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  • 10 Nov 2016 6:24 AM | Anonymous

    The YouTube video of the PRABOA AGM is available here.

  • 27 Oct 2016 6:33 AM | Anonymous

    The PRABOA Annual General Meeting will be held on 9 November, 2016 at 1830 at Parkhurst Primary. We welcome all members, residents and users of Parkhurst.

    If you would like to join PRABOA and / or SafeParks before then, please send an email to 

    Reports by each of the Committee members are available hereThese documents include minutes of the 2015 AGM, financial report for the year ending 29 February 2016, the Chairman’s report and reports from other committee members (including on SafeParks & Parksec security matters).

    The Chairman’s intention is that these will not be read out. However, the committee encourages members and others attending to raise any queries or other matters relating to Parkhurst at the agm. To ensure a complete response, please send a note of your query to

    At least half the committee has to retire (they serve for two years). An election will be held. Members who stand must signify their willingness, either to the meeting or in writing.
    The committee welcomes you and asks that you inform neighbours of this meeting. It is essential that the new committee has the broadest support possible to deal with matters on behalf of all residents and users of Parkhurst.

    We rely on the work of volunteers, either on the committee or just helping.
    Current vacancies include environmental matters and events organiser, but any help will be valued. The chairman will be happy to discuss this.

  • 11 Mar 2016 11:36 AM | Justin McCall

    PRABOA, together with the Craigpark Residents’ Association and the Parktown North Residents’ Association will be hosting a public meeting on City Power service delivery, infrastructure failures and unplanned electricity cuts for Craighall Park, Craighall, Parktown North and Parkhurst residents. Besides the very obvious inconvenience and frustration that we all feel during a power failure, electricity cuts have serious implications for security too.

    Ward Councillor Anthony Still (Ward 90 – Craighall) has arranged for key City officials to attend. We hope very much to see you there.

    • Date: 16 March 
    • Venue: Craighall Primary, Grosvenor Ave, Craighall Park
    • Time: 18:00-20:00
  • 19 Jan 2016 10:39 AM | Justin McCall

    Dear Councillors and Ratepayers

    Compliments of the new season. 

    It’s that time of the year again where we will be reviewing the property rates policy as required in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act. We are required in terms of the ACT to annually hold public meetings prior to the adoption of the Rates Policy. These meetings will be held around the regions, starting from 25th January 2016.

    Attached, kindly find the advert indicating the Regional dates.

    Download Regional Dates

    Pumza Jack
    Johannesburg Water
    Group Finance: Property Unit

  • 18 Nov 2015 10:45 AM | Justin McCall


    SOS – Save Our Suburbs

    The proposed development on Corner Gleneagles, Linden Road and Barry Hertzog Ave, is proceeding, the developer has given the notice to start the process of rezoning the stands in the remainder block and start construction.
    For those residents who are not aware, The Greenside and Emmarentia Residents Associations have started a campaign to oppose this development in our suburb.
    We need to unite and all residents of the Emmarentia/Greenside, Linden “The Parks” and surrounding areas to oppose this development as it will affect everyone living in these areas.

    Get involved, We need to act now, the closing date for the objection process is on the 3 December 2015.


    This is what the developer proposes to build in Emmarentia. (Artist Impression)


    Scope of the project.

    The developer is proposing the following on the site:
    • 89 Residential units
    • 5000 m2 retail shops
    • 2500 m2 Office or medical hospital
    • 5 Storeys high
    • Parking for about 500-600 cars

    The Site

    Listed below is all the documents relating to the development. All the documents are in PDF format. We have shared this on DropBox for your convenience. Share this with anyone.

    Our concerns

    If this development were to go ahead, it would set a precedent for other developments in the immediate area and along Barry Hertzog Ave. for development.

    Emmarentia and Greenside will be lost and changed forever! We need to protect our heritage and our leafy suburb.

