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Electricity: Outage = Upgrade!

We understand your frustration over the planned electricity interruption at the end of this week, as it affects everyone in a big way! However, for once, this interruption is actually for our good, in the long term.

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Fed Up? Time to SHOW Up!

The 2024 National and Provincial Election is fast approaching – are you ready to have your say?
Although the exact date has not been announced yet, the upcoming 2024 elections will be upon us before we know it – and time is running out to register if you haven’t done so already. Predicted to be set between May and August of 2024, once the election date is announced, registration will CLOSE which is why registering now is more important than ever.

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2023: DOCRRA Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, and the pace of work and life slow down, we take time to reflect on the growth and achievement that has occurred over the past twelve months.

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Dolphin Coast Outreach: Still Going Strong…

International Food Week started on Monday the 16th October 2023 and prompted DOCCRA to take stock of its Dolphin Cost Outreach (DCO) program.
Although still primarily a nutritious home cooked soup program, the initiative has expanded substantially.

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KDM Launches the Debtors Incentive Scheme

The KDM Council has approved a debt relief scheme for ratepayers who have accumulated arrears in their rates and services accounts. The scheme provides relief from administration and interest charges accumulating of the outstanding debt.

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DOCRRA: Grateful for Groundswell of Support

Following the record attendance of our AGM last month, DOCRRA wishes to thank the Dolphin Coast community for their interest and support of our mission. It was wonderful to see the Pavilion Room at Simbithi Country Club so packed that there was standing room only.

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UPDATE : RUBBISH RATE HIKE SHOCK

Following the surprise addition to some 600 households’ KDM bills this month, DOCRRA initiated research into why these households have been allocated a double, backdated charge for refuse removal.

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RUBBISH RATE HIKE SHOCK

Following the surprise addition to some 600 households’ KDM bills this month, DOCRRA initiated research into why these households have been allocated a double, backdated charge for refuse removal.

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Ballito Traffic Woes: An Update from DOCRRA

The continuing effects of load shedding on traffic and congestion, particularly at the large intersections in Ballito, have been an ongoing concern and priority item for the DOCRRA team. The team has had numerous meetings with KDM Metro to discuss pointsmen solutions.

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Report Back: DOCRRA attends 2nd KDM Council Meeting for 2023

On Thursday, 23 February, DOCRRA Co-Chairman and Finance Subcommittee Chairman, Brian Botes, attended the second meeting of the KDM Council for 2023. At this meeting, the Mayor presented the adjusted budget for 2022/23 which contains updated projections on both income and expenditure for the current financial year.

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Report Back: Quarterly Dedicated Meeting with KDM Executives

DOCRRA is pleased to be able to provide feedback to the community from our quarterly meeting with the executives at the KwaDukuza Municipality (KDM). The meeting took place on 17 November 2022, as scheduled, and was attended by a delegation of DOCRRA executive committee members as well as the executive directors of nearly all business units, the Speaker, the Municipal Manager and other leadership members.

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Festive Season tips for Dolphin Coast Locals

While we are extremely grateful for the extra spenders boosting our local economy, the festive season is challenging for us locals, right? It may be a good time to go and explore the many inland and less popular attractions we have. We are spoilt for choice.
Here are some tips.

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Townsend Park: The way forward

As published on social media on 18 November, DOCRRA has met and consulted within our executive committee, as well as with Mr. Jonathan De Wet of De Wet, Leitch, Hands Inc, who has very generously provided his services to the community.
DOCRRA plans to challenge both the validity of the advertisement placed in the North Coast Courier on 11 November 2022 which proposed the sale of a portion of Townsend Park (ERF 517), as well as the resolutions taken by the KwaDukuza Council in February 2019, namely that a portion of the Park be sold to the Zululand Islamic Society and that it be sold for a market value of R3.6 million.

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DOCRRA Meets with the Auditor General – 16 August 2022

As part of our continued efforts in relationship-building with key players in our Dolphin Coast area, DOCRRA has been in communication with the senior manager of the Auditor General (AG) who is responsible for both the KwaDukuza and iLembe district municipality audits. The AG is obliged to investigate all matters reported to him/her and respond on such matters.

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DOCRRA Hazelmere Dam Site Visit – 17 August 2022

On 17 August 2022, a delegation of five DOCRRA executive committee members attended a site visit to the Hazelmere Dam; being one of the first organisations to be invited to do so. Representatives from the Department of Water and Sanitation for KZN, Umgeni Water and Groupfive (the project engineers) were all present, as well as the ward councillor for Mahlabathini and the head of site management, Mr. Ernest Ndlovu.

