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Movie Night @ Stonehurst Fri 20 April 6:30pm

Gym Rules – Please be considerate of your fellow gym user…

Join our brilliant new gym classes…

Join our new Stonehurst Gym clubs!

Stonehurst Gym under new management! Lots on offer…

Responsible pet Owners…

Pets off leash is not permitted on Stonehurst no matter how well trained you believe your dog to be… Please be part of our community – and pick up your dogs poo ! Thank you

Stonehurst Borehole Connection List – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Dear Resident

We have had a considerable number of new borehole water connection applications in the last few weeks, understandably in light of the impending water shortages. Below is the connection list, roughly in the order in which you will be connected.

This list is based firstly on date of original application (some residents have been waiting over a year while the connections were put on hold), and then based on if the property falls in a ‘batch’ where it would make practical sense to connect several adjacent properties in terms of logistics.

The contractor can connect between 2 and 8 properties per day, depending on where these are situated, the complexity of the connections, whether we need to do road crossings or not, and where the existing borehole water lines run. We are also in the hands of the suppliers as we are waiting for back orders of parts to even begin these connections, so cannot start yet, but will as soon as we have the necessary equipment and parts. We have tried to be as fair and equitable as possible on these new connections so please be patient, as we are working as quickly as possible.

IMPORTANTLY, once we have provided the connection to the meter to your boundary, it is your responsibility to then have a plumber or irrigation specialist complete the connection to your property. It is your choice whether you connect the supply to your home, for use inside your house, but every connection will have to be inspected and signed off by Estate Management. It is extremely important that this connection is done correctly or you may compromise the entire system. The required connection is found here: http://www.stonehurstpost.co.za/water101/

MOST IMPORTANTLY – whether you will be using the water for irrigation (which we discourage), or use within your home, the current ‘cap’ is 15kl of borehole water per month per household. That is 15 000 litres per month, 500 litres per day for the house, irrespective of how many people live there.

The Trustees will have no choice but to impose strict controls and penalties on residents who over use the water, as this prejudices all users, and risks the integrity of the system if we have to keep closing it down to keep up with demand. If usage is kept below the cap, the system will deliver consistent supply and will not have to be turned off, which will help keep it stable, reduce the air ingress into the system and ensure it can be kept running throughout the day and night.

Stonehurst Borehole Water Supply – LEGAL CONNECTION

Once your borehole connection to a meter has been completed by the Estate’s contractor, it is then your responsibility to make the connection from that meter to your irrigation or, if you elect to do so, to provide an alternative water supply into your home.

Below is a document describing an inexpensive way of ensuring a legal connection between the Estate water supply, your home and the municipal supply, where you are able to swap between supplies without contaminating either supply with the other.

You could also use a Backflow Preventor on the municipal supply to ensure legal compliance with the municipality by-laws, but this option is quite costly, whereas the option below should be under R1000.

All connections to the Estate water supply must be signed off by Estate Management and must comply with the principles below.There is also information regarding the installation of water storage tanks.

You can download a PDF of the document here : 20180207_BoreholeConnectionToHouse_V1

DISCLAIMER :- while all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of this water for use, the use of this water is entirely at your own risk and the SMEOA therefore accepts no liability for any loss or injury should you elect to make use of the Estate water supply

Training Pool Optimum Temperature…

Bacteria, algae and other organisms thrive under warm water conditions this is obviously harmful not just for athletes but the general public in a commercial swimming pool, for competitive/ training pools the water should be no higher than 28°C, for recreational pools the recommended maximum is 29°C

Olympic swimming, Red Cross & FINA (The international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water diving), have set the water temperature for competitive swimming between 25°-28°C. Warmer water is less dense and therefore less friction as a swimmer’s body moves through it. Standard water temperatures ensure that all performances are on a level state of conditions.

Most hotels and resorts worldwide keep the temperature of their pools at a comfortable 27° to 29°C. This is warm enough for comfortable swimming and lounging. Same for most residential estates, institutional and public pools.

 

REF: http://www.aquacal.com/what-is-the-ideal-temperature-for-a-commercial-swimming-pool/

CoCT -FAQs: Drought charge

  1. What is the drought charge?

Due to the drought crisis, so many Capetonians have restricted their water use to help save water. It has been a superb effort. It has however also resulted that the City is not receiving the necessary income we need to fund our projects to make additional water available and to maintain adequate service delivery. So we are introducing a drought charge. The drought charge is not intended to be punitive as it relates to residents’ water savings but is necessary for vital water projects.

