Hope to centralise local NGOs

2018-06-19 06:00

NGOs in ward 65 will be given an opportunity to join forces and work together, according to Councillor Patricia van der Ross.

Van der Ross hopes to register organisations in the area to form part of a hub, which will enhance accessibility to the communities they serve while also easing the burden of finding office space.

“I was looking at getting an NGO hub in Lotus River. I want all NGOs to come closer and get registered at the subcouncil so that we can have the NGOs play a more valuable role in the community,” says Van der Ross.

Since beginning her work in ward 65, Van der Ross has been urging NGOs to register on the City’s database, but not all of them have remained. “There are a lot of NGOs who have come to register, but as time goes on, I don’t know if they fade away and come back again. With the previous ward that I worked in, we found that having a hub where people can have access to find out information and be assisted, helped. I was thinking of using that same idea in the Lotus River area where we have a hub.”

Currently the Cancer Association of South Africa is stationed at the building identified as the site for the hub to be established.

Kingdom Ministries is also using the old rent office building where sewing classes are presented.

“They teach sewing to our local community. They could come there and learn a skill. At the end of the day, they could sell the clothes that they produced. I would like to have our neighbourhood watches also come on board to have a space in this area so that we complement one another. In the future I would like to see neighbourhood watch facilities, a space for NGOs, a space for the Cancer Association, a space for SAPS, etc.” explains Van der Ross.

She says she has asked the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for two useable containers to be commissioned for the ward to be stationed at the rent office in Fourth Avenue.

“More NGOs on the site will help as well as upskill the community and be there for them. That is also another thing that we are looking at. The suggestion is now with planning. We are waiting on property management to give us the approval to use the facilities because the containers are ready for delivery. I am just waiting for property management to do their side of things so we can get the ball rolling,” says Van der Ross.

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