News

8th January 2020

Hi all

CKN was initially formed as a crime fighting community where the neighbourhood could be the eyes and ears of the community to try and keep the crime levels under control. John has led this initiative and he puts in a great deal of time and effort apart from holding down a full time job.

We have been using WhatsApp Groups in CKN for several years in order to keep the Community in touch with events that affect us all.  These groups have grown and we now have 8 CKN groups and an Animal care and Enviro Group.

Since this has become a simple way of reporting neighbourhood issues many residents have passed this responsibility on to “somebody else” .  As a result John, Cynthia and Amelia are inundated with complaints about things like power cuts, water outages, fallen trees, street lights not working, potholes, speeding, parks that need attention and a number of other issues.

I would like to urge all residents to take responsibility for reporting all these issues themselves, and then posting reference numbers on the Ward 89 group so that matters can be escalated when necessary.

Please download and print the attached form giving the relevant departments and contact details to report to.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR SUBURB AND LOG ISSUES THAT NEED ATTENTION

As a community we are amazing – supportive, helpful and kind.  We look after our animals and keep our community tidy.
Let us start the new year by being positive and responsible.  And may 2020 be a wonderful year for us all.

Jenny
John

27th December 2019

Hi all

Feedback on the incident in the early hours of 20 December in which a motor bike was taken in LIchus Street.
The feedback is from the resident who I saw later that day.

Some time before 02h00 his dog that sleeps in the house woke him. He thought it strange hat the dog was looking out the window which he does not do.
He got up and went to check outside.

Prior to this a white bus (appears to be a 22 seater) drove into the street turned and awaited outside 835/837 Lichus. (pan handles and hence the various house numbers mentioned). Whilst driving in, three suspects ran to 833 Lichus.

The pedestrian gate was broken and the motor overridden and the gate opened. They proceeded to steal a motorbike. It was one of three standing next to the house.

On seeing the owner, the suspects fled in the bus. He feels they were coming back for a second bike.

Simultaneously, 829 Lichus came home and reported the vehicle as suspicious. The bus left seconds after this.

When one of our cars arrived, they found the owner of 833 Lichus in the street and stopped to ask him for information. He advised what had happened and they checked the property with him.

The owner has his suspicions of who may be involved but has no proof. Motor bike theft is rife. Please see ensure that if you have a motor bike, it is not seen from the road.

Stay safe
John

20th December 2019

Thank you to each of you who took the time to complete the Recycler Interation survey that was emailed to the CKN database in the beginning of December. It is so important to hear from you.

Out of approximately 480 emails that went out I received a total of 57 surveys.

I have started going through each response in detail and find this to be a most valuable experience. High level findings: Of the 57 respondents 46 are for, 7 are against, and 5 are ambivalent (undecided or neutral) about the initiative. I am going through your constructive suggestions, queries, and truly good points raised. Thank you for these!

I am taking a pause over the holidays, spending some time reflecting on your feedback. Please be aware that a lot of the Recyclers have gone home for the holidays although a few locals are still working and will be hre on Christmas eve and Christmas day going through the trash/bags put out. We can expect all the regular collectors to be back and resume their efforts in January.

2020 will see the Recycler initiative evolve further. The key areas of focus is already identified; Recyclers are getting more organised through a relevant system that makes sense, more communication and education for the community as well as Recyclers. For certain we have kinks to iron out and improvements to make, all of which can be achieved through a cohesive community effort. I remain here and committed to assisting with change in our community.

I am putting together a small team to assist with tweaking and enhancing the strengths of our initiative. If you are passionate about this programme and making it better for all concerned please contact me. This woman is no Island. Thank you for the support, criticism and hands on help received thus far. A very special thank you to our angels Patricia and Joy who supply the Recyclers with sandwiches week after week. It would be great to get some more angels involved in this.

I will be taking a drive around next Wednesday on Christmas morning to greet and give thanks to whichever Recyclers are around. Anyone who is feeling the true spirit of Christmas and is willing to contribute anything savoury or sweet, cool drinks, etc. for the few guys please let me know.

Wishing you all the best. May peace, love and light fill your homes and hearts now and always.

Lorin

11th November 2019

Domestic Watch meeting on 28 November at 11h00 to 12h00 at the guest house in Calendula Street.
Please share with your domestic and gardener and I urge you to please allow them to attend.
Only for an hour.
The police have been invited to address them.
Thanks
John

The clean up along Hendrik Potgieter this Saturday was a success. Majority of CKN Recyclers arrived to clean up the extensive rubbish dumped along the busy roadside.
Our partners in integration African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) joined in and brought their truck so we could dispose of the the 20 plus bin bags at the local dump. None of the rubbish collected was fit for recycling and certainly not left by our group.

