THE COMMUNITY SAYS “NO” TO CRIME
We are proud to have been associated with this initiative and to have contributed to enriching the community.
Crime and substance abuse are especially problematic, not only in the community of Riviersonderend but also in various other communities, but we can only hope that this initiative has spawned other communities in doing the same. Crime is an aspect that affects every part of our lives. It has infiltrated itself into our communities and threatened the lives of our children. The community of Riviersonderend decided to say “No!” and put an end to the violence threatening its public.
Oosthuizen & Co. Meyer de Waal contributed with other selected governmental institutions who gathered to attend the Community Crime Prevention Expo held at the local sports ground, on 25 October 2014.
The propitious occasion was centred on providing the public with information on a number of issues affecting their community. These include domestic violence, drug abuse, children’s rights and safety, victim empowerment and crime prevention. One of the aims was to set up various initiatives to aid in creating a safer community.
One of the major role-players is an organization called BASE! They approached numerous institutions, both in government and private sectors, to assist with donations towards the event. The event started with a crime prevention march from the Riviersonderend Sports Ground. Thereafter, a short prayer and welcome was given followed by a performance by the local drum majorettes.
The SAPS then proudly paraded their hounds and provided an exhibit display. The event featured various information stands which the community could visit. The main outcomes of the event was to educate the community as to where to access the correct information, to ensure that the youth and other younger members of the community can become vigilant and informed of the dangers posed by drugs and crime and that they should steer away therefrom, to enable domestic violence victims in becoming cognisant about their rights and the procedure to obtain legal relief, and also to encourage the community to work together to combat the crime-related problems in their community.
Among the organizations that contributed to the Expo, include the Department of Social Development, Theewaterskloof Municipality, Shell garage, and Oosthuizen & Co. Meyer de Waal. The donations varied from lunch packs and snacks to providing money for the printing of T-shirts.