Branch successes: October 2017
- AfriForum’s court application – which amongst others requires that the Lim 368 Local Municipality cleans up the Naboomspruit landfill site – was heard in the North Gauteng High Court. Judgement was reserved. This landfill site does not comply with licence permit requirements and this subsequently leads to the pollution of groundwater.
- Members of AfriForum’s Ellisras branch as well as community members cleaned up the park in Peerboom Street. During the clean-up action, rubbish was picked up, jungle gyms and structures were painted and mended, while irrigation and water supply were also once again repaired to the park.
- AfriForum’s Phalaborwa branch, in cooperation with the Kasi Junction Clean-up Group, cleaned up the town as part of the civil rights organisation’s Month of Self-reliance. The entrance to the town, as well as the pavement along the R71 to the Kruger National Park, were cleaned up amongst others and more than 36 black bags full of rubbish were removed.
- AfriForum’s Naboomspruit branch and the roads section of the local municipality repaired potholes on the provincial road, which is approximately 12 km long. This followed after residents expressed their discontent regarding the danger which the potholes on the road present.
- AfriForum audited landfill sites on the East Rand during the month of October as part of its national project. Most of the landfill sites did in fact comply with the minimum standards.
- Thanks to continuous pressure by AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch, the Edleen Proper Residents Association (EPRA) and the Kempton Park Gated Community, the local community received conditional approval from the Ekurhuleni Metro Council to continue with the blocking off of access controlled areas.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch planted ten trees as part of arbour month.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park neighbourhood watch assisted the SAPS in bringing a suspect to book that was wanted for theft and burglary in Edenvale, while the neighbourhood watch also helped to round up a suspect who embezzled R17 000 at a car dealership in Norkem Park.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch repaired seven potholes at the medical clinic in Birchleigh.
- Members of AfriForum’s Endicott neighbourhood watch in Springs received the first phase of their formal training.
- AfriForum’s Benoni branch planted seven trees at two schools as part of arbour month.
- AfriForum held a large-scale clean-up action in cooperation with residents of Benoni and the local CPF.
- AfriForum’s Alberton branch planted 45 trees at six schools during the month of October as part of the organisation’s Month of Self-reliance.
- AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Vanderbijlpark safeguarded the local cemetery to enable community members to visit the graves of their loved ones.
- AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch performed an audit at the Emfuleni landfill site to determine if the site complies with the minimum requirements.
- AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch contributed to a greener environment by planting 50 trees.
- AfriForum’s Heidelberg branch affixed reflectors at a four-way crossing to subsequently safeguard the entrance of the Kloof complex.
- AfriForum’s Heidelberg branch performed an audit at the Lesedi landfill site to determine if it complies with the minimum requirements.
- AfriForum’s Midvaal branch performed an audit at the Midvaal landfill site to determine if the site complies with the minimum requirements.
- AfriForum’s Randfontein branch performed an audit at the Rand West City landfill site to determine if the site complies with the minimum requirements.
- AfriForum’s Westonaria branch performed an audit at the Rand West City landfill site to determine if the site complies with the minimum requirements.
- AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Johannesburg West held a braai day for the community during which safety ideas were discussed. This neighbourhood watch also assisted disaster management teams with clean-up work after a tornado affected parts of the city.
- AfriForum audited the Hatherley landfill site in Mamelodi and established that municipal pressure does in fact bear fruit. This landfill site received only 16% in 2016 – according to AfriForum’s annual landfill site audit report – but received an astounding 80% during the 2017 audit.
- The AfriForum branch in Grootfontein received a repeater for its radio network.
- After a joint clean-up action in Faerie Glen, AfriForum placed a number of rubbish bins in a park next to the Moreleta Spruit to help keep the community cleaner.
- AfriForum audited all the landfill sites in the Tshwane Metro during the month of October as part of its national project to determine the condition of landfill sites in South Africa.
- AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches in the Hennops River Valley assisted in extinguishing fires that developed in this area.
