Monday, September 27, 2010

Branch AGM Postponed To 18 Oct

Dear all,

The Branch AGM scheduled for tonight, Monday at 1730, DA office, 4 Clyde Street Central has been postponed to the 18th of October.

Please forward your nominations for the posts of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer to Nictjie at the Ward 5 office () asap as we will be having elections to choose new incumbents. (If you would like a chance to show you can do it better, this is it.)


In the meantime, if you are not registered paid up members, you can obtain membership at the Clyde St office, or at the Ward 5 office.

Christina Engela

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


All beings that constitute mother earth have the following fundamental rights:

a. the right to life and to exist;

b. the right to regenerate its bio-capacity and to continue its vital cycle and processes free from human disruptions;

c. the right to water as a source of life;

d. the right to clean air;

e. the right to integral health

f. the right to be free from contamination, pollution and toxic or radio-active waste.

The understanding of and harmony with nature is essential in a world where we experience total abuse causing irreversible damage.

We should all be addressing how we’ve been operating and be willing to change our behavioural patterns. Destructive behaviour should cease and the natural self-correction of the earth be allowed to take place.

Food for thought all-beit maybe too late and placing future generations in jeopardy.

Yours sincerely,




I would like to bring it to the attention of the residents and business owners of Richmond Hill and Central that I am engaged in addressing the illegitimate use of the premises at 178 Russell Road, Central. In terms of the Port Elizabeth Zoning Scheme Regulations these premises are operating without Council’s Consent of Use. I am not aware of any application for secondary uses and would suggest that in terms of Business Purposes Regulations, they are operating illegally. Furthermore, they are not in possession of a liquor licence. Something extremely rare in our Metro is the enforcement of the law. On the one hand you have an advertisement in our local paper describing the facilities available on the premises, i.e. lap dancing, table dancing, escort ladies, bar facilities, open till late and on the other hand an extremely slow and arduous procedure to be followed by the Land Use Management department of the Metro., in cases of unauthorized use of premises.

The police and the Liquor Inspector have failed to find any liquor on the premises despite my seeing a truck parked on the pavement at the door of the “club” off-loading liquor and reporting this to the SAPS who to their credit responded immediately only to be told by the “club” owner that a birthday party was taking place on Sunday, hence the liquor!

Finally, I would like to suggest that members of the community respond to me directly in writing if they object to the approval and consequent issuing of a liquor licence to these premises. Equally, if the community are opposed to the Council proceeding with the approval of consent of use, please write and let me know. This must be regarded as an opportunity for the residents of Central and Richmond Hill to register their objections to this activity in their midst and I challenge them to respond!

Yours sincerely,



Monday, September 13, 2010

Notice of Branch AGM

Notice is hereby given of the

Annual General Meeting of

Branch 5 Members

Date : Monday, 27 September 2010

Time : 17h30

Venue : DA Metro Office, Clyde Street, Central, PE


1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Report by Chairperson: Christina Engela

4. Guest Speaker: Dacre Haddon, MPL

5. Election of New Office Bearers

6. Report by Councillor: Jeremy Davis

7. Closure

The Presiding Officer for the Meeting will be David Hayselden.

Monday, September 6, 2010


3 September 2010

Deputy Executive Mayor


ATTENTION: Cllr Nancy Sihlwayi

Dear Madam,


With all due respect I request an explanation for the continued cancellation and postponements of our Task Team meetings. The Task Team should be playing a major and important role in protecting our city from the negative impact problem buildings are creating in our midst. The Mayor obviously had good intentions when appointing this task team but has failed to monitor its lack of progress. Meanwhile buildings continue to be neglected and furthermore, illegal so called “essential repairs” are being carried out on the Baakens Street buildings with no action in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act 1999 being taken by the Metro.

I ask that the important and effective impact that this task team could have on the protection of our heritage buildings be recognised by you and other members of this team. I, as a member of the Task Team am deeply disturbed by the lack of concern you show in carrying out our obligations in light of our accountability to the residents of the Metro. I have on numerous occasions included the protection of our Heritage in the Red Location, all to no avail!!

I must also question the delay in promulgating the Problem Building By-Law by the ruling party for no apparent reason.

I look forward to receiving your response to this letter with some sort of explanation for the shortcomings I have highlighted.

