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About the BCA

The Blairgowrie Community Association (BCA) is dedicated to fostering communication amongst residents and businesses in Blairgowrie (including Hillcrest and Wendy Avenues on our side of the Spruit) as well as Pine Park.

Above all, the BCA is here to facilitate the Blairgowrie community to make our suburb a better place to live in.


Communicate – Educate – Escalate

That should probably read “About YOU” because if you own a property or live in the area or run a business here then YOU are the Blairgowrie Community Association (BCA)

The BCA is a registered, Nonprofit Organisation or NPO (2009/016969/08) and is the Community Association, mandated at each AGM by the residents and businesses, to represent them in matters concerning the above-mentioned suburbs / streets.

The BCA is also a Region B registered Stakeholder which means we are officially listed with the City of Joburg as the Body representing this area.

 

Mission Statement

“We are building the most sought-after suburb in Johannesburg. A suburb where everything works 100% of the time, where people can walk safely in our streets and play in our parks, where businesses thrive and where neighbours are more than just people who live next door.”

 

Background

The BCA was formed on 28 January 2010 at a Public Meeting at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre.

The committee is a group of Blairgowrie residents, all volunteers, who believe in working effectively with all parties concerned towards a safe and secure suburb which all Blairgowrie residents can call “Home”.


Structure

The BCA Committee is made up of a number of volunteering residents covering various portfolios.

  • Chairperson: Jed Kemery (Director)
  • Vice-Chairperson: Margie Roper
  • Treasurer: Jed Kemery (Acting) and Margie Roper (Acting)
  • Secretary: Mandy Wainwright
  • Marketing: Jules Belasyse-Smith (Director – awaiting CIPC confirmation)
  • Suburb Network Facilitator: Janine Hayter
  • Security: The Committee liases with SAPS, Security companies / security teams
  • City Parks: Ciara Gatonby
  • Delta Park: Shirley Tebbutt
  • Electricity (General Suburb Issues): Harold Fleishman (Director – awaiting CIPC confirmation)
  • Roads (General Suburb Issues): Margie Roper
  • BCA Facebook page: Nikki Machowski (and Admins)
  • Suburb Beautification: Ciara Gatonby
  • Kenworthy Circle: Warren Metzer
  • Urban Development Oversight: Alan Mason
  • Environment, Social & Governance): Justine Sweet
  • Business Liaison: Jed Kemery
  • Bylaws: Vacant
  • Fundraising Team: Vacant
  • Community Events: Vacant
  • School Liaison: Vacant
  • Water (General Suburb Issues): Vacant
  • Pikitup: Vacant

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What do we do?

The main aims of the BCA are to:

Communicate – Educate – Escalate

Our approach is two-fold:

  • An overarching Directorship and Committee putting structures in place and attending to affairs of the suburb at a higher level;
  • Empowering residents with knowledge and skills through:
    • a network of effective Zone and Street Facilitators
    • a fully-comprehensive BCA website providing useful information, essential contact numbers and important details about the suburb
    • a BCA Facebook page for residents to share and communicate with each other

We believe that a suburb that knows what's going on, where everyone contributes in their own small way, is aware of their surroundings and knows their neighbours, will thrive!!

So, our aims:

  • to be united in our fight against crime and to implement high-level measures in this regard
  • to COMMUNICATE with the residents; to enhance a sense of ‘community’, making sure each resident knows they are not ‘alone’ in the suburb.
  • to EDUCATE the residents regarding which contact numbers / municipal or government departments to call in what situations (i.e. SAPS vs. JMPD, City Power etc.) and to urge all residents to obtain reference numbers for all their reports; this is vital
  • to monitor issues affecting the suburb generally and to ESCALATE these issues on behalf of the community through a strong, united voice
What exactly does all this mean? What does the BCA do on a day-to-day basis?

Firstly, some Blairgowrie Stats and what it takes to manage Blairgowrie:

It is the biggest suburb in Joburg (under one name), 70 – 80 streets, 3000 homes.

  • Divided into 3 Municipal Wards, with 3 Ward Councillors
  • Forms part of Linden SAPS (Sector 1) and Randburg SAPS (Sector 1)
  • Comprises properties belonging to City Parks, JRA (Joburg Roads Agency), JPC (Joburg Property Company)

Blairgowrie is serviced by :

  • 2 different Joburg Water depots
  • 2 different City Power depts.
  • Meter reading companies
  • 2 different Pikitup depots with separate collection days (Mondays for some streets and Fridays for others)

What has the BCA accomplished since inception to manage all of this?

  • Registration of an NPO (Nonprofit Organisation)
  • A bookkeeper manages the BCA’s books;  the BCA financials are audited reviewed annually and presented to the community at the annual AGM
  • We liaise with our 3 Ward Councillors and escalating suburb issues with them
  • Hold the City accountable to our residents
  • Attend to residents’ queries
  • The BCA database grown through street whatsapp groups, campaigns and word-of-mouth
  • Zone and Street Facilitators appointed
  • Attend to illegal dumping, illegal property use and illegal advertising (anything which devalues and tarnishes the neighbourhood)
  • Regular updates on water and electricity interruptions including emergency assistance contacts
  • Pikitup updates
  • Community clean-up campaigns
  • Monthly “Classifieds” (free to all financial contributors)
  • Successful evictions where the community has been plagued by illegal squatting, use as a drug house, health and safety issues, environmental issues
  • Development of the BCA Website www.myblairgowrie.co.za
  • Recycling initiatives
  • Educating residents on how to report any problems (security / City) to the relevant authorities
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BCA Values

The BCA Values:

  • Neighbour for Neighbour
  • "DOT" Do One Thing!
  • Your Street, Your Responsibility

This translates into taking care of people and issues right around you.

  • Take note of and report any security issues
  • Pick up litter
  • Remove illegal signage on Stop Signs etc.
  •  Check in on your neighbour
  •  Offer to help your Street Facilitator
  • Motivate and be a POSITIVE influence on your street
  •  Alert the BCA Committee
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