The importance of collaboration between government and residents, using their community structures was at the centre of the elective annual general meeting that was hosted by the Vanguard and Welcome Estate Ratepayers’ Civil Association (VWERCA). Held on Wednesday 18 September at St Theresa Primary School, the meeting was not only about electing the new executive committee members, but also for the outgoing team to report back on the past year.VWERCA has been in existence for the past two years, registered as an association with the City of Cape Town. One of their objectives is to drive service delivery. The committee also wanted to get the thumbs-up from those present to approve the association’s amended constitution. They wanted to align VWERCA’s constitution with the non-profit organisation (NPO) act. This would enable them to make use of NPO privileges such as asking for donations. The amended constitution was not approved however and a new meeting was scheduled.Initially chairing the meeting was the outgoing chair, Tania Bosser. In her report, she highlighted her committee’s achievements. Thanks to their efforts, the City replaced the damaged lamp poles and light bulbs that were stolen in the area; and the issue of illegal dumping was addressed with the help of the City.She encouraged residents to take pride in their area and find proper and decent ways to address issues.“The aim is to drive service delivery in the area because we live here and this is our area,” she said.The outgoing treasurer Gershwin Arendse told the residents the association does not have any money left. The money, collected by means of annual membership and registration fees, were used for administration purposes and banking fees. Also present was the councillor for ward 44, Anthony Moses. Moses did not say much except to congratulate the outgoing committee for the work it has done in the area. He encouraged those present to approach the City with any issues they have. He also spoke briefly about some of the programmes his ward has lined up for the year. He also invited the residents to join the programmes.Presiding officer Kader Jacobs led the process of electing the new executive committee. Eight new members were elected with Naser Ally chosen as chair and Saleem Orrie as his vice chair. Ally thanked his fellow community members for their votes and promised to honour his duty.“There seems to be a lot of issues, we will try and solve them. People must trust us, we are results-driven. We assure you, we will get things done,” he vowed.