THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CENTURION RESIDENTIAL ESTATE AND COUNTRY CLUB
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FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER’S DESK Living in a safe and aesthetically pleasing estate such as ours doesn’t come without its challenges. Although our priority is security, with investment and lifestyle following shortly thereafter, we need to remain updated on trends, possible vulnerabilities and immediate threats. I think we can all agree that our security structures, teams and operations are arguably the best there is considering our outstanding history. However, the CHOA feels it’s still necessary to sensitize residents, once again, about general safety awareness: • Security starts at home – ensure doors are locked, windows are closed and your alarm system is activated (should you have one) when leaving your home. • Be aware of your surroundings – a large amounts of incidents are opportunistic when the criminal sees that the victim is not alert. • Lock doors and do not wear valuables to shops – criminals identify and target shoppers based on the valuables they wear. You might be robbed at the shopping mall or be followed thereafter. • Report any suspicious behaviour to security – they are always ready to help no matter what the situation is be it minor or major. The rather frustrating concern regarding the numerous power outages is an ongoing priority. The CHOA recently met with some Senior Council Officials regarding the Irene Power supply situation. The facts are the following: 1. The current power infrastructure does not have any spare capacity. 2. The construction of several developments between Albert Street and Main Road will contribute towards the reinstatement of the backup power cable for Irene.
3. The Council will consider if it is viable to do a cost calculation linking the two sides of the Estate. In the meantime, renewable energy options are being investigated. The CHOA Board recently amended the rules for the use of golf carts within the Estate. The minimum age of any person driving a golf cart within the Estate is now 18 years old provided they have a valid driver’s license. All residents are requested to familiarize themselves with this new rule and are urged to comply in the interest of safety as well as responsibility. The CHOA’s revised fee structure will be distributed shortly. The Board has approved one new fee structure for minor building work. This is in order to provide for minor works but still allow consideration for the aesthetics, objectivity and responsibility of the CHOA in the process. Properties on the Estate are currently being surveyed for maintenance and residents are kindly requested to address where non-compliance of the rules are reported. It is unfortunately true that some residents verbally abuse the staff in addressing these matters. Residents are reminded that this process is a key factor in retaining property values and it needs to be respected although it is not always pleasant in the current economic climate. The CHOA, as always, is committed to providing excellent service and we are always on hand to assist residents where needed. Kind regards
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS & CONTACTS CHOA OFFICE
SECURITY: 012 665 3601 CHOA: Tel: 012 665 0506 | Fax: 086 600 4241 GENERAL MANAGER: Jaco Venter | 082 852 9977 | firstname.lastname@example.org SAFETY & SECURITY MANAGER: Stoney Steenkamp | 071 609 9149 | email@example.com ASSISTANT SAFETY & SECURITY MANAGER: Leonard Puputa | 072 148 9421 | firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICE & ADMINISTRATION SUPERVISOR: Annelien Smit | email@example.com ACCESS CONTROL OFFICER: Adéle van Deventer | firstname.lastname@example.org CHOA RECEPTION: Magda Fouche | email@example.com DOMESTICS/GARDENER ENROLLMENTS: Diana Wilson | firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNTS: Anneke Geary | email@example.com SUGGESTIONS/FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS: firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTURION COUNTRY CLUB
CENTURION COUNTRY CLUB GENERAL MANAGER: Edwin Nel | 012 665 0279 | email@example.com MARKETING : 012 665 9601| firstname.lastname@example.org CLUBHOUSE FUNCTIONS AND CONFERENCES: Jeanette O’Donnell | Office hours: 012 665 9609 |A/H: 064 736 5533
MISCELLANEOUS DOMESTICS • Mercy is a very reliable, trustworthy worker, who is looking for either full time, or part time work. You can contact Mercy on 084 614 3698 or Sue for a reference on 083 728 1090 /012 667 3816. • Jeaneth, is our very reliable, punctual, hardworking and very pleasant domestic worker who is available on Monday and Wednesday from the 1 February. She has worked for us for 3 years and comes highly recommended. Please contact me (Mandy) on 083 256 7949 or Jeaneth directly on 072 307 6965. • Happiness has been with us for nearly 10 years and is looking for work for 3 days a week. She is a very good worker and so great with caring for children. Please contact Happiness on 078 223 0623. Reference Christina Yu 071 484 8077. • Christine is looking for domestic work on Tuesdays. She has been working in the Estate for the past 7 years and has an excellent track record. She is hard working, very reliable and comes highly recommended. Please call Christine on 079 746 6556. For a reference you can contact Margaretha at 083 303 3070. • Selina is looking for work for Tuesdays in the Estate. She has been working for us for 22 years. She also works for Mr.
