NEWSLETTER | NOV/DEC 2019
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Important SECURITY Helderfontein Security Control Room - Open 24/7: 010 594 6003 Helderfontein Reaction Vehicle: 078 099 2590 Helderfontein Security Manager - Blessed Ndaba : 066 204 9708 Dainfern Community Association Emergency: 011 469 0099
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS Estate Management Office: 010 594 6004
City of Johannesburg: 011 375 5555
Helderfontein Visitor Access Code: 076 020 9326
Complaints – Ref No’s: 086 003 7566
Westbrook Consultancy: 011 465 2907
Fourways Life Hospital: 0860 444 044
Aesthethics Committee (Studious Architects): 012 663 3371
Olivedale Clinic: 011 777 2000
Clear Access: 011 100 0210
Pikitup: 0860 572 874
Envirofuel: 081 895 1504
ESKOM Call Centre for Reporting Faults: 0860 037 566
Reddam School: 010 060 4232
DCA (BDA) “FOLLOW ME HOME” NUMBER Should a resident suspect they are being followed, they need to follow the following procedure: • Immediately contact DAINFERN CONTROL ROOM ON 011 469 0099 • Your location (road name and where you are coming from)
• Your contact number • Your vehicle description (colour, make and model) • A description of the vehicle following you • Estimated time of arrival at your Estate
This year has just flown by and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite believe it is nearly year-end. However, we at the HOA office are pleased with the progress that has been made on the Estate during 2019 and we look forward to even better things next year. As you all know, Rudolf Botha stepped down as Chairman of the Board at the last AGM. We would like to say a special thank you to Rudolf for his time and efforts during his many years of service to the Estate. We welcome our new Chairman, Ladi Adelusi, and know that the Board will continue to have the best interests of the residents and the Estate at heart.
Thank you to all the residents who participated and helped make this a special occasion for the kiddies by putting out sweets for collection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we really appreciate it and hope that more residents will come to the party next year.
Christmas is fast approaching and this is an appeal to all residents of Helderfontein Residential Estate to make a donation to the annual Xmas collection fund to enable us to give every member of our security and maintenance staff a monetary festive gift as a token of our appreciation for their services. All residents who wish to participate — and hopefully that will include all residents — please make a deposit, or do an Internet transfer, to the following account: FOR - SECURITY STAFF, NEDBANK Cheque Account, ACCOUNT No 101 392 8202. BRANCH 198765, which would be greatly appreciated. Please Note: mark all deposits with “Christmas Collection” and your Stand Number as your reference. This is essential to enable us to allocate the funds correctly. All funds need to be in by no later than Friday, 6 December 2019. A huge “thank you” in advance.
Please take note of the BUILDERS’ HOLIDAY dates: • Close: Friday, 13 December 2019 • Re-Open: Monday, 6 January 2020 Please take note that all contractors (old and new) will have to update their details and Security will check all documentation before they can commence with building onsite. Click here to view the Permanent Application Form Click here to view the Temporary Application Form
Together again From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another, we are united in the joy that comes from celebrating with friends and family at this special time of the year. Wishing all our valued clients a joyful festive season filled with memorable moments. From everyone at Pam Golding Properties.
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We would like to thank Elijah, the Security Officer at our Main Gate, for his marvellous drawings. Elijah very quietly comes to get the chalk from the HOA Office and next thing we have a brilliant drawing on our notice board. Well done, Elijah!
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That special man, Santa, will be visiting Helderfontein Residential Estate on Saturday, 30 November at 10:30. Should you wish to participate in the handing-out of presents, kindly confirm with Sandy Palmer at the HOA Office and drop off your present for Santa to give your child before Wednesday, 27 November. Kindly ensure that the gifts are clearly marked with your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name to make life easier for Santa!
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A reminder that with our soaring summer temperatures, there is a greater chance of dogs suffering from heatstroke. This can be caused when your dog is in a hot or humid environment with inadequate ventilation or inadequate shade, has inadequate drinking water or takes excessive exercise. Be careful about walking dogs when it is hot as they will be at risk of heatstroke and may also burn their paws on the hot tarmac. And, please, never leave your dog in a car. With the holidays coming up, we ask all residents to ensure that their pups and kitties are well catered for if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going away.
By Menno van den Oever
Trees are living organisms which are vital elements of a cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure and hence they must be taken into account at every stage of planning, design and development.
across diverse households and individuals. In order to properly design the landscape by including trees, it is important to understand the value that trees can provide to any project.
Trees in urban landscapes provide a variety of both tangible and intangible benefits that may be valued differently
The following are some of the benefits brought about by investing in trees.
