A glance at 2017

2017-12-19 06:00

As the year draws to a close, we look back on the influential stories that have left a mark or were part of the burning topics discussed in communities throughout the year.

.Woodstock police and officials start working on a bold new plan to tackle the ongoing criminal activities at the footbridge and railway line in Woodstock.

.St John’s RC Primary School learner Jessie McAvoy (10) is announced as the winner of the Word Warrior competition of the Read Educational Trust.

.Kensington residents are worried about illegal residents who keep going back to the Wingfield open land despite a court order to prevent them from staying there.

.Furious Kensington residents sign a petition to have a young man, who is suspected of committing crimes in the area, evicted. This follows a slew of housebreakings.

. Edwina Presence from Factreton was allegedly kidnapped, robbed, beaten and left for dead.

.The leaders of the Good Shepherd Church in Kensington say they are disturbed by new graffiti on the wall of the church building and the growing pile of garbage dumped on the church premises.

.Members of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) and Sisonke, a national movement led by sex workers, gather at court to witness justice for a local murdered woman.

.During a forum, representatives of childcare organisations call for unity in fighting crimes against children.

.About 15 families living at 23 Albert Road in Woodstock refuse to leave the building following a court interdict to evict them.

.City of Cape Town officials prepare to call for proposals for several affordable housing areas in Woodstock, Salt River and the CBD.

.There appears to be no end to the boiling issue of affordable housing in Woodstock. With plans in progress at the City of Cape Town Housing Department for housing development in the area, residents reveal their objections to some of the rumoured plans.

.Kensington Police Station is expected to receive nine new police officers and have a visible policing vacancy advertised in an attempt to fight rising gang violence in the area. This was reportedly in an agreement reached at a meeting between the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and the provincial police.

.The construction of the Observatory Forensic Pathology Services is expected to start following the groundbreaking ceremony by the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW).

.The rise in criminal elements and threats posed to residents in reportedly problematic areas of Maitland are becoming concerns. Camden, Langham, Highclere and Voortrekker roads have reportedly been invaded by drug deals, prostitution and break-ins.

.A meeting on the plans to merge Kensington and Maitland day hospitals is held in the Maitland town hall.

.Magician Russel Fox sets a new record Guinness World Record by walking barefoot on a bed of broken wine bottles for 29 hours.

.It is announced that the prolonged issue of illegal dumping in Kensington and Factreton may soon be a thing of the past as the City of Cape Town is reportedly planning to build a non-perishable drop-off facility.

.Plans to enforce new water-saving plans get underway.

.The Observatory Civic Association announces plans to hold another annual meeting to elect new board members after the results of this financial year’s meeting were nullified.

.About 90 children and 30 adults attend an event in Royal Road, Maitland, as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.


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