 

  1. Why is it needed?

This unprecedented drought has led to unprecedented expense. The City has seen a reduction in revenue due to water savings and this income is needed to support vital water projects such as our groundwater projects, where we are currently doing surveys to find water in the Atlantis, Cape Flats and Table Mountain Group aquifers.  We are working on our Zandvliet water recycling plant, while construction is starting on our Monwabisi and Strandfontein desalination plants. The drought charge will be used to pay for the capital and operating costs component of projects.

Residents have done well to reduce consumption to conserve our limited water supplies in the dams.

 

The City has already increased the yield from the Atlantis Aquifer by an additional 5 million litres per day and is also pumping an additional 2 million litres of water per day from the springs in the city centre into the Molteno Reservoir in Oranjezicht.

 

However with our dams at dangerously low levels heading into the long, dry summer season, based on current consumption and should no additional water be added to the supply system, the city could reach Day Zero, when most taps will be turned off when dam levels reach 13,5% in May 2018.

 

At this point residents would have to collect water from approximately 200 collection sites across the city. Many residents have done well to reduce consumption but the collective consumption of 500 million litres a day is yet to be reached. There are still many households who are not saving enough water and while the campaign to ensure

all residents comply with the 87 litre per day target will intensify, the City has to bring additional water supply projects online as speedily as possible in order to avoid acute water shortages.

 

The City’s Water Task Team is working tirelessly to expedite the programme and

bring additional supply online from ground water abstraction, desalination and

water recycling.

 

It is essential to the survival of all residents and the economy that the City does everything it can to ensure additional water supply. Some of the City’s drought interventions will also add to our operational costs and the drought charge will be used to offset those.

 

  1. How is it worked out?

The drought charge is based on your property value and is estimated at about 10% of the current municipal rates portion of your municipal account.

  1. Why can’t you rather borrow money than asking me to pay for it?

The City will be borrowing money to pay for capital projects which will need to be repaid. Operating projects also need to be repaid immediately.

  1. How much do you need to raise with this charge and for what?

We will need to raise R1 billion a year over three years to support vital water projects (capital and operating costs)

  1. When will it come into effect?

It is proposed to come into effect on 1 February 2018 subject the approval from the Minister of Finance and Council approval at the end of January.

  1. How long will the comment period be?

The comment period is from 5 December 2017 to 12 January 2018. The extensive communication campaign on the crisis for residents to provide input will run from the middle of December 2017 to the first week in January 2018.

  1. Why are you again hitting the middle classes with increases?

Every Capetonian will be contributing to the drought charge except for residents in properties valued below R400 000 and commercial properties with a valuation of below R50 000. A charge based on property valuations has been deemed the most progressive of the options while being the most equitable and fair to poor households.

The City has strived to ensure that this charge is not more than what residents’ and businesses’ water bill was before the drought.

  1. Why do you use R400 000 as the property values? The limit should be much higher.

The drought charge recognises the support for indigent households/the vulnerable. Although property value as a measurement of one’s circumstances is not 100% fitted to every individual circumstance, it is the best method that we have at our disposal to determine as fair a charge as possible.

The City believes that a drought charge, to partly compensate for the loss of income due to the reduced water use, is a fair way of generating income to avoid Day Zero when most of the taps will run dry.

Our calculations show that ratepayers’ total municipal accounts including the drought charge, would in general be less than a year ago, before the drought.

By applying the drought charge to residential properties above R400 000 and commercial properties above R50 000, the vulnerable are protected and exempted from the drought charge.

  1. Do the current rates rebates that apply on standard property rates also apply to the drought charge?

Yes. The current rates rebates that apply on the standard property rates will also apply to this drought charge.

 

  1. What about the vulnerable people such as pensioners and the indigent, are they protected?

These residents are protected. The drought charge is a taxation based on the City’s Property Rates Policy. This provides the support for this category of residents.

 

  1. Is the Mayor allowed to propose such an increase in the middle of the financial year?

Yes, this will be subject to approval from the Minister of Finance for an exemption from the Municipal Finance Management Act. Cape Town is a declared disaster area and this is an emergency situation.

  1. For how long would this charge be in effect?

Three years until 30 June 2021. It is a temporary measure subject to the rainfall and dam levels.

