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.

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


 

Street Store 2018

We hosted our first Street Store in 2016. I had heard about it on social media, a project that gives clothing to the homeless. The concept allows the homeless to come and shop for their own clothing for free.

We started off as a group of friends and as word spread, many youth organizations got involved and we ended up hosting a really successful event. As a result we decided to host another one in 2018. Youth groups teamed up once again, all with the same vision, to make a difference in people’s lives, to instil humility within ourselves and lead by example for future youth generations.

It started as a group of friends that expanded through the years and together we hope to expand into bigger projects and get as many people involved as we can.

As the project coordinator it humbled me to see the support we had from the  community. It’s not just one person’s efforts but the whole teams that carries this charity project. Each one of us handled this project in the past couple of months and we hope to host another Street Store completely for the pleasure of God, to allow everyone to get involved and make difference in lives that need it

A huge thank you to vision tactical who really went out of their way to make sure this event was a pleasant and safe one. These guys were really something else! We were so pleased and impressed!

Shameema Boots
Project Coordinator

Enterprise polony identified as source of listeria outbreak

More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.
Image: ALON SKUY

Polony and products from an Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are the source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.

More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.

The results from the factory were confirmed at midnight on Saturday at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases as the strain to blame for the outbreak that killed 27% of patients in South Africa.

“Avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat‚” said Motsoaledi. He told pregnant women to avoid any processed meat “like the plague”.

“The National Consumer Commission has issued the manufacturer involved [Enterprise] with food recall notices‚” Motsoaledi said.

This particular strain of listeria monocytogenes that infected so many people is sequence-type 6 and was particularly “virulent”. It was transmitted from food.

It led to at least 180 deaths and infected almost 1‚000 people.

“It is the worst outbreak in global history‚” Professor Lucia Anelich from Anelich Consulting Food Safety Solutions said earlier.

Listeriosis affects the elderly‚ those with compromised immune systems such as people with Aids and diabetics, and newborn babies.

The disease is particularly scary for pregnant woman who may have no symptoms when being infected with the bacteria but can pass it on to their babies.

It is believed the number of stillbirths may have increased as a result of pregnant women infected with it‚ said Juno Thomas‚ head of enteric diseases at the NICD.

One of the reasons it is so hard to find is because, even in solid food‚ a scientist may sample the infected food and not find it. For example‚ a slice of polony could be tested and have none of the micro-organism, but a different slice could have it.

Anelich said: “A micro-organism in a solid food is not homogenously distributed throughout food. A statistical sampling technique has to be used to ensure it is detected.”

It is also difficult to find in factories. Anelich said it could hide away in niches in the factory environment in cracks or bad joints and pipes.

Even if you sanitised a factory‚ you could miss the bugs hiding in cracks‚ she said.

Listeria bacteria can sense when it is near other bacteria and secrete a sugary goo. This substance is called a biofilm and can allow the bacteria to live on inanimate surfaces.

The biofilm protects the bacteria from cleaning agents. “A detergent could get superficial cells but leave behind some bacteria.”

Motsoaledi said that people at risk such as pregnant women‚ those with HIV and weakened immune system had to avoid all ready-to-eat products such as viennas‚ polony and frankfurters. These could be cross-contaminated in shops as they are often stored next to polony.

A Rainbow Chicken factory in Wolwerhoek in Sasolburg also tested positive for listeria monocytogenes – but it was not the strain causing this current outbreak.

Polony made by Rainbow Chicken has also been recalled.

Listeriosis – what to do with your Enterprise or Rainbow polony?

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City closes JHB roads for New Years celebrations

JOHANNESBURG – Several roads will be blocked off in central Johannesburg for various New Year’s celebrations, metro police said on Tuesday.

“Traffic will be diverted from 4pm around Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown for a concert,” spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

Jeppe, Bree, Henry Nxumalo, and Miriam Makeba are among the roads to be closed off.

Commissioner and Miriam Makeba streets would be blocked off for a fireworks display. Wolmarans and Claim streets would be cordoned off for a church service.

The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) will be closing off all roads leading to the M1 North & South on the Double Decker section for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

JRA spokesperson Nonhlanhla Nxumalo says the closures are part of safety measures ahead of the celebrations.

The closures will start from 8pm and will only fully re-open after 1am the next day.

The following sections will be completely closed:-

1.         M1 South Smit Street on-ramp, motorists are advised to use Smit St. off-ramp.

2.         M1 South Carr Street on-ramp

3.         M1 North: Crown interchange to DD – motorists are advised to use M2 East

4.         M2 West: Crown interchange to DD

5.         M1 North onramp from Booysens Road: Selby to M1 North DD

M2 East: Eloff Street. On-ramp will not be closed but motorist should be made aware that access to M1 North is closed

Source :
https://www.jacarandafm.com/news/news/city-closes-jhb-roads-nye-celebrations/
https://www.enca.com/south-africa/joburg-road-closures-ahead-nye-celebrations

ER24 Medic Appreciation Day 2017

ER24’s CEO, Ben Johnson, delivers a special message on Medic Appreciation Day (MAD).

MAD is celebrated on the 24th of August. This day coincides with ER24’s birthday. This year ER24 turned 17.

Since 2000 when ER24 was launched they have developed into the premier emergency medical assistance company on the continent. Today we celebrate 17 years of operation by giving recognition to each of our ER24 colleagues for your dedication and hard work.

It is only by delivering the best quality care to our patients, that the company has been able to build our reputation and expand our care to wider regions of the country. Ben Johnson, ER24 Chief Executive Officer pays tribute, “I truly believe our success is as a result of our great team and the fact that we’re all working towards a common goal. It is our staff who set us above any other emergency medical services in the country. So once again, thank you!”