Structure of the CRA



Supporting Structures

history of the constitution

The CRA is one of the oldest residents’ associations in Joburg. It was originally formed in 1937 and renamed in the 1970’s. Its current form and constitution were adopted in 2002 and in 2015 Dunkeld West joined the Association. It covers Craighall Park, Craighall and Dunkeld West – the residential streets west of Jan Smuts. Our aim is the betterment of our neighbourhood and community as a whole.

your committee

The CRA Committee is made up of no more than 15 CRA Members who are voted in at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Members, according to the CRA Constitution. Alternatively, the Members of the Committee can appoint a CRA Member, either to fill a casual vacancy or as an addition to their number if the number of Committee Members is less than 15. At the first Committee meeting after an AGM a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary are selected. For further details see the CRA Constitution.

The Infrastructure and Business Portfolios are currently vacant.


  • All
  • Chairperson
  • Community Care
  • Community Development
  • Deputy Chair
  • Environment & Social Media
  • Financial Strategy
  • Infrastructure
  • Membership
  • Resident Engagement
  • Secretary
  • Security
  • Street Rep Coordinator
  • Town Planning
  • Ward 90 Councillor
Markus Borner
Chairperson & Financial Strategy
Richard Hawkins
Deputy Chair and Treasurer
Samantha Herman
Martin Williams
Ward Councillor
Ward Councillor
Ashleigh Parry
Caron Askew
Secretary, Environment & Social Media
Fran Swart
Community Development & Street Rep Coordinator
Joss du Trevou
Resident Engagement
Prof. Bruce Sparks & Paulette Malcolm
Community Care
Albert de Bondt
Sheena Pizarro
Town Planning



Deals with liaising with local businesses and business membership. See CRA Membership for further details about business membership or contact


This portfolio is divided into two areas:

  • External Communications
    Deals with CRA communication distributions to residents.
  • Social Media
    Deals with the mandates and access to the CRA’s social media.

See CRA Communications for further details.

Community Needs

We are a community that cares for our people. The elderly and infirm often need a helping hand that we can and must provide.

The My Hood initiatives bring our wider community together, through community events and engagement.

Furthermore, we engage with NGOs such as Bubele Africa, who clean the Delta, and Cross the Divide who focus on strategic solutions to homelessness.


Deals with local environmental issues, our parks and the maintenance of many of our public spaces, as well as liaising with other interested parties and organisations.

 Visit our environment page for more information.

Financial Strategy

Deals with longer term financial strategic planning in conjunction with shorter term and monthly budgeting, in conjunction with the Treasurer.


Deals with all infrastructure-related issues, as well as liaising with the various CoJ departments and our local ward councillors.


Deals with all security-related issues including our CRA / CAP Public Spaces Security (PSS) initiative, as well as liaising with other interested parties and organisations.

Visit our security page for more information.

Click here to find out about FireOps for CRA members.

Town Planning

Deals with all town planning issues – including the monitoring of developments, facilitating objections and heritage applications and approval.

Supporting Structures

The CRA Committee is made up of no more than 15 Members, all of whom are local residents with professional and personal obligations, who volunteer their time and expertise for the betterment of the community. Without support and assistance from other residents, and cooperation from local organisations and interested parties, the amount that can be achieved is limited. The CRA therefore utilises a variety of support structures and currently pays for two maintenance workers and part-time administrative support.


Sub-committees deal with ongoing matters in particular spheres. They are comprised of CRA Committee Members who may co-opt onto the sub-committee any two Members of the Association they think fit to be part of the official sub-committee, and form part of a minimum two-person quorum. Sub-committees may draw on expertise and assistance from others, but these others will not form part of the official sub-committee nor have any voting rights within the said committee.

Resident Action Groups (RG)

Resident action groups (RGs) are formed to deal with a specific issue. They are made up of concerned residents, who select a coordinator (RGC), who will then work closely with the head of the relevant portfolio to determine a course of action and implement it once given the go ahead by the CRA Committee.

Affiliated Committees and Organisations

There are a number of committees and organisations both in and around our area that it is vital for the CRA to be involved with and in. As such they form part of the CRA’s support structure, although they are not necessarily a direct part of the CRA.