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Being in lockdown has its advantages – if one can only put one’s mind over the harsh realities of the COVIC-19 pandemic.

Ten spyte van die wrede werklikhede van die grendeltyd is daar tog rede tot dankbaarheid.

(Afrikaans)

Being in lockdown has its advantages – if one can only put one’s mind over the harsh realities of the COVIC-19 pandemic. The biggest advantage is being in Betty’s Bay where, on a daily basis, we can experience the beauty and diversity of our magnificent environment. We were for many days blessed with wonderful weather - warm balmy days with hardly any wind. Of course we will, like last weekend, have our rain storms and a howling wind, but we are used to that.

The second advantage is our caring community. It is truly amazing how residents reach out and comfort and support those who are going through a tough time. We have become a more closely knit community.

The Committee didn’t have a formal meeting, but nevertheless dealt with a number of issues.

The Budget

It was previously reported that our representations were well received by the Municipality and that it resulted in the lowering of the originally proposed tariffs. As the lockdown dragged on, more and more sectors of our economy experienced downturns that affected the livelihoods of increasing numbers of people. It was decided to make further representations for additional budget cuts and in particular the proposed salary increases of municipal staff. The outcome of these representations is still awaited.

Clarence Drive (R44) Speeding

Over the years there have been periodic complaints regarding speeding on Clarence Drive.

Suggestions include:

  • The reduction of the speed limit to 60 km/h (currently 80 km/h)
  • Traffic calming measures such as stop streets, traffic lights, traffic circles, speed humps and a narrowing of the road at certain key areas
  • Strict law enforcement

The BBRA intends to consider this issue in depth in the near future and ratepayers/interested parties are invited to submit their comments to Richard Starke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and to Rob Boyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the interim, the BBRA has urged the Municipality and the Provincial authorities to conduct more speed checks and to report in full the outcome thereof. The Municipality has also been requested to set the example by urging all drivers of municipal vehicles, and in particular the vacuum tankers, to obey the law.

The Area Manager promised his support and invited the public to report any excessive speeding to 028 313 8111 (all hours). If possible, also send this information via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All these vehicles are fitted with information recorders and by providing the registration number of the vehicle, the time of the alleged speeding and the approximate locality, the driver will be disciplined.

It must be borne in mind that the R44 is a provincial road and has been designed to safely allow relatively high volumes of traffic at a speed of 80km/h. The yellow line area is wide, visibility is good and there are no sharp curves. Before urging a lower speed limit ratepayers are advised to regularly travel the R44 at 60km/h to experience the difference first-hand.

BBRA Communication

We plan to make a list of all important contact particulars a permanent feature of this newsletter and it will also be regularly updated on our website.

To supplement this newsletter and the website we have our own Facebook page. You can find it at:
https://www.facebook.com/BettysBayRatepayers

Please visit it and then like or share so that we have real time interaction with our members.

Neighbourhood Watch, Safety And Security (and Baboons!)

Neighbourhood Watches may now operate again, but subject thereto that persons over 65 (the bulk of our active members) are excluded! The security companies have however maintained their patrols and vigilance.

After the January 2019 fire, and as part of a community initiative, residents in Sunny Seas set up different WhatsApp groups. The main one covers the entire Sunny Seas and is used for general purposes including making residents aware of any pending threat or suspicious activities.

The geographical area was divided into different cells with a co-ordinator for each cell. These cells proved to be invaluable during the lockdown period as personal needs could be addressed and a degree of comfort and security provided to especially the vulnerable or lonely residents.

Another WhatsApp group has a single focus, namely the monitoring of baboon movements, and for this purpose a grid system was also devised to easily identify the baboons’ current locality.

It serves as an early warning system as residents post the number of baboons and their current position and the direction in which they are moving. It is still not a perfect system, but there has been a significant improvement regarding human/baboon confrontations. The departure point is to prevent baboons to have take-away meals at homes and to encourage them to stay in their own habitat.

Residents in other areas of Betty’s Bay are welcome to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Covid-19 Nutrition Support

We would like to thank those members who so generously donated towards supplying food stuffs for residents who were adversely financially affected by Covid-19 and the subsequent "lock down". This was greatly appreciated by the recipients. We have now reached the stage with many returning to work and able to fend for themselves which, in turn, means that nutrition assistance has only become necessary in a few cases.

Taking this into account the BBRA is closing down their involvement and is handing over the few cases left to a local charitable organisation, Hangklip Community Care Centre, HCCC. This independent organisation has been operational in the Hangklip area since 2014 and supplies subsidised meals, free food parcels to the needy, runs a chronic medication clinic and various social and recreational facilities. 

HCCC is a registered NPO with registration number 102-000-NPO and is also registered with SARS for the issue of form 18a certificates allowing donors who wish to receive certificates for tax deduction purposes.

