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Min­is­ter gives equip­ment to Redel­inghuys Farm Watch

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REDEL­INGHUYS – The MEC for Agri­cul­ture Dr Ivan Meyer re­cently vis­ited Redel­inghuys in the Ber­griv­ier Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, where he handed starter kits over to the Redel­inghuys Farm Watch.

A starter kit con­sists of re­flec­tive vests, torches, strobe lights for the ve­hi­cles, mag­netic de­cals, a first-aid kit, per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment (PPEs), a fire ex­tin­guisher, whis­tles and a stor­age box. The Watch en­joys sup­port from the lo­cal agri­cul­tural sec­tor and the Ber­griv­ier Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Dur­ing his visit Meyer said: “Ru­ral safety is a pri­or­ity for the Western Cape gov­ern­ment, and I am pleased with the sup­port the Redel­inghuys Farm Watch re­ceives from the agri­cul­tural sec­tor and the Ber­griv­ier Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, with the R800 000 the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has al­lo­cated to ru­ral safety.”

Through sur­veil­lance cam­eras and re­lated tech­nol­ogy the farm watch cov­ers more than 1 800 km².

Watch chair­per­son Fran­cois de Jager stresses that dedicated com­mu­nity mem­bers form the back­bone of the farm watch.

“While tech­nol­ogy cer­tainly makes a dif­fer­ence, at the heart of any farm watch lies hard­work­ing com­mu­ni­ty­ori­en­tated in­di­vid­u­als who are com­mit­ted to serv­ing their com­mu­nity,” he said. “Com­bat­ing crime through pa­trols, fight­ing veld fires and pro­vid­ing ba­sic first aid at road ac­ci­dents re­main an im­por­tant part of what we do.”

MEC for Com­mu­nity Safety Al­bert Fritz, mean­while, has re­peated his call for farm watches and neigh­bour­hood watches to be ac­cred­ited.

He said: “Be­ing ac­cred­ited will al­low this de­part­ment to sup­port those com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers, who vol­un­teer their spare time for the good of their com­mu­nity. The ac­cred­i­ta­tion cer­tifi­cate is valid for two years. It must be re­newed three months be­fore it ex­pires so that the ac­cred­i­ta­tion doesn’t lapse.”

On their ac­cred­i­ta­tion neigh­bour­hood watches re­ceive a starter kit. A pay­ment of R10 000 is also made to as­sist with their op­er­a­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tion costs.

The de­part­ment also pro­vides ac­cred­ited neigh­bour­hood watches with a free two-day ba­sic train­ing course, which fo­cuses on pa­trolling, the neigh­bour­hood watch code, com­mu­nity map­ping, safety au­dits and other es­sen­tial as­pects of their role.

 ??  ?? Fran­cois de Jager, lo­cal farmer Jan van Zyl and MEC for Agri­cul­ture Dr Ivan Meyer.
Fran­cois de Jager, lo­cal farmer Jan van Zyl and MEC for Agri­cul­ture Dr Ivan Meyer.

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