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

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

era.org.za/…ploads/2018/03/PSHB-Alert.pdf.

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.

Municipal by election in Ward 88

On April 25 2018, there will be a by election in Ward 88 which covers Emmarentia, Roosevelt Park, Montgomery Park and some other neighbouring areas. Register, update or confirm your address details on the voters’ roll on 10-11 March from 8am – 5pm at Emmarentia Primary School. Take along your ID, ID card or Temporary ID Card.

You may also check the your voting details here: https://www.elections.org.za/MyIEC/Account/Login (requires registration) or by sms-ing your ID number to 32810.

How to object to your new valuation

If you don’t agree with the new value COJ has set for your house, you have from 20 February until 15h00 on 6 April 2018 to object.

You can object by going into one of their offices or do it online: https://coj2018.evaluations.co.za/eServices

You can submit some or all of these, if relevant, (either online or hand in):

  • Photos of any defects in your property, servitudes, restrictions etc. that you think materially affect the value of your property
  • A valuation report (it must be for July 2017)
  • An estate agent’s estimate (it must be for July 2017)
  • Recent sales of houses similar to yours in the same street, neighbourhood
  • An offer to purchase that shows a lower amount than COJ has valued your property
  • Any development or building close by that you think has reduced your property value

All new rates on this new valuation will be charged from 1 July 2018. Note that if after you have objected, an on-site inspection is done by COJ, it is possible that COJ could find that a higher value is justified in which case your valuation will increase not decrease.

For more info call: COJ call centre —087 365 3094

Statistics given by mayoral committee member, Funzela Ngobeni on the new property values:

  • 4.61% of properties had decreased in value
  • 40.71% – increased between 21% and 40%
  • 30.65% – increased between 41% and 60%
  • 8% – increased between 61% and 80%
  • 2.2% – increased between 81% and 100%
  • 3.38% – increased by more than 100%

Figures quoted in IOL online, 26 February 2018

If you want to read more about the COJ’s valuation policy read the document here.

COJ GV 2018 Handbook