15 December 2011

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
It’s not always easy living in a small town. People talk. In a city or large town it’s easy to be incognito, to hide. In a small town you tend to know almost everyone and almost everyone known almost everybody else’s business. Also, not too much happens a lot of the time, so people like to talk – often about other people. And so stories spread, usually becoming more and more exaggerated as they move along the grapevine. We can put this down to human nature I think. However, this form of social communication can often be hurtful and even lead to ostracism in extreme cases and we should all be wary of this. But when a crisis happens, living in a small town means having a support group that one rarely sees when residing in a city. People come together – they genuinely care. This was brought home so clearly recently when we put out an appeal for help in finding Pascal, our restaurant cat that many of you know so well (who has unfortunately still not been found). The response from many Naperians took me completely by surprise – so many of you showed genuine care. Thank you to all of you. My faith in small town folk is once more fully restored and I am again so, so grateful to be amongst you. I wish you all a blessed and happy Christmas and New Year.

Tree. Oh
Tree, Thy leaves
are so unchanging

Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition
This Christmas leave your plastic tree in its box and come select your tree from Napier Mountain. A recommended donation of R40 is suggested, with all proceeds going to charity - 50% to The Child Welfare and 50% towards preserving the Fynbos. (Did you know: Pine trees are not indigenous to South Africa and kill Fynbos, which is only found in The Western Cape?!)

Make an appointment to cut down your very own Christmas tree, from the 16th December onwards, by calling Sunbird Lodge and Fynbos Reserve on: 028 423 3049 or e-mail: sunbird@orcawireless.co.za

Neil from Gunners sent this...
Graffiti as seen on a wall in Caledon...........(of all places !!)
If your life is your garden, your dreams are your seeds,
if your life sucks,then you're watering the weeds !!

A message of Thanks!
Club Emmanuel:
All the members and staff of Club Emmanuel, Service Centre for the Elderly, sincerely thank those residents and businesses in Napier who have so generously supported us during this year. Your help has been much appreciated. We wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas Time.

Nuwerus Nasorg/Aftercare needs your help!
Nuwerus Aftercare Centre desperately needs volunteers to help during the December Christmas holidays. If you care enough to want to help, please contact Beverley on 028 423 3993.
Riana and Aletta also need donations of wrapping paper and sweets for the Nasorg. Should you be prepared to donate, please drop these off at Aletta’s Guest House.

Christmas shopping special
MY SKAT situated at 35 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier, has unique furniture pieces, as well as glassware, crockery, candles and gift.. Come and do some Christmas shopping on Friday 16 December between 9:30am and 6pm and get 10% OFF everything you buy! Lots of new stock on offer...

Natter Smalls - Items for sale

  • Book: Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love in the time of cholera (world book night 5th March selected title, used once). R25
  • DVD: Jeff Dunham (ventriloquist) : Arguing with myself : Spark of insanity. R100
  • COMPUTER: 2 x boxes: AMD Athlon XP: 2 x DVD players; GForce 6200 512 mb DDR TVI DVI-card; 2 x 512 mb RAM; 1x 6GB HD, 1 x 20 GB HD, 1 x 40 GB HD; Okion qwerty keyboard; 5.1 R1500
  • Pocket IQ Test - National Geographic channel R50
  • Bull Bar - Strength trainer. R25
Contact Neale Lonsdale 072 042 4070 or nealelons@hotmail.com

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The holiday season is a time to be joyous and to celebrate, but we also need to be extra vigilant. Please read the following letter carefully and be alert!

Issue 2 - December 2011

Napier Police Station
028 423 8000
SAPS Crime Stop
08600 10 111
Sector commanders
Napier : Const. C Jafta
Rural : Insp. M Eksteen

This edition of Napier
Community Police Forum
Newsletter sponsored by:
Pascal's of Napier
028 42 33 146
"scrumptious food
with attitude"


ONA DAVIDS: 073 656 2293
STEPHEN SMUTS: 028 42 33 049
MICHELLE DU TOIT: 084 626 7785
CAPT. ISAK JANUARY: 082 778 6754
CONST. C JAFTHA: 079 894 0025
INSP. MIKE EKSTEEN : 082 444 3519

Congratulation to our Napier Police station on being recognized for delivering a high level of customer service. Those of us who have been to the charge office can agree that we are treated with courtesy and respect. Those of us who have sadly had reason to report a crime will have been most impressed with by the speedy response that such incidents have received. Patrick Seeton, Chairman of our Ratepayers Association recently had his familiar maroon bakkie stolen. He had barely reported this when the police and detectives arrived and within 72 hours the vehicle had been recovered in Hermanus, together with some items in the vehicle. Our local police are also active in the community tackling drug and alcohol issues with success. Despite their best efforts Napier still has crime but if we support our local police, neighbor-hood watches and the CPF, our low crime rate will fall further.

Ons wens ons mans en vroue in die polisiediens geluk met die prestasies van 2011. Ons wens hulle 'n GeseŽnde Kersfees toe en alles van die beste vir 2012. Mag die vakansie-seisoen kalm en rustig wees.

Mense dink dat gesinsgeweld slegs fisieke geweld insluit, maar die dade en gevolge hiervan wissel van aard en gereeldheid. Die Wet op Gesinsgeweld het betrekking op gesinsgeweld wat binne 'n gesins-verhouding plaasvind.