Luyanda had a talk with the Recyclers explaining the importance of integration and getting organised. This was well received by the men. We will be registering our Recyclers with ARO and two of the men and I will be attending a registration day in the near future.

ID badges were handed out and the rest will be handed out on bin days. Thank you to the one resident, his brave young son and dog who participated in this community clean up.

Thank you to those who supported in other important ways with food, sweets and refreshments, all very appreciated. Thank you to Dowry security for their supportive presence. You can find pics of the day on the CKN website and Facebook page. Here is a link to an article written about our initiative.

https://roodepoortnorthsider.co.za/309095/a-recycling-integration-system-under-way/

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci

CKN Recyclers

Please see https://www.ckn.org.za/enviro_care.html

Community clean up this Saturday 9th November from 9AM – 11AM. All Residents and Recyclers are invited and encouraged to participate. This is the opportunity to get to know your Recycler and find out what valuable recyclable materials they collect. Luyanda from ARO will be joining in the clean-up. I will be handing out the ID badges now that all 29 Recyclers have been documented. Anyone want to sponsor some refreshments and snacks on Saturday?
Visit CKN website and Facebook page for details on the clean-up and to see our Recyclers.

On 24th October we had a talk with ARO at Kleine Constantia. Feedback received from some who attended was that it was informative and gave them a whole new perspective and respect for these people. Luyanda shared a wealth of information about recyclers/reclaimers, their long history and current stance today, as well as interesting facts, statistics and experiences.

I highly recommend all South Africans take the opportunity to attend one of these talks. ARO is currently very busy piloting projects around Johannesburg and are assisting us with our initiative already underway.

Please continue to separate your recyclable materials from general bin waste. You can put all your various recycle materials in a separate bag for the Recyclers so they no longer have to dig through unhygienic waste to get to items of value. Please rinse dirty food and beverage containers before. In terms of bags you can simply use a bin bag (standard black bin bag or another colour bin bag) and place it next to your dustbin. Alternatively, you can start using a reusable bag (such as the large white garden bags on sale at Builders Warehouse for R10) that you or domestic helper hands to your recycler. He will give it back to you (wait for the bag and communicate what you want the first few times). Currently our Recyclers are collecting on Wednesday bin day mornings from early.

As a first step get familiar with your street Recyclers. A cool drink of water or refreshment and snack will be well received. It is gruelling labour and especially tough on hot summer days.

Kind of materials that Recyclers typically look for and collect; paper (newspapers, magazines, books, office paper, envelopes), cardboard, cans (beverages, food tins, aerosol, aluminium, steel), juice and milk plastic cartons, various plastics, polystyrene (plastic trays/tubs but not dirty clamshell food packaging) They do not take glass so please dispose of glass responsibly at one of the many depots in the area – one of the closest is behind Hillfox.

If you want to meet your Recycler but are not feeling confident to reach out I will be more than happy to assist with meet and greet. Please contact me directly (0825234095). Dowry security patrollers will also assist with introducing you to your Recycler as they work with them.

Currently we have one volunteer making sandwiches for the Recyclers on Wednesdays. Can we have more please? Bottled water, snacks, anything is always so very appreciated. This morning I took my usual drive around, greeting Recyclers and handing out Sandwiches and apples kindly donated and I promise you they really appreciate any small act of kindness.

We have various Whatsapp groups in CKN so let’s use them. I and others would really like your feedback and want to know how it’s going with you and your Recycler, what you have experienced, what you have learned, etc. Please use the Community and CKN Enviro Care Whatsapp groups for this. Feel free to contact me directly.

Visit CKN website CKN Enviro Care page and CKN Facebook page for info on Recyclers and the ARO pilot projects in other areas. Follow ARO on Facebook

Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

5th November 2019

Hi all

Just a quick catch up and it seems mostly some housekeeping matters.

Things in the area remain relatively quiet and if we can see the year out as things stand, we will have had a good year with regards the crime fight. Hijackings, burglaries and car theft remain rife around us.

Two families in the area recently had other family members experience a hijacking, one where the children were taken with the car and the other, children and baby held at gun point in their complex.
Crime is real. Take care at all times.

At the recent committee meeting the question of the newly erected cameras was raised. These are the camera poles and some have cameras on. CKN has had a proposal and cost estimate from Vumacam for three poles. However, until such time as these poles are legal and the dispute between the city and Vumacam is resolved, we will not be participating in the venture.