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Social benefits of trees
Trees do not only enhance the beauty of properties; they also provide employees and guests with the opportunity to take a break from work and refresh their minds by spending time enjoying the natural beauty of the landscape. Frequent short walks under and among the trees has been reported to be very conducive to the productivity of employees and greatly enhances mood. Studies have shown that children who spend some of their time in green spaces retain more of the information they are taught in schools. Hospital patients recover faster when they have a view of trees.
Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s air and water filters
Due to the depletion of the ozone layer, excess carbon dioxide is building up in our atmosphere, thereby contributing to climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and store the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, a single mature tree can absorb about 21 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings. Trees can act as environmental sponges. In cities, they act as buffers, absorbing a significant amount of urban noise.
NATURE Foliage helps to settle out, trap and hold particulate pollutants (dust, ash, pollen and smoke) that can damage human lungs. By directing stormwater down into the earth, trees save pollutants from flowing into oceans and other water sources. Trees add natural character to our cities and towns Just like buildings, trees have structures which help create plant-based architectural styles. They provide us with colour, flowers, and beautiful shapes, forms and textures. Together with associated plants, trees create a habitat and food for birds and animals. They also add interest by changing with the seasons.
Trees help you save money
By providing shade, trees can significantly reduce air-conditioning costs when they are strategically planted. Evergreen trees can act as windbreaks during the winter season and deflect harsh winds,
which reduces heating costs by 4 - 22 percent. During summer, they can provide shade and keep your corporate office cool, which can lower the costs of airconditioning.
They improve value of the property
Planting trees in your landscape is a low-cost way to boost the value of your property. A property that has trees is estimated to attract more customers than a property that lacks trees. Mature trees, in particular, are an absolutely irreplaceable asset as they can add up to 20 percent to the value of residential property.
By Andre Marx
he Red-billed Quelea may be a frequently overlooked species in Helderfontein as it is a fairly nondescript bird, especially in winter when in non-breeding plumage. At times it can however occur in large numbers when conditions are favourable.
Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea
In summer during the breeding season male birds can be told from their red bills, distinctive black mask which is surrounded by a pinkish red band, and their otherwise mostly pale brown feather colouration. The female, as shown, resembles the male in nonbreeding condition, and has a dull yellow bill and eye ring. There are some of these birds around at the moment so look out for these features.
This is the bird that is known to form dense flocks of millions of birds in parts of the country when conditions are optimal and this species can be exceptionally abundant. Then flocks that exhibit the spectacular â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;roller feedingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; movement can be observed. It is at these times that the Red-billed Quelea reaches problem proportions and when extensive damage can be done to crops as this is primarily a seed eating species. They will also take various insects when these are available, particularly when they have chicks to feed. Breeding takes place in colonies when numbers of the birds will synchronise their breeding attempt.
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BIRD OF THE MONTH In Gauteng the bird is mostly nomadic, arriving in numbers when foraging conditions are suitable. They are highly gregarious and will roost and feed in numbers together. Frequently groups of Red-billed Quelea will associate with other seedeaters such as bishops and widowbirds, particularly in the winter months when none of these species are breeding. When roosting at night or in the heat of the day a large of group of birds will congregate together and their noisy chatter can be quite farcarrying. In Helderfontein this bird will occasionally move onto the estate especially in areas with treed habitat along the river
course. They have not been known to have bred on the estate and have never been observed in very large numbers in the general area. Nevertheless, this is an interesting species to encounter and care should be taken to separate it from the superficially similar bishops and widowbirds with which it often associates. If you see a nondescript group of birds at your feeder showing a red or yellowish bill colour, chances are you will be looking at a Red-billed Quelea. It is a species that adds to the great diversity of bird species that can be seen in and around the estate.
Helderfontein Residential Estate is an unusual and remarkable place to live as it is not removed from the unique and beautiful natural Highveld natural environment. The wild is up close personal. As the year 2019 draws to a close, it is perhaps appropriate to recall in summary a few of the events and achievements of the past 12 months.
fauna Snakes in the Suburbs On any EcoEstate, one of the concerns of many residents is that they will encounter a snake that may bite them, their child or pet. This in not an unfounded concern. Springtime has presented four snake awareness demonstrations since 2017 and all have been very well attended. One would think that by the 4th time it would become a bit repetitive and boring, but people, children in particular, are fascinated by what they don’t understand and by what scares them a little. The ‘snake shows’ are aimed at dispelling some of the common myths and legends around snakes and to educate residents on what to
do when they encounter a snake, be it on the estate or elsewhere. This initiative is rewarding as this year there has been 19 ‘callouts’ and 15 snakes relocated from homes and gardens in the Estate to areas where they are safe. Blessed, the Security Manager is now a Certified Snake remover and has successfully removed snakes after hours without harming them. All the snakes relocated this year are harmless to humans. Some residents are now so confident that they recognize the species, they simply shoo it back into the garden. This is fantastic.
