AfriForum successes: November 2018
- AfriForum has laid criminal charges against Dithabe Nkoane, Municipal Manager of the Emfuleni Local Municipality. These charges oppose the poor municipal management and pollution of water resources.
- AfriForum’s #YourTown campaign: Messy passageway in Vanderbijlpark cleaned up. The active team of the Vanderbijlpark branch and numerous other concerned residents cleaned up a veldt that is used as a passageway in the north of the SW5 neighbourhood.
- AfriForum’s Krugersdorp branch improved safety by means of do-it-yourself actions. Following the accident in 4th Street in which two women were seriously injured, the decision was taken to improve the safety of the community in this area via do-it-yourself actions.
- AfriForum’s Randfontein branch repainted street names after volunteers were approached to make the town a better place.
- AfriForum’s #YourTown campaign: Randfontein branch prunes trees. AfriForum’s Randfontein branch pruned trees that obstructed electricity cables. This action forms part of AfriForum’s #YourTown campaign, which is aimed at solving problems in towns ourselves.
- The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Bronkhorstspruit traced a stolen vehicle thanks to its chairperson’s vigilance. An abandoned green Nissan bakkie was observed next to the R104, after which the SAPS in Bronkhorstspruit was notified.
- AfriForum’s Moreletapark branch painted speedhumps and road signs in Grootfontein as part of the organisation’s #YourTown campaign. The branch tackled this project seeing as the speedhumps and road signs were badly faded and nearly invisible. A reflective powder was sprinkled over the paint so that it will again be visible in the dark.
- AfriForum’s Meyerspark neighbourhood assisted in bringing an alleged suspect to book thanks to their quick reaction. A member of the Meyerspark neighbourhood watch, who lives in Roos Street, called a Code Red on the radio after noticing a trespasser in his yard. The suspect wanted to steal a bicycle from the yard, but fled when he was observed. The neighbourhood watch followed the suspect into Astrid Street and eventually cornered him on the roof of a house. The Silverton SAPS was summoned and the suspect was arrested.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch held its annual general meeting during which Kallie Kriel addressed the community.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park neighbourhood watch offered assistance during nine car accidents.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park neighbourhood watch traced a stolen Hyundai Atos and offered assistance during the arrest of the four suspects in cooperation with other safety networks.
- AfriForum’s Kempton Park neighbourhood watch traced a stolen vehicle in Tembisa in cooperation with Sec Pro Security.
- AfriForum’s Alberton neighbourhood watch offered assistance during the arrest of three alleged kidnappers.
- AfriForum’s Endicott farm watch brought three alleged Mozambique criminals to book in cooperation with the SAPS.
- AfriForum’s Springs branch and community members visited the Voortrekker Monument as part of the branch’s culture and heritage awareness campaign.
- AfriForum’s Springs branch submitted a petition to the Municipality of Ekurhuleni regarding the condition of the Blesbokspruit.
- AfriForum’s Benoni neighbourhood watch offered assistance during the arrest of an alleged housebreaker in Airfield.
- The AfriForum branch in Germiston launched a mass clean-up action in the Elsburg region as part of the civil rights organisation’s #YourTown campaign.
- AfriForum’s Bethal branch filled up potholes in Chris Hani Street. This means that the total number of bags of tar used in 2018 are 2 450. The Bethal branch members thus spent more than R150 000 on potholes in 2018.
- AfriForum’s Bethal branch appointed a contractor to remove refuse bags in the town’s CBD on a weekly basis.
- AfriForum’s Nelspruit branch launched a clean-up action at the lake close to the Village Spar.
- Members of the Cairn-Burnside farm watch completed level 3 first-aid training.
- Members of AfriForum’s Middelburg neighbourhood watch completed training in scene handling and legal aspects.
- AfriForum’s Middelburg branch completed phase 4 of the Helipad project.
- AfriForum’s Lydenburg neighbourhood watch installed an emergency radio in the local police office in cooperation with the Lydenburg CPF.
- Members of AfriForum’s White River neighbourhood watch completed level 3 first-aid training.
- AfriForum’s White River branch planted trees at the Kaalvoetjies Nursery School.