  1. Will there be tariff increases coming as well?

Yes, annual tariff increases will be proposed, as per the norm. The City will, as always try to stay as close to the inflation range as is possible, except for high usage where the tariff is proportionate to the usage. We are contemplating every option to avoid Day Zero.

  1. Why have you waited until December, when people are going on holiday, to start this process?

This is a crisis and an emergency. The City is working hard and looking at all options to ensure additional supply. We need residents on board in this partnership to save water and to make additional supply available. This is the only way we can avoid Day Zero when residents will have to queue for water from approximately 200 collection sites across the city.

  1. Is it compulsory?

Yes, once approved by the National Minister of Finance, the drought charge will be a legal and binding decision by the City of Cape Town.

  1. Will this charge change if my building plan changes or when my valuation objection/appeal has been successful?

Yes, the drought charge will be applicable from the implementation date of the new building plan or effective date of the objection/appeal outcome of the property.

  1. Where do I find my valuation?

Your municipal account contains your valuation information and the valuation roll is also to be found on www.capetown.gov.za

  1. What am I going to pay if this is approved?

Impact of proposed drought charge (examples)

(Applied to residential properties with a valuation of R400 000 and above, while it will be applied to all commercial properties with a valuation of R50 000 and above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This table excludes any rebates that might apply to specific ratepayers. The rebate would apply.

 

Residential property valuation (without rebates)

R

Suggested monthly drought charge Commercial property valuation

R

Suggested monthly drought charge

R

Less than 400 000 R0 Less than 50 000 R0
400 000 R25 50 000 R10
600 000 R35 500 000 R60
800 000 R45 750 000 R85
1 000 000 R60 1 000 000 R115
2 000 000 R115 2 500 000 R280
3 000 000 R170 5 000 000 R560
4 000 000 R225 10 000 000 R1 120
5 000 000 R280 15 000 000 R1 680
6 000 000 R340 20 000 000 R2 240
7 000 000 R420 30 000 000 R3 360
10 000 000 R565 50 000 000 R5 600
20 000 000 R1 120 100 000 000 R11 200
50 000 000 R2 800 500 000 000 R56 000
  1. How can I comment?

Please submit your comments, inputs or recommendations to drought.charge@capetown.gov.za

 

Level 6 Water Restriction : Effective 1 Jan 2018

ALERT :

Level 6 CoCT water restrictions – Effective 1 January 2018
Western Cape Provincial Gazette 7850 1 December 2017

CITY OF CAPE TOWN
PUBLIC NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 36(1) OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN WATER BY-LAW, 2010

