The new windows installed at the ward 110 flats in Steenberg and Lavender Hill are just a small indication of the upgrades yet to come for residents.Shanen Rossouw, councillor for ward 110, divulged her plans for the impending upgrade to People’s Post; making mention of a new paint job, gutters, staircases and more that will serve to regenerate the southern communities.“This is long overdue – how old are the flats? They’re about 40 or 50 years old and this is the first time we are going to replace the windows,” she says. “Because of the age of the flats, the windowsills cracked, so they’re busy fixing that. The next project is to replace the stairs. They’re replacing the stairs in Steenberg now, and next will be in Lavender Hill,” she adds.The dilapidated staircases have long been a major concern, with residents expressing their concern for their condition to the executive mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato, during a walkabout of Lavender Hill earlier this year (“Mixed emotions on Plato’s visit”, People’s Post, 30 April).“The residents are so glad and so appreciative. It was all quite difficult because it all depends on funding and we requested more funding because they (the City of Cape Town) could see the need for the replacement of the windows and the stairs because that is the safety priority – the stairs,” Rossouw explains.She also assures residents that they will commence with the painting of the flats soon and will be installing gutters to keep rain from entering homes and causing illness.“We’re moving at a very fast pace in terms of service delivery,” she says. Rossouw adds that the aesthetic upgrades would not decrease crime, but the cameras installed in the wards – which have cost almost R2 million – have worked to decrease crime. More cameras are on the way and she is confident this will create a safer community. “Crime is a priority in my ward,” she assures residents.Also, she says the roll out of electricity boxes for the backyarders in Cafda and Lavender Hill will commence shortly.Rossouw says the happiness of her residents is of the utmost importance and the upgrades will show how much she values them.