Summit to consider area development

2015-07-21 06:00

The Masiphumelele Business Development Forum is planning a one-day summit to tackle development in the community.

The summit – in which local government, community stakeholders and the public can participate – will take place at the end of August.

“The community faces problems of reintegration because we are not involved in the planning process,” says spokesperson Reuben Hela. “There is room for the community to grow economically, but we are limited by land usage.”

The Forum would like to see all shacks in the area replaced by flat blocks, which will provide investment opportunities for residents, Hela says. “We’re hoping to start a project like this next year but we are waiting for approval from the government.”

At this stage, a subsidised housing development is being planned for Masiphumelele, says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements. “However, it is important to note that the development framework may still have an impact on the development.”

A report has been compiled by the council on the current state of the area and a house-to-house survey is underway to establish the needs of the community (“Residents have say in area’s future”, People’s Post, 26 May).

This will form part of a development framework plan for the area, which will provide solutions to improve the wellbeing­ of residents. The framework will focus on infrastructure around transport, economy, social issues and the water ecosystem.

The summit will also aim to address social issues such as crime and healthcare, Hela says. For instance, there is a need for more and closer healthcare facilities, because the clinic currently only caters for children.

The City is keeping the open space next to the clinic for possible expansion, specifically to provide more consultation rooms, says Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health.

The report have also shown a need for more schools in Masiphumelele. It is estimated that another high school and three primary schools are needed.

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For more information, contact Forum chairperson Simon Pasiya on 078 035 3119

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