fauna Leopard Tortoises Leopard Tortoises (Stigmochelys pardalis) now live wild on the Estate and are providing much joy and fascination to the residents. Residents may see a wild animal up close and children can encounter an animal that is non-threatening, harmless and educational. This may ignite an interest in other aspects of the environment and maybe they would rather go looking for animals on the Estate than watch TV or play video games. Such experiences are invaluable in a young personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. The presence of tortoises also creates driver awareness as they know that there may be animals on the roads. The tortoises are large females and if drivers are looking
out for them, they may avoid running over small animals such as hedgehogs, Scrub Hares and mongooses. The tortoises were initially held in release boma but are now free to roam as they please and after a few initial issues, have now settled well and are happy residents. The Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creep of tortoises is eight females. No males are on the Estate as breeding of relocated and rescued tortoises is not permitted to breed as per conservation legislation. Springtime Landscaping supplements the diet of the old ladies and maintains two water stations for them. Plants that tortoises like to feed on are also purposely included in landscape plantings and in time the supplementary feeding will be discontinued.
For any real estate related queries or a complimentary market-related valuation in Helderfontein Estate, contact:
For any real estate related queries or a complimentary market-related valuation in Helderfontein Estate, contact:
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fauna Porcupines The Estate has a small population of porcupines (Hystrix africaeaustralis) on the property that are so elusive they are difficult to monitor.This is astounding as they are southern Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest rodent and an adult male can weigh more than 20kg. One of the ways the health and status of the population can be checked is to set up supplementary feeding stations and gauge how many are on the property by using infrared camera traps, monitoring how much they are eating, the size and quantity of their droppings and by studying their spoor.
One of the big issues for these prickly creatures in an enclosed property is lack of calcium in their diet. Springtime sources game bones which are free of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs found in feedlot reared beef bones and which may kill a porcupine. The porcupines gnaw on these to take care of their calcium needs. This prevents skeletal deformities. In 2019 the porcupines, with a little help from the tortoises, consumed the bones of an entire adult wildebeest. The population has grown during 2019 from 10 to 14.
fauna Mongooses There are two identified species of Mongoose on the Estate, Slender and Yellow. There are 3 known breeding burrows, the most obvious being at the playground bridge. The population of mongooses in general has declined dramatically since monitoring began in 2016. This is most likely due to a loss of habitat as stands are developed, reduction in the prey population and competition from and predation by feral cats. To mitigate against further population, decline and assist them through difficult periods, Springtime began a supplementary feeding programme this year.
Meal worms bred on site are provided 3 or 4 times a week and Lucy from #75 makes scrambled eggs and chicken meals for them. This seems to be working as there are confirmed reports of 4 Slender Mongoose young successfully weaned this season. The Slender Mongooses make use of this programme but to date, the Yellow Mongooses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and continue to decline in numbers. There are confirmed reports of 4 Slender Mongoose young successfully weaned this season. Tragically, an adult female Slender Mongoose was killed by a cat and a young male succumbed to a wound to the head from a sharp object as well.
fauna Scrub Hares The Scrub Hares are perhaps the quirkiest residents of the estate, their huge bunny ears popping out in the most unexpected places, followed by the characteristic zigzag burst of speed. The Scrub Hares too are declining in numbers due to the development of vacant stands that were their homes and to mitigate against this loss of habitat, the Environmental Working Group this year identified areas in the Green Belt that are being rehabilitated from mown grass to Highveld Grassland, providing habitat for them to move to.
Animal rescue, Veterinary care and rehabilitation There is always going to be wild animals that require assistance in a suburban environment. On most estates they are simply removed by security and disposed of. In 2019 3 snakes, 3 Scrub Hare leverets, a Spotted Eagle Owl and a hedgehog needed help. The hedgehog is fine and back on the Estate, both leverets died as they succumb quickly to stress and are notoriously difficult to hand rear.
The Spotted Eagle Owl was released in Glenferness where it could establish a new territory. The baby porcupine rescued in 2018 became a social media celebrity and is now on the print on Johannesburg Wildlife Vet staff T-shirts. She was released in the Magaliesburg and latest reports are that she has found a mate and is doing well. We wish to thank Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Clinic who went out of their way to assist at no charge. They also facilitated necropsies of a mongoose and Scrub Hare that were found dead on the Estate. Springtime has made small donations on behalf of the Estate as
JWV relies on these to operate and do their special work. Visitors and possible residents. During 2019 Helderfontein was visited by species that are not permanent residents, but it is hoped that some do move in soon. These included: Dassie also known as Rock Hyrax; Vervet Monkey; Greater Cane-Rat; Jackal; Small-Spotted Genet.
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Here’s to a great New Year, with very best wishes from the HOA.
We would like to wish all our residents/owners a lovely holiday season. Should you be going away, have a great holiday, please take care and, if you are staying at home, enjoy Johannesburg — it’s great to own the streets, even if only for a few weeks of the year!