Home arrow Blog arrow Invitation from Justin Foxton, founder of Stop Crime Say Hello

Invitation from Justin Foxton, founder of Stop Crime Say Hello

Author: Justin Foxton | Monday, 17 October 2011

Justin FoxtonIn the wake of improved crime statistics for 2010/2011, Steuart Pennington - CEO of website South Africa the Good News - suggested that we, the citizens of South Africa, pledge to help accelerate the creation of peace and safety in our country. The idea received widespread public approval. It would appear that people are eager to play a role.

I contacted Steuart and suggested that we do it. We got input from various quarters, batted a few practical ideas back and forth and ignored the naysayers who prefer to wait for government to take the lead before they will do anything. We agreed on two main points of direction:

First up, this is not a single pledge that you have to sign, chant, recite or place your bloodied hand print onto. The idea is that you create your own pledge; a list of things you are willing to do to contribute to the betterment of our nation.

Secondly, we decided that it shouldn’t be called a pledge at all. This is because when people think of the word ‘pledge’ they think immediately of either furniture polish or mindless chants recited by brainwashed minions. We thought we would dump the word pledge and rather use the word "ledge". A ledge is something that supports an action – like climbing or displaying something of worth. (But hey, maybe you don’t want to call it a ledge. Maybe you want your ledge to be called a daisy. In fact we don’t really care what you call it. It’s just an action list of things you can do to help create a better South Africa for all.)

So here’s how it works: Get together as a family, a group of mates, a class, a company, a neighourhood watch, Community Police Forum, book club, running club, drinking club (but don’t drive afterwards – get a taxi), or simply pour yourself a nice coffee and do it on your own. Spend a few minutes having a conversation and listing the things you are able and willing to do. After you have drawn up your list, put names against each action (this will just be yours if you are flying solo with this).

To help get you started, here’s Steuart’s ledge. You may want to steal some of his ideas (in this instance it’s ok to steal). However, the idea is to put things on your ledge that you feel are important in your home, community or place of work and that you are prepared to commit to doing.

1. I will abide by the law and will encourage others to do the same
2. I will support my local CPF and get to know my local police
3. I will report all criminal activity of which I am aware, regardless of my relationship to the criminal
4. I will pick up litter and encourage others to recycle theirs
5. I will not partake in bribery of any description
6. I will not buy stolen goods
7. I will not drink and drive, nor take or deal in illegal drugs
8. I will, as a driver, observe the rules of the road and be courteous at all times
9. I will respect the property of others, even if I am participating in a public protest
10. I will respect my family and the rights of children, the disabled and the aged
11. I will promote my country always, making it my duty to know the truth of the good and the bad
12. I will live our Constitution which promotes freedom, peace, liberty and justice for all

Now, in truth, most of the things on Steuart’s ledge should be on all of our ledges. However, there are things that you can do, or may need to do, which aren’t on his list. For example, if you have a problem with graffiti in your area – and you feel you can play a role in this – ledge to remove graffiti from your neighbourhood. Perhaps you are good with your hands - you can ledge to fix broken things in your community. Put things on the list which bug you or things that can be rectified by using your skills and talents.

Once you have done your ledge please e-mail it through to us so that we can post it onto our facebook page and enter it into our "Best Ledge" competition. The winning ledge will receive a big prize which someone reading this is about to donate.

The most important thing about your ledge is that you assess it often. As an individual as a family or as a community group, get together and look at how you are doing.

For more information or to submit your ledge e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the LedgeSA facebook page.

This article first appeared in the Mercury. 

Justin Foxton is founder of national awareness campaign "Stop Crime Say Hello".

Share it!
South Africa Muti
Laak.it 24.com
Delicious
Facebook
Twitter
Stumble
Digg
NewsVine
YahooMyWeb
Reddit

Terms and Conditions of Use

COPYRIGHT South Africa - The Good News. All rights strictly reserved.

The views expressed on this website are those of www.sagoodnews.co.za and do not necessarily reflect the views of our sponsors.

No part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, or mechanical, or recording or stored in any retrieval system, without the written permission of the editor.
However, direct links to the site or articles may be used.

