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Illegal dumping

FICH-Mark 2020 and how to stay safe during a pandemic

Crime reported in February 2020

Housebreaking
Theunissen Crescent
Tennant Crescent
Steenkamp Street (x2)
Benade Drive (x2)
Castelyn Drive
Amie Pretorius Street (x2)
Tainton Street
Stock Crescent

Theft out of/of motor vehicles
Hanna Road
Reeler Street

Theft
Benade Drive


How illegal dumping is costing you money

Illegal dumping occurs in several ways. Some examples include (i) dumping household waste or garden rubbish on nearby traffic islands or in parks, and (ii) dumping construction waste in public spaces.

Why is illegal dumping a problem?

Illegal dumping is a huge problem within Fichardt Park and it impacts on the following: Run-off rainwater: illegal dumping can impede the natural run-off of water during heavy rain or storms, thereby potentially causing flash flooding.

  • Aesthetics: illegally dumped garbage is a horrible eyesore in an otherwise beautiful Fichardt Park.
  • Plants and wildlife: illegal dumping can adversely affect many native species of plants and animals, causing health complications and even death.
  • Safety and health: if garbage is dumped in an area accessible to the public and especially to our children – such as our parks – we are then exposed to health and injury risks.

How does illegal dumping affect you?

The FNA can keep the neighbourhood clean and safe because of your membership fees. This year alone, we cleaned up over 100 loads of illegal dumping – costing thousands of rand. This is also very time consuming, thereby shifting the focus of your security team.

What can you do?

  • Please Report illegal dumping at our 24-hour emergency number: 076 277 3022
  • When you spot an act of illegal dumping, gather descriptive information of the perpetrator and take photos of the act, including the number plate of the perpetrator’s vehicle.
  • If you are busy with construction on your property and have construction waste on your sidewalk, please remove within 7 days.
  • When putting out your weekly trash, remember to only put out domestic waste – no garden waste.
  • Do not put your trash on traffic islands (this is prevalent in Castelyn Drive, Benade Drive, Olive Grinter Drive and Eric Rosendorf Drive).


FICH-Mark 2020

Fichardtpark Neighbourhood Association once again achieved a milestone in their existence when we launched our own market on February 28, 2020.

Everything was made possible by the talented residents of Bloemfontein.

The main purpose of this market is to foster financial independence, especially in the current economic conditions in which the country finds itself. Another decisive factor was to give exposure to people with talent, as well as businesses operating from home.

Many months of planning by a formidable management team led to the phenomenal success that exceeded our highest expectations! Without the help of our Chairman, Kobus Olivier, and office manager, Jacques Meiring, assisted by the Fichardtpark NG church’s winning team, the same degree of success would not have been achieved.

Stalls with various products ranged from leather goods, clothing, shoes, woodwork, water storage tanks, crafts, delicious pastries, beauty products, plants and food stalls, of course, got the biggest attention!

The bouncy castles sponsored by Bloemsec entertained children so that the family could relax in the safety of our neighborhood.

Radio Rosestad, with Johan Gunter, provided great entertainment and continuous commentary and we are very grateful for the exposure they gave us through radio interviews where Susan van Eck, our administrative lady, spoke about the activities of the market.

Stellar breweries contributed to the friendly atmosphere, because what is a successful market without beer and gin.

Car guards, together with the watchful eye of Bloemsec security and our own security managers, further ensured that everyone could visit and enjoy themselves.

