Sarah Fox a safer place

2015-07-21 06:00
City of Cape Town workers braved the adverse weather conditions to chip in with their contribution for Mandela Day at the Sarah Fox Convalescent hospital.

City of Cape Town workers braved the adverse weather conditions to chip in with their contribution for Mandela Day at the Sarah Fox Convalescent hospital.

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Nurses and visitors at the Sarah Fox Convalescent Children’s Hospital will feel a little safer now when it is dark.

The overhanging trees around the perimeter have often been identified as a security risk by nurses entering the premises before the crack of dawn as well as for those leaving in the dark of night.

The installation of various safety cameras and an electronic gate will give added security to the children and those in the confines of the hospital.

The Athlone Community Police Forum (CPF), in cooperation with the City of Cape Town, visited the premises as part of their Mandela Day celebration under the theme “yes we can”, which served as a continuation of last year’s project with the cleaning and greening of the area.

The team braved the wet winter weather on Friday to provide some much-needed landscaping by levelling out the ground in the garden and planting indigenous fruit trees.

Due to the worsening weather over the course of the weekend, it was decided that the project would continue this weekend.

“Most of the (gardening) work happened on Friday. The turnout from both parties was excellent,” says Athlone CPF project coordinator Nicole Williams.

“With regard to the City, they definitely weathered the storm. They continued through the rain; cleaning (the garden) and pruning the trees and clearing the branches and bark from the area.

“The second phase of the project will continue this Saturday as a result,” she confirms.

This is when work will be done by the CPF to clear up and restore the children’s play area after being damaged by foul weather over the last few months, rendering the area unplayable.

“The children have not been able to play outside for the last three months,” says Williams.
The CPF hopes to sound a significant message when they clean and paint the boundary wall along the Klipfontein Road side of the hospital white.
The wall is currently ridden with gang slogans and graffiti after the previous paint job faded.

The painting of the wall will hopefully signify that gang activity and vandalism in the area will not be tolerated.

However, the work done during the Mandela Day celebration does not stop this weekend.

“What we also discovered is that there is a greater need and have since embarked on a more consolidated project with the Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital,” adds Williams with reference to the fact that the hospital could not afford to have a gardening service, let alone a handy man, for the last six months.

“Over the next six months, the various neighbourhood watches will assist in the upkeep of the grounds, toilets, tiled flooring, roof tiles and fences.”
They hope that the continued work will not only provide a safer, cleaner environment for the children who are there, but also serve as a beacon of trust within the community that the CPF is well and truly active and looking after them.

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