02 August, 2011

Fault Logging and Reporting to City of Johannesburg

Dear Residents

Please find below methods of logging your service issues with the City of Johannesburg.

If after the service time indicated below your query hasn't been attended to, please be in touch stating the reference number, date logged and detail.

City Service

Type of Issues

Turn Around Time

How to Contact

Joburg Water

Water Burst

2 days

During Office Hours & Weekends 8am to 4pm: Email: customerservice@jwater.co.za OR SMS 0826532143. All other times 011 375 5555, Option 3.

No Water

1 day

Sewer Leak/Blockage

1 day

Meter Leak

4 day

Fire Hydrant Leak

2 days

Bees in meter box

3 days

City Power

No Power to area/property

4 hours

All Hours: www.citypower.co.za click "Fault Logging" OR on mobile phone http://citypower.mobi. If unable to log yourself, suggest that someone who has PC access logs it ELSE use call centre 011 375 5555, Option 2

1 Phase not working

4 hours

Intermittent Power

4 hours

Illegal Connection

5 days

Dangerous Situation


Street Light not working

7 days

Faulty Meter

5 days

Joburg Roads Agency


3 days

Email: hotline@jra.org.za
OR call 011 375 5555

Manhole Cover missing

2 days

Blocked kerb inlet

3 days

Road Collapse

Immediate to make safe

Street Sign damaged

5 days

Street Sign missing

5 days

Traffic Signals All Out

Usually 1 day

Traffic Signal Flashing

1 day

Traffic Signals Bulb Out

3 days

City Parks

Cutting of Park

Dependant on season/time of year

Call the call centre 011 375 5555

Cutting of Tree

Revenue/Account Query

Incorrect Account

Dependant on type of revenue query and billing cycle

Call the call centre 011 375 5555 or email statements@joburg.org.za

Incorrect Billing

No Account Received

Law Enforcement

Traffic Violations

Dependant on incident/circumstance and resources available

Call the EMS/JMPD call centre 011 375 5911



Motor Vehicle Accident



New/additional bin request

48 hours

Call the call centre 011 375 5555

Bin stolen (need case #)

48 hours

The above are guidelines of turnaround time and depending on several factors issues may or may not be resolved in the time frame stated above.

Be sure to state the exact type of problem so to ensure that it is logged correctly.

Kind Regards,

David Potter
City of Johannesburg
Ward Councillor - Ward 102
Email: david@oursuburb.co.za
Ph: 0828859688

City of Joburg Account Queries. 011 375 5555 (Option 1) or Visit www.joburg.org.za E-Services for current and historic statements
Power related problems (non billing). visit www.citypower.co.za click "Fault Logging" (bottom left)
Report a burst pipe when you see it. email: customerservice@jwater.co.za
Emergencies & JMPD. 011 375 5911

Should you wish to get intouch, please reply to this email or give me a call on 082 885 9688.
I will be keeping all residents of Ward 102 updated via this email newsletter.

Thank you for your support, remember to get out and vote on 18 May 2011.
You get the Government you vote (or don't) vote for!

David Potter

DA Randburg Ward 102 Candidate

Ward 102 Suburbs:
Blairgowrie (part), Bordeaux, Ferndale (part), President Ridge, Willowild, Hurlingham Manor, Bryanston (part), Fontainebleau, Moret, Malanshof, Ruiterhof, Mill Hill, Country Life Park & Randburg CBD

30 May, 2011

Urgent Look Out from Fontainebleau Residents Association

The following vehicle has been spotted at three break-ins in the last 48 hours in the Robinhills and Fontainebleau area:



Comms from Blairgowrie Community Association (29.05.2011)

From: Blairgowrie Community Association [mailto:info@myblairgowrie.co.za]

Sent: 29 May 2011 13:30

To: Mailing List Recipients

Subject: CRIME Alert: Willowvale Rd / Branch Rd - attempted electric cable theft

Dear Residents.

Have you saved / memorised these numbers?

Linden SAPS Sector 1 Vehicle - 071 675 6044 (including Pine Park and Wendy and Hillcrest Avenues in Craighall)

Securitas - 011 792 4000

Randburg SAPS Sector 1 Vehicle - 071 674 7115 (area between Republic and Selkirk)

1. Willowvale Rd near Branch Rd - attempted electric cable theft. A resident writes: (email edited)

Late the night of Sat 28th May, or early Sun morning the main earth cable on Willowvale near the intersection with Branch was cut. The culprits must have been interrupted because the cable was hanging and partially obstructing the street when I went to have a look on Sun morning.

Residents, please be on the lookout for any weird-looking long poles with hacksaw blades attached. The culprits normally stash their cable saws in the bushes or even in thick ivy on the pavement. If you see such a device then either alert Quemic (they catch cable thieves) on 011 490 7553. Securitas has a working relationship with Quemic and can also be alerted on 011 792 4000.

By the way, my electrician advised me not to use any appliances (unless absolutely necessary) when the earth cable is out, and that is best to keep the mains switch at your distribution board off until the earth cable has been reconnected.

2. Please register on Mobilitate / CrimeSpotter to receive FREE crime related SMSs.

* You DO NOT need to be a Facebook member to join.

* If you encounter any difficulties, please email infoza@crimespotter.co.za with your queries.

* I will be able to provide limited assistance by appointment.

* Once you have registered, you need to join the Blairgowrie Community Association CPF. Make sure you have enabled AND verified your cell phone number.


How to become a CrimeSpotter Member:

. Open http://www.crimespotter.co.za

. Click on "sign up"

. Enter your details:

1. Display name

2. Email address

3. Username

4. Password

5. Password (again for verification)

6. Complete the Captcha

(Should you be unable to read the text, simply click on arrows to get a new


. Click on "I Agree, Create My Account"

At this point, Mobilitate will send you an activation email.

. Click on the link provided in the email.

. From here, Click on "sign in"

. Enter your username and password and click on "Sign in"


How to join a CPF:

. Search for your CPF by entering the area your CPF is located in and

click on "search for my CPF"

. A second option is to scroll down on the page to the "Most Active

Community Policing Forums" heading and click on the CPF once you have located it.

At this point you should see You are not a member of this CPF.