    This development should not go ahead because:

    • The scale of the development in a residential area. To put this development into perspective, the square meterage (area) the proposed development is going to provide, is the equivalent of the entire Greenside business node along Gleneagles road.
    • Traffic congestion. Our roads in the area cannot cope with the current traffic, adding another potential 600 cars to this going to cause gridlock on Gleneagles and Linden roads.
    • The strain on municipal infrastructure. Our municipal infrastructure will become even more stained with the development, as it is a monster consumer of power water and other services.
    • Residents have no say.The residents of Emmarentia and Greenside vehemently opposed the initial proposal by the developer to amend the Existing Precinct plan to accommodate 6/5 story buildings in the suburb (currently only 3 stories are allowed).
    • Carte Blanche land use rights. The Developer wants to remove all restrictions from the existing title deeds in order to build this building,  however, all other residents need to abide by the title deeds for esthetics and Heritage preservation in Emmarentia and Greenside.

    What can I do to Help?

    Together we can stop developers hijacking our suburb. We need to take a stand against this unacceptable behaviour!

    Get involved

    We are looking for residents in Emmarentia and Greenside to assist us with the following:
    • Street awareness – We are looking for “Street Captains”, residents to help distribute the objection form to neibours and residents in your street, then collect these and bring them to a committee member.
    • Public awareness – We are looking for residents to assist us for 1 hour on the next 2 weekends, Saturdays and Sundays at Checkers Emmarentia, Woolworths Greenside and Victory Centre.
    • Neighbour awareness – Talk to your neighbour and get them to sign the objection, then collect these and bring them to a committee member.
    If you are willing to assist us please contact us on, please indicate where you live and what you want to help with.

  • 09 Nov 2015 11:18 AM | Justin McCall

    This circular gives notice to members that the Annual General Meeting of Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners’ Association (PRABOA) will be held at Parkhurst Primary School on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at Parkhurst Primary School at 18:00 for 18:30 sharp, to deal with the following business:

    1. Apologies    (see note 1)
    2. Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting    (see note 2)
    3. Chairperson’s introduction
    4. Consideration of Annual Reports    (see note 3)
    5. Consideration of Financial Statements    (see note 3)
    6. Appointment of Honorary Auditors    (see note 4)
    7. Considering and, if thought fit, approval, with or without amendment, of the proposed revised constitution of PRABOA, available on PRABOA’s website.
    8. Election of committee members    (see note 5)
    9. General Business    (see note 6)
    1. Please convey apologies to the chairperson before the meeting
    2. Minutes will be available on PRABOA’s website and will not be read unless the meeting decides otherwise.  Please read them.  Matters arising from the minutes will be dealt with in conjunction with the relevant reports where possible.
    3. Annual Reports and Financial Statements will be available on PRABOA’s website and will not be read unless the meeting decides otherwise.  Please read them before you come to the meeting.  

      Reports available for download here

    4. If the proposed constitution is approved, the auditor will require certain professional qualifications, and the office will no longer be honorary.  With a turnover of over R 2 000 000, the committee believes the change protects members’ interests
    5. In terms of Clause 5.4 of the present constitution, nominations for the Governance Committee must be received in writing not less than seven clear days prior to the Annual General Meeting and must bear the signatures of both the proposer and the candidate.
    6. Members who wish to add matters to the agenda must give notice seven days before the meeting. “General Business” will be discussed, but members are asked to give written notice of topics and questions, and preference will be given to matters of which notice has been given.  There may be only limited time available.

    Notice as referred to above should be given to

    Cheryl Labuschagne at

    For members’ information, it is the intention of the members of the committee, to the extent they remain committee members, to call a meeting in February 2016, to give members a full assessment of the security situation in Parkhurst, and to give members full opportunity to ask questions and to discuss these matters in full.

  • 29 Jul 2015 10:23 AM | Justin McCall

    Some explanation as to the current power issues we're having and what "Load Rotation" is...

