AfriForum successes: May 2018
- AfriForum tested the water in various towns in Limpopo to ascertain the quality of these towns’ drinking (blue drop status) and sewage water (green drop status).
- Members of AfriForum’s Warmbaths and RTL neighbourhood watches received safety training from Tactical CQC.
- The Naboomspruit branch repaired potholes in this town in cooperation with the Mookgopong Municipality. The branch purchased 150 bags of tar and the Municipality provided the labour to repair the potholes.
- The branch launched a self-do action to paint the pedestrian crossings and stop signs at Laerskool Eugene Marais in Naboomspruit after the school had approached the local AfriForum branch to help ensure the safety of road users and children at the school.
- The East Rand branches (Alberton, Benoni, Brakpan, Kempton Park, Edenvale, Germiston and Springs) launched a pro-active crime-fighting initiative, Project Nehemiah, in cooperation with the SAPS, the CPF, MML Security, SAUAC and other safety structures.
- The branches in various parts in Pretoria and surrounding areas tested the local water to ascertain the quality of drinking (blue drop status) and sewage water (green drop status). We determined that the area’s drinking water adhered to the minimum standards and contained no harmful bacteria, thereby ensuring the quality pf water for 2,9 million people.
- The branches audited landfill sites on the East Rand as part of a country-wide project to test the standard of landfills in South Africa.
- AfriForum partook in the municipal IDP process and submitted commentary in the Tshwane Metro’s IDP.
- Die Vanderbijlpark branch once again patrolled the town’s cemetery to ensure the safety of visitors.
- Die Bronkhorstspruit branch’s Vaalbank neighbourhood watch received training.
- The Hennops River branch completed a successful mass patrol. No incidents were reported. The neighbourhood watch was also successfully reorganised with more management members to lower the work burden.
- The Kempton Park branch established neighbourhood watches in Birch Acres and Terrenure to prevent house burglaries and promote environmental awareness.
- The Alberton and Germiston neighbourhood watches held a shooting day to sharpen patrollers’ safety awareness and skills. The branches also received crowd control training.
- The Brakpan branch received bulletproof jackets, reflective jackets and car magnets to be able to react more proactively to violent crime.
- The Western Moot branch submitted a formal complaint to the GDARD and the Green Scorpions after an informal settlement was constructed on a reserve in the Western Moot area.
- The branch received neighbourhood watch training.
- The Waverley branch identified various potholes in the area in cooperation with MootGI, while a good relationship ensured that the Municipality repaired these potholes.
- The branch cleaned the substation in Lawson Street in cooperation with MootGi, and improved the security at the substation after cables had been stolen as number of times before.
- Various branches in Eastern and Western Mpumalanga performed landfill audits as part of the country-wide landfill audit process.
- The AfriForum Teks neighbourhood watch participated in a mass patrol together with the SAPS and the sector police, during which drugs were confiscated.
- The neighbourhood watch provided support at various accident scenes and regulated traffic.
- The neighbourhood watch helped put out fires that threatened private property, as well as a fire at the Davies Court.
- The neighbourhood watch assisted at homes that were burgled and where dogs were poisoned, and secured and cleaned up the scenes.
- The Standerton neighbourhood watch participated in a mass patrol together with the Standerton Trapklub and Nissan Standerton.
- The Bethal-branch removed a pile of soil that was lying in Malherbe Street for longer than six months.
- The Piet Retief neighbourhood watch participated in a mass patrol and helped to arrest suspects who broke into vehicles.
- The Cairn Burnside farm watch together with the White River neighbourhood watch and the NCC participated in a mass patrol.
- The Middelburg branch hosted a workshop on land grabs in cooperation with AfriBusiness.
- The White River branch hosted a workshop on land grabs in cooperation with AfriBusiness.
- The White River neighbourhood together with the Cairn Burnside farm watch and the NCC participated in a mass patrol.
- Various branches in the North West performed landfill audits to ensure a cleaner, better environment.
- The Vryburg branch is still busy repairing potholes in cooperation with the local municipality.
- The branch performed a retest of the green drop water project, which showed signs of coli toon. Laboratory tests are now also underway.
- The Christiana branch cleaned various streets in the town.
- The Schweizer-Reneke branch investigated an environmental impact study of a swine farm that is being established close to water resources.
- The Potchefstroom branch continues repairing many potholes in this town.
- The Sasolburg branch again launched various clean-up operation in Sasolburg and Vaalpark with new equipment that was bought with member contributions.
- A joint patrol was conducted together with AfriForum’s Sasolburg neighbourhood watch and the local CPF to promote safety.
- A new repeater was repaired by the branch to strengthen the neighbourhood watch’s radio network.
- The Bethlehem branch offered Crush Corruption training from Adv. Gerrie Nel to the public.
- The Bultfontein branch helped the SAPS and farmers to catch four suspected thieves.
- The branches in KwaZulu-Natal, which form part of the SAPS’ Rural Safety Plan, requested the Premier to establish a defusing committee.
- The Newcastle branch tested the water of the Ncandu River to submit a complaint of poor quality of river water to the Department of Water Affairs.
- The Vryheid branch developed safety structures, erected two repeaters and kept their communities safe with daily patrols.
- The branch tested the water of the Bester Spruit to submit a complaint of poor quality of river water to the Department of Water Affairs.
- The Margate branch participated in the country-wide mass patrol.
- The Margate youth branch hosted a school talk with Henk Maree, National Youth Coordinator.
- The Hluhluwe branch established safety structures.
- The branch tested the water of the Mzinene River to submit a complaint of poor quality of river water to the Department of Water Affairs.
- The Pongola branch gave inputs at the municipal IDP meeting.
- The Paulpietersburg branch tested all the fire hydrants in the district municipality.
- The branch put pressure on the Department of Transport to repair potholes.
- The Utrecht branch met with the eMandlangeni Municipality to discuss the state of the town.
- The Kuruman branch installed alarms at the sewage pump stations.
- The branch hosted a successful Crush Corruption training session with Adv. Gerrie Nel.
- The Upington-branch submitted complaints to the Municipality over planned water tariffs.
- The Aliwal North branch met with the Municipal Administrator and Directors of the Water Sisulu Local Municipality to bring numerous problems in Aliwal North to their attention, as well as to compile actions plans for the repair of the Municipality.
- The Humansdorp branch hosted a community meeting to determine the needs in respect of safety structures and support in this area.
- The Elliot branch held a successful community and annual general meeting where many managerial posts were filled.
- AfriForum Youth’s Secunda branch helped to repair a couple’s flat in Davies Court after it had been damaged in a serious fire.
- The Hluhluwe youth branch acted as sponsor and helped with the marketing of the Horings en Dorings Opskop.
- The Wellington youth branch donated canned food to the Blouvlei Academy. This successful action will be followed by monthly follow-up donations.
- The Secunda youth branch had a coffee kiosk at Paws in the Park.
- The Upington youth branch hosted a sokkie to celebrate the birthday of Afrikaans, who was recognised as official language 93 years ago.
- AfriForum Youth launched a campaign against Volkswagen Motorsport South Africa after an advertisement in which Volkswagen encourage young people to apply and participate in a competition to become a Volkswagen racer indicated that applicants had to be people of colour.
- The Pukke youth branch cleaned up the grave of President M.W. Pretorius in Potchefstroom in cooperation with Mr Johan Wolfaardt, a museum expert and curator of the President M.W. Pretorius House Museum in Potchefstroom.
- AfriForum Youth celebrated the reinternment of 31 Boer soldiers who had perished during the Battle of Driefontein (10 March 1900), as well as the unveiling of the monument a century ago on 24 May 1918.