Be safe this December holiday

2018-12-27 06:00

I want to wish all residents and visitors to Ward 58 eThekwini a peaceful and relaxing festive season.

The city is always trying to improve service delivery, but we sometimes get our priorities wrong. We are controlled by political masters, who are more concerned with giving contracts for financial gain. I know it happens in national and provincial government too, but it still makes us angry. Any money wasted by the authorities means that poorer members of the community are being denied an improvement to their lives. State capture is the same thing on a grand scale. Effectively the poor get poorer. Unfortunately, that is the state of our wonderful country today.

We are all aware of the water and electricity outages, but are powerless to do anything about it. What I do recommend is that every household should keep containers full of water, so you can still clean your teeth and flush the loo. Candles and torches should also be kept handy for when the lights go off. Complaining doesn’t really help, as the officials are under-resourced, because money is being wasted and stolen.

Fortunately our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed teams to investigate municipalities. Some heads have started to roll.

Ordinary citizens can also make sure they are registered to vote in 2019. There is a registration weekend on January 26 and 27 at every voting station countrywide. There are 12 voting stations in ward 58 alone. If you are registered, but have subsequently moved, then you should re-register, so that your new address is captured on the IEC computer. Registered voters can choose who is best able to run our country without corruption and for the benefit of all the people.

The good news in Ward 58 is that we have nearly finished fixing the 80+ roofs at Hammonds Farm, which were storm damaged a year ago. Likewise, the 1.35km long pavement from the M27 down past the Spar store is 99% complete. This will keep people, and especially children, off the road.

Employment opportunities have increased in the ward too.

The Sibaya development is moving ahead quickly, with some of the residential units already occupied. Likewise, huge tracts of land are being leveled and shaped around the King Shaka Airport. This is primarily for warehousing and logistics. Again more jobs are created during construction and thereafter. The canalisation of parts of the Uhlawe, past Brake Village, has tidied up this entrance to Tongaat. Various road repairs have and are being done in the ward. Most of them are necessary. The La Mercy Maths, Science and Technology Academy is scheduled to be completed this year and will be another positive learning facility for the city. So, things are happening in ward 58.

Our beaches are also geared up for the festive holiday season. We remind beachgoers to be sensible. Alcohol and water are not a good mix.

We entreat the public to look after the environment, so that we leave our planet in a good state for future generations. On that note, take care and enjoy our wonderful coastal heaven.

Geoff Pullan

Ward 58 Councillor

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