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Heronbridge Bus Service

Heronbridge is running an afternoon shuttle to the Estate Entrance, they currently have only two children on the bus. They have sufficient capacity to run the bus as follows:

Morning

Bus Departs from the Estate Entrance at 07h10

Afternoon drop off point at the Estate Entrance

Bus drops off at 13h50 only. (shuttle departs from school at 13h00)

 

The Owners Responsibility for Health and Safety

House-collapseFollowing the events of 18 August 2014, where a house collapsed in Meyersdal Eco Estate killing 9 workers, the CCHA would like to bring to the attention of the CCHA owners currently building within the estate, their liability in respect of the Construction safety duties and responsibilities.  To further support the need for this communication, an audit was conducted by an appointed  specialist Health and Safety company during the course of August 2014 which indicates that majority of the sites are not compliant in terms of the Construction Regulations Act of 1996. and new amendments which came into effect on the 7th of August 2014. The CCHA wishes to record that as a result of non-compliance, property owners currently involved in construction activity on their respective sites are at significant risk in their personal capacity and penalties range from site closures, monetary fines and in extreme cases, a charge of culpable homicide which carries a minimum of a 2 year prison term.

 

Construction safety duties and responsibilities not just for contractors

Edmond Furter January 24, 2013              

Construction safety duties and responsibilities not just for contractors

Jacques Maree writes on property sectional title and property client health and safety duties.

Construction safety duties and responsibilities are not just for the construction client’s contractors. An owner, manager or sectional title body corporate may be liable, writes Jacques Maree.

Every property owner, facilities manager or sectional title body corporate board has several legal duties for health and safety in construction, renovation or maintenance, despite using contractors.

The general perception among property owners and managers is that the duty to provide a safe and healthy working environment in construction, renovation and maintenance, rests with contractors. In essence this may be so, but certain requirements provide for liability of owners.

Property owners’ legal duties

In section 1 of the Construction Regulations of 2003, under authority of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993, construction work is defined as “erection, maintenance, alteration, renovation, repair, demolition or dismantling of or addition to a building or any similar structure”.

A Client is any person for whom construction work is performed, and Client duties are clearly listed in section 4;

1.Prepare a health and safety specification for the construction work.
2.Provide the contractor with any information pertaining to health and safety that may affect any person performing the work.
3.Appoint each contractor in writing.
4.Take reasonable steps to ensure that the contractor(s) health and safety plan is implemented and maintained.
5.Stop any work not done in accordance with the health and safety plan.
6.If there are changes to the work, to provide sufficient further information and resources.
7.Ensure that every contractor is registered with a compensation fund or licensed compensation insurer prior to any work being carried out.
8.Ensure that, at the tender stage, all contractors have budgeted for health and safety measures during the construction process.

The required health and safety specification is a list of health and safety requirements pertaining to the intended construction work on site, so as to ensure the health and safety of persons.

A health and safety plan is a written plan that addresses hazards identified and includes procedures to mitigate, reduce or control them.

Many reputable contractors, such as Master Builders SA members, make provision for the health and safety requirements at the tender stage and take measures to ensure their compliance. Many informal or small contractors and ‘bakkie builders’ do not.

It is recommended that the trustees take active steps to ensure that the health and safety specifications are prepared and that, during the course of the renovations, the contractors and their employees comply with such specifications and plans. It is imperative that they do not turn a blind eye.

Need for HS consultant depends on risk

Obtaining the services of a health and safety consultant who takes measures to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements and conducts periodic audits thereafter, is not always necessary. It depends on the risks of the workplace and the type of persons employed.

All sectional title bodies corporate, at some stage, will perform construction work as defined in the Construction Regulations. Therefore, in such instances, compliance with health and safety requirements is essential.

Owners, managers and trustees, as construction clients, have a duty to comply with health and safety requirements and to safeguard themselves and the body corporate against potential claims arising from any injuries or death caused as a result of any work.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Construction Regulations may result in personal liability.

Contractors are not, in terms of current labour legislation, considered as employees of the client or body corporate in current legislation, but current law clearly spells out certain duties.

•This post is an extract from an article by Jacques Maree in Paddocks Press, cited in the Statusmark and Rent-a-Property Newsletter. He is a sectional title and homeowners’ association specialist attorney at Jacques Maree attorneys.