- Members of AfriForum’s Meyerspark neighbourhood watch completed a successful town patrol, while they also held a clean-up action. An alleged rubbish bin thief was apprehended during the patrol.
- AfriForum’s Zambezi branch in Pretoria received a repeater for its radio network.
- The West Moot branch offered training to the youth regarding first aid and radio procedure.
- The AfriForum branch in West Moot purchased equipment in order to launch do-it-yourself actions such as clean-up actions.
- AfriForum, in cooperation with the Garslink CPF, police reservists, private security companies, High Risk Security and community members, helped to clean up the area surrounding the Moreleta Spruit.
- AfriForum cleaned up the Heroes’ Acre cemetery in Pretoria as part of its Month of Self-reliance. This cemetery, which was opened in 1867, is the resting place of historical figures such as Andries Pretorius, Eugène Marais, Jopie Fourie, Hans Strijdom and Paul Kruger.
- AfriForum’s Moot branch planted approximately 25 trees during the month of October, while they also donated a number of trees to the Dutch Reformed Church in Rietfontein North. A big clean-up action in cooperation with the local CPF and metro police also formed part of the civil rights organisation’s Month of Self-reliance.
- AfriForum’s Moot neighbourhood watch executed various patrols on nearby farms in cooperation with AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches in Bronkhorstspruit.
- AfriForum’s Centurion branch placed a number of rubbish bins along the R511 to help keep the community clean. This follows after road works recently got underway on this road, which means that motorists need to wait for long periods of time and subsequently started throwing their rubbish out of the windows of their vehicles.
AfriForum’s Highveld and Lowveld branches audited landfill sites in the province.
- AfriForum’s White River neighbourhood watch painted the fence of the local police station as part of the organisation’s Month of Self-reliance.
- AfriForum’s Lydenburg branch received neighbourhood watch equipment.
- AfriForum’s Standerton branch erected stop signs as part of its Month of Self-reliance.
- AfriForum’s Secunda branch erected a speed hump in front of the local old age home.
- AfriForum’s Bethal branch placed pressure on the local municipality through various means to force the municipality to open a manhole which has already been overflowing for months on end.
- More than 3 000 people signed the petition of AfriForum’s Potchefstroom branch regarding the classification of farm murders as a priority crime.
- During the month of October, AfriForum’s Potchefstroom branch repaired 42 potholes in the town.
- The AfriForum branch in Vryburg started Phase 1 of its clean-up project at the cemetery by cutting parts of it clean and spraying it with poison.
- The AfriForum branch in Vryburg also started constructing a wall around the Great Trek Monuments.
- The AfriForum branch in Schweizer-Reneke officially established an AfriForum neighbourhood watch, while the branch also replaced stop signs that started to fade.
- The AfriForum branch in Delareyville supplied water to residents during the recent water crisis, while the branch also replaced stop signs in the town.
- The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Delareyville helped with the safeguarding of the town during riots.
- The AfriForum branch in Sannieshof replaced stop signs that started to fade.
- AfriForum’s branches in Hartbeespoort, Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Koster, Lichtenburg and Coligny audited their respective landfill sites and planted trees at local schools.
- The AfriForum branch in Rustenburg cleaned and fixed up the cemetery in Nelson Mandela Drive.
- The AfriForum branch in Rustenburg established a neighbourhood watch
- AfriForum’s Lichtenburg branch cleaned up drains in the residential area and intends on tackling this action frequently.
- AfriForum’s Heilbron branch reorganised and elected a new branch management.
- The Sasolburg branch of AfriForum launched two clean-up actions and replaced yield signs in the town as part of the organisation’s Month of Self-reliance.
- AfriForum’s Utrecht branch marked streetlights that are out of order so that it can be repaired.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch repaired various potholes in cooperation with the local municipality.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch placed pressure on the Ugu District Municipality to repair water supply to the town.
- AfriForum’s Newcastle branch audited the town’s landfill site.
- AfriForum’s Vryheid branch erected stop signs at a crossing, while the branch also audited the town’s landfill site.
- AfriForum’s youth branch in Vryheid planted a number of trees at the community centre.
