New Ward 37 office celebrates one year anniversary

2017-09-13 06:02
Some of the residents who came to celebrate at the ward office. At the back from left are elder Michael Witbooi, Rev Mervin Bashells, James Farrett and Randall Claassen. In front, from left, are Cynthia Julies, Apostle Lesley Gawie and Dina Zealand.     Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Some of the residents who came to celebrate at the ward office. At the back from left are elder Michael Witbooi, Rev Mervin Bashells, James Farrett and Randall Claassen. In front, from left, are Cynthia Julies, Apostle Lesley Gawie and Dina Zealand. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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FROM having nothing, to having a container to finally having an office building that they can proudly call their ward office.

Residents of Ward 37, which includes Extensions 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36 are happy about the positive changes that the office has brought, such as new streetlights, tarred streets and blocked drains that have been fixed.

The office, which celebrated its one year anniversary last week, is situated on the corner of Rensburg Street and Barberry Road in Extension 31.

What the residents say:

“Before this office was here, I did not even know who our ward councillor was,” remarked Reverend Mervin Bashells. He added that he is pleased that the area, which is known for gang violence, was receiving attention towards day-to-day problems such as illegal dumping. Ward 37 resident Dina Zealand said that she felt comfortable when she came to the office for assistance.

“When I walk in here, I feel very comfortable and I’m confident that my issues will be dealt with.

“If the office staff don’t know how to help me, they will find someone who can,” said Zealand, who recently came to the ward office after the day care facility at her home burnt down.

“I am rebuilding bit by bit, but these gentlemen at the ward office helped me on my feet by obtaining a donation of blankets for the little ones. I am so grateful. They go above and beyond their duties.”

Randall Claassen, a young man from Extension 33, is pleased that the office makes an effort to assist the youth and jobseekers in general.

“This office serves as information point and the staff is very helpful towards the youth who need assistance with CVs and job applications.

“It is clear that they take the creation of job opportunities for the youth very seriously,” Claassen, who aspires to be a foundation phase teacher, said.

Cynthia Julies is a senior citizen who had to live without electricity for five years.

“I really did not know what to do anymore. For five years nobody could help me.

“Then when this office opened, I had hope again because the staff assisted me with the problem and today I am very proud to be able to switch a light on in my house.”

The office staff:

The assistant to the ward councillor, Quintin Baadjies, is a barber by profession whose passion for the community landed him in the world of politics two years ago. Baadjies runs the day-to-day administrative duties of the office and is the ward councillor’s right-hand man.

“The past year in office has been a learning curve. I learnt that is a big responsibility to have people put all their trust into me, but simultaneously I enjoy helping people and making a change in their lives,” Baadjies said.

Whaleed Hlabanie takes care of security and assists with the office administration. “It’s only been a year, but we as colleagues have such a great understanding. We have a mutual respect for each other and have each other’s backs. That is why we make such a great team.”

Ward 37 councillor Neville Higgins gives all credit to his team. “There have been highlights as well as challenges this past year, but I can truly say that our team do our utmost to assist the residents to the best of our ability, and, that, I am very proud of.

“There is of course, always room for improvement and we are looking forward to learning and growing with the community.”

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