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Moth Cottesloe Homes


Platinum Provincial Dugout


278 Johannes Street Fairlands, Johannesburg
GPS Co-Ordinates: 26° 7’16.25″S 27°57’18.22″E

Google Map to Moth Cottesloe Homes


2nd Friday monthly. 18:00.


For more details please contact

Chairman Richard Wilson [email protected] 082 852 6495
Vice Chairman Patrick Alfonso [email protected]  082 888 3236
Treasurer Anders Boden [email protected] 083 701 3495
Member Andrew Fenner [email protected] 082 852 7228
Moth Office Richard & Mary-Anne   [email protected]   (Expect a delay office not manned every day)




Secure comfortable accommodation is available in a “Visitors Cottage” for Moths / Mothwa looking for accommodation for a few nights. Accommodation consists of a bedroom and a shower, but no meal facilities. For further details contact the Custodian, Richard Sewell 0788185007 or [email protected]









About the Cottages

These Cottages were initially in the area called Cottesloe, next to the Gas works, Auckland Park. As a result of the Johannesburg City Council planning to build a road through the middle of the complex, we were offered a long term lease where the cottages currently stand in Fairlands.  The complex was build in phases, firstly 18 double cottages to move the persons from the old site. 5 years latter, 12 single cottages were built as a result of the demand for single accommodation.  This demand continues today, and have since built another 4 single cottages, being a total of 16 single cottages.  All Cottages were built to accommodate persons in wheel chairs. We also made sure the complex is low maintenance, i.e. outside walls all face brick, no  gutters etc.

We house 56 Moths and ex-servicemen and their spouses. (Military service is a prerequisite)  We offer residents, whom are predominately Moths, safe, affordable housing. Residents have to be able to look after themselves, as we have no medical facilities. We do not offer transport to the shops, hospital etc. We are very concerned abo ut the safety of our residents and therefor make sure we have done all that is possible to make sure the complex is safe, eg Electric fence all around the complex, linked to armed response Beagle Watch, all doors have security gates and windows burglar bars.

In addition we have a laundry with Speed Queen washers and dryers. The complex also has a hall for entertainment which doubles up as a shellhole. Currently we have West Rand District and  2 shellholes that meet monthly in the Shellhole, being Last Post shellhole and Oasis shellhole. In addition Moth WestRand District,  Warrior Oasis Cottages management committee and the Royal Navy association, have their  meetings at Moth Cottesloe Homes. Our facilities are also used by the local rate payers association.


The scheme has a long waiting list particularly for single cottages. Our preference when allocating Cottages is to look at needy persons, who have been Moths for 3 – 5 years or longer.  We will there after look at Ex-servicemen and woman. Health is critical so only applicants whose health state is good / excellent will be considered. To obtain an application form, mail [email protected].  Once filled in and returned with your application fee of R100, will your name be added to the waiting list. Note rental is based on a means test, i.e. a percentage of your income which is declared annually. Regretfully, NO PETS.


Sunset Call – Moth Reg Lotter

It is with regret that we advise that Moth Reg Lotter, the Secretary of Moth Cottesloe Homes has answered the Sun Set Call at the age of 77 years young. His dedication, commitment and love for Moth Cottesloe Homes will be always be remembered. He was a very devoted Moth, who  gave all his time to the the Moth when he retired from Beagle Watch, a security company that today still looks after Moth Cottesloe Homes in a very special way. Val – Our thoughts are with you at this Time – Moth Cottesloe Team  and residents.


1941-03-14 to 2018-09-18    (77)



Police raid Cottesloe on Mandela day.

The Fairlands area was ablaze with lots of blue flashing lights when about six police vehicles entered the gates of Cottesloe Cottages on Wednesday 18th July 2018

The residents came out in their droves to see all this unusual activity in their complex.

The residents were accustomed to seeing ambulances in their streets but not police vehicles.

The new custodians, Richard Sewell and his wife Mary-Anne were quick to quell any negative perceptions.

Yes, the police were there but for a positive reason, they came to celebrate Mandela day with the residents and brought many gifts, blankets, food, winter coats and for the drinks residents.

Two DA ward councillors were also present, Amelia Bester from the Weltervreden Park area and Beverley Weweje from the Fairlands ward, they made sure all the proceedings went well for the Fairlands branch of the South African Police Services and their supporters, which included, AfriSam, Spar, Pick n Pay and a host of unnamed sponsors.

The residents of Cottesloe were treated to a wonderful day of fun, food, gifts and interacting with the people who protect and work for them around a braai organised by the men and women in blue. Everyone received a boerewors roll to warm up the cold weather.

This is an event many will cherish in their hearts for a long time to come.

Thank you SAPS and all your supporters for a great day.

Cottesloe residents have celebrity status

Cottesloe has celebrities living in their cottages.

Late last year, according to former custodian,

Morgan Hunter and his wife, Barbara were watching the news on TV when they saw a resident of Cottesloe on the small screen.

“I could not believe it when I saw Rod Knight on the sport segment of the news. He was sitting next to a very pretty woman. I hope his wife, Gisela did not get jealous,” quipped Barbara.

When questioned if this was true, Rod said he was at a press conference to announce the Athletix track and field series, which Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, came to promote when he was in South Africa.

The other celebrity is Marc Haley, president of Linden Bowling Club.

He was on the front page of the local newspaper, Northcliff Melville Times.

He was complaining about the pollution behind the bowling club’s property.

Marc invited the local press to come visit the heritage site, next door to the bowling club, which has become a dumping site.

Emma Park is divided into two parks, one used mainly by children and the other a nature reserve heritage site. Home to the Johanna van der Merwe monument in the area.

Haley explained that he reached out to City Parks as well as the area councillor.

“It’s gotten to a point where clean ups of the site just don’t work, because the recycle people just come back and dump and burn rubbish again”.

The one suggestion was that the area be fenced off, just like the Melville Koppies, gated and preserved.

Haley’s wife, Esme is the national singles bowls champion and plays from Linden Bowling Club.

Jan Smuts Tree planting Parade and Fete 2 June 2018

A very successful day at Cottesloe Homes. The Residents at Cottesloe Homes put in  a great effort with the fete and were well supported by moths from surrounding districts. The Jannie Smuts Parade conducts by Moths Wilson and Gradige was expertly done and certainly attracts person to the function. Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters. An amount of just under R30000 was raised for the Cottesloe Cottages, one of the flag Ships in the MOTH.

Annual 16th December 2017 residents braai.

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For more pics courtesy of Gary Bantich – Click Here


Spring Dance – September 2017