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December Estate Message

Oude Westhof Chairman elected as Chairman of Van Riebeeckshof NPC

Mr Werner Greeff, Chairman of Oude Westhof Masters Home Owners Association, is the elected chairman of the newly formed Valley NPC (Non Profit Company).  Mr Greeff is a Practicing attorney by career and has represented OWMHOA as Trustee for the last 5 years.

The Valley NPC had its inaugural meeting on 15 August 2019 and replaced the existing Valley Committee.  All the Home Owners Associations in our Valley and the Protea Valley Residents Association are represented on the NPC.

The NPC monitors, coordinates and manages matters of common interest in the Valley area with a specific focus on communal safety and the Majik Forest area.  It liaises directly with the City of Cape Town to improve service delivery.

Proof of the joint operation can already be seen in the cleaning of common areas such as the middleman curb and the pavements alongside Van Riebeeckshof Road down to Jip De Jager crossing.

The NPC has also taken over the maintenance and cleaning of Riesling Park since 1 October 2019.  The Oude Westhof circle and other Oude Westhof greenbelt areas are still serviced by the OWMHOA with members funds allocated from our levies.  These duties will eventually also be transferred to the NPC once it has better operational capacity.

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. Klein D’Aria estate is in the process of also joining.

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

We live in a beautiful neighbourhood. A scene from Riesling Park. A very popular spot for photographers.

Additional security over the holiday period

Guard patrols on the Oude Westhof/Van Riebeeckshof back fence was implemented as a preventative measure following increased criminal activity in our and surrounding areas.

This pilot project was implemented to provide additional safety measures during and after the Christmas holiday period until January 2020.   

During this period two patrol guards will operate from a mobile mobile security office parked at the Springfield electrical substation on our back fence.

Operating hours for the guards are between 05:30 and 17:30, seven days per week.  During these hours they will do regular patrols on the back fence. The guards will be equipped with two way radio’s and receive back up from ADT’s armed response vehicles.

The mobile ADT office at Springfield substation.

Ontwikkeling in Gamay-straat

Die verdeling van twee groot woonerwe in vier normale woonerwe in plaas van die oorspronklike aansoek vir 21 wooneenhede is nou finaal goedgekeur. Die ontwikkelaars sal na verwagting in 2020 met bouwerk in Gamaystraat begin.

“New Mall” only in 2020

Approval for alterations to the Van Riebeeckshof Shopping Mall are still dragging and building will not start before March 2020.

The man in charge of the changes, Mr Deon Scheepers – property manager of the Broll Property Group – says the delay was caused by problems with the fire plan for the new development. The problem has now been resolved and he expects approval before the end of 2019.

The first phase, the upgrading of the parking area, is in full swing and will be completed before the end of the year.

Alterations include a new branch of Woolworths which will be accommodated at 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 facing the parking area. A lift to the ground floor at the back of the building forms part of the alterations.

The upgrading of the parking area at the Van Riebeeckshof Mall will be completed early December. The upgrading of the mall will follow next year.

ADT discount for Oude Westhof residents

Oude Westhof residents pay less than half the normal rate when they make use Fidelity ADT Security Services.

Oude Westhof Home Owners Association has an agreement with the company to provide security and patrols in our neighbourhood.   A spin-off from this collaboration is a very favourable arrangement for our members.

Perks for OWMHOA members include a Safe Entry Meet-and-Greet Service at your home and a medical response service at no charge.

If you feel unsafe to arrive home alone or late, simply phone ADT and make an arrangement in time for a security guard to meet you at your home.  They will see that you enter safely.  Should you experience a medical emergency, ADT will be there for you with their medical response service at no extra cost.

Solar systems to be registered

Cape Town Home owners are now required to register small scale solar generating systems.

This does not apply to a solar geyser where one solar panel or similar is used to generate energy for warm water.

For more information follow this link:

http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/Electricity/apply-for-authorisation-to-install-a-small-scale-embedded-generation-system

Oude Westhof se slange

Ons pragtige omgewing is die tuiste van heelwat uiters giftige slange. Dié diere is aktief in die somermaande en die kanse om een in die natuurtuin, groen areas of selfs in jou tuin raak te loop, is goed.

Mnr. Deon Johann Oosthuizen van Tygerberg Snake Rescue, het ‘n nuttige gids oor slange in ons omgewing opgestel.  Dit gee raat oor hoe om op te tree as jy een teëkom en wanneer jy of iemand by jou gepik word.