•The legal relationship between Clients, Contractors and Employees may change, and place more duties and liability on owners, according to an investigation by Wits University into a complaint about workplace conditions on its campus.

Garden Tips

garden-tipsOne of the most common questions we as horticulturists today are faced with is; what is good irrigation practice and how much water should I give my garden! Before we can get into the detail we first need to understand why we irrigate and what the factors are to consider when irrigating our gardens.
Let’s look at the basic three soil types and what their characteristics are. In our next article we will return to the soil types to further calibrate our irrigation systems, for now let’s look into the basics.

The three basic soil types are:
Sandy
– High water intake
– Low water retention

Loam
– Medium water intake
– Moderate water retention

Clay
– Very slow water intake
– High water retention

Secondly we need to look at how water is drawn into the soil and the water content in soils. Now we need to understand the two different methods of water distribution in soils namely the infiltration rate and capillary action. The infiltration rate is a measure of the soils ability to allow for vertical drainage of the water applied to the surface. This is made possible by gravitational pull. The phenomenon of capillary action is by which water is transferred from pore to pore in soils, this is basically the movement of water in a lateral movement in soils.

Now that we have a basic understanding of how water acts within the soil we can look at how we lose water and available moisture. Available moisture is the usable volume of water that remains in the soil following the extraction of a portion of its former water content.
How do we lose water?

Evaporation is one of the most common causes of water loss, factors influencing evaporation are; the sun, wind, temperature and humidity. Another factor of water loss to consider is Transpiration, This is the expiration of evaporation of water from a plants leaves and stems to the atmosphere. The combination of the loss of water by evaporation and the plants transpiration is called evapotranspiration (ET). Irrigation must be scheduled to replenish the water that is lost by evapotranspiration.

Good irrigation practices
The ultimate function of an irrigation system is to replenish the water in the soil that is lost by evapotranspiration. Irrigation mimics rain “Natural replenishment”. A common mistake is to schedule irrigation frequency to water turf and the landscape every day.
This is bad for the following reasons:
– The presence of air and water in the soil is essential for the uptake of water and nutrients from the soil. Irrigating every day will reduce the ratio of air and water in the upper root zone of plants.
– When plants receive water every day, a superficial root system will develop. This occurs because the roots have no need to venture deeper in the soil to seek out water. A negative influenced by this is that a plant will only extract nutrients from the upper reaches of the soil.
– When a superficial root system develops it will result in a reduction of the plants anchoring ability and may lead to the plants unable to withstand strong winds, also when a plant develops superficial root systems they are extremely susceptible to droughts and or the reduction of the irrigation schedule they have become accustomed to.
– This will also lead to increased susceptibility to fungal infestations and occurrences. Fungi require moisture for survival and reproduction. Watering daily will increase the risk of a fungal attack.
– The increased competition of weeds will have a detrimental effect on your garden plants.

This brings me to the second part of your question, how much water and when do I apply it. Firstly lets again look at some important information. We are going to use the information gathered above and by using the rate of precipitation of different nozzle types calibrate our system accordingly. The rate of precipitation is the rate at which water is applied to the irrigated area per unit time, usually expressed in mm per hour of operation. Before we apply this we need to understand that that the water application norms used in Gauteng by Horticulturists in the last 30 years are:

– Summer 25mm per week
– Spring 20mm per week
– Autumn 15mm per week
– Winter 8mm per week; NB only where necessary – certain plants undergo a seasonal dormancy in which little sap flows and transpiration occurs.

It is important to note the above figures are the average “no rain” requirements for irrigation. The scheduled applications must be reduced by the amount of rainfall.

Cedar Creek Security Incident Update

Dear Cedar Creek Residents.

As per the email and SMS notification that was sent out regarding the incident which occurred on the morning of the 05th June 2014, both RSS and Exec Secure have submitted their reports.

All necessary actions to prevent this from happening again are being investigated and will be implemented soonest.

cedarcreekestate urges all residents to take the necessary precautions in securing their homes. Please do not leave any doors or windows open or unlocked.

All residents are reminded to please contact security at any time of the day should you feel vulnerable.

