SEPTEMBER IS HERITAGE MONTH
BEFORE & AFTER
NEW SECURITY SYSTEM
CODE OF CONDUCT REMINDER
Swimming Pools & Parks
NEW THORNHILL DIGITAL MAP IN & AROUND
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• RESIDENTS TO PLEASE REGISTER AT THE FRONT OFFICE FOR THE NEW ACCESS SYSTEM - AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Please ensure your contact details are up to date with THOA
• Thornhill Notice Board & SpotMarket now on Telegram to ensure you are
• • up to date on all Estate Notices. Please contact Linda for more information.
All active links in this publication are orange in colour for easy identification and usage.
Flamingo Shopping Centre turns ONE.
Can you believe a year has already passed since the offical opening
of our friendly neighbourhood strip mall.
THOA AGM 2019
A Tale of Two Chittys
The THOA AGM was held on 18 August,
a sunny Sunday morning, but one with a chilly bluster in the air, especially finding
its way along the stoep at the side of the Community centre where the AGM was held. I suppose amongst other reasons, this accounted for the low attendance. It was a struggle to get enough owners together to form a quorum. However after an appeal to those present, the local What’s App groups swung into high gear and were greeted with a satisfying response when additional members started arriving. A quorum had
to be formed by noon according to the Constitution, or the meeting had to be postponed.
Fortunately a quorum was established
with 3 or 4 minutes to spare so the meeting commenced, albeit half an hour late. This half hour was put to good use by those present in partaking of the delicious array of hot and cold sweets and savouries. I do not know where they came from but 10 out of 10 to whoever organized, prepared and beautifully presented them buffet style. This half hour delay and the chilly bluster must have prompted the Chairman to try and make up for lost ground as the meeting was held, I think in record time. This was possible as there were no controversial issues arising. The document pack
available to owners at the meeting and also previously circulated included audited financial statements showing the overall
healthy position of THOA finances. It was also confirmed that as things stood, the forthcoming levy increase would remain below the CPI + 50% CPI limit referenced in the Constitution.
There was, however, one query that arose under “General” that was clearly, and rightly of concern in connection with an escalation in arrear levy accounts. The Chairman addressed this by assuring the group that all steps were being taken to correct the problem which had resulted from two delinquent accounts in the main. Legal processes (which take time) were under way and resolution was near. He also indicated that there is no possibility that arrears will not ultimately be settled as THOA can withhold clearance of a sale transaction until such settlement has been made. Even a “moonlight” will not allow an escape of arrears at Thornhill.
This brings me to my sub-heading “A Tale of Two Chittys”.
The dictionary definition of a chitty (or chit) is “a short official note, typically recording a sum owed”.
The chitty addressed is the sum of the arrears shown on the asset side of the balance sheet as part of Trade and other receivables. The details under note 3 on page 13 of the audited financial
statements (AFS) illustrate exactly the concern expressed at the AGM since this note 3 shows that “Outstanding levies” had increased by R52 152 over the course of the past financial year. This is what owners in arrear owe to THOA. I hasten to add that compound interest charges are imposed on arrear levies. The penalty charges shown
in the Income statement stood at R56 967 for the year and were largely made up of this interest. Owners in arrear therefore, enjoy no free lunch. The penalty charges contribute to reserves which in turn assist in keeping the levy down for all.
I turn now to the second chitty which was not addressed, but is shown on the liability side of the balance sheet as part of Trade and other payables. The details for this under note 5 on page 14 of the AFS include “Levies received in advance”. This shows that these had increased by the amount
of R88 006 in the same period. This is what THOA owes to owners who have paid in advance. It is treated as an offset to their future levy charges.
While it is illuminating and of value
to monitor and focus on increases in outstanding levies, it also has to be acknowledged that when consideration is given to the increases in advance payments, the net position between the two is that levy arrears actually dropped by R35 854 during the course of the past financial year. This was to a figure of R77 036 representing 2.9 days of annual collectibles.
Benchmarks for this kind of figure are
not easy to come by as organisations are generally averse to airing such items in public. One benchmark I found has been published by the National Housing Institute in Scotland. They have taken the rental arrears of the top 25% performing areas
within their jurisdiction as their benchmark and this is given as 11.3 days of annual collectibles. A lot of such rental arrears will ultimately be written off, whereas the much lower arrear level at THOA is never, ever written off. The rent man always cometh at Thornhill and nothing is wasted. It is all ploughed back into the community.
The positive result of the large proportion of owners who honour their levy obligations timeously and even pay in advance speaks volumes to the sense of community on
the Estate. We also have to commend
the continuous effort put in by THOA
Staff and Trustees to maintain this result. Given such a healthy community spirit,
and the 3 months or so reserves that have been prudently established, owners and residents need not be too concerned about the THOA finances.
