Members not happy with trust

2019-01-31 06:21
Some of the attendees during the Annual General Meeting of the Khayelitsha Community Trust.                                                                                             PHOTO: siya kalipa

Some of the attendees during the Annual General Meeting of the Khayelitsha Community Trust. PHOTO: siya kalipa

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The Khayelitsha Community Trust held its 12th annual general meeting last week on Friday.

In attendance were City officials, the Khayelitsha business sector representative and community fora.

Bulelwa Belu-Toni, the chair of the trust read her report and questions were asked from the floor.

In her report she said they have exercised a participative approach with the community through various consultation channels.

She said this will assist them with employment opportunities during the construction of 368 housing units opposite the Khayelitsha Mall.

Belu-Toni said delivery on the approved plans will provide employment opportunities and assist local entrepreneur in seizing business opportunities during and after the construction.

She said young people of Khayelitsha continue to achieve in the midst of adversity and that they will support a youngster who has been selected to take part in a debate competition in Turkey.

She added that they are looking forward to the 2018/2019 financial year where an immense implementation of the plans will start creating employment opportunities and ensure the community benefits.

However, Khayelitsha Development Forum Deputy Chairperson, Thandi Msuthu, said she was not happy as the report was the same as that presented in 2018.

“We are not happy with this report because it is the same thing from the previous AGM,” she said

Msuthu said they want to participate as the community in all the decisions that will affect them.

She said the trust does not consult with the community, so when they are faced with challenges, they can be able to help. She added that the trust was full of empty promises.

“They promised to build houses on the land that was occupied by the community of Town 2 last year but that has not happened so far,” she said.

Belu-Toni said infrastructure development needed more role players and more money from investors to help build.

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