Is relocation the best solution?

2015-11-25 06:23

THE letter by “Concerned Public” titled "We do not oppose building of new mall" has reference.

The newly-formed KwaDukuza Ratepayers and Civic Association is a non-racial body formed to represent all the citizens of this town irrespective of race, colour, religion or creed.

Nobody has been sidelined and invitations were issued to people of all races.
Only a few chose to attend. When the body is launched, the public will be invited.

The writer's reference to the association opposing the building of a mall that will provide employment for the people of the town is incorrect.
The association opposes the development of a mall where the "sporting facilities currently stand" (as reported by your paper on 11 November).
If the municipality was so concerned about employment of the poor, then it should have sold land elsewhere years ago to build a mall and a civic precinct.
To relocate sporting facilities from a central complex is ill-conceived and of inconvenience to the sporting fraternity. How much of transparent consultation was undertaken to ascertain whether relocation would be the best solution? Since when do the council and councillors take unilateral decisions that affect the future of this town?
The adage is that those who pay the piper call the tune, but in this town it's vice versa.
The ratepayers will decide whether they need this development on land that holds scarce facilities. People like "Concerned Public" must come out in the open and not hide behind a hidden agenda.

Jayce Singh (resident for 65 years)

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