Ramsgate Residents and Ratepayers Association Newsletter
Newsletter – December 2018
Ramsgate Ratepayers and Residents Association (RRRA)
Meet your committee:
Sandy Kingdon has unfortunately had to step down due to family commitments and we will sorely miss her and her contribution to the committee. Thank you for all your hard work Sandy and we wish you all the very best with the challenges that you and your family are currently facing.
With Sandy stepping down we are in desperate need of a person with secretarial skills who can assist us with the minutes of meetings, etc. If anyone is interested in assisting, please contact the RRRA on the contact details below.
Future water outages:
As residents of Ramsgate know, our village is very vulnerable to the breakdowns in the municipal supply of water by UGU. This is as a consequence of several factors. The first is an aging infrastructure which has been poorly maintained and much of which has been acknowledged by UGU as needing replacement. The second is that Ramsgate’s reservoirs are the last in the main delivery line from the Umzimkulu pumping station and therefore are always the first to lose supply and the last to be restored. The third is some poor engineering in the design of the local infrastructure making it difficult to restore supply locally and refill the reservoirs after prolonged outages.
In light of these challenges the RRRA has, over recent years and with very limited resources, built up a stock of 5 000 litre tanks which are strategically placed around Ramsgate during periods of prolonged water outages. These tanks are for the benefit of all residents to refill bottles. The water is obtained from reliable sources but it is recommended, nevertheless, that the water from these points be boiled before consumption. The RRRA replenishes these static tanks. UGU tankers, if the drivers are not on strike or being intimidated, also contribute to the replenishment. Only bottles, up to a maximum of 20 litres per person, may filled from these tanks during a crisis.
The RRRA encourages residents to make provision for creating their own water storage capacity in preparation for future outages. Where possible rain water should be harvested. The installation of tanks linked to the municipal supply so that purified water can be stored is also recommended. The RRRA accepts that the installation of tanks and additional infrastructure is costly.
In addition, residents are encouraged to build up a collection of 5 and 10 litre bottles which should be kept filled at all times. It is recommended that the water in these bottles be replaced every three months. These bottles can also be used to collect water from the RRRA static tanks when resident’s own reserves run out during a prolonged crisis.
The RRRA is looking for street captains who will know where the UGU supply line valves are located in their own and surrounding streets. The task of a captain is not onerous and the RRRA has detailed maps of Ramsgate to assist captains identify where the valves are located. Often residents complain that they still do not have water after the restoration of supply following a break. This is may be as a result of valves not being re-opened. While UGU staff ONLY can operate the valves, it is helpful if the UGU technicians and plumbers can be guided to the problem valves so corrective action can be taken quickly. This can speed up the restoration of supply significantly.
As reported previously the RRRA has resolved to purchase a water tanker trailer with pump to service its static tanks during extended water outages. We thank those who have already contributed to the cost of this vehicle. As mentioned, water to fill this tanker will be obtained from several secure sources. The concept of the RRRA sinking a borehole has been rejected as there is no way that it can be adequately protected.
FYI – The RRRA has set up an emergency number which will be activated when a crisis with UGU occurs. The number is 073 658 5469.
For the past decade John Scott has voluntarily given an enormous amount of his time on almost a daily basis looking after the Ramble and keeping an eye on all the facilities of the main beach and other beaches of Ramsgate. John was the initiator of the idea to have residents donate benches along the Ramble. He has done an amazing job and given so much to the Ramsgate Community.
Very sadly John has now decided that he can no longer perform this role. The RRRA is therefore seeking a resident who would be willing to take over from John. Should you be interested please contact the RRRA.
2019 annual members VOLUNTARY subscriptions:
I would like to take this opportunity, to say a huge thank you to all of you in general, as there are too many people to respond to individually, who have made payment for the invoice sent out in November 2018, requesting the annual VOLUNTARY subscription payment of R100, for the 2019 year.
The response has been outstanding, you know who you are and we really appreciate your support for those payments, as well as all the extra donation payments that have been made by some of you, in addition to the annual subscription payment.
Residents are reminded that the RRRA Exec Committee meets formerly in the Village Hall in Ramsgate at 16:00 on the third Tuesday of every month. Residents are always welcome to attend and to bring their ideas to the attention of the committee.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our members for your support, both financially and in other ways, it is very much appreciated and finally, to wish all of you a happy festive season, safe travels and enjoy what Ramsgate has to offer.
Chairperson – RRRA
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