#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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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.

A Picture from my day!

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

Many of these beggars are not South African, they have come into the country illegally by bribing officers at the border controls. Gilbert (27), a Zimbabwean told me how easy it is to come into South Africa without proper documentation. He mentioned that it usually cost R2500 to bribe the border control officers. Once they arrive in the country – many cannot find jobs and some don’t have enough to find accommodation thereby the parks have become illegal migrant havens to sleep, bathe and congregate.

Many of such individuals have no identity proof, there are no records of their existence in South Africa and thus it is the perfect condition for organised crime. Much of Johannesburg is slowly being taken over by such migrants with dilapidated, unsanitary and informal businesses on the road-side all trying to make a living.

Johannesburg – The City of Two Standards

This just shows you that where you live also determines the services you receive; such is life, or is it?!

Johannesburg, City Offices. I waited to be served at the Johannesburg City Offices, I headed out to attempt to be early in line to resolve my dispute and then leave. I comfortably drove to the offices and parked within close proximity to the building. On getting to know those around me in the queue, I learnt that some walked, some had taken taxis and some brought their children along. Rich, intellectual or poor we all had one thing in common, that was sitting in line as we progressed to the front.

On my previous occasion I was offered to jump the queue in exchange for some money. Well, being the South African I am, I refused categorically and explained that some old ladies were also waiting and that it will not be fair.

However, I’m not kidding but after waiting one and a half hour and it was my turn to be seen… the load shedding happened! Yes, the power was out! (Second thought about that bribe reappeared). Under these conditions the staff, as usual, leave their desks and begin chatting at the furthest corner of the room. Ten minutes later – takeaway orders are being delivered. Had it not been for the kind manager to inform us, however there was nothing he could do.

I found this odd, surely those we needed advice such as myself could still be assisted without a computer for general queries. I found most to be so over worked and tired. Many with short attention span unable to say or do more than what is on the screen of their computer.

Well, back to my experience as I waited to be served, the person dealing with my enquiry had no idea of how to resolve the matter, on calling her supervisor – she too gave me some story which simply made no sense.

That was downtown Johannesburg, majority of the people can be seen as working class and the queues are long and the staff are unhelpful.

After wasting my time there with coming away with both no advice and contradicting information, I then headed for Sandton City.

Sandton City. The offices are situated conveniently accessible by car without parking cost. The interior of the building is brightly furnished and modern. The chairs are all intact and it took twenty minutes to be seen and their adviser immediately picked up on the problem and rectified it within another twenty minutes.

This just shows you that where you live also determines the services you receive; such is life, or is it?!

We Must Get the Beggars off our Streets!

Assisting a fellow human in need is a benevolent gesture to which I also enjoy participating but people who are placing their lives in harm’s way begging on our roads are going to contribute to the death. Authorities should be held responsible just as they are eager to collect fines from speeding motorist!

Who thought driving through the CBD of Johannesburg at every traffic lights junction (robots) will be a face of beggar. As I drove from my hotel to central Johannesburg this morning I encountered numerous beggars (a daily affair) walking from vehicle to vehicle requesting spare change for dancing, washing windscreens or merely displaying their disability.

From my personal interaction with these obstacles on the road many are from Zimbabwe and other neighbouring African Countries. Why are the local councils encouraging these acts, if not for the safety of such individuals, some even beg with their infants in the blazing summer conditions.

If this does not affect the by-laws, then why not in the name of Human Rights get them of the streets? We need to put a stop to this! They are a hazard to drivers, and if not dealt with this will grow to become a feature of our roads.

Assisting a fellow human in need is a benevolent gesture to which I also enjoy participating but people who are placing their lives in harm’s way begging on our roads are going to contribute to death toll.  Authorities should be held responsible just as they are eager to collect fines from speeding motorist!