More dwellings to be electrified

2015-05-05 06:00
Plans for the new Masiphumelele taxi rank were discussed at a public meeting last week. 

PHOTO: 
MONIQUE DUVAL

Plans for the new Masiphumelele taxi rank were discussed at a public meeting last week. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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The development of a taxi rank, expansion of the clinic, a new electricity transformer, a second access road and the upgrade of Kommetjie Road were the main discussion topics at a recent public meeting in Masiphumelele.

The meeting held at the community hall on Wednesday 15 April was called by the City of Cape Town. Residents were given the opportunity to ask about developments in their community.

South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says the meeting was focused on the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the City’s budget. “Officials from the various line departments and mayoral committee members were present to answer questions,” she says.

With several projects underway, Purchase says there are also plans to expand Masiphumelele clinic to accommodate more patients.

She says several questions were raised about housing in Masiphumelele and Purchase explains the Phase 4 housing project is currently underway.

“There was also an issue about the electrification of some dwellings in the temporary relocation area and the problem is due to illegal connections. There is more demand than supply. The construction of a new transformer is underway to add capacity.”

The proposed move of a transformer located along the route for the extension of Houmoed Road was also discussed. Purchase explains the road project will create a second access road to Masiphumelele from Kommetjie Road but the transformer needs to be moved.

She says a problem arose as there are shacks in the location and residents were unwilling to move. Negotiations are currently underway between the City and residents.

“The main problem is the number of illegal connections. As we find them they will be cut as they are dangerous. These connections are mostly for backyard dwellings.”

Responding to questions about the need for skills development, Purchase explains the City is keen to keep the Chasmay Road training centre, run by Masicorp, going

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