Mayor maps the way

2017-06-28 06:02
As promised, the mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Mangaliso Matika, met with residents of the Riemvasmaak squatter camp to map the way foward.Photo: Boipelo Mere

As promised, the mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Mangaliso Matika, met with residents of the Riemvasmaak squatter camp to map the way foward.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The Riemvasmaak squatter camp is not registered nor recognised by the demarcation board, thus no services have been delivered at the site for the seven years it has been in existence.

This was the message from the mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Mangaliso Matika, when he fulfilled his promise to meet the residents.

The residents of this squatter camp brought the Hulana circle to a standstill during a service delivery protest on Tuesday, 13 June.

Among their demands was clarity on their demarcation area, including basic services as promised by Matika when he was still the speaker of the municipality.

The residents said they were provoked by their circumstances to take to the streets, which is the only language that government seems to understand, they said.

“We cannot service such a disorganised area. This is not an area to live in. At this stage you still belong to Ward 7 because your living area was not approved and recognised by anyone,” said Matika to the residents during the meeting.

He demanded to see the Riemvasmaak working committee, whom he said he will now start working closely with, including ward councillor Pulane Kwagile, to map the way forward.

“I am tired of unofficial visits where anyone demands to see me,” he said.

After a promise by the mayor to screen at least 200 shacks, and to move the rest to another location, the residents demanded that he put everything in writing.

“We are tired of all the verbal promises that you have been making.

“If you do not deliver this time, we are taking the protest to town,” the residents said.

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