Emmarentia Residents Association info@era.org.za (000) 111-1111

COJ agrees to Buffalo/Niger Road closures – you have until 12 September to lodge objections

Residents of Buffalo Road and Niger Road in Emmarentia applied to the City of Johannesburg (COJ) for restricted access to their roads on the grounds of security concerns. COJ has approved this restricted access (see page 2 of the document below) in Provincial Notice 833 of 2018 in the Provincial Gazette number 228, dated 15 August 2018.

However, this is subject to Emmarentia residents and any other person that uses these roads agreeing to this. COJ has authorised the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) to give effect to the restrictions and manage the consultative process in relations to these. Comments must be submitted on or before 15 September 2018.

ERA is managing the process of collecting comments from residents so please email info@emmarentia.co.za by 12 September 2018 so that we may consolidate the views expressed and submit a detailed response within the deadline.

See also:


for the original documents submitted by the applicants:

And read below for a short summary – this includes the details of which roads are affected and what times:

Road Closures final

Proposed Road Closure – Buffalo Road (East) & Niger Road (South)

Several residents on these roads have applied for the closure of these roads.

The application was published in the Government Gazette on 15 August 2018.

You have thirty days from this date to comment, in writing, to the:

Traffic Engineering Department
JRA (Pty) Ltd
666 Sauer Street


Traffic Engineering Department
JRA (Pty) Ltd
Braamfontein X70
2107 Braamfontein 2107

You do not have to be a resident of the suburb to make a comment.

Buffalo Niger Road Closure Application
Annexure 1- Traffic Assessment
Annexures to Traffic Assessment
Annexure 2 Crime Stats
Annexure 3 Security Services Quote
Annexure 4 Owner List
Annexure 5 Residents Supporting
Annexure 6 Residents Against & Neutral

ERA wants to record Emmarentia’s history

We want to interview people who have lived in Emmarentia for a long time. We’d like to hear those long ago stories and the more recent ones that have changed the face of our suburb. If you’d like to share your stories and/or your photos or refer us to someone who used to live here or help us gather those stories, please contact us on  info@era.org.za, or write us a letter at PO Box 84582, Greenside, 2034. Read more at http://era.org.za/era-wants-to-record-emmarentias-history/


Walk the Talk 22 July – road closures, residents’ permits

Walk the Talk hits Marks Park on 22 July. For details of road closures, residents’ permits etc please check here: http://era.org.za/event/walk-the-talk/ 

Opening hours of Emmarentia Park – Your views needed

Over the last few months there have been a number of muggings and thefts and attempted thefts of cellphones in the dog part of the Botanical Gardens.

ERA has been engaging with City Parks as well as CAP and JMPD. City Parks says that safety in the park is JMPD’s job, it can do nothing. However, it is proposing that all entrance gates are locked between 6pm and 6am to try and reduce these incidents.

Meanwhile ERA is continuing to discuss with various bodies other ways to decrease these incidents and make the park safer. One option we are investigating is to mount panic buttons on poles in the park linked to a security provider.

We need to know whether you would be prepared to:

  • pay a monthly fee OR
  • crowd fund for such a service

What do you think of changing the opening and closing times and panic buttons in the park. E-mail to info@era.org.za 

Juma/Jura races – Marks Park June 2-3

Juma / Jura Races

Just a reminder of these races on June 2-3. Please check this link to find out which roads are closed in Emmarentia and when:  http://www.joziadventure.co.za/jura-residents-info/

The race starts and finishes at Marks Park

Contact race organiser, Mark Castel – 082 969 9129 – on the day with any problems

Beware the shot hole borer

There is an outbreak of polyphagous shot hole borer (PHSB), which is the host of Fusarium euwallacea fungus in the City of Johannesburg. For now the affected areas are Craighall Park, Illovo, Parkview, Sandton and Houghton but will probably spread. The fungus destroys the food and water (Xylem and Phloem) conducting systems of the tree, eventually causing stress and death to the treePSHB Alert. Hardwood trees are affected, largely non-indigenous trees.

Read more below


The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) is the size of a sesame seed but the fungus it carries threatens to kill Jhb’s urban forest.

Comment on COJ’s proposed new pensioner’s rebates for 2018/19

At a meeting on 20 March 2018, the City of Joburg proposed that the threshold of property values for qualifying pensioners be increased from R2m to R2.5m (25% increase). Other changes related to monthly income are detailed below:

Pensioner’s rebates

60-69 years (provided that your property value is not valued at more than R2.5m)

  • gross monthly income for 100% rebate: less than R9245
  • gross monthly income for 50% rebate is R9245 to R15 845

70 years and older – 100% rebate provided your property value is not valued at more than R2.5m

You have 30 days to comment. Please send your comments to ratescomments@joburg.org.za

Inclusionary housing – comment on COJ’s proposals

The City of Joburg (COJ) has drafted a document on inclusionary housing. It defines inclusionary housing as:

“A housing programme that requires private developers to dedicate a certain percentage of new housing developments to low income and low middle income households at affordable housing cost. This document includes only rental housing as inclusionary housing.”

It proposes to make inclusionary housing “mandatory for any development in the city that includes 10 dwelling units or more. A minimum of 20% inclusionary housing units is required.”

Find the full document here: Inclusionary Housing Draft for Public Comment 28 Feb 18

If you want to comment, you have until 30 April 2018. E-mail comments to dylanw@joburg.org.za

Nodal review – comment on COJ’s proposed densities for Johannesburg

At the ERA AGM on March 14, ERA EXCO member, Gemey Abrahams, urged residents to read the the City of Joburg’s draft proposals for future density in terms of its adopted 2040 plan. The Draft Nodal Review is a draft policy report that has been gazetted for comment and it can be found on http://arcg.is/2uoHuWc

You can also read background detail on http://bit.ly/nodal_rev_files You have until April 30 2018 to respond to these two documents. Send your comments/objections/representations to dylanw@joburg.org.za Please comment on each document in separate e-mails.

If you want to read more about the 2040 plan that provides the framework for these two documents, you can follow this link: http://bit.ly/jhbsdf2040

The Draft Nodal Review document shows you a map of the city where you can navigate and zoom in to find your street and suburb. The map is divided into hexagons which are 400m across at their widest point. The window is divided into two with the Left hand window showing a map of Johannesburg with the densification potential as a percentage.  The Right hand window displays a map of the proposed development zone level for each of those hexagons across the city.

The bulk of Emmarentia is classified as Development Zone 4; the remaining part of Emmarentia is classed as Development Zone 3 which allows higher densities than Zone 4.

Gemey is following up with the City to get further clarification on the proposals. Watch this space.