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Branch successes

September 14, 2017 deur Admin

Branch successes: August 2017

Bethlehem

  • AfriForum’s young Bethlehem neighbourhood watch held a joint patrol where they learnt what to look out for and how to act in certain situations to protect themselves and neighbours.
  • The AfriForum branch in Bethlehem’s management donated 200+ bales of soybeans to the farmers in the Cathcart area.
  • AfriForum’s Bethlehem neighbourhood watch clamped down on people who were illegally felling and sawing up trees. They were removed from the area.

Dealesville

  • An AfriForum neighbourhood watch was established in Dealesville to curb crime in this town.

Harrismith

  • AfriForum’s Harrismith neighbourhood watch took part in AfriForum’s national patrol.

Bultfontein

  • The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Bultfontein took part in the national patrol and located a lady that was reported to the police as a missing person.

Bloemfontein

  • The AfriForum branch in Bloemfontein held a community meeting with Adv. Gerrie Nel as guest speaker and took part in a successful national patrol.

Bloemfontein-North

  • AfriForum’s Bloemfontein-North branch arrested five suspects that were possibly involved in various crimes in Northwest and the Northern Cape.

Uitsig

  • The AfriForum branch in Uitsig located a stolen vehicle within 40 minutes.

Groot Marico

  • The following AfriForum branches in the Marico District took part in the national patrol on 6 September: Hartbeespoort, Mooinooi, Rustenburg and Coligny. Various other organisations also took part in this patrol.

Potchefstroom

  • On 1 August Adv. Gerrie Nel visited AfriForum’s Potchefstroom branch and addressed a packed hall with more than 350 people about private prosecuting. After the meeting, the branch arranged for Adv. Nel to meet with local role players to listen to their concerns.
  • On 26 August the AfriForum branch in Potchefstroom in conjunction with local safety role players took part in an information session that focused on dealing with illegal land grabs, strikes and safety on farms.

Stilfontein

  • AfriForum’s Stilfontein neighbourhood watch took part in AfriForum’s national patrol on 4 August in cooperation with the local police and private security firms.
  • The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Stilfontein also launched a clean-up action on 6 August as part of AfriForum’s Rest in Peace campaign, to ensure that the cemetery is clean and safe to visit.

Klerksdorp

  • AfriForum’s Klerksdorp branch continued cleaning the streets of Pienaarsdorp during August, and removed six truckloads of refuse.
  • The AfriForum branch in Klerksdorp on 15 August investigated the state of the cemetery in Klerksdorp and consequently wrote a letter to the Municipality requesting that a clean-up action be launched. AfriForum mentioned that the organisation was willing to be involved with this action so that the community could again have a clean and safe environment in which to show respect to their deceased loved ones.

Sasolburg

  • AfriForum’s Sasolburg branch cleaned up the town for a second time after the project was launched earlier this year. The branch continued to clear a piece of bush-filled land in H.F. Verwoerd Road on 9 August 2017.
  • On 4 August the Sasolburg branch also took part in AfriForum’s national patrol for awareness of community safety and to promote cooperation with local police.

Rustenburg

  • The AfriForum branch in Rustenburg cleaned the creak in Manuka Road. The Rustenburg Local Municipality sent several of their workers to help with this cleaning action.
  • AfriForum’s Rustenburg branch tested the quality of drinking and sewage water in this town.
  • The AfriForum branch in Rustenburg also looked after the safety aspects of the CANSA Day that was held at Hunter’s Rest.

Vryburg

  • The AfriForum branch in Vryburg referred a fraud case in the Naledi Local Municipality to Etienne Lambrecht, Forensic Expert, and gave the instruction that criminal charges must be submitted against the Mayor.
  • AfriForum’s Vryburg branch also presented an evening with Adv. Gerrie Nel.

Delareyville

  • The AfriForum branches in Delareyville, Sannieshof and Ottosdal (Tswaing) addressed a letter to the Municipal Manager regarding the water crisis and a meeting was held with this manager. The need for a meeting with the Tswaing Local Municipality, the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality and Sedibeng was recognised.

