Marloth Park Property Owners Association (MPPOA)
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Some of MPPOA's Achievements
- After seven of our beloved giraffe were killed by the low Eskom power cables, MPPOA successfully lobbied various authorities and received publicity from Carte Blanche. Eskom eventually intervened in a mammoth 13 hour operation, with some 200 workers, lifting all of the transformers and rebuilding the lines in Marloth Park. During the operation, numerous illegal electricity connections were discovered and consequently new meter boxes were installed.
- Cell phone signal in the past was limited to MTN, and thus property owners had little choice of service providers and a very weak signal. MPPOA continually lobbied Vodacom, and after 3 years the Vodacom tower was eventually installed in Marloth Park. Subsequently other providers have followed and property owners now have a choice of providers with far better signal.
- Even in today’s electronic age, post is a necessity for everyone. Property owners were forced to have post boxes in Malelane, Komatipoort or Hectorspruit. Through vigorous lobbying and co-operation with a local business, Marloth Park eventually got their very own Post office and post boxes.
- The main road (Ngwenya Road) from Marloth to Crocodile Bridge was a very poorly maintained gravel road. In a joint initiative with other interested parties, the Municipality eventually agreed to tar this road making the journey to Kruger Park quicker and far more pleasant.
- The risk of fire in the bush veldt is very high. Our closest fire department is in Komatipoort and if disaster struck we would be in serious trouble. Using various initiatives and working with LEFPA (Lowveld & Escarpment Fire Protection Association) numerous persons in Marloth have been trained as fire fighters and water carts have been purchased, upgraded and maintained in case of emergency.
- Water has always been an issue in Marloth Park. After much lobbying and continued discussions, the municipality installed the new main water supply line within Marloth Park.
- Law enforcement is a problem nationwide and Marloth Park is no different. With close collaboration with the CPF (Community Policing Forum), the local police and MPPOA, we managed to raise sufficient funds to train and equip our very own Peace Officers called LEO’s (Law Enforcement Officers).
- Conservation of Marloth Park is one of MPPOA’s priorities and after many years of insufficient control of the fauna and flora, our veldt was in a very poor state. MPPOA raised over R50 000.00 to commission an environmental expert, Ralph Kalwa, to do a study and report on the state of the veldt and how to rehabilitate our conservancy, to ensure the long term wellbeing of our Park.
- MPPOA succesfully raised contributions for the commisioning of animal warning (kudu) speeding signs placed at multiple points along Olifants Drive to reduce speeding in the Park and thus reduce the amount of animals killed on our roads.
- MPPOA continually lobbies local and provincial authorities with all sorts of service issues, wildlife management and everything that affects our property owners.