Call for support of community initiative

2015-11-18 06:00

THE Warner Beach subway rejuvenation project was conceptualised by the community for the community, effectively changing a previously derelict and dangerous area into a spectacular looking lit-up area.

“This was only achieved due to the dedication of a handful of volunteers and the determination, funding and project management skills of individuals such as Barrett Nielson of Blue Sky Mining Backpackers Lodge,” said Councillor André Beetge.

He added that the some R70 000, committed towards the project, was raised by a handful of donors and contributors – which excludes the willing hands that came out to dig, plant and paint.

Further to the above, an initiative by the Vincit Omnia Veritas Trust (The Truth Conquers All), in corroboration with Durban South Business Forum, within a framework agreement with the Amanzimtoti Community Upliftment Project (AMCUP) has tasked itself with:

• assisting legitimate job seekers to improve skills;

• properly registering and profiling job seekers;

• suppling them with serviced portable toilet facilities and a shaded covered area in which to wait with potable water available; and

• providing a meal should a job seeker fail to secure work for the day

“The object is to offer a social responsibility alternative to the legitimate job seeker and to engage the authorities to address the issue of the balance of loiterers and apply the by-laws to the rule,” Beetge said.

Initial capital of R50 000 is already applied towards a container office and creation of infrastructure to facilitate portable serviced toilets etc., while monthly operational expenditure is estimated at R18 000 - inclusive of armed response security patrols around the subway, Moth Hall and beach area along Elcock Road areas and surrounds.

“To achieve and maintain these goals, additional funding would be required as currently debit orders only amount to R3 500 a month, thus far short of the required target – any one-off or monthly amounts would contribute towards uplifting and maintaining a safer community,” said Beetge.

He appealed to residents and businesses to refrain from picking up casual labour along the stretch from Warner Beach Primary School to Winklespruit, but to rather use legitimate structures being created opposite the Karridene Hotel next to the existing Amcup facility in Illovo Beach.

“This will enable skill identification (up-skilled where necessary), vetted and legitimately employed individuals assisting the community at large. Excess funding will be carried to other community projects that are already identified such as subway road “Hoot Bridge” upgrade, river clean-up and removal of alien vegetation - thus opening areas similar to that at Hutchison Park and across from the Winklespruit test station and Spar, effectively eradicating crime,” he said.

Contributions can be made to Amcup, Absa, cheque account 4058242561, branch code 632005. Use as reference “LEJOSP Project”.

Inquiries to Jaco Wijnmaalen on 082 831 4392 or Lee Lewis on 082 890 4982, Schultz and Associates - Chartered Accountants, Willie Schultz on 082 568 0606, Barrett Nielson on 083 713 9896, and Romy Wentzel on 083 733 6468 or - Supplied.

This was only achieved due to the dedication of a handful of volunteers and the determination, funding and project management skills of
individuals such as Barrett Nielson of Blue Sky Mining Backpackers Lodge

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