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NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2019
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season. I encourage you to get involved in our
It’s December, a time for
annual collection for our Security staff, which we
giving. Firstly, thank you
communicated last week.
Bokke for giving us the World Cup! It was great
Those of you who are coming home for the
to see South Africa’s
holidays, welcome back to Simbithi! It’s great
spirits lifted as the Bokke
to have you. If you are travelling this festive
brought home the Web
season, please stay safe, and we look forward to
Ellis Cup, where it will stay
welcoming you back home soon. If you are letting
for the next four years.
your property, please advise our office: this is for
It was also wonderful to see our community get
your safety, and that of your neighbours.
behind our boys: the deck was a hive of activity through all the matches.
Have a blessed Christmas and New Year, and we’ll see you in 2020.
Speaking of giving, our HOA and Country Club staff are geared to give of their best this
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Please Note: We have activated a voicemail service on select office lines at SEEHOA, and the Country Club. If a staff member is out of the office, or unable to take your call immediately, you will now be able to leave a message for him/her. As per our Communication protocol, the staff member will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours. Should you wish to arrange a meeting with a Head of Department, or staff member, kindly contact him/her before arriving at the office.
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Clean white/coloured paper or newsprint
Dry and flattened cardboard boxes
Aluminium and steel food and beverage cans
Wine and beer bottles etc, rinsed â€“ PLEASE NO PLATE GLASS, Pyrex or drinking glasses etc
Milk and juice boxes- MUST be rinsed
Plastic coke and drink bottles.
HDPE (PE-HD) LDPE (PE-LD)
Plastic milk bottles â€“ MUST be rinsed. Other bottles such as bleach, cleaners and most shampoo bottles. Plastic Bags and containers
Plastic packaging like margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays, some shampoo bottles.
A reminder to all residents of the importance of recycling: stations are available at all our Gates, and are clearly marked. The below list sets out the permissible items. Please note: no old or broken household items will be collected. 8
Thank you, Simbithi Principal of North Coast Agricultural College, Sunjay Bodasing, recently summited Mount Kilimanjaro. Mr. Bodasing is a valued partner of our Estate, having completed the second circle of the Partners for Possibility programme with our Finance Manager, Marc McClure. When he summited, he proudly displayed our Simbithi flag. Upon his return, Mr. Bodasing wrote this exquisite poem to Simbithi: I greet you with humility and love, my Respected Partners in Education. Having successfully summited Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro At an altitude of 5895 amsl, On 27 September 2019 At 08:40
I return, with utmost respect and gratitude, The insignia of Simbithi Eco-Estate Mounted on ‘the’ flag. ‘The Flag’, I am proud to say, Greeted the mountain with pride and confidence, Weathered the storms of The arduous 7 day ascent On its journey From Macheme Camp To Shire Cave Past the abominable Lava Tower Through Barranco Wall To Karanga Camp Arriving at The infamous Barafu Base Camp. Having endured the slopes
Of lush rainforests, Through the lava-strewn rocky moorlands To the upper dry reaches of alpine dessert And surviving glaciers, Braving temperatures From a chilly 5 To a summit night Of sleet and snowfall At -18 degress Defying the odds of fatigue, Loose gravel and unstable scree Below, And the endless trail of hikers’ lights Leading up, up, up To the star-studded sky of the Milky Way Soon to be greeted By the awakening dawn, The most fascinating sunrise On Earth
nature Embracing its curvature With a brilliant halo of divine light To set our team of 9 At Stella Point Only 700m away From the Roof of Africa. It (the flag) had to be like its human accompaniment, With hearts pounding, And the altitude Sucking out the last kilojoules of energy, Yearning to reach The ultimate destination – Zenith of Africa.
A gentle whisper of prayer Under the weary breath Of its bearer. It deserves no less credit For the value it embraces And the contribution it makes To our beloved communities. Behold A mountain conquered Symbolically By a Mountain. Hail ‘Simbithi Eco-Estate.’
Uhuru welcomed it With perfect calm Displaying its valour With immense respect And a gesture of modesty
A greater honour could not have been bestowed on me. Thank you for this opportunity. God bless Simbithi Eco-Estate.
certificate in Light current and electrical fence erection. He obtained his driverâ€™s license in May 2017.
He has worked in the motor industry as a panel beater; a spray painter and an assistant service mechanic. He has also participated in Government EPWP programmes. He joined the Estate shuttle team in March 2019.
of the month
The Security management team is proud to announce the employee of the month for October 2019, as Officer Faniswa Nogemane. She was chosen because she conducts her duties with enthusiasm, pride and professionalism. Her friendly smile and actions whilst dealing with residents, visitors and contractors at the gatehouse and the Access registration office are exemplary and she is well respected by her fellow staff members and managers. Management congratulates Faniswa Nogemane and applaud her loyalty, dedication and reliability.
