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August Estate Message

No increase in Oude Westhof levies

There is no increase in Oude Westhof levies for the new financial year.

The current monthly levy structure is R380 for single erven and R190 for units in gated communities.

The levies are mainly utilised for security, but also fund general improvements and maintenance, landscaping and environmental projects.

Our current capital reserve meets the standards required for good governance and is sufficient to cover our expenditure for a four-month period, making an increase in levies unnecessary. The completion of most capital-intensive projects leaves us in a maintenance phase, which makes more savings possible.

The Riesling Dam overflowing after the recent rain.

New coordinating body for our Valley

Oude Westhof has become a member of the newly formed Valley NPC (Non Profit Company). The NPC will monitor, coordinate and manage matters of common interest in the Valley area with a specific focus on communal safety and the Majik Forest area. It will liaise directly with the City of Cape Town to improve service delivery.

In addition to Oude Westhof, others to have joined the Valley NPC are Van Riebeeckshof, Welgedacht, Kanonberg, De Uitkyk and the newly formed Protea Valley Residents’ Association.

The Valley NPC will have its inaugural meeting on 15 August and will replace the existing Valley Committee.

Oude Westhof will cover the cost of membership by utilising funds already budgeted for the maintenance of the upkeep and maintenance of our green areas. There will be no additional cost to our home owners.

Alterations on shopping mall to start soon

The long-awaited alterations to the Van Riebeeckshof Shopping Mall have started and should be completed by the end of 2020.

The man in charge of the changes, Mr Deon Scheepers – property manager of the Broll Property Group – says the employees’ parking areas adjacent to the Protea Valley Family Church will be tackled first. The northern part of the parking area for clients will follow, with alterations to the building next on the list.

A new branch of Woolworths will be accommodated in the rear of the building where the pharmacy is currently situated. The pharmacy will be moved to the front of the new, extended section of the building. A lift to the ground floor at the back of the building forms part of the alterations.

Alterations to the Van Riebeeckshof Shopping Mall will start soon.

Trustees for 2019/20

Oude Westhof trustees for 2018 were re-elected for the new term ending in May 2020 with Heinrich Priem as the only new trustee to join the board. Welcome to Heinrich, who will take care of the environmental portfolio.

Other members are Werner Greeff (chairperson), Frans Oescher (finances), Lara Pretorius (legal) Emile Terblanche (communications) and Morné Viljoen (security and safety).

It was decided at the AGM to allocate a rebate in monthly levies to trustees. This is to compensate for their time and effort. This gesture must also serves as encouragement for new trustees to join our board. We need new blood on our board.

 If you believe that you can contribute by becoming a trustee, please contact Anel van Wyk at (021) 943 4340.

Windbuks-skiet onwettig in Oude Westhof

Inwoners wat met windbukse in Oude Westhof skiet, oortree die wet en maak hulle aan ‘n ernstige misdryf skuldig. Die wet op die beheer van vuurwapens, Wet 60 van 2000, stipuleer spesifiek dat die afvuur van ‘n windbuks in ‘n bewoonde gebied onwettig en strafbaar is.

Dit het onder die Huiseienaarsvereniging se aandag gekom dat ‘n persoon/persone duiwe in ons woonbuurt skiet. Inwoners het glo al koeëltjies om hulle hoor klap en het dooie en beseerde duiwe opgetel.

Staak die praktyk asb. Swaar strawwe wag op persone wat hulle aan dié misdryf skuldig maak.

Wintry sunrise in Riesling Park.

Solar power for back fence

The powering of our electrified back fence by solar power is being investigated. This technology is now good enough to power the fence, floodlights and an alarm warning system.

Endless problems with connecting the fence to the municipal power supply and the high cost thereof forced us to start looking for alternatives.

Power is at present supplied by residents living along the back fence. This is not an ideal situation.

Recent improvements in solar technology, leading to greater efficiency and lower cost, have made solar power a feasible option.

Spotlights on our back fence will now be powered by solar power.

Ontwikkeling in Gamay-straat

Vier normale woonerwe in plaas van die oorspronklike aansoek om 21 wooneenhede sal nou in dié straat ontwikkel word. Die ontwikkelaars wag nou op die munisipale goedkeuring van die wysiging van hul oorspronklike aansoek.

Die aanvanklike aansoek om 21 eenhede is deur Oude Westhof se Huiseienaarsvereniging afgekeur omdat ons grondwet nie die hersonering van erwe toelaat nie.

Na samespreking met die ontwikkelaars is besluit op ’n onderverdeling na vier woonerwe. Dit kan gedoen word sonder om die sonering te verander.

Blanc de Noir Park dalk gou ontwikkel

Die verdere ontwikkeling van Blanc de Noir-park word deur die Huiseienaarsvereniging ondersoek. Dit sal die verlenging van die bestaande voetpaadjie en sitbankies insluit.

Useful contact information

  • Oude Westhof Homeowners Association – 021-943 4340
  • ADT dedicated security vehicle – 078 802 2250
  • ADT emergencies – 086 12 12 301
  • ADT control room – 086 12 12 300
  • Bellville Police – 021-918 3000

Contributions for newsletter

Please contribute to our newsletter. Contributions and photos may be emailed to Emile Terblanche at terblanche@gmail.com or phone me on 0834001954.

What a privilege to have a view on these mountains.