An accolade for work well done

KILLARNEY – The residents’ association wins an award for excellent work done on 4th Street.

The Killarney-Riviera Association, together with members of the community, have made the park on 4th Street desirable.

The new Killarney-Riviera Association was recently honoured by the South African Planning Institute with a National Planning Award for the revamped park situated on 4th street.

The association, together with some members of the community, put their heads and hands together to plant trees, install a netball post, a jungle gym and a sandpit to make the park desirable.

“The award was in recognition of the efforts over the years to improve our public spaces, in particular, our adoption of the municipal park in 4th street,” said Wayne Ford, chairman of the Killarney-Riviera Association.

“The jungle gym and sandpit were paid for with donations received from residents specifically for this purpose, and the netball post was funded with a donation from the Killarney Mall. We are seeking to expand the playground further,” Ford added.

According to the chairman, Nomsa Nene Properties, an estate agency which specialises in the area, sponsored the building of a drinking fountain with a basin for pets and Drew Lindsay, a Johannesburg-based artist, added artwork.

Ward 73 councillor, Mia Snyman praised the association for the award and their hard work to turn the park into a fun space. She said the park was now a calm, beautiful and interesting place for adults to meet, read and relax. “The enthusiasm and commitment have been impeccable. I will make sure that City Parks plays its part to maintain the park.”

Treasurer of the South African Planning Institute, Aurobindo Ogra awards Wayne Ford, chairman of the Killarney-Riviera Association with a planning award for the revamps done at the park on 4th Street.

Ford said they had embarked on a number of projects to ensure that the park remains in excellent condition. These include having a gardener in the park, which is sponsored by Pam Golding Properties and a park ambassador sponsored by Vision Tactical Security who ensures the safety and peace of mind in the park.

“We also hire a street sweeper who cleans the main pedestrian routes in the area five days a week,” said Ford.

“In addition, we are continually in communication with the ward councillors, and with the various municipal departments and the police, to maintain and improve infrastructure and to improve security and the enforcement of the bylaws.”

An app to save your life

Vision Tactical Appby Lethu Nxumalo

HOUGHTON – A security company launches a smartphone app designed to provide a swift service.

Security company, Vision Tactical, has launched a smartphone panic app that turns your phone into an emergency system when in trouble.

The VTAC app, which is linked to the security company’s control room and armed response, is designed to help users in emergency situations to request assistance from emergency services such as armed response, the nearest police station, medical assistance from ER24 and the nearest fire station.

Upon receipt of an emergency request from a user, Vision Tactical identifies the exact location of the user in distress via live GPS tracking and contacts the required respondent.

Acting ER24 Joburg North branch manager, Cornelius Venter, said the app would enable users to receive quick medical help at the press of a button without any time being wasted. He said sometimes during emergencies, it took time to locate patients and the app was the solution.

Yaseen Theba, director at the security company, said it was important to provide their service to their clients wherever they were, and using this technology would provide fast, quality service. “In stressful situations, it’s easy to activate the panic [mode] and let professionals handle all the rest,” said Theba.

“We respond in the areas we patrol in under five minutes.”

Rosebank Killarney Gazette



27th July 2016


Vision Tactical AppJohannesburg – Vision Tactical launched a smartphone app that turns your phone into the ultimate emergency system. It is linked to their control room & armed response that sends real-time alerts requesting a range of emergency services. These emergency services include Armed Response/ nearest SAPS, Medical Assistance by ER24 or the nearest Fire Station.

The app is designed to help their clients in emergency situations. Instead of searching for the correct number to call in an emergency situation and giving exact details of your location, the app will do all this for you. Vision Tactical will call the required emergency respondents and will be able to pinpoint your location via live GPS tracking. In stressful situations, it’s easy to activate the panic and let professionals handle all the rest.

With its user-friendly interface and intuitive functionality, the App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store. Up to five members will be able to access the app from the single payment of R2000 per year.

“It’s a great tool to fight crime”, said Yusuf Abramjee- Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador & Crime Activist.

“This application is a long overdue tool for the fight against crime, crime prevention, and the investigation against crime. Vision Tactical is playing their part in building a safe community and making people feel safer. This is their contribution to the National Development Plan 2030”, said Andy Mashaile, Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador.

