Thank you

Russell Human,
Fish Hoek

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Cape Medical Response (CMR) in the deep south area and the Fish Hoek, Simon’s Town and Lakeside fire departments as well as the area west disaster risk management volunteers and National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station 10 and 26 in Simon’s Town and Kommetjie.

I would also like to commend Metro police and law enforcement and auxiliary law enforcement unit and the emergency call centre as well as the various security companies such as Mach 1, ADT, National and Deep Blue security, the combat security, mountain men and the various neighbourhood watches.

I would like to commend Fish Hoek, Simon’s Town and Ocean View SAPS and the western division metro ambulance and Retreat sector of metro ambulances.

We are also able to call on Skymed 1 medical helicopter and the Netcare medical helicopter, airborne hems and the working on fire choppers when needed as well as volunteer wildfire services and enviro wildfire services, emergency volunteer services, as well as Shane’s towing and other breakdown services in the deep south area. We also have ER 24 ambulance services at our disposal.

A huge, huge huge thank you too all the services and also to all the staff at False Bay hospital.

Keep up the great work .

We salute you all.

Pat Lawson, Fish Hoek

The letter “Pedestrian crossing unsafe” (Echo, July 4) refers.

For many years I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, trying very hard, together with all the other members to improve Fish Hoek, but especially the Main Road. I have seen at least six near fatalities with people trying to cross the road between what we call the Green Parrot corner and the Shell garage crossing.

Although we tried and pleaded for many years for a half way pedestrian crossing, the traffic department came down time after time but refused to consider a pedestrian crossing half way between two other crossings.

Felicity (Purchase, mayoral committee member for transport) I must congratulate you for responding so eloquently to the letter in the Echo (“Pedestrian crossing unsafe”, Echo letters, July 4).

I know how very hard you tried to get that crossing into place.

I also have a suspicion you paid for some of the work yourself. Yes, of course it would be better if there were extra lights etc.etc.

Please before you complain look carefully into how much time, energy and research has gone into any project. Yes, there are hundreds of things that could be done better.

It is important to receive criticism; it keeps everyone on their toes. Sadly it always comes back to the same old problem – money.

We all have the most wonderful ideas – the budget just will not allow them to happen.