. Click on "Join this CPF"

. Enter your details:

1. Full name (should already be displayed but can be edited)

2. Email address (should already be displayed but can be edited)

3. Contact number

4. Address

5. Click on "request"

At this point, a CPF manager will need to approve or deny your request.

. Once approved, you will have access to that CPF

(Please note that you can only belong to one (1) CPF at a time)


How to activate your cell phone number:

. Log in to Mobilitate

. Click on "my settings" located at the top of the page

. Click on "Crime alert settings"

. Enter your cell phone number in the provided field

. Click on "Save"

At this point, a new option becomes available stating 'Not verified'

. Click on "Send verification SMS"

Depending on your service provider, you should receive an SMS on the number specified.

. Reply to that SMS with "Yes"

Once the number has been processed, you will receive a second SMS stating that your account has been activated

. Hit the F5 key located on your keyboard

You should see Verified now.

. Tick the box located next to "Receive crime alerts via SMS"

. Click "Save"

You will now receive sms alerts from your CPF.



27 May, 2011

Communications from Blairgowrie Community Association

Hi all,

Received this in my mail box, FYI.



From: Blairgowrie Community Association [mailto:info@myblairgowrie.co.za]
Sent: 26 May 2011 18:27
To: Mailing List Recipients
Subject: Securitas Weekly SAPS Report (and please 'ignore' load shedding email)

Dear Residents.

Have you saved / memorised these numbers?

Linden SAPS Sector 1 Vehicle - 071 675 6044 (including Pine Park and Wendy and Hillcrest Avenues in Craighall)

Securitas - 011 792 4000

Randburg SAPS Sector 1 Vehicle - 071 674 7115 (area between Republic and Selkirk)

Attached to this mail is the weekly Securitas report back of the Crime Combating Forum at SAPS this morning.  Congratulations on the more than 20 arrests made in conjunction with SAPS!  To join Securitas, please contact Hayley or Sylvan on 011 792 4000.

·        Please ignore the viral email doing the rounds about load shedding.  The schedule is authentic, but will ONLY come in to play if the demand for electricity is more than the supply.  Please use electricity sparingly and let’s avoid load shedding.

Kind Regards

Linus Muller

Blairgowrie Community Association: Head Of Communications

071 345 0209 

26 May, 2011

Building of Telecommunications Infrastructure

Hi all,

Please see mailshot below detailing Eagle Services' installation of optic fibres in our suburb and potential disruptions to traffic.


27 February, 2011

Pamphlet Distribution

Was nice to see the active efforts in our precinct to distribute pamphlets.  Keep up the good work everyone!

22 February, 2011

Possible Child Abduction Attempt at Brightwater Commons

Hi all,

Below is an email that found its way to me from Nikki of RAC.  Please read.



I was wondering if you could help. My husband and I suspect that our little girl (who is now 2 years and 10 months) was being watched for a possible abduction on Saturday afternoon (5th of Feb) at the Brightwater Commons.

I would like to give you all the details and then if possible if you could forward this to everyone in the RAC committees to get as many parents informed of how easily this could happen.


We were sitting in the promotional area at the Brightwater Commons where kiddies' scooters were available for hire within the small area under the roof. We were watching our daughter with the other kids racing around the area, which was that day enclosed with benches for parents to sit on. There were quite a few kids and parents within the area.

We did not notice the two Indian men sitting on the next bench to our left until we noticed our daughter keep looking at them as she made her way around the circle. We noticed one of the men waving and smiling at her. She was very aware of them and as they seem to make eye contact with her every time she came around. Both my husband and I became weary right away and started to watch the men quite closely.

My husband noticed that one of the men had taken out a small digital camera and had placed the camera low on his lap pointing the lens at my daughter and he seemed to follow her with the camera as she came past again. Both my husband and I stared at the two men quite obviously and he put the camera away.

A few minutes later (2-3 minute) an Indian couple (seemly unrelated to the two men) approached us and asked us about our daughter. Things like how old she was and said how cute she was. They proceeded to tell us the reason for all the questions was that they had an 18 month old daughter and were wondering if their daughter could use the scooters as well. A very strange question for a parent because all mothers and fathers know if their child was capable of any activity or not. That and they did not have a child with them.

What made it even more suspicious was where they stood in relation to trying to talk to us.

They had positioned themselves directly behind us, while we were sitting on the bench, forcing me to turn all the way around to look at them. There was ample space to stand next to the bench for a more polite conversation.

My husband just ignored them as he was very uneasy about everything and stood up to watch our daughter and the men in a more aggressive manner. As soon as he did the couple talking to me said thanks and walked away and the two men next to us got up and walked away.

We really do suspect that this was an attempt to distract us. There are many exits and the flea market stalls are not even 5 meters behind us where there was ample place to hide and change her to make her unrecognizable in a short space of time.


1) the one was between the ages of 35-40. He was slightly balding with shortly cut hair. Slightly over weight around the midriff. Deeply set eyes with an overhanging brow.
2) The second was no older than 35 and had a short back and side but a longer cut hair / long fringe. Quite a friendly face and thinner build to the other. The camera he carried was a small digital camera silver. Very similar looking to the Sony cyber shot.  http://www.techgadgets.in/digital-cameras/2007/29/sony-cyber-shot-s730-digital-camera-introduced-in-europe/


This has really shaken my husband and me up. If this was an attempt and we had not paid attention, the last few days may have turned out very different.

The thought of my daughter being abducted and ending up in some child pornography ring makes me sick to my stomach. And I just want to make as may people aware of the methods that these people may use to distract you or make your child "available" to them to take. We really did a false sense of security, not that we didn't watch our daughter at all times, but we did not even think to suspect anyone at that time.

Nikki Griffiths

Website: www.rac.org.za

17 February, 2011

From The eblockwatch team - ROBINDALE - Crime Alert - Street Corner Beggars, Cor Boundary & Bram Fischer

Date Reported: 2011-02-17 11:10:12

Incident Date: 2011-02-17 08:00:00

Reported By: adri

Type Crime Alert



The "blind" beggars on street corners are exploited by syndicates who would monitor and guard the beggars. They will loiter some distance away from the beggars and be in contact with the beggar via cell phone. These syndicates also serve to be lookouts for criminals in neighborhoods and should not be allowed to operate as this constitutes loitering. It is the reponsibility of Metro poloice to remove these criminals from our doorsteps. Please do not support crime by enabling criminals access to our neighborhoods.

