JP Smith to address Community Police Forum meeting – and a news roundup

Lots of things this morning:

1. A note from Jonathan Hobday of the Community Police Forum:

I am delighted to report that we have managed to secure the attendance and services of Alderman JP Smith, the City Council’s Mayco member for Safety and Security, for a specific discussion with our cluster about the City’s ambitious Community Policing support programme.

He will be coming to talk to us on Tuesday, 10 December at 6:30pm in the Mowbray Town Hall in Main Road, Mowbray.

He will outline the city’s new, five-point plan for promoting community policing:

  1.  Training for NHWs
  2. Resources for NHWs
  3. Hand Radio networks for NHWs, linked to MPD control room
  4. Recruitment into Law Enforcement Auxiliary Service (reservists or “specials”)
  5. Partnerships with private CCTV installations

This talk/discussion will be of enormous interest to all CPFs and Sector Sub-Forums, to all Neighbourhood Watches and to other civic organisations in the cluster.


2. Some notes from our Rosebank neighbours via Gill Lanham:

Message from Mowbray SAPS re Armed response companies: W.O. Derek van der Merwe, the community officer, has requested that residents  remind ADT and other armed response companies to contact SAPS as they are supposed to, when an alarm is activated and they call the client.  This is the protocol which must be followed ie your alarm is activated and you receive the call from the control room.  If you are not at the premises/are on holiday/ unavailable, SAPS MUST be called to check that all is well at your property.  An exception to this is, of course, a false alarm when you set the alarm off accidentally.  In this case, please call the control room immediately to cancel the call-out.  (some of the armed response companies have penalty fees for excessive false alarrms – check the small print on your contract)


Housesitter available: Housesitting in Dec /January in Rosebank or Mowbray area, offered by a “live-in-the-area” person. Contact Nancy on 021-6857355 after hours or leave a message or email on


Appeal via the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) : “On Wednesday we watched as a small fire rapidly grew with the pumping wind to claim 16 houses right by Zamukhanyo Educare. Thankfully it seems no one was hurt, but 6 of those 16 houses belonged to children in our educares. Please help us collect clothing, bedding and food to help restore their lives. The children and their siblings are the following ages (for clothing sizes and gender):

  •  3yr old girl
  • 6 yr old boy and 3yr old brother
  • 5yr old girl and 16yr old brother
  • 4 yr boy  and his 9r and 13yr old brothers
  • 2.5yr old baby girl

Please pass this on to anyone who you think could help out. People can contact me on 074 775 1869 and deliver donations either to SAEP or at my house if the weekend is easier.  Contact Jane Keen:, Tel 021 447 3610  or Cell 074 775 1869.


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