Snaring and Trapping in Cedar Creek Estate (Poaching)

We ask all residents to be vigilant in identifying and monitoring the practice of illegal snare setting in the estate. Several snares have been picked up in the last few days including a tragic of one of our residents cats being ensnared and seriously injured. We ask all residents who may see suspicious activity  potentially in respect to poaching, the finding of snares or other traps to please report this immediately to the CCHA Estate Manager Davin Morgan.

Should any person be caught in possession or setting of snares in the estate, the individual/s will be removed from the Estate and banned from the estate. In addition to the ban, the person will be held until the South Africa Police Services (SAPS) removes the person from Security custody and a case of poaching and animal cruelty will be opened against that individual. Not only is the wild life at risk but domestic animals including dogs and cats. A further measure will be that the apprehended individual’s employer will be fined a R2000.00 spot penalty for not providing sufficient supervision and monitoring of their employees while on the Estate.

Maintenance of vacant stands

Following an excessively wet summer period, we will need to commence with vacant stand cutting again as the veldt grass has reached 300mm (30cm) in height. Please be advised that if you are an owner of a vacant stand you are accountable for the care, maintenance and trimming of the veldt grass on your stand (Please refer to section 1.8.19 of the CCHA Rules & Guidelines).

Due notification is hereby given for all vacant stand owners to attend to their vacant stand maintenance before Friday 30 May 2014. Should you not comply to this condition of purchase, the CCHA will proceed with instructing is appointed service contractor to cut your vacant stand at the cost of R 400.00 which will be added to your June 2014 levy statement.

This notification is intended for all vacant stand owners

Cedar Creek Estate Newsletter

Hi Cedar Creek Estate residents.

As you are all aware, there has been a lot of activity at Cedar Creek in the last few months. As the activity is increasing, so is the importance for us as a community to grow together to ensure we continue living in the beautiful estate we all bought into.

As with many estates, the amount of growth within Cedar Creek Estate has put the original infrastructure and services under pressure.  We are seeing this as a good thing as it gives us all a chance to contribute in the growth. It ensures we update and improve on the current infrastructure and it ensures we get the best teams in place to service Cedar Creek Estate to make it a sought after up-marking lifestyle estate. No doubt we will have teething issues. No doubt not all the infrastructure will be spot on perfect, but we will get there.

This newsletter has been created to highlight and communicate items with residents of Cedar Creek Estate. It will be a distributed every two months, and increased to monthly in the future.

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Refuse Removal:

Domestic Refuse is collected on a weekly basis by Pikitup. Every street in the estate is required to be driven by Pikitup and residents are required to place their wheelie bins directly outside their property for collection. Weekly refuse collection is scheduled for Cedar Creek Estate on a Mondays.

Please Note: All wheelie bins must be clearly marked with their stand number, no bags or boxes may be left next the wheelie bin as Pikitup will not collect this waste. Wheelie bins are at all times to be stored inside the resident’s property out of public sight. Wheelie bins may be placed in driveways or verges 24 hours prior to collection and must be removed and stored inside the property the same day as collection was conducted, no wheelie bins may be placed on or near Cedar Boulevard (Main Estate Road) and wheelie Bins may not be hosed down or washed out and cleaned into the estate roads.

Residents are to please note the above and ensure that the guidelines are followed in terms of refuse collection. Failure to comply will result in the cedarcreekestate issuing relevant penalties.

Speeding:

The issue of speeding in the Estate continues to be in the spotlight and is of a major concern to our community. The number of daily incidents has indicated a rise in the incidence of speeding over the past few months and unfortunate if one is to believe in statistic’s it’s only a matter of time before we will have a recordable incident likely to significantly impact a family in this community.  We urge all residents living within the estate and current owners building, to become involved in their community and to actively monitor and report vehicles travelling in excess of the 30km/h speed limit imposed on all our estate roads.

cedarcreekestate is in the process of procuring suitable calibrated speed enforcement equipment and the training of 2 security guards to operate this equipment and issue penalties in line with breach of estate rules and regulations. We have an obligation to keep our families, our pets and the estates variety of wild and indigenous animals safe. Should other road safety transgressions be noted, please also report such incidents.

