People really care

2009-07-16 00:00

Name, age and occupation

Inez Hein (56), a housewife and caterer.

Where do you live?

Glenwood.

How long have you lived here?

It will be 20 years in July. There was a time in the early nineties when people were moving away to be closer to schools for their children because there is no high school, and the junior school was only built about six years ago.

We decided to stay and send our children to school by kombi taxi and I am glad we did. We built our house on the corporation’s owner-builder scheme which was very reasonable. For those of us who stayed, our homes are now worth a nice amount of ­money.

What kind of people live here?

Most of the men work in the building industry, so they work on contracts away from home a lot. Unemployed people use their skills to earn money, like cutting grass in summer, fixing cars or doing building work for others in the community. Many of the ­women do catering.

What do you like about it?

People are good neighbours and really care about each other. There is a very good community spirit. People share whatever they can, whether it is cuttings, seedlings and plants from their gardens or tips about where there are goods “on special” in town. They rally around families where there has been a death or someone is sick.

People are helpful and look out for each other. There is very little crime, but when we hear something or see something that is not right everyone comes out to help. We had an attempted burglary one night recently and five of our neighbours all got up to check what was happening. We have had the same neighbours for many years.

I love this community and it’s the people who make it for me. You can walk anywhere and people greet you and stop to talk.

I grew up in Cape Town and met my husband, Godfrey, while visiting family here. I tell my family in the Cape that I never want to go back there because I love ­living here. They don’t want to hear that, but it’s true.

What’s your favourite spot?

My own back yard. It looks out over the Duzi River and I love the view. When the canoe marathon happens, I can watch it from my kitchen.

What are the not-so-good things about living here?

I feel the cold and I find it very cold in winter.

What sort of parties do people have?

In summer people have house parties and lots of braais, but not so many in winter. It’s too cold.

What community groups or facilities are there?

There are several churches, including the Anglican church we go to — St Joseph the Worker. There is also a small community centre where a clinic is run and sewing classes are held.

Where do children play in your area and what do they do?

They play in people’s yards or on the street, mostly cricket and soccer. There are big games of cricket in the street, which is dangerous, because cars sometimes speed. The children have to get out of the way every time a car passes. Groups of boys also go down to play at the river. I never see them coming back with any fish. I think they just go to avoid having to do chores at home.

What would you do to improve the neighbourhood if you could?

A play area for the children would be good. There is an open space next to the shops but it is overgrown with long grass. A chemist would also be a big help because people have to go to Eastwood if they need to get ­medicine.

 

 

My Neighbourhood

 

Glenwood

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