We are grateful for every blessing that has come from the market. Planning for the following markets will depend on the health crisis at hand. The market is important to us because we bring everyone together as a CARING NATION


Covid-19: How to stay safe

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

 Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Masks

  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Myths

  • Cold weather and snow can kill the new coronavirus.
  • Taking a hot bath prevents the new coronavirus disease.
  • The new coronavirus can be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.
  • The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus.
  • Ultraviolet disinfection lamp kills the new coronavirus.
  • Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill the new coronavirus.
  • Pets at home spread the new coronavirus.
  • Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus.
  • Regularly rinsing your nose with saline helps prevent infection.
  • Eating garlic helps prevent infection.
  • Older people or are younger people also susceptible.
  • Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus.
  • There are specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

Source: World Health Organization



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Safety Tips and Illegal Dumping

Crime reported in July 2019

Home burglaries

Van Laun Crescent

Schnehage Crescent

Jan Enslin Street

Rautenbach Street

Attempt to break home

Piet Kruger Straat

Theft from motor vehicles

Mettam Street

Awareness and crime prevention: our modus operandi

The Fichardt Park Neighbourhood Association requests that FNA members be careful and vigilant when arriving or leaving your home, daytime as well as evening. When leaving the home, make sure that the necessary precautions have been taken by putting the necessary safety measures in place.

Which homes are targeted?

  • Dwellings with poor lighting
  • Homes without alarm systems
  • Homes where mail pieces are not regularly removed

Access to the yard and the home

  • Motor gates are derived from their tracks
  • Burglaries through back doors, front doors, security gates and windows

What items are targeted during house burglaries and thefts?

  • Televisions
  • Laptops
  • Cellphone
  • Jewels
  • Food

Malcolm Mostert


Thinking of building?

When deciding whether to build or make changes to your home, it is important to know which regulations apply and how to obtain municipal approval. Here are some examples of building or structural changes that do not require planning approval.

  • Braai areas without a chimney
  • Tool houses smaller than 10 m2
  • Children’s playhouses, smaller than 5 m2
    Greenhouses smaller than 15 m2
  • Pergolas
  • Car gates that are not partially on the sidewalk
  • Replacement of windows or doors (where existing frames are not load bearing, openings are not enlarged, or openings required as fire exits are not removed)
  • Internal walls that are not load bearing
  • Replacement of roof tiles or roof tiles
  • Installing a new toilet, bath or geyser (or relocating their positions)


You may be of the opinion that if the change is small or within your home, it is not necessary to submit building plans. However, this is not always the case.

Building plans are required for the following:

  • Removing, relocating or installing internal walls that alter the structural reliability of your home
  • Raising or lowering walls
  • Moving or changing the sizes of windows and doors
  • Change of use of a room (for example, a garage is turned into a habitable space)
  • Converting a carport into a garage
  • Closing an existing patio
  • The addition of a middle floor


Chanté van Biljon

Patrol drivers needed

Security is one of the FNA’s top priorities. We therefore ask that our members work with our patrol service. We need at least nine drivers per patrol. If you are interested in volunteering your time to improve the safety of your neighborhood, please contact us on 076 277 3022

Illegal dumping remains a problem

The illegal dumping of garbage happens in different ways. Some examples include (i) the dumping of household garbage or garden waste on nearby traffic islands or in parks, and (ii) the dumping of building debris in public spaces.

The illegal dumping of waste is a major problem in Fichardt Park and it has the following effect: Wastewater rainwater: illegal spills may interfere with the natural runoff of water during rain or storms and may cause flash floods.

How does illegal dumping affect you?

This is unsightly and it makes our neighborhood look dirty. It also attracts unnecessary pocket diggers to our neighborhood. It costs the FWA thousands of rands annually. As of Feb 2019 – 144 loads have been removed to date.

What can you do?

  • Please report any illegal dumping to our 24-hour emergency number: 076 277 3022
  • If you see someone dumping trash illegally, get descriptive information from the offender, take photos of the violation, including the number plate of the offender’s vehicle.
  • If you are building on your property and have building rubble on your sidewalk, please remove it within 7 days.
  • When you put out weekly rubbish, remember that it may only be household waste, not garden waste.
  • Do not place waste on traffic islands (this is common in Castelyn Drive, Benader Drive, Olive Grinter Drive and Eric Rosendorf Drive).


Chanté van Biljon and Jacques Meiring

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