Should your company, or organisation wish to re-use or re-publish any content, contact the editor: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weekly Blog

Sanitary Towels and Education - The 80 Day Difference

Author: Justin Foxton
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

article thumbnail In my work in some 150 rural schools I ‘discovered’ an unanticipated ‘barrier’ regarding school attendance for young girls, often exacerbated by unhygienic, sometimes unprivate, toilet facilities – that of sanitary wear. Justin Foxton is a regular blogger on SA - the Good News, he describes the seriousness of the situation and urges us all to get involved.  It is our hope that NGO’s working in schools will make it their business to...
Read more...

Travel Blog

Tristan - They say that the English invented bureaucracy

Author: Steuart Pennington
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

article thumbnail In our travel blog we are, in addition to featuring the stories of South African Simon Ellis in China, Vietnam and India, featuring stories of Tristan and Emma Doumen travelling through Africa. For those South Africans imbued with a similar sense of adventure we hope you enjoy the read, their writing is a pleasure.
Read more...

Stories of Help

Showing Love Can Help - Heartbeat

Thursday, 19 June 2014

When Heartbeat was founded, it was estimated that by 2015 almost 6 million children would have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The overwhelming challenge of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children has placed a grave burden on communities. Heartbeat is dedicated to ease the burden on these children and provide them with material and emotional support.
Read more...

Latest Videos

Ted Talks - Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen


Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful. 
Read more...

Steuart as a Speaker

article thumbnailSteuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future' Click here to watch a 5 min action video.

Go to Products for booking info.

SA's Daily Fast Fact

Pardon me: Ireland, Denmark, and other EU nations have started to tax cattle owners on cow flatulence. The tax is $18 per cow in Ireland and $110 per cow in Denmark. They hope to curb greenhouse gases, of which livestock like cows are responsible for 18%.

Over the next 36 weeks we at www.sagoodnews.co.za will be telling the stories of "Amazing South Africans" who are driven by commitment and powered by purpose, and who very often swim against the tide in their pursuit of making a difference. They are driven by significance not success, their contribution is often unacknowledged and unheralded but invariably impacts those in greatest need.

#21 Grassroot Soccer - 'Educate, Inspire And Mobilize To Stop The Spread Of HIV'


article thumbnailEvery day, more than 7,000 people become infected with HIV. Young people are those hardest hit by AIDS, yet they are also the greatest force of change! Grassroot Soccer, which is active in more than 20 countries all over the world, has understood this. By linking soccer with prevention of HIV, this organization helps boys and girls to do life-saving decisions.
Read more...

Join the many South Africans who are 'ledging' to make SA Better!

Read about the Invitation by clicking here...
or Join the Facebook FanPage

Connect To A Wealth Of Wisdom

  The SABLE Accelerator

A trusted knowledge network of global South Africans providing mentoring and consulting services to South African companies, entrepreneurs, and institutions seeking to fund or commercialise innovation, as well as enter, grow, and partner in worldwide markets.

CSI

South Africa, you’ve been NekNominated

It took one South African to turn an internet frenzy into a vehicle for change. South Africa, you've been RAK nominated.

 

Corruption Watch

Report corruption when you come across it. Our global ranking on public trust of politicians is 88/142, diversion of public funds 81/142; irregular payments and bribes 48/142; favoritism in decisions of government officials 114/142; wastefulness of government spending 69/142. Do your bit, report corruption at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or sms 45142 and join thousands of South Africans who are going to rid this country of the corruption scourge

Jobs Portal

As many of our readers, both local and international, are interested in what the job market has to offer, we have introduced a jobs portal in conjunction with  vjobs.co.za. It is our hope that this portal will meaningfully contribute to the challenges facing entrepreneurs, corporates and job seekers.

About SA The Good News

South Africa: The Good News is a news website that highlights the positive developments in South Africa.

We are an independent organisation, apolitical and with no agenda other than to source and publish good news about our beloved country. Read More...

Do you want to partner with us?

SA - The Good News has been in existence for 6 years and is read in 180 countries around the world, by some 60,000 unique users every month. We are South Africa's premiere source of good news. Our readers have proved beyond doubt that there is an appetite for what we do and that "good news" sells.
Read More...

Site managed by raramuridesign