Residents recognised for good work

2019-10-29 06:01
Helen Laurenson with Ian Iversen.

Helen Laurenson with Ian Iversen.

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The City of Cape Town’s subcouncil 20 councillors showed their appreciation for the people who don’t always get the recognition they deserve – the residents – on Wednesday 16 October.

“I’d like to, on behalf of the staff and all councillors, thank the people we’ve honoured today for your contributions to society as a whole,” said Ian Iversen, councillor for ward 59, who facilitated the handout of awards to deserving residents from wards 58, 59, 62, 71, 72 and 73.

“While we recognise it, I think there are also people out there in each of your specific areas who are aware of what you do,” he said. Helen Laurenson and Serin Gowdy of ward 59 were recognised for their ongoing contribution to their communities.

Laurenson has been the contact person at Hiddingh Estate, Newlands, for many years.

Iversen said if a resident wants to sell a piece of furniture, needs somebody to fix a leaking pipe, or needs help with maths, they just need to email Laurenson and the message will go out to the community, asking for assistance.

“But her role is far greater than this – the community communication system plays an important role to alert residents of any criminal activity,” said Iversen.

On most days of the week, you will find Gowdy walking from her Kenilworth home along Main Road to Wynberg, picking up litter as she goes. Then she walks back on the other side of the road, continuing to pick up litter, which she then deposits it into litter bins.

“Many people talk about the problem of littering and the need for recycling and hope that somebody or an organisation will step forward to address this matter.

“One person can make a difference and Serin certainly does,” said Iversen.

Penny Owens and Rory Moore from ward 58 were thanked for making their communities safer.

Penny Owens has been involved with the Har-Lyn neighbourhood watch for the past eight years, firstly as a patroller and more recently on the committee – coordinating fundraisers as well as keeping the wheel turning.

Sharon Cottle, councillor for ward 58, said Owens always makes herself available to patrollers, members and even her neighbours as she coordinates the street leaders in her area. She also assists with crime scene investigations and follow-ups with the police.

“Everything she does for the community is voluntary. She is a compassionate and caring person who is always supportive. She is exceptionally organised and has all relevant community information at her fingertips, and is never too busy to answer her phone or drop whatever she is doing to help where her help is needed,” said Cottle.

Moore is a dedicated member of the Kenilworth Residents Association (KRA) committee, responsible for the safety and security of the area extending from Kenilworth to Wetton Roads, and Rosmead Avenue to the railway line.

He has been an active and productive member of the committee for the past 12 years and was the one who came up with the idea of a neighbourhood watch patrol, and was instrumental in establishing the neighbourhood crime WhatsApp group.

He also sits on the steering committee investigating the implementation of a City Improvement District (CID) in our area.

“Rory has given a huge amount of time and effort over 12 years towards keeping the residents of our area safe. Without his efforts, I shudder to think what crime levels in our area would be like,” said Cottle.

Iversen concluded the event by saying that he hoped the efforts of these residents would attract more people to get involved.

“And do what you do for the betterment of society. We appreciate your hard work,” Iversen said.

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