Local watch woman wins

2015-12-01 06:00

The work being done by local crime fighters were recognised on Friday at the inaugural Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Awards.

Statice Heights neighbourhood watcher Amina Rajap was one of seven winners on the night.

Rajap won the community cohesion award and was pleasantly surprised at being nominated, let alone winning the award.

“I didn’t expect anything,” said Rajap.

“I did not know that they were going to nominate me and I was quite shocked to receive an invitation to the event to say that I was nominated for an award.”

She is passionate about working with and helping the youth.

“Gangsterism and drugs are the plagues that are killing our youth, so it is important to be working with them. I have been doing community work for 24 years already, so to receive some recognition for the work done was definitely something nice,” she said.

The NHW Awards received 122 entries from all over Cape Town. Six individuals and the NHW of Year were honoured.

The winners were recognised for their contribution in going above and beyond the call of regular NHW duties and being instrumental in their respective communities in the fight against crime in Cape Town.

The inaugural awards event brings to light the volunteer work being done by NHW members who do this kind of community service work without seeking favour or reward.

NHW formation is one of the most effective ways crime is reduced in communities.

By conducting regular patrols these NHW formations add an additional safety net for local residents and communities.

The City of Cape Town through the safety and security directorate, led by JP Smith, has committed themselves to the cause by providing more training, resources and support to NHWs.

Rajap added that she felt that all NHW members deserve more recognition.

“There are a lot of NHW members who are doing great work in their communities and I think that all of the members should receive awards. It’s about teamwork and that is the most important thing, because we are all out there trying to take care of one another.”

Award winnersNHW member of Year:

Neil Thyss from Tuscany Crime Watch in Blue Downs and Logan Frieslaar from Vredelust NHW in Kuilsriver

The Safe City Award:

Lianne Lippert from Tygerhof NHW in Milnerton

The Community Cohesion Award:

Amina Rajap from Statice Heights NHW in Athlone

The Innovation Award:

Reagan Croeser from Summer Greens NHW

NHW of the Year:

Ikamva Peace Makers of Samora Micheal

The Working Partnership Award:

Hennie Koekemoer from Bellville

The Above and Beyond Award:

Tony Schreiber from Bergvliet

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