Should you wish any other information on HCCC their information can be accessed on the BBRA web site i.e. www.bettysbay.info

In the light of the above we intend to donate the balance of donor funds held to HCCC to subsidise their charitable work in attending to the nutrition of the needy in our area provided our donors are in favour of this action. Additionally should any member wish to donate towards the initiatives of HCCC they can deposit to the bank account as follows:

Hangklip Community Care Centre
FNB Hermanus
Cheque Account 62460003818
Reference Surname & Initials

Should you wish to discuss any of these arrangements you can contact:
Adrian de Kock Secretary/Treasurer BBRA/Treasurer HCCC
Cell: 082 940 4619
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Closure

Please encourage your friends and neighbours to join and strengthen our numbers and voice.

Application forms can be found on this website www.bettysbay.info

Comments on our newsletters are appreciated and also ensure that we address your needs. Bring any service delivery or other problems concerning our area to our attention by sending an email to Karon Scholefield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with copies to Adrian de Kock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to Werner Zybrands at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REMAIN VIGILANT AND HEALTHY!


Ten spyte van die wrede werklikhede van die grendeltyd is daar tog rede tot dankbaarheid. Waar ons bevoorreg is om in hierdie tye in Bettysbaai te mag woon, kan ons elke dag die veelheid en skoonheid van ons omgewing waardeer. Ons was vir ‘n lang tyd met warm, windstil dae geseën. Natuurlik sal ons die tierende winde en gietende reën ervaar, soos dit die afgelope naweek weer die geval was, maar ons beskou dit mos as normal!

Die ander voordeel is ons besondere omgee-gemeenskap.Dit was bemoedigend om die medemenslikheid en uitreiking van ons inwoners aan dié wat swaarkry, te ervaar. Ons het beslis ‘n meer gehegte en samehorige gemeenskap geword.

Die komitee het nou wel nie formeel vergader nie, maar verskeie aktuele sake is hanteer.

Die Begroting

Daar is voorheen berig dat ons vertoë oor die konsepbegroting nie op dowe ore geval het nie en dat ‘n verlaging in die oorspronklike konseptariewe bewerkstellig is. Soos die grendeltyd aanhou, het al hoe meer sektore van die ekonomie swaargekry en het dit die oorlewing van ‘n toenemende getal ondernemings bedreig. Daar is dus besluit om verdere vertoë tot die Munisipaliteit te rig om bykomstige besparings, veral ten opsigte van die beoogde salarisverhogings, te doen. Die uitkoms van hierdie vertoë word nog afgewag.

Spoed Op Clarencerylaane (R44)

Daar is oor talle jare van tyd tot tyd klagtes oor hoë spoed op die R44 ontvang. Die volgende voorstelle is al gemaak:

  • Die vermindering van die snelheidsperk tot 60 km/h (tans 80 km/h);
  • spoedbeheer deur maatreëls soos stopstrate, verkeersligte, sirkels, spoedwalle en die vernouing van die pad by bepaalde sleutelpunte; en
  • streng wetstoepassing.

Die BBBV beoog om eersdaags hierdie aangeleentheid in diepte te bespreek en belastingbetalers en/of inwoners word genooi om hul kommentare aan Rob Boyd by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Richard Starke by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. te rig. As tussentydse maatreël is die munisipale en provinsiale wetstoepassers versoek om meer spoedbeheer te doen en daaroor verslag te doen. Die Munisipaliteit is ook versoek om die voorbeeld te stel om te verseker dat alle munisipale voertuie, en in besonder die suigtenkvragmotors, die snelheidsperke gehoorsaam.

Die Areabestuurder het onderneem om dit te ondersteun en het die publiek uitgenooi om enige ernstige oortredings by 028 313 8111 (alle ure) aan te meld. Indien moontlik, kan die inligting ook per e-pos na This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. gestuur word.

Alle munisipale voertuie is met dataopnemers toegerus en deur die oortredende voertuig se registrasienommer, die tyd en plek van die beweerde oortreding te verskaf, kan die skuldige bestuurder gedissiplineer word.

Hou in gedagte dat die R44 ‘n povinsiale pad is en ontwerp is om ‘n redelike hoë volume verkeer teen ‘n spoed van 80 km/h veilig te laat beweeg. Die geel bane is wyd, die sig is goed en daar is geen skerp draaie nie. Alvorens ‘n snelheidsperk van 60 km/h voorgestel word, ry gerus eers die lengte van die R44 deur Bettysbaai teen daardie snelheid, ervaar die verskil en oordeel dan self.

