Tying to re-invent the wheel?

2017-06-13 06:01

I refer to your article “Jobs for NHW members” (Tuesday 6 June) and fail to understand why JP Smith sees the need to technically “poach” members of the relevant neighbourhood watches.

This in order to facilitate his purpose of “addressing disorder which includes graffiti removal, the clearing of overgrown bushes” when these members are already assisting the various Law Enforcement Agencies in their quest to alleviate crime.

Although Smith tries to justify his offer of “temporary jobs” to the neighbourhood watch members because “they have a good understanding of the issues in their neighbourhoods”, I believe it would make more sense for him to get the elected ward councillors more tangibly involved with their civic associations and thereby fulfilling their constitutional ­obligations.

Ward councillors could also further empower their existing relationships with neighbourhood watches by broadening their scope as they have the infrastructure in place.

Jobseekers should also be mindful that the minimum wage of R3500 per month.

They must ensure that the correct “daily rate” policy is adhered to when applying to alleviate any trauma at a later stage because of being paid “under the belt”.

Ursula Schenker Plumstead

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