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posted Feb 1, 2012, 5:44 AM by JBay RA

  PO Box 1101 Jeffreys Bay

  6330 South Africa

  Posbus 1101 Jeffreysbaai

  6330 Suid Afrika

 (:       042 293 1405

 Ê:       0866 532 363

 È:       083 44 11 721



 Bank:  ABSA 1940 420 527

Jeffreys Bay Residents Association / Jeffreysbaai Inwonersvereniging

Newsletter 4 in 2012


This newsletter provides an update to members on the activities of their residents association since our last newsletter in November.

Please see the notice of the AGM on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 at 6pm in the Newton Hall at the end of this newsletter.

At this AGM the following changes to the JBRA constitution will be proposed:

Proposed Amendments to the Jeffreys Bay Residents Association Constitution

To be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on 22nd February 2012


Clause 7.    Subscriptions


Add :


e. There are two classes of membership, namely,


  • Voting membership, which attracts the usual membership fee as determined above,
  • Non-voting membership, which is free.


Clause 13.      Voting rights and voting at meetings.


Amend :


d. Only voting members whose subscriptions have been paid up, shall be allowed to cast their vote.


Add :


e. Voting members may allocate their vote to a proxy, in writing. At any meeting where a vote is required, the proxy may vote on behalf of all such allocated votes.


Nominations for 2012/13 JBRA committee


Nominations for the position of chair and committee members for the new committee are urgently requested. Please submit any nominations to, or post to PO Box 1101, Jeffreys Bay, 6330, or call Trevor Watkins on 042 293 1405.


Individual declaration of disputes with the Kouga Municipality


Many ratepayers and residents of Jeffreys Bay have ongoing disputes with the Kouga Municipality (KM) over issues such as property valuation, sewage removal, water quality, rates and services payments, and so on. In most cases the KM deals with these disputes in their own good time, or fails to deal with them at all, while the ratepayer keeps paying and waiting for a resolution of a sometimes urgent problem.


A widespread rates boycott would need the support of many thousands of residents, many of whom do not have a current, specific problem with KM. In addition, a widespread rates boycott  would not solve specific problems, but would address governance in the KM as a whole.


For these reasons, the Jeffreys Bay Residents Association (JBRA) is recommending that individual ratepayers and residents with a specific problem formally declare a dispute with the KM through legal channels. Once the dispute has been declared, the KM must formally respond to the dispute in writing through their legal department, and all disputed payments, levies and fines may be held in suspension until the resolution of the dispute.  For example, if you believe that your assessed rates are too high, and you have good grounds for this belief, then payment of the rates in dispute may be suspended until the resolution of the dispute.


The JBRA has reached an agreement with Blignault & Vennote, a firm of attorneys in St Francis road, Jeffreys Bay, to formally file a letter of dispute with the KM on behalf of a JBRA member for the amount of R80.  The resident will provide  name and address and details of the dispute to the attorney, who will then draft and deliver a registered letter to the Kouga Municipal offices, and will keep the letter on file at the attorney’s offices.  The dispute will also be logged on the Mobilitate website.

The R80 does not include further legal advice, or an assessment of the merits of the case. Any further legal costs relating to the dispute will be for the account of the resident raising the dispute.


The contact details for Blignault & Vennote are as follows:

Ernie Blignault BA.LLB.(Stell)

082 550 0391   042 293 2211

PO Box 1500

Jeffreys Bay



JBRA Facilities


The JBRA has developed a number of facilities in the course of the last year to improve communication between residents in our area. Unfortunately, the use of these facilities by residents has been quite limited, due perhaps to ignorance of their existence, or unfamiliarity with their use, or just plain apathy. A brief list of the facilities follows:






The official residents association website is at On this website you will find

  • recent news reports relating to J Bay,
  •  contact details for the committee, for your councillors, for the KM staff, for emergencies
  • Links to the blog, to Mobilitate and many other useful sites
  • Calendar of upcoming events
  • Issues currently being dealt with




The JBRA blog is at

The blog provides a forum for informed and serious discussions of the many issues facing J Bay and South Africa, and allows for easy addition of comments by readers. Articles for the blog can be submitted to You can register to receive an email each time a new blog entry is added.




