Resident awarded for best kept Capital Park sidewalk

Tattie van Rensburg with mayor, Solly Msimanga. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

The winner of the best-kept sidewalk in Capital Park has been named.

Capital Park Residents and Ratepayers’ Association (CAPRRA) chairperson Mike Burt said Tattie van Rooyen from Trouw Street received the trophy on Monday.

The initiative, the brainchild of the CAPRRA, is aimed at motivating residents to maintain their neighbourhood.

The handover to Van Rooyen, who had been living in Capital Park since the 1980s, was done by Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga.

“This is a great initiative by CAPRRA and I feel that more initiatives like this should be implemented,” Msimanga said.

“If every resident only kept their area to the sidewalk clean, it will already make a big difference.

“Residents will not only then take pride in their area, but it will also be a great upliftment for the area.”

He said one of CAPRRA’s main objectives was to encourage residents to work together to resolve their own problems and not only depend on a few individuals.

“Collectively, we can accomplish so much more,” he said.

Burt said the trophy would be awarded monthly, not only to the most beautiful sidewalk but to the most well-maintained.

“Not all sidewalks can be made beautiful because there is very limited space,” he said.

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Burt said they have picked independent judges who would drive around Capital Park to spot the winning sidewalk.

“While it is the metro’s responsibility to maintain sidewalks, the initiative is greatly welcomed,” said DA ward councillor Elma Nel, who was also part of the initiative.

Nel said the metro was overloaded with work and could not get to all the work at once. The initiative was not against any Tshwane metro regulations.

“Which is why we appreciate the hard work from residents who help keep the area clean,” she said.

CAPRRA also has plans for the maintenance of the notorious paedophile Gert van Rooyen’s property, now standing empty.

Burt said a neighbour cut down the remaining overgrown trees, but more cleaning still needed to be done.

The residents’ association also plans – with the Lat Wiel House for Quadriplegics – to erect a memorial plaque on the wall in memory of the missing girls said to have been abducted by Van Rooyen.

Van Rooyen and his companion, Joey Haarhoff, are believed to be responsible for the abduction, sexual assault and murder of several missing girls across the country in the 1980s.

During a police chase, Van Rooyen killed Haarhoff before turning the gun on himself.

After Van Rooyen’s suicide, the property was left in a dilapidated state allowing criminals to use it as a hideout.

“Criminals jump over the fence and they jump into the neighbour’s yards resulting in a lot of break-ins and thefts,” Burt said.

The trophy was handed over on Monday. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

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