Forging the way forward

2019-02-12 06:00
Executive members of the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association (MURA)and Development Action Group (DAG) PHOTO: Samantha lee

Executive members of the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association (MURA)and Development Action Group (DAG) PHOTO: Samantha lee

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The Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association (MURA) in partnership with Development Action Group (DAG) facilitated it’s second Re-imagining Mitchell’s Plain Summit at the Lentegeur Administrative building on Saturday.

The Summit seeks to engage local civil society organisations, along with public and private sector stakeholders in a dialogue around the big issues affecting the current and future development of Mitchell’s Plain.

Norman Jantjes, MURA chairperson, said the summit was a continuation of the first summit held last year.

“As civil organisations we have a duty to hold government accountable and to make sure that we get service delivery from all sectors and that we as civil society must ensure that we unite and develop Mitchell’s Plain. We have several challenges facing Mitchell’s Plain but we must also find solutions,” says Jantjes.

“There are many problems and we will not be able to solve all of them. There are many sectors but we have chosen to focus on these three,” says Jantjes.

Present at the summit were several organisation representatives from youth, educare, civil organisations, human rights organisations, safety and crime organisations, ward councillors and members of the public.

The three sectors resolved to work on safety and security, economic development and land and housing.

Sean Achim, CEO and chairman of the Plein Chamber of Commerce, also delivered a presentation on a number of visions they have as an organisation.

Following this, there was an opportunity for questions and answers before the representatives broke off into groups to discuss the three sectors, identified by the previous summit.

Their aim and goal was to create a safer Mitchell’s Plain to live, work, play, learn and invest in. Create, attract, retain, expand business opportunities that will reduce unemployment and increase opportunities to invest and to develop a common vision in Mitchell’s Plain in regards to utilisation, disposal and ownership of properties and land, explained Crystal West of DAG.

The stakeholders were split up into groups where they had interest in the topic to allow for invested solutions and responses. The resolutions were then collated to form one list to use moving forward.

MURA was established in 2016 and the first summit was held on Saturday 18 November.

The first summit was attended by Trevor Manuel, MEC Albert Fritz and local councillors.

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