Fidelity Lonehill Security Report, 9 September 2016

LRA / Fidelity Clients

04 September 2016:  Business Robbery, Lonehill

A woman handed in a wig to be washed at a hairdressing salon.  On returning to the salon the next day to collect the hairpiece, two men accompanied her and once inside the shop they threatened the staff with a firearm.  The criminals left the salon with various hair pieces as well as handbags and cellphones belonging to the staff.

03 September 2016:  Housebreaking and theft of motor vehicle, Lonehill

A sharp object or a crowbar was used to bend the driveway gate rail allowing access into the property.  The criminals also forced open the security gate to the main door.  Various items were taken from the house, including a vehicle.  The alarm was not activated at the time.

Non-LRA / Fidelity Clients

02 September 2016:  Housebreaking and theft, Lonehill

The back door to the residence in a complex was forced open with a crowbar and various small items were stolen.  The gate to the complex was not damaged and it is unknown how access was gained into the complex.  The alarm was not armed at the time.

02 September 2016:  Housebreaking, Lonehill

The resident arrived home to find that his house had been broken into.  Access to the house was gained by breaking open the lounge door.  The complex gate was broken and the gate to the unit had been lifted off the rail to gain access into the unit.

Update on the new Crawford Pre-Primary development

We are pleased to report that the construction of the new Crawford Pre-Primary Lonehill School in Cheyney Road is progressing very well.

However, the construction has not been without challenges. The reconstruction of Cheyney Road has been difficult but is 90% complete. Unforeseen problems with ground water as well as the existing waterline resulted in a 2-3 week delay in the completion of the reconstruction of the road. The water line, which was in the middle of the road, has had to be moved into the road reserve. Subsoil water has been a major, ongoing problem but has been effectively channelled into the storm water system. The paving of the pavement is currently underway.

Foundations for all the buildings are in place and the brickwork is currently at window level. Construction of the building is on track and we anticipate that the school will be able to relocate from its current premises in Lonehill Boulevard to Cheyney Road towards the end of the year.

Crawford Pre-Primary Lonehill will open its doors in a new, purpose built facility when the new school year starts on the 18th of January 2017.

 

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Water Restrictions for Johannesburg

The City of Johannesburg is required by the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce its water usage by 15% with immediate effect.  Level 2 water use restrictions (see below) have been in place in Johannesburg from November 2015. The City is now introducing a water restriction tariff on domestic users effective on water usage from September 2016. Why is this necessary? The water levels in the Integrated Vaal River System have dropped below the threshold level of 60% – the Vaal Dam itself is at 35%. This is due to the ongoing drought and unseasonal heat and this triggers mandatory drought mitigation measures on water usage. In the Government Gazette of Friday 12 August 2016, the Director-General of the Department of Water and Sanitation, under delegated authority in terms of item 6 (1) of Schedule 3 to the National Water Act limited the taking of water from the Integrated Vaal River System by 15% on urban water use and 20% on irrigation water use – with immediate effect. Johannesburg Water was notified by Rand Water,   its bulk supplier, on 24 August that it would be reducing supply by 15% effective from 6 September 2016. This will be achieved by governing the flow of water through the bulk supply meters to Johannesburg Water. It will be managed in a dynamic manner as the supply areas have different sensitivity characteristics and a straight 15% across all meters will cause outages in some areas.

What are the existing restrictions?

Level-2 water use restrictions (which have been in place since Nov 15) according to section 44 (3) of the Water Services Bylaw states that all consumers are compelled:

  • not to water or irrigate their gardens between  06h00 and 18h00
  • only hand help hosepipes or buckets/watering cans are allowed outside these hours. Note that this is an additional requirement.
  • Not to fill their swimming pools with municipal water
  • Not to use hosepipes to wash their cars or to clean paved areas and driveways with water.

If borehole water is being used this must be clearly advertised. It is worth stating that over 40% of water used in Gauteng is for gardening use. If householders comply with the restrictions above the 15% reduction target will easily be achieved.

 

The JMPD have been requested to police compliance. Residents can report on non-compliance by phoning their 24/7 line 011 758 9650.

What are the water restriction tariffs that will now become effective?

When the tariffs were approved by the City for the 2016/17 year which commenced in July, water restriction tariffs were approved, to be implemented only if necessary. This is now the case, and these tariffs will apply on consumption from September until the drought situation is over. The restriction tariffs are imposed in a stepped manner: 10% extra on consumption between   20000 litres and 30000 litres/month; 20% on consumption between 30000 and 40000 litres/month; and 30% on consumption above 40000 litres/month. This is illustrated in the table below. Note that 1 kilolitre = 1000 litres.

