Working for unity

2017-08-15 06:02

The Mitchell’s Plain United Residents association (MURA) aims to give a united voice for the entire community.

Established in May this year, the association has set out to make a difference and see the community move forward.

Norman Jantjes, chairperson of the association says working in the community, he noticed the unity was no longer present in the area.

“Politics divides us and I felt that we needed an independent voice that can address community issues and improve the quality of life for all,” he says.

A group of like minded people then joined him in creating the body.

“Although our overall objective is to make Mitchell’s Plain a better place for all, we also want to build cohesion and work together,” he says.

“We don’t want to work against any other organisation or any perwon we want to work for unity and make people feel proud of Mitchell’s Plain again.”

With several focus sectors including sport, crime and traffic issues, the association has also set out to have representation on all ward committees in three subcouncils, successfully doing so in five ward committees.

“If you want to give a voice to people, you need to serve on structures where decisions are made,” he says.

They further help to start organisations that allows residents from various wards to be part of the various ward committees.

Aside from this, safety is one of their main concerns.

This includes community safety, intervening in mediation of gang violence and assisting neighbourhood watches and traffic issues.

“We have a strong road safety component, mainly consisting of former traffic officers,” he says.

They also monitor intersections where there is a high number of accidents and are urging residents to assist in flagging these intersections so that traffic issues can be addressed on their behalf.

V Their next general meeting will be held at Hazeldene Primary School at 10:00 on Tuesday 29 August. Organisations or anyone wanting to raise concerns are urged to attend.

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