A ‘two-way’ street to safety

2018-06-05 06:01
Sakiena Daniels, ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse, Charmaine and Keith Marhota, Marshilino Reiners, Marilyn Bergsma and Michael Petersen.

Sakiena Daniels, ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse, Charmaine and Keith Marhota, Marshilino Reiners, Marilyn Bergsma and Michael Petersen.

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In a bid to strengthen the safety volunteers of the Tafelsig West area, ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse handed over several two-way radios to the volunteer executive last week.

“As a councillor, I want to ensure communities are more closely involved in problem solving and crime prevention. This will be achieved by supporting our local engagement and crime prevention projects by giving from our ward allocations,” says Arendse­.

“While respecting the view that local people know what is needed best, the City of Cape Town will work with the subforum to develop local policing and crime priorities, work with the police to ensure every ward has a functional subforum/street committee/block watch and support the development of neighbourhood watches.”

The block watch is active in the area, not only in the prevention of crime, but also in several community projects including Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) initiatives.

Arendse handed over six radios, with more to come, he tells People’s Post.

Chairperson of the Tafelsig West Neighbourhood Watch, Charmaine Marhota, along with some of the executive accepted the radios.

“The two-way radios will bring much to communication between members and quicker response on crime within their jurisdiction,” says Arendse.

Safety and building lasting relationships between various groups in the community, while assisting volunteers in fulfilling their tasks, was the motivation behind the distribution of the radios.

“I always seek to engage with underrepresented groups including young people and victims of crime and engage with elected members through their representation on the NHW, to achieve greater coherence,” he says.

“Interaction with our local NHW will always be a priority to make more efficient use of resources to deliver value for money and target funds at tackling issues of local concern and crime prevention.

“Most of the NHW volunteers use their cellphones to communicate and they do not receive any refund for doing this. Most of the members are unemployed and the City will reach out to those who are doing a voluntary service.”

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