Watch keeping the streets clean

2016-07-19 06:00
These members of the Salt River Neighbourhood Watch showed that they were serious about their clean up campaign in the area on Sunday. PHOTO: gary van dyk

These members of the Salt River Neighbourhood Watch showed that they were serious about their clean up campaign in the area on Sunday. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The Salt River Neighbourhood Watch is setting their sights beyond fighting crime in the area by cleaning up the streets.

Muneeb Bassier, interim secretary of the organisation, explains that concerned residents of Salt River noticed that the streets of the neighbourhood are neglected.

“It is not being cleaned as often as we would like and it’s an eyesore,” he says.

“We submitted a request for feedback on illegal dumping and littering from the Salt River Residents Association in their last meeting but the watch members came up with a suggestion on having a clean-up operation of the main road just to create awareness that it is each and every person’s duty and responsibility to bring about the change of mindset to have a cleaner environment.”

Holistic servicesBassier says that they have already started the campaign in the area by going out onto the streets on Sundays.

He hopes the campaign will also serve to bring the community together.

“With this project we are getting people to get to know their neighbours,” he says.

“In this way we can also involve all the youth and aged to participate in this community upliftment project.

“We have posted our request via social media and by word of mouth to boost our visibility as a newly established organisation and as a neighbourhood watch to involve the residents, not only as a crime prevention organisation, but to provide holistic service in all areas.”

Bassier points out that their first campaign on Sunday 3 July, working in Kipling Street and Lower Main Road, was welcomed by residents in the area who joined in.

“Litter and illegal dumping is a massive and a continuous problem in our area,” he says.

“We notice that the bags being dumped are domestic waste that indicates that the current bin availability does not accommodate the amount of persons in a household or space. We have also approached and addressed some shopkeepers in the main road to report illegal dumping as this affects their business in unhealthy surroundings.”

Future projectsBassier also added that they will be hosting regular clean-ups in the area but the main aim is also to highlight the shopping opportunities in the area and get more community projects started.

“We want to start more projects in the area that help our people and bring them together.

“In future we want Salt River to be the hub of organisations that caters to aspects affecting the country as a whole, like unemployment, youth development, frail care and many other community projects.”

V For more information about the neighbourhood watch and the campaign call Faldie Isaacs on 081 035 0905.

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