BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Following the resignation of two Trustees, the Board acted in line with clause 18.4 of the WHOA Constitution which states “The TRUSTEES shall have the right to co-opt any person or persons chosen by them. A co-opted TRUSTEE shall enjoy all the rights and be subject to all the obligations of the TRUSTEES provided that such co-opted TRUSTEE shall only serve until the next annual general meeting”. (Depending on Covid-19 regulations the next AGM will be in June 2021).
We welcome Dave Linacre to the Board. Since one of the resignations was also the Chairman, the Board elected Jan Wolmarans as the new Chairman for the interim period.
PLANTING OF TREES
With so many new homes being built we are looking forward to many new gardens to be established. Please refer to the Gardening Guidelines on the Welgelegen website for more information. The Environmental Committee observed a few common mistakes being made while people are planting trees specifically. Herewith a short and practical guideline for planting trees.
Dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the root ball. Roughen the sides and bottom of the hole with a pick or shovel. This makes it easier for root tips to penetrate into the native soil. Check the root ball for circling roots. If there are circling gently uncurl and straighten the roots so that they are going outward from the trunk. If soil covers the base of the trunk, it will lead to rot. Aim to have the top of the root ball level with the surrounding soil surface. Once the tree is in the hole, stand back and make sure it’s standing upright. Tilt the root ball until the tree is straight, then backfill firmly under and around the root ball. Now completely fill the hole with water. If your native soil is hard to work with (e.g., heavy clay like here in Welgelegen) you must treat it with some organic amendment, such as compost and bone meal. Consider replacing the native soil with a sand/compost mixture. Cover the entire planting area with thick layer of mulch, but keep it from the base of the trunk. Mulch keeps the topsoil temperate for root growth, reduces surface evaporation of water, slows or stops weed and grass growth around the base of the tree, and prevents a hard crust from forming on the soil surface. Regular watering is essential. HAPPY PLANTING !
RECOMMENDED TREES FOR PLANTING
Following a number of enquiries the Environmental Committee suggests any of the following trees to be considered for planting in Welgelegen. All indigenous trees are acceptable but it is best to choose trees which are endemic to the region. Not all indigenous trees will necessarily do well in the Welgelegen specific climatic conditions. All of these trees in the list below are indigenous and endemic to the region and will do well in your garden and on the verge.
Cape Chestnut Wilde Kastaiing
Wild Peach Wilde Perske
Fever tree Koorsboom
Forest elder Bosvlier
Cape Beech Boekenhout
White Pear Wit Peer
Mitserie Bruin Stinkhout
Outeniqua Yellowood Outeniqua Geelhout
Real Yellowwood Opregte Geelhout
Cape Holly Waterhout
White Stinkwood Wit Stinkhout
Water Pear Water Peer
Water Berry Waterbessie
Sweet Thorn Soetdoring
The Trustees received several enquiries for advice from homeowners who are apparently not getting the required response from contracted builders regarding identified snags and potential defects. Such problems are a private matter between the owner and his/her builder, therefore neither the Trustees nor the HOA can become involved. Herewith some information on this topic.
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is a regulatory body of the home building industry. Their mandate is to protect the interests of housing consumers and to ensure that builders comply with the prescribed building industry standards. As your home is enrolled and registered at the NHBRC and you have contracted a NHBRC registered builder, the NHBRC has a dispute process in place to assist you. Please visit https://www.nhbrc.org.za where you will find all the necessary information, especially regarding your rights and responsibility as homeowner as well as complaint procedures.
In summary the NHBRC deals with 3 types of complaints and will ensure that:
- A home builder rectifies minor defects identified by the housing consumer within the first three-months of occupation.
- A home builder rectifies a roof leak identified by the housing consumer within one-year from date of occupation.
- A home builder rectifies major structural defects as identified by the housing consumer within five-years from date of occupation
However, before submitting a complaint to the NHBRC, the homeowner should:
- Notify the builder in writing of all complaints requiring attention within a reasonable time.
- Keep a copy of all correspondence between themselves and the home builder.
- Allow the builder reasonable access to the property to fix the defects.
- Ensure that all financial obligations to the builder are met.
When to refer a complaint to the NHBRC:
- The builder does not respond within the periods as specified.
- The builder fails to honour his/ her obligations.
- There is an unresolved dispute between you and the builder regarding the extent of the home builder’s liability.
By visiting the NHBRC website you can get all the relevant information and procedures to follow in assisting you with your problem.
To hear more regarding the status and happenings of Welgelegen Estate, an information session will be held on Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 15:00 at Carmel Coastal Retreat, Victoria Bay. Covid-19 regulations will be observed. REMEMBER YOUR MASK. Click on the following Google maps link for directions: https://g.page/CarmelCoastal?share