11 February, 2011

Crime Escalating - Message from Mulbarton Street

Hi all,

This is from Debbie who is street captain of Mulbarton Street in Robin Hills.  Very very good advice indeed.


Hi residents

We have had an increase in violent crimes this last week. Linden is one of the sectors that were affected as I am sure you saw in “The Randburg Sun”, but our sector alone has had 2 armed robberies, 1 attempted hi-jacking and an assault on an elderly lady in the last week!!! This is apart from house breaking and theft out of motor vehicles.

We were told in no uncertain terms at yesterday’s ECCF meeting that something has to be done! We have now been given a second vehicle in all sectors and they are in radio contact, however it is up to the community to also take responsibility for their safety.

It has become apparent that residents are complacent and are:

a. Not arming their alarms;
b. Not checking that their alarms are working;
c. Leaving laptops, bags etc visible in their vehicles;
d. Waiting in their vehicles on pavements;
e. Leaving front gates, doors and security gates open!!!!!!!

In the times we live in, it is unacceptable and unfair to expect the police to be everywhere at once, hence our huge drive of getting people onto the database. Please, could I urge you to speak to your neighbours, make them aware of the sector vehicle and the protocol and to get their names onto our database.

The message of Sector Policing needs to reach EVERYONE – so speak to your colleagues, family and friends! They can phone their nearest police station, give them their physical address and get the Sector vehicle number that applies to them.

If you have elderly neighbours, please speak to them about security – they are soft targets!!

Thanks to everyone who has sent through information and for those people who have been aware of what’s going on in their area and contacted the Sector vehicle!

Take care,

09 February, 2011

Safety hints from SAPS Webpages compliments eBlockwatch

Safety Awareness in a Vehicle

  • Ensure that your vehicle is in a good condition when you plan to go on a journey.
  • Ensure that the fuel tank of your vehicle always has sufficient fuel.
  • Always lock your vehicles doors and keep the windows closed.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute.
  • Avoid to stop at remote places.
  • Park your vehicle in places that are well lit.
  • If a stranger wants to talk to you while in your vehicle, do not open the window wide -only 5 cm is enough to have a discussion.
  • If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather be rude and drive away.
  • Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you.
  • Vary the route you travel to work and back, if this is possible.
  • If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention.
  • If strangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past. If they loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.
  • Car jackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car.
  • If your car is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual(s) involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police station for help.
  • Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car.
  • Your life is more valuable than your possessions.
  • Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon.
  • Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away.
  • A lift club limits the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
  • Do not give strangers a lift.
  • A gear lock is an affordable and a very effective anti-theft device.
  • If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage.
  • Do not open your garage doors before your gates are closed.

Safety Awareness When Parking/Driving Your Vehicle

  • Avoid parking your motor vehicle where there are no security officers guarding other cars.
  • Do not leave your firearm in the motor vehicle's glove compartment (cubbyhole) or anywhere in the vehicle when you park the vehicle (this is against the law!).
  • Make sure that all the doors and windows are properly locked when you park your car.
  • Valuable items like a laptop and camera should be put in the boot of your car.
  • Be aware of people coming to you and informing you that you have a flat tire, the intention can be to steal items that they see inside the car or rob your car.
  • Always close your windows when driving in the city centre.
  • Do not open your windows for hawkers along the road and at the robots.
  • Keep the doors locked and windows closed at all times.
  • Do not use a cellular phone unless you have a hands-free kit.
  • Lock your valuables in the cars boot before departure.
  • At night, park in well-lit areas.
  • If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice.
  • Practice the same prevention skills you apply in parking lots or garages at home.
  • Become familiar with your route before you start the trip.
  • Get a map of the route and study it.
  • Store luggage in the cars boot where it is out of sight.
  • Do not leave your goods/valuable items visible in the car.
  • Do not leave your handbag/briefcase visible in the car.
  • Do not leave your keys in the ignition.
  • Always lock the doors and close the windows when getting out of the car.
  • Remove detachable radios and the radio's face when getting out of the car.
  • Try to fit an alarm and/or anti-theft device in your car.
  • Have your keys ready in your hand as you approach your car, especially if they are difficult to find in your handbag.
  • Parking lots with a parking attendant or supervision/ someone patrolling are best, otherwise try to park in locations that are well lit and/or well populated and not crowded by bushes or buildings where offenders might hide.

Road Safety: Aggressive Driving Behaviour 

The followings aspects might trigger aggressive behaviour:

  • Following too close to the vehicle in front.
  • Passing vehicles on the right.
  • Cutting in and out of traffic and failing to signal while engaging in multiple lane changes.
  • Crossing safety markings while merging onto ramps.
  • Failing to yield at ramps and intersections.
  • Violating railroad crossings.
  • Displaying or using a weapon.
  • Displaying aggressive or obscene gestures.
  • Slow moving traffic in fast lanes, etc

The following hints are applicable:

  • Do not react to provocation.
  • Stay away from erratic drivers.
  • Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
  • Use your hooter sparingly.
  • Do not flash your headlights.
  • Do not make obscene gestures.
  • Do not change lanes without using your indicator.
  • Do not drive too close to the vehicle in front of you.
  • Do not block lanes

08 February, 2011

Missing Person - Amy Jackenlee (last seen 04.02.2011)

The station received a missing person report.

On Friday 2011-02-04 Amy Jackenlee was last seen by her daughter at their guest house at +- 20:00.

The daughter then tried to contact her mother on Saturday without success. On Sunday morning she received a call from the gardener that was working at the guesthouse.

When she arrived at the house her mothers car was gone as well as a laptop and cell phone and a small portable radio/CD. They contacted the police, a full forensic investigation was done at the premises.

The vehicle a red Ford Fiesta (old shape 2003) reg nr MGZ641GP is also missing. No tracking device on vehicle. Missing person case was opened and is being investigated by the Linden Detectives.

We are also looking for a white male with short blond hair 1.9 meters tall very skinny who alleges he is from the USA that can help with the investigation.

Any information can be communicated with the investigating officer W/Off Hiepner 0826241235

15 December, 2010

Lodge your Complaints on these Webpages

Hi all,

Came across a service on the Internet at http://www.mobilitate.co.za/ which provides for logging council related complaints and issues.  They seem to have a degree of success.  I would suggest register for their services and lodge your complaints accordingly.  The more institutions complaints and issues are registered with the greater the chance of their resolution.


