Few people realise the power of community. To their detriment, many communities don’t rely on collective, unified action and dedication to attain common goals relating to safety and security in their area. The Oranje-Kloof and Green Point City Improvement Districts have come a long way in this regard, reaping the rewards of partnering with community and government associations to improve and secure the area. However, this is only the beginning. We have laid the foundation, but are still in need of more ‘bricks’ and ‘labourers’ to partner with us as we build our community to become strong and secure – A safe place for its residents to live, work and play.
Unfortunately, the reality is that when you mention the word “commitment”, everyone thinks, “uh-oh, here comes another demand on my time-strapped lifestyle” or “not another strain on our already limited resources”.
While most people would claim they are committed to a safe, clean environment, many pay mere lip service to the responsibility that goes with being committed to a cause that benefits everyone. Sure, it requires patience and time. But it is this level of commitment that’s needed to make a difference.
Community members of the Oranjezicht area did just that when they formed The Friends of De Waal Park in December 2007 and have already contributed significantly to making this popular park safer and cleaner for all. Read more on how the CIDs are assisting and the various initiatives lying ahead.
I follow a simple policy which we refer to as “Eyes and Ears”. When I see something that “just doesn’t feel right”, I pick up the phone, or when I hear strange noises during daytime and / or nighttime, I pick up the phone.
COMMUNITY PARTNERING TO HELP DE WAAL PARK
WORKING TOGETHER FOR A SAFER AND CLEANER DE WAAL PARK
De Waal Park, situated in Oranjezicht above Camp Road, is rich in history and character as it is one of Cape Town’s oldest public park. Opened to the public in 1895 it still serves as the recreational centre of the area, attracting young and old from Oranjezicht and surrounding areas. It is estimated that 100-200 dogs and dog-owners visit the park every day.
XENOPHOBIA VICTIMS: IT'S EASY TO HELP
The number of people displaced by xenophobic violence in Cape Town has risen to 8 271 the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre said on Tuesday, 17 June 2008. With temperatures dropping every day, these individuals are in desperate need of assistance.
COMMUNITY ASSISTS WITH SUCCESSFUL ARREST
The important role community members play in the fight against crime was once again highlighted when a suspect was successfully arrested on the charge of house break in and theft in the De Waterkant area in Green Point, following a tip off from a member of the community.
CIDS CONTINUE TO FULFIL THEIR MANDATE
Businesses and CIDs partner in upgrading Kloof Street and De Waterkant
Following the successful pavement reconstruction and upgrade completed in Kloof Street in March, the Oranje-Kloof and Green Point City Improvement Districts have initiated and managed the successful completion of two more upgrades in Kloof Street, and one in the De Waterkant area in Green Point.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Latest hotspots and areas of concern as identified during the last Crime Prevention Forum meeting, and as posted by the Community Police Forum on 12 June 2008:
Theft out of motor vehicle: in De Waterkant near the Traffic Department; between Roeland and Mill Street.
Burglary Residential: in the Oranjezicht area.
HOW YOU CAN PARTNER WITH SAPS
Do you have time on your hands and a passion for making your community a safer place? You can partner with SAPS and the CIDs in their fight against crime by becoming a reservist in your area.
Report an Incident
GP CID Contact Numbers
GP CID Patrol Vehicle
082 214 3228
GP CID 24 hour control
021 421 0885
OK CID Contact Numbers
OK CID Patrol Vehicle
082 217 1386
OK CID Manager
082 411 7778
General OK and GP CID Contact Numbers
Security Manager Contract Manager
082 922 1832
082 444 2727
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Did you know?
By simply being more alert you and your children are already decreasing your chances of being attacked by 50%. There are simple, every-day things that you can do to increase your personal safety:
Safety tips for children:
During school holidays it is often harder to monitor where your child is and with whom your child interacts. Make it a priority to teach the following self-defence tips to your children to increase their level of awareness and safety this holiday:
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS HOLIDAY?
We pride ourselves in having the top events happening in and around Cape Town listed on our website each month.
Here are our favourite events for the June/July holiday:
If you are staying in Town:
Vodacom Funny Festival
Date: 17 June - 13 July 2008
Venue: Baxter Theatre
Tel: 021 438 2595
If you are going away:
Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
Date: 4 - 13 July 2008
Tel: 044 382 5510
SUBMIT YOUR CAPE TOWN EVENT
DATES TO DIARISE FOR JUNE/JULY
Christmas in Winter 4 Jul 2008 Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 7 Jul 2008 Evita´s Christmas in July Show 12 Jul 2008
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