 

LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTION TARIFFS TO DOMESTIC CUSTOMERS

Kilolitres per connection per month Normal Tariff (R/kl) Level 2- Water Restrictions Tariff
    % Increase R’ Increase (R/kl)
0-6 Free 0% R 0.00 Free
> 6-10 R 7.14 0% R 0.00 R 7.14
>10-15 R 12.07 0% R 0.00 R 12.07
>15-20 R 17.65 0% R 0.00 R 17.65
>20-30 R 24.03 10% R 2.40 R 26.43
>30-40 R 25.81 20% R 5.16 R 30.97
>40 R 32.27 30% R 9.68 R 41.95

What will happen if demand does not reduce by 15%?

If these measures are not effective in reducing demand by 15% then the Johannesburg water system will face the risk of outages. This has further knock–on effects as outages allow air into the system, which causes hammer and an increased likelihood of bursts. So, we request residents to take this seriously. What else is Johannesburg Water doing to contain water leakages?  JW has ongoing programmes to manage water leakages and usage, such as:

  • Active leakage detection and repair teams and water network pressure modulation through 793 pressure reducing valves (PRVs) at strategic locations in the system, saving 29.6 billion litres per annum;
  • The replacement of 900km of the water reticulation pipes which have the most bursts over a four (4) year period. This started in the 2013/14 financial year and is ahead of schedule.
  • The installation of low flush water cisterns in Soweto; and
  • Johannesburg Water encourages the use of boreholes as an alternative source of water for non-potable purposes. The Borehole Water Association of Southern Africa (BWA) indicated that they have experienced an increase of between 15% and 20% in the demand for boreholes since the campaign in February 2016.

What is the weather prognosis?

We may well be in for a dry early spring, but there are prospects for good rains from late November/early December. Should this happen and the Vaal system is able to recover, then these restrictions will be lifted.

Statement issued by: MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services – Councillor Anthony Still

For further information contact: Tidimalo Chuene – Johannesburg Water:      011 688 1577 / 082 604 6727 Eleanor Mavimbela – Johannesburg Water: 011 688 6672 / 071 313 6327 Anda Mbikwana – Office of the MMC:           011 587 4309 / 072 408 2341

Fidelity Lonehill Security Report – 1 September 2016

LRA / Fidelity Client:
09 August 2016:  Theft out of motor vehicle, Pineslopes
The manager of a restaurant placed two bags containing a laptop bag, CD bag and headphones into the back of his vehicle.  When he returned to his vehicle a few minutes later, he found the bags missing.  There was no sign of forced entry to his vehicle.  After viewing the CCTV footage, a Toyota Rav 4 is seen reversing in next to the vehicle and the occupants can be seen removing the bags and then driving away.

Non-LRA / Fidelity Client:
30 August 2016:  Robbery, Lonehill

Four male suspects, driving a silver Nissan Almera, registration number FB 80 ZF GP bumped into the driveway gate as it was closing, forcing the gate to stop.  One of the suspects overpowered the gardener and two of the suspects proceeded into the house where they found the domestic worker and marched her into the main bedroom, demanding money.  The suspects then held up the owner in the bathroom.  During this time the domestic worker broke free and ran out of the house and into the street.  The suspects fled the scene with a laptop, iPhone and a cellphone.  No firearms were seen and no injuries sustained.

EMERGENCEY CONTACT NUMBERS

24-hour Fidelity Control Room Manager:     082 373 1857
Fidelity Lonehill Control Room:   011 467 2868
SAPS Douglasdale 24-hour sector vehicle:  071 675 7156 / 7
SAPS Sandton 24-hour sector vehicle:  071 675 6095

SAPS Control:  10111
Metro Police:  011 375 5918 / 5911

Request for Tender – Beautification Projects

The Lonehill Residents Association are about to embark on the beautification of the Intersection of Lonehill Boulevard and Main Road, the new Mulbarton Park as well as the T-Junction of Lonehill Boulevard and Capricorn Road.

We invite all interested parties to RSVP their interest to data@lra.org.za  before 7th September 2016.

This will include both the design and execution thereof.

Those who express an interest in tendering will be invited to attend a formal briefing session at the offices of the Lonehill Residents Association.

Water restrictions in Gauteng

Residents are reminded that level-2 water restrictions are still in place and must be adhered to.

Residents are prohibited from watering their gardens between 8:00 and 16:00 every day.  We encourage businesses, schools, hotels and residential complexes in the area to have water saving tips posters displayed in their bathrooms  #SaveWater

Lonehill Koppie Opening 3 September

The Lonehill Koppie will open to the public on Saturday, 3 September 2016.

The Koppie opens on Saturday / Sunday and Public Holidays from 08h00 – 18h00