Out to listen to the communities

2019-02-19 06:01
On the panel with mayor Dan Plato (at the mic) were, from left, subcouncil 12 chairperson and ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse, Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi, ward 78 councillor Eddie Andrews (host) and Mayco member for urban development Grant Twigg. PHOTO: samantha lee

On the panel with mayor Dan Plato (at the mic) were, from left, subcouncil 12 chairperson and ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse, Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi, ward 78 councillor Eddie Andrews (host) and Mayco member for urban development Grant Twigg. PHOTO: samantha lee

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Residents of Mitchell’s Plain were given the opportunity to raise their concerns and complaints on municipal issues directly with the mayor, Dan Plato, when he visited the area for a public meeting last week.

Plato and a few of his Mayoral Committee members visited Westridge Civic Centre on Tuesday last week as part of his city-wide listening tour.

The tour started last December, when Plato took up office.

Around 100 residents, safety volunteers, community workers, activists and representatives of organisations, along with ward councillors, attended the event to raise their concerns.

Ward 78 councillor, Eddie Andrews said it was a pleasure to host the meeting in his ward.

“This is part of Mayor Plato’s listening tour to ensure you are communicated with as a resident of the City of Cape Town, but more importantly that we try to better understand what we need to unblock on your behalf. We are not going to be able to deal with all the issues right away but it is important that we have these conversations,” said Andrews.

The meeting was also an opportunity for sharing ideas and solutions.

Plato said he was happy to be back in the area.

“When I was the MEC for community safety I would visit the area quite often. There are very many safety issues in Mitchell’s Plain, looking at all the deaths in the streets and gangs running amok,” he said.

“But I am here to listen. I will not be doing all the talking myself. We want to resolve issues and if it cannot be resolved in this meeting, I will come back. Sometimes people expect councillors to have all the answers. We don’t have all the answers but we will get answers for you.”

Some of the issues raised were around RDP houses, the EPWP, job security for people with disabilities, business opportunities, water bills and estimated readings, water management devices and business development among others.

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