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  • TUESDAY 16 December 2014 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za

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    CBD

    Team tackles begging

    NICOLE MCCAIN

    @nickymccain

    A

    task team to tackle aggressive begging

    is being launched to monitor the Cape

    Tpown CBD.

    Aggressive begging when someone is ap-

    proached or followed in a way intended to

    influence or to cause them to fear imminent

    bodily harm or loss of property, intimidated

    into giving money or closely followed after

    declining to give to a beggar is currently

    plaguing tourists in the inner city, says

    ward councillor Dave Bryant.

    Aggressive begging takes place in specif-

    ic parts of the CBD, mainly in areas where

    there arehigh concentrations of tourists and

    commuters, Bryant says.

    There is a core group of individuals who

    are involved in aggressive begging. It is im-

    portant to emphasise that begging is not ille-

    gal but aggressive begging, as defined by the

    bylaw cannot be condoned and must be ad-

    dressed.

    The lines between aggressive begging and

    mugging can sometimes be blurred, espe-

    cially when women, tourists and the elderly

    are intimidated into parting with money,

    Bryant says.

    I have had reports of visitors to the city

    being harassed into parting with money af-

    ter being relentlessly pursued after initially

    refusing to hand over cash. Aggressive beg-

    ging has a serious negative impact on the

    safe environment we have created in the

    CBD and cannot be tolerated, he says.

    Areas hardest hit are Long Street, Adder-

    ley Street, St Georges Mall, Greenmarket

    Square and the Companys Gardens.

    Central City ImprovementDistrict (CCID)

    chief operating officer Tasso Evangelinos

    says the organisation receives a lot of com-

    plaints about aggressive begging.

    However, we also need to stress that this

    situation is about behaviour and not about

    homeless people. Many people tend to con-

    fuse the two and in fact those who are beg-

    ging aggressively are giving many of our

    street people a bad name, he says.

    Aggressive begging has a detrimental ef-

    fect on all stakeholders who come into con-

    tact with it fromnormal pedestrians on the

    street who may be intimidated or even

    threatened, to formal and informal traders

    who can have their clientele chased away by

    the aggressive behaviour, to people who are

    homeless, and are reliant on the generosity

    of those who wish to alleviate their plight.

    Street Peoples Forum convenor Greg An-

    drews says aggressive begging has a nega-

    tive impact on the street people community

    as a whole. The very small number of indi-

    viduals who engage in this behaviour have

    made life for others more difficult on the

    street. Part of the problem is leaving to the

    discretion of the local enforcement official

    the interpretation of the term, despite the

    fact that the bylaw is very specific in its defi-

    nition. Were working with security cluster

    agencies to reduce the number of spurious

    arrests using aggressive begging as the

    charge, he says.

    To tackle this behaviour, Bryant has advo-

    cated the formation of a task team to enforce

    the bylaw against aggressive begging.

    The job of the task teamwill be to identify

    the most regular offenders and to formulate

    appropriate interventions to ensure theyare

    aware of the bylaws and abide by them, he

    says.

    The benefit of a specific task team would

    be that those vulnerable people who have no

    option but to beg are not tarred with the

    samebrushas thosewhoare in constant con-

    travention of the bylaws and extort money

    via threats and intimidation.

    Andrews would like to see a more victim-

    orientated approach.

    We need to look to precedence: the Do-

    mestic Violence Act effectively allows vio-

    lence to be defined by the victim. If a person

    feels threatened they can apply for a tempo-

    rary restraining order. Ideally we like to see

    the victims of aggressive begging taking the

    initiative here. If someone feels threatened

    they should have recourse to make a com-

    plaint, he says.

    The core task team has been set up and

    willmeet in January. It includes representa-

    tives from the CCID, the CPF, the Street Peo-

    ples Forum and non-profit organisation

    Straatwerk, says Bryant.

    TIS THE SEA

    SON: Here he is!

    Zachariah Olck

    ers from Fish

    Hoek is Peoples

    Posts first Front

    Page Christmas

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    was the runner

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    votes. This is the

    last edition for

    2014. The first

    edition next

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    pear on 13 Janu

    ary. Peoples

    Post wishes its

    readers a merry

    Christmas and a

    prosperous new

    year!PHOTO: CARI

    NA ROUX

  • PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND

    Tuesday, 16 December 2014

    2 NEWS

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    motor vehicle accident, train accident,

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    negligence, you may have a claim

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    compensation.

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    HERITAGE

    D6 20 years later

    T

    heDistrict SixMuseum thismonth cel-

    ebrates two decades of opening its

    doors as a memorial to a decimated

    community.

    Known as a city within a city, District Six

    was considered the soul of Cape Town, says

    a statement. Its bustling streets, diverse and

    colourful residents and deep sense of com-

    munity are engrained in the memory of

    those who once lived there.

    In February 1966 it was declared a

    whites-only area under the Group Areas

    Act. By 1982, the life of this vibrant commu-

    nity was over.

    More than 60 000 people were forcibly re-

    moved and the buildings were flattened by

    bulldozers, the statement reads.

    In honour of its 20th birthday, the muse-

    um will pay tribute to and celebrate the

    once vibrant community by reflecting on 20

    objects, places and peoplewhich truly epit-

    omise life in the former District Six.

    These are:

    . The Van Kalker Studio Proudly hang-

    ing above the familymantelpiece, the all-fa-

    miliar sight of a Van Kalker photograph

    could be found in the homes of many Dis-

    trict Six residents. The Van Kalker studio

    in Victoria Street became a routine visit for

    special events like birthdays, weddings,

    graduations and christenings.

    .Waentjies To get their fresh produce,

    residents looked no further than the local

    fruit and vegetable seller waentjies, who

    would set up shop on Hanover Street.

    . Fish horn The nasal sound of fish

    horns signalled the days fresh catch. With

    fish piled high, residents would flock to the

    pungent Fish Market (vismarkie) to get

    their share.

    . Hanover Street Dubbed the hub of

    District Six, Hanover Street was the place

    where you could acquire anything and eve-

    rything.

    . Peninsula Maternity Hospital Situat-

    ed between Constitution, Primro