Meet Mdu Khuzwayo Senior Shuttle Driver Mdu (44) was born and raised in Groutville. He matriculated from Shekembula High School in Doringkop (KwaDukuza) and went to Umfolozi FET to obtain a
Mdu is a peopleâ€™s person and enjoys spending time with family when not working. He is very passionate about his work and enjoys going an extra mile to help others. 11
Security Tips for the Festive Period With the December holidays upon us, residents
vandalism and, unruly behavior is a concern and
are reminded of the following security tips
we wish to prevent this.
1. If you are going away on holiday, please secure
6. We encourage you to ensure supervision of any
your premises and ensure your house intrusion
service providers conducting services at your
alarm system is activated.
2. Have a technician test and service your alarm system before leaving. 3. Please do not leave your pets unattended. Please make suitable arrangements, such as engaging a friend or house sitter. Alternatively, the pets can be
7. The Community Centres are for the use of residents, and their limited visitors. Please note this when issuing our visitor access pin codes. 8. Parents and adults, please monitor your children at the community centres.
taken to a kennel off the Estate. 4. Make prior security access arrangements for your
The security department would like to wish all
visitors or tenants, to avoid unnecessary delays at
residents a safe holiday season. Please be vigilant
the access gates.
and security conscious at all times. Our 24-hour
5. Please remind your family, friends, visitors and tenants of our Estate rules. During the holidays,
security control room contact number is 032-946 8373/4/5. 12
Here are a few tips that may be used before making any upfront payments or deposits:
Short term Rental Leasing
• When booking through an online booking
As Simbithi is seen as an upmarket residential
agent, there will be reviews on the property. If
development, there have been instances of
it’s a new property, you will see the reviews of
scams involving properties on the Estate, in the
other properties which may indicate that the
past. Residents are to be mindful that there may
online booking agent is a legitimate source
• Be wary of private individuals who advertise holiday accommodation. • Be alert to those who offer discounted accommodation during peak season.
• If booking through an Estate Agent, verify the letting agency’s details. • Request for Fidelity Fund Certificate. • Request for physical address of the property. • Check if accommodation exists. • Check agency website • Check property website • On Facebook, read through reviews and be fake, or unauthorised property listings on the
posts carefully to ascertain how long business
internet, and certain social media platforms.
has been operating. Generally, pages
As we approach the festive season, we urge you
that have been open for a short time and
to take the necessary precautions to avoid falling
have recently been loaded with numerous
prey to a booking/accommodation scam.
properties should be avoided. 13
SECURITY Cyclists & Runners Cyclists and runners are not permitted to enter or exit the Estate unless they scan their fingers or access cards or sign in or out manually with security at the security gates. If any owner or resident is cycling or running with
Home Inspections Update The inspections undertaken by our temporary assistantinspector, Mr. Martin Leisher, have now ended. On behalf of our technical team, weâ€™d like to thank him for his assistance: it was greatly appreciated and his professional manner in which he conducted said inspections were commended by residents and well-received. Thank you, also, to our community for being patient, understanding and cooperative during the inspections.
persons who are not residents, the resident is required to stop and notify
the security officer that they are
1. TOTAL TO BE INSPECTED = 659 (excludes homes currently
taking responsibility for their guestsâ€™
access. Residents and owners are to
2. INSPECTED TO DATE = 630 (96%)
co-operate fully with the gate security
3. REMAINING= 29 (to be done in due course)
officers on duty and adhere to their
4. % OF HOMES COMPLIANT TO DESIGN GUIDELINES = 56%
security requirements from time to time. Reflective clothing should be worn when jogging and cycling at night.
Lights, Camera, Action
The very talented Max Oliver (15) took these awesome photographs of a lightning storm on the Estate, recently.
Resident, Jerona Odayar was delighted to have an extra dinner guest at her home in Umvumvu Drive, recently: the spotted gennet was most welcome.
Resident, Pedro da Costa, captured these striking images on the golf course, recently
From the Chopping Board
with Chef Gary
November has been an exciting month for us, with the long-awaited launch of our new set of menus. Halfway House has had quite the facelift, with the introduction of new wraps, sandwiches and filled rolls to grab while you take a quick break. The new Deck Menu allows for a great food experience if you choose to sit outdoors: our new Burgers are proving to be quite popular! And, finally, our new Fig Tree A La Carte Menu has changed considerably. We have kept most of the old favourites around (donâ€™t worry, the Cashew Crusted Chicken is safe) and introduced a range of fresh, exciting dishes including signature dishes I am sure you have been enjoying. The new Wine List, developed in consultation with the incomparable John Platter, is also a welcome
COUNTRY CLUB CONT addition. Weâ€™ve also done some work on the offering at the newly revamped Heron Pizzeria, which I hope families will enjoy. Season is upon us, and we look forward to seeing you at the Club. Our NYE Mardi Gras party is going to be a Mexican fiesta: the menu is fantastic! See more details in the diary section. Also, children: please join me for a Gingerbread Man Workshop on the 7th of December. Letâ€™s have some fun ahead of the most wonderful time of the year. As always, appreciate your thoughts and feedback. You can reach me on email@example.com. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year!
