There has been a lot happening in our village. Thanks to technology we are all able to stay in touch and up to date about what is going on. It is clear that our community, though small, is connected and engaged making Rooiels a special place to be 24 hours a day. As governments around the world face crises it is communities like ours that are learning how to survive and thrive in a complex, rapidly changing environment.
We have faced many challenges this year and RERA appreciates being able to work closely with REC, RESA, REBC, and the Clarence Drive Action Group. Collaboration and active citizenship within Rooiels ensured that we faced fire, poaching and crime together - to name a few!
Hilgard Muller has been officially appointed by RESA and RERA to head an investigation into the fire. This investigation will ultimately lead to lessons learned and a more effective plan to deal with future fires. We know that it was Rooiels locals that made a big difference in saving lives and homes. Thank you to all those involved!! This investigation will be comprehensive and wide ranging. A report will be available once the research is completed.
Following the fire we asked for donations to help victims of the fire. As always the community was generous in their support. The money is going towards a monthly supplement for Lorna and her sister Dawn until they can find a new home. They are still living in temporary accommodation and are looking for a permanent solution. Both she and her sister express their thanks to Rooiels.
Speeding and dangerous driving continue to be a concern on Clarence Drive especially on the strip through Rooiels. The Clarence Drive Action Group (CDAG)has met with a road consultant to investigate the best way to deal with this. It involves working withboth local and provincial government. Currently we have our own speed box that occasionally houses a speed trap. Please contact Shelley Blake if you want to know more about this very important issue.
We have heard via the grapevine that repairs are to start on Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and Rooiels. This will definitely affect travel times so be prepared.
Also under discussion is the future of the Rooiels slipway. RERA facilitated a meeting between the Municipal Manager, the Councillor, the Ward 10 Committee and the RE Boat Club concerning the slipway. On the basis of this consultation, the RE Boat Club is now entering into detailed negotiations with the Overstrand Municipality to establish an agent management contract. Rooielserswho wish to contribute their views, should contact John Biesmon-Simons, chairman of the RE Boat Club or Julia Aalbers of RERA.
The Village Shop is an important part of Rooiels. It has been closed for renovations and expansion and will reopen onthe 14th of August 2017. We are told the wait will not disappoint. The Drummond Arms will host the community soup evening. We thank both businesses for being in Rooiels and supporting people who live and visit here.
Thank you to those who have renewed their RERA membership. This allows us to contribute to special local projects and emergencies. Any queries about finance can be directed to our Financial Manager, Ivan Becker.
We hope that you will join us on September 2nd at the Drummond Arms. It promises to be a lively evening and a great opportunity to meet your fellow villagers. Newcomers are especially welcome.
THE RERA TEAM