Protests hinder turnout

2019-04-02 06:00
Grassy Park Civic Centre was empty on Wednesday as the City of Cape Town’s basket of services could not be delivered to the intended area; forcing them to visit Grassy Park for a second time.

Grassy Park Civic Centre was empty on Wednesday as the City of Cape Town’s basket of services could not be delivered to the intended area; forcing them to visit Grassy Park for a second time.

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Continued protests in the Parkwood and Ottery area have hampered the City of Cape Town’s roll-out of their mobile basket of services.

It meant that the event, which was initially scheduled to take place at the Bruce Road Civic Centre in Ottery on Wednesday 27 March, was moved to the Grassy Park Civic Centre.

Subcouncil 18 chairperson and ward 110 councillor Shanen Rossouw says the move was unfortunate as Grassy Park, Lotus River and Pelican Park were already beneficiaries of this initiative in the past. The move was a result of “the protests which were taking place over the last few days. For the safety of the people, we have had to move the venue, unfortunately. All the cars here today are officials because all the line departments are here,” says Rossouw.

She explains that residents in the Ottery and Parkwood area were robbed of the opportunity to have easier access to the City, to deal with their complaints and concerns.

“People could have come here with any problem and it would have been resolved immediately because the officials are here. It is so unfair, because in view of the protests, that Ottery and Parkwood’s people do not get the necessary services, because we had this here already,” Rossouw laments.Because the event was targeted for Bruce Road Civic Centre, the turnout was poor, as Grassy Park Civic was the venue used in November last year.

“Mostly Grassy Park’s people have benefited from this, again. It is not their fault. It’s the stirrers who started the protest, they are to blame for this move. I hope they feel bad because it is through them that Ottery and Parkwood’s people do not get the necessary services,” says Rossouw.

However, she says while the opportunity may have been lost this time, especially residents with housing enquiries, she hopes the City will take these services to Bruce Road Civic Centre in the near future.

“We did it in Lotus, Pelican Park and Grassy Park, but this is the first one we couldn’t have in its place, but hopefully after the protests, we are going back to Ottery to deliver this service to them. “I am going to make a point of going back after the area has calmed down in terms of the protesting. We are going to build houses at Edward Road, so I don’t know why the people are protesting.”

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