09 November, 2010

2011 Census – Some Useful Tips to Protect Your Identity & Yourself

Original Title of Communications: Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers by Susan Johnson
(NL – Authenticity of this communications cannot be validated, but it is worthwhile info nevertheless)

With the South African Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 Census workers will count every person in the South Africa and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

  • If a Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your identity number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the Census. (NL – They may ask configuration questions about your premises such as number of flushing toilets, running water, borehole water, etc.)


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.

The Census Bureau will not ask for bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.


No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau. Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the Census Bureau.

NL – For more info click here: http://www.statssa.gov.za/census2011/index.asp

05 November, 2010

Scam Artist on Gondola Ave

Hi all,

My neighbour Roland, on Gondola Ave, has just informed me of a scam artist operating in our suburb. Recently Roland did some minor construction work at his house, and as a result some building rubble remained. This rubble was being temporarily stored in front of his house.

Yesterday a man arrived offering Roland to remove the rubble at a cost of R200-00. Roland agreed to this and the man loaded up the rubble to take it away. Later it was discovered that the man simply took the rubble across the road and dumped it in Maiden Park on the corner of Gondola and Maiden Streets. Needless to say dumping in a park is illegal, and secondly, this man is out to make a quick illegal buck. Obviously Roland has committed to removing the rubble, which will result in his incurring additional costs.

The number of the vehicle wasn't obtained, so if anyone can provide more info, then please email me.

On a positive note, I reported the incident to our Sector 1 Patrol vehicle. The constable on duty was extremely friendly and proficient and took down the necessary details. He also confirmed that he would drive by and keep an eye out for any illegal dumping or a bakkie that is carry building rubble.

So please be on the lookout for these scamsters. Don't confront them, but try get and their details.


02 November, 2010

Fridge Poster

Print out this fridge poster and place it somewhere for all in your household / business to see.

17 October, 2010

Follow-up Letter on Randburg Sun Article re: Speed Bumps

I have to agree with Dr W Boshoff who submitted this letter to the Randburg Sun in response to the article relating to Speed Bumps of 08.09.2010.  I too was quite shocked by Ward Councillor Don Forbes' apathy on the matter, and furthermore, the fact that he was aware of the problem, but not addressing it (as yet), apparently.

(Click on article to enlarge)

12 October, 2010

Next CPF Meeting - November 9

Email from Linden SAPS Admin: 12.10.2010:

The next CPF Meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 November from 6pm.

During the last two months Sectors 1, 2 and 3 have all successfully launched their sectors and Sector 4 is underway. The next CPF meeting will however be held in November to give sectors more time to mobilise and organise.

The November CPF meeting will primarily focus on a review of each sector. Each sector team is asked to present a summary outline of the status and plans for the sector.

The provincial commissioner, Mzwandile Petros has been invited to attend the November Linden CPF meeting. We await confirmation.

The CPF executive is available should sectors require any additional assistance in getting the sectors going. Please call or send an email to admin@lindensaps.co.za

Sector emails have been established should communities want more information on the sector:

Linden Community Police Forum

08 October, 2010

Sector Policing Is Here!

Introduction to Sector Policing

On Monday evening (04.10.2010) I attended the Linden Community Policing Forum Sector 3 inception meeting. It was well attended by representatives from Sector 3. Despite the fact that we (RERA) now fall into Sector 1, this meeting was still very valuable. The change of Robindale East from Sector 3 to Sector 1 took place at a prior meeting, to which we were not invited. The rational for this is included in a prior posting (see here http://robindale-east.blogspot.com/2010/10/robindale-included-in-sector-1-of.html).

At the commencement of the meeting we were introduced to a number of role-players, as follows:

• Colonel Mohale (Station Commander)

• Captain Vermaak (Head of Crime Prevention and Sector Policing)

• Jadd Harding (Chairman of the Linden Community Policing Forum / LCPF)

• George Bezuidenhout (Head of Reservists)

• Shaun Scott (Vice-Chairman of the Linden Community Policing Forum / LCPF)

• WO Bokkie Kildare (Head of Sector 3)

• WO Walter Spencer (Head of Sector 1)

• Martin Opperman (who arranged these meetings – thank you)

Please note: apologies for spelling or inaccuracies, as I didn’t get all the details.

Colonel Mohale was introduced by Martin Opperman. The Colonel did a brief introduction, stating that Sector Policing:

• Is about sub-dividing the precinct into more manageable, smaller, units

• Understanding what the community requires from SAPS

• SAPS cannot meet everyone in the community, hence the need for champions who can speak on behalf of the community

• Sector Heads have the same powers as the Colonel, for their particular Sector

Captain Vermaak then addressed the community and introduced himself. He has been in the area for 23 years, 7 of which have been at Linden SAPS, and is passionate about Sector Policing. It is not a new concept and seems to have its origins in the USA c1986. In 2003 a National Instruction relating to Sector Policing was drafted but it was never approved. In 2009, it was approved as National Instruction (3 of 2009), and subsequently its execution and deployed commenced. It is a strategic intent to address crime, as part of the national objective to reduce crime by 50% in 5 years.

Implementing Sector Policing at Linden CPF

The first steps at Linden SAPS to deploying Sector Policing was to implement the necessary staffing structures, which is now complete, albeit with a number of vacancies (projected to be 27 based on current strategies and statistics). Furthermore, projects and programmes to address root causes have been implemented and are underway – these have been prioritised and will remain in force.

The benefits of Sector Policing, Captain Vermaak went on to say, was that the National Instruction gives legal substance to addressing and preventing crime, and, very importantly, budget has been allocated for this purpose. Furthermore, he suggested that large business should become involved in these initiatives (in Sector 1 we have MNet and Roche, as well as a number of other smaller enterprises).

It is important to note, Captain Vermaak stated, that Sector Policing is not politically motivated. The local councillor does not have jurisdiction over Sector Policing – a ward committee is already in place to address matters relating to politics.

Operation of the Sector

Each Sector will have a constitution relative to that Sector, and a team, from the community, will be appointed to mobilise in that Sector. Team members will participate in operational activities, the mobilisation of fellow community members, as well as be willing to participate. A key ingredient from the community is creativity in addressing and preventing crime. Captain Vermaak stated that many of the pre-existing tactics may no longer be effective or suitable, hence the community providing inputs.