    You would have over the past few days suffered a few power unplanned power outages, that were not on any loadshedding schedule.

    Here is the back story:

    Eskom supplies power to City Power via many inbound supplies, one being in Randburg on Hans Schoeman Street. There are three transformers here and one has failed, leaving only two to supply power to the many suburbs the station feeds. During peak periods the demand exceeds what the station is able to supply and then trips. To get the power back on, City Power has to switch back on all the affected areas one by one to ensure that it does not trip again. If it trips again, the whole switch on process starts from the beginning. 

    Eskom has conducted repairs to their transformer and said that the failed transformer will only be brought back online on 4 August 2015! City Power is doing their best to get Eskom to switch it on sooner.  

    What does this mean for you? 

    City Power due to the Eskom transformer fail has today introduced “Load Rotation” for the suburbs (see below) affected to limit the load during peak periods and to hopefully prevent a total trip again. It is unknown how long this will last for (possibly till 4 August). This “Load Rotation” will attempt by suburb rotation to only switch off power during the two peak periods of the day once (instead of twice) to the affected areas of supply.

    How can I be kept up to date?

    The best way is to follow City Power on Twitter (@CityPowerJHB). Here the latest updates are tweeted, quite regularly and City Power at times responds to individual tweets. The Call Centre is not run by City Power, but rather the City of Johannesburg and they often do not have updated information or it takes an age for your call to be answered.

    What is the long term prognosis?

    Councillors are all frustrated with City Power and the way they function. Never think that Councillors have all the latest updates at our fingertips! Whilst we often request updates from the local depot as to what is happening, we often do not get them.

    What is “Load Limiting”?

    We know just as much as you know! City Power nor the City of Johannesburg has briefed Councillors on “Load Limiting”. We will attempt to get more information from City Power so we can better answer our residents. It seems from 1 August 2015, customers with smart meters “must choose between loadlimiting or load shedding”, a Tweet that City Power put out yesterday. Again, without informing Councillors of their plans so we can answer your questions!

  • 21 Jul 2015 11:26 AM | Justin McCall

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    Ward 117 Newsletter

    Cllr Tim Truluck / / 083-619-2419 / Twitter: @jozi117


    Ward 117 covers the following suburbs:
    Pine Park, Pierneef Park, Victory Park, Blairgowrie (portion around Primary School), Delta Park, Parkhurst, Parktown North, Rosebank, Parkwood, Saxonwold, Braamfontein Spruit, Johannesburg Zoo, Zoo Lake, Craighall Park (Deansgate,

    Craigtowne, etc).


    Correction to Earlier Email


    The new loadshedding block for 8B is 2A and not 1A.


    Planned Water Outage on Thurs 23 July fm 7am-2pm


    Joburg Water will be working on the pipes in the areas fed by the Killarney reservoir. I would expect there will still be water in the system for a while after they turn off the supply. The higher lying suburbs will lose their water first and the lower lying ones will have water the longest.


    Remember that they also can’t turn on the valve after they have finished and, hey presto, you have water. It takes about 2-4 hours to fill the pipes again. And that there may well be problems with pressure and pipe bursts.


    Log all outages and bursts on





    Parktown North (I expect the section along Jan Smuts down to around 2nd Ave will be affected).



    Melrose and Ext






    Loadshedding Changes


    Here are the changes in Loadshedding Blocks for the suburbs in our ward:



    Old Block

    New Block




    Victory Park,


    Craighall Park,

    Parktown North West,

    Dunkeld West



    Parktown North East,

    Rosebank East,

    Parkwood East



    Parktown North (Sutherland Ave),

    Rosebank East



    Saxonwold South,

    Parkwood West,

    Pine Park,

    Pierneef Park



    I would take this under advisement. You are going to have to wait until stage 2 loadshedding to see if you are still in 8B. I have a feeling that you will all be 1A.

    Saxonwold North



    Same as above. I am sure you should be in 1A.


