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Branch successes

September 14, 2017 deur Admin

Branch successes: October 2017

NORTHERN REGION

LIMPOPO

  • AfriForum’s branches in Limpopo presented the local police stations in the province with memorandums to place the focus on farm attacks.
  • Gerrie Nel on 15 November addressed the community of Tzaneen regarding corruption and private prosecution.
  • AfriForum’s Warmbaths neighbourhood watch executed a mass patrol in the town and surrounding rural areas in cooperation with the RTL neighbourhood watches.

Ellisras

  • The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Ellisras, in cooperation with Ferroland’s anti-poaching unit, Exxaro mine’s security services, the SAPS and members of the community, brought ten immigrants to book that were illegally smuggled into the country.

Groblersdal

  • AfriForum’s Groblersdal branch cleaned up the entire town as part of the civil rights organisation’s Month of Self-reliance campaign. The branch cleaned up all the streets in the town and in the neighbourhoods, after which 14 loads of rubbish were removed.

Naboomspruit

  • The AfriForum branches in Naboomspruit and Nylstroom, in cooperation with other role-players in the community, made representations to Eskom. This follows after the electricity giant threatened to cut off the power supply to the Lim 368 Local Municipality due to outstanding municipal debt of R213 million.

GAUTENG

East Rand

  • AfriForum’s branches in the East Rand on 21 November presented local police stations with a memorandum against farm attacks.
  • AfriForum’s branches in the East Rand on 25 November participated in the organisation’s mass protest march against farm attacks and murders to the Union Buildings.

Springs

  • After continuous pressure by AfriForum’s Springs branch, the Ekurhuleni Metro cleaned up the illegal landfill site near Geduld’s subway, while they also erected a notice board.

Alberton

  • AfriForum’s Alberton neighbourhood watch on 13 November offered assistance to the Brackendowns SAPS and various security companies during an incident where a 56-year-old woman was shot nine times by her estranged husband.
  • AfriForum’s Alberton neighbourhood watch assisted Fox Security during the arrest of two alleged burglars on 17 November.
  • AfriForum’s Alberton neighbourhood watch received self-defence training on 21 November.

Primrose

  • AfriForum’s Primrose branch on 11 November held a clean-up action in the park on the corner of Beaconsfield and Shanrock Streets in Primrose in cooperation with the Youth Desk of the SAPS, P.R.A.C. (Primrose Residents Against Crime) and members of the community.

Brakpan

  • AfriForum’s Brakpan branch held a coin-laying in cooperation with the Laerskool Môrewag in order to increase awareness surrounding farm attacks amongst learners.

Vanderbijlpark

  • AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Vanderbijlpark safeguarded the local cemetery to afford community members the opportunity to safely visit the graves of their loved ones.
  • AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch tested the town’s drinking water after concern was raised that the water might possibly contain E. coli.
  • AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch completed the second phase of its road signage project that kicked off during the organisation’s Month of Self-reliance and during which 50 road signs were repaired.

Heidelberg

  • AfriForum’s Heidelberg branch directed a letter to the municipal manager to bring the problems in the town under the municipality’s attention.

Midvaal

  • AfriForum’s Midvaal branch held a productive meeting with the municipal manager to discuss the planned projects.
  • AfriForum’s Midvaal branch contributed to a greener environment by planting trees at the Laerskool Voorwaarts.

Randfontein

  • AfriForum’s Randfontein branch kicked off the first phase of its street name project and is planning on repairing the town’s blurry street name signs.

Johannesburg West

  • AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch in Johannesburg West assisted the community by helping them remove trees that fell over in Gordon Street and at Meg’s Place.

Pretoria

  • AfriForum audited all the landfill sites in the Tshwane Metro as part of its national project.
  • AfriForum’s branches in the metropolitan area presented all the police stations in the metro with memorandums to place the focus on farm attacks.

Hennops River

  • AfriForum’s Hennops River neighbourhood watch brought a criminal to book with the help of new technological equipment which the neighbourhood watch possesses over.
  • An AfriForum branch was established in Hennops River. Eight management members were selected to fulfil certain needs that were identified by community members.

Pretoria West

  • The AfriForum branch in Pretoria West launched a do-it-yourself action and repaired potholes in Quagga Street. The potholes used approximately 5,69 tonnes of tar.

Zambezi

  • AfriForum’s Zambezi branch in Greater Pretoria donated five trees to the Laerskool Magalieskruin.

