General Notices

General notice to residence of Portland Place

Census – Workers (Cautionary)

With the South African Census process beginning, people are advised to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 Census is completed where Census Workers verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 Census workers will count every person in the South Africa (START DATE 10 OCTOBER) and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data. The big question is – how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con artist?

  1. If a Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice.
  2. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.
  3. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
  4. Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.
  5. Do not give your identity number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the Census. REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.
  6. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.

The Census Bureau will not ask for bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau. REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau. Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the Census Bureau.

Kind regards

Marinda Hartzenberg
Operations Manager
SMC – Security Management Consultants

Municipal Strike

This is a cautionary notice regarding the current Municipal Strike.

At this stage the extent and duration of the strike is unknown, where most likely by Bin Collection Day this week, how intensified this strike will be should be known.

We are unaware of any contingency actions that the Local Authority may be considering as part of their responsibility toward service provision and thus the Board have decided that currently the Association adopts a “wait and see” approach to matters.

Ultimately there may be a basic health requirement to make alternative arrangements for the contracting of private service providers to remove refuse off the Estate on behalf of all of the members.

At this stage therefore, individual households must take whatever measures are necessary to address their own refuse issues.

This however does not include piling up the refuse on the sidewalks of the Estate, but rather managing the refuse within each individual property, or taking it to an approved dump, or a Recycling Depot.  If applicable, the recycling facilities on the Estate could and should be utilised at all times.

Austin Byrne
Managing Agent

Illegal use of fire reel

It has been reported that the fire reel situated in the basement was recently tampered with. It may have been somebody playing with the hose by opening the valve, or one of the residents used the hose to wash a motor vehicle or for some other purpose.

Please note that the fire fighting equipment is totally off limits and may not to be used by anybody, except in the case of a genuine fire.

We have been requested to notify you that, if this occurs again, the Trustees will use every endeavour to identify the culprit/s. However, if this is not possible, then all residents who use the basement parking will be issued with a fine of R250.00 as per item 1.20 of the attached Fines and Penalties document.

Regards

Austin Byrne
ABA PPBC

Waste Paper Collection

Wayne Barrett is now on board to collect your waste paper.  Collections will begin on Thursday 4 August. He will soon be delivering Ronnie Bags to each unit; as well as 10 orange wheelie bins to the Portland Place complex. Residents will collect paper in their Ronnie Bags and, when full, will empty them into the bins.  They will then retain their bags for the next round of paper collection. A bundle of spare Ronnie Bags will be left at the Stoneridge Drive Guardhouse. For any problems you may experience, please call Wayne directly on: 082 496 6312  or  (011) 024 0095. Download the Kerbside Paper Pick-Up Programme Calendar.

Speeding / Driving Conduct

  • The Occupant shall drive with the utmost caution in the complex at all times and at no faster than fifteen (15) kilometres per hour and shall furthermore ensure that all visitors do likewise.
  • The Occupant shall, if an Occupant is found to be driving dangerously or recklessly on the premises while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance, then that Occupant shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
  • The Occupant shall the first warning of speeding/reckless driving shall be issued in writing to the transgressors. The second offence shall constitute a penalty of R100.00. Every offence thereafter shall constitute a further penalty of R500.00, or as may be determined from time to time. Penalties may be amended from time to time at the sole discretion of the Trustees.

This is an excert from the Rules of Conduct.

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