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Bob Hazzard in the Estate should someone want another reference. Selina is independent and lives outside of the Estate. She starts at 7am and leaves at 3.30pm. She is always on time, works on her own, washes and irons beautifully, very neat on her person and is a pleasure to have around. She speaks English and Afrikaans well. Selina comes highly recommended. Feel free to contact me, Maureen le Roux at 073 033 5604. Yvonne Mahlangu is trustworthy and hard-working. She is now looking for Mondays and Fridays work. She is currently working for us on the Estate for several years now. She can provide references from previous employers and you can contact me on 074 048 7945 Anne-Sophie. Her telephone number is 071 559 1681. Tessa is looking for work on the Estate. She is highly recommended. Hard working and pleasant. She has done a nanny/childcare course. Tessa speaks English and understands Afrikaans. Willing to work as many days as needed. Phone Anne-Marie on 082 769 5344.
GARDENERS • Gardener (Handyman) looking for work for 1 day a week. Matthews is a very loyal, self-driven and hardworking person and has worked for us for the last 10 years. Contact Matthews: 062 569 8954. Reference: Roelof 084 4859 808. • Solly has been working for us for 2 years. He is hard working and good natured. Phone Solly on 060 920 4910. Reference: Renata 083 654 3831. SERVICES • Pet Sitting and House Sitting for the Centurion Golf Estate Residents. Going away and need to know that your pets are well looked after? We love your fur-babies like you do. I am available, reliable and nearby. Contact: Colleen 082 896 3821 or ColleensPetSitting@mweb.co.za for details. • Firewood special (while stocks last). Delivered per solid cubic load or one and a half ton load right to your doorstep. R900 small bakkie load, R1 700 double load. For cold spells, braais, weddings and other functions as well as power outages. Oscar 078 389 9632. A small bakkie load lasts a pizza oven more than 10 days burning 12 hours a day! • Painting? For reliable and good workmansip call Enock on 071 809 3865 or 071 464 5061. References available. • Petrus Ditshoene is seeking employment in the construction industry. He has an NTC4 certificate., speaks English, Zulu, Isindebele and N Sotho. He has experience as a Supervisor, Foreman/Manager and Team Leader. CV available. Contact Petrus 079 605 6774. • Babysitting Services: We are a team of 5 - 6 girls who provide babysitting services to mom’s and dad’s who would like a date night, have a function on or would like assistance at birthday parties. We all have 1+ years experience and love and care for children of all ages. We are also studying in the educational field. We offer meet and greets for everyone to feel more comfortable as well. Fees are as follows: Monday to Saturday R76 an hour 5+ hours R70 an hour. Sundays R86 and hour 5+ hours R80 an hour. Parties R100 an hour. Contact Liesl 081 532 6788.
GOOD NEIGHBOURLINESS – PRESCRIBED OLD-WORDLY GOOD MANNERS
displaying good neighbourliness in its intended form. Residents have been called upon to adhere to the doctrine and ethical standards of good neighbourliness so as to create a community of good neighbours. And the vision of the developers has been fulfilled by residents holding themselves to the high ethical standard of good neighbourliness. What was once a dream, documented in rules, has become a habit of residents and their way of life. It is this particular trait shared by the community, together with the Estate, that has greatly contributed towards creating a sought-after lifestyle - with the consequential rise in property values. The idyllic country lifestyle at a slower pace where children safely roam the streets and neighbours all know each other, sharing each other’s lives whether it be love or sorrow, is sometimes considered by many to be a relic from the past. Especially in the city where safety concerns keep us behind high walls, security guards and alarm beams, dashing into the garage to close the door safely behind you before you even consider embarking from your vehicle. Living and working in Gauteng, the economic hub of South Africa, with extended hours either at the office or stuck in traffic leaves you with precious little time for your family, let alone your neighbours! The residents of the Centurion Residential Estate and Country Club are a community of likeminded people striving for a specific lifestyle bringing about a quality of life only dreamed of by many. To achieve this, the community has agreed to have rules to which the residents agreed to abide. One of these said rules is ‘Good neighbourliness’. Having previously discussed the phrase, the origin and meaning thereof, the purpose of this editorial is not to bore you with the same or similar information but rather to commend the residents of this community for
Amidst all the negativity regarding politics, the economy and load shedding, rising fuel prices, the drought and increased warnings of water shortages in Gauteng similarly to what Cape Town recently experienced, the extent to which good neighbourliness has become entrenched as an integral part of everyday community living within the Estate is evident. And that is the very purpose of this contribution – to say thank you. Thank you to each and every resident that extends the courtesy of good neighbourliness to other residents of this community. Thank you for keeping to the rules, for working together, for looking after the interests of each other. Thank you for expressing the same high ethical standards of good neighbourliness to visitors to the Estate or golf club. Thank you for accepting challenges of such a close knitted community and rising to the occasion. But most of all, thank you for choosing the Centurion Residential Estate and Country Club and helping to create the exceptional lifestyle community that it has become.