Finances:

On a high-level overview of the estate finances, the cedarcreekestate Directors have recently appointed a new auditor to conduct the 2014 external audit. Further to this a new process on deposits have been implemented to assist the estate in keeping builders and owners accountable. The recovery of outstanding levies have been driven aggressively over the past few month to get estate into better financial condition. The Directors have taken a view and Tenders went out on various aspects of Cedar Creek namely Estate Management, Gardens and Security.

Security:

Whilst we are a developing Estate, domestic workers and stay home moms need to be vigilant re any suspicious activity around their homes with regards to workers on site. Please make sure your security is in order and don’t take chances by leaving doors open etc.  Should you experience any issues with contractors or workers, report these immediately to Davin at EEM so that the necessary action can be taken.

>Safety Tips For the Holidays

We are heading into a holiday period in April and many of us will be traveling. Below are some safety tips to consider for the holidays.
Advise your security company if you are going away and ensure that you supply all the necessary information regarding nearby key holders, in case of an emergency
Inform your neighbours of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your property
Stop all newspaper deliveries and ask a friend or neighbour to collect your post. A bulging post box is a dead giveaway that you are not at home
If hiring a house sitter, ensure that you teach them how to use your alarm correctly
Double check that you have locked and secured all windows and doors before leaving home
Ensure that all your outside locks are a minimum of four lever locks or double cylinder security locks
Never leave a key in the inside of an outer door which has glass panels or glass near the door lock
Having security gates fitted on outer doors is a highly effective security measure that gives you an extra line of defense
Sliding doors can be secured simply by placing a piece of timber cut to size in the sliding rail. Make sure that sliding doors cannot be lifted vertically
Full fencing and sturdy gates are a good deterrent
Have good exterior lighting, preferably on a timer
Do not leave tools like ladders or spades outside, as they can be used to break into your house
Clear signage indicating that you have security also helps to discourage burglars

>Community Policing Forum (CPF)

Please be aware of the below list of suspicious motor vehicles and activities in the area from March until present:
BDR 621 GP: Silver Toyota Corolla with 2x black males involved in a business robbery at Olivedale Zenex garage.
VDN 78…: Kia Picanto with an unknown colour. 1x black male poured petrol without payment.
CN 24 ST GP: White VW Polo. 1x white male poured petrol without paying.
BS 41 CB GP: Audi TT of an unknown colour involved in theft out of motor vehicle at Monecasino.
CW 52 TY GP: Unconfirmed vehicle and occupants committed theft out of motor vehicle at Montecasino.
SMP 013 GP: Unconfirmed vehicle and occupants involved in theft out of motor vehicle at Douglasdale shopping centre.
ND 303 899: White VW Golf (mk4) used in a fraud incident.
CB 45 DM GP: Black BMW of unknown model involved in cellphone theft.
RDX 427 GP: White Toyota bakkie used by the suspect in a malicious damage to property incident.
CX 516 99: White Kia of an unknown model involved in common robbery along Cedar Road.
Maroon Toyota Corolla, reg unknown, involved in common robbery in Olivedale at the corners of Christo and Amsterdam roads.
Constable M. R. Dlodlo 7048328-1 SAPS: Douglasdale Sector 4 Manager

Gardens  Maintenance:

cedarcreekestate invited a few hand picked Garden Maintenance companies to tender for the cedarcreekestate gardens contract.  The Tender application closed on the 31st of March 2014 @ 10h00. A total of 3 out of 3 tender submissions were received and are in the process of adjudication. Following the adjudication process the successful tenderer will be awarded a 3 year contract. The intention is to have a new Garden Maintenance team on site by earliest 1 May 2014.  The visual impact and nature of the estate dams has been investigated by a specialist environmental company who has proposed various solutions. The Specialist company will engage with the cedarcreekestate Directors to determine scope of the work and effort required to create a sustainable regime and method of keeping the dams clear of weed growth.

Building:

There currently 60 freehold houses completed along with Jade hill’s sectional title scheme with almost 90 new houses under construction or in plan approval process. River Bush Willow Lane on stand 302 has launched its development of 43 sectional title units ranging between 2,3 and 4 bedroom options. This development is intended to be complete Mid 2015. New controls and regulations have been implemented with respect to the estate building process which engages the individual builder into a contract with the home owners association to build with due care and respect of the estate property and consideration of the residents living in the estate. The building controls will ensure greater implementation and adherence  to the estate guidelines while maintaining the overall aesthetic nature of the estate and ensuring owner investments are protected in the long run. Certain identified houses which do not conform to the Estate Guidelines will be requested to confirm to the current guidelines failing which the homeowners associations will implement a monthly penalty until rectified.

