June 2018 Estate Message
Understandably these two projects had to run hand in hand because they were co-dependent, which significantly (negatively) affected the speed of both construction and installation. Your Board of Trustees is however pleased to report that despite numerous ‘surprises’ (as is to be expected during additions and alterations of this scale) these projects are only running slightly behind schedule, actually mainly due to the lovely rain we’ve experienced of late … which fortunately also gave us the opportunity to repair leaks whilst Sterling is still on site!
Many thanks to all our homeowners and residents who’ve made the time to pop into the Estate Office for the speedy fingerprint take-on and picture, but we’re imploring the final 20% to also do so before we disable the current/old access card system and you’re faced with having to sign in!
The fibre ‘link’ between Sandown 1 & 2 gatehouses (materials at cost price and labour for free by a VERY kind homeowner!) as well as the Sandown 1 to Blouberg Hills gatehouse hardwire link under Cormorant Ave. was completed in the last week of the month, which thankfully did away with the small gremlins we experienced importing and exporting user profiles because of 3 standalone systems working in isolation as opposed to one system controlling everything, i.e. we apologise for any inconvenience experienced with temperamental biometric readers.
We’ve put the proposed Licence Plate Recognition cameras/system through its paces for a few weeks now and quite frankly aren’t yet happy with the results, so will definitely keep you posted on our efforts to make your entry to your home as convenient as possible!!
The Visitor App (via your mobile phone) and other fancy (read: exciting) systems are VERY near to rollout and we’ve no doubt they will all make your life much easier as we put the control in your hands as opposed to security’s!
Despite the above-mentioned delays and teething issues, we still envisage the vast majority of the systems to be fully active in the first week of July and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
We would like to wish all children on our Estate a safe, relaxing and enjoyable school holiday. Don’t forget to do your chores and PLEASE remember your friends are your responsibility when on the Estate! Also, have fun on our parks but be considerate of other users and please always be careful when near or on a road, whether on or off our Estate!
We wish to remind residents of Estate Rule 4.0 a) (i) which states:
Refuse and recyclable goods removal is undertaken by the local authority every Monday from 06h30. Only the standard municipal black ‘wheelie’ bins and clear plastic bags (for recycled goods) will be collected. Bins and any other refuse/recyclables possibly left behind by the local authority, have to be removed by the resident by 19h00 on the same day and stored/screened from view from any road or public open space until the following week’s refuse collection.
PLEASE ensure your water meter box is clear of obstructions and the meter is clearly visible so the monthly meter readings can be taken by the City’s sub-contractor … failing which one can either phone in one’s meter reading to the City on 0860 103 089 (follow the voice prompts)… or one can register on the City of Cape Town’s ‘portal’ via https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/eservices/Pages/default.aspx and do all kinds of interesting things oneself, incl. submit meter readings for accurate billing!
During the last heavy bouts of rain we experienced an overflowing sewer on Sandown Estate, which unfortunately can only be attributed to storm water entering the sewer system. The City of Cape Town has been quick to point fingers and instruct we remind homeowners that it’s actually illegal to discharge storm water into the sewer system for this very reason. Needless to say, it’s also a severe health and safety problem when we’ve raw sewage and faeces on our roads! Because this is a relatively new occurrence we suspect it might be overflows from rainwater tanks. The City has indicated they will assist with inspections of tanks etc. to find the illegal installations should this continue, i.e. they’re giving us a chance to remedy the matter ourselves. We therefore request homeowners check they have no downpipes or overflows discharging into the sewer system, before we have to involve the City’s inspectors etc.
HOA Estate Office (Markus & Lesley) – (021) 554 0865
Security Control Room (24/7) – (021) 554 1430
HOA Administrators (Cape Classic) – (021) 702 4489
Every Wednesday, the above-mentioned periodicals are delivered to the 3 gate houses. Please remember to ask security for same BEFORE you swipe your access card, otherwise the gates will start closing on your vehicle.
If you are interested and/or would like to advertise in our monthly Estate Newsletter (discount provided for residents), please contact Lesley at the Estate Office (bigbay firstname.lastname@example.org)