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THE USE OF GENERATORS ON THE ESTATE
Historically the use of generators was governed by a bylaw that authorised the use of emergency equipment during power outages. As the current state of our electricity is uncertain, many residents have decided to install generators as a backup should there be power interruptions. The CHOA has always requested its members to exercise good neighbourliness and possibly consider sound-proofing equipment when purchasing generators. It’s important to note that the bylaws have since been changed and in particular, 5 (five) pieces of legislation are of relevance to this Policy, namely: • Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act No 83 of 1989); •White Paper on Environmental Management Policy for South Africa (aspects of which are now incorporated into the National Environmental Management Act); •Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 1996 (Act No 108 of 1996); •National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998); and •White Paper on National Transport Policy as well as EIA Regulations. To investigate any complaint, one needs a 3 year relevant qualification together with 3 years’ experience.
The requirements for addressing noise disturbance/ nuisance complaints are as follows. The following procedure is to be followed upon the receipt of any noise complaint: 1.Establish full details of the complaint as indicated in Section 4.4. 2.Inform the noise control officer and register the complaint on the noise complaint register. Noise control will investigate on receipt of the following information: 1.A check on all background information relating to the noise criteria status of the noise source and details of the target area. 2.A check of legality of land uses. 3.Ascertain full details of the noise disturbance/ nuisance. 4.Undertake a noise impact study, if necessary. When relevant, they will issue a warning and noise abatement requirements to the transgressor which will then be monitored. Where compliance is not forthcoming, legal proceedings will be instituted. Residents are requested to silence generator installations as far as possible. Should the CHOA receive any complaints we will first request the resident to act with good neighbourliness. If the situation cannot be resolved, the complainant needs to follow the procedure as explained above.
SIX (6) TONS OF RECYCLABLE WASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL ON THE VERY FIRST DAY! Remade Recycling took over the Estate recycling services on 15 February 2019. The first collection was a huge success as according to Marketing Manager, Michella Hattingh, “Many residents told us at the launch that they had been storing up their recyclables, waiting for us to collect.” And what a collection it was, with the scales tipping at 6 tons of recyclable material! For any residents who would like to start recycling, you can get your starter bags from the CHOA offices. Separate your recyclables into the green Remade recycling bags for Remade to collect every Friday and your non-recyclables can continue to go into black bags for the Municipality to collect. Remember, Remade takes all grades of recyclables (paper, plastic, cans, glass, cardboard, e-Waste) and you don’t need to sort them. Put your green bags into the blue wheelie bins every Friday for Remade to collect and your full bag will be replaced with
an empty one. Remember that general waste should be placed into your normal black refuse bags and only recyclables must go into the green recycling bags. The Remade drivers have been instructed not to collect black bags. Any large recyclable items such as cardboard boxes or e-Waste can be put into or next to your blue bins and will be collected with the recyclables. Encourage your neighbours to recycle as well and let’s see if we can make 6 tons a weekly average by getting more people to join the programme. Contact Remade Recycling today!
