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 street captains and
    • a fully-comprehensive BCA website providing useful information, essential contact numbers and important details about the suburb

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 Jhb, 70 – 80 streets, 4000 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.
  • 3 different electricity meter reading companies
  • 2 different Pikitup depots with separate collection days

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

  • Registered a Section 21, not-for-profit company
  • Put a bookkeeper in place to manage the BCA’s books;  the BCA financials are audited and presented to the community at the annual AGM
  • City Power and billing queries; refunds (Linus gets right within 6 hours what people could not get right in weeks)
  • Keeping the City accountable to our residents
  • Attend to residents’ emails, calls and queries
  • Member database grown through campaigns and word-of-mouth
  • Street Captains appointed
  • Attend to illegal dumping, building and advertising (anything which defaces the neighbourhood)
  • Regular updates on water and electricity interruptions including emergency assistance with the period of frequent water pipe bursts
  • Pikitup updates
  • Frequent community clean-up campaigns
  • Monthly “Classifieds”
  • Representation at:
    • Weekly CCF / CPF – well-known amongst SAPS, good relationship
    • Non-political Ward Comm meetings
  • Successful evictions where community has been plagued by illegal squatting, use as a drug house, health and safety issues, environmental issues
  • Special Operations with SAPS
  • Smart meter issues including electromagnetic radiation issues; cell mast issues; wireless issues. It was the BCA who forced a Petitions Committee from the Speaker’s Office to hear our concerns – decision is pending
  • Development of the BCA Website
  • Recycling initiatives
  • Pothole issues
  • Educating residents on how to report faulty street lights
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