West Moot

  • AfriForum’s Moot neighbourhood watch held patrols at the nearby farms in cooperation with the AfriForum neighbourhood watches of Bronkhorstspruit.
  • AfriForum’s West Moot neighbourhood watch and Hercules Community Policing Forum (CPF) arrested a suspect for armed robbery and handed him over to the SAPS.
  • AfriForum’s West Moot neighbourhood watch arrested a suspected burglar in Irvine Avenue in Mountain View with the assistance of the public after he jumped various fences. The suspect was handed over to the SAPS.
  • During heightened crime combating actions by the SAPS, AfriForum’s West Moot neighbourhood watch and other safety institutions in the Hercules area, the SAPS in cooperation with AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch made five drug-related arrests.

 MPUMALANGA

AfriForum’s Highveld and Lowveld branches presented the following SAPS branches with farm attack memorandums: White River, Nelspruit, Barberton, Machadodorp, Delmas, Leandra, Secunda, Trichardt, Bethal, Standerton, Davel (no branch), Middelburg, Witbank, Ermelo, Piet Retief, Morgenzon (no branch) and Hendrina (no branch).

 White River

  • The White River neighbourhood watch participated in an anti-crime operation and confiscated illegal dagga plants.
  • The White River neighbourhood watch assisted a victim that jumped from a moving vehicle up until medical personnel transported him to a hospital.

Cairn-Burnside

  • AfriForum’s Cairn-Burnside neighbourhood watch received level 1 medical training.

Barberton

  • AfriForum’s Barberton neighbourhood watch received level 1 medical training.

 Witbank

  • AfriForum’s Witbank branch repaired a road that was left uncompleted by the local municipality after excavations.
  • Witbank’s AfriForum neighbourhood watch assisted with the arrest of a burglar in cooperation with SACCW.
  • AfriForum’s Witbank neighbourhood watch traced a missing man in cooperation with S.A.S.I.

Piet Retief

  • AfriForum’s Piet Retief branch held a sociable braai to thank residents for their continued support.

Standerton

  • AfriForum’s Standerton branch held a successful fund-raising by selling boerewors rolls.

Secunda

  • AfriForum’s Secunda branch repaired a leaking water pipe after municipal vehicles were withdrawn.
  • AfriForum’s Secunda neighbourhood watch held a year-end function to thank members for the long hours that they put in to safeguard the community.

CENTRAL REGION
NORTH WEST

 Potchefstroom

  • AfriForum’s branches in Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Wolmaransstad and Ventersdorp on 21 November presented local police stations with a memorandum in support of the organisation’s national campaign to have farm murders classified as a priority crime.

Senekal

  • An AfriForum branch was established in Senekal.

 Ventersdorp

  • AfriForum established a branch and neighbourhood watch in Ventersdorp.

 Vryburg

  • The AfriForum branch in Vryburg continued with phase 1 of the cemetery project by cutting a part clean and spraying it with pesticides.
  • The AfriForum branch in Vryburg completed construction work on the wall surrounding the Great Trek Monument.
  • The AfriForum branch in Vryburg organised a march to present the municipality with a grievance letter regarding poor service delivery.

 Schweizer-Reneke

  • The AfriForum branch in Schweizer-Reneke held a meeting with municipal heads regarding problems in the town. Some of the problems received immediate attention.

Bloemhof

  • The AfriForum branch in Bloemhof established a neighbourhood watch.

Sannieshof

  • The AfriForum branch in Sannieshof began cleaning up the local cemetery.
  • The AfriForum branch in Sannieshof established a neighbourhood watch.

Rustenburg

  • The AfriForum branch in Rustenburg donated 15 pepper-bark trees (Warburgia salutaris) to the Hoërskool Rustenburg. The branch also planted the trees.

Mooinooi

  • The AfriForum branch in Mooinooi reorganised its management and new blood was placed in charge. Good and powerful growth are predicted for the branch.

Lichtenburg

  • The AfriForum branch in Lichtenburg repaired potholes worth R100 000.


FREE STATE

 Bethlehem

  • AfriForum’s Bethlehem neighbourhood watch traced Louis Strydom after he was missing for five days. The neighbourhood watch is still supporting him.

 Fichardtpark

  • AfriForum’s Fichardtpark branch helped the Rosepark Hospital in a time of water drought by making sure that the fire brigade supplies 60 000 litres of water to the hospital.

 Bloemfontein

  • AfriForum’s Bloemfontein branches were as a joint unit awarded the award as the best neighbourhood association during the Best of Bloem ceremony.

KWAZULU-NATAL

Newcastle

  • AfriForum’s Newcastle branch directed a complaint to the Department of Social Development to urgently appoint doctors to assist disabled patients.

Vryheid

  • AfriForum’s Vryheid branch held a community safety meeting.

Paulpietersburg

  • AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch arranged that the poles of road signs are painted black again.
  • AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch met up with the municipality regarding rubbish development.
  • AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch requested COGTA to investigate the negligence of the local impound.

