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A clean and crime-fighting neighbourhood

Crime reported July 2020

Burglary at Business Premises
Fichardt Park Primary School Welthagen Street (x2)

Burglary at Residential Premises
Benade Drive
Bornman Crescent
Kleynveld Street
Simpson Crescent (x2)
Usmar Street

Theft of Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle
De La Cornillere Street
Jooste Street

Theft Out Of A Motor Vehicle
Simpson Crescent


Keeping our neighbourhood clean: Our orange bag initiative

Our orange bag initiative went from idea to reality after our members voted for it during our February 2020 Public Meeting, thus, we have been working hard on the project to ensure a quality product for our members.

Our goal with the specially designed garbage bags is to provide a conscientious service to our members in terms of garbage removal.

COST:
1. R30 per roll (20 bags per roll)
2. R50 per month additional cost for the contractor must remove the bags.

PAYMENT:
Cash

WHERE DO I GET THE BAGS?
1. The bags are for sale at the FNA office at 9 Altona Crescent, Fichardt Park.
2. The bags can be purchased daily between 09h00-11h00, from Thursday 27 August from Susan van Eck or Amanda Barnard.

HOW DOES THE REMOVAL PROCESS WORK?
1. Only members with a valid membership number will be able to purchase the bags.
2. Members may only place 5 (FIVE) BAGS IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE PER WEEK. Only 5 (five) bags per household will be removed. NO bags will be removed from islands.
3. If no municipal refuse removal takes place on a Thursday, then all our members who bought orange bags will have their garbage removed by an appointed contractor on the Friday.

WHAT CAN I PUT IN THE BAGS?
1. Any household garbage
2. Small garden rubbish heaps (leaves, grass etc. NO BRANCHES)

HOW IS IT CONTROLLED?
1. Members who purchase the bags will be placed on a database for the removal process. Therefore, only 5 (five) bags per address will be removed.
Thank you to everyone who made this initiative possible!


Do you help fight crime?

What contribution do you make in fighting crime in Fichardt Park, whether as an FNA member, FICH-Net radio member, or non-member? All residents (adults, children, workers, etc.) have a role to play. We all utilise the streets, visit shops and parks. Do you report suspicious persons / activities to the FNA? Do you train workers not to allow anyone access to the yard / premises? Are you negligent in leaving garden tools, toys, etc. unattended in the yard, or valuables in your car when shopping? Are you aware of your surroundings when doing ATM transactions? Do you inspect your vehicle prior to re-entry after shopping?

Bear in mind our goal is to create a crime-free neighbourhood. This is possible, as research has proven! This means that everyone in the neighbourhood must be prepared to report small crimes, thereby curtailing more serious crimes. This entails being observant and constantly aware of your immediate surroundings. Be involved and report suspicious incidents.

Residents are privileged to reside in Fichardt Park. Due to the safe environment in our neighbourhood you may not be inclined to become an FNA member. Consider the reasons

for this phenomenon. Ever wondered why there is less crime in our area? This is due to the continuous visibility of the security team, the relatively clean and neat neighbourhood, and members committed involvement in the activities of the FNA.

WHAT ROLE DOES THE FICH-Net RADIO NETWORK PLAY IN OUR GOAL OF A CRIME-FREE NEIGHBOURHOOD? THIS IS THE “BACKBONE” OF THE FNA CRIME-FREE PLAN.

  • A disciplined radio network provides good communication and coordination of events within the security team.
  • If every household has a radio, it will be easier to follow the movements of suspects.
  • Suspicious activities can be reported quickly and easily.
  • Radio calls can be addressed immediately.
  • Members learn to be more prepared, particularly in emergency situations.
  • Members learn to think clearly and systematically.

WHAT ADDITIONAL SUPPORT IS PROVIDED BY THE RADIO NETWORK?

  • Assistance to the SAPS
  • Assistance with medical incidents
  • Assistance during fires
  • Assistance to members exposed to an emergency situation
  • Arrange attendance of all relevant emergency services.

We use the ZARTEK ZA-725 radio in the network, but other UHF radios may also be used.

For information, contact Jannie (083 212 0171) or Johanna (083 501 0665).

To order your radio, email fichnetradio@gmail.com at a once-off amount of R1150-00.


Level 2: The directive and the workforce

Do you know your rights as the country moves to level two?

Specific exclusions

  • Night clubs
  • International passenger air travel for leisure purposes
  • Passenger ships for recreational purposes
  • Attendance of any sporting events as spectators
  • International sporting events
  • Exclusions relating to public transport services are in directions issued by the Cabinet member responsible for transport
  • Exclusions relating to education services are in directions issued by the Cabinet members responsible for education

Employers MUST

  • Adhere to health protocols and social distancing measures
  • Return to work being phased-in in order to put in place measures to make the workplace COVID-19 ready
  • The return to work done in a manner that avoids and reduces risk of infection

Operation of Economic Sector

  • Businesses with more than 100 employees, must where possible make provision to minimize the number of employees at the workplace through rotation, staggered working hours, shift systems, remote working arrangements, or similar measures in order to achieve social distancing and to limit congestion in public transport and at the workplace
    • Relevant health protocols and social distancing must be adhered to
    • Employers must implement appropriate measures for Construction, Manufacturing, Business and financial services firms with more than 500 employees must adhere to the appropriate sector or workplace arrangements to address the following:
      • Provide, or arrange transport to their employees coming to site, or, where it is not possible, consider staggered working time arrangements
      • Stagger the return to work ensure workplace readiness and avoid travel congestion
      • Screen employees daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and refer the employee who displays symptoms for medical examination and testing where necessary
      • Submit data collected during the screening and testing process to the Director-General: Health

Compliance Officers

  • Private and Public sector Industries, Businesses and Entities must:
    • implement the plan
    • adherence to the standards of hygiene and health protocols
  • develop a workplace plan for the phased in return of their employees prior to reopening the workplace and must be retained for inspection and must contain the following information:
    • which employees are permitted to work
    • the plan for the phased in return of employees
    • health protocols are in place
    • details of the COVID-19 officer
  • phase in the return of their employees to manage the return of employees from other provinces
  • develop measures to ensure workplace meets the standard of health protocols, adequate space and social distancing

This article was provided by Wiehan Schoeman. Wiehan is an FNA member and a Senior Industrial Relations Consultant at LabourNet Bloemfontein. Members can contact him at any time for advice on 083 295 3618


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