Local carer, umpire wins award

2016-12-15 06:01
 Brenda Mamputa receiving her hard won award from City of Cape Town official Robbie Roberts.

Brenda Mamputa receiving her hard won award from City of Cape Town official Robbie Roberts.

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The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate hosted the second annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards ceremony on Saturday

The awards ceremony, a joint initiative between the city and the community policing sector, recognised the tireless efforts of civilians helping to build safer communities.

The Neighbourhood Watch Awards is an opportunity to recognise the tireless work being done by dedicated volunteers and active neighbourhood watch groups in the fight against increasing crime levels in their respective communities.

The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said: ‘This is such an opportunity to celebrate, but also highlight the important work that civil society is doing to help build a safer Cape Town.

Community policing fulfils a role that law enforcement agencies can’t because it means an ear to the ground, an intimate understanding of how the neighbourhood works and where the areas are that need attention.

More importantly, policing is everyone’s business because we simply do not have enough law enforcement officers to saturate each and every community. It’s been proven that suburbs with effective community policing structures are safer and I call on more residents to become involved in some way, shape or form,’.

Khayelitsha’s Brenda Mamputa won The Safe City Award.

She is from the Khayelitsha community care group and is the first black female cricket umpire in the country. She also runs a soup kitchen for 500 beneficiaries in her neighbourhood.

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