Dodelike slange soos die Kaapse Cobra, Pofadder, Boomslange en die “Cape Coral”, is redelik volop in ons area.  Die bruin huisslang, Eier-eter, Slak-eter en ander lyk ook dodelik maar is glad nie gevaarlik nie. 

Hy waarsku dat dit noodsaaklik is om onmiddellik mediese hulp te kry as jy deur ‘n slang gebyt word.  Volg die volgende stappe:   Soek mediese hulp, hou die pasiënt stil, moet nooit ’n toerniket gebruik nie en bel die Tygerberg-gifsentrum by 0861 555 777 en volg hulle instruksies.

Johan sal sy oulike gids met nuttige inligting en kleurfotos (in Engels) per epos aanstuur as jy hom kontak. Sy epos is v.o.c@hotmail.co.za of Whatsapp – 0723544221. Kyk ook op Facebook op “Naked-Eye Ecology”.

(Ons herhaal die nuttige artikel weens die toepaslikheid dié tyd van die jaar.)

A Cape Cobra, one of the dangerous snakes we get in our area.

Back-fence upgraded

Improvements to our back fence including floodlights, new batteries, inverters and energisers will be made before the end of 2019.

The new batteries and inverters will extend the time the electrical fence and floodlights can operate in emergencies when when the electricity network is down.

The floodlights will operate from two field stations and will activate when the fence is being tampered with. This will serve as a mini pilot project and more lights will be added if the lights prove to be effective. New energisers will improve the efficiency of the fence.

The upgrade will be financed from our capital reserve.

Koevoetbende gevang

Die vinnige optrede van die polisie en ADT nadat ’n verdagte voertuig deur Oude Westhof se nommerplaatidentifikasie- kameras geïdentifiseer is, het tot die inhegtenisneming van drie vermeende koevoetrowers gely.

Die alarm van ’n huis in Cinsaultstraat het afgegaan met die oopforseer van die voordeur. ADT was vinnig op die toneel en die rowers het weggejaag. Die LP- kameras het die nommerplaat opgeneem en die nommer is onmiddellik deur die ADT beheerkamer in die databasis gestoor en versprei. LPR -kameras in Kenridge die verdagtes se motor geïdentifiseer en die blitspatrollie is ontbied. Die verdagtes het in die daaropvolgende jaagtog beheer oor hul motor verloor en is in hegtenis geneem.

Lovely view from our new Park Bench in Blanc de Noir Park, Oude Westhof.

Please follow building rules

Doing alterations or building on to any house in Oude Westhof without approved building plan is against the Rules as well as Municipal By-Laws.

Don’t try it, it’s not worth it. When you try to sell your house in the future it will catch up with you. If there are any changes to your property without approved building plans, the HOA can’t issue a clearance before as built plans are approved and the property simply can’t be transferred to the new owner.

This is not the Home Owners Association trying to make life difficult for you. There are municipal by-law rules that simply has to be followed. Before a property can be transferred to a new owner, the property has to be checked by our building inspector.  If he finds any changes the transfer process will be stopped by the HOA until the plans have been changed and approved.

This is time consuming and expensive. In extreme cases were changes are not allowed by our building regulations the alterations will have to be removed, changed or even demolished.  Rather follow the proper route now, it will save a lot of pain and unnecessary expense later.

These procedures were laid down by the City Council and has to be followed by the Home Owners Association.  The Consumer Act also plays a role and stipulates in the case of a property transactions that the new owners must be furnished with the correct details of the property – this includes the building plans. 

Your building plans have to be amended for any improvements and alterations made. This includes carports, awnings, walls, garden walls, patios, pergolas etc. If you are not sure ask our advice before starting to build.  We shall gladly assist you. Please read the following extract from our General Building and alteration procedures Guide

“A “Certificate To Commence Building” issued by the Association is required before any building commences.

In order to issue a “Certificate to Commence Building” the Association has put the following procedures in place.

  1. Plans to be submitted to NOLANDS INCORPORATED (Managing Agent) for approval. Nolands Incorporated will invoice you for the services of the CONTROLLING ARCHITECT. Kindly contact Nolands Incorporated for costs or refer to the website.
  2. Once approved the erf owner or their architect then collects the approved plans and has them approved by the local authorities
  3. A copy of the plans approved by controlling architects, currently J De Waal Architects and the local authority should then be delivered to NOLANDS INCORPORATED for our records.”

Best wishes

Best wishes to all our Oude Westhof residents. May you all enjoy a well-deserved rest with your families over the festive season. We wish you a peaceful and safe holiday.

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 083 400 1954.

Beautiful wild flowers in Riesling Park