- AfriForum’s Pongola branch urged the uPhongolo Local Municipality to complete the uncompleted government projects, while the branch also audited the local landfill site.
- AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch replaced stop signs and painted the poles of the road signs in cooperation with the eDumbe Local Municipality.
- AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch audited eDumbe’s landfill site.
- AfriForum’s Kuruman branch started cleaning up open pieces of veldt and also repaired streetlights.
- AfriForum’s Kamieskroon branch cleaned two boreholes.
- AfriForum’s Kathu branch cleaned up areas where trees are planted and also celebrated 500 years of reformation at Huguenot Park.
- The AfriForum branch in Kathu erected an information board at Huguenot Park to inform visitors and the community about the park, its wildlife and its history.
- The Kathu branch furthermore also planted a bush willow in Huguenot Park.
Cape Town North
- AfriForum’s Cape Town North branch, in cooperation with the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID), recently also cleaned up numerous streets, parks and open veldts in Oakdale, Bellville.
- The AfriForum branch in Overstrand planted ten trees as part of the Pebbles project in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The branch decided to plant assegai trees, seeing as this tree grows relatively fast and is ideal for a school environment due to the deep shadows it creates. The tree is indigenous, doesn’t need a lot of water and absolutely thrives in the Western Cape.
- AfriForum’s Hessequa branch launched a clean-up action in Stilbaai in cooperation with the Hessequa Local Municipality. Members of the Hessequa branch and personnel of the Municipality closely searched the area between the Jagersbosch Community Care Centre and Palinggat, as well as the pedestrian path in front of the pier for rubbish, and picked up 15 black bags full of rubbish.
- AfriForum’s Mossel Bay branch launched a beach clean-up action from Santos Beach up until Little Brak River. The branch cleaned up a total area of approximately 21 km along the coast.
- AfriForum audited the landfill sites of 105 towns across South Africa as part of its annual landfill site audit project. The complete outcome of the results will be made available after the report has been released.
- AfriForum submitted commentary concerning the new mining water management policy which the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is planning on implementing.
- AfriForum demonstrated against Shell South Africa’s submissions to continue with fracking in various parts of South Africa – especially in the Karoo. Shell SA met the group of demonstrators with silence and the SAPS was later contacted to remove the peaceful demonstrators.
- AfriForum Youth presented its annual history tour for students. The theme was the Rebellion of 1914/1915 under the leadership of the writer L.J. Bothma. 20 students from across the country went on the tour.
- Boerspitus – an inter-student culture weekend made up of boeresport, cantus and spit braai – was held in Oriana during October. Approximately 150 students from across the country attended the event.
- The Harlequins Sevens Tournament – of which AfriForum Youth was one of the organisers – was attended by approximately 270 students from across the country.
- During this year’s Aardklop National Arts Festival, AfriForum Youth enlisted support for the retention of the word “Pukke” in the name of the NWU, as well as the maroon colour that has been used since 1919. Thousands of votes have been collected to date for the petition. The council of the NWU has since decided to reflect on its decision with regards to the above-mentioned changes.
- AfriForum Community Safety and the Western Cape Department of Community Safety held a joint media conference during which a ten-point plan for farm safety was made public.
- AfriForum presented training in legal aspects to 67 members of its Apies River branch, after which the local neighbourhood watch executed a mass patrol in the Apies River area.
- The Kraaifontein neighbourhood watch arrested a suspect for the possession of stolen goods as well as an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.
- AfriForum Community Safety presented two Nehemiah planning sessions and three counselling sessions respectively.
Local Government Affairs
- AfriForum submitted commentary at Nersa regarding the electricity increase which Eskom requested for the 2018/2019 financial year. The public cannot be expected to finance corruption and maladministration by increasing electricity tariffs. National Treasury’s Chief Procurement Officer indicated that Eskom deviated with R31,3 billion from the prescribed supply chain management process in the 2016/2017 financial year.
- AfriForum will subsequently continue with the presentation of its findings during Nersa’s public participation processes.