THE plight of the people of Wards six and 10, who battle with a high crime rate during the dark hours, has been met head on by Umvoti Municipality within a few months of being raised during the IDP. As one of the crime curbing measures, it was with great honour that Mayor TC Ngubane officially introduced contractors who will be responsible for the installation of 30 high mast light structures in Ward six and a further eight in Ward 10.These structures are able to provide light as far as 300m.The mayor, who was accompanied by the deputy mayor as well as the speaker and high ranking municipal officials, said the safety of the community was at the forefront of his priorities and that these structures aim to deter would-be criminals. “Most of the crimes reported in this area happen at night, that’s because the perpetrators know they are unseen. “These lights shine so bright that you can see somebody from a mile away, I doubt anybody would commit a crime in such conditions,” he said while addressing residents. In the latest incident in the area, a community member was found dead at the edge of a cliff. It would appear that he had been attacked and left to die.Much to the pleasure of the community members, the mayor also announced that the installation of these structures would bring local employment opportunities.“This project is like a three-legged pot; one leg is the municipality, the other is the contractor while the third and most important leg is the community. It then becomes pivotal to fully involve the community in this project, hence general workers, security guards, community liaison officers, and store managers will be sourced locally from this very community,” the mayor said. In closing, the mayor reminded residents that he remains committed to serving his country and community, saying: “The South African government is for the people, by the people and works to serve the people.”The construction in Ward six will begin in December and is expected to be completed in six months, while construction in Ward 10 will begin in November and is expected to be completed in three months.Collectively, both projects will provide employment opportunities for 28 people, namely: 10 general workers, two security guards, a community liaison officer, one store manager for each project, as well as a community committee which is expected to assist in building and maintaining a healthy relationship between the contractors and community members.Both communities received the news with much enthusiasm, and thanked the mayor for his continued efforts to deliver basic needs to the people of Umvoti.