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Frank & Denise Johnstone Fish Hoek CIDThe `Farewell to Frank’ evening for Frank Johnstone, retired `Chief of Operations’ of the Fish Hoek CID, was a warm, funny and deeply sincere celebration for a very special man whose energy, creativity and commitment has made the Fish Hoek CID safe and efficient and the envy of many towns.

The farewell was held at the Fish Hoek Galley Restaurant on18 January 2012 and as master of ceremonies Julian Hobbs of Pick n Pay Fish Hoek remarked, “This beautiful weather we are experiencing is Fish Hoek saying goodbye.” The Johnstones are re-locating to Johannesburg to be nearer their children and grandchildren.

Interspersed between the courses of an excellent meal, key members of the business community spoke about the founding of the Fish Hoek CID, the trials and tribulations of the early days without funds and surveillance cameras and the incredible legacy that Frank has left the community.

While it was very evident that all present will miss the hands on presence of Frank in our CBD, the evening was a happy celebration with many funny anecdotal accounts about the `dynamite in a small package recognisable by his floppy, white sunhat’. As an illustration of his 24 x 7 involvement in the safe running of the CID, Janet Holwill, a co-founder of FH CID, quipped that “he even knew all the Fish Hoek prostitutes by name, although he was the soul of discretion with regard to their customers!” Her comment sparked giggles at my table as someone recounted a story of how Frank had been reported to the police late one night by a passing motorist. Not knowing who Frank was, the motorist had reported `an elderly gentleman soliciting prostitutes on FH Main Road.’

Fish Hoek CID w Doug Wakeford, Frank Johnstone, Janet Holwil, Rick BingThe evening was an walk down memory lane and revealed the foresight of business leaders Janet Holwill (owner of The Arcade) and the late Clive Wakeford of Wakefords Furniture who in the late 1990’s started the Fish Hoek CID. At that time only two others existed in Cape Town – the Wynberg CID and the City Center CID. In those days, monthly meetings between these three CIDs to share experiences and to find solutions were held at the Vineyard Hotel. Janet remembered the early days when there was not enough money for the job at hand – primarily fighting crime and grime in the Fish Hoek Main Road area. Today, 20 years later, Fish Hoek has a surveillance camera system and monitoring by Mach 1 Security which is the envy of many CBDs across South Africa. What we so easily take for granted is a legacy of the dedication of key business people over many years.

As a previous manager / owner of the Shell Garage in Fish Hoek, Frank had been a businessman in town and knew the community before he was appointed to head up the CID. He recalls at the time being warned about a Mafia of business people in Fish Hoek “who think they run the town. The’Mafia’ family members include the Bings, Wakefords, Purchases, Holwills and others – all of whom have done so much for Fish Hoek” Frank’s job involved dealing with everything from taxi wars, bank robberies and the car guard system to attempting to improve neglected buildings and reduce litter. He was often out late at night and on weekends for which the community at large owe him and his wife Denise, “who never complained loud enough to be heard”, a huge debt.


Ocean Habitat Extinction

2011-06-21 13:13:19 by FWLittle

Frightening new dynamics have emerged about
the Planet's ecosystem. Thousands of ocean species are dying which will soon result in complete ocean restructuring or perhaps total ocean destruction. That portends BIG MONEY change and crises of alarming magnitude. To conclude the planet's absolute nature balance will reorder only scratches the matter's impact. Caused by pollution poisoning and global warming, then exacerbated by over-fishing, this nightmare unfolds a scenario
dwarfing any Loch Ness fantasy version.
What can be done to stop/delay the situation?
First easiest solution suggests government legislation to monitor, control catch and provide disciplinary corrections


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