Going beyond call of duty: CIDC assists elderly couple to find car

At 11h15 yesterday morning, 26 February, Section Leader (SL) Twalinca came across an elderly couple in Wilderness Road looking for their car in the vicinity of the Kingsbury Hospital. They joined him in the CIDC vehicle and together they searched the area but were unable to locate the car.

SL Twalinca then brought the elderly couple, Noel and Lynne, to the CIDC Office and asked the assistance. CIDC Security Manager, Brian Koopman, took over and asked the couple a few relevant questions (make and model of the car, colour and registration of the vehicle).

The couple were then taken back to the area where they thought they had parked the car. Their description of the area was unclear and the area around Kingsbury Hospital was once again checked without success. Mr. Koopman also interacted with informal car guards in the area, none of whom recalled seeing a red Toyota parked in the area.

The search continued and Mr. Koopman then asked Lynne if she perhaps had a parking ticket which she luckily did. Lynne had been almost certain that she had parked on the off road parking in the area. After checking various parking areas, it was confirmed by Kingsbury Hospital that the ticket is one that is issued by their ticketing machines.

Mr. Koopman searched the parking area and it was with great relief that the vehicle was found. The elderly couple, on holiday in Cape Town from Harare, Zimbabwe, were extremely relieved and grateful to be reunited with their car and to be able to resume their holiday.

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