Structure of the CRA

The CRA is one of the oldest residents’ associations in Joburg. It was originally formed in 1937 and renamed in the 1970’s. Its current form and constitution were adopted in 2002 and in 2015 Dunkeld West joined the Association. It covers Craighall Park, Craighall and Dunkeld West – the residential streets west of Jan Smuts. Our aim is the betterment of our neighbourhood and community as a whole.

Your Committee

The CRA Committee is made up of no more than 15 CRA Members who are voted in at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Members, according to the CRA Constitution. Alternatively, the Members of the Committee can appoint a CRA Member, either to fill a casual vacancy or as an addition to their number if the number of Committee Members is less than 15. At the first Committee meeting after an AGM a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary are selected. For further details see the CRA Constitution.

The Infrastructure and Business Portfolios are currently vacant.

Applications are most welcome! Please contact admin@cra.org.za

Markus Borner

Chairperson & Financial Strategy

chair@cra.org.za

Caron Askew

Secretary, Environment & Social Media

internalcoms@cra.org.za

Grant Mills

Delta Park & Surrounds

delta@cra.org.za

Bio

Markus is a chartered accountant with 25+ years financial services experience in South Africa and internationally with a career focus on business and finance. He is now self-employed, focusing on financial advisory work and capital raising in South Africa and Africa. He is married to Paula, with twins Josh and Hannah aged 14. They have lived in Craighall Park since 2005 after returning to South Africa from London. Markus is passionate about living in a safe, sustainable and friendly neighbourhood, where neighbours look out for each other and are more than just neighbours.

Bio

Caron has been a Craighall Park resident for 17 years and is married to Mike and has 3 children Ross, James and Jenna. Being community minded she has stood as street rep for lower Lancaster Ave for a number of years and has served on the CRA Executive committee since 2019. Caron has worked at Nedbank since 2001 within the Group Finance department and if she isn’t preparing financials, you can find her running the streets of Craighall Park with her fellow RAC running friends. With no intentions of moving she wants to ensure that Craighall Park remains a clean, safe and a community spirited suburb that her family will enjoy for years to come.

Bio

Grant has lived in Craighall Park with his wife Miranda, since 2005 and owns a software development company, Brave Digital based in Greenside East.

Fran Swart

Community Development & Street Rep Coordinator

FranS@cra.org.za

Ashleigh Parry

Security

security@cra.org.za

Prof. Bruce Sparks

Community Care

admin@cra.org.za

Bio

I have lived in Craighall Park for the last 17 years. My husband Nelis and I are a merged family with four grown up children. My career has always been involved in stakeholder engagement within the Global Business Services and Human Resources arena. I am fortunate to work with an amazing organisation “Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator” where we look at ways to bring the unemployed youth into the world of work, able to make a meaningful contribution to the country and the economy. I have always supported the philosophy of rather than complain “roll up your sleeves and get involved”. As part of this approach, I am an active participant on the Ward 90 Executive Committee with the portfolio of Housing, Chairperson of the Hugh Wyndham Park Committee – together with other passionate residents we adopted the Park in 2018 and still run regular meetings and fundraising initiatives. I believe that the CRA is here for the residents and with active input of the various stakeholders within our community we can achieve a safe, clean, supportive, and effective community.

Bio

I have lived in Craighall Park for the last 14 years. My work history – with more years of experience than I’d like to count in varied positions, industries and countries – includes the likes of McCann Erikson (MCT Europe), Accenture (UK), Telesure and Vumacam. I’m a committed and passionate individual who takes a vested interest in the projects I take on. I am able to apply key leadership skills while at the same time assimilating into the group to work cohesively towards the desired outcomes and objectives. My desire to push myself to the limit is not contained to the boardroom – I’m a qualified game ranger, a lover of great food and wine and have successfully ascended Kilimanjaro.

Bio

Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine at Wits Medical School.  He was previously President of WONCA (World Organisation of Family Doctors in 112 countries), He has experience in Family Medicine / General Practice, Paediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Geriatrics, ENT, Community Health and Medico-legal aspects of Medicine within the University and the Gauteng and other Provincial Health Department clinics.  His particular interest in the CRA is the health and well-being (clinical and psychological) of the elderly, indigent, homeless, and home-alone individuals in the community and how to involve residents and industry within the suburbs to assist in the lives and concerns of these members of our community and others with health-related problems.

