HRA - Newsletter: October 2017
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HRA ELECTRICITY TASK TEAM
The Task Team continues to meet regularly, generously hosted by the Hilton Hotel. A number of formal letters, emanating from the team’s legal portfolio were drafted and sent to the MEC, CoGTA, NERSA, Msunduzi and uMngeni municipalities, from the Hilton Ratepayers’ Association. Various entities have acknowledged receipt of the letters, and will, hopefully, progress to formal interactions and meetings.
In conjunction with the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce, members of the team will be attending a presentation by Msunduzi next week, and we will keep residents updated on outcomes. !
The technical specialists have had constructive discussions with technical representatives of the electricity supply authorities. These have dealt with both short and long-term options for resolving local and regional supply problems. Details of these approaches will be made available. !
The Task Team is currently of the opinion that the cooperative approaches adopted to date are the most likely to achieve successful outcomes, particularly at technical levels. Various options for legal confrontational approaches have been discussed and could be implemented if required. !
Many of the failures of supply in Hilton are due to vegetation encroachment onto power lines. Information is being gathered, and Cllr Craig Millar has met Msunduzi/uMngeni staff, coordinated and compiled maps identifying problem areas and arrangements are being made to clear these by the Municipalities. !
In addition to the technical aspects of keeping Hilton’s lights on, the Task Team are also looking into off-grid solutions such as solar etc
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OUR condolences on the recent passing of Fraser McAllister.
Fraser was the treasurer of the Hilton Town Board before it was incorporated into the uMngeni Municipality. He gave of his time, as did others, freely and voluntarily without remuneration, such that the Hilton area under their jurisdiction was run efficiently and effectively and returned annual balance sheets that were always in the “black”. Our sympathy to Colleen, James, Morag and family on their loss.
HILTON AC PIPELINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT
This project is now nearing completion. As community liaison for the project, the HRA undertook to prepare a ‘snag list’ for WK earlier this year, so that pertinent issues are resolved before the contractor leaves the area, and to this end called for emails from the community. Thank you for the responses and photographs detailing the issues experienced. WK have been attending to the snags, zone by zone, and most of these should be resolved. However, this remains a work in progress, and your input as residents remains invaluable. If you have a snag or an issue that has not been attended to, please email email@example.com - the problem, and the address. !
A few households have noticed a drop in water pressure. The new system will provide between 3 and 6 bar of pressure, in accordance with international standards. Standardised lower water pressures will mean the system remains stable, and reduce water losses. However, a few residents are unable to use gas geysers etc where pressure is too low. This problem could be related to a small tweak in the system, so if you are experiencing extremely low pressure, please email Heather Morkel
WATER LEAKS - PLEASE READ THIS !
Water losses are a collective problem, and as residents we will bear the consequences in future.
HRA MEET AND GREET !
Members of the committee will be at the Quarry Shopping Centre on Saturday. We look forward to seeing you, providing details of why you should become a member, and assisting wherever we can. Congratulations to newly elected Chairman, Trystan Banger.
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