Schweizer-Reneke

  • The AfriForum branch in Schweizer-Reneke launched a petition against the poor electricity supply in this town.

Kempton Park

  • The community of Kempton Park thanked AfriForum’s Kempton Park neighbourhood watch after they provided aid during a burglary on 1 August.
  • AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch took part in the national patrol on 4 August 2017 during which a total of 754 km and a total of 270 hours were covered by 54 patrollers.
  • The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Kempton Park in conjunction with MML Security and the SAPS on 4 August 2017 arrested an alleged drug dealer with R1 800 cash and cocaine in his possession.
  • AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch also on 17 August 2017 located a hijacked trailer and handed it over to the SAPS.
  • The AfriForum branch in Kempton Park on 22 August 2017 directed a letter of demand to the Ekurhuleni Municipality after SANAS-accredited water tests were conducted on the town’s sewage water and markers indicated that this water is contaminated.

Springs

  • AfriForum’s Springs branch held a clean-up action on 4 August 2017 in cooperation with Laerskool Werda, Springs Tegnies, CMS and the EMPD, during which more than 200 bags of garbage was picked up by 140 people.
  • The AfriForum branch in Springs held a progress meeting regarding their wish list on 11 August with the Ekurhuleni Municipality.

Brakpan

  • The AfriForum branch in Brakpan on 14 August sent a final demand to the Ekurhuleni Municipality regarding the continued critical state of this town’s cemetery.
  • AfriForum’s Brankpan branch took part in the Rest in Peace campaign and through continuous pressure on the Ekurhuleni Municipality, the Brakpan cemetery was cleaned.

Benoni

  • AfriForum’s Benoni neighbourhood watch in cooperation with the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and PHS Security provided assistance to the SAPS on 10 August during the arrest of a man in possession of a stolen vehicle, two firearms and ammunition.

Alberton

  • AfriForum’s Alberton neighbourhood watch in cooperation with the SAPS, SS Crime Alert and the EMPD’s SWAT team apprehended one of 20 escaped prisoners.

Vanderbijlpark

  • AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Vanderbijlpark’s arrests lead to successful prosecution and the accused was sentenced to a direct jail sentence.
  • AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch took a firm stand against Eskom’s plans to cut electricity supply and protested with this electricity giant.

Heidelberg

  • AfriForum’s Heidelberg branch held a successful shooting day during which self-defence training was provided.
  • The AfriForum branch in Heidelberg also applied pressure on the local municipality by handing over and infrastructure audit. 

Johannesburg-West

  • The AfriForum branch in Johannesburg-West purchased neighbourhood watch equipment to empower neighbourhood watch members to execute effective patrols.

Westonaria

  • AfriForum’s Westonaria branch brought a PAIA-application to compel the West Rand District Municipality to make public the amount overdue to West Rand Water.

Bronkhorstspruit

  • Members of AfriForum’s Bronkhorstspruit branch and farm watches/neighbourhood watches recently received general safety training. Many members of other areas were also present.

Pretoria

  • The AfriForum neighbourhood watches of Apiesrivier, Bronkhorstspruit, Meyerspark, Moot, Pretoria-East and -West, Rayton-Cullinan and Moot-West on 4 August in conjunction with a number of other safety institutions, the Tshwane Metro Police, National Traffic Police and the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Tshwane took part in AfriForum’s national patrol. In Tshwane, there were 624 patrollers that together covered about 9 249 km, successfully handled 25 incidents and 5 arrests were made by die SAPS.

Grootfontein

  • AfriForum’s Grootfontein neighbourhood watch introduced Tinta, their tracking dog, to the community. She also took part in her first national patrol.

Meyerspark

  • The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Meyerspark upon invitation executed a successful action in conjunction with the SAPS in Silverton, Brinant Security and members of the Silverton Extension 5 Safety Group.

Moot-West

  • AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Moot-West together with the Hercules CPF helped put out fires that broke out in this area.

Naboomspruit

  • AfriForum’s Naboomspruit branch donated R5 000 for the purchase of an emergency vehicle for the Naboomspruit-Potgietersrus area. This follows after the District Agricultural Union approached organisations and companies for sponsorships to purchase an emergency vehicle that can assist the community.