A final cautionary word. The costs of running the estate, particularly the Security and Gardens aspects are substantial and ever present. Much has been done to keep these costs in check,
but there is a limit to what can be achieved without compromising such services. Financing of this comes from the levy income, which likewise needs to be ever present. It is the lifeblood of the estate. Attention to this is therefore of paramount importance to the future of Thornhill and estate residents. Whilst we have Trustees to watch over this, It is also very positive that we have owners who follow the financial results and ask questions when they see something that concerns them. The very healthy financial position that
we currently enjoy can deteriorate quickly without continuous and rigorous attention.
MODDERFONTEIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Thursday 19th September - 7:30pm
Modderfontein Town Hall - No. 1 Casino Road (opposite the bowls club) Visitor R30.00 per person
Heritage Talk & Presentation by James Ball
James is the founder, editor & Grand Champion of the online heritage portal website. He has an obsession with old buildings and their history, and is the co-founder of The Heritage Register and The Heritage Monitoring Project. James is a history lecturer at a leading Cambridge School in Johannesburg.
The founding of The Heritage Portal
A review of some highs and lows of building the platform
while reaching out to South Africa’s heritage community Some ideas on how to get the heritage sector working
Tuesday 24th September, 9am with: Keith Martin & Robbie Vermont
Both walks will start at the gates of the Dynamite Company Museum No. 1 Main Street
Walks are approximately 2hrs long R50.00 per person - booking is essential
Keith: 082 450 4003 / 011 608 2864 Robbie: 082 800 3704 / 011 608 2693
The Museum and Franz Höenig Haus will be open: 8:30am - 12:30pm
NEW ACCESS SYSTEM
Please Register ASAP
Many of our residents will have noticed that the residents exit lane is out of use
for most of the day. After many years of faithful service our access system has decided enough is enough. The system is slowly shutting down and we are unable to complete new registrations. Fortunately, those of you who are already on the current system will still be able to exit and enter Thornhill on the current system.
The new system, known as the MorphoWave, will be ready for installation within the next two weeks and is far more advanced, and will enable us to do away with the card system. We are currently rescanning our residents’ fingerprints
and would like to thank those of you who responded promptly. We still have many more residents to scan and ask that you please report to the THOA office as soon as possible so that we may get the new system populated and up and running.
Notice has already gone out to residents and we will be sending out further notifications as to additional office hours, during which time residents can come and register.
Thank you for your co-operation and patience.
On Friday afternoon, 23 August, my neighbour, two doors down, observed a deliveryman in a blue vehicle trying to deliver a parcel to the house directly opposite my house.
As the resident of the house is away she took particular note of the delivery car. Shortly thereafter she noticed a similar blue car on my pavement and being concerned when I didn’t answer my phone she phoned our Thornhill office to report what she had seen.
Kevin, our estate manager, & Albert, our security guard, immediately came to my house to inquire whether I was alright.
The blue car on my pavement belonged to my visitor and was not the delivery car that my neighbour had seen so all was well.
I wish to thank Kevin, Albert & my very kind observant neighbour for their concern.
Its really good to know that our Thornhill community are looking out for each other.
Check out the new Newsletter Bookshelf on the THOA website
AUGUST 2019 - COMMUNITY PARK
The Thornhill Social committee held their second annual soccer tournament at the main park on Saturday the 24th of August. The junior teams were made up of tiny little stars in the making and some very talented young boys who got to show off their impressive moves.
The final saw Corinthians and Jeppe battle it out for first place, and what a nail biting final it was! With Corinthians taking the junior winners title for 2019.
As the whistle blew for the first senior game, fires were lit, and spectators had the opportunity to enjoy a braai and delicious pap and sauce sponsored by the Catering Larke.
The senior tournament was a little more competitive and the blazing sun proved to be a bit of a challenge for many players, although that didn’t stop a great final game between 2 Plane and Electron Boys
which ended in a penalty shootout and brought back fond memories of last year’s senior final game. This year, however, 2 Plane were not taking 2nd place as they came out victorious and took ownership of the trophy.
Once again, the day was enjoyed by many residents, and the great spirit shown by all players, was fantastic to see.
Thank you to all those who participated
in the tournament as well as all the spectators for their support.
We look forward to seeing you at our Potjiekos competition on 14th September. Contact Linda at the office for details.
Code of Conduct
All recreational facilities such as pools, braais, dams, picnic spots and other common areas are for the use of all owners, tenants, residents and their guests.
In the spirit of good neighbourliness, owners, their tenants and guests are expected to leave the facilities in the condition that they would expect to find them. Specifically, THOA insists that all litter is removed or placed in appropriate refuse bins and not to be left at the site.