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Bad smells, bouncing basketballs, barking dogs, illegally parked cars, tall trees, dog droppings, cat droppings, wayward soccer balls, loud pool parties and excessive outdoor lighting. The list can go on and on pushing neighbours against neighbours. We live in homes that can be too close for comfort on occasion. While not necessarily a matter of personality conflicts, it is usually a problem of space. In some cases, neighbours no longer have enough private space to conduct personal activities, without intruding on the quiet and peace of their neighbour. In addition, many homeowners have not met their neighbours. Other than a cursory nod from time-totime, many neighbours are complete strangers. Neighbourly disputes typically fall into three categories. Number one is noise, followed by boundary disputes and lastly, vandalism (whether intentional or not). Contrary to popular belief, many of these disputes end up as part of the legal system. Unfortunately, judges hate neighbour disputes and usually order the disputing parties to mediate their opposing viewpoints. Unlike a court decision, mediation allows the parties to come to a mutually satisfying agreement. The neighbours make their own agreement. What is mediation? A process whereby a neutral person acts as a facilitator between parties to reach a resolution. Is it binding? It can be binding by the parties and can become a contractual agreement. What kind of powers does the mediator have? Generally speaking, none. As a facilitator, the mediator is responsible for assisting in the process of a resolution. Where can a mediator be found? Mediators are available through community organizations. Contact can be made via The Association of Residential Communities. Research the mediator’s background and make sure you are comfortable with the mediator. Is there a formal hearing? The hearing is usually informal and the parties are encouraged to speak freely and present their views and feelings on the dispute. This would be a good opportunity for the disputing parties to present documentation and evidence of the dispute. How does mediation begin? The parties need to agree to a mediation hearing. The dispute is submitted to the mediating party with an agreement to mediate in good faith. Should the disputing parties bring attorneys? This is a decision to be made by each party for themselves, though it is not a requirement for the mediation process. Should the homeowners association intervene? Although homeowner associations are not designed to intercede in private party matters, associations should review its own governing documents and determine if the dispute is one that the association has sufficient power to regulate. Communication with the disputing parties and providing mediation information would certainly be within the confines of the association’s authority. Mediation is a means to avoid costly legal fees and to contain the dispute between the feuding parties. Consider seeking out a mediator prior to invoking legal action. Article supplied by The Association of Residential Communities, of which the CHOA is a member.
CHEF ADRIAN’S RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Easter Time Hot Cross Buns 300ml Full fat milk plus 2 tbsp more 50g Butter 500g Strong bread flour 1 Tsp salt 75g Caster sugar 1 Tbsp sunflower oil 7g Sachet fast-action or easy-blend yeast 1 Egg beaten 75g Sultanas 50g Mixed peel Zest of 1 orange 1 Apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
For the cross
1/2 Cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 Tsp vanilla extract 2 Tsps milk
For the glaze 3 Tbsp apricot jam
Method 1. Bring 300ml full fat milk to the boil then remove from the heat and add 50g butter. Leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature. Put 500g strong bread flour, 1 tsp salt, 75g caster sugar and the 7g sachet fast-action or easy-blend yeast into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and butter mixture then add the 1 beaten egg. Using a wooden spoon, mix well then bring everything together with your hands until you have a sticky dough. 2. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the palm of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size and a finger pressed into it leaves a dent. 3, With the dough still in the bowl, tip in 75g sultanas, 50g mixed peel, the zest of 1 orange, 1 finely chopped apple and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Knead into the dough, making sure everything is well distributed. Leave it to rise for another hour or until it has doubled in size, again covered with some well-oiled cling film to stop the dough getting a crust. 4,Divide the dough into 15 even pieces (about 75g per piece). Roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured work surface. Arrange the buns on one or two baking trays lined with parchment, leaving enough space for the dough to expand. Cover (but don’t wrap) with more oiled cling film or a clean tea towel, then set aside to prove for 1 more hour. 5.To make crosses mix together confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk. Place in a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off and pipe a cross onto each roll. 6. Bake at 180deg for 20 to 30 minutes.
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REGISTERED ESTATE AGENTS
MAGDE MEYER (012) 348 0123 | 083 387 3437 firstname.lastname@example.org ESSIE STEINMANN 072 843 8737 email@example.com
RAIMUND NEL (012) 943 0110 | 071 210 8872 firstname.lastname@example.org
PETER VARRIE (012) 644 8300 | 082 457 7416 email@example.com
HENNIE HARMSE 082 457 5681 firstname.lastname@example.org
RONEL TREDOUX (012) 665 5111 | 082 460 4654 (012) 665 5669 email@example.com
RONEL JOUBERT 012 660 2203 | 082 901 3337 firstname.lastname@example.org
RINA HATTINGH 083 412 6800 | email@example.com GILLIAN HILLS 072 831 7117 | firstname.lastname@example.org MARISSA BURGER 072 227 7270 | email@example.com ADÃ‰LLE NAUDE 083 622 6153 | firstname.lastname@example.org
RIANA BENADE (012) 667 2167 | 083 748 4219 email@example.com TRACY KEYTER (012) 667 3566 | 081 498 3872 firstname.lastname@example.org
ANGELIQUE MARTINS (012) 492 5635 | 083 645 2565 email@example.com
MARITSA 082 854 6037 firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNETJIE BENADIE (012) 348 1940 082 555 7490 | (086) 658 6752 email@example.com
EVELYNE VAN DE VENDEL 083 276 5003 firstname.lastname@example.org
AMANDA SINCLAIR 082 334 4421 email@example.com
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