“Its important for us to provide our services to our clients wherever they go. Using technology we are able to provide a faster response” – said Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical



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Vision Tactical App


App review by NaQiyah Mayat

Over the past year of having the Vision Tactical security company presence in the Houghton, Johannesburg area, we’ve been provided with an increased sense of safety. Their vehicles are easily identifiable by their red and black branding and their dedicated patrolling means that they are on the pulse of what’s happening in the area at any given time.

In keeping with technology, they have released a smartphone app which turns your mobile phone into the ultimate emergency system. 

It is linked to your Vision Tactical account that sends real-time alerts requesting a range of emergency services.

These emergency services include Armed Response, locating your nearest SAPS, Ambulance and nearest Fire Station.

Any alert will share your location to the Control Room, using GPS co-ordinates no matter where you are in SA. If you are within the Vision Tactical range, they will deploy a response vehicle based on your pin location.

If you’re anywhere else in SA, they make contact with the SAPS on your behalf and ensure that you are reached at your exact location.

Once holding down the ‘Panic’ button, you’ve already sent an activation to their control room notifying them that you require immediate assistance. Often in times of an emergency, we aren’t able to properly provide details of our location or the circumstance.

I’ve installed the app and linked our account to them. I’ve also saved it on the homepage of my mobile so it’s easily accessible.

Visit their website to view the services that they are able to provide and to sign up for their security services:

In addition to their patrol and response service, they offer manned guarding, keyholding, alarm response, concierge and front of house, control room and CCTV, dog handling, event and personal security services.

You may post any questions that you might have in the comments sections and I’ll ensure that your requests will be attended to.

Please feel free to tag your spouse if you’d like to share their details with him/her. If you’re using their services, please share your experience for the benefit of my readers.

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A partnership for a faster better service


HOUGHTON – Vision Tactical partners with ER24 in the north of Johannesburg.


ER24 medical helicopter side by side with a Vision Tactical response vehicle for a better faster service

Vision Tactical Response will now respond to emergencies in Houghton and surrounding areas with ER24 paramedics in tow.

The security company has seven active vehicles that provide a service in and around Houghton, Killarney and Norwood to both clients and non-clients.

“We are taking our service to the next level, making our tactical response unique,” said Yaseen Theba, director at the security company. “By partnering with ER24 we are able to get medical care to the incidents far faster, providing real help, real fast.”

Paramedics will be in response vehicles fully equipped and ready to assess and stabilise patients. Theba said having paramedics in the area would assure not only their clients but the entire community that professional help was on standby.

Saul Behrmann, branch manager at ER24 Johannesburg North branch said, “Partnering with Vision Tactical was seen as another way of ER24 getting more involved with the community.”


Vision Tactical & ER24 partner for a faster response.


FRIDAY 27 MAY 2016 – 2pm

Vision Tactical & ER24 partner for a faster response.

Paramedics from ER24 will respond to any emergencies in Houghton & surrounding suburbs with certain Vision Tactical Response Units. ER24 owns its fleet of more than 280 Rapid Response Vehicles and Ambulances, and operates a national 24-hour Emergency Contact Centre.

“We are taking our service to the next level making our tactical response unique” , said Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical. “We partnered with experts in our field that offer quality medical emergency service solutions to best suit our clients needs” he added.


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Be careful not to compromise a crime scene

Be careful not to compromise a crime scene

Police have recently found that, in their eagerness to spread police successes on social media, members of the community can inadvertently compromise crime scenes and the investigation of the crime itself.

When suspects are arrested, it is important to remember that identity parades will form part of the investigation process. Therefore, photographs depicting the faces of suspects should not be distributed at all, since it can have a negative impact on the investigation and any identity parades to be held in connection with the case.

By preserving a crime scene, the evidence collected will be of a better quality, thereby ensuring a higher conviction rate. A crime scene not only includes the place where the crime was committed , but also the area surrounding the immediate crime scene and can cover a very large area.

In the investigation of a crime, police gather information and physical evidence which can be used to help solve the case. If you preserve the crime scene, then police will be able to gather uncontaminated evidence.

The more the crime scene is damaged, the less evidence can be collected and used.

You can preserve a crime scene by doing the following:-

· Take care of the injured,

· Limit your movement on the crime scene,

· Avoid contact with visible evidence,

· Leave the scene undisturbed,

· Don’t move around the scene to establish what damage or losses were incurred,

· Don’t touch or move any items at the scene,

· Leave the crime scene, but be available for questioning by police,

· Use an alternative route, not the ones used by criminals,

· If possible, lock the premises but be on hand to unlock for police,

· Do not distribute facial images of the suspects.

