• 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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I’m extremely thankful to W/O Van Graan and his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus from K9 Breede River Worcester, for “saving my life” following an incident on 4 July 2017.

At approximately 07:30 on that date, I discovered that my laptop and iPad had been stolen out of my house whilst we were asleep.

We phoned the police to report the case, merely to get a case number for insurance purposes. The police responded within five minutes and we were able to track the iPad via my cellphone. We tracked the iPad around 08:30 and I phoned the police station for assistance, as I could literally see on my cellphone how the thief was moving around with my iPad. The police station once again responded immediately and I was at the station within less than a minute. On my arrival, W/O Van Graan was waiting for me in front of the station. He picked me up in his vehicle and we started the search until we found the location of the iPad at the Russell Scheme Flats.

At that point, my cellphone’s battery capacity ran out and I thought by myself, that was it. W/O Van Graan however insisted that we go to my house to get the charger and before we left, he asked his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus, who happened to be at the spot at that time, to help with the search.

We were only two minutes on our way when they called to say that they found my iPad and they knew where to find the laptop.

The bottom line is that I managed to retrieve both my laptop and iPad by 13:00 on that same day without losing any information!

This was, in my book, indeed a miracle, but the way in which especially W/O Van Graan dealt with the whole situation was priceless. I've spoken to Lt-Col Horak as well to thank him for the assistance of his team. He has good reason to be extremely proud of his team.

W/O Steenkamp from the detective branch also treated me in a way that was indescribable. Thank you to them as well.

In closure, this was a miracle, but the support I received from our men in blue was extraordinary and I can only salute you.

Thank you once again for “saving my life”.

André Lubbe

Financial planner: Sanlam Overberg

 

Reaction by Maj-Gen Nomthetheleli Mene on accolades made to a police official by Mr André Lubbe

Maj-Gen Nomthetheleli Mene, the Cluster Commander of Worcester, expressed her gratitude about the positive comments made by a Sanlam financial advisor in the Overberg area, Mr André Lubbe, when he commended the work done by one of our police officials.

“'I am very pleased that some of our community members are recognising the work done by our police officials. As much as we are subjected to criticism by the public on other areas where we lacked, positive comments are a motivation for police officers dealing with the challenging situations on a daily basis,'” she said.

“'I must thank W/O Jacobus van Graan for the sterling job in which I am proud to talk about, and I trust that this will also make the K9 Commander, Lt-Col Izak Horak, very proud. Continue with the good work, Warrant,” added Maj-Gen Mene.

Servamus - October 2017

Whenever a disaster strikes, such as the fires that resulted in massive destruction in Knysna during June 2017, an earthquake in Italy or a tsunami in Japan, thousands of people need help.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
June 2017: Knysna and its surrounding areas - devastating fires. August 2017: Houston, Texas - extreme floods.
By Annalise Kempen
On 11 March 2011 at 14:46, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, so powerful that it shifted the earth on its axis by 10 cm, struck Japan.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
"In many countries, climate change is magnifying risks and increasing the cost of disasters, a trend seen in South Africa given the current drought, the severe weather events and flooding experienced each year."
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - October 2017

There are two recent reported cases regarding all the dos and the don'ts regarding extradition (Afrikaans: "uitlewering").
Read More - S V Sebofi 2015 (2) SACR 179 (GJ)
Mr Sebofi (the accused) was convicted on two counts of rape by the regional court in Roodepoort (the trial court), and sentenced to life incarceration.
Read More - Chala and Others v Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), KwaZulu-Natal and Another 2015 (2) SACR 283 (KZP)
The proviso (Afrikaans: “voorbehoud”) to section 93ter(1) of the Magistrates’ Court Act 32 of 1944 provides as follows:
Read More - S V Tladi and Others 2016 (1) SACR 424 (GP)
The three accused persons in this case were each convicted in the regional court (“the trial court”) on one count of kidnapping and one count of rape.
Read More - S V Masoka and Another 2015 (2) SACR 268 (ECP)
Two accused persons were standing trial before the magistrates’ court in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape on a charge of robbery.

Letters - October 2017

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.
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.
It saddens me that every year South African Police Service members continue to succumb to the brutal onslaught on their lives.
October 2017 Magazine Cover

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