New ground for smoother walking

2016-05-24 06:00
Damaged concrete slabs at Edna Court are being replaced to ensure residents have access to a smooth walking surface.

Damaged concrete slabs at Edna Court are being replaced to ensure residents have access to a smooth walking surface.

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Residents in ward 66 are elated to see change in their area after work recently started to replace concrete ground slabs.

Mayco member for human settlements, Benedicta van Minnen, says work done at Edna Court wasto create safer areas for walking.

“The concrete apron at Edna Court was cracked and therefore needed to be replaced to ensure that the community has access to safe walking surfaces,” Van Minnen explains.

She also confirms that the work taking place does not form part of the City’s Community Residential Unit (CRU) project.

Van Minnen says the damaged concrete slabs will be replaced with new concrete.

The project is set to take place over six weeks “if all goes according to plan”.

According to Van Minnen, R170 000 was made available from the capital budget for this project, which started on Monday 2 May, and will last until about Fridav 17 June.

“The availability of funding will determine the ongoing upgrading of the concrete apron slabs,” Van Minnen concludes.

Ward councillor Melanie Arendse says maintenance work will be carried out at all four-storey flats.

The maintenance work will include replacing all concrete ground slabs where damaged, fencing as well as washing lines that need to be replaced.

One resident, who asked not to be named, says she is happy with the repair work being conducted at their flats.

“For years we have been living like this in flats that have broken concrete slabs. The upgrades done on the flats are all good and well, but the exterior of a flat must also be inviting and welcoming, and this is what is being done now,” she says.

The woman, who has been living in the flats for nearly two decades, says the facelift given to ward 66 has “restored dignity” for some residents.

“When you live in an area that is well looked after and doesn’t look dilapidated or old and crumbling, you have pride in that place.

“I am so glad that despite all the negativity happening in and around our areas there is some hope of dignity being restored to law abiding citizens,” she adds.


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