Community Treasures

Community Treasures

Today we went to the Northcliff Water Tower. We stood on the hill and had a smug “Lion King” moment. I clearly heard the words “everything the light touches is yours”, now, before comments of delusions of grandeur come flooding in, ¬†I do believe that I should be a princess (I even have a teeny tiny tiara).

Getting back to the point of the post…

Explore your community! It really can be eye-opening.

The reason we went up to the water tower is because we found out today that there used to be a trail that you could walk between the water towers in the Northcliff, Honeydew area. I also learned that there was a Leopard just behind Clearwater Mall in Honeydew a couple of years ago.

I work within the Northcliff community and I have spent a number of years within a 10km radius of a number of shopping centres. It has always bugged me that the go-to is those shopping centres. One never really explores one’s surroundings, one never really goes further than the usual hangouts.

This is a crying shame!

There are new and exciting and different things happening all the time. Recently Northcliff hosted a community market in the park on Smit Street, Pizza Del Forno on Hendrick Potgieter hosts Salsa evenings on a Friday and for those that don’t mind venturing a little further from home there is always the Maboneng Precinct and Neighbourgoods Market.

The mysterious “they” say that you should do something every day that scares you. Now for the adventurous types there is bungee jumping or skydiving but for those of us who want to do something other than going to a major chain store, a look around your community and at the smaller businesses may not change your life entirely but it certainly will give you a change of perspective.

 

To Protect and Serve

To Protect and Serve

When one drives through a roadblock, it is a normal reaction to feel your heart race and to have random, worrying ¬†thoughts running through your head: “where is my driver’s licence”, “is my car licence valid”, “have I been drinking” – even when you know you have done nothing wrong, you preempt questions you know you will invariably be asked.

Usually interactions with the Police, whether Metro or SAPS, are pleasant enough and usually the only person making you feel guilty is you.

It is not okay when the people making you feel guilty are the very people who are supposed to make you feel safe.

Nena had an unfortunate incident with the police where she was treated like a petty criminal for no apparent reason.

Last night, 17/08/2015, Nena went to the El Corro Shopping Complex on 14th Avenue in Fairland to buy Steers for her family. While waiting she stood outside to have a cigarette. Two male Fairland Police officers stopped and asked if she was okay. They then asked her to show them the contents of her bag, which she did. Nena then asked the police what they were looking for and made it clear that she was uncomfortable with the way she was being treated. The police officers then told her that she was not complying and as a result would need to take her back to the Fairland Police Station where she would be searched by a Female Police Officer (it is illegal for a Male Police Officer to physically search a Female civilian). Nena then sat at one of the Steers tables and emptied her bag of its contents and gave her, now empty, bag to the police officer. She asked their names which they would not give her. Eventually they left.

Nena shared her story on the I love Fairland and I love Northcliff Facebook pages as well as the Fairland SAPS Facebook page. Fairland SAPS has been in contact with Nena and gave her the email address for the acting station commander Captain Whitehead.

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We will keep you updated with how the incident is resolved.

Hear her version of the events in a short interview that we did with her the morning after the incident.

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