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  • TUESDAY 3 March 2015 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za

    TELLING IT AS IT IS

    WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND

    Claremont

    The Biggest variety of

    Wines & Craft Beers in

    the Southern Suburbs

    43 PALMYRA ROAD 021 674 1478

    Open 6 days a week till 8pm

    Sundays 11 to 6pm

    Increasing concerns over children begging aggressively at the Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Road, Woodstock, are resulting in plans to safeguard

    visitors to the venue. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

    WOODSTOCK

    Begging for removal

    NICOLE MCCAIN

    @nickymccain

    C

    hildren begging outside the Old Biscuit

    Mill is a growing concern, say crime

    fighting organisations.

    This follows a social media posting which

    lashed out at safety officerswhowere report-

    edly seen chasing children away from the

    Old Biscuit Mill.

    According to the postings, the children

    live in Woodstock and were being moved

    along by safety officers of the Salt River Im-

    provement District.

    None of those posting the allegations re-

    sponded to requests byPeoples Post for com-

    ment.

    However, Woodstock police spokesperson

    Sergeant Hilton Malila says a group of chil-

    dren come to the popular market on Satur-

    days, playing drums on the sidewalk to get

    money from the visitors.

    These children are not from Woodstock.

    We are currently in a process to involve the

    social development department to assist

    with the problem.Members of our police sta-

    tion frequently remove them during patrols

    as they are causing an obstruction for pedes-

    trians on the sidewalk, he says.

    Gene Lohrentz, CEO of Geocentric Urban

    Management who manages the improve-

    ment district, says safety officers have wit-

    nessed both aggressive begging and illegal

    car guarding in the public space around the

    Old Biscuit Mill, which are activities in di-

    rect violation of the City of Cape Towns by-

    laws.

    Within its mandate, the improvement

    districts public safety team assists the po-

    lice, Metro Police and Law Enforcement to

    address both criminal behaviour and social

    issues, he says.

    TheSaltRiverBusiness ImprovementDis-

    tricts mandate is to ensure the Salt River

    area is inviting and safe for all the people

    of the area including visitors, residents,

    property and business owners alike, says

    Lohrentz.

    However, under the organisations man-

    date, public safety officers do not arrest or

    search people, he says.

    The safety officers have a responsibility

    towards the general public to address issues

    such as aggressive beggars, illegal car

    guardsandotherdisturbances and therefore

    our officers approach people doing such ac-

    tivities and ask them not to continue, he

    says.

    TheOldBiscuitMill private property area

    does not fall under the improvement dis-

    tricts area as they only operate in public

    space, Lohrentz says.

    We have not received any direct com-

    plaints that concern the safety officers,

    Lohrentz points out.

    Malila says although crime is present

    around the tourist spot, none of the children

    performing there have been directly linked

    to any criminal activity.

    According to our information , the chil-

    dren dont commit crime. We are experienc-

    ing that local criminals target the cars that

    are being parked all over the side streets

    leading to the Old Biscuit Mill on a Satur-

    day, he says.

    Lohrentz stresses that visitors to the area

    should give responsibly to shelters and so-

    cial organisations.

    By givingmoney to beggars on the street,

    you are responsible for them to keep on liv-

    ing on the streets, because it becomes a via-

    ble option for them, he says.

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    here were many people who eagerly

    awaited this years budget speech. And

    there were also many who simply were

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    Budget 2015, however, is very important

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    Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nenes first

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    The biggest shock to consumers was prob-

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