www.shamwari.com/5-amazing-facts-about-spekboom/http://www.owlrescuecentre.org.za/

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
John

PS. IS YOUR HOUSE CLEARLY MARKED SO EMERGENCY SERVICES CAN FIND YOU QUICKLY?


9th September 2019

Hi all

Spring is here and we plan to spend to spend some time on spring cleaning our neighbourhood. Please can you give your pavement and gutter a clean and a sweep. Our councillor is busy with some areas and then on top these, I have enlisted some help to do amongst other things, repaint the pillars in the park and paint over adverts on electrical boxes.
Then as part of the upcoming city clean up that occurs every month, I need your help on 21st September as follows:

• A team to mark all the fire hydrants in the area on the day. We have the plans and blue cats eyes but need man and woman power.
• Then another set of hands to help clean and prepare the entrance at the corner to CKN at Albert Street.

Please let me know where you would like to help on the day.

There have been a lot of requests to look at the recycling in the area. If you feel this is a cause you can champion for us, please let me know. We need extra hands on board. There is a lot going on in CKN and to get to everything we need more help.

Crime

Whilst we all want a neat and clean place to live, remember CKN was formed many years ago to combat crime. All in the area benefit from these efforts yet there are still some that feel they don’t need to get involved and can keep safe on their own. Only when something happens do they get to know the support of strangers around them.

One of the best ways we can see if our efforts are successful is to see what is going on around us. Many areas that do not have an association are experiencing high crimes, some with daily incidents. This year CKN has very little to report. Last week did see an attempted hijacking. The suspects left empty handed when disturbed by family. Hijackings at night are rife, take care at all times when coming home.

Dog poisonings in other areas remain high and many have been highlighted in the news. Our cars now have poison kits. Call them in need but these measures are to give you time to get your pet to the vet. But let’s keep any suspects out of the area.

To all, when you ask the cars for help, please don’t just say come to XXXX address quickly. Say why. They need to know what to expect. Are they riding into a life-threatening situation? Is there a car to look out for that they might pass on the way to you? Information is key.

Think that’s all I have for now.

Stay Safe
John


12th August 2019

Hi all

This CKN newsletter is for all in the area. Usually I only email notes and newsletters to the area and these go to members only. This time I hope to get to everyone and hence this printed copy. I was also asked the other day why we don’t advertise CKN more after I called on a non CKN member that had a home invasion? Time is always an issue and getting printed newsletters done is also costly.

I am sure all of you see the Dowry cars and bicycle riding around the area. These dedicated officers are paid for by the residents and pro-active patrolling is a CKN initiative.

Did you know that CKN turned 21 years young in May this year? We have been fighting crime for 21 years and is it goes, whilst we are not crime free, we are better off than many areas around us.

I attended the monthly sector meeting at the end of July and once again it was highlighted as to how problematic our sector is. The biggest concern remains the increase in home invasions. This is when one is held up in one’s home, usually at gun point. Other crimes remain at stubbornly high levels.

CKN has had a good year. Let’s keep it that way.

Housekeeping.

Please don’t put your dirt bin our days before collection and then don’t leave it after it has been emptied. The bin makes a great way to access properties as it is used for climbing on.

We will have a domestic watch meeting soon for the area. Please encourage your domestic to attend and please give them the time off to attend. We have had so may armed robberies when domestic workers let people onto the premises under false pretences.

Have you noticed the CKN “crew” that work in the area once a week to keep the area neat and well kept? Some of your subs go to pay them and equip them. Any sponsors for a uniform for them?

So little else for now. To the non-members, please visit us at www.ckn.org.za. I really hope to see you as a member in the near future.

To the many CKN members, thank you as always for the support. Thank you for buying into the vision of a safer and cleaner CKN. Only together can we make a difference to our neighbourhood.

Stay Safe
John


5th July 2019

Hi all

Little to report on in the area but herewith just a breakdown from the sector meeting. Should you wish to attend with me, it’s the last Thursday of the month at the police station.

The sector is not looking good with all major crimes up in June.
That is hijacking, theft out of cars, house breakings and theft of cars.
Other crimes are down.

Of importance is the reported hijackings at HP and Albert and also the theft out of cars at Hillfox and Town Square.

There has been a spike in crime on Fridays followed by Thursdays.
Sunday crime is up and this is worrying as Sundays were quiet.
Most crimes occur between 16h00 and 20h00 followed by 20h00 to midnight.

Robberies at homes are a huge concern. That is home invasions.

Compared to other associations in the sector we are not doing badly at all.

