Crime rate drops by 30 percent in Boschkop precinct Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 February 2011 07:45
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General crime in the Boschkop precinct is down by 30% over the previous year.

So said Dr Bruce Foulis, secretary of the Magalies-Bronberg Propertyowners Association (MBPA). He said that Christmas 2010 was the quietest holiday period in many years, thanks to the efforts of both the SAPS and a well-organised community.

The MBPA was founded in November 2007 as a property owners association to assist members with property-related issues. Any property owner of one hectare or bigger in the area between the Bronberg and Magaliesberg can become a member of the MBPA.

. Unobtrusive A3-size notices are often the indication that major development projects are in the pipeline

Issues in which the MBPA are involved range from municipal matters, such as the Integrated Development Plan (IDP), Kungwini’s property rates policy and by-law to the property valuation role and Kungwini’s budget and spatial development framework. The MBPA is also involved in ward councils, healthcare, safety and security.

It is a founding member of the Kungwini West Alliance, a non-political, Section 21 alliance of property and home owners associations in the Kungwini West area, created to interact with Kungwini Municipality.

Bruce said that an immediate issue of concern is the Municipal Demarcation Board’s decision to integrate our area into the greater Tshwane metro council. This means that Tshwane will almost double in size after the local elections in 2011.

“The Municipal Demarcation Board’s decision to completely dissolve Metsweding, Kungwini and Nokeng Tsa Taemane and integrate them into Tshwane and Ekurhuleni will have far reaching consequences for our area,” he said. “We have to try and safeguard our interests, particularly in the countdown to the changeover, and safeguard against wastage of resources during the transition.”

According to Bruce the “rubberstamping” of projects for which the municipalities would no longer be responsible after the changeover, is an issue of particular concern. “Already our area is being chopped up by developers while most of us are blissfully unaware of what is going on. So, if you see notices going up in the area, or intend to develop your own property, please let us know so that we can assist or provide input as required.”


Wilfried Herzberg, chairman of the Magalies-Bronberg Propertyowners Association (MBPA)

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The MBPA’s sentiment is that any kind of development in our area affects the predominantly rural character of our surroundings. This character is the very reason most property owners choose to live in the area. In principal, the MBPA is not opposed to development, but would like to ensure that applications for development are evaluated to ensure that the rural character is mostly preserved outside the areas earmarked for large-scale residential and commercial developments.

They also want to ensure that development takes place in an orderly manner; that neighbouring residents are not negatively impacted; that all existing legislation and regulations are adhered to; that proper services are provided; ground water is not exploited or polluted; sensitive ecosystems are conserved; air, water and noise pollution is prevented; traffic density is handled properly; negative visual impacts are avoided or at least minimised; and security in the area is not compromised. “If the community stands together and gets actively involved in protecting our own interests in the region, we can and will make a difference.

The greater the number of members, the stronger the voice of the MBPA. By being a member you have access to assistance and support in issues regarding property, rates and taxes, the local council, development and the environment,” Bruce said.

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For more information visit www.mbpanet.com or contact a member of the management committee: Wilfried Herzberg, chairperson, at wherzberg@plotnet. net; Thomas Franken, vice chairperson, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Bruce Foulis, treasurer / secretary, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Piet Steyn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Mike Strange at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Wolf Snyckers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Debora Knowles at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Renell van Staden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Johnny Mans at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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