A date will be finalised for a domestic watch meeting in the last week of November. It will be for an hour and I am urging you to please make time for your domestic and gardener to attend. We entrust them with so much, lets make sure they know what to do in an emergency.

Is there anyone who will take over the maintenance of the CKN website. Jenny does so much for the area and is asking that someone please free her up from the website.

We still plan to mark the fire hydrants in CKN. I really hope for some help when we do set a date. The last request saw no volunteers.

Saturday, 9 November, sees a clean up along Hendrik Potgieter which is being organised by Lorin and her group of recyclers. Please come along and support her. She has done an amazing job of co-ordinating the Wednesday recyclers and deserves support. The recent talk was an eye opener on how the recyclers operate in the city and so please follow Lorin and her new group and Face Book page.

There will be a CKN market day at the end of the month. Many asked for another one and Liesl has once again been busy.

Finally, over the past years we have always given our dedicated officers a Christmas bonus. This year we will do the same. We will not be asking for any additional money towards the bonuses but I am asking that you please ensure your CKN contribution is up to date. Should you wish to contribute something extra, please feel free to do so.

Anyone up for providing Christmas lunch for the officers working on Christmas day?

Welcome to 5 Bamboes, 15 Bamboes, 55 Kroton Street, 6 Lukwart Street, 1015 Bloubos, 22 Boomgom, 23 Stamperboom and Dio Velento Complex who have all joined the CKN family in the last week or so.

I think that is all for now.
Stay safe
John

25th October 2019

Hi all

A couple of things going on this weekend.

Annual Trick or Treat is happening tomorrow evening from 18:30 20:00. Families will be going around and calling on the participating houses who have responded.

These are; 17, 23, 28, 37, 46 Boomgom, 34 Worsboom, 834 Acanthus, 3 Stamperboom, 1023 Firethorn.

Trick or Treaters please make an effort to pass by all these homes as we eagerly await to treat you. During this period Dowry will be patrolling close by as they usually do on this night.
Be safe and be FUN!

Diwali starts this weekend for 5 days. To all our Hindu neighbours we wish you a blessed festival of lights. During this period, we may expect firewors from surrounding areas as our Hindu residents do not participate in celebrating with the use of fireworks.

We cannot control what others do and so we must prepare instead. Companion animals and wild creatures are often terrified by the intensified sounds and vibrations given off by the fireworks. It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct. Please be mindful of this.

If you know your animals stress please take the necessary safety precautions to settle them ahead of time. Best is to stay home with them and provide support in a peaceful and calm environment. If you are going to be out please arrange for a pet sitter. There are loads of tips available on what to do to help calm your animals. I think most of us know about them. If not please look into it.

The CKN Community Animals WhatsApp group members will be more than happy to guide and support you. If you would like to join this group please do so by using this link
https://chat.whatsapp.com/3nvtpBjfipy77sPAM0JiiW.
Consult your vet for natural calming products (such as Calmeze) if needed.
https://chat.whatsapp.com/3nvtpBjfipy77sPAM0JiiW.https://www.wikihow.pet/keep-a-Dog-Calm-During-Fireworks

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci
lleuci@nullgmail.com
0825234095

17th October 2019

Dear Residents,

Yesterday meet up I spent some time finding out where some of the Recyclers come from and where they live – a mix of Gauteng, Lesotho origin. Of the several gents I managed to have this chat with none of them live nearby. Some travel from Florida, Fairlands to work and they rotate in surrounding areas at the different waste days. Joshua stays in Braam Fischer and even volunteered his physical address. As to how and why they come to us to work in the past years I am finding out. As with this programme, it is a process, and all is transpiring as it should.

The growing knowledge and understanding I am gaining in this venture is fascinating. Some of the gents have been working in this area and surrounds for years. I know that two of them have kids they are putting through school on the little they make for reselling materials to industry.

Registration efforts and reflectors continue. We now have 27 registered Recyclers, all of who are recognised by each other and Dowry. They do not want others to come in here as much us, if not more than us. You will see a lot more with their jackets on next week and again the following week. Photo badges will be issued in due course. All is progressing quite well. As with any change we must anticipate teething issues along the way. If you have an issue with any Recycler or concern please contact me, and I will need names too.

BIG thank you to Patricia and Marietjie for stopping in to supply much appreciated food and refreshments to these hard-working men. This is a great way to be involved and support. I really appreciate it too as my plate is rather full and I welcome help and kindness with this community initiative. Bring it on people!

Don’t forget to diarise the talk with ARO next Thursday evening 19:00 – 20:00 at Kleine Constantia, and to let me know if you are coming.