Thank you to those that have been giving the guys hot drinks in the cold. It is greatly appreciated by them.

Many have asked about the camera poles in the area erected by Vumacam. I have a proposal from Vumacam which we will, in conjunction with Dowry, discuss and consider.

I think that’s all for now.

Stay safe
John


10th June 2019

Hi all

My recent Whatsapp refers.

It’s the 3rd Saturday of the month on the 15th and so the city wide clean up. Something we haven’t participated in for a number of months.

The association below us has planned to clean up at Albert Street and Hendrik Potgieter and work down Albert street.
CKN will join them but we will do along our side of HP and the intersection.

Times from 8 till 10.
So to all those that say what can I do to help, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Please bring along gloves and black bags.

Stay safe

John


3rd June 2019

Hi all

Saturday turned out to be a great success and a great big thank you has to go to Liesl for all the arranging and the idea to have a CKN 21st get together.
It was great to see so many of our family on the day and to share many stories and meet the neighbourhood.
I am aware of many that came from outside of CKN as well. Many visitors commented on what a great day and they had never seen such support from an area.
Many street braai’s that they had attended were not as well attended.
We will do it all again soon.
CKN you make us all proud.

Then yesterday, sadly we had an armed robbery in Lichus Street. The incident is still receiving a lot of attention and the police are working on the robbery.
We are also assisting where possible.
In short, a number of suspects broke into the house and held the occupants at gun point. It appears they were after the guns in the house.
Thank you to Dowry, the police, Cynthia, Honeydew victim support and residents (lunch and supper) for all the concern and attendance.

A take away for me on the day is that in amongst all the trauma, many cannot remember details of phones, tracking companies, pass words etc.
Please use the form on our website to keep a record of such details and stick it somewhere safe, inside of a cupboard door is a good place.
When, heaven forbid, something does happen, we can activate tracking companies or trace cell phones.

Stay safe
John

PS If you have any photos from Saturday, please send them to Jenny. jenny@ckn.org.za


31st May 2019

Hi all

Just a reminder of the CKN birthday celebration, market, get together, tomorrow in Kroton Street Park. 9am to 2 pm.

Here are some of the stalls ....
FOOD
Braai, Cakes, Coconut Ice, Cup Cakes, Curry, Home baked goods, Honey (raw), Jams, Pancakes, Pickles and Relishes, Rusks, Scones and baked goods, Spices, Tea tasting.

CRAFT
Antiques / restored furniture, Art - paintings, Baby blankets, Bath salts, Bed linen, Bottled gifts, Candle holders, Ceramics - painted, Crochet goods - Moebius shawls, ponchos, beanies - etc, Frames, Handmade jewellery, Handmade necklaces, Jewellery - costume, Jewellery - semi precious stone bracelets, Journals, Kids - edible crafts, Kids - face painting and nail bar, Stained glass, Mini wooden bench condiment/sauce/knife & fork/ shooter holders, Plants, Pot and braai products / equipment, Pottery, Sockimals, Soft toys.

OTHER
Baby goods, Bee demonstration, Books, Business - Vox, Business networking, Car boot type sale, Cleaning goods, Dog demonstration 1pm, Dog products, Hand and foot products, Leather shoes, Make up, Music - violin, Nail bar, Perfumes, Rain jackets, Toys, Wellness promotion

Many of the stall-holders only take cash.
There will also be a drop-off point for animal charities. Please donate blankets, food, spare change.
Dowry will be looking after cars parked at the venue, as well as having guards around the park.

Please pop in and come and meet your neighbour.
Any changes and news will be communicated via WhatsApp.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Stay safe

John


24th May 2019

Hi all

Just a note to end the week on.

All quiet in the area but sadly, our neighbours to the west of Jim Fouche are having a bit of a torrid time so problems are close by.
Welties and surrounding suburbs also continue to experience daily problems. Stay alert and report anything suspicious. Test you alarm and panic buttons.
We’ll do some resident patrols tomorrow night, any volunteers?

The empty homes are all receiving attention and so a big thank to Shaun and his team.

Over the past weeks there have been a number of folk reporting their dirt bins have gone missing. Most are just “mistaken identity”. So to help get the bins home to their rightful owners I can get stickers made at R32 for a 30cm by 30cm with your street name and number on?
If interested , mail me but could I ask someone to compile a list of interested residents?

1 June is close. Please pop in on the day, see all the stalls (some 40 odd), meet the area and share a piece of cake.

The committee met on Wednesday night and minutes of the meeting will be posted on the CKN website shortly.

