Over the next few days members of Vision Tactical will be engaging stakeholders to develop a framework for the implementation of crime prevention interventions in Joburg, by providing funding to strategically selected projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime and to increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

Through a network of partnerships, memorandums of understanding, and affiliations including consultations with law enforcement, the forum will address priority crime issues for direct intervention projects that will strengthen community partnership projects.

“All South Africans deserve to feel safe and to have their most fundamental rights protected. That is why it is important for us to work to address the fight against crime as a collective” – Yaseen Theba, Director- Vision Tactical. We know that when we remove barriers to engage and make our communities safe places to live, everyone benefits.”

Vision Tactical has been working on ways to partner with communities and law enforcement to develop collaborative approaches to addressing the community safety concerns of communities for years. This initiative will help devise a roadmap to better understand how we address the concerns we have heard over many years. “We are thankful to the law enforcement entities and partners for their pledge of support, which will help us start to improve safety in communities.”

7th February 2019

Dear Houghton Resident,

Our magnificent old trees are under attack by an invasive beetle known as the shot hole borer (Polyphagous Shothole borer).

This beetle, which originated in Vietnam, is cutting a massive trail of destruction throughout Johannesburg and the trees of Houghton are dying as a result of this terrible infestation.

Between 100000 and 500000 trees are expected to be lost in the next five years. Can you imagine walking into your garden and finding that your cherished trees have turned to bare dead sticks and can you imagine strolling down the street in this burning heat and there is only an occasional tree left to give you some shade?

Look around you carefully and you will see trees that have already died and trees that have many exposed bare branches, especially Oak, Plane and Maple trees. The very nature of our special suburb will change. This is the reality that we are facing.

Unfortunately dealing with this pest is a complex and difficult matter. There are no easy solutions. The Lower Houghton residents Association (LHRA) is arranging for an expert arborist to speak to us about the problem. He will help us identify

infected trees and do a short walkabout in the suburb to demonstrate the effect of this infestation. He will also discuss treatment options.

When: Saturday, 23rd February

Time: 3pm

Venue: 19 Sixth Avenue Houghton Estate

For extra comfort bring a folding chair. If it is raining the meeting will be held indoors.


Email: lhra@premiermerchant.co.za

Phone No: 087 354 3738


Please RSVP to lhra@premiermerchant.co.za or sms 082-325-5270 so that we know how many people to expect. If there is a large demand for this information a further meeting will be arranged.

Yours sincerely,

Diane Levine

Tel No: 082-899-1785

Email: dianelevine40@gmail.com

Lower Houghton Residents Association (LHRA)