Recreational activities are welcomed and encouraged , we ask that when using these facilities you remember that Thorhill is made up of private residences and the privacy and avoidance of disturbance to these properties should be considered
at all times.
ESTATE SWIMMING POOLS
Use of the Estate swimming pools is restricted to Thornhill Estate residents and their guests.The pools are private property and are NOT open to the general public. THOA will be monitoring this closely from September 2019.
Use of the Estate swimming pool area
is strictly at your own risk. Parents are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to ensure that any children under the age of 16 should be supervised at all times.
No glass containers or inflatable apparatus are allowed within the pool area. This includes, and is not limited to: pool noodles, floaties, lilo’s, boogieboards, blow-up boats etc.
Arm bands and other infant swim aids are an exception to the rule and are encouraged for safety reasons.
Dogs and other pets are STRICTLY NOT permitted to use the pool or pool area.
PLAYGROUNDS & JUNGLE GYMS
Use of the playgrounds is strictly at own risk and parents are asked to ensure that children are supervised at all times.
Only those playgrounds and equipment provided by the THOA are allowed on the common property. Privately owned play equipment is confined to the Owner’s private property unless express written approval has been obtained from THOA .
186/1 [email protected] 011 987 6543 thoa.co.za
playgrounds dams heritage spots ERF’s
green area / park road reserve speed bumps contractors gate
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BRUSSELS AVNAMUR RD
212/6 PLANE AVE
220/14 FIR AVE 211/4209/12
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64 / 16 67 / 63 / 47 / 7
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42 / 8 7 / 09 5 / 5 LOUVAIN AVE
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GARDENS RD G199/27 200/29
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PARK RD PARK RD
OAKTREE DR 25
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An updated Estate Map has been developed for the use of THOA and residents alike.
You may request a copy of this map for your own reference: [email protected]
Should you like to create a bespoke version of this map for specific usage, this too is now possible.
For all requests and queries regarding maps - please contact Linda via email
on: [email protected]
LEASH-FREE PET AREA
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POST OFFICE PARK
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POST OFFICE RD
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GOLF VIEW CL
FAIRWAY PARK SOUTH
FAIRWAY PARK NORTH
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158/9 183/2 157/11 184/3 156/13
155/15 185/4 154/17 186/5
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GOLF VIEW DR
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In & Around
Professional window cleaning services
Janet Gildenhuys 079 938 3421
burst geysers bathroom renovations new installations block drains maintanance leak detection camera inspections
[email protected] www.pmpplumbers.co.za 073 833 1439
Modderfontein Montessori School has evolved this year and re-branded as
We continue to o er the Montessori Curriculum for Toddlers, Pre-School and Primary School (12 months – 12 years). The Cambridge Assessment International Education Curriculum will be o ered for Middle School and High School (12 – 18 years).
Our High School is registered as a Cambridge International School. We o er 3 exit points: IGCSE, A2 or A Levels.
For more information visit our website in niteschools.co.za
260ml Fudge jar
2 Litre tub of fudge
500ml Jar Almond Roca
butter, sugar, R200 condensed milk,
cream, water & love
2 Litre salted caramel popcorn infused with dried apple and nuts
1 Litre salted caramel popcorn infused with dried apple and nuts
Home made fudge
For orders contact Elschen on 082 955 9556 or [email protected]
YOUR REAL PARTNER
WE KNOW THE ‘INS AND OUTS’ OF EVERY NEIGHBOURHOOD
Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent, speak to your #RealPartner today!
Greenstone | Modderfontein | Lakeside | Thornhill Estate
MICHAEL LEVY | 083 616 0039 | [email protected]
Graeme Burke 082 850 1301 [email protected] coatingworx.co.za
Established in 1989, Coating Worx has grown from just one outlet into a leading paint contracting company in South Africa. We provide painting contractor services to the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors throughout South Africa.
BASED IN EDENVALE PREMIUM PRODUCTS
FREE QUOTATION APPROVED ESTATE CONTRACTOR IN THORNHILL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Only R2 per litre
Do you eat your bread with
the plastic still on it?
Then why do you drink your water with the chlorine still in it? Chlorine is intended to kill bacteria...
not people !
Ask for a free trial and demo today. 082 786 6340
SALE & RENTAL requirements
072 301 5338 [email protected]
YOUR AREA SPECIALIST
nanny & domestic CPr course
Price - R450 pp. Duration - 4 hours
Venue - at a venue of your choice (this course needs a max of 6 students)
The course covers the following:
Steps to take when making an emergency call Adult, child and infant CPR
Adult, child and infant choking
Brief introduction to an automated external de brillator (AED)
The course fees include:
Family and Friends CPR booklet CPR barrier device Refreshments
Email [email protected] or visit www.oneaid.co.za for more information
Dynamite Distilling Company invites you to visit our distillery, enjoy the atmosphere and sample our delicious products.
