Civic body revived

2019-04-23 06:00

A new civic association has been elected and launched for the Silvertown community.

The body was launched on Sunday 31 March and replaces the previous association that was broken up.

The association held its first annual meeting during the launch and elected its executive committee, with Pastor Ronald Smith elected as its new  chairperson. 

The committee has 15 members, sharing duties and are determined to restore the dignity of their community.

Smith says they realised the struggles faced by the residents, who were dealing with service delivery issues on their own and saw it fit to introduce a new association to address matters with the City of Cape Town and other authorities on their behalf. He says the gap resulted in many things going wrong.

"Everything was now filtering through the neighbourhood watch which is not often an effective way of dealing with issues. We had a Civic before and things were fine, so we just had to do something," says Smith.

Smith says the new Civic has two people that will be responsible for the correspondence between the City and making sure that residents’ voices are heard.Smith adds the civic association will  mostly be looking at issues including water, electricity and improving security systems in the community.He says they will be working closely with local councillor, the neighbourhood watch and other stakeholders. 

Interested residents are welcome to join.Local ward councillor, Rashid Adams welcomed the newly formed association, saying he is hoping it will bring about positive change, as the former body, Silverlea Civic did.

"Silverlea Civic was extremely active in the development of the area and much credit would go to the former chairperson Theodore Daames. This organisation was also responsible for the establishment of the Silvertown Neighbourhood Watch in 2012," says Adams.

"I am sure that much will come from it as the Executive Committee consists of seven other enthusiastic and vibrant residents who for a long time have been very active with community development."

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