- AfriForum’s White River neighbourhood watch received equipment for its members.
- The AfriForum branch in Vryburg tested the town’s drinking water and warned residents that the water is not up to standard.
- The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Christiana assisted with various arrests, as well as to battle fires in the region.
- The AfriForum branch in Delareyville assisted in once again connecting the power supply of the water pumps by means of a lawyers’ letter.
- The AfriForum branch in Sannieshof cleaned up the town in cooperation with other institutions as part of the organisation’s #YourTown campaign.
- The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Schweizer-Reneke rendered assistance to a family after a murder in the town.
- The AfriForum branch in Rustenburg tackled the #YourTown campaign by filling up potholes, facilitating streetlight repairs and cleaning up a cemetery.
- AfriForum’s Potchefstroom branch filled up nearly 200 potholes thanks to the potholes team that started working at 6:00 in the morning to repair roads in the town.
- The Potchefstroom branch launched a clean-up action that entails parks and other public terrains in the town being cleaned up every Saturday. This follows after several residents complained about the amount of litter in the town.
- AfriForum’s Hartbeesfontein neighbourhood watch participated in a safety operation in cooperation with the SAPS with the aim of training neighbourhood watch members to act correctly when they are confronted with crime situations.
- The Fichardtpark branch arrested a suspect for the possession of stolen goods.
- The Pellissier branch arrested a suspect for the possession of stolen goods. This suspect was later positively identified with regard to a previous case during which a girl was stabbed with a knife.
- AfriForum’s Sasolburg branch launched various clean-up actions in the town to ensure that the town’s green areas and parks stay clean and neat.
- AfriForum’s Senekal branch launched a project that focuses on painting all the unreadable stop streets in the town. This follows after various complaints were received regarding stop streets that are no longer repainted by the municipality.
- The branch used their new fire fighting equipment to extinguish a veldt fire next to the Senekal-Ventersburg road. Energetic behaviour prevented large-scale damage by the fire.
- AfriForum’s Vryheid branch placed pressure on the municipality to bring an end to sewage spilling.
- AfriForum’s Vryheid branch held a meeting with the municipality to find a solution to the electricity issues.
- AfriForum’s Vryheid branch’s safety team patrols the town every night to ensure the safety of its community.
- AfriForum’s Vryheid branch repaired a nameboard in cooperation with the Kambula Farmers’ Association.
- AfriForum’s Hluhluwe branch regularly held safety actions together with the SAPS.
- The safety structures of AfriForum’s Hluhluwe branch underwent roadblock training at the SAPS.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch installed a number plate to improve the community’s safety.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch assisted in removing illegal electricity connections.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch donated stop signs to improve road safety in their community.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch held a meeting with the district offices of the SAPS to deliver inputs surrounding community safety.
- AfriForum’s Margate branch held a community meeting in Harding.
- AfriForum’s Pongola branch treated invasive species in their community with poison.
- The safety structures of AfriForum’s Pongola branch safeguarded their community by means of regular patrols.
- AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch submitted proposals for the IDP on behalf of its community.
- AfriForum’s Paulpietersburg branch safeguarded their community thanks to proactive patrols.
- AfriForum’s Utrecht branch painted bridge railings at the entrance of the town.
- Members of the branch participated in a successful project to clean up the beach area of Bluewater Bay. Numerous undesirable objects and plastic were removed. An awareness project surrounding the dangers pollution presents to our beach areas and the negative impact thereof on tourism was also launched.
- After more than a year’s labour and sweat, the road project in cooperation with the local municipality is now nearing its end. It is just in time for the coming holiday season. R340 000 later the entire community will benefit from the project. The project is aimed at improving the traffic flow during peak holiday seasons.
- The Mossel Bay branch laid a wreath during “Poppy Day” to remember those who lost their lives during World War I.
- A project was launched to decorate and furnish those rooms at various police stations where the victims of violence against women and children are accommodated. The rooms were painted and bags containing basic requisites such as blankets, toothpaste and soap were also placed in the rooms.
