Cooking contest to raise funds

2019-09-03 06:00
The previous Potjiekos competition drew crowds from Welcome Glen and beyond.

The previous Potjiekos competition drew crowds from Welcome Glen and beyond.

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With wildlife right on the doorstep of Welcome Glen, its residents would like to protect the animals in the area, as well as the community, by installing new surveillance cameras.

With each camera costing more than R5 000, they are looking for the support of the entire South Peninsula to help reach their goal.

The Welcome Glen neighbourhood watch will be hosting a Potjiekos competition fundraiser to raise the money needed to buy four more security cameras.

The importance of the additional cameras lies in its foundation to not only assist to keep the residents safe, but also the area’s wild animals.

“It is not unusual to encounter wildlife such as caracal, genet, grysbok, porcupine and of course, our baboons, in addition to the multitude of birdlife that graces our gardens. However, many residents here share concerns to protect this area,” says Clare James of the neighbourhood watch.

She says with the four surveillance cameras already installed around the area, they can see some of the elements making their way into the community, but often they are able to evade watch members.

James explains that they are faced with the problem of people coming into the area and hunting for their food, as it was done years ago.

“They hunt here like the Khoisan did. This week, three traps were removed from the mountains. They come here to find food for their pots, but you can’t just hunt for your pot anymore,” she says.

The traps can sometimes be as deep as a basketball and are able to trap animals as small as porcupine and even as large as small buck. For the protection of the wildlife and residents, she says that better surveillance will allow the watch and police to be more alert to concerns that threaten their safety and security.

“Welcome Glen neighbourhood watch is working towards more cameras, in order to assist the police as well as Table Mountain National Park in crime prevention. By monitoring the cameras, Welcome Glen neighbourhood watch makes it easier to track movement, thereby offering invaluable information to officers on the ground.”

The competition will take place on Saturday 7 September from 09:30 to 14:00 at the Welcome Glen Park in Glen Oak Road, and residents from neighbouring communities are encouraged to compete and join in the fun on the day.

The Ciaron Thompson and Friends band will perform on the day, with food for sale, market stalls open to the public, and great prizes to be won.

James lives by the motto, “caring for what we care for” – which includes the neighbourhood, the wild animals and the animals of the residents; and hopes that the people of the south can show their close-knit community spirit, and support the cause.V To assist the cause, email the Welcome Glen neighbourhood watch on welcomeglenwatch@gmail.com.

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