The success of Sector Policing lies in addressing localized problems with tactics suitable to that community. For example, Capt Vermaak stated that the approach and tactics employed in Windsor would not be suitable in another suburb like Robindale. The role of Sector Policing is to work closely with the Sector community to define and deploy suitable tactics for addressing localized issues. Additionally, the Sector must collaborate with other government agencies and role-players in addressing matters affecting the community. An example that was cited was blocking a liquor license from being approved in a certain neighbourhood. It is not SAPS’ role to prevent the issue of liquor licenses.

Community Involvement

Before going onto the protocols and appointment of champions (for Sector 3), Captain Vermaak reiterated the need for people to become champions and involved. Sector 3, like our area, is victim to apathy of the residents, not wishing to get involved. I have personally witnessed the apathy in our area, having on numerous occasions dropped pamphlets in post boxes in my streets with approximately 2 responses out of 60 pamphlets! The moment there is an incident, however, there is a massive outcry – its too late then!

Reporting Protocol

The following reporting protocol for crime incidents has been estabaloished as part of Sector Policing:

1st. Press your panic button to alert your security company – and then . . .

2nd. Call the your security service provider’s call centre – and then . . .

3rd. Call the Patrol Vehicle assigned to your Sector (numbers listed below) – and then . . .

4th. Call 10111

It was strongly requested that you do not contact the station directly – Linden SAPS does not have a fully fledged call centre. Some additional items to note is that 10111 receives 3000 calls per hour. If you contact them from your landline (as opposed to from your mobile), your address immediately becomes available to them.

What To Report

In terms of the reporting protocol noted above, it is important to determine what should be reported. Any offences or crimes related to the by-laws, such as damage to public trees (for example the municipal trees on your pavement or trees in parks) noise, litter, traffic, etc. are not to be reported to the Sector Patrol vehicle. These offences fall under the jurisdiction of the JMPD, and should be reported to them accordingly.

However, anything relating to a crime such a burglary, theft, robbery, murder, serious assault, rape, hi-jacking, etc. must be reported to the Sector Patrol vehicle, even if it is after the event.

It is also important to note that attempted crimes must be reported to the Sector Patrol Vehicle. For example, wall hoppings MUST be reported, even if you feel that no crime was perpetrated. Capt. Vermaak explained that if all wall hoppings are reported upon, then patterns can be established, and from these patterns crimes can be prevented. He went on to explain that if crimes, attempted crimes and suspicious behaviour are not reported, it could have a direct impact on the Linden SAPS’ budget and resourcing, as it would then appear that the neighbourhood has a ‘clean bill of health’ and doesn’t require more resources. In closing Capt. Vermaak stated that you should rather report the incident to the Sector Patrol Vehicle and let SAPS decide if it is significant enough to report on.

Sector Patrol Vehicles’ Contact Numbers

Please be advised that these numbers are not active as yet, but take note of them in the interim:

• Sector 1 – 071 675 6044

• Sector 2 – 071 675 6047

• Sector 3 – 071 675 6049

• Sector 4 – 071 675 6050

Champions for Sector 1

The champions for Sector 1 have not been fully finalised, owing to the recent changes in the demarcations. A meeting is being proposed for 14.10.2010 at 9:30, at Linden SAPS for determining the Sector 1 Champions. I realise this is during office hours, however I urge you to try attend. I have put my name forward as a champion already.

07 October, 2010

Robindale included in Sector 1 of Sector Policing Initiative

Hi all,

Initially Robindale was included in Sector 3, however we've now been included in Sector 1.  Below is the rationalle via an email from Shaun dated 29.09.2010.  The image outlines Sector 1. 


Dear Norwin, Gerald, Phillip, Sanet, Christo and other resident coordinators in Robindale East of Malibongwe

You may have picked up earlier emails about the implementation of Sectors in the Linden Precinct. This started early in September and will continue in the next few months.

The area North of Boundary between Malibongwe and Bram Fischer has had a mixed past in terms of sectors. It has been part of Sectors 1, 2 or 3 depending on who one spoke to and which map was referred to.

Captain Vermaak today clarified this with the Sector Commanders and the CPF and has proposed that the area should form part of Sector 1. Making this part of Sector 1 does not impact or split any resident associations (as far as we know) and can possibly help to forge greater cooperation in this area. The Robins Ratepayers and Resident Association (RRRA) has always considered the eastern boundary to be Malibongwe Drive and have never had interaction with the Robins on the “other side” of Malibongwe. Whilst the RRRA is one of the oldest associations in the area, they are quite big and at the moment have been challenged in accommodating the many streets in their area. It would not make sense to try incorporate this area into the RRRA area (within Sector 3 which extends to the N1 highway).

Sector 1 includes the large suburb of Blairgowrie but also includes the suburbs of Robin Acres. President Ridge and Ferndale between Bram Fischer, Malibongwe and Republic. It makes sense to keep these areas within the same block and given the relative size of each Sector, it makes sense to make this entire block (Boundary, Bram Fischer, Republic and Malibongwe) part of Sector 1.

Sector 1 had an initial planning meeting early in September. At the time we understood that you would form part of either Sector 2 or 3. We apologise for this but believe the change is in the interest of your communities. There is a Sector 3 meeting planned for Monday 4 October where the sector concept will again be explained and the different sector team members will be introduced and you are all invited to please attend (Monday 6.30pm at the Fontainebleau Community Church on Rabie). We will advise you on the next Sector 1 meeting but please attend the Sector 3 meeting next week in the interim

Attached is an initial map put together to show the borders in this area.

The Sector commander for Sector 1 is Warrant Officer Spencer (XXX XXX XXX excluded for purposes of privacy NL). He is one of the more experienced, passionate and dedicated officers in the Linden Precinct. With your permission, I will give your contact details to WO Spencer so he can contact you and get to know your area and yourselves.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the CPF Executives should you have any questions.

Best regards

Shaun Scott for the Linden CPF

Planned Power Outage - 10.10.2010

Please see attached noticed w.r.t. a planned outage on 10.10.2010 from 05:00 to 19:00.

