‘Complain more to get it fixed’

2015-12-01 06:00

Lisa McBride, ward 56 councillor, is appealing to residents to be the eyes of the community and report anything that the City of Cape Town needs to fix.

McBride made this call after a teenager from Factreton fell into an open drain after the cover had been stolen.

It is allegedly its the fourth time this year that someone has fallen into a drain because it had no cover.

Since the accident the child has been struggling with headaches, nauseousness and permanent pain. People’s Post tried to talk to the teen’s mother but the family was not available as they were going in and out of the clinic to get help for her daughter.

The mother confirmed that her child fell into the open drain and is finding it difficult to concentrate now.

McBride says the accident could have been avoided if community members took it upon themselves to be the eyes of their community and report anything that needs to be fixed.

She urges residents to use the City’s C3 system to report matters so that they can be followed up easily. She also asks that they report if anything is of concern so that it can be looked into by the City.

“I am once again appealing to all residents to report open drains, street lights that are broken or not working, potholes, missing street signs, even fading road marks. I am appealing to people to report open drains and if they find that the drain covers are not replaced within a reasonable timeframe they should contact me so that I can follow up.

“We should all be the eyes of our community and improve it by working together,” she says.

In a bid to make the community better McBride also appeals that people who use wheelchairs or have relatives who use wheelchairs request paving for their streets, so that it will be easy for those in wheelchairs to move from one place to another.

“I want to appeal once again for residents to phone in or SMS the names of streets where the pavements are not tarred or require sidewalks.”

The more the merrier“The last time this request went out only three residents responded. I could not apply with this because funds are allocated based on needs – areas are prioritised where there is a clear need. If we have more people requesting it, something can be done, so I am appealing to those who are affected to request the paving or sidewalks, so that we give those who are in wheelchairs an equal opportunity.”

To report matters residents are urged to use the City’s C3 system which will lead to a reference number being assigned to the report. This number can be used to track the progress of what has been reported.

Call 086 010 3089 or SMS 31373 or email contactus@capetown.gov.za.

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