Councillors on hand to help

2017-05-23 06:01
From left (front) ward councillor Sheval Arendse, PR councillors Washiela Harris and Willem Doman with office assistants Pamela Arendse and Shameema Booysen. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

From left (front) ward councillor Sheval Arendse, PR councillors Washiela Harris and Willem Doman with office assistants Pamela Arendse and Shameema Booysen. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Since taking up office as the subcouncil chairperson, ward councillor Sheval Arendse has to split his time between his office in Tafelsig and the subcouncil chambers in Lentegeur.

But there is always someone available to assist residents in need.

He now shares his office in Kilimanjaro Street with two proportional representative (PR) councillors and has two office assistants on hand to assist when he is not ­available.

Arendse says many people complain that he is not available, but says in most instances the other councillors can assist.

“There are some times when people need to see me as the ward councillor, but there are other matters that the other councillors can assist with like Sassa queries, affidavits and queries. When it is something only I can deal with like sponsorships we can set up a meeting with the assistants,” he says.

Arendse adds there is a lot of confusion when people do not see his car at the community hall.

Willem Doman, PR councillor for ward 82 says they are happy to assist. “In cases where we cannot assist, if residents can tell us what the matter is about, we can relay the message to the councillor or be able to tell you if we can assist,” he says.

Washiela Harris, PR councillor for ward 99, says she moves between offices, sometimes at a hall in Freedom Park.

“Some of the residents of ward 99 still come to my office so there is someone to assist. We want to emphasise that there are three councillors you can see for issues,” says Sheval.

Doman and Harris are at the office on Monday and Wednesday from 09:00 to 14:00, except when Harris is in Freedom Park and Arendse is at the office on Tuesday and Thursday from 08:30 to 14:00.

These dates and times are applicable for days when they are not required in caucus or subcouncil meetings or site visits.

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