Phalaborwa

  • The AfriForum branch in Phalaborwa cleaned up the town various times during the past month. The garden at the entrance to the town was tidied and refuse in the town was removed as part of the branch’s town cleaning project.

Tzaneen

  • AfriForum’s Tzaneen branch cleaned the dam with the purpose of conserving fish and animal life in the area. This action took place in cooperation with Letaba Bassmasters, Wolkberg Akademie, Rhino Chemicals, Sosal Tzaneen, Drone Tronix and Nature Conservation, who all contributed to make this a successful action.

White River

  • AfriForum’s White River neighbourhood watch helped with clearing up after strikes by workers of the Mbombela Local Municipality.
  • The AfriForum White River neighbourhood watch also took part in the national patrol. Twelve members and six vehicles together with three SAPS vehicles covered a total of 608 km in a join 96 manhours.
  • AfriForum’s White River branch cleaned the cemetery as part of the Rest in Peace campaign.

Lydenburg

  • The AfriForum branch in Lydenburg took part in the national patrol.

Middelburg

  • AfriForum’s Middelburg branch took part in the national patrol with a total of 22 members on duty in ten vehicles that covered 739 km and reported one incident.
  • The AfriForum branch in Middelburg launched their Rest in Peace campaign with the cleaning of the Middelburg cemetery.
  • The Middelburg branch also received training to better assist the community.

Nelspruit

  • AfriForum’s Nelspruit branch cleaned the cemetery as part of the Rest in Peace campaign.

Belfast

  • The AfriForum branch in Belfast cleaned the cemetery as part of AfriForum’s Rest in Peace campaign.

Machadodorp

  • AfriForum’s Machadodorp branch took part in the national patrol with six vehicles.

Standerton

  • The AfriForum branch in Standerton spruced up the appearance of the Meyerville bridge to improve the appearance of the town.
  • AfriForum’s Standerton branch launched their Rest in Peace campaign and cleaned the Meyerville cemetery.
  • The AfriForum branch in Standerton also took part in the national patrol with a total of 13 members on duty in eight vehicles that covered 432 km and reported two incidents.
  • The Standerton branch receives training to better assist the community.

Delmas

  • AfriForum’s Delmas branch painted and repaired the bridge in Samuel Road to improve road safety and visibility.
  • The AfriForum branch in Delmas took part in the national patrol with a total of 72 members on duty in 35 vehicles that covered 1 557 km and reported two incidents.
  • AfriForum’s Delmas branch also established an overhead neighbourhood watch, which includes seven neighbourhood watches, to improve community cooperation and safety.

Secunda

  • AfriForum’s Secunda branch launched a cleaning project to ensure a cleaner community.
  • The AfriForum branch in Secunda painted speed bumps to improve road safety.
  • AfriForum’s Secunda branch also took part in the national patrol with a total of 71 members on duty in 71 vehicles that covered just over 5 000 km and reported eight incidents.
  • The Secunda branch received training to better assist the community.
  • The AfriForum branch in Secunda also launched their Rest in Peace campaign and cleaned the Secunda cemetery.

 

Leandra

  • AfriForum’s Leandra branch took part in the national patrol with a total of 27 members on duty in 14 vehicles that covered 454 km and reported two incidents.

Piet Retief

  • AfriForum’s Piet Retief branch took part in the national patrol with a total of 27 members on duty in 16 vehicles that covered 650 km and reported two incidents.

Bethal

  • AfriForum’s Bethal branch and the CPF took part in the national patrol with a total of 62 members in 36 vehicles that covered 233 km and reported one incident.
  • The AfriForum branch in Bethal erected stop signs to improve road safety.
  • AfriForum’s Bethal branch received training to better assist the community.
  • The AfriForum branch in Bethal also launched their Rest in Peace campaign and cleaned up the Bethal cemetery.

Middelburg

  • AfriForum’s Middelburg branch launched their Rest in Peace campaign and cleaned up the Middelburg cemetery.
  • The AfriForum branch in Middelburg took part in the national patrol with a total of 22 members on duty in ten vehicles that covered 739 km and reported one incident.
  • AfriForum’s Middelburg branch received training to better assist the community.

