No vote for civic group

2017-11-28 06:00
The election of new executive members of the Strandfontein Ratepayers’ Association was postponed again due to poor attendance at the meeting.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The election of new executive members of the Strandfontein Ratepayers’ Association was postponed again due to poor attendance at the meeting.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The election of new office bearers of the Strandfontein Ratepayers’ Association has again been postponed.

The election was first to be held in March, but had to be postponed due to various circumstances.

The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday but could not continue due to poor attendance.

“We have 167 registered members and we are very far from a quorum to elect new members,” said secretary Ephraim Stanfield.

According to the organisation’s constitution, a quorum is at least 10% of the members, which would be 17 people. Only 10 residents attended the most recent meeting.

In accordance with the constitution, the meeting was rescheduled for two weeks’ time. However, a motion was tabled to have the meeting further postponed to February because it was so close to the end of the year.

A new date is yet to be set.

“It is important for us to have new people serving on this forum because the average age at the moment is around 60 and not everyone is available to stand for another year,” says Stanfield.

Membership of the executive committee is voluntary. They are regarded as the civic voice of ­residents.

At last week’s meeting ward 43 councillor Elton Jansen thanked the residents for showing interest in the improvement of their community and urged residents to be more proactive.

“Many people talk about developments and have ideas, but through a ratepayers’ association we can reach a consensus and prioritise certain projects through guidance from the members and community,” he said.

“There are so many strong people in our community that I think collectively we can take issues that we are facing further.”

Jansen added that a civic body such as a ratepayers’ association was important to hold government and officials to task.

Such groups were civic organisations addressing issues within their boundaries of representation for the residents of a particular area as a unified voice, he said.

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