LALB were the runners up for the 2019 Mayors award in the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality

On the 23 August 2017 Looking After Leisure Bay became the first and only registered Non Profit Organisation in Leisure Bay. It was a moment that we as the inaugural committee of LALB were immensely proud of. On the 28th of June 2019 we were given another reason to be immensely proud.

Looking After Leisure Bay’s Chairperson, Vanessa Murray, was nominated as an individual, for the prestigious Mayoral Community Awards 2019. These are awards presented by her worship the Mayor for outstanding contributions to the community. During the assessment process for the awards Vee said she could not accept the nomination as an individual, as LALB was a team driven organisation, with so many passionate people, with a variety of skills involved. She left it at that thinking it was all over.

On Friday the 28 June 2019 Vanessa Murray, along with LALB’s Vice chair Lizette Greef, and our treasurer Ella Smith, were present at the awards when LALB was announced as runner up in the category of “BEST CHARITABLE ORGANISATION”. All the work done by LALB is for the benefit of the Leisure Bay and Glenmore community as well as the broader RNM community in the area. Looking After Leisure Bay has dedicated this recognition to Sean Murray, Vanessa’s husband who passed away last year, as well as to the Leisure Bay community for their amazing support.

Internet Upgrades and Status.

Today ( 5 December 2018) we had a productive meeting with Sunil Piyarlall, the Senior Manager for regional network planning for the Eastern regions, from Openserve (fibre and internet provider). Sunil gave us an extensive detailed description of the area concerning networking (internet). The meeting included Phillip Lennon from Looking After Leisure Bay, and Jené DeSanté from Cyberware.
It is important to note the area that Openserve sees as “our area” stretches from Leisure Bay in the South through to and including Pallm Beach in the North. The R61 is the western boundary.
Regarding fibre things are not looking good for the above mentioned area. We are number 3060 on the priority list. The installation and setup of fibre will cost Openserve over R20mil for 393 customers. Sunil who is in charge of the Regional Network Planning stated that equates to 3% of the current market penetration. there needs to be an interest of 17% in the area before they consider putting in fibre, so the costs won’t be viable.

The good news is that there are other options. They can install iMax boxes (Integrated Access Systems) that can provide up-to 20mb to the area. The prices will be similar to fibre but better yet a person wont need to change their internet service provider, so in other words you can upgrade your internet without having to change where you are getting you internet from. Sunil’s team is busy with a feasibility study in this regard and he will let us know the results of that study in the next two weeks or so.

Sunil also explained the reason why if we get a break that the entire area goes down. Our internet lines are not a protected exchange, which means that if there is a break somewhere, then the entire system goes offline. By April 2019 they say the lines will be protected. This means that if the line breaks the system will not go down as it will link up to another line and provide internet without interruption.

If we want to stand a chance of being considered for fibre, then we need to hit that magic 17% mark! Our mission is to gather as many people, whether it be holiday home owners, businesses or individuals that already live here, to make a noise and say “hey we want better internet!” If you don’t have internet that is not an issue the vote is what counts. If we get the ratio to 17% from 3% they can upgrade the internet to fibre, as Sunil stated that this is the cheaper option for them as copper is expensive to install and maintain.

Let us make a difference not only for the residence of Leisure Bay but also the businesses that run interdependently from home. We need this message to be spread on all social media platforms in the Rea that Openserve has mentioned. Openserve has also stated that they will use the NPO Looking After Leisure Bay as their research partner for this exercise.

RIP Sean Murray

1964 – 2018
“Until we meet again”

We at Looking After Leisure Bay were destroyed when Sean left us on 1 October. Here is a Eulogy written and presented by Phillip Lennon at Sean’s memorial service.

Sean was my friend. A good friend. A friend I could rely on. A friend the entire Leisure Bay community could rely on.

 

I cant recall the exact moment I first met Sean and Vanessa, but it was not that long ago.  Early 2017. In a way it feels as though I have known the both of them my entire life. I cannot recall ever having met anyone who has made as big an impact on my life over such a short space of time, as Vanessa and Sean have done.

I used to see this couple walking their dogs and we never really stopped and chatted. Then Vee and I started working together on projects in Leisure Bay. Since then I have formed a strong bond with Vanessa. Sean took a bit longer. Even when we got together Vee and I would chat away and this good looking guy would kinda hover around and pretty much keep to himself. He struck me as a private person who observed. At times he would fix you with this direct stare that demanded your attention!

As mine and Vanessa’s relationship grew so did my relationship with Sean.

I discovered a man who had skills in many departments. If it was broken Sean would fix it. Or he would redesign it and make it better than the original! Our common bond was the environment. Sean , Vanessa and I shared the same vision for Leisure Bay. It was Sean who would look me in the eye and demand that I spell out how I saw the future of Leisure Bay. I have always been clear in my vision but sometimes forget how to put it in words. Sean fixed that for me. He had a way of looking at you that demnded attention. With that look locked on to you he would ask you a question. You answered quickly.  He would then push you further wanting clarity on that answer.

