• With numerous types of scams around, it is vital that we know how to pay attention to avoid falling victim to these scammers. Our Community Safety Tips published from p48 in Servamus: August 2022 provides valuable tips on spotting scams.

  • Scammers are greedy con-artists who want to make as much money as they can and without thinking about the harm they cause to others. Our article published from p10 in Servamus: August 2022, warn readers about a variety of scams to watch out for.

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Saturday 14 May 2022 was to be yet another day of search, rescue and recovery operations in the disaster areas of KwaZulu-Natal following the flood devastation a few weeks earlier. Mid-afternoon and mid-rescue, police and dogs came under attack by a swarm of bees in Nongoma, resulting in both humans and animals sustaining many stings.

Most affected were search and rescue dog handler, Sgt Odayer and his dog Dante. While the sergeant was suffering, Dante was going into anaphylactic shock and needed urgent help.

A quick sprint by helicopter to the Westville Vet Hospital, which was the nearest treatment facility, seemed to be the quickest solution. The kind assistance from the Durban Metro Police to ensure that the M13 was closed for a couple of minutes for an emergency landing resulted in the handler and his dog being able to “hop” across the road to the vet for urgent treatment. Both handler and dog were recovering well at the time of going to print and all concerned thanked the public for all their messages.

C-3 Community Caring Cooperative, Westville KZN

Servamus - August 2022

In these tough economic times one cannot blame people if they want their money to grow, especially when good returns are promised, as in the case of cryptocurrencies.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Diamonds are not only one of the most beautiful gemstones, it is also the most durable substance known to mankind.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In a country where 7.9 million people are unemployed (StatsSA, 2022), it comes as no surprise that many people fall for employment scams.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Every year, more and more light is shed on the cruelty behind the breeding industry that is often kept hidden from the public by breeders.
Article and photos provided by the National Council of SPCAs

Pollex - August 2022

General Notice 642 of 2021, issued in terms of section 19(2) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002 by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is published in Government Gazette No 45419 dated 2 November 2021.
Introduction Have you, the reader (in particular law enforcement officers) ever heard of the following?

Letters - August 2022

Congratulations to the following Servamus subscribers who have each won a book in the past few months’ book review competitions:
A resolution adopted in 2018, by a group of retired and serving members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to reach out to needy families, recently benefitted the Tlapu family in Tantanana village outside Phokeng, Rustenburg.
Aug Magazine Cover

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