    Load Limitation Starts In Joburg


    For those of us with smart meters (see the list of back issues in the right hand column for more on smart meters), we entered a new unannounced world of LOAD LIMITATION.


    Today, suddenly, our lights went out for 30 seconds a few times, and then POW – no more power. What happened was that City Power were warning you to cut your electricity usage. So you needed to turn off your heating, oven, pool pump - anything to reduce your power consumption.


    If your power does go off, you may need to rest the smart meter by pressing and holding down the Scroll/Reset button near the bottom of the Itron meter. You can also try turning off your mains switch – this will reset the meter as well.


    The reason they are doing this is to try and cushion us from loadshedding. If 90 000 households can save 50% of power, then we won’t have to be completely cut off when Eskom requires City Power to reduce electricity useage.


    The only problem, is the complete lack of any kind of warning, advice, notice. City Power is dreadful at communicating with its customers and this is another example.



    Load Limiting to Kick Off in Joburg

    By Anna Cox,


    Joburg residents who are using “too much” electricity will now have their power disconnected remotely by City Power.Load limiting, as the new system is called, kicks in for the first time this week.


    It affects about 92 000 households who have smart meters.


    Residents will experience repetitive disconnections for 30 seconds over five minutes until they have reduced their consumption to the required levels. If they fail to do so, they will be disconnected remotely via smart meters.


    “So if your electricity is disconnecting for 30 seconds, don’t panic, simply comply by immediately switching off heavy electricity-consumption appliances.


    “When every household reduces consumption to required levels during periods of constrained supply, it will spare the affected areas from load shedding as pressure on the grid will be lessened when the entire neighbourhood collectively reduces consumption during peak hours to the required threshold,” said City Power managing director Sicelo Xulu.

    By the end of next week, City Power plans to have uploaded an additional 30 000 smart meters with load-limiting capabilities.


    “We are using the power of technology to avert the implementation of the early stages of load shedding,” he said.


    City Power successfully piloted the system in Aspen Hills, south of Joburg.

    The smart meters curtail usage for an average household from 42 amps to 21 amps. This will allow affected households to still run light, power-consuming appliances such as lights, TVs and alarm systems, but energy-intensive appliances such as geysers, stoves and pool pumps cannot be operated.


    If they are left on, power to the entire household will be remotely switched off until the energy supply has normalised.


    Xulu said load limiting would slash average household consumption by half, thus reducing pressure on the grid and ensuring security of supply.

    “In the first two weeks, household usage will be limited to 21 amps between 7pm and 10pm during peak hours when the grid is generally under severe constraint. After this period, load limiting will run concurrently with the loadshedding schedule which will be published on the City Power website,” he said.


    Residents are warned that there might be planned outages during the roll-out phase, however the utility said the duration of these disconnections would be kept to a minimum.


    “We are pleased to be embarking on this exciting leg in our network roll-out and we are confident the residents of Joburg will reap immense benefits from the deployment of smart technology.


    “We plead with the ratepayers to bear with us during this time, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. The roll-out of load limiting is one of the ways in which City Power is helping the city to achieve its vision of being a world-class African city,” said Xulu.


    Each user is different and residents will have to test their appliances to see how much they use to stay within the limit for the day.


    “At the end of the day, if people use electricity correctly, they will see a big reduction in their bills,” said Xulu.


    Residents who want to receive an SMS telling them to reduce consumption should phone the call centre with their meter numbers.


    Time-of-use tariffs came into effect at the beginning of the month.

    People using power during peak time now pay premium rates for electricity, but little for off-peak hours.


    This is voluntary, and residents have to register to go on to this tariff.

    City Power is also using the geyser ripple control system, which has been implemented in most houses across the city and is being extended to sectional-title buildings.


    Through this system, it can switch geysers off remotely when electricity is constrained.


