GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

We cannot wish homelessness away

Every homeless individual’s situation is unique. There is no quick fix for ending homelessness in a community. The issue is not as simple as lacking a roof over one’s head, but rather extends to a lack of access to social-economic opportunities that are essential for human survival, such as health services, quality education, and job opportunities.

Although there are many contributing factors to the prevalence of homelessness in our society, the hardships of this current pandemic will lead to a further increase in the number of people living on the streets in Cape Town. We must unite and contribute to long-term solutions as a community, especially as the relaxation of lockdown regulations causes makeshift homeless shelters to close.

What can I do?

First and foremost, we as the GP/OKCID urge you to donate to our local NGOs, rather than giving hand-outs at robots. Whilst cash donations to individuals can unintentionally perpetuate cycles of destitution, giving to an NGO or handing out vouchers for local shelters can support long-term solutions.

NGOs provide services which aim to help people build a more stable life, rather than just survive the next day. These include rehabilitation, reunion, and both social welfare and physical care. Our local players include Ladles of Love, who provide the hungry with warm, nutritious meals, and Haven Night Shelter, who offer shelter, meals, and rehabilitation services.

Organisations such as these are always looking for donations and volunteers to keep their offering open. Please head to their websites to find out more, or contact us for further information as to how you can contribute.

Fieldworkers from the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay (SFB) Ratepayers Association have also joined the existing Safety & Cleaning Initiative to aid homeless people on the Atlantic Seaboard. This collaboration, in cooperation with local NGOs and the City of Cape Town, is exactly the kind of alliance which can help bring change. This assistance includes helping people to obtain IDs and acquire jobs, as well as helping them to put a roof over their heads. You can support this initiative by visiting their website and donating whatever you can afford.

Our promise 

We believe in the broken window theory – a concept that “each problem that goes unattended in a given environment affects people’s attitude toward that environment and leads to more problems.” That is why we promise that our environment will remain well tended to, and that problems are dealt with when they arise, because this affects attitudes and leads to continued good management and maintenance. The GP/OKCID and Straatwerk cleaners will continue their work to keep our beautiful streets clean and looking their best, and our 24/7 CID patrollers will keep residents safe by providing security services to residents of Green Point and Oranje-Kloof. Furthermore, we hope that this information pushes us all to manage our homeless problem more sensitively and effectively to limit the negative impact on our community.

If you feel at all unsafe or want to report an incident, please call:

GP CID 24/7 Patrol Vehicles
082 214 3228

GP CID Operational Managers
071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811

OK CID 24/7 Patrol Vehicles
082 217 1386

OK CID Operational Managers
071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811

Let’s work together for a safer, fairer community for all as we build our post-covid society.

GP/OKCID security report – May 2020

The GP/OKCID experienced an impressive 56.9% decrease in incidents of crime during the first two months of lockdown, when compared to statistics from the same period in 2019.

May 2020 was a quieter month crime-wise, with only 8 incidents reported. 5 out of 8 total arrests were for house break-ins and theft, 2 were for shoplifting, and 1 was for general theft.

It is likely that this significant reduction in crime is influenced by our additional services, including routine checks of residential complexes and commercial buildings to ensure that all doors and windows are secured, as well as our escort service to those who feel unsafe while walking in the area.

Our security officers have also helped to enforce lockdown curfews by ensuring no-one was walking around between 20h00 and 05h00. A big thank you goes out to our team for remaining on the front line during these uncertain times, working around the clock.

However, as we are now in lockdown level 3, and regulations have started to relax, we expect crime rates to rise along with the level of movement, specifically car and truck hijackings, business robberies, and house robberies, according to the pattern in our latest arrests. So please remember to stay vigilant and cautious, and to avoid unnecessary movement as much as is possible, for your safety, but more importantly for your health.

Don’t forget to wear a mask while out in public, out of respect for our fellow residents. While wearing a mask may not prevent you from contracting the virus, it prevents those who may unknowingly have COVID-19 from spreading it to those around them. Also remember to wash your mask often, and use hand sanitiser when arriving home or entering a shopping centre or public place.

Remember to keep our 24 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 217 1386

 

Don’t let COVID-19 run our blood banks dry

The demand for blood products has sadly remained constant throughout the current turmoil. People continue to require blood products in our hospitals and clinics, often in the form of life-saving transfusions. Unfortunately, COVID-19 resulted in a setback in the Western Cape Blood Service’s supply of donations, and though the non-profit has assured the city that the current blood supply is adequate we encourage you to help increase stocks.

The limitation of public movement during the national lockdown is the probable cause of the recent dip in donations. Though we are grateful for your compliance in limiting your journeys and activities, donating blood is entirely within the regulations. We would therefore like to inspire new and regular donors of all blood groups to donate. Anyone who is between the ages of 16 and 75, who weighs more than 50kg, leads a safe sexual lifestyle and is healthy on the day of donation can perform this civic duty.

Did you know that a single donation of blood has the potential to save three lives? This is because one donation contains plasma, red blood cells and platelets, all of which can be used for different people. We understand that many people are nervous about the process, but can promise that even people who are scared of needles sail through it! Blood transfusions are usually called for in emergency situations, so it’s vital that the blood supply remains adequate, as you never know when you, or someone you love, may need it.

It has been determined that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through blood, so donations and transfusions remain safe regardless of the pandemic level. We can assure blood donors that donating blood is safe, as the wellbeing of blood donors and employees is the WCBS’s priority. COVID-19 specific measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

All WCBS staff have been issued with alcohol-based hand sanitisers and communal hand sanitisers are available throughout all clinics. All surfaces and equipment are also regularly sanitised. Staff are equipped with personal protective equipment, including face masks and face visors. All donors are pre-screened to assess their risk of having COVID-19 before entering the clinic, and are required to wear a mask. There are also strict social distancing measures in place.

To help save lives, please visit www.wcbs.org.za or call 021 507 6300 to find a donation clinic near you. The closest one to our GP/OKCID area is the Western Cape Blood Service blood donor centre at 9 Long Street, Cape Town.

REPORT A PROBLEM

If you have information about any suspicious behaviour or witness a crime please report it to us immediately. Please provide as much detail as possible.