#HoughtonEstate Residents United.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

Landlords and tenants are both equally in appreciation of living in such an area where history still lives on.The time has moved-on and the generations of Houghton Estate contributors slowly disappear as the change of hands to custodians of the artefacts.

We are privileged to now stand as stewards of our community’s treasures. As a community we share a common purpose for safety, clean environments and that our children will be proud of the investments we have safeguarded.

Politicians come and go with ideologies for their personal gain, however sadly with these shifts of changes we see the negligence of their duties affecting our way of life. Over-grown grass, potholes and dug-up driveways, on and on it goes without any care in the world to the representative.

Whether they do or don’t do their job – their stipends are protected whilst our investments are on shaking ground.It would be futile to believe that politicians, who live outside our community, know what is best given that ruins lie around us. This is our community, and we have the right to charter its future.

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Local is Best

Local is Best is a conscience effort by the community to making the decision to buy from a local business instead of going to a large retailer. It is also the understanding that the local business would appreciate that loyalty with reciprocating the consumer with a service which is unlike that of the large retailers. The businesses would vouch never to exploit the relationship in giving less than the value.

 

IVOTESA initiative, a love stimulus for our local economy.

Across the country, public events are cancelled, shops and restaurants have shut down, and workers were sent home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This reduction in commerce is necessary as a public health response to the virus, but its adverse effects are already rippling through our local economy — and will likely worsen in the coming weeks and months.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has already mentioned that, “It will have a huge impact on travel, negative impact on our economy which we all know is in a very precarious situation”. It is for this reason we as a community need to stand together in support of our local businesses. In response, I have launched a campaign called, “Local is Best”.

Naturally we all can appreciate the financial adverse consequences affecting our local businesses. We have designed a number of campaigns to assist our business community. If you are a business owner in Killarney, Houghton, Norwood, Orange Grove, Fellside and surrounding areas – do get in touch, as we aim to provide you the media representation you so deserve when you get back to business. Our communities need to realise why local is best, especially life after the pandemic.

What is Local is Best?

Local is Best is a conscience effort by the community to making the decision to buy from a local business instead of going to a large retailer. It is also the understanding that the local business would appreciate that loyalty with reciprocating the consumer with a service which is unlike that of the large retailers. The businesses would vouch never to exploit the relationship in giving less than the value.

Why is it better to shop locally?

§  We refer to this as the love stimulus for evidently local businesses do not have the buying power of large retailers but do have the appreciation for their support. 

§  When we purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. 

How do I get people to shop locally?

§  Directory – Exposure and media coverage of what our community has to offer therefore we will create an exclusive (not exhaustive) listing of reputable businesses.

§  “Local is Best” stickers – Brand recognition amongst the community to be displayed on shop fronts. 

§  Vouchers – to be provided as giftcards.

§  Loyalty Cards – recording of reward points for regular customers with percentage of discount.

Why are shops closing?

§  Tenants having to pay high overheads and ever-increasing utilities bills creating a choke on the feasibility of local businesses. 

§  We need to encourage landlords to be fair and to look after their buildings so that our community looks well maintained. 

We can also support a small business without having to buy anything?

§  Write a Review – Telling others about a great experience we have had at a small business – this is a huge way to support them.

§  Likes, Comments & Shares – Social media is so important to small businesses, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

§  Send them a message thanking them.

People are Panicking 🤷🏾‍♂️🙆🏾‍♂️

Should we be panicking, stockpiling and confessing our sins so to prepare for the “Corona”? Whatever one’s perspective of the afterlife – one can’t hide the high-emotions of dying. Twenty-one days of being at home would prove much, for these are times when we are demanded to behave for the greater good. So whether you are naughty or nice – one now has to conform as subordinates.

Despite the reassurance from the South African government, citizens are panicking in the frantic mode of stockpiling and preparing for what looks like a doomsday movie. The shopping centres are packed and it appears business as usual – but for retailers it’s Christmas comes early.

Should we be panicking, stockpiling and confessing our sins so to prepare for the “Corona”? Whatever one’s perspective of the afterlife – one can’t hide the high-emotions of dying. Twenty-one days of being at home would prove too much, for these are times when we are demanded to behave, behave for the greater good. So whether you are naughty or nice – we all have to adhere to the notices. We can’t jump the queue or request special privileges.

For those “born-free” without the need for anyone guiding as they chart their own course are now demanded to do as they are told. How is this all going to play-out? How would the many who are on temporary jobs survive this pandemic? Which has not just affected their livelihoods, where in fact now the effects may cause higher crime as people become desperate.

The State of our Neighbourhood – Ward73

Whether you agree with me or not, I blame the Ward’s leadership. When there is a ‘free for all’ what do you expect? When no-one respects the leaders of a Ward, this is what you get? If you are of the blind-faith camp in protecting incompetency because it’s your party- so it would be expected of you to think this is utopia. We see clearly that you are destroying this affluent neighbourhood.

Ward73, comprises of many influential people of whom are well educated, successful and have contributed a great deal to what distinguishes our ward as affluent. However, as you walk around our neighbourhood – it is slowly beginning to look like a neglected unrepresented constituency of uncivilised residents with rubbish along the pavements, potholes, and manhole covers missing on the roads and on pavements – making it a precarious obstacle course.

The pavements are dug up to create enormous craters hit not by meteors but by reckless workers who have no considerations for pedestrians nor residents. There are no screens to cordon-off the debris, let alone any health and safety warning signs. Do we still have safety inspectors in the new South Africa?

Whether you agree with me or not, I blame the Ward’s leadership. When there is a ‘free for all’ what do you expect? When no-one respects the leaders of a Ward, this is what you get? If you are of the “blind-faith camp” in protecting incompetency because it’s your party – so it would be expected of you to think this is utopia. We see clearly that you are destroying this affluent neighbourhood.

Upper Houghton Estate fearful of the lower classes?

Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.

Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Today many White South Africans can be grateful to the wealth and good education their parents and ancestors laboured for. Case and point to which the Upper Houghton boundary signboard proudly displays “Heritage and Education”. Heritage of their ancestors and education for the elite to those who can afford the school fees in Houghton Estate. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.

Upper Houghton is a predominately White neighbourhood with large mansions and in times gone by it was home to the gold miners. Today I was appalled to see how once a White minority controlled the settlement of the masses and instructed everyone else where to live and work. However today many of these Whites are creating fortresses with 10ft walls, 24/7 security staff and sophisticated alarms, and today to my disgust… they are closing of public roads!

IMG_0211.JPGPublic roads are being closed so that the privilege would have that added security. When I asked a local why this was the case I was told because of the crime. But what of the locations and working class properties, my builder was burgled last week! I don’t see the working class requesting the roads to be closed.

Many of these White suburbs have created their own Residents Association to which is predominately comprised of middle-classed Whites who actually instruct the Johannesburg Council on how to operate.  So fearful are the Whites in such areas that they are strategically safeguarding their inheritance by cleverly devised schemes to which yet oppresses their non-white neighbours and to which I can share first hand experience.

These dividing gates must come down and they should have the same treatment of any resident and we find such gated areas predominately in White areas.  I believe this is an injustice that cording off public access for their own benefit is liken to the ancestors who restricted access to those non-deserving!