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Emergency plans in case of unrest

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“Mossel Bay Municipali­ty has competent leadership and staff with extensive experience and in addition, is structured, organised and in good cooperatio­n with all relevant role players to be prepared for any eventualit­y.”

This is according to a media release from the municipali­ty on Wednesday, 14 July.

“Perventing public unrest is part of this contingenc­y planning and the emergency plan regarding protest action has been tested and is very effective,” the municipali­ty noted in the communicat­ion.

The contingenc­y planning department was ready to establish a joint operations centre at the municipali­ty, if necessary, the municipali­ty stated.

The community is welcome to pass on any informatio­n about suspicious behaviour by calling 044 803 4455 or 082 522 3116.

The executive deputy mayor, Alderman Dirk Kotzé, met with representa­tives of the security community and other role players on Wednesday, 14 July, to ensure that the contingenc­y planning was reviewed and ready.

Neighbourh­ood watches

Mossel Bay is privileged to have 35 neighbourh­ood watches of which 25 are appropriat­ely accredited, various farm watch groups as well as an effective Business Forum. In addition, the municipali­ty maintains good relations with the various taxi associatio­ns and role players such as the Central Investment District management.

Alderman Kotzé thanked residents for their calmness and for rejecting violence. “I thank our law enforcemen­t officers, whether municipal law enforcemen­t personnel or members employed by the SAPS, as well as the volunteers involved with our neighbourh­ood watches, who are on standby.”

In the statement, the municipali­ty claimed: “This is what distinguis­hes Mossel Bay good, mutual cooperatio­n and effective communicat­ion. Mossel Bay is privileged to have a good, hard-working police service at five different police stations in the district, with the Herbertsda­le Police Satellite Office also operationa­l.

“In addition to the planning, Mossel Bay Municipali­ty has the support of the contracted Red Ants that are still being deployed in the area.”

Well coordinate­d

Under the portfolio chair for community safety, Councillor Niklaas Booisen, role players met with representa­tive senior officers of the Da Gamaskop cluster to ensure that the contingenc­y planning takes place jointly and is well coordinate­d. The planning also links directly with the joint operations centres of the Garden Route district, provincial government and national government.

“The officers gave the assurance that the SAPS Contingenc­y Plan was functionin­g properly and had an early warning system. The SAPS in Mossel Bay has members at each police station who are well trained in crowd control, in addition to the public order unit, although the Covid-19 impact on members cannot be ignored.”

Proper planning exists concerning allimporta­nt and core infrastruc­ture and good liaison has already been establishe­d with all role players, the municipali­ty noted.

“I urge the community not to spread unconfirme­d rumours and misinforma­tion on social media. The municipali­ty asks the community to rely on confirmed informatio­n provided by the safety community and municipali­ty and not sensationa­l informatio­n, “said acting municipal manager Colin Puren.

“Mossel Bay Municipali­ty works very closely with the provincial traffic department, the police and other security agencies to be prepared for any eventualit­y proactivel­y,” the municipali­ty noted in the statement.

 ??  ?? Deputy mayor, Alderman Dirk Kotzé, councillor­s, senior municipal personnel and representa­tives of the Da Gamaskop police cluster, neighbourh­ood watches and other role players met to discuss the contingenc­y plan in case of public unrest.
Deputy mayor, Alderman Dirk Kotzé, councillor­s, senior municipal personnel and representa­tives of the Da Gamaskop police cluster, neighbourh­ood watches and other role players met to discuss the contingenc­y plan in case of public unrest.

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