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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

AGM Report on Beachfront Social Issues by Theresa Massaglia

At the CBCRA AGM on Monday, 23-11-2020, Manco member Theresa Massaglia shared the origin of CwC (Community who Cares), which she started in 2018 with Alan Marsh, the Chairman of the Camps Bay Community Police Forum (CPF), a collaboration between the Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers Association (CBCRA), the Business Forum, SAPS, Camps Bay CSI (CBCSI), the Ward 54 Councillor Nicola Jowell, and NGOs such as Homestead and StreetSmart. It has become a model for other ratepayers’ associations to implement too.

Transformation of homeless persons is the key, rather than community handouts of money or food. Donations have been received from the community in the form of shoes, clothing, blankets etc. R400000 has been received in donations, covering costs of masks, sanitiser, and to support feeding schemes. A Women’s Month programme was initiated for homeless women in Safe Space. A team building workshop was run for female SAPS and Law Enforcement staff. A Victim Support unit has been set up at SAPS. Stipends have been received from the City of Cape Town to fund the new Camps Bay CSI Community Stewards, for which the Business Forum will fund the Transport, and the Codfather will pay for the provision of uniforms and the laundering thereof.

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