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On 5 July AfriForum’s Springs neighbourhood watch assisted the local fire brigade at a burning house. The local branch has a water wagon that is used for fire-fighting purposes.

Unfortunately the house had already been engulfed in flames. The house consisted of five bedrooms that were individually rented to between five to ten people. A gas stove that was allegedly connected incorrectly, had presumably caused the fire. Nobody was injured in the incident.

It is not the first time that this neighbourhood watch assisted the local fire brigade. According to Dewet Ungerer, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the East Rand, this is the umpteenth time that the neighbourhood watch has helped in emergencies.

In the meantime on 4 July AfriForum’s Springs branch started a mass safety and visibility project in the Daggafontein and Struisbult areas. In the course of the month the branch will perform mass visibility operations on a weekly basis.

“The idea of the visibility operations is to combat crime in the Springs community,” says Cornel Swart, chairman of AfriForum’s Springs branch.

The visibility operations will conclude at the end of July when all 162 neighbourhood watches in the country will participate in AfriForum’s national patrol.

“AfriForum’s Springs branch is indeed an example of how a well-oiled machine should function. There is never a situation too big or too difficult for this branch,” says Ungerer.

Become involved with your local AfriForum branch today by sending an e-mail to springs@afriforumtak.co.za.

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