Structure of the CRA

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.

Markus Borner

Chairperson

chair@cra.org.za

Bio

Markus is a chartered accountant with 25+ years financial services experience in South Africa and internationally with a career focus on business and finance. He is now self-employed, focusing on financial advisory work and capital raising in South Africa and Africa. He is married to Paula, with twins Josh and Hannah aged 14. They have lived in Craighall Park since 2005 after returning to South Africa from London. Markus is passionate about living in a safe, sustainable and friendly neighbourhood, where neighbours look out for each other and are more than just neighbours.

Anthony Poorter

Vice-Chairperson

vice-chair@cra.org.za

Bio

Other than 10 years in London City, Anthony has lived most of his life in Craighall Park. He is married to Suzanne and they have two daughters. Originally trained as a civil engineer, he is a hands-on result orientated individual, with skills in finance, project management and IT.

Lance Drake

Treasurer

treasurer@cra.org.za

Caron Askew

Secretary, Social Media
& Financial Strategy

internalcoms@cra.org.za

Bio

Caron has been a Craighall Park resident for 17 years and is married to Mike and has 3 children Ross, James and Jenna. Being community minded she has stood as street rep for lower Lancaster Ave for a number of years and has served on the CRA Executive committee since 2019. Caron has worked at Nedbank since 2001 within the Group Finance department and if she isn’t preparing financials, you can find her running the streets of Craighall Park with her fellow RAC running friends. With no intentions of moving she wants to ensure that Craighall Park remains a clean, safe and a community spirited suburb that her family will enjoy for years to come.

Ashleigh Parry

Security

security@cra.org.za

Bio

I have lived in Craighall Park for the last 14 years. My work history – with more years of experience than I’d like to count in varied positions, industries and countries – includes the likes of McCann Erikson (MCT Europe), Accenture (UK), Telesure and Vumacam. I’m a committed and passionate individual who takes a vested interest in the projects I take on. I am able to apply key leadership skills while at the same time assimilating into the group to work cohesively towards the desired outcomes and objectives. My desire to push myself to the limit is not contained to the boardroom – I’m a qualified game ranger, a lover of great food and wine and have successfully ascended Kilimanjaro.

Prof. Bruce Sparks

Community

admin@cra.org.za

Chris Lund

Community

community@cra.org.za

Bio

For the past 25 years I have been passionate about the City of Johannesburg, developing housing solutions for its poorer residents and slaying the Giant of Homelessness. This passion is fueled by my desire for Social Justice. Using the skills I have developed as an administrator, accountant, HR and compliance expert, I have pioneered different housing solutions, namely Transitional Housing, Communal and Social Housing with some good results. However, if we want true prosperity, I have come to the conclusion that our citizens need a change of Heart. Once we start collaborating and our communities become more inclusionary then we can provide jobs for all and slay the Giant of Homelessness completely.

Elspeth Kempe

Communications

secretary@cra.org.za

Fran Swart

Community

admin@cra.org.za

John Kempe

Infrastructure

infrastructure@cra.org.za

Martin Williams

Ward Councillor

Martcw7@gmail.com

(non-voting member)

Paulette Malcolm

Community

admin@cra.org.za

Volunteers Needed

The committee has a number of opportunities for people who are interested in being involved in the community.

If this could be you, please contact admin@cra.org.za

Portfolios

Business

Deals with liaising with local businesses and business membership. See CRA Membership for further details about business membership or contact admin@cra.org.za.

Communications

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

Deals with the many different stakeholders, the social needs and sometimes competing interests of all those in our community.

Environment

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.

Financial Strategy

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

Infrastructure

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

Security

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.

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. See CRA organogram for further details.

Sub-Committees

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.