Plea for City to act

2019-12-10 06:00
Veronica Domingo has lived in the cottages for five years and says she has directly contacted the ward councillor and received the same response as the one they get when contacting the City of Cape Town’s office.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Veronica Domingo has lived in the cottages for five years and says she has directly contacted the ward councillor and received the same response as the one they get when contacting the City of Cape Town’s office.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Residents of the Alexander Cottages in Maitland Garden Village feel neglected and forgotten by the City of Cape Town.

They have been living in the cottages for years. They say getting the City to clean and to do maintenance work is a mission. The grass was allegedly last cut in February. The same goes for maintenance work.

Since then the grass has grown tall, making the property untidy and an eyesore.

Most of the 23 occupants – all senior citizens – do not have the ability to do the mowing.

Only a few clean their small gardens in front of their units. For some occupants, the overgrown area stretches to their doors, making it difficult for them to leave their doors open or to sit outside.

They say they have been complaining about the situation since June this year, but it all fell on deaf ears.

“You phone these people, but all they say is they will see to it, and nothing happens,” says 83-year-old Amina Keraan, an occupant.

She says with the rise in temperature, lizards are running from outside into their units and she has found two in her bed already.

Another occupant, Veronica Domingo (73), says the outside conditions are terrible.

“You even feel ashamed to invite people to your place. It is very untidy for people to come and see you live under such conditions. They must take care of us and not just dump us here,” Domingo says.

Brian Watkyns, councillor for ward 53, acknowledged that the matter was recently reported to him and his office is attending to it.

He says the grass will be cut soon and other issues which are of concern at the premises, such as the misuse of a hall, will also be addressed.

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