Some very kind people in Gauteng have developed a remarkable website called, and have made it freely available to all South African towns and districts. The JBRA is using this website to log all the small and large infrastructure issues around our town. Any JBRA member is welcome to register on the website, view existing issues logged on the interactive map, and log their own new issues (including photos).

Each time an issue is logged it is automatically referred to the appropriate councillor by email. The councillor is then expected to follow up on these issues until they are resolved, then mark them as fixed on the website. The councillors performance can be monitored, issues can be escalated, outstanding issue lists can be printed, emails can be sent, all from the Mobilitate website.




Crimespotter is a facility on the Mobilitate website. You can log crime incidents in J Bay as they occur on an interactive map, allowing crime patterns and realistic crime stats to be extracted.

You can also log crime Alerts for crimes or incidents in progress. Mobilitate will then send an SMS to everyone registered for alerts, for free. This is ideal for alerting Blockwatch members and interested residents to any developing situation very rapidly. It could also be a key component of an effective disaster management system. Crimespotter also includes a blockwatch management and scheduling system, amongst other facilities.


Anyone can register on  Crimespotter at, log issues, log crimes and receive alerts. To control rogue registrations, your email address and cellphone number must be confirmed, by replying to a confirmation message. If you have any difficulty with the registration process, call Mobilitate direct at 012 809 3231 or Trevor Watkins on 042 293 1405 for assistance.




JAG is an email Googlegroup for the residents association. Once registered on JAG you can communicate with everyone else in the group simply by sending one email to one address ( You will also receive an email every  time anyone else communicates with the group. You can  leave the group anytime you want, by selecting an option included in every email received, or you can change how often emails from the group are received (1 summary per day, 1 summary per week).

JAG is an ideal way to conduct an email dialogue between people sharing a common interest, such as Thyspunt, or wind turbines. Everyone can have their say, issues can be debated, past discussions can be reviewed, consensus can be developed. The JBRA will also use JAG to post any important information received, such as Council notices, meetings, etc.

To join our JAG Googlegroup, visit or send an email to



Nuusbrief 4 in 2012


Hierdie nuusbrief dek die aktiwiteite van u Inwonersvereniging sedert die vorige brief van November.

Neem asseblief kennis van die kennisgewing van die AJV op Woensdag 22 Februarie 2012 om 6nm in die Newtonsaal op die einde van die nuusbrief.

Tydens die AJV sal die voorgestelde wysigings van die grondwet voorgegee word.

Voorgestelde Wysigings aan die Jeffriesbaai Inwonersvereeniging Grondwet

Stemery sal plaasvind by die Algemene Jaar Vergadering op die 22 Februarie 2012


Klousule 7. Intekening


Voeg by:


e.  Daar is twee vorms van Lidmaatskap, naamlik ,


  • Stemgeregtige lidmaatskap wat die gewone Lidmaatskap Fooi  bepaal soos aangedui hierbo
  • Geen stem Lidmaatskap het geen koste verbonde nie


Klousule 13. Stem regte en stemmery by vergaderings


Wysigings :


d.                  Alleenlik  stemgeretig lede wie se ledegeld op betaal vir die huidige jaar sal toe gelaat word om hul stem uit te bring :


Voegby :


e.                   Stem geregtige lede mag hul stem oordra aan ‘n prokurasie  met ‘n geskrewe  magtiging’s brief, wat dan die prokurasie toestemming gee  om die lid se stem te pos.