As geweld teen iemand, man vrou of kinders in ? gesin, gepleeg word, het jy die reg om by die naaste polisiekantoor of landdroshof om 'n beskermingsbevel aansoek te doen. ? Tussentydse beskermingsbevel kan enige tyd van die dag of nag uitgereik word om jou te beskerm, al is die bevel nog nie in die hof uitgereik nie. Enige slagoffer van gesinsgeweld kan hierom aansoek doen, insluitend kinders en, indien hulle te jonk is, 'n ouer of voog of enige persoon wat namens iemand optree wat verantwoordelik vir die kinders is, maar met hulle toestemming. 'n Polisiebeampte kan ook om ? beskermingsbevel aansoek doen.
Die SAPD het hom daartoe verbind om slagoffers van gesinsgeweld met sensitiwiteit en sorg te behandel.

To assist them in this, a forum for male staff – Men for Change – Manne vir Verandering has been launched to sensitise officers on issues of violence against women and children. This will also help them address the impact of gender based violence that affects families and to assist officers to uphold the Domestic Violence Act, both in their private lives and in their environment. This ‘Men for Change’ is the equivalent of the Women’s Network which arranges activities and projects in the community.

Napier Police Station earns recognition for good service
Are you satisfied with the service that you get from our Napier Police Station? A Customer Satisfaction survey was recently conducted asking a range of people who had reported crime or been to the Napier police station what their level of satisfaction had been. The survey found a high level of customer satisfaction. Well Done Napier SAPS. This survey formed part of a Western Cape wide survey at all police stations. As a result of this positive finding, Napier Police Station has been selected by the Department of Community Safety as one of only 34 police stations in the Western Cape to pilot a service delivery standards survey.

Preventing Burglaries
In two out of ten burglaries burglars don't even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window. Look at your home through a burglar's eyes.

  • How would you get in if you'd forgotten your keys? If you can get in, so can a burglar.
  • Are there places where they could break in without being seen?
  • Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?
Good Security
  • Make sure that all of your doors and windows have adequate locks and bolts.
  • Doors should be fitted with a five lever mortice lock
  • Doors and window frames should be strong and in good condition so that they can't be easily broken.
  • Think about fitting a chain on the door and a spyhole.
  • Consider fitting an alarm. Switch it on whenever you go out.
  • Lock your sheds and garages (consider buying a shed alarm).
  • Keep ladders and tools locked away. These could be used to break into your home.
  • Prevent intruders getting to the back and sides of your home by installing strong fencing or gates

If you wish to sponsor a CPF Newsletter,
please contact Michelle at 028 42 33 325

We would like to make this newsletter interesting as well as informative and would appreciate hearing from you. Possibly you have an interesting story to share with the other members of the community. Remember that it does not have to be a very long article. We require articles in Afrikaans and English. Please send your contributions to:
S Smuts, Box 287, Napier, 7270
or email them to: ssmuts@orcawireless.co.za
Bydrae kan ook by die Tourismebureau by Engen ingehandig word.

16 Days of Activism
25 November - 10 December
Don't look away, act against abuse
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children's Day and World AIDS Day.

Although the global campaign focuses on violence against women only, South Africa added children to its campaign because of the high incidence of child abuse in the country.

This campaign has been profiled and implemented in South Africa since 1999. The South African Government runs the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to create public awareness on the negative impact of violence on women and children and to encourage collective action against all types of abuse and its prevention in our communities. We are firmly committed to lead a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade.

In 2011 the 16 days of activism campaign has been undertaken under the Theme: "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence."

Although this campaign has a duration of 16 days, remember that the message is just as valid for the other 349 days of the year.

We had a very good, strong response to the issue highlighting recycling and many people posted comments. Well, we can all do our bit it seems and the local municipality IS prepared to assist. Free clear bags will be provided - in exchange for your full bag of recyclable material - into which you can put your next batch of recyclable material which will then be collected every Thursday, along with your other rubbish. These clear bags are also available from the local municiple offices. Should you wish to have more info on the recycling initiative, please pick up a printed leaflet from either Pascal's of Napier or from the charity shop. It's all so simple!

Quotable quotes
  • Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want - and their kids pay for it. - Richard Lamm
  • Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive. - Stephen Fry
  • There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. - Erma Bombeck
  • From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. - Katherine Whitehorn

Christmas Day in history
1 - 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
274 - Roman Emperor Aurelian dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus on the supposed day of the winter solstice and day of rebirth of the Sun.
352 - 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
597 - England adopts Julian calendar
800 - Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman emperor
1066 - William the Conqueror, crowned king of England
1223 - St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)
1758 - Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch during return
1818 - 1st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night") sung (Austria)
1818 - Handel's Messiah, US premieres in Boston
1901 - Battle at Tweefontein Orange-Free state: Boers surprise attack Brits
1938 - George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara.
1950 - Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey & smuggled back to Scotland
1990 - The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.

The Last Laugh
Him: What would it take to make you kiss me under the mistletoe?
Her: An anaesthetic.

We had grandma for Christmas dinner.
Really? We had turkey!

It was just before Christmas and the magistrate was in a happy mood. He asked the prisoner who was in the dock, 'What are you charged with?' The prisoner replied, 'Doing my Christmas shopping too early. ''That's no crime', said the magistrate. 'Just how early were you doing this shopping?' 'Before the shop opened', answered the prisoner.

Christmas: The time of year when everyone gets Santamental.

Happy Holidays - till next year!

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