17 September, 2010

Randburg Sun Article of Accident on Gondola Ave on 08.09.2010

The Randburg Sun has published an article relating to the accident that occured on the morning of 08.09.2010 on Gondola Ave., where a pedestrian was run over. Unfortuantely the article's facts are not 100% correct, but the message is loud and clear. Click here to read article or turn to page 6 of Randburg Sun for the week ending 19.09.2010.

Understanding and Preventing Home Invasion in South Africa

About the author

Rudolph Zinn, a former detective, worked in various capacities in the South African Police Service before he joined the academic world. He is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Criminal Justice and Police Practice at the University of South Africa (Unisa). This book is based on research he did for his PhD which he obtained from Unisa in 2008.

Zinn served as an advisor in the training of the Scorpions, the Malawian Anti-Corruption Unit as well as several other law enforcement units. He has also initiated and organised a series of World Conferences on Modern Criminal Investigation, Organised Crime and Human Rights.

Book details

Home Invasion: Robbers Disclose What You Should Know by Rudolph Zinn
EAN: 9780624048749 Available at kalahari.net. Click here.

1. Introduction

This document contains the key findings of researched conducted for his PhD by Professor Rudolph Zinn, senior lecturer in Forensic and Crime investigation at the University of South Africa. Most of the information comes from a book launched at the IS Pretoria office on 19 May 2010 titled “Home Invasion. Robbers disclose what you should know.” The book is currently available at various book stores across South Africa.

The primary objective of the research was to establish the type of crime intelligence that could be obtained by the police from convicted and incarcerated perpetrators of residential robbery. Similar research has guided intelligence-led policing utilised in a variety of countries including the UK, the USA, Netherlands and Germany. The premise of the research is that focused, intelligence guided policing results in a more efficient and effective utilisation of police resources in combating and reducing crime than ordinary visible policing tactics. Intelligence led policing therefore focuses on combating and reducing crime through understanding and identifying the perpetrators of as opposed to for example relying primarily on high police visibility operations in crime hot-spots.

Currently, this approach is not being utilised sufficiently in South Africa which limited he extent to which the South African Police Service has been able to effectively takcle violent organised crime. The research was undertaken with the intention of demonstrating its utility to the South African Police Services Crime Intelligence and Investigative components. Fortunately, according to Professor Zinn, the SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit have resopnded favourably to the research findings and are implementing a number of its recommendations.

2. Methodology

The research was based on in-depth interviews with 30 perpetrators who were convicted and incarcerated for the crime of “aggravated robbery.” Please note that there is no legal crime in South Africa defined as “residential robbery”. To identify the research subjects, the researcher was given a list of names of prisoners convicted for aggravated robbery and went from cell to cell looking for those that had been convicted specifically for residential robbery. The research subjects volunteered to be interviewed and they were subject to 116 structured and open-ended questions. The focus of the research was on the inmates of the six largest prisons in Gauteng as they house 86% of all prisoners who have been convicted for aggravated robbery in the province.

It must stated that the statistics to emerged from the research are not necessarily generalisable to all perpetrators or all instances of residential robbery. The statistics only refer to the sample of 30 research subjects stated during the interviews with them. It is important not interpret the findings in a general way such as “X% of all house robbers do the following …” or “In Y% of all house robberies ….” This was a qualitative study an its utility was to allow for a better understading of the profile, motivation and modus operandi of perpetrators of residential robberies. While the research is therefore not necessarily generalisable, it does provide useful insights into how they plan and carry out attacks and what can be done to enhance protective or preventative measures so as to avoid becoming a victim.

3. The Profile of Residential Robbery Perpetrators

The 30 research subjects interviewed conformed to the following broad profile:
• All were males except for two females who were convicted as being accessories to the crime rather than the primary instigators.
• They were representative of South Africa’s racial demographic profile;
• 83% were South African citizens with the remaining 17% holding the citizenship of other African countries.
• The subjects were between the ages of 19 and 26 years old;
• On average they would form a group of four people when attacking a household;
• Only 20% had completed high school to grade 12 and none had further teritary education.
• 76% were unemployed but a number of these had left employment to make money solely from robbery;
• 80% had not received any type of military or security related training. The remaining 20% that had received such training had either been employed as security guards or were foreign nationals who had worked in the police or military of their home countries.
• All were experienced criminals and had committed a number of other crimes before deciding to target households for robbery;
• On average each perpetrator admitted to having committed 103 crimes (including crimes other than robberies) over a seven year period before being arrested for the first time.
• 70% came from what was described as dysfunctional or “boken” homes.
• Given the nature of the crime, a distinctive characteristic of house robbers is the willingness to use lethal violence against victims. Most people who fit the same general profile (e.g. young, unemployed, from dysnfunctional families), do not commit violent crime.

4. Motivation for Involvement in Residential Robberies

• 97% of the perpetrators in the study stated that the primary motivating factor for becoming involved in this type of crime was “economic gain”;
• 22% of the perpetrators had also committed “farm attacks” (which are considered no differently as robberies of other types of residences by the perpetrators).
• 65% of what was stolen was spent on “cars, clothes, drugs, and alcohol.”
• 35% of what was stolen was spent on “survival” (i.e. food and rent);
• The victims were targeted because of their wealth. Other demographical factors suh as race played no part in decisions of the perpetrators to target specific households;
• A contributory factor was the existence of role-models in their communities who were criminals and were wealthy because of criminal activities. These individuals are well known and generally respected in their communities.
• 80% of the perpetrators in the study stated that their families, friends and acquaintances in their communities knew that they were involved in crime to make a living. This indicates a high tolerance for criminality in the communities from where they came.
• Residential robbery was chosen as a particular crime to become involved in because it resulted in more money more quickly than other types of crime and chances of being caught were seen as very low.
• All the perpetrators started with non-violent property crimes (i.e. theft) before progressing to violent crimes (i.e. robberies).