Nominasies vir die 2012/13 JBIV komitee


Nominasies vir die nuwe voorsitter en komiteelede vir 2012 word dringend versoek. Stuur asseblief enige nominasies aan, of pos aan Posbus 1101, Jeffreysbaai, 6330, of skakel Trevor Watkins op 042 293 1405.


Verklaring van dispute met die Kouga Munisipaliteit deur individuele.


Baie belastingbetalers en inwoners van Jeffreysbaai het nimmereindigende dispute met die Kouga Munisipaliteit. Dit betrek sake soos eiendomswaardasie, rioolverwydering, water kwaliteit, tariewe en dienste betalings, ens. In die meeste gevalle word hierdie probleme op die goeie langdradige tempo van die Munisipaliteit hateer, indien ooit. Intussen moet die belastingbetaler aanhou betaal en wag op 'n oplossing van 'n probleem wat ernstig kan wees, of wat vir hom/haar ernstig is.


'n Effektiewe algemene belasting boikot vereis die samewerking van talle duisende inwoners, van wie die meeste waarskynlik nie 'n huidige spesifieke probleem het met die KM nie. Verder, 'n algemene belasting boikot se funksie sal hoofsaaklik wees om die wanadministrasie van die KM in die algemeen mee aan te vat.


Om hierie redes het die Jeffreysbaai se Inwonersvereniging (JBIV) die volgende roete daargestel vir die hantering deur individue en inwoners met dispute. Dit is om binne die reels van die reg formeel 'n dispuut te verklaar met KM. Nadat die dispuut verklaar is, moet KM formeel reageer, dit is 'n skriftelike reaksie op u brief van hul regsdepartement. Deur die dispuut te verklaar word aksie oor  alle betalings, heffings en boetes gestop tot die dispuut uitgeklaar en opgelos is. 'n Voorbeeld is, indien u op goeie gronde glo dat u aangeslane eiendomsbelasting te hoog is, dan word die betaling van u heffing opgeskort totdat die dispuut heeltemal opgelos is.


Die JBIV het 'n ooreenkoms aangegaan met Blignault & Vennote, 'n prokureursfirma in St Francisweg, Jeffreysbaai om 'n formele brief van dispuut te stuur aan die KM namens 'n JBIV lid, waarvan die koste R80 beloop. Die inwoner verskaf hul naam, adres en details van die dispuut aan die prokureur wat dan die brief skryf en lewer aan die KM kantore. Hulle liaseer ook 'n kopie van die brief in hulle kantore. Die dispuut word ook op Mobilitate webwerf aangeteken. Die fooi van R80 sluit nie verdure regsadvies in of 'n opinie oor die meriete van die saak nie. Koste van verdere regshulp is vir die rekening van die inwoner.


Die kontakdetails vir Blignault & Vennote is as volg:

Ernie Blignault BA.LLB.(Stell)

082 550 0391   042 293 2211

Posbus 1500




JBIV Fasiliteite

In die loop van die afgelope jaar het die JBIV 'n aantal fasiliteite ingestel om die kommunikasie tussen inwoners in ons gebied te verbeter. Ongelukkig het min inwoners die  fasiliteite gebruik, miskien as gevolg van onkunde van hul bestaan​​, of onbekendheid met die gebruik, of net apatie. 'n Kort lys van die fasiliteite volg:





Die amptelike inwonersvereniging webwerf is by Jy sal vind op hierdie webwerf

  • onlangse nuusberigte met betrekking tot J Baai,
  • kontakbesonderhede vir die komitee, vir jou raadslede, vir die KM personeel, en vir noodgevalle, onder andere.
  • Links” na die blog, Mobilitate en baie ander nuttige webwerwe
  • Kalender van toekomende gebeure
  • huidige sake


Die JBRA blog is op Die blog is 'n forum vir ingeligte en ernstige besprekings rondom die sake wat J Bay en Suid-Afrika in die gesig staar. Die blog maak voorsiening vir die eenvoudige toevoeging van kommentaar deur lesers. Artikels vir die blog kan gestuur word aan Jy kan registreer om 'n e-pos te ontvang elke keer' n nuwe blog inskrywing bygevoeg word.