    For load-limiting details or to register for time-of-use tariffs, call 087 022 0540 or visit the website




    Managing Your Subscription to This Newsletter


    Touchbase Pro, who kindly sponsor the cost of hosting my database of around 6000 email addresses and also the cost of sending these emails, have a good management system for the recipients of the newsletter.


    At the bottom of each newsletter, there are several options available to you. You can unsubscribe, change your email address, send the newsletter to someone and add a someone to the mailing list.


    I also usually include a list of links to the online version of the back issues in the bottom section of the right hand column.


    Events and DisruptionsThis Weekend


    Ben Howard Concert at Zoo Lake on Sat 25 July

    Expect some disruption at Zoo Lake on the above date. The event starts at 1pm and continues until dark around 6pm.


    Walk the Talk – Sun 26 July

    The Walk the Talk route on the day after the Ben Howard Concert won’t be coming into the Ward. But, it will disrupt any of you trying to get into or through the Greenside, Parkview, Parktown, Emmarentia, Melville area. Be aware of the road closures and make contingency plans.


    Parkhurst Village Fair – Sat 25 July

    The Parkhurst Village Fair will take place at Verity Park on Sat 25 July.

    Following the launch of the suburb’s GoGreen community renewable energy initiative, the 2015 Parkhurst Village Fair will have a distinct ‘green’ flavour with various exhibitors displaying their goods to help make the shift to a greener lifestyle.

    The Fair will showcase all things quintessentially Parkhurst – from food, craft beers, bespoke retailers, live entertainment and a variety of kids’ activities. There will also be a bike track exclusively for kids.

    Funds raised through the Fair will be applied 100% towards the further improvement of the suburb.

    Tickets can be pre-booked at or at the gate (R50 for adults and R20 for children aged 2-16). If you book online, you can win a fabulous prize from the 4 Seasons Westcliff Hotel.

    Join and/or Support the DA
    It costs R10 a year to join or renew your annual membership. Of course donations are always welcome.

    Please use the following account:

    DA Sandton
    Standard Bank
    Acc #:
    22 072 8046
    Branch Code:051-001 (Sandton)
    Ward #
     <cell number><Surname>
    ( eg   Ward117 0821234567 BLOGS)

    Please forward a copy of your EFT to

    Back Issues of Ward Emails
    I often get requests for info in past emails, so here is a back catalogue of the old newsletters.


    - Loadshedding Changes & Joburg Ombudsman
    Loadshed Mitigation
    Metrobus Crash
    Time of Use Metering | Street Pole Cell Masts
    Smart Meter Problems
    Pikitup Bulky Waste Service
    Zoo Parking Deck
    Why Am I Loadshed All the Time
    Generators | Air Pollution in Joburg
    Electricity Grid Collapse
    Loadshedding Boundaries
    Loadshedding With a Vengeance

    Loadshedding Shambles Pt2
    Loadshedding Shambles Pt1
    Calling in the Cavalry on Billing Problems
    Pre-Termination Notices | Building Regs
    Good News | DIY Logging Guide
    Looming Billing Crisis
    Escalation of City Power Problems







  • 06 Jul 2015 1:59 PM | Justin McCall

    Here are the latest numbers for the SafeParks signup:

    Sign-ups are steadily growing...

    • We are currently sitting at 34% of the required signups.

    Discounted rates available should you take PSS + Home Security from CSS.

    Take Note: If you sign up for the PSS+Home Security, this will count as TWO signups to the initiative.

  • 02 Jul 2015 3:51 PM | Justin McCall

    A number of residents have been in contact with Egoli Gas enquiring about the location of gas lines in Parkhurst, as well as the possibility of connecting households to the lines.

    Unfortunately the gas lines do not cover the entirety of Parkhurst.

    Egoli Gas have asked that residents who are interested in getting a gas line to their home, please fill in a survey which will enable them to gaugethe plausibility of extending the lines.

    The map below indicates the following:  Blue lines are existing gas lines and the green lines are what will be installed, should there be enough interest.

    Please note your interest by filling in the survey here:

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