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2011 Review

The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander still is one of Safer Together’s most successful events and is now a firm fixture on Cape Town’s event calendar. We had some telescopes from the Observatory on the beach and walkers were able to see the full moon at the walk in March.

In November we had a Historical Meander through the Village and this was incredibly well-received and offered us the opportunity to work with the local Historical Society.

Local restaurants also stay open on these evenings and walkers are invited to have dinner after the Meander. We celebrated our 3rd birthday with cupcakes at the December Moonlight Meander.

The March fundraiser and first show of the year was the hilarious Love at First Fight at the Kalk Bay Theatre. A light finger supper and wine was followed by generous laughter and a good evening was had by all!

The June fundraiser was a Winter Soiree arranged by Megan Ellis-Smith and brought together a varied group of talented local musicians, including pianists, string players, flautists and singers to provide a feast of light classical music for all of us to enjoy in good company in the gracious environment of the Casa Labia.

Safer Together, MID, Common Purpose and ECTEC also supported the Capricorn Primary School Madiba Day celebrations and the launch of the school library.

Our annual Harbour House Dinner was held in August to coincide with Women’s Day celebrations.

Safer Together supported the launch of the “Beach Buddies” a project that the Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI) has undertaken with the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) – by arranging a range of fun events and competitions on the beach to attract families for a Heritage Day of togetherness.

The MSCI and MID have developed a novel approach to safety on the beach.  The current situation of ad hoc and illegal car-guards was replaced with a collaborative system of approved, security-cleared and well-trained “beach buddies” who are to assist visitors with information and safety matters on the beach.  The system also has the full support of SAPS, City Law Enforcement, Metro Police and security firms; while beach-front businesses also welcome the innovative approach.

Through our relationship with Cape Town Tourism, we were invited to be part of an outside broadcast of The Taxi Radio at the Muizenberg Visitors Centre.

Clem Sunter in January 2012 - Clem Sunter’s topic “The World and South Africa beyond 2012 – the latest scenarios, flags and probabilities” was a fundraising success. Our collaboration with Muizenberg High School provided us with a venue that allowed us to have some 450 people gathered under one roof.

The real issue at the current tipping point, said Sunter, is not so much political freedom but economic freedom.South Africa still has a highly exclusive, lopsided economy plagued by an unacceptably high unemployment rate. The answer he said, is entrepreneurship.

Safer Together continues to serve its mandate of fundraising for community safety initiatives and working towards building community.