‘People come first’ — Fred

2011-04-25 00:00

EASTWOOD Community Activisit Fred Wagner is standing as an independent candidate in Ward 34 with the aim of uniting the ward across all race groups and ensuring better service delivery from the Municipality.

Wagner said he was approached by the community and forced to stand after the ANC nominated a candidate whom they did not know. He said the ANC’s candidate for the ward Eunice Majola had moved into Glenwood about four months ago.

“I accepted the challenge because I wanted to unite the ward and restore it to the the glory that it enjoyed when the late Wally Adams was the ward councillor,” said Wagner.

He said that after Adams was dropped as a councillor, the ward was divided. This resulted in the community becoming voiceless and service delivery to the area suffered.

Wagner cut his teeth as an activist as a teenager involved in the Labour Party. He was later prominent in the United Democratic Front (UDF). He started the Eastwood Community Forum and helped initiate other community forums in the City.

Presently he is a member of the Msunduzi Rates Forum and a foundation member of the South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (SAMREM). He says his track record in the community is his reference and his CV.

Wagner’s electioneering slogan is Batho Pele or People First. In his manifesto he undertakes to fight for the pay point office to be brought back to Ward 34. Other issues of his campaign include improved service delivery to the area; prepaid electricity (card system) for those who want it; speed humps, robots and bus shelters; a safer environment for children with a training and skills development centre for the youth and decent housing for all in ward 34 who want it.

“My aim is to turn Ward 34 into the vibrant community united across races on bread and butter issues. To do this we need to have better communication “I will go back to the practice, started by Wally Adams when held report back meetings every week in the different areas of the ward from Glenwood, Tembalihle, Madiba, Cinderella Park, Eastwood and Panorama Gardens.

“We had that sense of community and we need to get it back,” said Wagner.

 

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