Community needs to work together

2019-08-13 06:00
Some of the attendees of the meeting.

Some of the attendees of the meeting.

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Residents of Vanguard and Welcome Estate gathered at the Vanguard Community Hall on Saturday 3 August for an annual general meeting to raise their concerns.

The meeting was organised by the Vanguard and Welcome Estate Ratepayers’ Civic Association (VWERCA). Among others, the meeting raised awareness regarding service delivery matters in the two communities.

Tania Bosser, chairperson of the association, said the meeting was a continuation of meetings they have held in the community in the past few years.

The aim was for the community to engage and interact. She added that VWERCA hoped to not only raise concerns but also inform residents.

“The association is about keeping the community up to speed with general information and to keep people informed,” she said.

To unpack some of the issues that were raised, different government departments including water and sanitation, parks and recreation and community services and health attended the meeting to respond to some questions from the residents.

Mayco members for safety and security, JP Smith, community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, and energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti, were present.

Ward 44 and 47 councillors Anthony Moses and Antonio van der Rheede, respectively, were also present.

While Bosser and her team worked hard to ensure that the invitation to the meeting reached as many people as possible, she said she was not pleased with numbers.

“The meeting did not have a good turn-out. We did all we could to inform people about it and that concerns us,” she expressed.

Her hope is for another meeting to take place and to be well attended.

The topics that were discussed included an overview or background, fees and achievements on the organisation.

Also, discussed were ward committee memberships and the city district improvement project (CID).

Bosser described the session as very informative, as Smith outlined crime statistics in the area.

“The areas have been plagued with an increase in crime over the last few months; therefore the CID project, to be established by the community, would assist in this regard. Currently there are five guards in the various clusters which is regarded as a voluntary CID, as community members are paying towards this project,” said Bosser.

Smith commended the association for its work in the community.

He emphasised the importance of a united community.

“It is important for you to have a strong community vision. If there is a single voice, you know what you want. I really commend you for what you are doing here this morning,” said Smith.

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