A glimpse at 2017’s headlines

2017-12-19 06:01

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

January . Grassy Park police seize dagga plants worth R10 000. Three suspects were arrested on charges of cultivation of dagga and dealing in ­dagga.

. A blind student from Grassy Park studying at a mainstream school passes her matric exams with thousands of other matriculants. Jodie Clarke who refused to attend a special needs school passed by listening to recordings, a scribe and volunteers helping her.

. 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

. Warren Williams is named Grassy Park’s home town hero. He was one of six people who died trying to save a man from a sewer pit at a Durban naval base. Williams succumbed to a methane gas leak and died at the scene.

. Public transport users call on Golden Arrow services to increase the amount of buses on route from Pelican Park to Cape Town after an increase of residents moving into the area.

March . Members of the Grassy Park CPF and local residents marched to Grassy Park Police Station for an improvement in policing services in the area.

. Police in Grassy Park celebrated justice taking its course with the conviction of the killer of 10-year-old Jayden Smith. Selfiro Petersen (26) was sentenced to two life terms in prison for the murder of the boy.

April

. Grassy Park police host a week long programme during the school holiday to keep kids off the streets.

. Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park celebrated another round of parents who completed the Wordworks course that teach parents how to help their children to improve their maths and literacy skills.

May: . The Voice of Parkwood hosted an urgent meeting to discuss the continual escalation in shootings in the area.

. Zaahir Witbooi, a 19-year-old soccer player from Grassy Park, is scouted and signed up to play for Orlando Pirates.

June . A group of pensioners embarked on a project to give back to their community. The elderly who calls themselves the Village People knitted scarves and caps and donated it to Grade R learners at Voorspoed Primary School.

. A Grassy Park dancer won a gold medal at a major international dance festival in Croatia. Aiden Keylor (15), from Bergvliet High School made his mark on the world stage dancing in the team of the Jody Jackson Dance School.

July . Residents packed the League of the Friends of the Blind (Lofob) premises for the relaunch of the Mountainview Neighbourhood Watch.

. A 16-year-old mentally disabled girl was raped and assaulted. The teen was lured from Buck Road Primary School in Grassy Park all the way to the Phumlani area.

August: . Seven contract workers from Shoprite in Pelican Park were arrested after being caught on camera accepting tips from ­customers.

. Residents of Grassy Park were left on edge after a petrol bomb hoax in the area. Police say various schools were affected after being threatened telephonically.

. The City of Cape Town and the Princess Vlei Forum hosted a launch to mark the completion of the first phase of upgrades to Princess Vlei Park.

September . Residents call on the City to shut down an abandoned house in Elizabeth Road Grassy Park believed to attract illegal ­activities.

October

. A fire-fighter from Ottery Fire Station is hailed as a hero after saving the life of a four-year-old girl at a local holiday resort.

. Farm workers from Philippi call on police to give poor people equal attention when someone goes missing. This comes after the disappearance of Mark Quinton Williamse, and epilepsy sufferer from Eden Park informal settlement.

November

. Zoekoevlei High School in Grassy Park celebrates 40 years of service.

. Two members from the Animal Welfare Society in Philippi were attacked. Angelique Stanbridge and Carmen Hoy were on their way to bank R48 000 when robbers approached them. Stanbridge was shot and rushed to hospital.

. A six-year-old boy from Pelican Park is hospitalised after a home-made acid bomb explodes in his face. Charges are laid against the alleged attacker who handed over the bomb to the Grade 1 student.

December . A man raised in Grassy Park takes off to travel the world by sea. Ashton Sampson forms part of the Volvo Ocean Race team set to compete in Australia this month.

. The Grassy Park and Surrounds Scholar Association hosted its first annual meeting. The group celebrated its first anniversary in September.

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