BBBV Kommunikasie

Ons beoog om ‘n lys van belangrike kontakbesonderhede ‘n permanente deel van hierdie nuusbrief te maak en dit ook op ‘n gereelde basis op ons webtuiste, waar dit reeds beskikbaar is, op te dateer. Ter aanvulling van ons nuusbrief en webtuiste het ons ook ons eie Facebookblad. Die besonderhede is:

https://www.facebook.co./BettysBayRatepayers

Besoek dit gerus, laat weet wat jy daarvan dink en volg ons.

Buurtwag, Veiligheid En Sekuriteit (en Bobbejane!)

Buurtwagte mag nou weer bedryf word, maar omdat persone ouer as 65 tans verbied word om betrokke te wees, help dit nie veel nie, want die meeste aktiewe lede is heelwat ouer. Die sekerheidsfirmas het egter hul patrolliedienste en waaksaamheid verskerp.

Na die Januarie 2019 brand, en as deel van ‘n gemeenskapsinisiatief, het inwoners van Sunny Seas verskeie WhatsAppgroepe gestig. Die hoofgroep dek die hele Sunny Seas en word vir algemene doeleindes gebruik en veral om inwoners op dreigende gevare of suspisieuse aktiwiteite bedag te maak.

Die geografiese gebied is in verskeie selle verdeel met ‘n koördineerder vir elke sel. Hierdie selle was van onskatbare waarde tydens die grendeltyd omdat persoonlike behoeftes bevredig kon word en ‘n mate van omgee en sekuriteit aan veral die meer weerlose of eensame inwoners verskaf kon word.

Nog ‘n WhatsAppgroep fokus net op die beweging van bobbejane en vir hierdie doel is ‘n ruitekaart ontwikkel sodat die bobbejane se bewegings en hul huidige ligging bepaal kan word.

Dit dien as ‘n vroeë waarskuwing oor die getal bobbejane, hul huidige ligging en die rigting waarin hul beweeg. Ofskoon die stelsel nog gebreke het, is die mens/dierkonflik betekenisvol ontlont. Die uitgangspunt is dat bobbejane verhoed word om wegneemetes by huise te kry en hul aangemoedig word om in hul natuurlike habitat te bly.

Belangstellende inwoners in ander dele van Bettysbaai word uitgenooi om verdere besonderhede by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. te bekom.

Covid-19 Voedingskema

Ons is baie dankbaar vir al die ondersteuning en skenkings van ons lede wat inwoners wat tydens die grendeltyd swaar gekry het se voedselnood te verlig. Met die afskaling na vlak 3 kon heelwat mense terugkeer werk toe en het die vraag om hulp afgeneem. Hierdie hulpdiens gaan einde Junie gestaak word.

Daar is wel enkeles wat nog hulp benodig, maar hul sal deur die Hangklip Community Care Centre (HCCC) versorg word. Die HCCC is ‘n nie-winsgewende organisasie met registrasienr 102-000-NPO en bestaan sedert 2014. Dit bedien gesubsidieerde maaltye, lewer kospakkies en bedryf ‘n chroniese medikasie kliniek en verskeie ander sosiale en ontspanningsaktiwiteite. Die HCCC verskaf tans kospakkies maandeliks aan behoeftige gesinne in die Hangklipgebied en sal daarmee voortgaan.

Nadere inligting oor HCCC se werksaamhede kan ook op die BBBV se webtuiste www.bettysbay.info gevind word. Gevolglik benodig die BBBV nie meer kontantbydraes nie en word alle skenkers opreg vir hul skenkings bedank. Die balans van die skenkings sal aan die HCCC oorgedra word sodat hul met hul welsynswerk kan voortgaan.

Persone wat steeds wil ondersteun, word versoek om dit direk aan die HCCC te doen. HCCC is by die S A Inkomstediens as ‘n nie-winsgewende organisasie geregistreer en mag dus art 18a sertifikate vir belastingdoeleindes uitreik.

Die bankbesonderhede is:
Hangklip Community Care Centre
FNB Hermanus
Tjekrekeningnr 6240003818
Verwysing: Van en voorletters

Vir verdere navrae kontak gerus vir Adrian de Kock – hy is die sekretaris/tesourier van die BBBV en ook tesourier van die HCCC. Sy selnr is 082 940 4619 en sy e-pos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Afsluiting

Moedig asseblief ander inwoners aan om by ons aan te sluit – aansoekvorms is op ons webtuiste www.bettysbay.info beskikbaar.

Terugvoer op ons nuusbriewe sal verseker dat ons die werklike behoeftes van die gemeenskap aanspreek. Doen dit gerus en bring enige dienslewerings- of ander probleme onder die aandag van Karon Scholefield by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. met ‘n afskrif aan Adrian de Kock by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of aan Werner Zybrands by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BLY WAAKSAAM EN GESOND!