Think all for now.

Stay safe
John


17th May 2019

Hi all

Just a quick note to end off the week. Little to report on in the area. Hijackings remain a huge problem so please ensure you are not being followed home and you are aware of your surroundings when arriving home.

Theft out of cars at shopping centres and at home is on the increase. Do not leave anything in your car that is worth stealing no matter how a short a period you are away from your car.

The ease with which suspects gain access to properties via the main gate is most worrisome. This is really the soft spot for many homes. Make sure your gate motor is secure and your gate cannot be lifted.

Finally, please diarise 1 June and please pop in for our birthday celebration. See www.ckn.org.za .

Stay safe
John


7th May 2019

Hi all

All quiet and nothing reported over the weekend.

Just some house-keeping issues.
We need to buy the clean up team another heavy duty brush cutter, does anyone have any contacts or recommendations for same?
We need to finish our entrance at Albert street and so again, any recommendations to get cement stepping stones? The digging at the entrance for the cameras has also left the entrance tatty.

CKN resident vehicle stickers have arrived and I will have them delivered over the coming week.

I am finalising a date for a domestic watch meeting and thank you to Sharon who has raised her hand to help.

CKN is 21 years young this month, quite an accomplishment. Please diarise 1 June for a birthday celebration. More will follow soon.

Sorry just a quick note.
Stay safe

John

26th April 2019

Hi all

Just a weekly round up after an eventful two weeks.

But first some feedback from last night’s sector meeting. Crime is up, and in some instances substantially. We got quarter on quarter 2019 over 2018 and then March and April compared to January and February. The main focus being burglary, business burglary, theft of cars, theft out of cars, house robberies and hijackings. These categories all showed increases of the quarters and in March and April ths year.

Hijackings at 14th Avenue are a problem and seem difficult to police as this area is shared by Honeydew, Florida and Fairlands police.

House robberies presently occur mostly on Fridays and around midday and the early evening.

Burglaries occur mostly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Midday followed by 22h00 at night.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday now account for some 50 percent of the crime. And largely between 16h00 and 20h00.

Crime on a Sunday is another concern as this was generally in the past a quiet day.

Rather depressing, and in my 21 years of being involved in Honeydew I haven’t seen so many reported crimes as now. It is also always questioned as to whether all crime is reported.

I usually have little to report and get teased when CKN does come up. Some associations had lists of crimes and some areas are really taking a beating.

I did mention our gate motor theft and the motorbike that was taken. This was a commonality for all associations.

So many crimes are committed by opening and lifting electronic gates. Please ensure your gate is secured, cannot be lifted and your gate motor is secure.

The need for domestic helpers to be in the know about crime and what to do was highlighted. I want to have a domestic watch meeting in CKN soon, but I need help with the organising.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP.

Thank you to those that patrolled over the long weekend. It helped keep the area quiet. It would really be nice to grow the small group we have to many more. All we ask is an hour or two when we do dcide to patrol which is usually at random times and days. There is a separate WhatsApp group for this and we then also co-ordinate between ourselves.

I was going to do CKN membership boards this past Monday, but the rain got in the way. Will do the remaider over this weekend. Whilst patrolling this past weekend I did see some of the old boards. If payments are up to date these will be replaced. Old boards will be removed.

I also had a chat with Dowry Sales manager. We have some 7 or 8 homes and busineses connected to Dowry despite never joining CKN as they promised. These homes will now receive a cancellation notice and have the radio removed. So sad that some resort to this.

Please report pot holes hotline@jra.org.za.

Think that is all for now.

Stay Safe
John


17th April 2019

Hi all

After three gate motors were stolen on what appears to be the early hours of the morning of 17 April, a lot of concerns were raised about what we were to do about the issue. I will do my best to address all these issues and give you feed back on the meeting I had with Dowry management on the evening of the 17th.

I get very angry when anything happens in the area as we put a lot of time and effort into CKN. Few see the efforts of the few and how much is done in the area and I will also try and give you a bigger picture of what is done to prevent crime in CKN.

Admittedly it is a frustrating task as the criminal never lets up and we have to continually be alert and plug the holes. We try our best to be pro-active in our efforts and so to keep the criminal element away.

For many years now CKN has had a dedicated service provider and the story behind this is a long one. I am a firm believer in visible policing and many of you have bought into this. Concerns have been raised about the pro-active measures of patrolling lately, and I addressed this with the Dowry management. I have requested some staff be moved out of the area and this will happen in the next few days. Some of our dedicated officers have let us down. As such they will no longer be in CKN.

