Committee to talk to City

2018-11-27 06:01

At a recent public meeting in the area, residents of the City of Cape Town’s rental flats in Kewtown elected a new facilitator to liaise with the City. Ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams confirmed that Isgak Hardien from Block 9 has been tasked with finding solutions to challenges posed by focus groups. The groups, made up of residents in the council rental units, will each focus on one of the seven focus areas, ranging from safety to social development, which were identified at the meeting.“Each group is tasked with one of the seven focus area, so that when we have a public meeting in future, we don’t have 60 people all raising the same thing. Each group will do a report-back on what they have done and what they would like to do,” he says.

Adams will have a closer working relationship with these groups going forward, as opposed to the former flat committees which existed.“I am very interested in how this is going to pan out because there was a flat committee, and previously each block had their own committee, but that did not pan out the way we expected it to do because of all the confusion, and did not encourage communication between everyone because the one block was against each other. Now we are taking people from all angles to be part of the process. Everybody is going to have to contribute at the end of the day,” Adams adds.

He also took some of the other issues raised at the meeting to Subcouncil 17 in order to better streamline City services to the correct recipients.“I addressed a number of issues with the subcouncil, that is why they are going to see what they can do to address, with the City, in terms of development.

“My concern is the open spaces between the flats – we need to finally do something about it,” he explains.

He admits that there were a host of old concerns which were raised, but they can still be pursued if residents come forward to champion their cause.“Unfortunately a lot of things which came up were proposals made a long time ago, way before my term of office. But if those things need to be revisited and there is still merit in it, then we are going to do that.”

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