Disbandment welcomed

2016-02-03 06:00
MEMBERS of the Sunshine club for the elderly are from the left Miena Peters (69), Sarah van Wyk (71), Annah Pampier (90) and Mary Maree (73). They are knitting portions of a blanket that the club will use to pledge its support for Mandela Day. Photo: Boipelo Mere

MEMBERS of the Sunshine club for the elderly are from the left Miena Peters (69), Sarah van Wyk (71), Annah Pampier (90) and Mary Maree (73). They are knitting portions of a blanket that the club will use to pledge its support for Mandela Day. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE community of Homelite welcomes the disbandment of the former committee of the Homelite Community Hall by members of the ward committee.

This committee was disbanded in September 2015 after concerns had been raised by the community regarding alleged misuse and poor management of the hall.

The biggest complaint was that the community was being kept in the dark about the running of the hall, about how much the rent was, as well as about how payment was made.

The community claimed the committee members were enriching themselves with the hall funds.

There were also questions around the issuing of receipts for renting of the hall and lack of proof in terms of bank statements or financial reports.

The community went as far as handing over a memorandum listing their concerns to Clifford Lewis, Ward 3 councillor, in 2015. These concerns included the endless discrepancies noticed and the alleged abuse of power and funds by the committee.

The new committee members are Martha Sabata, Adam Sulliman and Reginald Geweer (re-elected).

According to Lewis, the hall had been built for the community by the Swedish Council.

The community had decided to elect the committee to run the hall and protect it from vandalism and misuse.

It was supposed to be rented out for R350, which would then be used for its maintenance.

“It is supposed to be run as a non-pro-fit organisation (NPO),” Lewis said.

The implementation of the new committee is already baring fruit, as new tables have been purchased with money gene-rated through fundraising. These tables will be used by the community.

“We look foward to working with the community and showing transparency. That is exactly what we will give back for them showing confidence in us,” said Sulliman.

While knitting a portion of a blanket that the Sunshine club for the elderly will use to pledge its support for Mandela Day, Mary Modise expressed her joy about the fact that she could now knit more comfortably on one of the tables.

“Nou kan ons rustig sit en werk. Ons kan nou ook lekker eet sonder om bekommerd te raak dat die kos ons sal brand,” a pleased Modise said.

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