- The Oudtshoorn branch cleaned up the area in front of the municipal swimming pool and planted several plants to decorate the area. Hundreds of people visit the swimming pool annually seeing as it forms the core of the Southern Cape swimming league. With this action the branch will succeed in giving the image of the town a huge boost externally.
- Members of the Hessequa branch played a huge role in bringing the massive veldt fires in the region under control and eventually extinguishing it. Humanitarian assistance is also collected and distributed among the victims and fire fighters.
- AfriForum executed more than 19 water tests at wastewater points along the Vaal River and compiled a specialist report. The organisation took further steps in November by laying criminal charges at the Vanderbijlpark SAPS against the municipal official responsible.
- Cape Union Mart in Shelly Centre, Margate decided to give AfriForum Youth members a 10% discount on purchases in the shop during November.
- AfriForum Youth’s Mossel Bay branch participated in a Cansa fun run while they also manned a stall during this event.
- AfriForum Youth’s Margate branch cleaned up a local beach.
- AfriForum Youth’s Stellenbosch and Maties branches attended the annual convocation meeting of the Stellenbosch University. During the meeting a triennial election for the president and secretary also took place. The presidentship was won by Adv. Jan Heunis, while Bernard Pieters was elected as the new secretary. Both individuals are pro-Afrikaans.
- AfriForum Youth’s Bloemfontein branch celebrated an early Christmas at a local children’s home during which presents were also handed out.
- AfriForum Youth’s Margate branch participated in a kykNET production. The branch members cleaned up the beach during the filming of an episode of Sonder jou Soetkys.
- The AfriForum Youth branches in Stellenbosch, Helderbergkom, Cape Town North and at Maties were involved at an early Christmas dinner at Helping Hand’s Strand branch.
- Members of AfriForum Youth’s Mossel Bay branch braaid meat and served food at a joint function of this branch and the local Helping Hand branch.
- AfriForum Youth’s Moot and Waverley branches manned an AfriForum water point during a fun run held at the Voortrekker Monument.
- AfriForum Youth’s Margate branch cleaned up a local beach.
- AfriForum Youth’s Vaalharts branch abandoned their day of water shenanigans due to the formation of a veldt fire. The youth subsequently went to help bring the fire under control.
- AfriForum Youth’s Kuruman branch erected stop signs in the town.
- AfriForum Youth’s Vaalharts branch donated 30 tonnes of fodder to farmers in need during November.
- AfriForum Youth’s Maties branch held a Christmas action for the children at the Voortrekker Nursery School in Strand. Branch members braaid boerewors and also participated in boeresport with the children.
- AfriForum Youth’s men’s evening in Potchefstroom. The men’s evening is an event during which Adam Tas and Andries Vermeulen performed as guest artists, while an auction was also held at the conclusion of the evening in aid of the AfriForum Drought Fund to collect money for farmers in need.
- AfriForum’s Endicott farm watch near Springs on 29 October brought three suspected Mozambican criminals to book in cooperation with the SAPS.
- AfriForum’s safety team on 9 November presented anti-hijacking training in Soweto to South Africa United Against Crime (SAUAC), a non-profit organisation striving towards promoting community safety.
- The AfriForum neighbourhood watch in Bronkhorstspruit on 3 November traced a stolen vehicle thanks to the vigilance of its chairperson. An abandoned green Nissan bakkie was observed next to the R104, after which the SAPS in Bronkhorstspruit was notified.
- AfriForum’s Nylstroom neighbourhood watch on 11 November brought a criminal to book in cooperation with BAS Security and the SAPS.
- AfriForum on 18 October established both a branch and a neighbourhood watch in Thabazimbi. This follows after members of the community expressed their desire for an AfriForum branch in the hope that poor service delivery, safety issues and environmental problems in Thabazimbi and surrounding areas can be tackled.
- AfriForum’s Piet Retief neighbourhood watch on 24 October received 12 new bullet-proof The branch identified their need for these vests after a sharp increase in criminal activities in the region.
- The civil rights organisation AfriForum’s community safety team on 6 November visited a farm attack victim together with a French radio station, Radio France Internationale (RFI), to talk about farm attacks and land occupation in South Africa.
- The Eskom and fuel campaigns are progressing successfully.