Developing Mitchell’s Plain

2019-05-28 06:00

Development, safety and security were the buzz words in the second meeting of the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents Association (Mura) at the subcouncil offices in Lentegeur on Saturday 18 May.

The meeting, which was a follow up from one they held in November last year, was held to address various issues affecting Mitchell’s Plain.

It was chaired by Michael Jacobs, deputy chairman of Mura, with Norman Jantjes, the chairman present. Also, present was ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, Ryan Fester from the Development Action Group, members of the organisation and members of other community organisations that have, in a way, partnered with Mura.

The first part of the meeting saw attendees being divided into three commissions in which each had a title. Titles were; Safety and Security, Land and Housing and Economic Development.

Each commission had sub topics to discuss as to how they would move forward improving the situation in Mitchell’s Plain. When they gathered again after the allocated time, each commission made a presentation on the various topics they were tasked to tackle.

The safety and security team discussed, among other things, drugs, domestic violence and gangsterism.

The land and housing commission spoke about educating residents about processes followed when one applies for a house, they also suggested that it would be good for the City of Cape Town to sell land to the residents who would be prepared to buy.

It would help them build bigger homes for their families. They also discussed the fact that when residents get small houses they are forced to live with one or two of their children, which means when others finish school they will move to other suburbs and that would prevent children from ploughing back into the community. They will also not be there to witness what the needs are.

One of the agreed notions was that of promoting Mitchell’s Plain as a city and not as a suburb.

The sentiment was shared equally by the attendees.

Without overshadowing other topics, gangsterism was also discussed, and great emphasise was placed on the topic. It included crimes committed to people while they are travelling to work.

Jantjes said he would really like for the community as a whole to take a stand against gangsterism.

“I feel like the community is tolerant towards gangsterism, we want to see people march against it, we want to see religious leaders march against it,” he said.

In the meeting, it was revealed that a date has been set aside for a workshop or summit where Mura will invite Law Enforcement officials, police officers and Metro Police officers.

They will engage the community with regards to measures they have put in place to address the issue of gangsterism.

There will be various other meetings in the future to determine the progress made from the recommendations.

Woodman praised the initiative.

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