Yours sincerely,


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tele Canvassing 10 Aug 2010

The tele-canvassing session last night at the Clyde St office went very well. A big thank you to Dave for helping us last night - he was really on fire and in addition to showing us the ropes and working through quite a few pages of the voter's roll, would probably have sold the people an insurance policy if we had one to sell!

Our spirits were high, and we shared refreshments as we each cornered a phone and began working through our portions of the list. I saw a preserved front page of the Evening Post from 1988, showing a picture of a very young and eager Bobby Stevenson, and I realized that some things change, and some things stay the same. Despite the advances offered by technology, some things cannot succeed without good old-fashioned hard work. As yet, there are no machines that can pick up a phone and call constituents who do not list their email addresses and who would otherwise slip through the cracks.

We don't need an army to make telephone calls for 2 hours once or twice a week - four or five people will do just fine.

I'm sure not everyone likes speaking on the phone to strangers - I for one avoid phones as far as possible. I have issues about my voice, you see, and I dislike being addressed as "sir" on the phone, but hey - that's my voice and I'm stuck with it! Nevertheless, I will use it to the best possible effect I can to try to make the world around me a better place.

I'm sure you know it can be a frustrating task to call people you don't know, especially when there are people who lack manners and who put the phone down on you, or are otherwise rude - the people who embarrass themselves by admitting they are not interested in voting or in contributing to a positive change in the shared future of this country - but there are also rewarding moments when you encounter constituents who were not aware that they needed to register to vote, or proudly proclaim that they support the DA and are determined to help take the Metro in 2011 with their votes.

One gentleman I spoke to last night, originally from Scotland, told me he was "gatvol" of the way things are going in PE and SA and said my call could not have been timed better. And yes, he was most certainly a supporter of the DA and would dash down to the new IEC building at 122 Cape Road within the next 2 days!

Another person I spoke to wanted to register, but was having lengthy problems obtaining a new ID book - the Clyde St office will be contacting this person soon to help them resolve this issue with Home Affairs - and thereby ensure another vote.

Would you not find it rewarding to change the world around you for the better, even if it is by one person at a time?

Some may feel that this task of contacting non-registered voters is unnecessary or even "thankless" - but for me the knowledge that I may have helped to ensure another vote, and another vote, and another vote for the winning team - other than my own, is thanks enough.

I am sure the DA can count on each volunteer to vote in support of our party come election day, but as individual voters, we all have only one vote each. As volunteers, we aspire to do more than simply vote for the DA come election day, at least I do. In that light, I aspire to contribute more than just my own vote, but the vote of every person I can swing in our favor.

Let's make a difference together.


Christina Engela
Ward 5 Branch Chair

Friday, May 14, 2010


14 May 2010


All these items are top priority.

* Crime prevention measures, including drug trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking

* Multi-purpose centre which will include a youth centre for skills development, computer and technical skills, etc. (Dagbreek Teachers College)

* More clinics in the ward, currently there is only one clinic at Rose Street, the clinic at Lillian Diederichs closed down as well as the one at Trafalgar Square, North End

* Upgrading of the parks and playing fields as listed

* Erection of public toilets, vicinity of stadium, North End and Central (original application, February 2007)

* Incubators and containers for SMME’s

* Projects ring fenced for young people, skills development organization for the young

* Illegal dumping especially at the old cemetery and Adler Street vicinity

* Traffic calming measures at:

a. Prince Alfred Road (upgrade), North End including traffic calming

b. Gipson Road opposite the Provincial Hospital. There is an existing pedestrian crossing that is ignored by most vehicles and should be turned into a traffic calming pedestrian crossing. There should also be a traffic calming measure installed in Gipson Road from both sides of St. Croix Avenue which is the access road to the emergency unit of the Provincial Hospital.

c. Westbourne Road, Central. Access to Erf 2960, for students of PE College.

* Floodlights at:

a. The Green, Erf 518, Mount Road an existing sport and recreation area with two hard tennis courts. The field itself is used regularly by numerous young children to play football. The floodlights would allow access in winter between 17h00 (after school) and 19h00, solar lighting would be the most practical solution.

b. Erf 184, Voyle Street, Sydenham, needs upgrading as a sports field