Every person at, or in the vicinity of a crime scene, is a potential witness.

Tell police everything you know, no matter how small or insignificant you think your input will be.

Entrust the crime scene to police because, in doing so, you have taken the first step in enabling police to identify the criminals, arrest them and bring about their conviction.

“Operation Hydrate” hopes to deliver over 1-million liters of drinking water to drought-stricken areas

Issued by “Operation Hydrate”
Sunday 10 January, 2015

IMG_3980“Operation Hydrate” hopes to deliver over 1-million liters of drinking water to drought-stricken areas by the end of next week, in a bid to help desperate South Africans affected by severe water shortages.

Some 350 000 liters of water have already been distributed to affected towns in the Free State and Eastern Cape.

“Operation Hydrate” was formed by a group of volunteers last week, following urgent calls for drinking water by several desperate communities – and reports that some of those affected had even resorted to drinking sewerage water.

Over recent days, scores of volunteers from Gauteng were deployed to Senekal, Aliwal North and other areas to distribute thousands of liters of water in bottles and containers.

“Operation Hydrate” co-ordinator, Yaseen Theba, said the situation on the ground is distressing and communities in affected areas are desperate.

“We cannot sit idly by and watch our fellow South Africans die of thirst. As civil society we have the power to make a difference and help those in need when we unite around a common cause such as this,” he said.

“People have been queuing for drinking water. The joy on the faces of those who have been receiving drinking water is remarkable and most humbling. Many have not had water for weeks,” added Theba.

He said communities expressed immense joy and gratitude when trucks filled with water arrived to provide them with much needed relief.

“Water is life and together we are making a difference in the lives of our fellow countrymen and women,” he said.

“Operation Hydrate” was formed by good samaritans from various communities, NGO’s, religious groups and companies, with a view to saving lives and easing the suffering of thousands of people.

Theba said the goodwill and generosity shown by South Africans from all walks of life has been remarkable, with people digging deep into their pockets.

“Every donor and volunteer truly embodies the spirit of being Proudly South African, with Ubuntu being at the heart of this relief operation,” said Theba.

Activist and social cohesion advocate, Yusuf Abramjee, said ordinary citizens were doing extra ordinary acts of kindness through “Operation Hydrate”.

He said “Operation Hydrate” was being inundated with requests from other drought stricken areas. The team would assess the situation on Monday and assist where possible.

Abramjee thanked all those who have contributed financially, donated water, resources and their time.

“Please continue to make a difference. We salute you,” he said.

“While Government should be leading the drive, we as citizens cannot sit back and watch the misery continue. We also have to roll up our sleeves and do what we can to help. It’s our civic duty – but beyond that, it’s in our nature as South Africans to live out Ubuntu and act with a genuine sense of humanity every day,” added Abramjee.

He called on the national Government as well as provincial and local governments to help those communities who have little or no water.

“While some help is being given, it’s not enough,” he said.

Mango Airlines pledged R500 000 to “Operation Hydrate” over the weekend.

Shoprite SA has also donated thousands of liters of water and is offering water at cost price in affected areas. Many other companies have also pledged cash and bottled water.

Proudly South African has also come out in support of “Operation Hydrate” and has appealed to Corporate South Africa and the business community to assist.

“Operation Hydrate” says water collection points will close on Sunday and they have appealed to the public to donate cash.

Operation Water ABSA 9314587739 #OperationHydrate

Follow “Operation Hydrate” on Twitter: @HydrateSA
Facebook: Operation Hydrate Initiative SA


Yaseen Theba cell +27 (82) 4942824

Yusuf Abramjee cell +27 (82) 4414 203


*Photos are available on request.
*The media is welcome to accompany us to affected areas this week to witness the distribution. Email

Operation Hydrate

20160106002651This project focuses on delivering a service to the Free State and Eastern Cape villages. A team will be leaving on Thursday to assess the situation. However, the following are interim requirements:

An 8 ton truck will be dispatched on 6th January 2016 with water to the required area. However, this will be insufficient.

The price for 5 litre bottles (112 bottles per pellet) is R1 176

Show your support by donating any amount into the following account:

Operation Water
Absa business banking


Yaseen Theba: 082 494 2824