Chris Lund

Community Development

communityneeds@cra.org.za

Andrea Rosen

Town Planning

townplanning@cra.org.za

Paulette Malcolm

Community Care

admin@cra.org.za

Bio

For the past 25 years I have been passionate about the City of Johannesburg, developing housing solutions for its poorer residents and slaying the Giant of Homelessness. This passion is fueled by my desire for Social Justice. Using the skills I have developed as an administrator, accountant, HR and compliance expert, I have pioneered different housing solutions, namely Transitional Housing, Communal and Social Housing with some good results. However, if we want true prosperity, I have come to the conclusion that our citizens need a change of Heart. Once we start collaborating and our communities become more inclusionary then we can provide jobs for all and slay the Giant of Homelessness completely.

Bio

Andrea has lived in Craighall Park with her family for over thirty years and is a founding member of Johannesburg Urban Forest Alliance (JUFA). She was a member of the CRA’s town planning portfolio for four years between 2015 to 2019 and has decided to re-join the committee to take over the portfolio in 2021. Andrea is passionate about maintaining our area as part of the largest urban forest in the world, ensuring there is orderly and well thought out development in our area, in order to maintain our “village life” in the city.

Bio

I have served on the CRA for more years than I care to remember. First on the Town Planning portfolio then for many years representing environmental affairs and finally Health and Community. I have served on the Ward 90 Committee for the same length of time and at present serve as the representative for health and wellness.

Lance Drake

Treasurer

treasurer@cra.org.za

Martin Williams

Ward Councillor

Martcw7@gmail.com

(non-voting member)

Volunteers Needed

The committee has a number of opportunities for people who are interested in being involved in the community.

If this could be you, please contact admin@cra.org.za

Portfolios

Business

Deals with liaising with local businesses and business membership. See CRA Membership for further details about business membership or contact admin@cra.org.za.

Communications

This portfolio is divided into two areas:

  • External Communications
    Deals with CRA communication distributions to residents.
  • Social Media
    Deals with the mandates and access to the CRA’s social media.

See CRA Communications for further details.

Community Needs

Deals with the many different stakeholders, the social needs and sometimes competing interests of all those in our community.

Environment

Deals with local environmental issues, our parks and the maintenance of many of our public spaces, as well as liaising with other interested parties and organisations.

 

Visit our environment page for more information.

Financial Strategy

Deals with longer term financial strategic planning in conjunction with shorter term and monthly budgeting, in conjunction with the Treasurer.

Infrastructure

Deals with all infrastructure-related issues, as well as liaising with the various CoJ departments and our local ward councillors.

Security

Deals with all security-related issues including our CRA / CAP Public Spaces Security (PSS) initiative, as well as liaising with other interested parties and organisations.

 

Visit our security page for more information.

Click here to find out about FireOps for CRA members.

Town Planning

Deals with all town planning issues – including the monitoring of developments, facilitating objections and heritage applications and approval.

Supporting Structures

The CRA Committee is made up of no more than 15 Members, all of whom are local residents with professional and personal obligations, who volunteer their time and expertise for the betterment of the community. Without support and assistance from other residents, and cooperation from local organisations and interested parties, the amount that can be achieved is limited. The CRA therefore utilises a variety of support structures and currently pays for two maintenance workers and part-time administrative support.

Sub-Committees

Sub-committees deal with ongoing matters in particular spheres. They are comprised of CRA Committee Members who may co-opt onto the sub-committee any two Members of the Association they think fit to be part of the official sub-committee, and form part of a minimum two-person quorum. Sub-committees may draw on expertise and assistance from others, but these others will not form part of the official sub-committee nor have any voting rights within the said committee.

Resident Action Groups (RG)

Resident action groups (RGs) are formed to deal with a specific issue. They are made up of concerned residents, who select a coordinator (RGC), who will then work closely with the head of the relevant portfolio to determine a course of action and implement it once given the go ahead by the CRA Committee.

Affiliated Committees and Organisations

There are a number of committees and organisations both in and around our area that it is vital for the CRA to be involved with and in. As such they form part of the CRA’s support structure, although they are not necessarily a direct part of the CRA.