Friday 9am-4pm // Saturday 10am-2pm
GIN TASTING SATURDAYS
11am, 12pm & 1pm (booking essential)
FREE GIN DELIVERY ON FRIDAY
(THORNHILL ESTATE & LAKESIDE)
This offer applies when you order 2 bottles of Gin or more.
Book your next boutique event at Dynamite Distilling Co. ( 25 people)
AWARD WINNING FLAVOURS
We have 3 signature avours with new avours currently in the making. Cold Craft Beer is on tap.
We are proud to announce that both Jozi Dry and Floral won Silver Medals at the 2018 Michelangelo Awards.
HERITAGE HOUSE 3, 31 HIGH STREET, FOUNDERS VIEW. PLEASE CALL FOR BOOKINGS: 082 414 9838
FOR THORNHILL RESIDENTS
I have been a resident at Thornhill for 19 years and am responsible for Consolidated Auto Ford in Boksburg.
If you drive a Ford vehicle and need a service done, please call me and I will assist you with the following:
1. I will book in your vehicle, when convenient for you.
2. I will collect your vehicle from your home.
3. We can provide you with a courtesy vehicle.
4. I will return the vehicle to you after work.
Dealer Principal - Consolidated Auto
011 306 2000 | 083 443 5443
NEW AND USED VEHICLE SALES
RESIDENTIAL RATES - ONCE OFF
1/4 page: R90 1/2 page: R175 Full page: R350
RESIDENTIAL RATES - BULK
1/4 page - 5% discount: R256 1/2 page - 10% discount: R486 Full page - 15% discount: R918
Acc #: 015 922 117
IF YOU PRINT THIS NEWSLETTER PLEASE RECYCLE IT WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED READING.
RESIDENTIAL RATES - BULK
1/4 page - 5% discount: R498 1/2 page - 10% discount: R945 Full page - 15% discount: R1785
RESIDENTIAL RATES - BULK
1/4 page - 5% discount: R997 1/2 page - 10% discount: R1890 Full page - 15% discount: R3570
Proof of payment and artwork must be submitted by 20th of the month ([email protected]) in order to appear in the following month’s issue.
RECYCLING IS PICKED UP EVERY WEDNESDAY IN THORNHILL ESTATE. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS PUT YOUR RECYCLABLE PRODUCTS INTO A CLEAR PLASTIC REFUSE BAG ON YOUR PAVEMENT ON TUESDAY NIGHT. AND THE ECO FAIRIES WILL WHISK IT AWAY DURING THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY :) THANK YOU.
MODDERFONTEIN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
This is for YOU if your home is within a 7 KM RADIUS of the Modderfontein Industrial Complex (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH EVERYONE AT HOME)
WHAT TO DO
This information is here to help you when there is a major emergency at the Modderfontein Industrial Complex.
alarm is tested every Friday 12h00.
A MAJOR EMERGENCY?
siren sounding for the first 10
minutes of the emergency.
END OF EMERGENCY
Continuous siren sounding for 10 minutes.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HEAR THE UNDULATING SIREN?
MOVE PEOPLE and ANIMALS CLOSE all WINDOWS INDOORS as quickly as possible. and DOORS.
SWITCH OFF all air conditioners and ventilator fans.
THE SMELL OF GAS & THERE IS NO SIREN
This means that gas may have leaked, but its intensity is insufficient to create a hazardous condition - you can smell most irritant gases at levels which do not pose a risk to your health.
Remain INDOORS until you are advised by media that the situation is safe, or until you hear the
EMERGENCY SERVICES may be called in to assist in which case their INSTRUCTIONS should be FOLLOWED.
EMERGENCY NUMBER: 011 606 2703 or 011 606 2250
Issued by the Moddefontein Community Awareness and Emergency Response Committee
MODDERFONTEIN & SURROUNDS
Any Emergency from a mobile Number Netcare 911
Busamed Private Hospital (24hrs) Linksfield Netcare Hospital
Dischem Flamingo Centre
Sebenza Police Station
Edenvale Police Station
Modderfontein Nature Reserve Modderfontein Golf Course
Automobile Association (roadside assistance) Metropolitan Police
National Tourism Information Centre (24 hours) OR Tambo International Airport
OR Tambo (Arrivals and Departures)
Directory Inquiries Local numbers
City of Johannesburg Customer Care City of Johannesburg Power Failures City of Johannesburg Vehicle Licencing
112 082911 10111 011 458 2000 011 640 3661 086 0347 243 / 0860 347 243 011 375 5911 011 400 6000 011 553 8600 086 100 7911 079 519 1589 011 608 2034 011 799 1000 011 999 2093/4 083 123 2345 011 921 6262 086 727 7888 1023 086 056 2874 086 056 2874 086 056 2874