A glance at 2017

2017-12-19 06:00

It has been a year of triumph and tragedy for many and, as the festive season approaches and the rest of the year becomes a distant memory, we take a look at the year that was, with the news that made headlines.


Our first edition bid farewell to Auntie Gina, our 2016 Community Champions Elders Awards winner who passed away after a brief battle with cancer; Alonzo Jonkerman became the first Down’s syndrome child to enter a mainstream school, and the police warned against an increase in false cases following the festive season.


Lentegeur Police Station welcomed Colonel Herman Seals as the station head; Beacon Hill High School opened their new R7m school hall; we took a look at drug addiction, and the Westgate Neighbourhood Watch took an interesting approach to raising funds for CCTV cameras by selling water-saving tanks.


Norwegian volunteers assisted the Shekinah Full Gospel Church in handing over 600 pairs of school shoes; 10-month-long roadworks started on Baden Powell Drive; a world-first robotics surgery came to Mitchell’s Plain, and the youth gave back by giving the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre a facelift.


Our first edition of April reported on the tragic rape and murder of Stacha Arendse, whose body was found in the bush along Swartklip Road, and her death resulted in thousands taking to the streets to call for an end to the violence; Woodlands residents feared a gang infiltration; police continued their search for Raymonde Boltman after a year, and thorns in playparks were put in the spotlight.


Hijackings increased between Colorado Park and Mandalay; a group of Dutch students spruced up two local schools; residents were asked to give their opinions on the Rocklands dunes; the local subcouncil honoured violence and abuse victims and the Lentegeur CPF elections were postponed.


Child protection week saw several ceremonies in memory of murdered children; Strandfontein held the first 1000 men march against abuse; we partnered with the annual Youth Cup hosted by Bayview FC; Strandfontein AFC held a donation drive, and People’s Post shone at the Forum for Community Journalists Awards.


We featured the inspiring story of Jerome Sauls who changed his life from gangsterism to teaching locals to play soccer; a small business workshop was held in Westridge; a group of Tafelsig volunteers took back their space by closing off their sports field, and a Woodlands support group expanded their services with the help of a container donation.


Hawkers put measures in place to fight crime in the city centre; Highlands Primary School said farewell to principal Gavin Burgess; the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association vowed to tackle issues as a collective; a group of women were treated to a special luncheon focused on honouring abused women, and a young Rocklands couple called on support for their soup ­kitchen.


Family and friends rallied to raise funds for a kidney transplant for Faldiela Dilgee; we took a look at the 61 child murders in the Cape; public participation processes started to see a development in the Lentegeur trade, and we partnered with the MPLFA for the annual Cubs Tournament.


The annual street athletics event took to the streets of Beacon Valley; the Cape Town Super Talent Search was launched; Stacha Arendse’s rape and murder accused took to the stand; a former drug dealer transformed his life through art; Lentegeur Hospital put mental health on the world stage through a partnership with the now Miss SA, Adè van Heerden; an organisation called for the return of Brigadier Cass Goolam; a new crafters’ market was launched, and People’s Post staff chopped off their locks for cancer.


Job seekers got free MyCiTi rides to find employment; the Lions Club of Mitchell’s Plain was inducted; a local teacher, Andre Rix, was crowned the top Western Cape high school teacher after only 11 months in the job; the JP21 Mitchell’s Plain Titans race kicked off; the Watergate Centre opened its doors, and Brigader Cass Goolam was reinstated.


JP Duminy’s JP21 Project walked off with an honour at the Youth Excellence Awards, and a family requested assistance to be together this Christmas.


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