Sharing some food for thought and info on recycle materials collected – why some items are taken and others left. More about this and what role we need to play at the talk.

As provided by a fellow resident (as posted on the Facebook page I’mStaying) …

So many people gripe about the Waste Reclaimers that roam our suburbs. Reclaimers are often harassed, stigmatised, treated like human waste and dispossessed of their livelihoods by JMPD and SAPS etc.

However, it is the reclaimers who unofficially started the recycling economy in South Africa by separating valuable materials from waste. We all have a place here. If like me, you are saying “I’mStaying!” then let’s be mindful of how we can play our role in recycling and assist these guys for the greater good of our suburbs. These guys work exceptionally hard and often we tend to get frustrated with them.

Respect the fact that digging through waste is a disgusting job for anybody – imagine yourself having to do this job!

Today I ask you to reconsider your stance on these overlooked members of our society – be informed and assist where you can. I would like to share some insights :

Who are the waste reclaimers?
Independent people who are currently without jobs who are making an honest living so that they can feed, clothe and school their families. They often travel many kilometres a day collecting waste expending enormous energy in the process – often their carts weigh 200kg or more! It takes 23 x 2 litre PET bottles to make up 1 kg which can be sold for around R3/kg. Do not delude yourselves that these people have an easy time earning money!

African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) is an organisation which is collaborating with Government and reclaimers in order to get the already functioning informal waste reclaiming sector regonised by govenment. Waste reclaimers currently get no financial support from government.

What value do they add?
Informal waste reclaimers extract discarded recyclable items that would normally land up in landfills and the environment and sell these to buy back centres for recycling. Waste reclaimers are doing a valuable job which requires intellect, commitment and a great deal of hard work. Their work is saving our municipalities millions of rands in waste management and disposal every year. Due to their efforts in the recycling industry South Africa is now on par in the recycling arena with European countries.

What DO they collect?
The reclaimers only collect what has economic value at the buy back centre:
PET bottles (eg coke bottles), plastic milk containers, creepy crawly pipes, plastic plant pots, large yoghurt containers, aluminium colddrink tins, paper.

What do they NOT collect?
The reclaimers do not take anything that the buy back centres will not pay for including:
• Bottle tops (these are recyclable but the buy back centres will not pay any money for them)
• Translucent fruit containers (eg. strawberry packaging – these are recyclable PET but the buy back centres will not pay out for them)
• Polystyrene
* Green and brown PET bottles (eg appletiser and ginger beer bottles)
* Chocolate, sweet and chip packets

How can residents assist them?
• Separate waste at source and place only what has value to the reclaimers in boxes or clear packets on the pavements on collection day. The easier we make it for these reclaimers the less time they will have to spend in our suburbs! Respect the fact that digging through waste is a disgusting job for anybody – imagine yourself having to do this job!
• Rinse out ALL dirty containers so that they are clean for collection.
• Remove bottle tops as these are not taken and are often discarded around suburbs.
• Get to know the person who frequents your street – build a relationship with that person and find out what they will and won’t take.
• Show kindness to your local reclaimers – offer bottles of water on hot days or a cup of tea on freezing winter mornings. A little kindness goes a long way.
• Be mindful of the reclaimers who risk their lives on our roads and give them a wide berth while driving.
• Encourage reclaimers to join ARO and become ‘registered’ reclaimers in your suburb.
• Supply reflective vests and reflectors to your resident reclaimers.
• Work with ARO as a community so that residents learn how best to work with the reclaimers for the benefit of all.

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

lleuci@nullgmail.com
0825234095

15-Oct-19

Dear Residents

As you are aware we are in the process of implementing a programme to improve and include recycle efforts and security in CKN by working with the Recyclers.

Thank you for the feedback received thus far, overall there is a lot of support for this initiative. Concerns and criticism are equally importance, so thank you for those too.

Last week (7-11 October) was a very busy one. Lots of progress in a short space of time and exciting outcomes!

• On Wednesday morning some of the Recyclers received their reflector jackets printed with the CKN logo, registration and distribution continues this week. Photo ID name badges will be issued to the Recyclers as well. They know that they must be wearing their vests with ID badge, both required. This will be done over the next couple of weeks and I will confirm when all Recyclers have been issued with their jackets and ID badges. We will also be continuing with weekly meet ups with the Recyclers at Kroton park for some time. Over and above registration and identification efforts I will use this time to check in with them, find out what is working, what can be improved, and find out more about them.

