Local businesses boost neighbourhood watch

2016-11-01 06:00
Members of the Strandfontein Neighbourhood Watch and Community Policing Forum with Marlon Naidoo (centre) of the BP garage in Wavecrest.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Members of the Strandfontein Neighbourhood Watch and Community Policing Forum with Marlon Naidoo (centre) of the BP garage in Wavecrest. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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Thanks to the donations from two local businesses, the Strandfontein Neighbourhood Watch is well on its way to achieving one of its goals.

Earlier this year, the watch said they would like to be more self-sufficient and not rely so much on the local government for funding.

Marlon and Sabashni Naidoo, owners of the BP garage in Wavecrest, and Mohammed Ali, owner of the Caltex garage in Spine Road, donated to the watch and local community policing forum.

The watch was able to invest in caps and jackets for its active patrollers.

Levan Jacobs, the watch’s spokesperson, says they are grateful for the contributions.

“With the recent recruitment drive it was not only to get more people on board with the watch but also to get more businesses involved,” says Jacobs.

“Their donations go a long way and it shows us that they do care about the safety of the community.”

Jacobs adds uniformity is very important to the watch and the donations of the two garage owners and other businesses are making this possible.

“Most of the members are unemployed and we want to be self-sufficient, but this isn’t possible. With these donations we are slowly moving in that direction,” says Jacobs.

He adds smaller donations can also make a difference.

Heading into the festive season when beach patrols become a core focus of the watch, Jacobs says they need residents and businesses to make donations to help the volunteers get through the festive period.

The watch needs donations of water, sunscreen, lip ice and refreshments, Jacobs says.

Donations can be dropped off at the police station with prior arrangement for someone from the watch to collect it. V To donate and arrange a drop-off, call Levan Jacobs on 078 013 0612 or Wesley Moses on 083 401 8930.

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