Daycare and residents object to cell tower

2017-07-18 06:01
 Photo: kalisha naickerOpposing the cell tower installation (back, from left) Hlengiwe Dlamini (teacher), Wanda Horsfield, (principal), Nobuhle Nzama (head teacher), Steven King (SACCW founder) and S’phindile Dladla (teacher) with some of the Duckie Dell Daycare pupils.

Photo: kalisha naickerOpposing the cell tower installation (back, from left) Hlengiwe Dlamini (teacher), Wanda Horsfield, (principal), Nobuhle Nzama (head teacher), Steven King (SACCW founder) and S’phindile Dladla (teacher) with some of the Duckie Dell Daycare pupils.

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A 35-METRE cell tower, proposed for Glen Grey Drive in Waterfall, has residents up in arms.

According to residents there is no need for more cell towers in the area and the company responsible for proposing the tower is not being upfront with them.

In addition, the tower is to be just metres from a day-care facility - Duckie Dell Daycare - creating concern for the principal and teachers about the well-being of their little ones.

Wanda Horsfield, Duckie Dell Daycare principal, was told by a local security company about the notices on street-light poles on Glen Grey Drive about the proposed cell tower opposite her day care.

“I am totally outraged by this. If the security company did not tell me, I would not have known that a cell tower was to be built near the school.

“If the company wanted this tower they should have called a meeting with residents and discussed it first. It seems as if our rights have been taken away.

“When I opened my school here I had to send a registered letter to all neighbours stating my intentions and asking if they approve - why was this not done with the tower? I am totally against it.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, also opposed the erection of the tower there.

“These notices are so small it is hard for anyone to read. The company proposing the tower is being sneaky about it wanting the notices to go unnoticed so there are no objections.

“We need to stand up for our rights, our well being, and the animals that will be affected by the radiation and who can’t fight for themselves.

“No to the tower.”

SA Community Crime Watch and SA Cares founder Steven King also opposes the tower.

“We want to make an appeal to our members of the community to send your objections to Thulani.magwa za@durban.gov.za and copy your mail to steve.kzn@saccw.org

“We are all for progress in our communities, but it must not come at the expense of residents. Stakeholders have an obligation to communities and should make sure that every resident gets a letter in their post box advising them of the proposed project.

“Sticking a small notice on a stick mean nothing and they know that hardly anyone will read it. Each neighbourhood has a structure and these structures can be used as a medium to communicate these projects to the communities.

“We also have community [news]papers where these can be placed in, and notices should not be places in ‘paid’ newspapers, which most residents do not buy,” he added.

Attempts to contact the applicant for the company responsible for the tower - Jenisha Ramjith - in the letter, has been unsuccessful at the time of going to press.

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