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Ophelp Projekte Depot News

There is always some action at the Ophelp Projekte depot in the Bo-Kaap. Overalls, bibs, towels and other odds and ends must be washed and hung out to dry. Teams are busy cleaning streets, removing graffiti and delivering other valuable services. The overalls are used by people who are referred to Ophelp.

Projekte by the community court in Cape Town in order for them to perform a stipulated number of hours of community service. And, slowly but surely, we are busy replacing our derelict benches with new, sturdy benches (THANK YOU to each and every person who contributed towards our new benches).

Ophelp Projekte is forging ahead and we thank the Lord for the favour that we are experiencing.

Our Ophelp Projekte depot in Mowbray is also a hive of activity and precious moments of outreach, service and care for people are recorded in the daily reports. Here are a few entries that speak of what takes place at the depot (please note, we do not use real names):

Day Date Incident Details How it was resolved
 Thur  26/2/15 Worker observed without shoes on shiftAnnah’s shoes broke on shift, she then threw them in the bin and proceeded barefoot. The supervisor spotted her whilst doing operations check-up. The assistant was asked to go to the team and issue Annah with a pair of gumboots, after her shift she received a pair of slippers to use.
 Thur  26/2/15 Worker eating on shiftThe operations manager spotted worker Geoffrey eating on shift. The supervisor was informed and he went to the team and questioned the worker and the foreman. Geoffrey admitted to eating on shift whilst the foreman was not looking. The foreman was reprimanded for not supervising her team properly; Geoffrey was given a recorded warning for eating on
shift.
 Mon  2/3/15 Worker blockedLucinda (drunk) smacked Linette across the face during roll call, Lucinda stated that Linette was making noise whilst the supervisor was giving his morning team talk. Lucinda was advised that she was completely wrong in her action and immediately blocked, she refused to remain behind and receive coaching. Linette was intoxicated as well. Lucinda left the depot. And is currently blocked.
 Tue  3/3/15 Cathy falls ill on shiftAt approximately 11:10 Team 2 foreman called the supervisor to inform him that Cathy was incapacitated, she had stomach cramps caused by ulcers. Two workers carried her to her sleeping spot as she explained her medication was there, after taking her medicine she fell off to sleep. The foreman and one worker proceeded to complete the shift. The supervisor went back later
when Cathy was awake, and she
then signed and was paid for the
shift.

From our archives

The young man is 22 years old. His hair touches the collar of his shirt and there is a slight anxiety in his demeanor. Nine weeks ago he was still “tripping on LSD”, lost among the trees of Vlaeberg in Cape Town, dirty and neglected.

“It happened that evening,” recalls Donovan. “I’m not even sure why I wandered down to town that night. In Long Street a young man struck up a conversation with me. I remember him asking if I knew God. We went to a coffee shop to continue talking. This is where I prayed for the first time in my life. I didn’t even know how to pray. That’s why I simply pleaded: ‘God, help me’.”

That evening, Donovan Dangers burst into tears. “You know,” he says while leaning forward, “in that moment I realised there’s something stronger than narcotics.”

Dangers had been living in a house with 18 other hippies in Javastreet, Cape Town, for the past six years. They were regular drug users. The trips varied: sometimes weed, other times “pink ladies” and “black bombs”, but LSD was a favourite. Expensive, extremely expensive. Six rand for a trip of 14 hours.

Sometimes even more, depending on how desperate the craving was… (excerpt from Die Burger, Saturday, 8 January 1972)

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