5. Choosing a Target

• 63% of the perpetrators in the study would prefer to travel between 10 and 30 minutes by vehicle from where they lived to commit a residential robbery. However, most would travel for much longer time periods if the target was deemed lucrative enough.
• 77% of the perpetrators stated that they chose targets for which they had some ‘inside information.’ For example, they would be able to get information about a particular house from domestic workers, gardeners or other service providers including security guards (or from the relatives or acquaintances of these people).
• Some perpetrators know people who make a living through burglary and will get information on specific houses from them.
• Generally, perpetrators would prefer to choose targets in neighbourhoods that had many entrance and exit points with easy access to main roads and where street security was low or non-existent.
• However, only 25% of the perpetrators in the research stated that they deliberately chose a house because it had low security. Rather, targets were chosen because they had reasonable information or suspicion that there would be much of value to steal once they had gained access to the property.
• The perpetrators in this study stated that they would tend to focus on what they termed as the “middle class.” However, this term was used quite broadly to talk about anyone who had relative wealth. Sometimes people with expensive jewellery, clothes or other visible signs of affluence would be followed home with the assumption that they would have expensive possessions in their residences.

6. Planning and Executing a Residential Robbery

• All perpetrators stated that they would spend some time prior to the attack doing surveillance on the targeted residence. In some cases this could be as little as 30 minutes prior to the attack and in other cases up to two weeks. The purpose of the surveillance is to orientate the perpetrators to the layout and types of neighbourhood and household security measures the habits and patterns of the residents.
• A majority of the perpetrators (57%) stated that they preferred to carry out residential robberies between 19h00 and 24h00 in the evening. This was when most people are at home, have disabled alarm systems and opened doors and windows. Also it is a time when there is noise from televisions and radios which will provide the perpetrators with some level of cover to allow them to take the victims by surprise.
• 14% of the perpetrators also attacked houses between 03h00 and 07h00 in the morning as it was quiet, the neighbours would be asleep or not paying particular attention and they would not be disturbed by visitors to the house.
• 7% stated that they also attacked houses between 10h00 and 12h00 in the mid-to late mornings. This was when domestic workers would be in the house, doors would be open, alarms would also be turned off and there would be the relative cover of noise.
• The most common way to access a property was to ‘break-in’ by forcing locks on gates or doors, breaking windows or disabling electric fences and climbing over the walls.
• Some of the perpetrators used exceptions to this by attacking houses where there were social functions as they could simply walk through gates or doors that were left open. In some cases the perpetrators would wait for the residents to leave or arrive home and attack them in the driveway before forcing them inside the house.
• Before breaking into the house, the perpetrators stated that they would try and identify the numbers and locations of everyone who was in the house. They would typically do this during the pre-attack surveillance and once they were in the property, by peering though windows preferably under the cover of darkness.
• The purpose of doing this is to surprise all the residents at once so that they do not have time to take defensive action such as raising the alarm or acquiring a weapon.
• Perpetrators in this study would spend anywhere between 30 minutes and four hours inside a house once they had successfully subdued the residents.

7. The Use of Violence in Robberies

• All perpetrators stated that they used violence or the threat of violence when entering a residence to overcome resistance from the victims.
• To assist in this 97% of the perpetrators in this study used firearms when they committed robberies.
• They preferred pistols as these were easy to conceal before and after the robbery. In addition the perpetrators liked pistols because of the sound the weapon made when ‘cocking’ it as this could also be used to intimidate victims.
• During the residential robbery, 67% of the perpetrators admitted committing assault, 30% admitted to committing murder, 13% admitted to committing rape and 13% admitted to torturing victims during a residential robbery. (Please note, this does not mean that people are murdered in 30% of residential robberies. Only that 30% of this sample admitted to having committed at least one murder in their lifetime. Statistics from an SAPS docket analysis in relation to violence associated with residential robberies is provided at the end of this document).
• According to these perpetrators, the use of torture was to force the victims to reveal the whereabouts of valuables in the house such as cash, firearms or jewellery.
• The torture most frequently mentioned consists of pouring boiling water or melted plastic on the victims or burning them with household instruments (e.g. an iron).
• The perpetrators in the study stated that they would most likely target women or children for torture during a robbery to force the male or adult to provide the information they required.

8. Preventing or Minimising the Risk of Residential Robberies

The research found that community crime prevention initiatives could make a difference in reducing the risk of a certain area becoming targeted by perpetrators of house robberies. For example regular neighbourhood watch schemes, random community patrol initiatives, or guards stationed at street corners who are linked by radio communication will make a certain community less attractive to criminals. For example, in the police precinct of Garsfontein certain suburbs recorded a decrease of 36.5% in residential robberies during the 2007/08 financial year following community based crime prevention initiatives. This was at a time when residential robberies were increasing substantially across the country.

The research also sought to identify measures that could be taken by people to minimise the risk of their particular residence becoming a target. The perpetrators were asked about the things that would make them hesitate to target a house or that would make it difficult for them to access a house. They generally answered that if the reward was big enough nothing could keep them from attacking a house. Nevertheless, there were factors that would make their lives difficult and could hamper their attack on a house. Out of 119 different answers that were given, the most frequently mentioned preventative measures in order of effectiveness were stated as follows:

• The presence of a number of small dogs inside the house that will bark when they become aware of suspicious activity outside. Teach any dogs not to take food from strangers as perpetrators will not hesitate to poison a dog to neutralise it as a threat.
• Razor wire or electric security fences around the entire perimeter of the house. Beware of an electric fence alarm repeatedly going off as this could be caused by perpetrators deliberately causing a short circuit to the fence in order to get the residents to turn the fence off.
• Pre-warning alarm systems such as security alarm sensors in the garden, along the outside walls, on the roof and in the ceiling. Alarm systems in garages or storerooms will make perpetrators lives difficult as they generally do not carry housebreaking tools with them. Usually break into a garage or tool shed first to get what they need to force the locks or break the windows of a house.
• An effective armed response service;
• There is an ‘open view’ into the house or garden from the street or a neighbouring property. This means that the perpetrator could be seen by a neighbour or a person in the street;
• Security lights that make it difficult to move around the outside of the house at night without being seen, especially sensor lights in front of bedrooms;
• CCTV systems and an intercom system for speaking to people who are outside of the property;
• Layers of security as opposed to a single security system;
• Strong doors and security gates with good quality locks;
• Door alarms that are activated when residents are at home;
• Curtains are drawn at night which prevent perpetrators from identifying the movement and location of the residents in the house;
• The existence of a “secure room” within the house where residents are able to escape to once they are aware of an attack.
• Panic buttons should be placed where residents are most likely to need them. Apart from doorways, these devices should be kept in places where residents will be able to access them in places where they are likely to be held during the robbery. For instance in the lounge under chairs or tables, under beds in bedrooms, in bathrooms as people are often locked in bathrooms and bedrooms during a robbery.
• Always check of signs of a forced entry when entering or leaving your home;
• Keep a copy of the ID Book of any employees who have access to or work at the house including names and contact details of their relatives.