Estate speed limit (30KM/H)

The issue of speeding in the Estate continues to be in the spotlight and is of a major concern to our community. The number of daily incidents has indicated a rise in the incidence of speeding over the past few months and unfortunate if one is to believe in statistic’s it’s only a matter of time before we will have a recordable incident likely to significantly impact a family in this community.
We urge all residents living within the estate and current owners building, to become involved in their community and to actively monitor and report vehicles travelling in excess of the 30km/h speed limit imposed on all our estate roads. The following procedure is proposed when a resident has identified a speeding vehicle which is a non-confrontational approach:

  • Note the vehicle colour and make
  • Registration Number
  • Date & Time
  • Road being traversed
  • Stand number
  • Photograph

The above details should then be forwarded to davin@eemoffice.co.za . Following receipt of the offender, the following procedure will be initiated:

  1. If a resident or property Owner, the access card will be cancelled,
    • It will only be reactivated on visiting the EEM office and receiving a verbal warning of the transgression.
    • Should the same person transgress the speed limit for the 2nd time, the access card will be deactivated and a written warning will be issued and accompanied by a R 250 penalty for breach of Estate Rules. The Access card will be reactivated on proof of payment of penalty.
    • Continued transgressions will result repeat penalties being levied.
  2. Should Visitors or Contractors/Suppliers/Delivery services be identified as speeding, security has the right to stop the vehicle concerned and if necessary delay exit from the estate.

The CCHA is in the process of procuring suitable calibrated speed enforcement equipment and the training of 2 security guards to operate this equipment and issue penalties in line with breach of estate rules and regulations.
We have an obligation to keep our families, our pets and the estates variety of wild and indigenous animals safe. Should other road safety transgressions be noted, please also report such incidents.

Guideline for Refuse Removal – Pikitup

Domestic Refuse is collected on a weekly basis by Pikitup who are permitted to drive under escort of our appointed security company through the estate collecting residents’ wheelie bins. Every street in the estate is required to be driven by Pikitup and residents are required to place their wheelie bins directly outside their property for collection.

The following is noted:

  • Owners are responsible for directly contacting Pikitup for the order and delivery of a wheelie Bin to their residence.
  • Weekly refuse collection is scheduled for CCHA on a Monday.
  • All wheelie bins must be clearly marked with their stand number.
  • On Collection day, residents are requested to place their wheelie bins in their driveway or verge directly outside their house.
  • All refuse and waste items must be placed inside the wheelie bin, no bags or boxes may be left next the wheelie bin as Pikitup will not collect this waste.
  • Wheelie bins are at all times to be stored inside the resident’s property out of public view.
  • Wheelie bins may be placed in driveways or immediate verges 24 hours prior to collection and must be removed and stored inside the property the same day as collection was conducted.
  • In the event of a delayed collection by Pikitup, wheelie bins may be left in driveway or immediate verge until collection has been undertaken or a notification issued by the CCHA Estate Manger to the contrary advising of alternative collections.
  • No wheelie bin may be placed on or near Cedar Boulevard (Main Estate Road), due to the visual impact on the estate and there are no stands or houses accessed from this road.
  • Wheelie Bins may not be hosed down or washed out and cleaned into the estate roads.

Residents are to please note the above and ensure that the guidelines are followed in terms of refuse collection. Failure to comply will result in the CCHA issuing relevant penalties for the following:

  • Refuse Not placed inside a Wheelie Bin and not collected – R400.00.
  • Wheelie Bins on collection day not placed in direct driveway or verge of house – R100.
  • Wheelie Bins placed in driveway or on verge prior to 24 hours before collection date – R100.
  • Wheelie Bins not timeously collected and placed inside the yard following collection – R100 plus the owners will be required to collect the wheelie bin from the Estate Management office.
  • Storing of Wheelie Bin outside of the residents property boundary walls – R100 plus the owners will be required to collect the wheelie bin from the Estate Management office

Residents are encouraged to take note of this guideline for the sake of maintaining the aesthetics of the estate at all times and to assist with the discouragement of attracting rodents, insects and pests.