We cannot drive while on “autopilot” while doing other things such as using our cellphones, applying make-up or eating. Our article in Servamus: April 2021 explains why it is dangerous to multi-task while driving.
Do you agree that having more roadworthy vehicles on our roads will contribute to road safety and less crashes? If you don’t, read our Community Safety Tips in Servamus: April 2021 where we explain why we believe it would.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp; Masixole Feni/GroundUp and James Stent/GroundUp
COVID-19 affects almost every facet of people’s lives and nobody has been left untouched. The measures, such as lockdowns, which governments have been taking to contain COVID-19 affect households in many ways, including job security, the loss of income, increased prices, rationing of food and other basic goods. There have also been disruptions to health care services and the educational system. Despite many of us feeling sorry for ourselves due to the restrictions imposed in terms of disaster regulations, the reality is that the poor and the homeless have probably suffered the most under these regulations.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
COVID-19 does not only impact on society and the economy, but it also impacts and shapes organised crime and illicit markets. The initial response to the pandemic affected the operation of criminal networks across the globe. While the pandemic has reduced some organised criminal activities, it has simultaneously provided opportunities for new ones.
Article and photos by Kotie Geldenhuys
“When the whole world pressed the reset button, policing continued. When world economies collapsed, policing continued. When businesses closed down, policing continued. When everyone was locked down in their homes, policing continued. When news of police officers who were arrested for wrongdoing made headlines, policing continued. When statistics of the COVID-19 infections skyrocketed to alarming figures, policing continued ... When the invisible enemy attacked everyone, including police officers armed with bulletproof vests and machine guns, policing continued ...” - Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele (SAPS, 2020a).
Four Gauteng policemen receive gold cross for bravery
Article by Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos provided by Sgt Reinier Henning and Sgt Jaco Putter
“Bravery is not the absence of fear, but action in the face of fear” - Mark Messier.
Police members know that they are likely to face death - maybe once, maybe a few times during their careers. This is why it is not a job for the faint-hearted. But very few police members are willing to face their fears through thick, dark smoke and flames to save the lives of firefighters trapped in a burning building … except for the extremely brave.