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Standing up – Standing together

The Dolphin Coast and Greater KwaDukuza Community are standing up shoulder to shoulder against the conduct of our KwaDukuza Municipality (KDM).

Despite a legal requirement, as well as platform commitments, the executive of KDM are not engaging and participating with the representative organisations of the community.

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Keep the Baby in the Bath – By Deon Viljoen, DOCRRA Chairman

We can all agree that there are a multitude of things that need to improve here on the Dolphin Coast. Unfortunately, cynicism, negativity and conspiracy theories abound, and understandably, they always get a lot of traction. In the modern “keyboard warrior” world, a cacophony of voices cry out, each with their own specific grievance, and each looking for instant gratification on that particular issue. But now and then, one must balance the books with some good news and not throw the baby out with the bath water.

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DOCRRA Engages KDM MPAC on 2020/21 Financial Report

The Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) has an oversight role on financial reporting within the KwaDukuza municipality, as well as several other important functions, such as investigation of ‘Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful’ expenditure. Oversight of the Annual Financial Report requires public participation.

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Dolphin Coast Outreach (DCO): Still Going Strong…..Together

After 16 months of continuous operation, we are pleased to announce that Dolphin Coast Outreach (DCO), the charitable arm of DOCRRA, has reached the incredible milestone of producing and distributing over 140,000 litres of soup which equates to approximately 160,000 meals with a cost value of ~R1,000,000.

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Municipal Ward Committees – We need YOU!

There is no better time for you to get involved in active citizenship than NOW!
Ward Committees for Kwadukuza are in the process of being elected and we urge our Dolphin Coast community members to attend and participate in these meetings. This is your chance to have a say in how we are governed!

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CENSUS 2022 – GET COUNTED

In just a few days, South Africa will begin its fourth post-democracy census and its first ever digital census, which was postponed from October 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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WATER OUR LIQUID GOLD?

As reported in the media, our water service provider Siza Water eventually lost their protracted and multi-facetted court battle when the Constitutional Court considered the appeal on their earlier ruling. The issue is the unilateral increase of over 40% on the water tariff from Umgeni Water and the Ilembe Municipality to Siza a few years ago.

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DOCRRA AGM NOTICE – 2020/2021

The Dolphin Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association’s (DOCRRA), Annual General Meeting, for Financial Year 2020/2021, is taking place on 18h00 on Wednesday 18 August 2021 at Simbithi. Registration will start at 17h15.

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Updating of Valuation Roll

Please be advised that staff from BPG Mass Appraisals, appointed by Kwadukuza Municipality, are currently busy with data collection and inspections for the purposes of

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Feedback on AGM 2019-2020

The Dolphin Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association (DOCRRA) held a successful AGM at Simbithi Conference Centre on Tuesday the 22nd of September. Some 40 residents,

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DOCRRA AGM NOTICE – 2019/2020

DOLPHIN COAST RESIDENTS & RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION The Dolphin Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association’s (DOCRRA), Annual General Meeting, for Financial Year 2019/2020, was due to be

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INVITATION TO DOCRRA Alignment Workshop

DOCRRA COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSION MEETING                            :               ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP DATE                                    :               Thursday

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DOCRRA UPDATE

Good morning Dolphin Coast Community, Please note that DOCRRA is finalizing a full report on the outcomes of their engagement with KDM, which will be

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ACTION BY DOCRRA RE: THE DRAFT BUDGET 2020/2021

ACTION BY DOCRRA RE: THE DRAFT BUDGET 2020/2021 As announced in the North Coast Courier this week, (https://northcoastcourier.co.za/153151/kdms-draft-budget-will-add-further-burden-on-residents/), the Dolphin Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association

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WARD COMMITTEE ROLES

ARTICLE BY DON FORBES – DOCRRA COMMITTEE MEMBER The Municipal Structures Act of 1998 provides for Ward Committees to be set up within category A

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Ward Councillor Roles

ARTICLE BY DON FORBES – DOCRRA COMMITTEE MEMBER Primary Function Important aspects of a councillor are that of a representative of the community and a

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Stephanie Walker joins DOCRRA

Stephanie Walker joins the Dolphin Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association (DOCRRA) as their newly appointed executive officer. The enthusiastic retiree and willing volunteer, who likes

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DOCRRA is Back!

The Dolphin Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association (DOCRRA) is back! ​Left to Right – Penny Fourie, Deon Botha-Richards, Ken Lever, Tamsyn Curtis, Deon Viljoen, Flip

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