It seems there is more to AfriForum than meets the eye. In addition to preserving and protecting the culture of South Africans, particularly the Afrikaner, AfriForum also has a very effective way of watching over and protecting its members’ interests.
Having won the 2016 Best of Bloemfontein award for the Best Neighbourhood Watch, AfriForum’s national coordinator, Pieter Myburg, says that the Bloemfontein suburbs that won the award comprise Fichardt Park, Hospital Park and Pellissier. In addition to the award-winning sector, there are also six other neighbourhood watches, which include other suburbs like Rayton-Heuwelsig, Langenhoven Park, Uitsig and Wilgehof.
Myburg explains that these neighbourhood watches are funded by AfriForum membership fees, which start at R50. He adds that because Afriforum is in partnership with Bloemsec and other security companies in Bloemfontein, members are guaranteed that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that they live in safe neighbourhoods.
In the event of a break-in, the neighbourhood watch members on patrol, who are trained and provided with equipment, call their security partner company, the South African Police Services, for back-up and if required, ER24 medical services for emergencies and medical assistance.
Myburgh says apart from the benefit of enhanced security by patrols in these neighbourhoods, members are given discount from some of the security company partners.
But there’s more! Apart from keeping its members safe in the neighbourhoods, AfriForum also goes the extra mile in ensuring that its members enjoy quality services from the municipality. Well, how does that work, because the municipality is in charge of service delivery, you may ask? AfriForum works closely with municipalities and alerts them timeously when there is a service delivery issue such as potholes in roads or blocked sewerage pipes.
It also wants its members to live good, meaningful lives and enjoy quality services they should rightfully have without any excuses from the municipalities.
AfriForum and its members are extra special because it consists of a tight-knit group of people who want to make a meaningful difference in each other’s lives and live according to the much celebrated African Ubuntu values that all South Africans should aspire towards.
Future plans for this inspiring organisation include expanding the neighbourhood watch’s reach and incorporating surburbs like Brandwag and Waverley. Myburg adds that the forum will have its own control room that will link all their branches in Bloemfontein and with their head office in Pretoria.
Join AfriForum today to get services with a difference from an organisation that really cares.
Compiled by Pulane Choane & Moeketsi Mogotsi
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