Each year we pay tribute to the heroes in blue who have paid the highest price. This year was no exception. We tell you a short story about each of these latest heroes – refer to our article published from p 32 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
The weather has caused havoc in large parts of the world in recent times – resulting a huge loss of lives. Ever thought about how you would react during a disaster? Read our article published from p 14 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
When a disaster strikes, the affected community is dependent on men and women who are willing to leave everything at home to search for survivors and treat the injured. Such are the men and women from Rescue SA – we tell you more about these heroes in our article published from p 22 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
Hierdie jaar het vir ons twee broers met baie nuwe uitdagings begin. Ons het in Januarie ons 50ste verjaarsdag in Namibië gaan vier en as ons gedink het dat dit die hoogtepunt was, lê daar toe ‘n baie groter uitdaging op ons pad.
Hilda O’Callahan, ‘n oud Suid-Afrikaner wat nou in Australië woon, het ons gekontak om haar met ‘n fondsinsameling te help. Hilda was by die Rooikruis in Australië betrokke en is al meer as 30 jaar daar woonagtig. Sy is met Barry, ‘n Aussie getroud en een van daardie mense wat nie kan stilsit nie. As gevolg van die ondervinding wat sy by die Rooikruis opgedoen het en haar Suid-Afrikaanse agtergrond, reik sy graag na mense uit.
Hilda het in 2009 ‘n program, wat oor beskermende gedrag en wat ons andere leer, met slegs nege persone in Port Elizabeth begin. Die program behels die volgende:
Between 14 and 18 August 2017, members of Westville SAPS competed in the KZN Rock and Surf angling competition held near the Wild Coast bridge, Port Edward.
This year the Westville A team won overall by a margin of 22 points out of nine teams. Our own Capt Rakesh Maharaj was the top angler and also landed the biggest fish, a blue skate measuring 68 cm in length and weighing 14.6 kg. The fact that Capt Maharaj is also visually impaired makes his achievement all the more noteworthy.
Sgt Stephen Clark
It saddens me that every year South African Police Service members continue to succumb to the brutal onslaught on their lives. On Sunday 3 September 2017, the SAPS held its annual commemoration day. The day is aimed at paying tribute to all police members who had lost their lives on the line of duty. This year's memorial commemorated the lives of members who were victims of fatalities that occurred during the 2016/2017 financial year.
The number of members who passed away stayed the same at 40 - the same number of members who were commemorated during the 2016 event - compared to 63 during the 2014/2015 financial year. The overall decline of police killings over the past two decades was confirmed by a survey that was conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR). According to this institutes' 20 year period survey that was released in June, 1970 members died in the line of duty between 1994 and 2004 while the figures dropped to 945 between 2005 and 2014.