Newsletter: June 2021

  1. Dune invasion: Kleinemonde Island parking area.

At a Zoom meeting held recently with representatives from the areas affected and Director Community Protection Services (CPS), the following feedback was given by CPS on the way forward:

  • The company Zutari has been appointed to assist with the Maintenance Management Plans (MMP) and the submission of the relevant method statements, environmental specifica­tions, and layout plans, for each area.
  • Ndlambe is finalising the appointment of an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) that will oversee the MMP, submissions and physical work on the ground once works start.
  • The projects are subject to availability of funds and the intention is to start with short term (Quick fix) projects in the 1st quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year, which starts 1 July.
  • As far as Kleinemonde is concerned:

Short term (Quick wins):

  • Opening of the road and section of car park at the Kleinemonde Island parking.

Medium term:

  • Removal of sand / sand dune that encroaches onto the Kleinemonde Island parking area, ablution facility and stabilise the dunes.

We did request that the storm water drainage problem at the end of Island Road be included in developing the MMP as this problem is caused by dune invasion towards the East River.

It was pointed out that any repairs to the last section of Island Road can only be considered once the drainage problem has been resolved.

  1. Water

As you are aware Kleinemonde’s two main water sources are Wellington dam via the filtration plant in Purdon Road and a bore hole on Frik van Rooyen’s farm.

From the filtration plant to the reservoir there is a single water pipeline feeding water to the reservoir and when needed water flows over the same water pipeline in the reverse direction to feed water to the Island. It has been pointed out to us by engineers, with whom we have consulted, that this reverse flowing of water over the same water pipeline has the potential of kicking up sediment causing sporadic complaints of dirty (muddy) water to the Island.

To solve this potential problem a second water pipeline will have to be installed between the filtration plant and the reservoir. This matter had been taken up with the municipality who agreed to it, as it was pointed out we can only get the full benefit of using Wellington dam when such a second water pipeline installed.

The municipality has measured the route to be taken, the material required listed, and submitted for quotations.

Please note that for the past number of years, due to telemetry problem, the bulk of our water came only from the bore hole.

Therefore, water flowed only in the one direction from reservoir to the Island, thus sediment was not kicked-up that could cause dirty water.

  1. Refuse collection

A few years ago, Kleinemonde was placed on the roster for its refuse to be collected by compactor. This was changed last year in that our refuse was collected by our Municipal staff by ways of the tractor/trailer and then deposited into skips at the refuse site. This implied the skips had to be regularly changed for empty one’s.

This tied up the use of our tractor/trailer on a Monday when it could have been used for other maintenance tasks.

After a request to the Municipality, the use of the compactor was re-instated for all collections with immediate effect. Last Monday after doing its round, by 10H30 all the refuse bags were collected instead of almost a day using the tactor/trailer.

          Apologies to the monkeys for not advising them of the change in collection times!!

  1. Water quality.

In 2019 we requested that the water from Wellington dam be tested for its chemical content. In April 2021 we requested another test be done in order to do a comparison of the 2012 test on the water from the dam.

We were advised that full chemical analysis will be done of the water at the filtration plant (Wellington dam); from Frik’s borehole; and at the “Point of Use” – Community Hall Tap.

The water analysis test was done by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal laboratory but due to an out of order instrument the results of the test received did not include testing for heavy metals. We have, therefore, requested a re-test to include testing for all heavy metals.

The rest of the test results, a part of the conductivity test result (indication of salt content), are all within the limits as prescribed by SA National Standards 241.

High salt content is a common problem with ground water (bore holes and dams) in the Ndlambe municipal area and can only be corrected by way of a reverse osmosis, which is expensive.

Although testing for chemical contents is not done regularly, tests for the presence of e-coli is done on a monthly basis by the municipality.

  1. In and around the village
  • Some residents are still leaving garden refuse on the side of the road or on a neighbouring vacant stand expecting it to be collected by our municipal staff. The municipality is only obliged to collect two bags of garden refuse on their weekly round.
  • Complaints have been received about speeding, especially along Fletcher Road – please, this is not a racetrack but a residential are!!

 

  1. Annual subscriptions

Due to Covid there was no AGM, this impacted on the collection of annual subscription.

Thank you to all those members who have paid via EFT – just a friendly reminder to those that may have forgotten, please renew your subscription – R100 per household per year.

Payment via EFT or with Althea at 20 Dias Rd –
Bank:                    Absa Port Alfred
Account name:     Kleinemonde R&R Association
Type:                    Active Savings
Branch code:       632005
Account Number: 9281971221

PLEASE remember to use your name as reference when doing an EFT.

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Kleinemonde Ratepayers & Residents Association
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