Plan for Bothasig residents’ body

Jeremy Keyser and Clive Owen want to start a new Bothasig Residents Association.

Bothasig residents will meet next week to lay the groundwork for a residents’ association. The meeting at Tafelberg School Hall in Steenhoven Street, on Wednesday June 7, at 7pm, will elect a committee for the Bothasig Residents’ Association (BRA)

Jeremy Keyser and Clive Owen are behind the plans for the new association.

Mr Keyser said the neighbourhood had last had a ratepayers’ association about 30 years ago and the time was ripe for it to be revived to represent the community’s interests.

“We’ve had a very positive reception to the idea of an association. There are a lot of concerns coming from the community,” said Mr Keyser. Mr Owen, who has lived in Bothasig since 1984, said the BRA’s constitution was about 90% complete.

“We want to stress that the meeting will not be for complaints and members need to be apolitical. There will also be an attendance register,” said Mr Owen.

So far the pair, who both attend Edge Church in Edgemead, have started a Facebook page and handed out flyers to promote their idea, but they said it was too early to go into detail about what issues the BRA would tackle. They want the committee to be formed first.

“All ideas have to first be put on the table and processed. Although we are the originators, it’s not about us,” Mr Keyser said.

Mr Owen said the BRA would engage with ward councillor Helen Carstens and they looked forward to forming a partnership with her.

* For more information, email BothasigRA@gmail.com or go to the Proposed Bothasig Residents’ Association Facebook page. There are no joining fees.