Patrol patterns, times of when streets are patrolled and how reporting is done will all change. Any car parked in the area will be checked and their details recorded and forwarded to me. If we pick up a registration that pops up often, it will be checked. I have the contacts to do this. If suspicious the police will be informed. Pedestrians will be stopped and asked where they are going but we will not overstep the law. We need you to be our eyes and ears.

We are and have introduced further crime prevention measures which will not be shared but I am sure you will see an immediate change in operations. Many believe, as do I, that our problems are largely coming from within the area. I have some suspicions and these have been shared with the police.

Residents have also expressed concern about the information that is shared on the groups and if any criminals have access to our posts. We closely monitor all our groups and we are confident that all receiving WhatsApp messages
and emails are members, but that does not mean info is not getting to into the wrong hands, hence I will not share all crime prevention measures.

Dowry have been tasked and challenged with two things, quick response times and visibility. We will work on these together and should you feel we can do more, let me know.I will also be getting regular mails of tracking on the cars.

Vehicle stickers will be distributed in the next few days so we can help identify cars and people that belong in CKN.
We all want to know that our homes and families are safe and we can sleep soundly at night.

As mentioned I get frustrated when we have issues. I know being crime free is not guaranteed but we will do all we can to make our neighbourhood a safe place.

Many have again requested the need for booming. I will put together a brief document on what needs to be done along with cost and get it to you in the next week or so. But if we are to go this route, someone will have to take on the task of completing the necessary.

Safety remains a huge concern and challenge in South Africa and whilst we cannot change the country, we can make that difference in our own streets.

We have to act together and so if you want anything addressed or have anything to add, please let me know, but please come to our meetings. I am happy to listen and challenge the police, who I sit with regularly, or Dowry.

I hope I have got to everything but if I think of anything more, expect a mail.

Finally, there has been a request for us to do some of our own resident patrols. As it is a long weekend coming, how about each of us doing a few hours. Please send me your cell number and we will do a Whatsapp group just for the 4 days. Procedures will follow under separate mail.

Going away, please let me know.

PS. If you want to assist me with any of the above, I would welcome the help.

Stay safe
John


2nd April 2019

Hi all

I have been promising you some news and time and life have eventually allowed me to sit down and give you a catch up. Once again let us remember why CKN was formed and some 21 years later we are still around. Crime remains a scourge and comes in many forms. We have to be pro-active in the fight, be constantly on our guard and only together can we make our places of work and living safer.

At the end of March we had experienced two crime related incidents. Our dedicated srvice provider had been tasked with bringing down the levels of crime we had experienced in 2018 and interventions appeared to be working. Then today, 2 April, we experienced an armed robbery in Boomgom Street. The feedback to me was that the suspects had arrived at the house, stated they were there to change the light bulbs and the domestic let them in. She was tied up and various items taken.

In light of this event, we will be having a domestic watch meeting very shortly. I await the venue to confirm availbility. Please urge your domestic to attend and the meeting will be open to all. Is there anyone who is at home during the day that will co-ordinate for me?

I attended the sector meeting last week and just some feedback. Stats for the previous month were not available.
Vagrants living in the sector remain a huge problem.
Empty homes are another challenge and so not unique to CKN.
Open spaces, commonly called green belts, are also a problem. They are not maintained and are also used for living. Our open areas are maintained and patrolled daily.
Do not employ people off the street.
Take care what you put out with your refuse. eg do not leave an empty box on the pavement that your new TV came in.

Burglaries have moved to between 04h00 and 08h00.
The theft out of cars at garages, shopping centres and schools is high. Do not leave valuables in your car, no matter how short the period you will be away from your car.

Over the past two weeks we have had a second bicycle in CKN as it was school holidays and as load shedding was still in place.
The open homes in the area are receiving attention and a committee has been formed to look into the empty homes. Feed back soon.

Jenny and Surine have been very busy with the database and the sending of invoices to all. If you do not agree with our numbers, please let me know. The majority of members pay the standard subs of R350, but many are not able to pay the full amount. In order to make our invoicing simpler I would like to request that your payments are in the following brackets: R100, R150, R200, R250, R300 and R350. Businesses in the area pay R400.

Thank you again to the many that have increased their contributions. We will also tell you soon as to how it is going.

I have been asked about the camera poles going up. This is a Vumacam initiative and I am making enquiries as to how this will benefit us and how we can be involved.

I hope I have covered everything for now. If not, please let me know.

PS please remember 1st June for our 21st birthday celebration.

Stay safe
John