Residents march to municipality

2019-06-20 06:01
Mandla Geja, chairperson of Sanco Helderberg Zone, reads the memorandum while (on his right) Mayco Member Malusi Booi listens attentively during the march to Strand Municipality on Wednesday 19 June.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Mandla Geja, chairperson of Sanco Helderberg Zone, reads the memorandum while (on his right) Mayco Member Malusi Booi listens attentively during the march to Strand Municipality on Wednesday 19 June.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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A handful of residents marched to the Strand Municipality on Wednesday 19 June to raise various issues affecting Lwandle .

Among the issues they sought to highlight was the allocation of land for housing for residents of Lwandle, Nomzamo and Asanda Village.

They also called for the City to take responsibility for the municipal halls currently occupied by residents, rendered inconvenient for those needing services for social security agency Sassa.

Mandla Geja, chairperson of the South African National Civic Association’s (Sanco) Helderberg Zone, said marchers also called for the fixing of roads in poor condition following service protests in these areas.

He said: “Before the national general elections there were uprisings in these areas, which resulted in looting of local shops, the Usave and many others. As the leadership we were under the impression this was influenced by politics, but we have now come to realise the need of these residents.

“While we were still watching that, there was the bombing of Ikhwezi Clinic, and as a leadership we decided to stand up. We cannot allow a situation where we allow the destruction of property that assists us as a community.”

Geja said the residents also called for such issues as increasing the diameter of stormwater drains to reflect the increased population of the area, and ensure people aren’t flooded out during the winter months.

He said there was also a need to increase data bundles for the free WiFi communities have access to, so job seekers can use their cellphones when searching for employment.

Councillor Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements, said the issues raised were on his table, and he would respond to residents within the set timeline.

He urged residents to be more organised so the City can respond in one go, as the issues raised had also been raised before.

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