What is the Community Policing Forum & does it help me?
The Forum in Kleinmond, which includes Pringle Bay, Rooi Els and Betty's Bay, has been a major success. From starting out as a meeting where all were very suspicious of each other, it has progressed to a place where we, the local communities, engage with the SAPS and the Overstrand Law Enforcement and Traffic on a very positive and honest basis. We air our unhappinesses, they listen and do whatever they can to solve problems. Of course they have protocol and manpower constraints, which hamper their efforts from time to time, but by and large it seems that they trust all who attend on behalf of their communities and they do whatever they can to meet the villages on the various issues.
You are earnestly requested to attend some of these meetings which are open to all, to get a feel for where your local Community Policing Forum is going and see the contact that is being made and maintained with the officials who make a significant difference in our everyday lives. The next meeting is on Thursday 28th April in the Crassula Hall at Betty's Bay at 2pm. If you'd like further dates, please contact me.
From the last meeting, I can report the following:
I will shortly receive a copy of the Municipal Bye Laws and forward to all Zone Managers so that everyone is in the picture regarding the 'rules' as far as shooting at
baboons, dogs on leash, light pollution, refuse bags etc, etc. The Regional Inspector for the Overstrand Law Enforcement attended the meeting and gave a number of assurances regarding 'getting tough' on the minor issues, (at our request) as far as his manpower allows. If all else fails, anyone is following up with Overstrand on a Law Enforcement issue and are getting nowhere, can contact him direct through your local Zone Manager.
Marine and Coastal Management Law Enforcement have been active in our area and you may have read in the Herald of arrests they have made.
There were some thefts from vehicles and theft of boats in Rooi Els and Pringle Bay over the holiday season and there has been a significant increase of housebreaking in Pringle Bay. Because we intend being pro- active in this regard, a Community Watch patrol system is currently being set up in order to help our own law-enforcement people cover as much ground as possible. We need as much help from ALL the residents of Prinlge Bay – so please phone Mervyn at 0282738026.
The vagrant who was living under our milk woods from time to time was found drowned in the Kleinmond Lagoon with a bag of perlemoen and opinion is that he drowned and there was no foul play.
The fixed speed camera in Bettys Bay is operational and
very successful! There will shortly be another fixed camera outside Rooi Els.
Overstrand Traffic assures us that they will do regular patrols along the R44 up to the end of their jurisdiction (Kogelberg) and they will contact Gordons Bay to voice our unhappiness about the lack of a visible traffic control beyond Kogelberg.
Finally, no one should underestimate the importance of the role that
Zone Managers play in our Community Watch. We are slowly building up an infrastructure that will allow us to communicate and inform all our neighbour of things that are important to us. And it's essential that we involve as many folks as we can - so please do all you can to get others involved. We must get to know who our immediate neighbours are - that's the huge advantage of living in a village.
Tel:(028) 273-8808 Fax:(028) 273-8121 Cell:084 460 6070 Web:www.seeff.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org 368 Pass Road, Pringle Bay
John du Toit Paul Bulfon