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Dear <<First Name>>

I’m happy to send you the latest news from the PMU Team and Philippi Precinct.

In this month's newsletter:

Kind regards,

Egbert Wessels 
PMU Manager

City of Cape Town service requests

City Services Workshop: Aldermen and Councillors

The PMU team held a virtual workshop on 10 February with City of Cape Town line department managers responsible for the Philippi area.

Our aim was to address service delivery challenges in Philippi and find ways for City and the PMU to collaborate on fixing them.

The session was attended by Alderman Grant Twigg (Mayco member: Urban Management), Alderman Rhoda-Ann Bazier (Sub Council 13 chair), and a number of Sub Council 13 Councillors. 

Aldermen Twigg and Bazier (photo above) opened the session with strong calls for cooperation in the face of the dire needs of the wider Philippi business and residential community.

One such challenge is ensuring the safety of City maintenance crews that directly affects efficient service delivery in Philippi, and we explored the possibility of recruiting members of local Neighborhood Watch and Community Policing Forums to serve as escorts. 

Prior to the virtual workshop, the Aldermen and Councillors were introduced to the PMU's Safety and Waste Ambassador teams (photo below).

City Services: We can help you!

As illustrated below, we follow a simple step-by-step process for submitting C3 service requests to the City on behalf of Philippi businesses and residents who need urban management or utility services.

At present, we submit about one C3 service request every day, as well as tracking requests that haven't been completed yet.

We invite you to contact us if you need assistance with any maintenance or repair problem.

Cleaning and Waste services

Siyangena: A Happy Ending!

In our previous newsletter, we reported on the crisis faced by residents of Siyangena informal settlement because of a delayed cleaning contract, and on the shared effort by our Waste Ambassadors, community volunteers and Solid Waste Management to provide cleaning and waste services.

The good news is that a cleaning contract is now in place and waste collection has resumed in Siyangena. As you can see below, the result is stunning!

Waste Collection: A Singular Achievement!

An extraordinary amount of waste was collected in January. As shown in the infographic below, three times more waste (1012 bags) was sent to landfill than in normal months, and recycled waste (118 bags) reached a new record.

These numbers reveal the spectacular effort made by our 10 Waste Ambassadors in collecting waste on the Precinct's main roads, and also by the 7 loyal community volunteers who helped us collect the household waste of Siyangena informal settlement.

Once again, a shout-out to Solid Waste Management and the new Siyangena leadership, who showed what servant leadership looks like in practice!

Waste stats
Stakeholder Engagements

Department of Community Safety: A New Partnership

As reported in a number of our Facebook posts, the PMU has been offering Capacity Building workshops to members of various Community Policing Forums (CPFs) as part of our mission to empower the Philippi community in our fight against crime.

Following a fruitful meeting (photo below) with Mr Patrick Njozela (deputy director, WC Department of Community Safety), we will be collaborating with the DoCS to offer capacity building training to leaders of Philippi East Sector 4 and Nyanga Sector 3 CPFs.

The new partnership with the DoCS will strengthen and broaden our commitment to support local community policing forums.

DoCS meeting

Stakeholder Engagements: A New Map

Our improved Stakeholders map (below) now presents a clearer picture of all the groups and organisations that we are actively engaged with as we pursue collaboration with them on our common goals.

Recent additions to the map include Umthombo Wempilo (community organisation) and the Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DoCS).

Safety and Security services

Security Patrols: An Ongoing Arrangement

For over a year now, local residents and business owners have benefited from increased visible policing during daylight hours, because of the vehicle patrols by two private security companies that the PMU engaged for the task.

This arrangement is ongoing, and we are eager to see in the long run to what measurable extent our community's perception of safety in the Precinct will improve.

PMU Precinct Security Patrols

  • Ironclad Security and Ingomso Security Services patrol the Precinct's main roads 10 times every day with 2 vehicles, from 07:00 to 19:00.
  • Their work compliments and supports the policing by Philippi East SAPS and City Law Enforcement, to whom they report when incidents occur that require further action.

Philippi East SAPS Patrols

  • Patrols occur 24/7 with 3 vehicles and 10 members per shift; 
  • Crime Prevention comprises 3 vehicles and 12 members per shift in response to emergency calls, crime-in-progress, etc; and 
  • 3 mobile Sector Commanders are deployed during the day to liaise with the community. 

Crime contact info
City Law Enforcement: 107
SAPS: 10111 or 0860 10111 
Philippi East SAPS: 021 370 1900  

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