The revival of the Vanguard and Welcome Estate Ratepayers’ Association (VWERCA) is well underway following a meeting with various stakeholders last week.Chairperson Tania Bosser says the VWERCA aims to “act as a collective voice for the community, holding local authorities accountable, lobbying for services and funds to help community development, and to promote the needs of the community on an ongoing basis.”According to ward councillor for the area, Anthony Moses, the association’s re-establishment comes in an effort to address service delivery issues in the community, after the previous incarnation of the association collapsed a few years ago.“With the new committee and the Vanguard and Welcome Estate Neighbourhood Watch, we have sat down and among the things we have brought to the fore is to look at the safety of the area. We now have the first draft of the community safety strategy which we are going to implement within the area. The strategy is a bit more advanced and we are going into the third stage where we can look at how we can roll out that same strategy throughout the entire ward,” says Moses.In their own draft strategy, the VWERC outlines an action plan to deal with water tariffs and bylaws, as well as waste management, and to create a public register of complaints, objections and appeals.“Safety is one of the issues of that area, but there may also be other service delivery issues which the community wants to raise in terms of public participation. What we have started with the neighbourhood watch is the roll-out of a newsletter where the community is continuously being informed.”Moses says that the organisation, while in the process of being registered and accredited as an NPO, will also conduct a community-wide survey with the help of their neighbourhood watch in which they will determine the needs and concerns regarding service delivery. “We are going to have an open discussion on how we can address that. The association is first going to conduct the survey in every street on what the needs are and once that is completed we will capture that into a business plan. Then on a bimonthly basis we want to give feedback to the community on how far we are in terms of the progress of the implementation of that business plan. That way we can be more constructive, so that the community can also measure and keep us accountable on how we address service delivery issues within their community,” explains Moses.V Continued on page 3.