Locals get chance to take council queries to expo

2017-07-18 06:02
Representatives of the City of Cape Town help a Maitland resident at a City expo on Wednesday. From left are Candice Hesselman, Roshaane Reid, Helen Jacobs and Liz Morta.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Representatives of the City of Cape Town help a Maitland resident at a City expo on Wednesday. From left are Candice Hesselman, Roshaane Reid, Helen Jacobs and Liz Morta.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Residents of Maitland and Kensington say they have regained their faith in the City of Cape Town following a service delivery expo led by Suzette Little, Mayco member (North).

The expo was aimed at bringing municipal services closer to residents and for them to directly interact with officials on issues affecting them.

The programme started on Friday 7 July in Kensington where issues of crime and illegal dumping were raised.

On Wednesday last week the expo was taken to Maitland where more than 50 people took their turns to visit the stalls set up in the town hall.

Ebrahim Matthews from Lawrence Road says he took a day off from work to attend the expo because he had issues he wanted to address with officials.

He says they have failed him so many times as the streets do not get cleaned as often it needs to be. He says he sometimes pays people to clean around his place because people dump there.

He says he is happy he finally got a chance to talk to officials and hopes his problem will be solved.

Another resident who did not want to be named says she came to the expo to enquire about the housing she has been waiting for. She says she is currently renting a passage at someone’s house and her only wish is privacy and to live a dignified life.

Other issues that were raised included delayed housing for backyard dwellers, the high crime rate and substance abuse.

Ward councillor Helen Jacobs says though the City has plans for development and keeping residents safe, it is difficult to respond to the need for housing as there is a shortage of land in the ward. She says officials want to make sure people have access to municipal services.

Representatives of different departments at the expo included the health department, social development and road accident.

Ashley Viste, a community family officer of the social development department, says he is happy with the turnout and the interest showed by the people in the ­services.

He says the queries lodged during the expo make it clear that the imbalance in families leads to different social problems for the youth.

Little says she is happy with the response and cooperation showed by the community members during the expo. “I was pleased that residents were so enthusiastic to form a working committee to play a role in finding solutions to the challenges in their community. We still have a lot of work to do to redress the imbalances of the past, but these road shows are a significant step in that regard,” added Little.

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