Civic target service improvements

2015-12-10 06:00
The Verulam Civic Association members and executive which were elected recently and councillors for the area. Photo: darshan rangai

The Verulam Civic Association members and executive which were elected recently and councillors for the area. Photo: darshan rangai

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THE Verulam Civic Association (VCA) executive which was recently elected aim to improve service delivery while creating social cohesion in the community.

One of the main focuses of the VCA will be to institute fire fighting services in the community.

Currently Verulam requires fire fighting services from Tongaat and Phoenix to extinguish blazes in the community.

The VCA executive says instituting the Verulam-based fire fighting service will now be their main focus for the term of two years because of the needs of the community.

Chairman of the VCA Vish Roopnarain said the need for these services has grown enormous with the expansion of the community and its surrounding areas in the last five years.

“The need for this fire station is dire because people are dying and losing their homes, especially in the informal areas. This is something Verulam needs very urgently,” said Roopnarain.

“We are working with the different stakeholders and we hope to have this service in the Verulam community as soon as possible.”

Roopnarain said the fastest fire truck might only reach a fire in Verulam in 20-30 minutes by which time most of the damage would be done.

Other focuses will be on the creation of sub civics in the different suburbs in Verulam.

“A civic plays an important role for the overall needs of the community when it comes to services whether its government services, safety and security, promoting social cohesion and we want these to be established throughout Verulam,” said Roopnarain.

Roopnarain said they also hope to work with police to increase police visibility, enhance their services and the relationship with the community.

Councillor Choks Arunajallam said he looked forward to seeing the creation of fire services in the community and they are working together to ensure this becomes a reality as soon as possible now that the land has been expropriated.

“The civic has an extremely important role to play. I would like to see Verulam, through the work of the civic return to a safer environment while bringing the community together through the suburban based civics under the Verulam Civic Association,” said Arunajallam.

Arunajallam said he also hopes to see businesses working together with the VCA to uplift the community.

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