A glance at 2017’s headlines

2017-12-19 06:00

As the year comes to an end, Peoples Post takes a look at some of the news making headlines in 2017.

January

. Manenberg police confiscated R100 000 worth of drugs in Johanna Court. A 48-year-old man and two women, aged 25 and 35, were arrested and appeared in the Athlone Court on charges of possession of drugs.

. Hanif Loonat was removed as chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster Community Policing Forum (CPF). This was not the first time that Loonat has been removed. He was suspended as the chairperson of the Western Cape CPF in 2013 before being reinstated. He was also ousted as Lansdowne CPF chairperson in 2015.

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.

. A new lab at York Road Primary School was officially opened by UWC’s Science Learning Centre for Africa (SLCA) to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. It looks to facilitate learning by improving school infrastructure.

March

. The public release of the top 100 water users in Cape Town caused mixed reaction amongst resident. The highest recorded water user is reported to live in Haywood Road, Crawford.

. The Civic Association of Rondebosch East elected new members to represent them.

April

. Traffic-calming measures were implemented along Turfhall Road after several accidents resulting in injury and death at the crossing.

. A 52-year-old man was arrested in Turflyn Walk, Hanover Park. Police confiscated various pieces of ammunition from him including shotgun rounds and 9mm rounds. May

. Subcouncil 11 rejects an application to grant Jumbo Cash and Carry in Govern Beki Road liquor license.

. Various neighbourhood watches in Lansdowne received new safety gear from the City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate, as part of the ward’s allocation funding.

June

. Six men were arrested after a man was stabbed in Wetton. A scuffle broke out after the men were involved in a car accident with the victim. The men fled to a local club where they were arrested.

. Lansdowne police investigated a robbery at a flower shop in Old Strandfontein Road after four armed men took cash and cellphones from customers.

July

. A six-year-old girl from Silvertown inspired her family to raise awareness of the difficult disease she has to live with. They established Brave Little Hearts South Africa, in honour of Thaakirah Matthews who was born with congenital heart disease in 2009.

. Hundreds of people made their way to Regina Coeli Catholic Church in Belgravia on 27 June to pay their last respects for a local community hero Hilda Paulsen. The 83-year-old community and political activist played an active role in various communities since the early 1980s.

August . Muslim residents of Rondebosch East were left distraught following threats that a local religious leader would be suspended. They believed the trust members overseeing Ghiedmatiel Islamia Masjid in Taronga Road were not acting in the interests of the community.

. Hollywood actress Charlize Theron and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah paid a surprise visit to a local school in Lansdowne. Their private visit to Oaklands High School in Chucker Road was facilitated by non-profit organisation Life Choices. September

. A 43-year-old mother from Hanover Park survived a shot in the head in a shooting in her home. Theresa Jantjies from Johndown Walk was hit while standing in her bedroom when gangsters opened fire her street.

. Two police officers suffered minor injuries after responding to a shooting in Hanover Park. Residents attacked police and their vehicles.

October . National police minister Dan Plato visited Hanover Park to interact with various police officers on the ground.

. Twenty members of the Hanover Park Karate Club won several trophies at a full contact karate tournament held at Scottsdene Community Centre.

November . A 16-year-old girl from Hanover Park raised funds to compete in an international soccer tournament in the USA. The soccer star will represent Ikapa United next year.

. A 62-year-old woman is burned to death in her Manenberg home after a fire wreaked havoc.

December

. An abandoned baby was found alive by community workers in St Josephs Road.

. Voice of the Cape radio station’s summer festival is shut down for the safety of festival-goers after major damages caused by the wind.

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