Hope springs from tragedy as new support group is formed

Busi Vilakazi

The deaths of the three firefighters Simphiwe Moropana (28), Mduduzi Ndlovu (40) and Khathutshelo Muedi (37) brought the people of Joburg together in mourning.

Hundreds of representatives from private security companies, CPFs, neighbourhood watch groups, emergency medical providers and law enforcement agencies gathered at Ellis Park Arena to honour the fallen heroes.

A convoy of 150 cars, moving from Huddle Park, Linksfield, headed to the arena where the memorial service was held.

George Moraitis from Guardians Security, who is also part of the organising team, said the service was a proper way of paying tribute and giving support to the families. “Last week’s fire was tragic and heartbreaking. Seeing so many individuals from the security industry come together gave us strength, the type of strength we wish to give to the families and colleagues of Joburg Fire,” said Moraitis.

The deaths of the three firefighters resulted in the establishment of a group called Fallen Heroes.

The group offers support to law enforcement and emergency services in times of tragedy.

An emblem was created to honour the firefighters and will be used officially in the future to honour those who die in the line of duty. The three golden stars represent the fallen firefighters, the wings mean working together and the heart  symbolises love.

Yaseen Theba from Vision Tactical said it was wonderful to see how the community supports one another in such a difficult period. “It’s encouraging to know that, no matter which company or department we represent in our daily life, we can stand united in times of crises and tragedy. These firefighters died serving, and for that they are heroes,” said Theba.

Mohammed Modan from Tau Protection Services said they plan to continue to keep the idea of Fallen Heroes group alive.

“We will continue to engage
with the City of Joburg and the departments to work towards a safer Joburg.

“It’s important that the family and colleagues get sustainable support through the structures of the departments. We will plan to continue our support when a tragedy strikes. We don’t need donations. It is all about our presence and to offer support and time.

“The different departments will contribute what they have,” said Modan.

As the families and colleagues left the arena to the Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg CBD for the wreath-laying ceremony, members of the convoy created a guard of honour to salute the #FallenHeroes.

“We salute the fallen heroes. Their sacrifice and dedication will not be forgotten.

“Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues,” said Theba.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN AGAINST ABDUCTION

Recently released security footage in which young children are seen taken by a strangers is disturbing.

According to Missing Children South Africa & The South African Police, the alarming reality is that in South Africa, one child goes missing every five hours.

Here’s how you can protect your family.

  • At a very early age, teach your child their name, address and telephone number and your first and last name.
  • Make sure children know how to make telephone calls.
  • Teach them how to call 10111 for help
  • Teach your child to never ever leave home without your permission. Very small children should play only in areas away from the street, such as a backyard, or in a play area supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Teach your child never wander off, to avoid lonely places, and to avoid shortcuts through alleys or deserted areas. They are safer walking or playing with friends.
  • Make sure your child goes straight home from school unless you have made other arrangements.
  • Establish strict procedures for picking up children at school, after movies, at friends’ homes, etc.
  • Teach your child to never enter anyone’s home without your approval.Teach your children to scream as loudly as possible, and that it is okay to do so when afraid.
  • If accosted by a stranger in a mall or any other public space, scream ‘This is NOT my PARENT!’
  • Teach your child to scream, run away and tell you or a trusted adult if anyone attempts to touch or grab them, of if a stranger offers them a ride.
  • Teach your child to never give any information over the telephone including their name and address, or indicate they are alone.
  • Teach your child to keep doors locked and admit only authorized people into the house.
  • Never leave children alone in a car, not even for a few seconds.
  • Have photographs taken of your children at least four times a year (especially for pre-schoolers). Make note of birthmarks or other distinguishing features.
  • Have your child fingerprinted and store the prints in a safe, easily accessible place in your home.
  • Talk to your children about child abduction in a simple, non-threatening way.
  • Listen to your child when he or she discusses anyone they have met or spoken with when you weren’t around.

Hundreds join convoy to Joburg CBD in honor of the #FallenHeroes 

Media Release

FALLEN HEROES

12th September 2018

Hundreds join convoy to Joburg CBD in honor of the #FallenHeroes 

Johannesburg: Hundreds of representatives from private security companies, CPFs, neighbourhood watch groups and emergency medical providers gathered in Linksfield today to honor the firemen who passed away on the 5th of September 2018 in the Johannesburg CBD fire. Law enforcement agencies also joined the convoy that  left Huddle Park, Linksfield and headed towards the Ellis Park Arena.

“The emergency lights on response vehicles lit up the convey of over 150 vehicles that made me very very emotional” said a resident along the road. 

“Last weeks fire was tragic and heartbreaking, but seeing so many individuals from the security industry come together gives us strength, the type of strength we wish to give the families and colleagues of the #JoburgFire, said George Moraitis from Guardians Security

Families and colleagues of the firemen lead the procession that moved from the arena to a wreath laying ceremony at the burnt building. Members of the convoy created a guard of honor on the route to salute the #FallenHeroes. 

“Its encouraging to know that, no matter which company or department we represent in our daily positions, we can stand united in times of crises and tragedy”, said Mohammed Modan from Tau Protection Services. 

“We will continue to engage with the City of Joburg and the relative departments to work towards a safer Joburg, said Yaseen Theba from Vision Tactical. It’s important that the family and colleagues get sustainable support, and through the structures of the departments we will plan to continue our support, he added

On behalf of CPF Mondeor Precinct , to those that protect and serve our communities, we salute our fallen Heros ,their sacrifice and dedication will not be forgotten. Our Sincere & heartfelt condolences to the families ,friends and colleagues.

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For Further info: 

YASEEN THEBA

064 400 0000


 

#JoburgFire

Johannesburg fire chief Arthur Mqwa says the blaze that engulfed the upper levels of a building in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday has since spread to lower levels through ducts filled with paper and boxes. “The fire spread through the ducts to the 16th floor because there were papers and boxes in those ducts‚” he said during a briefing at Milpark Hospital‚ where four firefighters were undergoing treatment for burn wounds and smoke inhalation. “What I am trying to say is that the building was not sealed. It did not comply with the [emergency services] bylaws‚” said Mqwa.

Three firefighters died fighting the blaze on Wednesday.

Vision Tactical assisted with resources on the ground and supported The City of Joburg EMS and JMPD Teams.

Swift response by Vision Tactical results in arrest of five wanted suspects.

On 31 August 2018, guards noticed suspicious activities at a neighbouring property in Houghton. They requested assistance and tactical units responded and started chasing the suspicious persons on foot and in a white Hyundai up Munro Drive out of Houghton. 

Within three minutes five persons were apprehended and a firearm was discovered. Suspects were handed over to SAPS. 

The victims remain traumatized after the suspects tied them up and beat them while they were on the property. 

It was later discovered that the suspects were using a stolen vehicle. The driver was also charged for possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Suspects are possibly linked to other cases. 

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