‘n Paar besondere mense in Gauteng het 'n merkwaardige webwerf ontwerp. Die webwerf se naam is Die program is vrylik beskikbaar vir alle Suid-Afrikaanse dorpe en distrikte. Die JBIV gebruik hierdie webwerf om al die klein en groot infrastruktuur sake rondom ons dorp aan te meld. Enige JBIV lid is welkom om te registreer op die webwerf, om bestaande probleme wat aangemeld is op te soek op die aanlyn kaart, en om hul eie probleme aan te meld, wat fotos kan insluit.
Elke keer as 'n saak  aangemeld is word dit outomaties verwys per e-pos na die betrokke raadslid. Van die raadslid word dan verwag om oor hierdie sake op te volg totdat hulle opgelos word, en dit dan af te merk op die webwerf as synde afgehandel. Die raadslede se optredes  kan dan gemeet word, uitstaande probleme kan gelys word, en e-posse vanaf die Mobilitate webwerf gestuur word.



Crimespotter is nog 'n funksie op die Mobilitate webwerf.  Hier kan jy misdaadvoorvalle in Jeffreysbaai op 'n   interaktiewe kaart aanmeld sodat die  misdaad tendense en geloofwaardige misdaad statistieke beskikbaar raak. 
Jy kan ook op Alerts misdaad of pogings daartoe aanmeld. Mobilitate sal dan gratis waarskuwings SMS aan almal wat geregistreer is daarvoor. Dit is ideaal vir die vinnige inlig van Blockwatch lede en belangstellende inwoners. Dit kan ook 'n belangrike komponent vorm van 'n effektiewe rampbestuur stelsel. Die Crimespotter program behels ook 'n blockwatch bestuur en skedulering stelsel.
Enigeen kan op Crimespotter registreer by, probleme en misdaad aanmeld,  en kennisgewings  ontvang. Om vals of spam registrasies per e-pos te voorkom, nuwe registrasies moet jou e-pos adres bevestig. As jy enige probleme het met die registrasie proses, skakel Mobilitate direk by 012 809 3231 of Trevor Watkins by 042 293 1405 om hulp te kry.




JAG is ‘n e-pos Googlegroup vir die lede van die JBIV. Sodra jy geregistreer is op die Googlegroup kan jy met almal in die groep kommunikeer deur bloot 'n e-pos aan te stuur. Jy sal ook 'n e-pos ontvang elke keer as iemand anders kommunikeer met die groep. Daar is verdere inligting op die webwerf.

Googlegroups is 'n ideale manier om 'n e-pos dialoog tussen mense met 'n gemeenskaplike belang te voer. Enigeen kan hulle sê sê, dinge bespreek, vroeëre besprekings hersien en konsensus bereik. JBIV sal ook JAG gebruik om enige belangrike inligting soos Raadskennisgewings, vergaderings ens te plaas. Om aan te sluit by ons JAG Googlegroup stuur 'n e-pos aan of besoek















  1. Notice of meeting


  1. Opening and Welcome


  1. Address by guest speaker.


  1. Minutes of the annual general meeting held on 22 February 2011


  1. Chairman's annual report, 2011/2012


  1. Financial annual report, 2011/2012


  1. Amendments to the constitution


  1. Election of management  committee, 2012/2013


  1.  Questions


  1. Closure












  1. Kennis van vergadering


  1. Opening en Verwelkoming


  1. Toespraak


  1. Notule van die algemene jaarvergadering gehou op 22 Februarie 2011

  2. Voorsitter se jaarverslag, 2011/2012


  1. Finansiële jaarverslag, 2011/2012


  1. Wysigings aan die grondwet


  1. Verkiesing van bestuurskomitee, 2012/2013


  1.  Vrae


  1. Afsluiting