FUN AT THE
Christmas Market Photos by Blonde Zulu Photography
We hosted our third Night Market on Saturday, 2 November at our Pavilion Room. With the charistmatic Winston Smile keeping us entertained, and an array of fabulous stalls, it was the perfect way to enjoy some early Christmas shopping. Thank you to the residents, and guests, who attended - a fitting end to the glorious morning watching our Springboks win.
Feral cats Feral cats are “unowned cats” that live entirely outdoors. They are descended from domesticated cats but are not socialised to humans. Cats have a negative effect in ecologically sensitive areas as they compete with wildlife for food and actively hunt and kill wildlife even though they may be domesticated and well fed. Feral cats exacerbate the problem as their sole source of food is what they hunt and catch. Feral cats will fight with domestic cats often causing abscesses.
It is to protect our residents, their families, their pets and the wildlife on the Estate that Simbithi has a policy to manage feral cats by trapping them in a trap that does not harm the cat and then taking them to a local animal welfare organisation.
They can also be carriers of serious diseases that can infect your domestic cat such as: • Rabies. • Feline Aids – no vaccination available • Feline leukaemia – no really effective vaccine available • Feline rhinotracheitis and Feline pneumonitis (Cat flu) • Feline pan leucopaenia
However, please ensure that: • Your cat is microchipped • Your cat has a collar with your contact details • Your cat must have been registered with Simbithi
Feral cats can also carry diseases that can affect humans: • Rabies – 100% fatal to humans if preventative treatment is not administered within 72 hours • Toxoplasmosis – can cause abortions in pregnant women
It is usually very apparent by its behaviour and appearance that a cat is feral.
Please also refer to the Simbithi cat policy.
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ENVIRONMENTAL CONT. Our Environmental department is assisting Tamsyn Jones, an Honours student studying Wildlife Conservation at the University of Kent, in the United Kingdom. Miss Jones is conducting research for her dissertation, related to the Human Wildlife Interaction with Vervet Monkeys and residents on our Estate. Below is a link to a survey that will assist Miss Jones with her research. If you would like to assist, please visit the link and complete the survey. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vervetcoexistenceinsimbithi
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TOTAL DEVELOPMENT: 1331of 1619 = 82% developed
03 DECEMBER SIMBITHI LADIESâ€™ OPEN
Venue: Simbithi Golf Course.
A SIMBITHI CHRISTMAS: Annual Christmas Carol Evening
For more information 032-946 5407 or
Venue: Pavilion Room
Time: 5.30pm. For more information 032-946 8386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ELAN BETTERBALL For more information 032-946 5407 or email@example.com
A Simbithi Christmas JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL CAROL SINGING EVENING, FEATURING THE TALENTED KERRY CHERRY-LANGLEY & DAVID LANGLEY.
Wednesday, 4 December, 2019 5.30pm Pavilion Room, Simbithi Country Club RSVP: MARKETING@SIMBITHI.COM
DECEMBER 2019 EVENTS
8 – 24 DECEMBER
SEMS VS SLAMMERS / SEMS VS SLAMMERS CHRISTMAS PARTY
SIMBITHI FESTIVAL OF GOLF
NCS MONTHLY TOURNAMENT CHRISTMAS
For more information 032-946 5407
Venue: Simbithi Golf Course. For more
For more information 032-946 5407 or
information 032-946 5407 or
SCC MONTHLY MEDAL
ANNUAL KIDS’ MARKET DAY
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER
Venue: Simbithi Golf Course For more
Venue: Simbithi Country Club. Cost
Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant. Cost
information 032-946 5407 or
R50 per stall. For more information
R420pp, including Eggnog and
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Christmas Cracker. Bookings 032-946 5409 or email@example.com 26
25 DECEMBER COUNTRY CLUB CLOSED
NYE 2020: MARDI GRAS!
New Year’s Eve
Venue: Venue Simbithi Country Club. Cost R595pp. Bookings 032-946 5409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
01 JANUARY 2020 COUNTRY CLUB CLOSED
14 DECEMBER ANNUAL KIDS’ MARKET DAY
Bring in 2020 with Simbithi Country Club: Mexican street food, DJ and photo booth on the deck. We’re going to the
Venue: Simbithi Country Club. Cost R50 per stall. For more information 032-946 8386 or email@example.com
31 December, 2019 | The Deck | R595pp BOOKINGS: firstname.lastname@example.org / 032-946 5409