Proactive watch keeps New Horizon walls clean

Jade Baartman, Kaylin Blaauw and Renash Blaauw painting a courtyard’s entrance filled with gang slogans.

New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch continued its monthly clean-up operation with a graffiti paint drive.

Since the watch has been keeping the walls clean, they have seen less graffiti popping up on neighbours’ walls, said Saadiqah Ganief, spokesperson and treasurer of New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch.

“Our elderly and community are appreciative of the facelift.”

Ms Ganief said they have adopted the “Broken Windows Theory of the City of Cape Town such as when you see something, do something. Be proactive and take action before it becomes by-law driven crimes. Criminal activity mainly occurs in dirty areas of the community where illegal dumping and graffiti are rife.”

Ms Ganief said they are hoping to eliminate crime through their clean-up projects, by implementing a community garden and painting over the graffiti.

“We are continuing to take back our streets, we are saying no to gang slogans and unsavoury commentary. We are serving and uplifting our community and allowing positivity and safer environments to surround us.

They will be allowing youth to lead the way in Youth Month as “they are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Saadiqah Ganief, spokesperson and treasurer of New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch.

“This would be the third time we are doing a graffiti paint drive in our community. The neighbourhood watch has committed to uplift and serve even if it means cleaning up our very own infrastructure or environment,” said Ms Ganief.

From left New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch members, Kaylin Blaauw, Renash Blaauw, Saadiqah Ganief and Jade Baartman