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Notice Refuse Site – May 27th

Notice Refuse Site – May 27th

The refuse site will re-open as from 1 June 2020.

A picture says a thousand words!

  • Please observe the conditions of use of the site and keep the site tidy
  • Remember : Illegal dumping is a punishable offense.

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association

A Sight for Sore Eyes….

A Sight for Sore Eyes….

The Skips

Despite being warned that, according to the lockdown rules, travelling to the refuse site is not allowed, this is being ignored.

Despite the availability of skips (1 Empty, 2 half full, two full) bags with refuse are just being dumped next to skips on the ground.

Looking at the contents in some of the skips (e.g. old geyser, etc) it is clear that the signboard at the entrance, indicating what is allowed and what not allowed on site, is being totally ignored.

In March 2020 the skips were overflowing and could not be emptied as both Municipal skip trucks were out of service. Eventually due to the smell and infestation of flies on the rotting garbage, R2 500 was paid out of Association’s funds, to have the skips cleared.

With the Municipality, working at reduced capacity due to the lockdown, it is not known when the skips will be cleared again. Unfortunately, when the skips are replaced by empty ones, the mess on the ground is not taken away by the skip truck and then becomes our problem.

Garden waste

Thank you to those using the demarcated area for their garden waste and adhering to the sign requesting all bags to be emptied and not to leave plastic bags.

Unfortunately there will always be the few that ignore the notice.

Please obey the signage and empty your bags containing garden waste and deposit ONLY garden waste – no other items.

The reason for the above request is that when doing a control burn, any plastic or material between the garden refuse, does not burn spontaneously and smolders giving off toxic fumes and a smell that can linger for a few days.

Please note: As we have an agreement to manage the refuse site, we have been issued with a permit to travel and visit the site.

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association

Kleinemonde Corvid-19 Screening

Kleinemonde Corvid-19 Screening

The screening form is now available here for download.

We are at this time nor sure when the actual screening will be done in Kleinemonde.

Kleinemonde: Lockdown

Kleinemonde: Lockdown

Despite our small community and remoteness, we are also in lockdown and nobody will be allowed to leave their homes for the next 21 days unless  to:

  • Seek medical care;
  • Buy essential groceries;
  • Visit the pharmacy;
  • Access banking services;
  • Get petrol; or
  • Collect a social grant

Those found breaking the lockdown rules are liable to 6 months imprisonment or a fine or both.

Household refuse will be collected as usual on a Monday

Due to the restrictions on movement, our refuse site will, therefore, be closed.

Please note our refuse site supervisor will not be on duty during the lockdown period and we appeal to residents not to use the refuse site over the lockdown period which, in any case, will be a contravention of the rules regarding travelling. 

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association

Drought water tariff: To pay or not to pay….?

Drought water tariff: To pay or not to pay….?

Drought water tariff: To pay or not to pay . . . . . . .?

A question is being asked – “Why should Kleinemonde residents have to pay an increased drought water tariff as we apparently do not have a water problem?”.

 – But is this true? How much water do we really have?

Going back in history, during 2008 the level of Wellington dam, which at that stage, was our main source of water, dropped to such a low level that Ndlambe Council imposed strict water restrictions in Kleinemonde.

This prompted the committee to actively investigate an additional water source for Kleinemonde resulting in an agreement signed in 2011 for water to be extracted from a high yielding borehole on Frik van Rooyen’s farm.

The present situation:

  • Wellington dam approximately 80 % full – but remember the level in 2008 when water restrictions had to be imposed!!
  • Wellington dam/Water treatment works (WTW)

     Problems:

  • The Telemetry system not operational – it can be operated manually with a yield of only approximately 2 litre/sec. – insufficient to supply Kleinemonde.
  • When water from the WTW is used, due to reverse flowing of water in the main pipeline between the Island and the reservoir, dirty water is experienced by residents on the Island.
  •  Due to the dirty water problem, this source is only used when absolutely necessary to top-up the reservoir.

To resolve the dirty water problem will require a second pipeline from the reservoir to the Island for which there is presently no money available.

  • Boreholes – Presently our main source is delivering enough to cope with the present demand.

How much water do we have? Not knowing how long the drought is going to last – how much water do we have? The answer is we do not know!

With Wellington dam – not our main source – you can see the level but what happens underground in our boreholes is unknown and we have no control over how long it will last.

With the uncertainty of the sustainability of our own water supply, it is essential that we, as a community, exercise stringent controls of our municipal water usage.

Therefore to conserve water by means of:

  • Water restrictions; and
  • Imposing drought water tariffs;

 to protect our limited and dwindling water resources to prevent a “Day-zero-situation” in Kleinemonde is in our own interest.

Rather save now while there is still something to save than wait for a “Day-zero- situation” when there is nothing left to save!!

The drought tariff

It is our understanding that this tariff will be imposed as from January and will therefore be reflected on your February account, but will have clarity on this next week.

All ratepayers in Ndlambe are on one data base – there is no separate data base for e.g. Kleinemonde, Cannon Rocks, Boknes to allow a different tariff to be used for different areas.

Incidentally, Cannon Rocks and Boknes are in even a better situation regarding water than Kleinemonde with a secure source – the sea – feeding a desalination plant.

Thank you for your understanding.

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association

Port Alfred – Water Crisis! Water Crisis! Water Crisis!

Port Alfred – Water Crisis! Water Crisis! Water Crisis!

