A glance at 2017’s headlines

2017-12-19 06:00

As is the case every year, 2017 started off full of promise. As the year draws to a close, People’s Post takes a look at some of the breaking news that filled the pages throughout the year.

January:

. The inaugural Bridgetown Park Run took place at Nantes Park. It was the first park run to be hosted in the Athlone area.

. The Kewtown Civic Association was launched at a meeting on 25 January. Lorenzo Louw was elected as chairperson.

. Hanif Loonat was ousted as chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster Community Policing Forum. Ebrahim Abrahams was elected as the cluster’s interim chairperson at a meeting in late January.

February:

. People’s Post photographer Rashied Isaacs launched his safer sports fields initiative. Isaacs started investigating the issue around 18 months previously when he started his research, which he says combines his two favourite things, emergency preparedness and photography.

. Spes Bona High School in Hazendal opened their new science laboratory. The lab allows teachers and learners to interact in a more practical manner, instead of merely watching videos of experiments and calculations on YouTube.

. The once prominent building of the decommissioned GF Jooste Hospital was an eyesore with increased vandalism, theft and other criminal activities taking place on the site. Since the publication of the article, the site has been cleared and fenced off.

March:

. Police officers busy with crime prevention operations in Manenberg in an effort to combat gang violence came under attack in Sabie Road. It was the first of a string of attacks on Law Enforcement authorities in the area throughout the year.

April:

. The Ihata shelter for abused women and children in Heideveld faced closure after having a substantial portion of its funding cut. The shelter’s organisers called on residents help them ­financially. The home remains operational, but still needs help.

. Bridgetown son Jerome Damon represented both the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Safa at a Fifa Soccer World Cup training camp in Qatar in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Damon was trained as a video assistant referee (VAR) who will function as the fifth official in next year’s World Cup.

May:

. Daniel Fritz from Newfields took part in an international conducting master class in the Czech Republic. Fritz was only one in the country to have taken part in the master class.

. In the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the death of Dulcie September next year, a delegation of French parliamentarians visited Athlone to pay tribute to the struggle icon. The visit reinforced an agreement put in place a decade ago.

June:

. The Leadership College in Manenberg was embroiled in an eviction saga which threatened to put the future of the institution in doubt. An agreement with the landlord, Child Welfare Cape Town, was concluded for the remainder of the year.

. Russell Damon was appointed as the new community liaison officer (CLO) for the Heideveld Housing project. Damon replaced Ivan Wrenn, who was relieved of his role in the project by Mellon Housing Initiatives (MHI) in May.

July:

. The abandoned ticketing office at Athlone station fell victim to severe vandalism, with gangsters turning it into a haven for their operations.

August:

. Jou Ma se Kombuis, through Fusion Manenberg, was relaunched in Manenberg Avenue. Run by Patrick Nel, the space has been transformed into a vehicle to effect change in the area by providing a safe and free space for those who seek redemption and reconciliation.

. The second event in the street athletics series of Western Province Athletics (WPA) saw the first new club, Nantes Athletics Club, making its debut in the series, taking athletics to a new suburb.

September:

. Plans were unveiled to transform the area surrounding Heideveld station. The joint initiative, headed by Prasa and the provincial Department of Public Works, will include input from a number of other stakeholders to redress issues left over from apartheid city planning.

. A motion to erect a temporary bridge over the Vygieskraal River between Statice Heights and Bridgetown was tabled at a subcouncil sitting. The bridge, commissioned during Councillor Suzette Little’s tenure in ward 49, was necessitated after residents complained about having to cross the river, with some falling into the river and even injuring themselves on the pebbles.

October:

. A “fragile and new” peace agreement was brokered for the greater Hazendal area. This came after Bokmakierie and the greater Hazendal area had been dogged by gang violence and shootings for most of the year.

. Lincoln Estate Neighbourhood Watch, founded in 1994, was awarded its official accreditation by the Western Cape Department of Community Safety.

November:

. Eighteen months after he was stabbed and flung from a moving train while protecting two women from being robbed, Darryn August has hopes of competing in the Paralympics, with his condition continuing to ­improve.

. Renewed plans to develop the land next to the Consol mine in Manenberg were unveiled by Consol, in conjunction with the Manenberg Community Development Trust.

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