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YOURE ON CAMERA: The Maitland City Improvement District plan to roll out licence plate recognition cameras this year. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
Cameras to track vehicles
heMaitlandCity Improvement District
(MaitCID) plans to install a licence
plate recognition system through its
The cameras record the licence plates of
vehicles travelling through the area, imme-
diately alerting law enforcement agencies
should the vehicle be linked to any criminal
The cameras are able to zoom in on the ve-
hicle, revealing details on the car and the
faces of the driver and passengers.
The system is also linked to other suburbs
such as Camps Bay and Tamboerskloof, us-
ing the same technology.
This means should a vehicle be involved
ina crime inTamboerskloof, the camera sys-
tem will pick it up when it enters Maitland.
Gene Lohrentz, manager of Geocentric
which runs the improvement district, says
the project will commence with the new fi-
nancial year and should cost in the region
of R50 000, as investments have already been
made into the camera network infrastruc-
The amount of cameras to be installedwill
be decided closer to the time, although the
systemwill cover all four of the main access
routes in and out of Maitland.
The licence plate recognition cameraswill
compliment the improvement districts
CCTV camera network which consists of
eight cameras, as well as a control room
which has been established at the MaitCID
offices to monitor the recorded footage.
Maitland Community Police Forum(CPF)
chairperson Charnelle Southgate previous-
ly told Peoples Post that a camera system in
Maitland has yielded numerous successes.
They are actually helping out quite a bit.
People used to deal drugs openly in front of
clubs or on street corners, but now they are
being caught in the act.
She further explain the footage can also be
used to help with investigations.
Lohrentz believes the additional cameras
can only bring more crime fighting power
to the organisation as they will be able to
Wehave seena significant increase in the
detection of criminal behaviour using our
current camera network and while these
cameras record the criminal acts, we want
to be aware of vehicles moving in and out
of our area that have been flagged as suspi-
cious as well using number plate recogni-
tion we will be able to do this , he says.
Maitland police spokesperson Constable
Lorencial Johnson says any assistance in
fighting crime in the precinct is welcomed.
We are thankful to have such a good rela-
tionship with the MaitCID and the cameras
will assist us enormously. Licence plates are
often themeans to identify suspects vehicle
or a vehicle which is used in criminal activi-
ties, he says. Johnson further says suspi-
cious vehicles can be easily monitored on
entering the precinct through the camera
With the assistance of the response offic-
ers, the planned criminal activity can easily
be foiled, he further explains.
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Cape Town gets film boost
n agreement between the film industry
and the national home affairs depart-
ment has smoothed the way for inter-
The agreement nowmakes it easier for in-
ternational film teams to travel to the coun-
try, explains Monica Rorvik, head of Film
Promotion atWesgro, theWestern Capes of-
ficial tourism, trade and investment promo-
The agreement takes into consideration
two types of travellers to South Africa: the
oversight group which consists of client,
agency and production company personnel
and the specialist group which comprises
of actors, models, directors, technicians and
According to the agreement, the over-
sight group from visa exempt countries will
nowbe able to travel to SouthAfricawithout
having to pre-apply at a South African Em-
The specialist group will still need to ap-
ply inadvance to theSouthAfricanEmbassy
but the requirements have been stream-
lined, Rorvik says.
We are delighted with the outcome
reached with the Department of Home Af-
fairs. The new agreement is a positive for us
and goes a long way in facilitating the pro-
motion and growth of the film industry.
The Cape Film Commission has also wel-
comed the announcement, says CEO Denis
The film industry in Cape Town is quite
a lucrative industry for local entrepreneurs,
small businesses and the local economy,
says Tourism, Events and Economic Devel-
opment acting executive director Teral Cul-
This booming industry ensures valuable
skills transfer from international crews to
our local crews, which is critical to the fu-
ture sustainability of the industry, she
says. Last year, 10 309 film bookings were
made, with 6 741 permits being issued for
various shoots, Cullen says.
In the current tough global economic en-
vironment, the country needs to remain
competitive in as many sectors as possible.
The film production sector adds value
to a wide range of
additional sectors in the local economy by
creating a demand for products and services
with particularly strong links to the tour-
ism sector. The industry also showcases
Cape Town, its diversity of locations, tech-
nical film capacity and talent and address-
Cape Town is a popular filming location
offering good natural lighting and provid-
ing value-added marketing and investment
collateral for the city and the country, she
Cullen also say the local film industry has
over the past three years created more than
35 000 jobs and contributed approximately
R5bn to the economy.
This is a highly competitive industry glo-
bally, with each destination jostling to at-
tract more film companies to their shores,
Not only Cape Town, but South Africa,
needs to continually ensure that it remains
an attractive destination for location film-
ing in order to maintain its international
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: An agreement between the film industry and national government will make it easier for international companies to
film in South Africa. PHOTO: NASIEF MANIE/FOTO24
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Health tips for children
In the last-minute rush to make sure your
child has his books, pencils and school uni-
form ready, dont forget to add a health
check-up to your to-do list.
The City of Cape Towns Health Directo-
rate has urged parents to add health checks
to the list of back-to-school preparations
for their children, including vaccinations.
According to the National Childhood Im-
munisation Schedule, children are given the
tetanus and reduced strength of diphtheria
vaccine (Td Vaccine) at the age of six, fol-
lowed by another round at the age of 12, ex-
plains the Citys Mayoral Committee mem-
ber for Health Benedicta Van Minnen.
I want to urge parents to ensure their
children receive these vaccinations, which
are administered through an injection in
their upper arm. Prevention is always better
than cure. Also, our clinics offer these im-
munisations free of charge. We still have a
fewdays left before the academic year starts,
so now is as good a time as any to get the
vaccinations done for children who need to
get these shots, she says.
City Health staff are also well placed to
provide advice on good nutrition, which is
a key focus of the directorates awareness
and education programme, Van Minnen ex-