UPDATE ON WATER CRISIS IN PORT ALFRED: 30 December 2019

The Sarel Hayward Dam level has dropped to less than 6%. Day Zero has arrived!  

There is insufficient capacity for all the water pumps to operate.  The following measures have been taken:

  • Water is being switched off, and later restored, to all areas in Port Alfred every day.   This is determined by capacity and demand, thus a schedule cannot be compiled. 
  • The East Bank dune pump and the boreholes in the Mooifontein area are supplying water at a very limited capacity.  
  • A Reverse Osmosis plant is being investigated and a statement will be issued later this week.
  • The use of hosepipes and buckets for the washing of cars and boats is strictly prohibited.   
  • Drought water tariffs have been implemented.  Household usage should be limited to 50 litres per person per day.    We encourage people to check their water meters daily to determine current usage.  
  • We urge everyone to save as much water as possible.    Please adhere to water restrictions. 

Ndlambe Municipality and Sunshine Coast Tourism 

PLEASE USE WATER SPARINGLY

NOTICE NUMBER: 314/2019      ROLLY DUMEZWENI

30 DECEMBER 2019                     MUNICIPALANAGER

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Additional Water Restriction: December 2019

Additional Water Restriction: December 2019

Water Restrictions

  1. Water restrictions

Already imposed:

  • The connecting of a garden hose pipe or sprinkler system to the Municipal water supply, for gardening or any other purpose, is prohibited.

Additional restriction imposed:

  • The use of a bucket to collect water from the Municipal water supply for watering of gardens, washing of motor vehicles or boats, is also prohibited.
  1. Draught water usage tariff.

Will be implemented from January 2020 and will, therefore, reflect on your February account.

  1. Conserve water

We do not know how long this draught will last, so please let us work together and save water to avoid our water situation becoming a crisis as being experienced in Port Alfred where Day Zero has arrived!!

Please note: Port Alfred has been requested to limit water consumption to 50 litres per day per person – at this stage limited to Port Alfred only.

 

Issued by the Kleinemonde Resident & Ratepayers Association

Water situation: December 2019

Water situation: December 2019

Water situation: December 2019

The drought in Ndlambe, and its effects on water supply levels, has become a crisis in some areas.
Port Alfred’s Sarel Hayward dam level has dropped to below 10 %. This dam is solely dependent on water being fed from the Kowie River, but this supply has now dried up.

To conserve water in Port Alfred the following actions have been introduced:
• Water pressure will be reduced or cut for certain periods;
• Drought water usage tariff has been introduced.

The drought water usage tariff is applicable to all areas in Ndlambe – including Kleinemonde.

Usage: Normal
consumption:
Price per Kl
(Vat Incl)
Drought
consumption:
Price per Kl
(VAT Incl)
Increase %
0-10 Kl R14.28 R22.08 54%
11-15 K R14.96 R24.99 67%
16-20 Kl R17.80 R28.48 60%
21+ R22.24 R34.17 53%

Water to Kleinemonde is supplied from:

• Wellington dam (approximately 90% full) to the filtration plant in Island Beach North. Despite the dam being full, supply from this source is limited by the 75 mm water pipe from the dam to the filtration plant and design of the filtration plant.
• A low yielding borehole along the R72;
• A high yielding borehole on Frik van Rooyen’s farm.

Both boreholes are producing water, but the effect of the drought on the water levels of the boreholes cannot be determined.

Water restrictions: Kleinemonde.

As you are aware water restrictions are in place prohibiting the connecting of a garden hose pipe or sprinkler system to the Municipal water supply for gardening or any other purpose.

Contravention of the above is a punishable offence.

Due to the uncertainty of the water levels in our boreholes, we urge you to – in addition to the above restrictions – use water sparingly and conserve water.

Please consider:

• Although at present the use of a bucket to obtain water from the Municipal supply is allowed for washing vehicles, watering, etc. we urge you to refrain from doing so;
• Where possible, cut down on the use of automatic laundry washing machines – they use a lot of water;
• When taking a shower, turn the water off while lathering yourself;
• Toilets:
– When its yellow let it mellow
– When its brown flush it down!!

 Remember there will be a hefty increase in your water consumption bill!

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents and Ratepayers Association

2019 Valuation Roll

2019 Valuation Roll

The new property valuation roll has now been published.

You have up to 3 May 2019 to object to your valuation which must be done on the prescribed objection form.

Click on the following links to;

Access the valuation roll, (Excel document
Access the valuation roll, (PDF document)
Down load an objection form. (Word Document)
Down load an objection form. (PDF Document)

The percentage your property value may have increased (or deceased) by does not mean that your yearly property tax will increase (or decrease) by the same percentage.

Yearly property tax is determined by the rates tariff (Cents in the Rand) for the particular financial year as approved by Council, multiplied by your property value.

At present the tariff is .0106 cents in the rand, which was a 9% increase over the previous year’s rates tariff.
Therefore how much property tax you will pay as from June 2019, the new financial year, will only be known once the 2019/2020 budget and rate tariff has been approved by Council.

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Assoc

Refuse removal December

Refuse removal December

Refuse removal: December holiday period

Please note: household refuse will be collected twice weekly on a Monday and Friday, starting on Monday, 17 December 2018, until Friday, 4 January 2019.

Thereafter, it will be the usual Monday pick-up time.

 

Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association