This is how our relationship grew. This man wanted clear information and goals that were realistic. Sometimes during these chats , Vanessa or someone else who was present, would say something that Sean obviously disagreed with and that is when he would let rip with his famous NOOOOOO.

I saw that Sean was a gentle man who respected people from all walks of life… Until you messed with Vanessa. Then you would get first hand experience of just how much Sean loved his wife. Sean  would walk to his car, get inside and drive to whoever had offended his Vanessa. He would then spell out that persons future in no uncertain terms. That is how he was. He liked doing things face to face.

Sean was activly involved and a committee member of two of Leisure Bays most active groups. The leisure Bay Neighborhood watch, and the NPO Vanessa and I started Looking After Leisure Bay. Apart from the huge gap he has left in our personal lives, he has also left an irreplacable gap in the community. If Sean received a call for help over the LBNW radio, It did not matter what time of day or night it was, he would respond. From assisting at crime scenes to fighting fires. Sean was almost always the first person on the scene. His input at neighborhood watch meetings was always relevent to our efforts in fighting crime in our community.

Regarding Looking After Leisure Bay, Vanessa would not have been able to do what she has done for our community were it not for Seans support. Sean and I had many discussions on where we saw Leisure Bay going in the future. We both shared the same vision for a safe clean environment that was a flagship not just on the South Coast , but in South Africa.

It was only recently that Sean and I really started to get close. We both started sharing personal feelings about things impacting our  personal lives, with each other. Sean was becoming my sounding board, someone I could talk to about things that I usually keep to myself. Personal things. When he fell ill about 5 or so weeks ago I was terrified about what could have been. I was relieved when a after a few of us dragged him to a few doctors it became clear that he just needed to change his lifestyle. Sean also realised this. It was a wakeup call for all of us.

On the 30thof September Sean stated to get the same pains he had a few weeks ago. He said to me they wern’t as bad as then. That night I sent him this message.

Brother you have to get back onto healthy eating. We forget so easily. Hope you feel better soon.

The next morning Sean left this space. There was so much he still wanted to do. I will miss you my brother and I will do everything I possibly can to keep your Leisure Bay dream alive. To Sean’s family, my love and strength to all of you. Vanessa and Kerry-Anne, I love you both so very much. I and our community will do what ever it takes to help the both of you get through this tough time.

 

Anti Litter Mitigation

Looking After Leisure Bay is constantly looking at ways to prevent litter ending up in our bush and ocean. In Leisure Bay our household refuse is collected on a Tuesday. We place our refuse in black bags and leave them outside our gates…for the monkeys to rip open and throw far and wide! A solution is to have a “monkey puzzle” wire bin installed. There are a few companies in the area who manufacture these bins. We suggest if you cannot afford to have a monkey puzzle installed, and there are monkey puzzles in the vicinity of your home, use them! We are sure that your neighbour would rather see the rubbish inside their monkey puzzle bin than spread around the street. We also think that a few large bins placed around the village for communal use will help the situation. To d this we need funds. Please use the donation facility on our website and use MONKEY PUZZLE as your payment reference. As swoon as we have enough funds we will get quotes and install these bins. Taking into account all existing bins, we think that R40 000 will be enough to cover the entire village with sufficient monkey puzzles to stop the litter problem. If you have any ideas that you think  could help get rid of all litter in our area, please leave your comments below.

Security for Wildlife

In Leisure Bay we are blessed with Blue, Grey and the occasional Red Duiker. We have bush buck and bush pigs. Water mongoose and Dassie. Our birdlife is something to behold and we have snakes. Lots of snakes. It is up to each and every one of us to help protect our wild life. We at Looking After Leisure Bay have take a decision not to allow any posts showing  wildlife that identifies the location that the photo was taken at. This obviously is only applicable to our game and our Royal Game like the African Rock Python. Our reason for taking this stance is that we never know who is looking at our social media posts. Poachers use all sots of techniques to get information on game movement so they can hunt that game using snares or dogs. If you do happen to see people walking with a large group of dogs and they off leads and moving in and out the bush. Please report this immediately to either Leisure Bay Neigborhood watch on 082 483 2445, or to Protection services 039 682 5555

Employ Locals

Looking After Leisure Bay employs people from the local community to assist with our litter run. Unemployment is a massive problem in our area and employment opportunities are few and far between. Every one person employed has a positive impact on at least 5 other people. Apart from our litter run and Eco Patrols, we also use locals when we have bigger campaigns that require more hands on deck. We also encourage all residents to use the entrepreneurs that live in our village and cover a diverse range of industries. From Boot Camp operators to insurance brokers to masseurs. Keep it local and keep it lekka!