In view of the ongoing dire drought situation, the Director: Water and Sanitation of the City of Cape Town hereby gives notice of level 6 water
restrictions and measures as detailed herein.
In summary, key new restriction measures include:
• residential units consuming more than 10 500 litres per month will be prioritised for enforcement
• non-residential properties to reduce consumption by 45%
• agricultural users to reduce consumption by 60%
• the use of borehole water for outdoor purposes is discouraged in order to preserve groundwater resources
Please note that permission from the National Department of Water and Sanitation is required in order to sell or buy borehole/wellpoint water.
Failure to comply with this notice may constitute an offence in terms of the aforementioned By-Law (or as amended) and the accused will be liable
to an admission of guilt fine and, in accordance with Section 36(4) of the Water By-Law, 2010 (or as amended), an installation of a water
management device(s) at premises where the non-compliance occurs. The cost thereof will be billed to the relevant account holder.
This notice is effective from 1 January 2018.
LEVEL 6 WATER RESTRICTIONS
The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 6 Water Restrictions, effective from 1 January 2018 until further notice.
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL CUSTOMERS
• No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed. This includes watering/irrigation of gardens, vegetables, agricultural crops, sports
fields, golf courses, nurseries, parks and other open spaces. Nurseries and customers involved in agricultural activities or with historical gardens
may apply for exemption. For more information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
• The use of borehole/wellpoint water for outdoor purposes, including watering/irrigating and filling/topping up of swimming pools, is strongly
discouraged in order to preserve groundwater resources in the current dire drought situation. Borehole/wellpoint water should rather be used for
toilet flushing.
• All boreholes and wellpoints must be registered with the City and must display the official City of Cape Town signage clearly visible from a
public thoroughfare. Visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for how to register.
• All properties where alternative, non-drinking water resources are used (including rainwater harvesting, greywater, treated effluent water and
spring water) must display signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. Visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for further
information.
• No topping up (manual/automatic) filling or refilling of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed, even if fitted with a pool
cover.
• The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
• No washing of vehicles (including taxis), trailers, caravans and boats with municipal drinking water allowed. These must be washed with
non-drinking water or cleaned with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes. This applies to all customers, including formal and
informal car washes.
• No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water allowed. Users, such as abattoirs, food processing
industries, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs (health/safety related only) must apply for
exemption. For more information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
• The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is prohibited.
• Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and
other plumbing components.
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
• All residents are required to use no more than 87.5 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day in total irrespective of whether you
are at home, work or elsewhere. Therefore, a residential property with four occupants, for example, is expected to use at most 10 500 litres per
month.
• Single residential properties consuming more than 10 500 litres of municipal drinking water per month will be prioritised for enforcement (see
note 1). Properties where the number of occupants necessitates higher consumption are encouraged to apply for an increase in quota. For more
information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
• Cluster developments (flats and housing complexes) consuming more than 10 500 litres of municipal drinking water per unit per month will be
prioritised for enforcement (see note 1). Cluster developments with units where the number of occupants necessitates higher consumption are
encouraged to apply for an increase in quota. For more information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
• You are encouraged to flush toilets (e.g. manually using a bucket) with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water.
• No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350 litres a day will be granted, unless through prior application and
permission for specific events such as burial ceremonies.
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
• All non-residential properties (e.g. commercial and industrial properties, schools, clubs and institutions) must ensure that their monthly
consumption of municipal drinking water is reduced by 45% compared to the corresponding period in 2015 (pre drought). (See note 1 below.)
• All agricultural users must ensure that their monthly consumption of municipal drinking water is reduced by 60% compared to the corresponding
period in 2015 (pre drought). (See note 1 below.)
• The operation of spray parks is prohibited.
• No new landscaping or sports fields may be established, except if irrigated only with non-drinking water.
• For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract
conditions shall apply.
NOTE 1: Failure to comply will constitute an offence in terms of the City’s Water By-Law, 2010 (or as amended). The accused will be liable to
an admission of guilt fine and, in accordance with Section 36(4), an installation of a water management device(s) at premises where the
non-compliance occurs. The cost thereof will be billed to the relevant account holder. Customers with good reason for higher consumption need to
provide the City with motivation to justify their higher consumption.
Other restrictive measures, not detailed above, as stipulated in Schedule 1 of the Water By-Law, 2010 (or as amended) still apply.
Exemptions issued under Level 4B and 5 restrictions still apply, subject to review with the possibility of being revoked. Water pressure has
been reduced to limit consumption and water leaks, and such may cause intermittent water supply.
For further information visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater or contact us at water@capetown.gov.za.

Health Screening and Assessment Day 21 November 2017

Health Screening and Assessment Day 21 November 2017

As some of you know Stonehurst Gym, is a Discovery Vitality Partner. For the last few years we have an iPad stationed in the Gym whereby Discovery members can claim their Vitality Points.

As an added benefit to all residents, on the 21st November 2017 we have sourced three professionals to put together a Vitality Assessment Day.

From 0800-18h00 there will be a Biokineticist, and Registered Nurse that will be able to conduct the various annual assessments whereby you can boost your points towards your Vitality Status.

While this idea was initially for the Discovery Vitality members, members of other medical aid schemes, including Momentum Multiply, and even non-medical aid members can have these various tests done.

Bookings for all the assessments are essential, as spaces are limited. Please see below for information on how to book each test.

For further information or queries please consult the notice boards at the Lifestyle Centre, The Stonehurst Blog, or alternatively contact gym@stonehurstmountainestate.org, Please provide telephonic contact details to enable prompt response to secure your booking.

 

Biokineticist

The assessment is R375 per person.

People are requested to pay by either credit card or cash. If applicable this fee can be claimed directly from the Medical Aid.

Couples can be seen together. Assessments are between 20-30minutes.

Bookings can be made by mailing gym@stonehurstmountainestate.org

 

Nurse – Health Screening

For Discovery Medical Aid Members the Health Screening is free.

If only on Discovery Vitality, Life Policy, Momentum and non-medical aid members the screening is R285 per person.

HIV Testing is included.

Screenings are 15 minutes individually or 20 minutes per couple.

If payment is required it is requested to be preferably made cash on the day, or alternatively Ilna will invoice you afterwards.

Bookings can be made by mailing gym@stonehurstmountainestate.org