Civic association elects new executive

2017-04-04 06:03
Christopher Lane, Luqman Mohammed, Hylton Mitchell and Zaida Samuels.

Christopher Lane, Luqman Mohammed, Hylton Mitchell and Zaida Samuels.

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The Civic Association of Rondebosch East (Care) held an election on Wednesday 22 March.

“The role of a good civic association is to represent the interests of its community, especially when it comes to ensuring that important local government policies are developed and implemented in the best interest of ratepayers. An active civic association ensures that residents stay involved in the everyday life of their community, raising service delivery concerns, for example when traffic calming measures are needed, or when ward allocation budgets are not spent on projects that uplift the neighbourhood or when the community’s views on planned council developments are not taken into consideration by the council in the area,” says Hylton Mitchell, who was elected as interim chairperson of the association during the the elective general meeting held at Vera Hall.

Luqman Mohammed was elected as treasurer, Christopher Lane as secretary and Zaida Samuels stays on in the safety ­portfolio.

Mohammed is a B Com graduate and financial advisor.

Lane has been a resident of Rondebosch East for close to 31 years.

Samuels is also the chairperson of LanRoE, the local neighbourhood watch.

Mitchell is a Ph D scholar in the Law Faculty at UCT.

“The new executive team of Care is determined to use its term in office to focus on the growing safety concerns surrounding the parking lot area next to Lansdowne train station, being used as an illegal informal trading area, and the homeless who regularly set up camp in the parking lot at night,” says Mitchell.

“Many residents surrounding the area have noticed increased criminality and many bylaw infringements taking place, that is being ignored by the council authorities, like Law Enforcement and officers of the Lansdowne Police Station.”

Ward 60 councillor Mark Kleinschmidt assured residents at the annual meeting that plans were in place to deal with the concerns of residents regarding the parking lot and homelessness next to Osmans.

He promised that the illegal informal trading would be moved from the parking lot area to the open field opposite the parking area, with allocated bays for trading.

Another issue that residents have expressed concern about is that they want to be part of any proposed development on any vacant land in the area.

Residents have very strong views on how the area should be developed and that any significant development plans must see the community as a key partner in uplifting the area.

The Care executive is also embarking on an urban renewal programme in Iman Haron Road close to Islamia College, with the first phase being the planting of trees along the road from the M5 bridge towards Springbok Pharmacy.

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