In analysing the responses, the researcher found that out of all the measures that would hinder a house robber, 68% of them refer to securing the outer-perimeter of house and garden while 32% refer to internal security systems. This is because once the perpetrators have managed to get close to the house, the advantage they have in terms of the element of surprise leaves the residents with fewer defensive options. However, if the residents are alerted to a person jumping over their wall, they will have time to lock doors and raise the alarm.

9. Minimising Personal Risk during a Robbery

If the perpetrators manage to evade external security measures and are able to get access to the house, the behaviour of the residents then becomes very important if they are to survive the incident without harm. Most serious injuries and fatalities in residential robberies occur during the initial phase and are often linked to the attempts of the victims to resist the attackers. All perpetrators in the study stated that they would rather shoot a person than expose themselves to risk of injury during a house robbery.

As the first phase of the attack is the most dangerous from the point of view of the perpetrator, it is during this time that they are most adrenalised and are prone to acting on the spur of the moment. According to the perpetrators in the study, the victims of a robbery should do the following if they are confronted in their home to minimise the changes of being shot or seriously assaulted:
• You should not move when you see a stranger holding a gun.
• Any sudden movement or noise could lead to the perpetrator thinking that the resident is trying to take defensive action and it could result in a violent response including being shot at.
• Remain calm and do not make a noise;
• Keep your hands visible, but do not raise them above your head as this may be mistaken by the perpetrator as an attempt to signal help;
• Demonstrate willingness to cooperate by either pleading for your life, or asking not to be hurt and saying that they can take what they want

10. Key lessons for the Police

It is very difficult for the police to prevent residential robberies through regular policing tactics as the perpetrators plan their attacks very carefully. More organised perpetrators will assess the policing of a particular area as part of their surveillance to establish the risk that they face if they commit a robbery there. They may also have a sense of the reaction time of the police in a particular locality through their own or others previous experience of committing a serious crime that was reported to the police.

Nevertheless, 68% of the perpetrators in the study stated that frequent and random police patrols would be a deterrent to them from targeting houses in a particular area. This supports the tactic of increasing visible policing patrols and roadblocks during hot-spot areas and times (Fridays through Sundays from 18h00 to 24h00) to reduce the incidents of residential robberies in particular geographical areas. However, this will not necessarily drive down the overall rate of residential robberies as the perpetrators will adjust their tactics to evade the police. In this way, visible policing is more likely to displace the crime of residential robbery to different areas and times as opposed to preventing it.

The best way for the police to prevent residential robberies is to identify, arrest and support the prosecution of the perpetrators to increase their risks of going to prison. If increasing numbers of perpetrators are locked up, fewer perpetrators will be around to commit these crimes and fewer people will be willing to take on the risks of becoming involved in this type of crime as a way of making a living. This will result in the numbers of robberies decreasing which will in turn build community trust in the police, which again will increase the ability of the police to tackle other crimes.

For the police to ensure that perpetrators are sent to prison, the necessary resources will have to be made available for the police to:
• Identify and arrest perpetrators; and
• Support the successful prosecution of perpetrators.
This requires prioritising and strengthening the quality and capacity of police crime intelligence and the detectives tasked with investigating residential robberies.

The study focused particularly on the type of crime intelligence that the incarcerated could provide the police to assist them in tacking residential robberies. It found that there is a good “window period” for obtaining significant intelligence from convicted robbers.

At this time they are willing to provide detailed intelligence on other perpetrators and syndicates for relatively small improvements in their personal situation. According to the research, this includes for instance that their cooperation with the police is considered favourably when they come up for parole. They would also be willing to provide information for improvements in privileges such as more credit at the prison canteen, better prison duties etc. This would not be too onerous to achieve when compared to the valuable information that could be provided to the police about the networks who are involved in committing and supporting aggravated robbery.


The research conducted by Dr Zinn provides the most detailed insight into the perpetrators of residential robberies that is available to date. As it was mentioned earlier on this document, the statistics may not be generalisable to the entire population of perpetrators and so it shouldn’t be interpreted as such. For example, although 30 % of the perpetrators in this study admitted to committing murder during a residential robbery, an analysis of 1000 dockets undertaken by the SAPS found the following:
• Murder occurred in two percent of the incidents;
• Rape was reported in four percent of the incidents;
• Attempted murders were reported in nine percent of incidents;
• Some form of injury was reported in 13% of incidents.

This means that in a vast majority of residential robberies, the victims are left physically unharmed. Nevertheless, each incident of residential robbery is extemely traumatic for the victim because of the heightened potential for being murdered, raped or serious injured. This crime category (along with robbery in general), is therefore responsible for driving the high levels of fear and dissatisfaction with the police according to victimisation surveys.

For additional information and statistics on residential robberies and government initiatives to combat it, see the following articles on the ISS website:
• “Reclaiming our homes? Tackling residential robbery in Gauteng.” SA Crime Quarterly No 23. March 2008
• “Cops and robbers. A new approach.” SA Crime Quartelry No. 29. September 2009

For any queries please contact:

Gareth Newham
Programme Head: Crime and Justice Programme
Institute for Security Studies / Institut d'Études de Sécurité
Head Office / Sige principal
Tshwane (Pretoria)
South Africa / Afrique du Sud
Tel: +27 12 346 9500
Fax (office): +27 12 346 4569
Mobile: +27 82 887 1557
email: gnewham@issafrica.org

09 September, 2010

Update on Accident on Gondola Ave. of 8 Sept. 2010

It's with sadness that I have to report that the lady run over yesterday has died from her injuries.  Councillor Don Forbes has been aware of the traffic issues and came to visit and speak to Lynn this morning on the matter at our home.  He will now try to expedite traffic calming in our area.

Missing Ginger Cat

Hi all,

Robin and Di's gorgeous ginger cat has gone missing overnight. Please keep an eye out for him. Responds to the name Spice or Spicy. Please contact them if you have seen or found him.

Contact number is: ////details now removed////

Thank you!