Pongola

  • AfriForum’s Pongola branch requested COGTA to investigate the manner in which the financial funds of two streets are being utilised.

Margate

  • AfriForum’s Margate branch lodged complaints with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) against municipal workers.
  • AfriForum requested the SAPS to intervene in land grabs in Mandeni.
  • AfriForum requested the SAPS in KZN to perform a cattle theft investigation in Northern Natal.
  • AfriForum reported corrupt appointments within the Department of Justice at the Hawks.
  • AfriForum held a community meeting in Howick.

SOUTHERN REGION

Kuruman

  • AfriForum’s Kuruman branch presented the local SAPS with a memorandum regarding farm murders.

Springbok

  • AfriForum’s Springbok branch presented the local SAPS with a memorandum regarding farm murders.

Upington

  • AfriForum’s Upington branch officially opened its radio network and control room.
  • AfriForum’s Upington branch presented the local SAPS with a memorandum regarding farm murders.

 Kathu

  • AfriForum’s Kathu branch presented the local SAPS with a memorandum regarding farm murders.

 Cape Town North

  • The Kraaifontein neighbourhood watch, which forms part of the Cape Town North branch, brought various suspects to book.
  • The reaction team of the Kraaifontein neighbourhood watch assisted the Joostenberg Vlakte neighbourhood watch and the SAPS after a farm worker was robbed by three men, and also assisted the SAPS during another incident.

 Hessequa

  • AfriForum’s Hessequa branch established a neighbourhood watch in Riversdale.
  • The Public Protector (PP) visited a site near Gouritsmond together with the Hessequa branch regarding red-line coastal diagrams

Mossel Bay

  • AfriForum’s Mossel Bay branch held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The attendance was really good, while Dr Danie Langner, Executive Head of the FAK, acted as guest speaker.
  • AfriForum’s Mossel Bay branch established a farm watch, while they also received patrol and self-defence training.

Portfolio successes

Environmental Affairs

  • AfriForum directed a letter to Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation, after the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) informed the civil rights organisation that 38 mines have been operating without water licences up until recently. This follows after AfriForum brought an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000) (PAIA) to force the DWS to make public information regarding the number of mines operating without water licences.
  • AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) received an official undertaking from Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, that Hloniphizwe Mtolo, Chairperson of Shell SA, will schedule a meeting with these organisations to discuss environmental, legal and economic concerns regarding fracking. This follows after AfriForum held a protest action against Shell SA’s applications to continue with fracking. Shell SA greeted the protestors with silence and the SAPS was later contacted to remove the peaceful protestors.
  • 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 is released.

Youth

  • Various AfriForum Youth branches on 31 October participated in the #BlackMonday marches against farm murders.
  • AfriForum Youth established a branch at Sol-Tech.
  • AfriForum Youth’s Kempton Park branch on 4 November arranged a sokkie for its members to conclude the year.
  • AfriForum Youth held a meeting with the management of the NWU-Puk regarding the trademark consultation process.
  • AfriForum Youth’s Bloemfontein branch held a blood donation day to encourage people to donate blood before the start of the festive season. The branch also arranged a special meal for a local orphanage.

Community Safety

  • AfriForum’s Hospitaalpark branch arrested suspects that were found on the premises of members.
  • AfriForum’s Uitsig branch arrested two suspects for trespassing.
  • AfriForum’s branches in the Free State, North West and KwaZulu-Natal participated in the #BlackMonday marches against farm murders.
  • AfriForum established neighbourhood watches in Sannieshof, Bloemhof, Setlagole and Ventersdorp.
  • AfriForum established a branch in Senekal. This branch will serve as a key point for the organisation’s safety structures.
  • AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches in Senekal, Bethlehem and Harrismith received patrol and legal training.
  • AfriForum’s Rustenburg neighbourhood watch held an extremely successful meeting with the Director of Public Safety.
  • AfriForum’s Rustenburg neighbourhood watch made arrangements for medical assistance and a stall during the PMP shooting day.
  • AfriForum’s Head Office supplied its Delareyville neighbourhood watch with safety equipment during protest marches.
  • AfriForum held an information session in Koster for the possible establishment of a neighbourhood watch.
  • AfriForum’s Bloemfontein branches participated in additional planning sessions for Project Nehemiah.
  • AfriForum held additional planning sessions in Fochville, Vryheid and Nottingham Road with regards to Project Nehemiah.
  • AfriForum branches from the Free State, North West and KwaZulu-Natal participated in the mass protest march against farm murders on 25 November.
  • AfriForum’s Mossel Bay branch presented training in legal aspects and self-defence to neighbourhood watches.