Geared up for winter

2016-06-28 06:00
 Lawrence Skosana, a Thomas Electrical employee, with Imizamo Yethu Neighbourhood Watch members Norman Mzantsi, Elliot Zakumba, Vincent Sodlala, Angelina Nyamunetsa (community cohesion), Rod Panagos (HBNW operations manager), Mazotshwandile Sithunzi (IYNW) and Sean Thomas (Thomas Electrical), who, together with Chapmans Peak Hotel, was a very generous sponsor.

Lawrence Skosana, a Thomas Electrical employee, with Imizamo Yethu Neighbourhood Watch members Norman Mzantsi, Elliot Zakumba, Vincent Sodlala, Angelina Nyamunetsa (community cohesion), Rod Panagos (HBNW operations manager), Mazotshwandile Sithunzi (IYNW) and Sean Thomas (Thomas Electrical), who, together with Chapmans Peak Hotel, was a very generous sponsor.

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About 100 patrollers from Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg are geared up for the winter months following a generous donation on Monday 20 June.

They received rubberised rainsuit tops with a hoody and navy blue pants with reflective stripes on the leg and across the front and back.

The donation was made by members of Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch (HBNW), residents and businesses following an appeal by HBNW.

The main donors or sponsors who stepped up to the plate were Thomas Electrical and Chapmans Peak Hotel. About 50 donations were received ranging from R155 (the price of a jacket) to R5000.

Doreen Malan from HBNW says they are extremely grateful to the many members and residents and businesses from Hout Bay who supported this initiative.

“The winter clothes will help them patrol easily in the cold and rainy weather. More money was raised than the amount required for wet weather gear for the estimated 100 patrollers, so the extra money raised will be used for additional equipment for these patrollers. We really appreciate the support we received,” she says.

Malan adds the donation was an appeal from one of the patrollers after their annual general meeting in May.

“At the end of the HBNW AGM held on Tuesday 31 May, an appeal was lodged by one of the Imizamo Yethu patrollers for wet weather clothing to help keep their patrollers warm and dry whilst on duty in bad weather conditions. After hearing how significant the contribution of these patrollers had been in reducing crime in Imizamo Yethu, HBNW decided to source and purchase these jackets for the patrollers in both Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg. Immediately after the meeting a HBNW member very generously pledged R2000 towards supplying the required clothing, and after the appeal was made further donations from the Hout Bay community came in steadily.”

The patrollers are out on the street every night, and Malan says they are vital.

“Patrollers are very important. The crime situation in Imizamo Yethu has improved drastically since the patrols started in about August 2015 after several incidents of gang violence and murders of rival gang leaders. The patrollers now carry ID cards issued by the police and Hout Bay Community Police Forum so that if any members of the community have a complaint against any patroller, they can be identified and reported to the Hout Bay Police.” V To join the neighbourhood watch in these areas, contact Debbie on admin@hbnw.co.za or register on the website www.houtbaywatch.com.

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