• On Wednesday evening I attended the talk by Dr Melanie Samson and comrades from African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO). This was very informative and provided a lot more insight into who Recyclers are (also referred to as Reclaimers and Waste-Pickers), their history, what they do and the role they play in society. ARO work closely with recyclers and communities and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this regard. Their model of integration is very much in line with what we are implementing here in CKN. They are currently very busy piloting integration systems in Johannesburg. The good news is we are already well under way. After further discussions with Luyanda (ARO Waste Ambassador) about what we are doing, where we want to be, what we need assistance with, etc. he has committed to helping us with this journey. This opportunity is a big advantage to us!

Which brings me to our next steps…
Together with the ongoing practices and relationship building with our Recyclers and community at large, ARO will be coming to talk to us about recyclers and the integration system. They will also be doing a community clean up with us.

The talk will be held at Kleine Constantia next Thursday 24th October from 19:00 – 20:00. All residents – CKN members or not, are encouraged to attend. Please let me know by Wednesday if you will be attending – see my contact details further below.

This is your chance to be informed, to network and ask the questions on your mind. Furthermore, this is your chance to be an active participant in change for the better. Remember this is a community effort and only works when we are all doing and playing our part, no matter how seemingly small.

Find out more about African Reclaimers Organisation by visiting their Facebook page – Link available on CKN website and shared to the CKN Facebook page. Attached is the about info as taken from their page.
https://www.facebook.com/africanreclaimers/

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

lleuci@nullgmail.com
0825234095

4th October 2019

Recyclers (aka bin pickers) are people who carry out vital waste service in this country in nasty conditions. Please watch this short video by Dr Melanie Samson to get a glimpse of the importance and how things are moving forward through key collaboration efforts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rc7NcmA5Gs
I will be attending a talk on community integration by Dr Samson at Randpark Primary next Wednesday at 7 PM. If anyone is interested in joining, please drop me a mail or Whatsapp.

The CKN committee and like-minded residents are embarking on a programme to improve and include recycle efforts and security in CKN by working with the Recyclers and encouraging all residents to participate. The fact is we can chase these people away but they will come back. They are fully within their legal rights to be digging through the bins on municipal streets. We believe that working together is the best solution and way forward to support security, environmental care, and basic humanity.

On Wednesday we had a very positive first meeting with the Recyclers in our community. We took down a register of our first group of 14 Recyclers. Our Dowry partners (Marcel and Leon) took photos of the Recyclers and will be working with them to keep things tidy and safe in CKN. They also provide a valuable source of crime spotting and reporting to our brave security men and women.

It will take some time to further assess and work towards a recycle drop off facility here in CKN. A survey will follow on method in the coming week – we will keep you updated. In the interim residents can participate by doing the following…

Gather recyclable waste and put out on bin day. Place bag of collected recyclable material in a bin bag or reusable bag next to bin. Tip – Large white garden bags are available at Builders Warehouse for R10 if you opt for a reusable. Recyclers have been instructed to leave the reusable bags under the bins or in post boxes, much like the Ronnie bag system. Please keep in mind that no one can control bags going missing, others passing by or Pikitup themselves could take bags left outside so you may prefer to use a bin bag.

The Recyclers collect various materials, from different grades of plastic to tin, glass, paper, etc. Tidiness is important as we have relayed to the guys. This goes both ways. We should give them tidy waste to work with. Please rinse out food containers, milk cartons, tins, etc. before adding them to your recycle bag.

Next week we will be handing out official uniforms and source of identification. Bright yellow hooded jackets that will be printed with their job title “Recycler” – a BIG thank you to Rene from Barnswallows for donating these.

Important note: Authentic Recyclers will NOT be escorted from CKN unless posing security threat. Dowry will handle this as they would with any threat in our area. Dowry will facilitate checks while they are on street patrol. Any suspicious behaviours can be reported following usual methods.

The Recyclers Programme will enable all of us to identify authentic Recyclers, get to know their faces and perhaps even their stories. From a security vantage, Dowry will be able to better identify and work with authentic Recyclers and escort suspicious persons posing as Recyclers out of our area.

Like it or not the Recyclers are part of this community and are valued by a growing number of South Africans who see the positive difference they make to the environment. We live in a unique country which presents unique opportunities to better tackle the mess we humans make. Now all we have to do is open our minds just a little to the opportunity and efforts already in motion, work together and learn from each other.

Please join our CKN Enviro Care group by following this link or by emailing or texting me. https://chat.whatsappp.com/H4OWkdHsvfy3Wb6WSVkSlr

Thank you for doing your part and living the difference,
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻
lleuci@nullgmail.com 082 523 4095