About CRA \ Detailed Portfolios
Who best to contact if you need information or assistance
(as at May 2012)
The CRA portfolios currently comprise Environment, Membership, Community Affairs, Safety and Security, Town planning and development, Traffic & Infrastructure, Communications and PR, Civic Affairs, Business Liaison & Signage and the statutory positions of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
While your first port of call should be the City's Help Line (011 375-5555 ), the CRA executive members can assist you if action isn't taken, or advise you of who best to contact or follow up on your behalf.
Chairperson: Ryan Roseveare is the CRA chair. In this capacity, Ryan will pick up on matters that are not being easily resolved - but we do ask you to first go through the appropriate CRA exec person. In addition, he handles the security portfolio.
Other portfolios are:
1. Environment / Braamfontein Spruit / special projects
This portfolio is headed by Brendon Wolff-Piggott. Brendon's main focus is the Spruit. He is developing relationships with groups who use the Spruit regularly, like the River Rangers, the cyclists and Scouts, as well as the relevant City departments and the parents of young children who play at Delta Park. Happenings will be planned on ignificant environmental days such as World Water Week.
This portfolio is held by Rob Malcolm. Membership subs are the lifeblood of the CRA and without your support, we would be in grave danger of being unable to function effectively. Subs are modest and we urge all residents to pay the subs fee annually.
3. Community Affairs
Responsibilities include developing and overseeing special functions for residents (street parties, community braais, community clean-ups etc), promotions, liaison with estate agents, welcoming new residents anything to do with fostering neighbourly relations! Sue Harris is your contact.
Anti-crime projects (the Public Spaces security scheme remains high on the agenda); liaison with Parkview Police, the CPF, security companies and Business against Crime; road closures; and the Shopping Centres Security Forum. In addition, if you have been a victim of crime, the CRA in conjunction with the Parkview CPF is there to provide you with support. Contact any member of the team to report an incident and for follow up.
For PSS information and to join - contact Glen. Street lights are important in the fight against crime - if you notice street lights out of order, contact the City's help line ( 011 375 5555). If repairs are not done promptly, contact Mack Rogan or, in ongoing unresolved problems, Ward Councillor Gordon Mackay.
The CRA also supports the Community Safety Forum (CSF). For more information contact Ryan Roseveare.
Two additional security initiatives are:
- Domestic Watch. Meetings are held on the last Friday every month from 12:00-13:00 at the Wesleyan Church, Norfolk Ave, CHP. Run by well-known Penny Steyn, those attending are given many hints and tips on security, preventing crime and knowing what to do in crime situations. In addition, there are useful sessions such as basic first-aid. There is a small montly charge. Residents are urged to support Domestic Watch. For information contact Sue Harris.
- Shopping Centre security forum. This was formed in response to a spate of follow home robberies. The CRA initiated meetings with Hyde Park and subsequently with the Valley Shopping Centre, Dunkeld West and the Colony. While there have been virtually no incidents for months now, If you have a concern or a shopping centre related security matter to report, contact Adam Bunkell.
5. Traffic and Infrastructure problems
This includes liaison with Johannesburg Roads Agency, road closures, road signs and road markings, illegal parking, speed humps, road usage including taxis, missing manhole covers, street lights out of order. Report the problem first with the City's Call Centre.
This portfolio is handled by Mack Rogan.
6. Communications, PR, marketing, CRA web site management and CRA records
Activity here includes media liaison, particularly with the Rosebank Gazette; the production of the hard copy and hand-delivered newsletter, the Crier, several times a year; monthly electronic newsletter for residents; updating of CRA records and liaison with the City Council re data errors, and ongoing development and maintenance of the CRA's website.
The CRA finds email one of the most effective forms of communication. If you're reading this page, live in our area and don't receive regular CRA E-letters, please send us your mail address right away (plus your name and street address). Wendy McAllister handles the portfolio. She is also Deputy Chairperson.
7. Town Planning & Development
Matters dealt with in this portfolio include -
- Approval/ objection of building developments in the community
- Tracking of LDO & rezoning (applications)
- Liaison with City town planning
- Property Rating Bill
- Abandoned/vacant properties
8. Civic Affairs including inner suburb management
Paulette Malcolm has a vast knowledge of city structures and also sits on the Ward 90 committee. By attending forums, stakeholders meetings and the like, Paulette makes invaluable contacts that assist the CRA exec with resolving prolems. She can also be contacted for information about or assistance with matters relating to:
- Parks & verges
- Storm water
- Rubble /pavements
- Reporting to Pik-it-up overflowing street litter bins
- Community services
9. Business liaison and signage
This portfolio is vacant. If any business wishes to advertise with the CRA or provide support such as sponsoring a CRA sign or a neglected area (eg cnr of Buckingham & Sutherland Aves), any exec member may be contacted.
11. Secretary / co-ordinator
Liz McConnell handles this portfolio: responsibilities include taking the minutes of each exec meeting and making arrangements for the AGM and any other meeting.
City Councillor for Ward 90, which includes the areas of Craighall and Craighall Park, is Gordon Mackay- 083 255 7461.