Witbank

  • The AfriForum branch in Witbank painted speed humps in the town to improve road safety.
  • AfriForum’s Witbank branch received training to better assist the community.
  • The AfriForum branch in Witbank also took part in the national patrol with a total of 12 members on duty in seven vehicles that covered 400 km and reported three incidents.

Kuruman

  • AfriForum’s Kuruman branch took part in a mass patrol.
  • The AfriForum branch in Kuruman started repairs on streetlamps.
  • The Kuruman branch started cleaning open fields.
  • AfriForum’s Kuruman branch apprehended a suspect by means of cameras in the town.

Daniëlskuil

  • AfriForum’s Daniëlskuil branch cleaned up the cemetery as part of the national Rest in Peace campaign.
  • The AfriForum branch in Daniëlskuil took part in a mass patrol.

Kathu

  • AfriForum’s Kathu branch secured Laerskool Kathu.
  • The AfriForum branch in Kathu took part in a mass patrol.

Springbok

  • AfriForum’s Springbok branch helped the hospital, which went days without any warm water, by purchasing and donating urns to the hospital.

Upington

  • AfriForum’s Upington branch submitted criminal charges against the Municipal Manager over sewage leaking into the channel.
  • The AfriForum branch in Upington took part in a mass patrol

Matzikama

  • AfriForum’s Matzikama branch sent a demand to the Municipal Manager regarding the poor condition of the refuse dump and demanded an action plan within 14 days.

Cape Town-North

  • AfriForum’s Cape Town-North branch took part in the national patrol on 4 August 2017.

Overstrand

  • AfriForum’s Overstrand branch together with several key role players launched a Project Nehemiah planning process to roll out AfriForum’s new safety strategy against crime in this area.

Northern Cape

  • The Department of Transport in the Northern Cape appointed contractors to repair potholes after continued pressure from AfriForum’s Vaalharts branch.

Kimberley

  • AfriForum’s Kimberley branch took part in the national patrol to therefore play and effective crime prevention role.

Elliot

  • AfriForum’s Elliot branch sent a letter to the Mayor in which various service delivery problems were addressed. The branch demanded that the council provide feedback within 14 days.

Utrecht

  • AfriForum’s Utrecht branch submitted a charge of corruption with the Hawks against the former Municipal Manager.

KwaZulu-Natal

  • AfriForum in KwaZulu-Natal represents its branches at the SAPS’s provincial rural safety meeting.
  • AfriForum representatives in KwaZulu-Natal attended the Premier’s summit.
  • AfriForum branches in KwaZulu-Natal took part in the national patrol with 398 patrollers.

Vryheid

  • AfriForum’s Vryheid branch was busy with the community centre.

Pongola

  • The AfriForum branch in Pongola kept their community safe with patrols.

Newcastle

  • AfriForum’s Newcastle branch replaced stop signs in their neighbourhood.

Margate

  • The AfriForum branch in Margate replaced 40 stop signs.

Portfolio successes

Environmental Affairs

  • The civil rights organisation AfriForum’s Ellisras branch delivered buckets full of raw sewage at the Lephalale Local Municipality as part of an awareness campaign over the continued sewage problems in this town.
  • AfriForum in conjunction with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as the Westonaria Local Municipality’s Waste Management Department held a meeting to discuss the state of the Libanon dumping site, after which a formal audit was conducted on the site. Action plans were compiled and a service provider will be appointed by December 2017.
  • AfriForum in cooperation with the Go Green Knysna group (which includes nurseries and foresters) visited Knysna to identify areas where indigenous trees can be planted. This follows after the devastating fires that destroyed the scenic beauty.
  • AfriForum addressed a letter to the Minister of Water and Sanitation regarding the number of mines that currently operate without water licenses.

Youth

  • AfriForum Youth’s management team successfully visited all universities and college branch structures to determine needs and plan for the remainder of the year.
  • The SRC’s Council of Associations at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus awarded the first place to AfriForum Youth’s Pukke branch for the best association during the first years’ presentation.